“A good cook knows that it's not what's on the table that matters, it's who is in the chairs.”

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Hot Tamales

This is the link for the tamale recipe if you need more detailed instructions
1/2 c oil
6 T chili powder
3 T garlic powder
3 T cumin
1 T black pepper
2 T salt
2 whole chicken meat
7 pounds roast

1/2 bag masa dough
3T salt
1 T cumin
3 T paprika
3 T chili powder
3 T garlic powder
2 c oil
2 Qts broth

1 lb corn husks

Warm oil with spices
Add meat to pan, mix really well

To make dough, put dough with spices in bowl
Add broth & oil a little at a time, mix well

Schmear dough in corn husk with your hands
Add meat

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer, cook 2 hours in a REALLY big pot!!

put dozens in bag.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Stuffed Green Pepper Soup!

After falling in love with Zoup!'s Overstuffed Bell Pepper Soup, I attempted to make it! We love stuffed peppers in our house.

1 lb ground turkey
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 lb green pepper, diced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes or crushed tomatoes
2 cups water or low sodium beef broth
1-2 teaspoon beef base
salt and pepper
2 cups brown rice

Brown ground beef until fully cooked.
Drain fat from turkey (if any) and set aside. Saute the vegetables in the same pan. Add water or broth, beef base, ground beef and rendered fat, let simmer for at least 15 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. The longer this soup simmers the better the flavor.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hot Chocolate

1 box (25 ounces) nonfat dry milk powder
6 ounces powdered non-dairy creamer
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 (16 ounce) container instant chocolate drink mix
1 4 oz package of chocolate pudding

In a large bowl, combine dry milk, non-dairy creamer, confectioners' sugar, pudding, and instant chocolate drink mix. Mix well, run through blender. Put in a large airtight container.

To make Hot Chocolate, add 3 tablespoons mix to 1 cup of hot water, and stir well.

Add mini marshmallows if desired

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Icing for Cookies

3 c. sifted confectioner's sugar

1/4 c. milk (as needed)

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Combine sugar, milk, vanilla and salt; mix well.

Add food coloring. Frost cookies.

Add candy sprinkles if desired.

Will frost approximately 5 dozen cookies.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Peanut Butter Frosting

This is so yummy!!! It goes great on the chocolate cake recipe below!!! mmmmm......

2 cup butter, softened
3 cup creamy peanut butter
6 tablespoons milk, or as needed
4 cups confectioners' sugar

Place the butter and peanut butter into a medium bowl, and beat with an electric mixer. Gradually mix in the sugar, and when it starts to get thick, incorporate milk one tablespoon at a time until all of the sugar is mixed in and the frosting is thick and spreadable. Beat for at least 3 minutes for it to get good and fluffy.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

HOMEMADE Chocolate Cake and frosting

Chocolate One – Bowl Cake
2 cups white sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 inch round pans or 1 - 9 x 13 pan.
In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the center and add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes at medium speed. Stir in boiling water. When you’re done mixing, don’t be scared, it’s kind of watery…
Pour into two 9 inch pans. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 35 minutes (or 50 minutes in 9X13 pan) or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack and continue cooling.

Chocolate Frosting
1/4 cup butter (softened but NOT melted)
2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons milk

Mix together all ingredients. May need to add more milk (slowly) until frosting reaches a spreadable consistency!