Monday, January 27, 2014

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

This is a recipe from the The Pioneer Woman's Blog.  These are a great snack or dessert! -Kristin

1 3/4 sticks of butter, cut into pieces
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups oats
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
10-12 oz. jar strawberry preserves
  • Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9x13 pan.
  • Mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Cut the butter into the mixture until it is crumbly.
  • Sprinkle half of the mixture into the 9x13 pan and press down.
  • Spread the strawberry preserves over the top.
  • Sprinkle the remaining oatmeal mixture over and pat lightly down.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes. 
  • Let cool and then enjoy!

Oven Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

This sweet and sour chicken recipe is from my mom.  We loved it!  The chicken turns out perfect browned a bit first in the oil and baked in the sauce till done.  Serve over cooked rice. Easy and so delicious!  -Kristin

4 large chicken breast, cut up in bite size pieces
salt and pepper
1 cup of cornstarch
3 eggs, beaten
Vegetable oil
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on the cut up chicken.
  • Mix the chicken pieces with the cornstarch.
  • Pour over the beaten eggs and mix well.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet.  Once the oil is hot, pour the chicken in carefully and brown on both side.
  • Place the chicken in a greased lasagna pan.
SWEET AND SOUR SAUCE
2 cups sugar
8 Tablespoons ketchup
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons garlic salt

  • Make the sauce ingredients by mixing them all together.
  • Pour over the chicken.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until chicken is done at 325.
  • Serve over cooked rice.

Pull Apart Pizza Bread

Easy pull apart pizza bread!  This is a must try and sure to please recipe!   One recipe of this serves 4.  I doubled it for serving 8 people and made one in a bundt pan and the other in an angel food cake pan, both worked great! -Kristin

2 cans of refrigerated biscuits
2 cups of mozzarella cheese
8 ounce package of pepperoni (I used turkey pepperoni)
2 Tablespoons dried parsley
1/3 cup olive oil
1 cup Parmesan cheese

Optional:  Serve with pizza sauce

  • Grease well a bundt pan and preheat oven to 350.
  • Tear the biscuits into fourths and mix with all ingredients together.
  • Place in bundt pan and bake 26-30 minutes till done.

Oven French Toast

My family likes when I make French toast for breakfast but I don't like the mess and how fussy it can be.  This is a great recipe to use up leftover bread and buns.  It is fine served without syrup because of the streusel topping, although some of my kids wanted syrup on top.  -Kristin

1 loaf day old bread (or whatever you have on hand)
8 eggs
2 cups milk
1/2 cup half and half (or more milk if you don't have)
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon salt

  • Grease a 9x13 pan and preheat oven to 350.
  • Tear bread into pieces and place in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, half and half, sugar and cinnamon.
  • Add the torn bread to the egg mixture and mix well.
  • Pour into prepared 9x13 pan.
  • Mix together the flour, brown sugar, butter and salt.
  • Crumble over the top of bread.
  • Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Nutmeg flax Pancakes

I found this recipe in a Penzys catalog and thought it would be a unique addition to our awesome pancake recipe collection. The recipe calls for 1-2 t. of nutmeg. Using 1 t. scared me a little but it was awesome! Not too strong at all. The flavor reminded me of a cake doughnut. I served these with our blueberry sauce, it was a great combination. -Sarah

2 cups flour
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1 t. salt
1 T. baking powder
1-2 t. nutmeg
2 cups milk
1/2 cup oil
1 T. honey or brown sugar
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla

  • Stir together dry ingredients. 
  • Blend eggs and wet ingredients until well mixed.
  • Pour wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just incorporated. 
  • Cook on hot griddle. 


Sausage and Lentil Soup

I love cooking with lentils. They cook quickly and are such a fun alternative to the other more common things we eat regularly. I've made this soup many times. We all love it and it freezes well too. You can change the spice level with the sausage or the red pepper flakes. We all like things spicy and a spicy sausage lentil soup is the perfect thing to warm you up on a cold day. We like to sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese on our bowls.  -Sarah

1 pound Italian sausage
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
6 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups water
1 # lentils, rinsed
1/2 t. oregano
1/2 t. sugar
1/2 t. pepper
1/2 t. red pepper flakes
32 oz. crushed tomatoes
14, oz can diced or stewed tomatoes
  • Brown sausage, onion and garlic. Drain if needed. 
  • Add broth, lentils, water and seasonings. Bring to a boil, reduce head and simmer covered for 30 minutes. (until lentils are softened)
  • Add tomatoes, bring back to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 45 minutes until lentils are cooked through. Adjust seasonings. 
(I found this recipe on the blog anoregoncottage.com I've changed it slightly)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Norwegian Sour Cream Cake

This is actually a King Arthur Flour recipe that I found through Pinterest. I have always wanted a really good pound cake recipe and for me this is exactly what I've been looking for. The cake is moist and dense with an amazing butter and sour cream flavor. My family loves this cake and thinks it should be served as a coffee cake and a dessert cake. -Sarah

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 t. salt
2 t. baking powder
2 t. vanilla
4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sour cream

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bundt pan, 10 inch tube pan, or angle food pan. 
  • In a large bowl beat together the butter and sugar until well combined. 
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each.
  • Stir in the salt, baking powder and vanilla.
  • Add the flour, alternating with the sour cream.
  • Starting with flour, add about 1 cup, alternating with 1/2 cup sour cream. Mixing at medium speed and combining well after each addition. Batter will be very thick when finished.
  • Scoop into prepared pan, leveling dough with spatula. 
  • Bake for about 60 minutes, checking with a tooth pick. Turn cake out onto a plate.