Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Praises for My Mother In Law- Orange Rolls

My dad brought me back an oven mat from Australia!! Love it...by the way these photos are from 4 years ago. That is how long it takes me to post some of my recipes.

Joel's mother is one of the best cooks I know. She can make pie, bread, and rolls like no other. My favorite bread is her famous Orange Rolls.

You can use any roll recipe..But I like my mother in laws recipe or mine.

My Mother in Laws Roll Recipe
 Heat till lukewar
  • 1 cube butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water

  • 2 Tb yeast
  • 3/4 cup sugar (1/2 cup for dinner rolls)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tea orange zest (not for dinner rolls)
  • 3 cup flour

Mix and add 3 more cups flour-till a little sticky. Knead and raise. Can raise 3 hours then cut and shape and let raise 30-40 minutes. Bake 375 for 20 minutes.

Shape into rolls.

I put butter all over the roll... softened butter.

Spread sugar and orange zest on before rolling.

I always roll my rolls crescent style. I want to try this flip method video. My mother in law makes a frosting with powdered sugar and O.J. It is wonderful

Friday, September 21, 2012

Aunt Dawn's Mac and Cheese

There is macaroni and cheese and then there is wonderfulness! I tell you this is good. In Virginia, you can count on mac n cheese to be at every potluck and almost every supper...as a veggie. This is my sister's recipe. We love it and bag the cheese and freeze it, it is ready to throw in at a moments notice.

The other great thing about this recipe is that it is easy. Sometimes you just need an easy fall back recipe. One the kids will eat.

You add the cheeses to the HOT noodles in a greased baking pan. Whisk all your other ingredients together and pour over. Bake 35 minutes (350 degrees) and let cool before serving.

Dawn's Mac N Cheese
2 cups elbow mac, cooked
8 oz sharp cheddar, shredded
8 oz American cheese, cubed

1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup sour cream
3 egg yolks
1/4 cup butter, chunked
1 1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce
1/2 tsp salt

I am glad I can share this recipe with friends. I wish I could share my sister to..she is AWESOME!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Good Enough To Eat 4 Grain Pancakes

We started making these pancakes in 2008. Joel says they are his favorite because they are "healthy". He likes grains. And as always my assistant is right by my side in the kitchen. She is getting so big!! Remember her making cake?
Four Grain Pancakes

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 heaping TB old fashioned oats
  • 2 heaping TB wheat germ
  • 2 TB cornmeal
  • 1/2 tea baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tea baking powder
  • 2 tea sugar
  • 1/4 tea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 TB melted butter

Mix dry ingredients after toasting oats and wheat germ in a fry pan. Combine eggs, buttermilk, and milk with a fork. Add to the dry ingredients with fork. Cut butter into the batter.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Best Chicken Pot Pie EVER!!

Tupelo Honey Cafe cookbook is in my top ten favorites of all time! This pot pie with blackened chicken is time consuming but worth every minute. It isn't hard..just takes some time.

 The filling has coconut milk! Anything with coconut milk is wonderful in my book.

 Because it is a double crust, you can save time by not crimping and just fork the edge shut.

 The crust is crispy and flaky. And the filling is beyond words. Try it!! Buy the book..you will LOVE it.

Blackened Chicken PotPie from Tupelo Honey Cafe 
recipe found online at Delicious Musings

4 (6-oz) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp canola oil
4 Tbsp Blackening Spice (recipe below)
2 cups chopped Vidalia onion (about 2 large onions)
2 cups chopped celery (about 8 celery ribs)
2 cups peeled and chopped red potatoes (2-3 large potatoes)
2 cups peeled and chopped carrots (about 4 large carrots)
1 cup diced poblano pepper (about 2 large poblano peppers) I used a small can
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken stock
3/4 cup coconut milk
2 Tbsp minced hot cherry peppers
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 3/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Pie Dough (enough for 4 pie crusts-2 double pies)

Preheat a cast iron-skillet on high heat. Rub the chicken breasts with 2 Tbsp of the canola oil. Coat the breasts with the spice mixture. Place the chicken in the hot skillet and cook quickly, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the skillet and transfer to a bowl to cool.
Preheat the oven to 400. Heat the remaining 1/4 cup canola oil in a large heavy-bottomed pan over high heat. Add the onion, celery, potatoes, carrots, and poblano pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes, until the poblano is just tender. Decrease the heat to medium and stir in the flour until well combined, cooking for about 3 minutes, or until just thickened. Add the stock, coconut milk, cherry peppers, Worcestershire, thyme, salt, and pepper and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the mixture is thickened. Cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes and add to the filling mixture, along with any chicken juices left in the bowl. Mix all the ingredients until well combined.
Butter 2 (9-inch) deep-dish pie pans. Roll out 4 (10-inch) pie crusts. Place a crust in each pan. Pour the chicken mixture into the pans and top each with another round of dough. Crimp the edges of the pies with a fork. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until golden brown.
Makes 2 pies; 8 servings.

Blackening Spice:
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp sea salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp smoked paprika
1 tsp powdered onion
1 tsp powdered garlic
1 tsp dried thyme (I used fresh, because that is what I had on hand)
1/2 tsp oregano

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and use as blackening spice for poultry, fish, or beef. Makes 1/2 cup.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Pancake Tuesday Malted Milk Syrup

 Does french toast count on a pancake Tuesday? I hope so. In my defense I did make pancakes too! But this syrup was great on both. Can you believe we had left overs. But not for long because it was excellent on ice cream! I found this recipe at All Recipes.com.

Malted Chocolate Syrup
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup malted milk powder
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Warm cream till near boiling. Whisk malted milk into cream. Add chocolate chips whisking until it is smooth.

You are going to love it!!