Creamy Quik Oatmeal

augoats

This hot cereal  provides abundant energy to meet the day’s challenges.  I have learned that cooking it with water makes a creamier dish.

~~

1/2 cup quik oatmeal

1 cup water*

dash of cinnamon

1/2 c milk

1-2 t of sugar

~

Preparation: 

Place oatmeal, water and cinnamon in glass bowl.

(bowl must be at least twice as deep as water level.)

 Microwave for a minute and a half. 

Add milk and sugar.  Stir and enjoy. 

 

* water must be used.  Milk doesn’t  cook it thoroughly but if milk is preferred, then microwave twice for same amount of time.

Buttery Angel Biscuits

biscuit, angel

~~

2  1/2 c flour     2 t sugar          

 1/2  t soda      1/2 t salt

1/2 c butter       1 pkt yeast         

7/8 c buttermilk 

~

Preparation:

 Combine flour, sugar, soda and salt.  

Add butter and crumble into the mixture.   

Mix buttermilk with yeast and let sit for 5 min.  Add to mixture.  Knead til dough is well-formed. 

Roll on floured surface, 1 in thick.  cut into desired shape.

Place on greased pan or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Let rise for 30 minutes.  bake at 375 for 15 min.  

 

biscuits

Making a Margarita

margaritas   

  How to  Make a Margarita

 

Rub copa rim with lime wedge

Dip copa into salt

Drop lime wedge into copa

Add ice

Add Tequila and Triple Sec

Pour limonada & Stir

Enjoy every sip ~

 

Notes: 

Triple Sec can be purchased in alcoholic and non-alcoholic brands.  I used the latter.  I recommend one capful or two.

Cut limes in quarters or eighths.

Tequila brands and types are many.  I used a quality silver tequila.  

A copa is a goblet.

~~

tequilaabandonado

  

 

 

 

 

 


 

What to Feed A Crowd?

 

abowl

Hello, Fellow Foodies, I need ideas on what to feed a crowd.

 Other than grilling salmon, burgers and steaks, which are easy to prepare,  I am lost on what else to feed my large and ever-growing family when we meet for holidays.   There are nine of us and we are a happy bunch but the wrong diet makes for not so happy bellies.

 They are a gracious group but they also prefer healthy and well-balanced meals that aren’t too fatty so no possibility of a fish fry at our house.  

 Below I list the dishes I have prepared that seemed to please them in case you too are looking for ideas:

  ~ taco or tostada bar

~ chili on fritos, tamales, salad, or hot dogs (wasn’t too big of a hit)

~ crock-pot roast beef and taters

 The usual pasta casseroles arent too popular as most of them are watching their carbs — and pasta is very high in carbs.

 Any suggestions are highly appreciated.  Thank you!  And my family thanks you, too!  🙂

 

 

 

 

Meatloaf for Twelve

meatloaf

Baking meatloaf is a messy undertaking.  I have found the paper (non-foil) disposable pans by Hefty to be perfect for baking it.  I then transfer it to a serving platter or dish.   It takes an hour an a half to bake and the paper pan holds up even though the instructions say to use the pan for an hour only.

 

Recipe

 

4 lbs of ground turkey or beef

1 large onion, diced

1 bunch of green onions, diced

1 t of sea salt

2 t of minced dry garlic

4 eggs

 1 1/2 cup ketchup (separated)

 

 Set oven to 425.  Mix all ingredients with half a cup of ketchup.  Place into a sprayed 11 x 14 baking dish, forming into a loaf. 

 

Bake for 45 minutes covered with foil.  Remove cover and pour out excess juices and foam.  Spoon the rest of the ketchup  on the meatloaf.  Bake uncovered for an additional 45 minutes. 

Cut into 12 rectangles.  Place  their plate before them, with potatoes and a colorful veggie, and watch them smile at this wholesome meal you have prepared.  🙂

 

 

 

Red Pepper Rice

rice (2)

This is my favorite  rice recipe that I serve as a side with roast beef, Mexican food and seafood.   The red and colors remind me of confetti,  and I like the addition of more veggies to ordinary rice. 

Recipe:

1 cup basmati or jasmine rice

1 cup  green onions, diced

1 cup red bell peppers, diced

1 T oil

2  garlic cloves, or 1/2 t garlic powder

1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1/4 cup water

1/3 t salt

~~

Add oil to saucepan.  Saute rice til light brown.

Add  vegetables and saute til roasted. 

Add garlic, salt, broth and water.  

Bring to a boil, stir,  cover and reduce heat to low.

Cook for 15 minutes.   Stir and replace lid.  

Shut the stove off. The rice will continue cooking as it stays on the burner and become more tender.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coconut Pecan Fudge

fudge

12 oz  chocolate chips, regular or dairy free

1 can coconut milk *

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup of walnuts or pecans

2 cups,  unsweetened flake coconut

Separate the cream from the clear liquid in the coconut can.   Mix chips and cream in saucepan.  Melt over  low heat, stirring to prevent sticking.   When completely melted, add vanilla and nuts. 

Prepare an 8 x 8 parchment-lined  dish.  Paper must go up the sides. Spray the paper with coconut oil spray.   Pour the fudge mixture into the dish and sprinkle with 1 cup of coconut. 

Chill for a minimum of 3 hours.  Once chilled, place a plate over the fudge dish and holding together,  flip them over.  Remove paper.   Flip back over & cut into squares

Sprinkle  the 2nd cup of coconut on a plate and rub the bottom of each square on the coconut .  This will keep the fudge from sticking when  on the serving platter plate or mini  paper baking cups.

Serve chilled and with a big sense of personal pride for this culinary gift to others.

*note on the coconut milk:  this is not the carton milk but a canned product imported, usually from Asia.  There is a top layer of thick coconut cream and the lower half is  a clear thick liquid.  Skim the top cream for this recipe. 

I used a 9 x 9 shallow baking dish for the picture above but recommend a smaller one so the pieces are  taller. 

The 10 oz dairy free chips is what I used for this batch.

 

Limonada

Coquetel-de-limão-vodca-e-hortelã

My limonada is consumed by my family with much gratitude when they arrive hot and thirsty.  They claim that no one makes better.  There is not much of a secret to making the traditional limonada that I once drank in my youth in the plaza of old Mexico.   One must use room temperature water (or warm) when mixing this delicious citrus beverage but after mixing, it must be served well-chilled, preferably refrigerated overnight. 

 When I look back at my childhood this is one of the treats that I want to always recollect.  The tall slender glass with a paper straw made the drink seem a special beverage of tart goodness.  When I traveled to Spain I was happy to discover the glasses again. 

A margarita can also be made with this limeade by adding tequila reposado, a dash of triple sec and some crushed ice.   Salt on the rim is optional.

Recipe:

8 medium limes

1 1/2 – 2 cups of sugar

1/2 gal of water

Squeeze the limes and combine the juice with the sugar at the bottom of the pitcher with a tall spoon or wire whip.   Add a little water to help stir it well.   Finish filling up the pitcher with the rest of the water. 

Chill overnight.    

More sugar can be added if you prefer a sweeter drink.  It can be served with or without ice. 

Pour with a smile and deliver with an extended loving hand.

Sweetheart’s Dessert

acakkee

For my valentine I made this old-fashioned shortcake that was inspired by a recipe found at:  http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/berry-shortcake. 

I added a teaspoon of vanilla for extra flavor. 

For the sour cream  I used fat-free half & half and  added a Tblspoon of vinegar to neutralize the baking soda.  

I used my fingertips to  press the dough gently into the heart-shaped pan.  Baking time was about 20 minutes.   I based it on desired color and not the toothpick test. 

~~

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Dash salt

1/4 cup cold butter, cubed

1/3 cup milk

1/4 cup sour cream  (or Fat-free half n half + 1 T vinegar)

1 t vanilla

 

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine vanilla,  milk and sour cream; stir into crumb mixture just until moistened.
  2. Spread batter into a greased 9-in. pie plate (batter will be thick). Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 350° for 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. 
  3. Cut into six wedges and top with berries sweetened with a  small amount of sugar.  Garnish with whipped cream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meat-filled Tamales

tamales

Dough

4 lbs of maseca 

8  level tsp salt

3 cups of oil

juice from peppers

 ~~~ 

Filling

6  lbs meat, cooked with salt, and shredded (beef, pork or chicken)

4 oz dried, ancho peppers,  cleaned and cooked (save juice)

4 tsp chopped garlic

4 tsp cumin powder

4 oz of chili powder (for more color if needed)

2-3 t salt

 Blend cooked peppers with 2 cups of  pepper juice or water and seasonings. Save extra juice for masa.

Add 4 T oil to dutch oven and cook the meat with the peppers and  seasonings.  Add water as needed to prevent sticking.  Cook at med for 15 minutes; then med low for 30.

 ~~~

Husks – 2 packages – must be soaked overnight to be pliable.  Clean and cut the next day.  Save extra pieces for lining the pot.

 ~~ 

Mix maseca, warm water, salt, oil and some pepper juice to make dough.  Keep moist by covering bowl with a cloth.  Spread dough onto each husk.  Fill, roll  and tuck under the end. 

~~~

Steam tamales by standing them with a prop in the center of the soup pot.  Stand with open side up.  Cover with a light towel.  Pour  hot water over the towel to where the level is about 1/3rd  the height of tamales.   Bring to a boil.  Lower heat to med/med-low for 25 minutes…then med-low for 20  minutes.  They are done if husk removes easily  from the dough.

 

Makes about 10 dozen.