Sunday, January 31, 2010
1 8oz pkg cream cheese, room temperature
1/2C brown sugar
1/4C granulated sugar
1 bag Heath toffee chips (w/o chocolate)
Place cream cheese, sugars and vanilla in bowl and mix for 2 minutes. Fold in toffee chips 1/2 hour prior to serving. Serve with tart apples.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
1 stick butter
4 large onions
8 cloves garlic
1/3 C balsamic vinegar
1/4 C soy
3T Worcestershire sauce
10-12 leaves of basil
juice of 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper to taste
1. Slice your onions and place in large stock pot (I'm talking LARGE). Mince garlic and add to pot as well. Add butter, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, Worcestershire and Cabernet to onions and garlic and simmer covered over low/medium heat for 1 hour.
2. Remove stock pot from heat and spoon onion mixture (juices included) into blender of food processor and puree until smooth (unless you like chunky sauce, then just set to grind for 20 seconds). Pour mixture back into stock pot.
3. Puree crushed tomatoes if desired. Add to stock pot with onion mixture.
4. Chop and add basil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to sauce. Cover and simmer over low heat for 2 hours. Be sure not to scrape the bottom of the pot with the spoon. If there is any sauce burnt to the bottom and you scrape it up, it will ruin the sauce.
5. Remove from heat and spoon into 12 quart sized containers (I have been using these and LOVE them - they have a twist top). Freeze for future use.
This sauce ended up costing me $0.83/jar vs. the $5 I usually spend. I use red sauce in cooking about once/2 weeks, so this is a cost savings of over $100/yr!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Next up is the Pink Floyd dress. My hubby found this t-shirt (yes, I have him searching out t's now) and had to have a dress made out of it. It was a 3T - not quite big enough - so I had to cut out the logo and embroider it onto a different chest piece.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
1/4C soy sauce
1/4C balsamic vinegar
3T olive oil
1 1/2tsp ground ginger
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
2T parsley, finely chopped
chives, for garnish
Combine all ingredients. Pour over your favorite fish or chicken. Cover dish and refrigerate for several hours. Place in baking dish and bake in marinade. When serving, pour remaining from baking dish over meat and top with chives.
Bake salmon at 400 degrees for 18 minutes.
Bake chicken at 400 degrees for 22 minutes.
This would also make a wonderful dipping sauce for pot stickers or egg rolls, or a stir-fry sauce.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I drew out a pattern for the sock monkey and then appliqued it onto this dress. I added button eyes and a heavy ruffle to the bottom hem. Yes, PBJ is being a monkey in this photo......shocker, I know.
Miss PBJ was actually cooperative for this picture! She loves this dress.
Friday, January 8, 2010
1 pint half & half or cream
1 stick butter
2 cloves garlic
1 bunch fresh basil -OR- 3-4T pesto
1/2 can of OJ concentrate - DO NOT add water
1C chicken stock
salt and pepper
1. Chop onion and garlic, saute in stock pot with butter until onion becomes translucent. Meanwhile, get out your blender or food processor.
2. Puree the onions, garlic and butter. Start adding tomatoes 1 C at a time to the blender, puree until smooth and pour into large stock pot. Continue working in batches until all of the tomatoes are pureed. Be sure to toss in your fresh basil or pesto with some tomatoes and puree as well.
3. Place on stove top over low heat. Add cream, OJ concentrate (just the concentrate, do not add water), chicken stock and milk. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Let simmer for 2-3 hours, the longer the simmer at the lowest heat makes the best soups.
5. Serve with grilled cheese sandwiches - My fav uses the No-knead bread recipe I have posted here - topped with smoked gouda and apple slices.
**Add apples to the puree mixture for a sweeter soup.
**Add 2C of cooked, pureed carrots for a heartier soup.
This soup freezes very well.
Friday, January 1, 2010
Powdered sugar for dusting
1. Peel, core and thinly slice apples. Set aside.
2. Melt butter and pour into 9X13" baking dish. Spread butter thouroughly, including sides of dish.
3. Combine eggs and milk in large bowl. Add flour slowly, whisking continuously to avoid lumps.
4. Pour batter into buttered dish. Top batter with layers of apple. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
5. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until pancake is puffed and golden.
6. Dust with powdered sugar or top with maple syrup.