Saturday, March 31, 2012

Skillet Soda Bread

¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 ¾ cup buttermilk
2 eggs, well beaten
1 ½ cups raisins or currants
3 packets tsp spices fennel seeds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10-inch oven-proof skillet and line with parchment or waxed paper.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda and whisk together. You can also sift these ingredients or, as we prefer, give them a quick whir in the bowl of a food processor.

In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk, eggs, sugar and half (2 Tablespoons) of the melted butter. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until just combined. Fold in the raisins or currants and the fennel seeds.

Pour batter into the skillet. Brush the top with the remaining butter. Bake until golden and firm to the touch, about 1 hour. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

This is delicious served with slices of crisp, tart apples and cheddar cheese.

(adapted from The New York Times)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Enchilada Casserole


1 large 13 ounce package Dorios ( save 2 cups for casserole topping)
2 tbsp onion grated
1 10 ounce can chili with beans
10-to-15 ounce enchilada sauce
8 ounce can tomato sauce
1 and 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Topping Ingredients:

2 cups Doritos
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/4 cups of sour cream


Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Crumble 6 cups Doritos with your hands into a large mixing bowl.
Add the onion, the chili, the enchilada sauce, tomato sauce and 1 and 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese to the crumbled Doritos.
Sit with a rubber spatula to combine.  Place mix into an 8 1/2 x 11 - inch oven proof casserole dish.

Bake for 20 mintes

remove from the oven.  Spread the sour cream over the top of the casserole with a large spoon or rubber spatula.  Top with remaining 2 cups Doritos.  Then sprinkle with the 1/2 cup of the cheeder cheese. 

Bake for antoher five minutes and serve.

Bacon Pull-a-part Bread


1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch mix
1 pkg. Bacon Bits
1 Loaf of Frozen Bread
1 Cup Cheddar Cheese
Olive Oil


Pull out frozen bread loaf.  Let thaw and proof.  When it is proof flatten out.  Cut into 1 inch squares.  Coat with Olive Oil.  I use spray Olive Oil much cleaner and faster.  Mix into bowl rest of ingredients.  Put cut bread dough into the mixture.  Mix with hands until all coated.  Grease bread pan.  Place the bread into pan and let proof again.  Make sure to cover when proofing.  Cover bread pan with foil for the first 30 Min's of baking.  Bake @ 400 for 30-45 Min's.  Remove the foil for the last 15 Min's of baking.  Watch close to make sure it is not burning when it is uncovered.  And then enjoy.

Grandma Gallante Cookies ( Feisty FruGal's Website)


1 Stick Butter Melted
1 Cup Sugar
2 Eggs
3 1/2 Cups Flour
7 tsp. Baking Powder
2/3 Cups Milk
1/2 Box confectioners Sugar
2 T. Lemon Extract
Sprinkles ( If want them in there )


Mix all ingredients together until well mixed.  If dough is sticky add flour to your hands.  shape into balls. ( not to big of balls ).  Set on greased cookie sheet.  Bake @ 400 for 7-10 Min's.  Cookies will be white but they are done.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cowboy Breakfast Sandwiches

16 slices Texas toast
1 pound breakfast sausage, cut into 8 patties
12 eggs
1/2 cup half-and-half
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup jarred jalapeno slices
Sandwich spread of your choice, such as mayo, spicy sandwich spread or spicy mustard
8 slices cheese, such as American, Cheddar or Cheddar-Jack

Cook the Texas toast on a griddle over medium heat, using lots of butter. Set aside.
Fry the sausage patties in a skillet over medium heat, flattening with the spatula as they cook. Set aside.        
Mix the eggs, half-and-half and some salt and pepper in a separate bowl. Pour the eggs onto the griddle in a rectangular shape. Flip to cook on both sides. Cut the rectangle of eggs into 8 squares and set aside on a plate.
Increase the heat, then jump the jalapeno slices onto the hot griddle. Let them sizzle for a couple of minutes, chopping them with the side of the spatula as they cook. Drop on a tablespoon of butter for flavor. Cook until the jalapenos have some brown and black bits. Remove from the griddle, then set aside.
Spread whatever sandwich spread you'd like to use onto the Texas toast. Top with a sausage patty, eggs, a slice of cheese and some jalapenos. Top with another slice of Texas toast, then wrap in foil for serving.

Pizza Dough-Nuts

4 cups vegetable or canola oil
1 can Pillsbury® refrigerated classic pizza crust
1/4cup sugar
1 teasopoon ground cinnamon

1 In deep heavy 3-quart saucepan, heat oil to 350°F. 2 Meanwhile, remove dough from can; do not unroll. Cut dough into 12 (1-inch) slices. Cut each slice in half crosswise to make 24 pieces. Roll each piece into ball; set aside. 3 In small brown paper bag (lunch bag), mix sugar and cinnamon. 4 Carefully place dough balls into hot oil; cook about 30 seconds or until light golden brown. Using wire skimmer or metal slotted spoon, transfer doughnuts to paper bag with sugar-cinnamon. Fold top of bag over; shake until doughnuts are coated. Serve warm.
Honey Roasted Chicken Legs

          8(4.0 ounce)chicken legs
          2(tablespoon)butter, melted
          2(tablespoon)honey 1
          1/2(cup)seasoned bread crumbs

Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs, paprika and salt; set aside. In small bowl, mix butter and honey. Dip chicken in honey mixture then roll in bread crumbs. Arrange chicken legs in a shallow oven-proof dish. Cook uncovered for 35-40 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Serve.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Parmesan – Roasted Zucchini
  • 2 zucchini – cut into 4ths – length wise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt
  • garlic powder
  • black pepper
  • 1⁄3 cup parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Lay zucchini on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Brush olive oil on each and sprinkle: salt, pepper, garlic powder.
  3. Top with cheese.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until zucchini is tender and cheese is browned.

Peanut Butter Cookies

This a fast and easy cookie to make.

  1. 1 cup of Peanut Butter
  2. 1 Egg
  3. 1 cup of Sugar

Preheat oven to 350.  Spray cookie sheet with non-stick oil.  Mix the 3 indigents above.  They will dry looking.  Use a spoon or roll out ball size cookie.  Place on pan.  Bake for 10-15 minutes.  They do not look done.  But trust me they are.  Take out and let cool and enjoy.
I know it sounds weird not to have floor, but it does work.