Thursday, June 26, 2008


In a small bowl mix 1 ½ cups warm water (just before the water out of the tap gets too hot to touch)
1 tbsp quick rise yeast
2 tbsp sugar
mix together wait until foamy

in a large bowl
put 3 ½ cups flour
¼ tsp salt
add yeast mixture and stir. Batter will look lumpy and crumbly and feel sticky
sprinkle flour on counter and pour out the dough. Knead for 3 to 5 min until soft and flour as needed if dough is sticky. Knead into a ball put bowl on top of dough for 10 min
melt ½ cup margarine or butter- pour into an 11x17 cookie sheet.
Flour counter roll out dough into a large square or rectangle cut into strips with pizza cutter or knife
Dip in the butter both sides - push to the sides - until pan is full
Sprinkle w/garlic salt, Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning

Let rise 10-15 min
Cook at 350 for 12-20 min

For dessert sticks; sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon- bake then drizzle with icing when they come out of the oven


1-1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
2 medium onions, chopped
1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 can (28 ounces) tomato sauce
3 cups beef broth
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon baking cocoa
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cans (15 ounces each) white kidney or cannelloni beans, rinsed and drained
In a dutch oven or soup kettle, cook the turkey and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add oregano and cumin; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, broth, tomato sauce, chili powder, cocoa, bay leaves, salt and cinnamon. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Add beans; heat through. Discard bay leaves before serving.
Yield:12 servings
(I personally like to cook the turkey and onions on the stove and then throw everything into the crock pot and let it cook for a couple of hours. )


Monday, June 16, 2008

Orange Chicken

Orange Chicken

4 chicken breast halves
1 beaten egg
1 Tbsp water
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup vinegar
1 Tbsp cornstarch mixed in 2 Tbsp water

Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. Dip chicken pieces in egg wash made of beaten egg and water, then coat with cornstarch. Heat butter in frying pan and brown chicken in butter until golden brown. Place in baking dish. Combine remaining ingredients except cornstarch mix in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Add cornstarch slurry as needed to make a thin sauce. Pour over chicken pieces and bake (at 350), covered, for 20 minutes, then remove cover and bake another 15 minutes. Serve with ham fried rice or regular rice.
Yield: 4 serving

Friday, June 6, 2008

Yummy Chicken Pot Pie

2 tbsp Kraft zesty Italian dressing
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
2 cups frozen mixed veggies
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1/4 pound Velveeta pasteurized cheese
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (thawed)
1 egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 400, heat dressing in large skillet. Add chicken, cook and stir 5 min or until cooked through. Stir in veggies, soup and Velveeta. Spoon into greased 9 inch square baking dish.

Unfold pastry sheet, place over chicken mixture. Fold under edges of pastry, press onto top of baking dish to seal. brush pastry with egg. Cut slits in top crust to let steam.

Place dish on baking sheet. Bake for 30 min or until deep golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes.

I am actually not a fan of chicken pot pie but Mike likes it so I tried this recipe and we both loved it, and even Ellie ate it.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Banana Crumb Muffins

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 bananas, mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted (or you can use vegetable oil-same thing, less mess!)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.  In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter.  Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened.  Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.  In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, and cinnamon.  Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.  Sprinkle topping over muffins.  Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

These were quick and easy to make and seriously delicious!  My husband told me that they are quite possibly the best muffins he has every had.  They almost border on being a dessert, & that's my kind of breakfast!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


1 lb. Hamburger
1 chopped onion
1 tsp. salt
3 tsp. chili powder
½ tsp. pepper
2 small cans tomato sauce
12 flour tortillas
8 oz. cream cheese
2 C. cheddar cheese

Brown hamburger and onion and add spices. Mix tomato sauce with ¼ cup of water. Add to hamburger. Spread 8 oz. cream cheese on tortilla’s and roll. Put in 9x13-inch pan. Cover with meat sauce. Sprinkle with cheese and cover with foil. Bake for 25 minutes at 375 F. or until cheese is melted.