Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Southern Skillet Corn #8

New Recipe 14/20
 
Pinterest seems to be a theme for many of my recipes.
 
I found this pin for this blog post for Southern Skillet Corn. Check out the original post for really good photos and directions.
 


The players... Corn, flour, salt, sugar, pepper, butter and water. I have included the original recipe from the original pot at the end of this post

The fun begins with shucking the corn.
 
Isn't that beautiful
 
Cut the corn off the cob
 
This is a trick I learned from Food Network. If you put a bowl upside down in another bowl it will keep your corn cob away from all that is being cut off while keeping all the corn together in a bowl and not all over the counter. 
 
All the corn cut off
 
Once the corn is all cut off, take a spoon and scrape the cob. This will give you all the yummy juices and corn milk
 
See the well cleaned out cob
 
Once the corn is all clean, you will melt the butter is a skillet. Also, mix the flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and water together in a separate bowl.
 
Add Corn and flour mix to the buttered skillet.
 
Cook on Med-low heat for 40-45 minutes, stirring occasionally
 
Yummy corn went with my forgotten chicken (see previous post for that recipe)
 
VERDICT: This corn was oh, so good! I will be using it in the future.
 
 
Southern Skillet Corn
6 ears corn
3 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups water
3 tablespoons butter
Shuck corn and pull off silks, then rinse under cool running water. In a large bowl, cut the corn from the cob with a sharp knife. Scrap up the cob with a spoon to get the milk. Combine flour, sugar, salt and pepper in a small bowl, then add to 1 1/2 cups of water. Stir with a fork or whisk or combine. Melt butter over medium-low heat in a large, heavy bottomed skillet. Add corn and flour mixture and cook over medium-low heat for 40-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Makes 6 servings. Nutritional Information for this recipe can be found at CalorieCount.com.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Forgotten Chicken #8

 #8 New Recipe (13/20)
Another Pinterest recipe!
 
 
The Players... Chicken (I only used two chicken breast), two "cream of" soups (I used one chicken and one celery), 2 cups uncooked minute rice, 1 can of water, and one pack of Lipton onion soup mix

Mix soups, rice, and water together, place chicken on top, and sprinkle on the soup mix. Cover with foil.

You can bake on a lower heat 250ish for 3 hours or so (note this is where the name comes from) or on a higher heat 350ish for around 1 1/2 hours.

Please excuse the messy looking plate... But here it is... Rice, chicken, creamy corn (recipe on the next post) and a biscuit.


VERDICT: Super easy and only 5 ingredients, how can you beat that! I loved how the rice had a mix of crispiness from the edges and creamy softness from the middle. I will be making this recipe again for sure!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Amish Friendship Bread #14

14. Keep Amish Bread going for 2 months
 
I thought I had some photos of Amish Friendship bread that I had made but currently I haven't found any on my computer to share with this post. Sooo, I will have to upload them later.
 
I am happy to say I was able to keep the bread going for over 2 months!!! But I did put my starter up in the freezer in July because it was getting quite warm and making bread was heating up the kitchen big time!
 
As soon as it cools off some (meaning highs not in the 80s!) I plan on pulling the starter out and making bread again on a regular basis!
 
For now, I am happy to mark this one as complete!!! And I will try to take photos of the various version of friendship bread I like to make once the weather cools off a little.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pillsbury Savvy Shopper's Cookbook #12

Cookbook #11
(Yes I am over my list goal but you can never have too many cookbooks, right?)
 
Barnes and Nobles has been the source for several of my cookbooks! I like to go in and browse through their bargain books sections. For this reason, it is probably a good thing the Barnes and Noble a couple miles from the house closed and now I have to go across the bay to visit Barnes and Nobles.
 

On my last trip to Barnes and Nobles, I ran across Pillsbury Savvy Shopper's Cookbook. Not only does it have a photo to go with each recipe but it also has some very helpful tips and hints in the beginning of the book!


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Food Network 1000 Easy Recipes # 12

Cookbook #10
12. Expand my cookbook collection by 10
 
I am far from a food genius but I love me some Food Network! I could watch Food Network for hours!
On one of my recent trips to Barnes and Nobles, I was browsing the cookbook section. I usually just stick to the bargain books section but I was looking for some inspiration and also knew I had my birthday and Christmas coming up soon.
 

I ran across this cookbook. I even took a picture of the cover with my phone so I could remember it for later. So when mom asked me what cookbooks I wanted this was the second one on my list. The layout of this cookbook is a little different from most. I'll have to take photos of a couple of the pages to share once I start cooking out of it.

Overall, I am really excited about cooking recipes out of this book. And Colin is excited about all the different smoothie recipes in the book!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Savory Sweet Life by Alice Currah #12

Cookbook #9
 
 
If you have kept up with my list of cookbooks I have gotten so far you know I am a fan of Pioneer Woman. I didn't think I would jump on the PW bandwagon but now I wonder why I didn't before now.
 
 
 
For my birthday this year, mom told me she and dad were planning on getting me cookbook(s) for my birthday and let me pick the ones I wanted within my birthday present budget. I knew right away what I wanted for one of the cookbooks.
 
I can't wait to make some of the recipes in this cookbook!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Crockin Girls Pizza

New Recipe #12 (12/20)

When I get a new cookbook I sit down with little post it note type stickers and mark the recipes I want to try. This way I can easily grab a cookbook when I am looking for new recipes and turn to the ones I know I want to try.
 
When I got my Crockin Girls Slow Cookin Companion Cookbook it was no different. I probably could have just used one big post it note for the whole book because the whole thing looked sooooo good! (I think all the pictures with each recipe really helped this!)
 
The first recipe I tried was Crockin Girls Pizza (pg 316-317).
 
 
I didn't follow the all the ingredients listed in the recipe but I followed the general concept.
 
The players... Can of pizza dough, pizza sauce, pepperoni, cheese (pizza blend) and of course the Crockpot! And don't worry I didn't use all that sauce and pepperoni, it will be split up and put into the freezer to have quick meals at hand.
 
I used half of the pizza dough (I don't like huge thick crust) and a cup of pizza sauce.
 
Completely layered with Pepperoni
 
And the cheese!
Cook on HIGH for 2 hours!
VERDICT: It was really good! And I didn't have to heat up the entire house to make pizza in the oven or pick up the phone for delivery.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Crockin' Girls Slow Cookin' Companion

Cookbook #8

 

 
Colin's parents gave me The Cockin' Girls Slow Cookin' Companion for my birthday this year.
 
This recipe is full of recipes for the crockpot that range over 7 categories including Good Morning Sunshine, Just a Taste, Bowls of Goodness, Side by Side, The Main Squeeze, Easy Italian Crockin, and Our Sweet Things.
 
 
The best part (or at least in my cookbook world) is there is a picture with every recipe! I am the type that eats with my eyes first and I could eat most of this cookbook!!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pinterest Fall Scents # 99

Another Pinterest Idea 8/15
 
Who doesn't like the wonderful smell of fall running through their house.
 
I found this pin and could help but try it out.
 
 
The directions... super easy... Water, orange peels, and cinnamon!!! and heat on medium heat. I used a little more cinnamon then that the pin says because I love the smell of cinnamon. The house smelled wonderful... Just remember, make sure you have enough water and check on the pot every now and then, otherwise you will end up with burnt orange peel!


 

Monday, October 8, 2012

PW Flour Tortillas #8



New Recipe 11/20

One of the things on my cooking bucket list was to make homemade tortillas. So I decided to make some with my baked chicken fajitas. I went on a hunt for a recipe online and found Pioneer Womans recipe on her blog. Feel free to check out her blog post because her pictures are way better than mine. I have also included the recipe and directions from her post on the bottom of this post.


The Players ... All Purpose flour, baking powder, salt, crisco, and warm water
 
 
Mix dry ingredients
 
Add Crisco
 
mix together
 
and cut some more
 
until it finally looks like this!
 
Add the warm water, mix, and form into a ball
 
Cover and let it sit
 
 
Form into ping pong size balls
 
Roll out dough to desired thickness
 
 
Place in skillet or griddle on medium - med/high heat around 20-30 seconds on each side
Till you get a nice light brown. This is my first homemade flour tortilla... I got the hang of it the more I made so the later ones turned out way better.
 
And I had enough dough for another meal.
 
 
 Verdict: I had a little too much flour on them from rolling them out but other than that they were very delicious! See the original recipe from PW post below.

 

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 cup Lard Or Vegetable Shortening
  • 2 Tablespoons (additional) Lard Or Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 cup Hot Water

Preparation Instructions

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a large wooden bowl. Stir together.
Add spoonfuls of lard or shortening (use 1/2 cup PLUS 2 tablespoons), then use a pastry cutter to combine the ingredients. Cut mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Slowly pour in hot water, stirring to bring mixture together. Lightly knead dough 30 to 40 times, or until it becomes a cohesive ball of dough and is less sticky. Cover with a tea towel and allow dough to rest for at least an hour.
Roll into ping pong size balls, place on a tray, cover with a tea towel, and allow to rest for another 20 to 30 minutes.
When you're ready to make the tortillas, head a dark or cast iron griddle to medium/medium-high heat. One by one, roll out balls of dough until very, very thin. Throw tortillas (one by one) onto the griddle. Cook on each side for 20 to 30 seconds, removing while tortillas are still soft but slightly brown in spots. Remove and stack tortillas, and cover with a towel to keep warm. Serve immediately or allow to cool before storing tortillas in a container. To warm, nuke tortillas in the microwave, or wrap in foil and warm in the oven.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Baked Chicken Fajitas - # 8

New Recipe #10 (10/20)
 
Pinterest is good for many reasons but one of them is all the yummy recipes you can find. I am the type of person who eats with my eyes first so when I saw the photo for this pin I was sold.



 
 We have started getting produce once a week from a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) group. And I try (try being the key word) to decide what I'm making and prep as much as I can in one day.
 

All the onions and peppers slices. Love all the colors!




 
The players... (The original recipe is on the bottom) 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced tomatoes (I am trying to say away from canned stuff so I used a couple of tomatoes that I peeled and cut up), 1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies, 1 medium onion, 1 bell and 1 red pepper (original recipe calls for just the bell pepper but I had a red pepper that needed to be used), vegetable oil, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, dried oregano, and salt.

Mix peppers and onion together... Again I love the colors.

Add onion and peppers to the pan

Add diced tomatoes

And green chilies

In a separate bowl, add the oil and all the dry ingredients together.

Mix well

Slice chicken

Add chicken to pan

Cover chicken with oil/spices mix

Mix together

I used a glove to keep all the spices and juices off my hands but you can use a spoon as well.

Everything will be nicely coated

All covered and ready

All done! and looks oh so good! And I made homemade tortillas to go with them (see next post for recipe!)

This was enough for dinner, another meal in the fridge, and two bags for the freezer for a rainy day!
 
(Recipe from Eatin' on the Cheap)

(Serves 4-6)
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies
1 medium onion, sliced
1 large bell pepper, seeded and sliced
2 T vegetable oil
2 t. chili powder
2 t. cumin
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. dried oregano
1/4 t. salt
12 flour tortillas, warmed to serve

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 13×9 baking dish. Mix together chicken, tomatoes, chilies, peppers, and onions in the dish.

In a small bowl combine the oil and spices. Drizzle the spice mixture over the chicken and toss to coat.
Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.

Serve with warmed tortillas and enjoy!
 
The Verdict: It was really good! Next time I will probably make a smaller batch because it was sooo much for just Colin and I to eat! Although it does make for a good freezer meal.