Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hot Fudge Sauce

Adapted from Allrecipes.

1 cup butter
Heaping 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups sugar
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
dash of salt
1 tsp vanilla

Combine butter, cocoa, sugar, salt and milk in saucepan over med high heat. Bring to a boil and boil for 7 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Carefully pour into blender and blend for 2-4 minutes or use hand blender.  Store in refrigerator.

We LOVE this hot fudge sauce. It doesn't crystallize in the fridge and is so smooth and delicious! I may or may not sneak spoonfuls of it right out of the fridge. YUM!

Lincoln Lee Pudding

1 cube butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup water

1/2 cup milk
1 c flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup nuts

Melt butter, brown sugar and water and pour in bottom of 9x13 pan. Mix remaining ingredients and drop spoonfuls into the 9x13 pan. Bake for 25 min at 350 degrees.

Fried Chicken

Adapted from Allrecipes

Approx. 1 lb chicken (drumsticks or thighs)
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 egg
seasoning salt to taste
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
salt & pepper to taste
oil for frying

In bowl, combine soup, egg & seasoning salt; mix. Dip chicken & coat completely. In resealable plastic bag, mix flour, cornstarch, and remaining spices. Place chicken in plastic bag, seal and shake to coat. Place coated chicken on plate and allow to sit until doughy. Heat small layer of oil in skillet over medium heat. Once chicken is doughy, place in oil. Rotate to ensure all sides of chicken are browned. Place chicken in 9x13 pan. Cook in oven for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees.

Twice Baked Potatoes

These are definitely a favorite!

4 Large potatoes
1 (3oz) pkg cream cheese
1 tsp chives
3 tbsp butter
1/2 cup shredded cheese
2 tbsp sour cream
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
dash pepper
paprika, optional
additional grated cheese on top

1. Scrub potatoes; grease with shortening lightly
2. Bake in 400 degree oven for 1 hr.
3. When cool, split potatoes and scoop out into electric mixer bowl.
4. Add remaining ingredients (minus the egg) and beat well.
5. Add egg and beat until smooth.
6. Fill shells and sprinkle with paprika and cheese.
7. Bake at 375 degrees until puffy.

I often use a little more cream cheese than it calls for.

Hungarian Goulash

1 ½ lbs round steak
2 strips bacon
2 med sized onions, chopped
¾ c beef broth
1 ½ T Hungarian sweet paprika
¾ t salt
1 small green pepper
Sour cream to serve with
Hot buttered noodles

1.  Cut beef into 1 ½” cubes. Dice the bacon and put in heavy dutch oven. Saute over med to high heat until fat rendered. Add beef cubes. Brown slowly until richly browned on all sides.
2. Add onions. Cook 2-3 min or until onions are soft.
3. Add broth, paprika, salt & green pepper, blend well.
4. Cook slowly, covered without boiling for about 2 hours or until meat is very tender but not soft. Add more liquid if needed. Should not be soupy – add cornstarch or flour if needed. Add salt if needed.

Serve with sour cream over hot buttered noodles. Good served with cole slaw & French Bread

Makes 4 servings. For 8 servings: double ingredients but use only 1 ¼ c broth

Peanut Butter Cookies

This is THE best peanut butter cookie recipe. They are so soft and addicting!

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup Crisco
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp milk
1 tbsp vanilla
1 egg
1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda

Combine wet ingredients, sugar and eggs. Then add dry ingredients. Drop onto pan and flatten with crisscross pattern. Bake 375 for 6-7 minutes.

I sometimes add chocolate chips to this. Yum!

Makes ~4 dozen

No Bake Cookies

I think I got this recipe from my college roommate Mandy. It has been my favorite no bake recipe since. I love the peanut butter addition :)

8-10 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
2 cups sugar (optional - 1 brown, 1 white)
2/3 c evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup peanut butter
3 cups oats

Mix cocoa and sugar together on stove on low heat. Stir in evaporated milk. Bring to boiling and boil for about 1 minute. Add butter, peanut butter and oats.

Once thoroughly mixed, spoon onto greased pan and freeze for best results.

I sometimes mix in some coconut as well.