Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Zesty Black Bean Pie

1/2 cup cheese crackers, it says to count 30 crackers, I guessed...
1/4 cup butter, melted

1 tbsp canola oil
1 onion, diced
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp cumin
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained
1 cup salsa
4 oz cream cheese

*Preheat oven to 350
1. Crunch crackers into crumbs, either by hand, blender or food processor.
2. Combine butter and crumbs. Press into pie plate to make the crust. Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes or until golden.
3. Heat oil in skillet over stove, add onion until soft. Add garlic and cumin, while stirring cook for 1 minute.
4. Add bean, corn, and salsa. Bring to a boil. Add cream cheese, cook while stirring until it is melted and mixture holds together, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
5. Put the filling into the crust and bake for 10 minutes.

I got this recipe from one of my favorite cook books The Convenience Cook, by Judith Finlayson. It has recipes that use tons of canned and frozen food to make it go faster. It also gives ideas for different ways to speed it up more or to change the flavor some.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Acorn Squash Gnocchi

1 acorn squash, halved and seeded
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
7 cups water

1. Cook acorn squash. Either roast it in the oven for about 45 minutes or cook it in the micro with some water on the bottom of a pyrex dish and cut slits into it and cook for 5 minutes on high. Check and if not tender try another 5 minutes.

2. Scrape out squash with ice cream scoop or a grapefruit spoon works wonders too. Place into nice sized bowl.

3. Stir garlic, salt, egg and whole wheat flour into bowl. Add white flour in slowly, until you have a sticky, yet manageable texture.

4. Make gnocchi. Roll into ropes about the width the size of a quarter and slice of little chucks roll into small ropes and make it look like a ribbon for awareness of something. That's how mine looked you can try something else if you'd like.

5. Boil water. Add pasta one at a time to pot. Cook until they are totally floating on the top, and don't sink back down.

We had our with the Alfredo Sauce, but anything would be great.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Coming Soon

I promise I will post soon. If you notice it has been 2 months, guess how old Pete is? But as soon as I can I will add Zesty Black Bean Pie and Acorn Squash Gnocchi. Be Excited.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Short Order Ice Cream

24 oz frozen strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups heavy cream

If using whole frozen berries, sit out until you can slice them-but NOT thawed! Slice berries. Combine berries and sugar in blender. Blend until chopped, this was super hard for me I did as much as I could and gave up eventually, Stir often with spatula. Add cream while blending, stir with spatula often, it helps the blender out to get some cream to the bottom, mix until thick. Pour it into a pan, I used a pyrex dish. Let sit in freezer until scoop-able, the original recipe calls for an hour we only did 1/2 an hour.

This stuff was amazing and super fast. For the two of us I made half a batch and left the rest in the freezer for tomorrow. It is super yummy and not too bad for you. Also a cheap place for the frozen berries is Dollar Tree, we use 1 bag of berries for our half batch (12 oz berries) and it was $1. The cream was the most expensive thing in it, at $2.27 from Wal-mart, we could have gotten it cheaper somewhere else but we were there looking for canning supplies. You might also be able to save on some calories and money by using whipping cream instead, but I don't know if it will be the right consistency.

...by the way...I got this recipe from MaryJane's Farm, The Everyday Organic Lifestyle magazine, from the June/July issue of 2010.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

White Chocolate Puppy Chow with Cinnamon

Oh my goodness... Amazing. I kind of faked this one and the only reason I decided to try it is because I want puppy chow, but didn't want to walk to the pantry to get chocolate chips and had white chocolate in the fridge. Who said laziness didn't pay off? Well I didn't measure anything I just guessed so if you don't know how to make it look up a normal recipe and substitute white chocolate, I also just sprinkled in some cinnamon to taste...don't lie I know you taste it while shaking and mixing the stuff together... Well I think I am going to go feast on some now.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Key Lime Cupcakes

from Betty Crocker...

1 box lemon cake mix
1 box lime jello
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup lime juice
1/3 cup oil
3 eggs

1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons lime juice

1 package cream cheese
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Mix cake mix and jello mix together. Add other ingredients. Mix on low for 30 seconds then on medium for 2 minutes. Fill muffin cups. (I made 12 cupcakes and 1 9 inch round cake) Bake for 17-22 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes, remove from pan. Poke holes in the top with fork or toothpick. Mix glaze and spread on top of cupcakes. Let cool completely. Mix ingredients for frosting until fluffy (mine didn't become fluffy). Frost. Eat.

I made these for Phil's fathers' day present and a Star Wars t-shirt. He thought they were quite yummy.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Best Onion Rings Ever

Old Fashioned Onion Rings from allrecipes.com by Jean Marie

1 onion, cut into slices to make rings
1 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
3/4 cup bread crumbs
salt to taste

Heat oil. Split slices into rings. Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Dip rings into flour mix 'til coated. Mix egg and milk into flour mix. Dip floured rings into this mixture shake off extra batter. Dip in bread crumbs and shake off extra. Continue until finished with all or begin frying and continue with rest until finished. Fry for about 2-3 minutes or until golden. Place on paper towels to drain.

This is super yummy I love them. I personally put in some wheat germ or ground up flax seed to make it at least a little bit healthy. I also make my own bread crumbs with a toaster and food processor or blender.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Single Egg Dilemma

On Sunday we had some friends over for dessert, that morning I woke up realizing that we had only one egg in the house! Why does this always happen on Sundays when the fact I live 3 blocks away from a grocery store doesn't matter?! And the only things that come to mind for desserts call for at least 2 eggs?! Well thanks to the wonderful world of Allrecipes.com I was saved with an egg and oil free dessert option, that included chocolate (I guess it wouldn't really be dessert without chocolate) Well here is that wonderful thing...

Easy Chocolatly Brownies
1 package of instant pudding mix (theirs called for chocolate, I used butterscotch)
2 cups milk
1 boxed cake mix (they called for chocolate, but others would be good to depending on pudding choice)
2 cups chocolate chips or mix match m&ms I used butterscotch and regular

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 15x10 pan, (I used a smaller one so that they would be thicker) (be warned they grow while baking)
Prepare pudding as directed on box.
Stir in cake mix, once well blended, mix in chocolate chips(I used butter scotch here)
Pour batter into pan. Put in m&ms or wait for chocolate chips and use as the frosting.
Bake 25-30 minutes, until knife comes out clean. Cool.

These are gooey, and wonderful, consume with caution...