Monday, August 28, 2017

Orange Chocolate Chippers

Long ago in a city far far away in another life..single, before children, when calories didn't stick to me like glue..I discovered one of the best cookies. A coworker, at the local women's shelter,  shared with me her recipe for Orange Chocolate Chippers. They are amazingly light in texture yet not lacking in flavor. Fun to make during orange season. 18 years old and still tried and true to bring big
smiles.


Orange Chocolate Chippers 
recipe shared by: Kathryn Monson
Ingredients:
1 cup shortening
6 oz softened cream cheese
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tea vanilla
2 tea orange zest
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tea baking powder
1 tea salt
6 oz chocolate chips
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts

Directions:
Cream: 1 cup shortening, 6 oz softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar
Add: 2 eggs, 1 tea vanilla, 2 tea grated orange peel (beat well)

Stir in: 2 cups flour, 2 tea baking powder, 1 tea salt
Add: 6 oz semi-sweet chips and 1/2 cup nuts
Bake: 350 for about 10 minutes

What I did differently:
No nuts due to allergies (drat!)
Zest from 2 whole oranges (so a bunch more than called for)
Brown sugar not packed
Very rounded 1 cup of chocolate chips
10 minutes they were not done so I added 5 minutes. The bottoms were slightly brown while the tops remained very light.

I thought they were perfect.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Salsbury Steaks


 Alton Brown's Everyday cookbook is really fun.  Confession, I am not an Alton Brown fan. My cousin raves but I find that I don't care for the way his cookbooks are organized. All over the place like. But the Everyday cookbook is clean cut and wonderful.

We make Salsbury steaks a lot with brown gravy mix, plain burgers, and caramelized onions. This recipe takes our simple dish up to a new level of flavor.

Salsbury Steaks
Ingredients:
1 lb ground sirloin
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tea salt
2 Tb nonfat dry milk powder
1 medium onion, sliced thin
2 garlic cloves
1 pint mushrooms, sliced thin
1/3 cup red wine 
2/3 cup low fat milk
1 beef ramen flavor packet

Directions:
Whisk flour and milk powder in bowl. Divide beef into 4 patties and salt then dunk in flour mix. Set on a wire rack at room temp. Mix milk, red wine, and beef flavor packet in a separate bowl. Set aside.

Saute onion in butter until brown. Add mushrooms and garlic. Cook until mushrooms reduce by half. Remove to a plate and add 1 Tb butter to pan. Cook patties 4 min on first side. Flip the patties and cook for 2 minutes. Add everything back to pan. Simmer 10 minutes to thicken sauce.