Thursday, July 14, 2011

No-Fry French Fries

2 medium potatoes
1/4 cup Italian reduced fat Dressing
1/4 cup Parmesan grated topping

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash potatoes and pat dry. Cut potatoes into 1/4 inch thick strips.
  • Transfer to a large plastic bag and pour Italian dressing and Parmesan into the bag. Toss well.
  • Arrange potatoes in a single layer on 2 large baking sheets sprayed with cooking spray. Spray fries again with spray.
  • Bake for 12 minutes. Turn fries with a spatula. Continue baking and turn every 10 minutes. (I ended up cooking my fries for 30 minutes.)

Cinnamon Pumpkin Rolls

I really liked these. You taste a bit of pumpkin, with a bit of wheat, with a bit of cinnamon. I put a normal frosting/glaze on it the time I made them, but I thought a cream cheese topping or filling would be really good too.

Dough:1 cup canned pumpkin or squash
2 large eggs
1/4 cup water, warm
1/4 cup soft butter
2 1/2 cups flour
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup dry milk powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
3 Tb brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp instant yeast

Filling:cinnamon/sugar mixture
raisins, dried cranberries, crystallized ginger (optional)

1 Tb butter
1 Tb milk
1 cup powdered sugar

  • Proof the yeast in the warm water. Mix and knead dough ingredients into a soft, smooth dough. Allow it to rise until double in size - 1.5-2 hours. Turn it out onto a lightly greased surface and roll it into a 14"x 22" rectangle.
  • Spread melted butter onto the dough and sprinkle with your cinnamon/sugar mixture. Sprinkle with raisins, cranberries, or ginger if desired. Roll the dough into a log.
  • Cut the log into sections. (8 worked well for a 9x13 pan.) Place in pan and let rise, covered for 1 hour or until puffy.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Drizzle with the glaze.

    Neiman Marcus Cookies

    This is the recipe from the email that everyone gets. The one about a lady who has to buy a 250 dollar recipe when she thinks it is a 2.50 recipe. The story is totally false by the way. The cookies however are fabulous.

    2 cups butter
    4 cups flour
    2 tsp baking soda
    2 cups sugar
    5 cups oatmeal, blended
    24 oz chocolate chips
    2 cups brown sugar
    1 tsp salt
    1 8 oz Hershey Bar (grated)
    4 eggs
    2 tsp baking powder
    2 tsp vanilla
    3 cups chopped nuts

    • Measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder.
    • Cream butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl add flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, soda. Mix dry ingredients with the sugar mixture.
    • Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. 
    • Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Makes 112 cookies.

    Saturday, July 9, 2011

    Morning Maple Muffins

    This is a Taste of Home recipe.

    2 cups flour
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    3/4 cup milk
    1/2 cup butter, melted
    1/2 cup maple syrup
    1/4 cup sour cream
    1 egg
    1/2 tsp vanilla extract

    3 Tb flour
    3 Tb sugar
    2 Tb chopped nuts
    1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    2 Tb cold butter

    • In a bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, combine the milk, butter, syrup, sour cream, egg and vanilla. Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened.
    • Fill greased muffin cups two thirds full.
    • For topping, combine the flour, sugar, nuts and cinnamon. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over batter. 
    • Bake at 400 degrees for 16-20 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans. Yield: 16 muffins.

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    Broccoli Salad

    2 large bunches of broccoli, chopped
    6 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
    1/2 red onion, chopped
    1/2 cup raisins
    1/2 cup sunflower seeds
    1/2 cup Swiss cheese
    1/2 cup almonds


    1 cup mayonnaise
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 tsp salt
    2 Tb cider vinegar

    • Combine all ingredients and set in refrigerator at least one hour before serving.

    Waffles with Orange Syrup


    2 1/4 tsp yeast
    1/2 cup warm water
    2 cups warm milk
    1/2 cup melted butter
    1 tsp sugar
    1 tsp salt
    2 cups all purpose flour
    2 large eggs
    1/4 tsp baking soda

    • Sprinkle yeast on warm water and let stand for 5 minutes. Add warm milk, butter, sugar, salt, and flour. Beat until smooth. Cover and refrigerate over night.
    • When ready to make, beat in eggs and baking soda. Pour batter into warm waffle iron.

    Orange Syrup

    1 cup sugar
    1/2 cup butter
    1/2 cup corn syrup
    1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

    Combine sugar, butter, syrup and orange juice in saucepan over medium to high heat. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes.
    (This can be used for waffles, pancakes, crepes, or even an ice cream topping.)