Thursday, June 12, 2014

Lemon Drop Ice Cream


  • 3 cups half & half
  • 11/4 cups sugar
  • 5 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • zest of 3 lemons
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup lemon drop candies

Combine half and half and sugar in a saucepan; bring to a simmer over low heat.
Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved.
Add 1/4 cup of the hot half & half mixture into the eggs, stirring constantly to temper the eggs.
Add another 1/4 cup of the half & half mixture, and then pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan.
Cook and stir over low heat until the mixture just coats the back of a metal spoon.
Strain custard mixture through a sieve.
Add, lemon juice, zest and vanilla, stir.
Pour the mixture into ice cream maker and freeze according to machines directions.
Crush 1/4 cup lemon drop candies.
Add to ice cream.
Transfer ice cream to a lidded freezer container, and freeze for 3 hours or until firm.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce   
  • 1/4 cup of soft bread crumbs
  • 1  egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper        
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter   
  • 2  tablespoons of flour   
  • 2 cups of beef stock
  • 1 4.5-ounce can mushrooms 
In a mixing bowl, combine the beef, Worcestershire sauce, bread crumbs, egg, salt and pepper.
Stir mixture together to combine.
Shape into 4 equal sized patties.
Heat a skillet over medium heat.
Cover bottom with vegetable oil..
Place meat patties in skillet and brown on both sides for about 5 minutes each.
Remove from skillet and set aside.
Pour off fat.
Add butter to skillet and melt.
Sprinkle flour into melted butter. 
Stir and scrape bottom of pan to remove brown bits.
Let cook and brown for about 2 minutes.
Add stock stirring well.
Bring to a boil. 
Place the meat patties and any juices back into the skillet.
Add mushrooms.
Cover and reduce heat. 
Simmer for 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and serve warm.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
2 3/4 cups lukewarm water
1 teaspoon sugar
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 cups bread flour
1/4 cup vital wheat gluten
4 cups whole wheat flour  

Dissolve yeast in warm water with sugar.
In mixing bowl add honey, salt and oil; mixing to combine.
Stir in yeast mixture.
Slowly add bread flour. 
Mix in vital wheat gluten.
Add whole wheat flour a little at a time, mixing until all the flour is incorporated and the dough begins to leave side of the bowl.  
Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface, knead for 5 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic.   
Place dough in a lightly greased large bowl.
Cover bowl with damp towel, let rise for about 70 minutes or until doubled in volume. 
Punch down dough.
Half dough and shape into two loaves. 
Place the loaves in lightly greased 9x5 inch loaf pans, and cover with a damp towel.  
Let rise until double in volume. 
Bake in pre-heated 375 degree oven for 30-35 minutes until crust is lightly browned and bread sounds hollow when lightly tapped.
Remove the bread from the oven.
Cool it on a wire rack before slicing.
Store the bread in a plastic bag at room temperature.

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Vital Wheat Gluten is made from the natural protein found in the endosperm of the wheat berry.  Add to bread dough, it helps retain the gas and steam from baking and gives more volume to baked bread.




Sunday, June 1, 2014

Chicken Salad

Chicken salad that is equally perfect for a casual picnic or elegant luncheon.


  • 2 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup seedless grapes, halved
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mayonnaise

Combine all ingredients. Chill.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Friday, May 30, 2014

Easy Baked Beans

2 15-ounce cans pork & beans
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup chopped onions
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 slices bacon

Mix pork & beans, molasses, onions, brown sugar and ketchup together.
Pour into a greased casserole dish.
Top with bacon.
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage Rolls


  • 1 medium head cabbage
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onion, divided
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 can 14-1/2 ounces stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can 14-1/2 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

In a large pot cook cabbage in boiling water for 10 minutes or until outer leaves are tender.
Remove from pot and place in bowl of ice water.
Remove nine large outer leaves.
Refrigerate remaining cabbage for another use.
Remove large vein from cabbage leaves.
Set aside.
For sauce saute 1 cup onion in vegetable oil until tender.
Add tomatoes, garlic, brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
For filling mix together ground beef, remaining onions, rice, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper.
Divide into 9 potions.
Place meat mixture on each leaf.
Fold in sides to completely enclose filling.
Place in casserole dish and top with sauce.
Cover and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour.

Tip:  For smaller families before baking divide into freezer to oven  containers and freeze.  When ready to serve bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 30 minutes, reduce heat to  350 degrees and continue baking another 30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

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No-Fail Refrigerator Rolls

Warm rolls can be so easy when you have this dough recipe waiting for you in the refrigerator.

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 package yeast
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons melted shortening

Mix together egg, salt and sugar.
Dissolve the yeast in water.
Combine egg mixture with yeast mixture.
Stir in half the flour.
Mix well.
Stir in remaining flour.
Mix well.
Add shortening, stirring to combine.
Let rise until double in size.
Stir down and refrigerate.
Form into rolls 1 1/2 hours prior to baking.
Let rise in warm place.
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven until golden brown.
Bread dough will last a week in refrigerator.

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Cost     $1.86  3 dozens rolls

Two pounds of yeast cost $4.78 at Sam's.  This is 128 packets of yeast.  This reduces the cost of yeast from forty-five cents to four cents.    2 1/4 teaspoons  equals 1 packet of yeast.