Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Emma's Famous Chocolate Chip cookies

I made these for the primary the other day and they were a hit! So Yummy and gooey!

2/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3 c flour (plus 1/2 c for softer rounder cookies) I did not add the extra flour when I last made them.
12 oz chocolate chips (I probably put in more than that!)
1 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
Can put in 1 c nuts but I didn't

Preheat oven 375. Mix together shortning, butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients ( I put everything in my mixer) Cook 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool before removing from cookie sheet. They taste better under done---I took them out of the oven a little before they started turning too brown and they finished cooking on the sheet. They are so yummy!! Enjoy!

Monday, May 11, 2009


I have a new Pizza Crust recipe that I just love!!! And my kids really like it too.

1 T yeast
1 1/3 cup water
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 Tbsp EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Dissolve the yeast in the water for 10 minutes. Combine the dry ingredients together and then add the yeast mixture. Let the dough rise for about an hour. I make two pizzas out of the crust. Roll the crust out and put spaghetti sauce on and then your favorite toppings. I put ham, pepperoni and mozzerella cheese. Bake in 375 F oven for about 15-20 minutes and then enjoy!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hoagie Pizzas

I had some hoagie buns that I needed to use up before they went stale so this is what I came up with. Kalli wasn't enthusiastic about it at first but I said, "Okay, Taco Soup or Hoagie Pizza" Pizza won (sorry Emma-my kids just don't think Taco Soup sounds good) Anyway, here is the recipe that I made up.
Hoagie Buns split in half
Hunt's spaghetti sauce
mozzerella cheese
Split the Hoagie's in half. Spread on spaghetti sauce. Add your favorite toppings-we put on pepperoni and a little ham. Spread Cheese all over. Put in oven and cook for about 10-15 minutes at 400F. I'm guessing on the time so you better just watch until the buns get crispy and before the cheese turns brown. They are delicious! Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I am suffering from C.A.A.D.D.

I need to put some bread recipes on here but unfortunately I am suffering from this disease called C.A.A.D.D. I didn't realize how bad I had it until my good friend Jenna Steed emailed me this and I realized that I suffered from it. Hopefully I will get the recipes up soon but the truth is I just am going in every direction and my house is a mess and I am doing everything else but put the recipe up here--someone tell me the cure!!!

Here are how the symptoms manifest:I decide to do the laundry. As I start toward the basement, I notice that there are cheerios all over the floor and mycar keys are in the cereal bowl.I decide to pick up the cheerios before I do the laundry. I lay mycar keys down on the counter, put the cheerios in the trash can under thecounter, and notice that the trash can is full. So, I decideto take out the trash.But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I takeout the trash I may as well pay the bills first. I take my checkbook offthe table, and see that there is only one check left, my extra checksare in my desk in the office/playroom, so I go to my desk where I find asippy cup full of juice. I'm going to look for my checks, but first Idecide Ishould put the sippy cup in the refrigerator to keep it cold. As I headtoward the kitchen with the sippy cup a vase of flowers on the countercatches my eye - they need to be watered. I set the sippy cup on thecounter, and I discover baby wipes that I've been searching for all morning. I decide I betterput them back in the bathroom, but first I'm going to water the flowers. Iset the wipes back down, fill a container with water and suddenly I spotthe TV remote, one of the kids left it on the kitchen table. I realize thatafter school when they go to watch TV, I will be looking for the remote asthey fight over who lost it, but I won't remember that it's on thekitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the denwhere it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.I splash some water on the flowers, but most of it spills on thefloor. So,I set the remote back down, get some paper towels and wipe upthe spill.Then I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.At the end of the day: the laundry isn't washed, the bills aren'tpaid, there is a warm cup of juice sitting on the counter,the flowers a ren't watered, there is still only one check in mycheckbook,I can't find the remote, I can't find the wipes, and I don'tremember what I did with the car keys.when when I try to figure out why nothing got donetoday, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day long,and I'm really tired.I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some helpfor it, but first I'll check my e-mail.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Easy Chicken with Basil Cream Sauce

This recipe I got on the back of the American Beauty Bow Tie Pasta bag. Aaron kept asking for more! It is really good!
12 oz Bow tie pasta
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into strips
(I think this recipe is raw chicken and it cooks but I just used cooked chicken to begin with)
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 cup milk-
3 oz. cream cheese
1/2 tsp dried basil leaves
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Cook Noodles. Drain. In large skillet over medium heat melt butter. Sprinkle with garlic salt. Cook chicken until not pink. Add milk and heat until just to boiling; stir in cream cheese and basil. Reduce heat. Stir constantly until cream cheese is melted and chicken is cooked. Remove from heat and stir in parmesan cheese. Toss in hot bow tie noodles and serve immediately!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo
From: Campbell's Kitchen
Prep: 10 minutesCook: 20 minutes
Serves: 4
1/2 of a 1-pound package linguine 1 cup fresh or frozen broccoli flowerets 2 tbsp. butter 1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (Regular, 98% Fat Free, 25% Less Sodium or Healthy Request®)1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
Prepare the linguine according to the package directions in a 3-quart saucepan. Add the broccoli during the last 4 minutes of cooking. Drain the linguine mixture well in a colander.
Heat the butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until it's well browned, stirring often.
Stir the soup, milk, cheese, black pepper and linguine mixture in the skillet. Cook until the mixture is hot and bubbling, stirring occasionally. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese.
Tip: You can substitute spaghetti or fettuccine for the linguine in this recipe.
Serving Suggestion: Serve with a mixed green salad topped with orange sections, walnut pieces and raspberry vinaigrette. For dessert serve almond biscotti.
Cost per recipe: $7.86
Cost per recipe serving: $1.97
Total cost of meal (including serving suggestion): $14.81
Cost calculations based on July 2008 national average prices
Nutrition Information
Calories 526, Total Fat 17g, Saturated Fat g, Cholesterol mg, Sodium 845mg, Total Carbohydrate 51g, Dietary Fiber 4g, Protein 39g, Vitamin A %DV, Vitamin C %DV, Calcium %DV, Iron %DV: Calories 508, Total Fat 15g, Saturated Fat g, Cholesterol mg, Sodium 698mg, Total Carbohydrate 51g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Protein 39g, Vitamin A %DV, Vitamin C %DV, Calcium %DV, Iron %DV: Calories 520, Total Fat 17g, Saturated Fat g, Cholesterol mg, Sodium 709mg, Total Carbohydrate 51g, Dietary Fiber 4g, Protein 39g, Vitamin A %DV, Vitamin C %DV, Calcium %DV, Iron %DV
I got this from Campbell's kitchen recipes. Their picture looks so much better than mine but it tastes ohhh so good. I know I have been cooking a lot with broccoli lately (much to my children's dismay!) but I had to use up all my broccoli before it went bad!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Cheezy Ham Rotini Bake

I just made this up although I'm sure someone somewhere has made this before. It tasted pretty good though so here is the recipe.
1 package of Rotini noodles
White sauce: 4 T butter
1/4 cup of Bisquick (pancake mix will probably do or even flour)
2 cups of milk
chopped up bits of ham
broccoli (or other vegetable)
cheddar cheese
Cook up the noodles separately--you can do macaroni, egg noodles, I used rotini they were fun.
In another saucepan, melt butter and add Bisquick. Stir together then add milk and stir constantly till bubbly, boiling and thickened. (I also put in a chicken boullion cube for flavor). Then in a 9 x 13 pan combine cooked noodles, ham, broccoli and white sauce. Stir well. Grate cheese over the dish. Above I have a picture before I cooked it and after. Cook in oven about 15-20 minutes till warmed through at 350F. Serve with Fresh Rolls and you have a lovely meal to enjoy!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup, Gypsy style from my cookbook Managing your Meals by Winnifred Jardine.
I love this recipe! My kids will eat it now but it is not their favorite! They are missing out!!! Hope you enjoy it.

1 cup dried lentils
5 cups water
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
1 cup finely diced carrots ( I just cut them up and put them in without dicing--tastes just as good)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups ham scraps or pieces
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp marjoram
Dairy sour cream (optional)
Ground nutmeg (optional)

Combine all ingredients, except sour cream and nutmeg in 3-quart kettle. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, about 2 hours or until lentils are very tender. Top each serving with dollop of sour cream and sprinkling of nutmeg, if desired. makes 8 servings.

Peanut Butter Fingers

This is a recipe that I made around Christmas time. I can't make this for awhile because I will eat the whole pan because they are so good and get fat!

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F

1 cube butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3/4 c peanut butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 c flour
1 1/8 c white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 1/4 c rolled oats
1 tsp vanilla

Directions: Mix butter, sugars, eggs, peanut butter, soda, salt and vanilla well. Add flour and oats. Mix well. Spread into a buttered cookie sheet (about 1/8th inch thick.)
Bake at 325 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.

When slightly cooled, spread top with 1 cup whipped peanut butter (I put the peanut butter in a bowl and got my mixer and beat it for a few minutes until it is smooth.) Cool completely or freeze. Then top with chocolate frosting. You can make your own frosting or use store bought. I tried to put the frosting on without freezing the peanut butter and although it is possible, it is very messy and difficult. Cut into bars and ENJOY!