Saturday, January 30, 2010

Mashed Red Potatoes

2 pounds small red potatoes, quartered
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup sour cream
salt and pepper to taste
2-3 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced


1.Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add potatoes, and cook until tender but still firm, about 10 minutes. I added garlic cloves in with the potates. Drain, and place in a large bowl.

2.Combine potatoes with butter, milk, sour cream, salt, and pepper. Mash together until smooth and creamy.

Golden Oven Fried Chicken

chicken pieces-I used chicken breasts cut into strips
1 c bread crumbs
2 T parsley
1/4 t. poultry seasoning
1 clove garloic
1/4 c. parmesan chees
1 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper

Melt butter in pan with garlic. Mix bread crumbs, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper, and poultry seasoning. Dip chicken in garlic butter; then in bread crumbs. Put chicken in bakng pan with garlic butter. Bake at 400 for one hour. Baste occasionally with garlic butter. I turned the chicken over after about 20 minutes.

***I did not have bread crumbs this last time so I just used a cup of flour. It tasted great.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Monkey Bread

This can be made with frozen bread doughcut into bite size pieces or refrigerated biscuits cut into pieces. I made the recipe this time with just cinnamon, sugar, and brown sugar. It can also be made using butterscotch pudding. I will include both recipes.

1 loaf frozen bread dough
1 package regular butterscotch pudding
3/4 cup brown sugar
6 tablespoons melted butter

Grease bundt pan. Arrange bread dough cut into bite size piees.. Sprinkle dry pudding over rolls. Mix sugar and melted butter together and pour (drizzle) over rolls. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Cover with towel and let rise over night or at least 8 hours. ( I only had to let it rise about 2 hours.

Bake 350°F for 30-45 minutes.

COOL NO LONGER THAN 5 MINUTES. Turn pan over on serving dish and enjoy.

Monkey Bread


1/2 c. white sugar
3 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 stick melted butter
1 loaf frozen bread dough thawed cut into bite size pieces.

Pour sugar and cinnamon into a plastic bag and mix. Dip bread into butter.
Add pieces, several at a time; shake to coat well.

Place pieces in a buttered tube or Bundt pan until all are used
Bake for 45 minutes at 350.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Easy-Mix Yeast Bread

I use this recipe for many things. My favorite is for cinnamon rolls, bread, rolls, & pizza crusts.

3 3/4 c. flour
2 1/2 t. yeast
1 1/4 c. milk
1/4 c. butter
2 to 4 T. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 egg

In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 1/2cupsflour, yeast, and if desired herbs. In a medium saucepan heat and stir milk, butte, sugar, and salt until warm and butter almost melts. Add to flour mixture. Add egg. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed for 30 seconds. Scrape bowl. Beat on high for 3 minutes. Stir in remaining flour. ** I do this all in my kitchenaid mixer. **

This can be stored in the fridge or 3 days or frozen for 3 months. To use let doughstand at room temp for 2 1/2 hours or until thawed.

Cinnamon Rolls:

Roll out dough into a 6 inch squarer. Spread butter over dough. Sprinkle with a mixture of sugar, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Roll up dough jelly roll style.Pinch seams. Cut into slices. Lay in a greased pan and let rise until doubled. Bake for 20 minutes in a 375 oven. Ice rolls with powdered sugar frosting, or cream cheese frosting.

Bread: 375 20-25 minutes
Rolls: 375 10-12 minutes
Pizza crust: 375 for 10 min. add ingredients, bake 15-20 additional minutes.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Reuben Dip

4 packages (2 ounces each) thinly sliced deli corned beef, finely chopped
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
1 can (8 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
Rye bread or crackers
In a 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker, combine the first five ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours or until cheese is melted; stir until blended. Serve warm with bread or crackers. Yield: about 4 cups.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Potato Skins

Earlier this week I made potato soup. I baked the potatoes in the oven and than sliced in half. I scooped out the potato for the soup leaving a little bit in the skin.

potato skins
cheddar cheese
sour cream

Place potato skins on a baking pan. Brush each skin with garlic butter. Bake at 375 for 15 minute or until skins start to crisp. Sprinkle each skin with cheese and crumbled bacon. Continue baking until cheese is bubbly and melted. Serve with sour cream.

Saturday, January 9, 2010


I made these today to add to my chicken and noodle soup. Looks tasty!

1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon margarine
2 1/2 tablespoons milk
1Mix together, roll out.
2Let stand 20 minutes.
3Cut into desired size of noodle.
4Add to chicken broth and cook until desired consistency.
5About 30 to 45 minutes.

Sunday, January 3, 2010


I used the boboli pizza crust recipe for my dough. You can use frozn bread dough or pizza dough as well. (approx. 3 per loaf)

pizza toppings of your choice.

Roll out dough. Spread on sauce. Add cheese and other pizza toppings. Roll up and crimp the edges to pevent ingredients from leaking during baking. I made mini ones and baked at 450 for about 10-12 minutes.

***These are great to make ahead of time and freeze for lunches. Reheat in the oven or in the microwave....

Boboli pizza crust


** I make this in my kitchen aid mixer in no time at all. I allow to rise and then bake... Keep them in the freezer for an easy dinner.

1 cup water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning
2 teaspoons parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 teaspoons parmesan cheese, to sprinkle
1Add all ingredients (except second parmesan cheese) to breadmaker in order listed by your manufacturer.
2(put the garlic down inside the flour so it does not slow the yeast) Set breadmaker on dough setting.
3When cycle is done, form two crusts on pizza pans, sprinkle with parmesan cheese, cover and let rise again.
4Bake 5-10 minutes at 450 F until light brown.
6Wrap tightly in foil and freeze.
7(or use).

Friday, January 1, 2010

Banana Cream Cheese Bread

I have this baking in the oven. I omitted the nuts. Smells great!

8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup margarine
1 cup mashed banans
2 eggs
2-1/4 cup flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp soda
1 cup chopped nuts

Combine softened cream cheese, sugar and margarine, mixing until well blended. Blend in bananas and eggs. Add combined dry ingredients, mixing just until moistened. Fold in nuts. Pour into greased and floured 9 x 5 loaf pan. Bake at 350 F for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan