Thursday, January 28, 2010

Everything but the kitchen sink cookies

This is a recipe my aunt gave me a few years ago. What I am posting is actually a half batch, but it is all my Kitchen Aid can handle and it STILL produces about 6 dozen cookies. I really like to freeze the cookies in ziplock bags so I can pull them out a few at a time. I actually like them better cold, so even the ones I am going to eat right away I keep in the fridge.

The greatest part about this recipe is that is really isn't a recipe at all. You can add to or take out anything you like/don't like. Adjust it to suit your tastes!

Here it is:

Combine, and let curdle:
1 cup milk
2 T vinegar

Grind together (in grinder, blender, Cuisinart, etc.):
1 large whole orange (I peel it, but you can leave the peel on if you like)
1 apple, cored but not peeled
1/2 lb. raisins (just eyeball it)

Note: if using a blender, the fruit will grind up better with some liquid – I usually add the milk/vinegar during the grinding

Add: 1 cup grated carrots (or on a lazy day, grind them up with the rest)

Cook all the above over slow heat until carrots are softened. Remove from heat and allow to get cold (can put in fridge).

Cream together the following until sugar is dissolved:
1 ½ cups salad oil or shortening (can substitute part applesauce)
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
3 eggs (add one at a time, beating well after each)
1 tsp. vanilla

Add cold fruit mixture to the above.

“Sift” together (or just mix well) the following, and add to above mixture:
4 cups flour (can use some whole wheat flour)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
½ tsp ground cloves
1 tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Finally, add:
4 cups quick oats
1 cup chocolate chips (I like to put in a little more than this)
1 cup chopped nuts

Bake at 400 degrees for 10-11 minutes.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

My New Favorite

Incase you haven't discovered The Pioneer Woman please do yourself a huge favor and check out her recipes. These are recipes that as a busy mom, you want to try. She has no less than 50 pics per recipe, explaining everything from how to cut a onion to what cube steak is. She doesn't use "weird" ingredient. This is down to earth cooking. I honestly love her. She's my kind of cook.

Here are some of our favorite...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Brooke's 'Chinese Food'

Ok, so I don't even like chinese food and so I don't know if this stuff my mom calls "Chinese Food" even tastes authentic. Oh well, I like it!

1 large chicken breast cut into strips (or you can use sirloin steak strips)
Olive Oil
Fresh cut vegetables (broccoli, pea pods, onions, carrots, celery, peppers)
1 1/2 c chicken broth (or 1 1/2 c beef broth)
1/2 t pepper
2 T cornstarch mixed with 1/4 c water
2 T soy sauce to taste

Brown meat in olive oil. Add vegetables, broth, pepper--steam until veggies are tender. Stir in cornstarch to thicken, then add soy sauce. Serve over warm rice.

Easy BBQ Beef

2-3 lb roast
1 t. salt
1/2 t pepper
1 t. cummin
1 t. paprika
1/2 chopped onion
2 c BBQ sauce
1/2 c brown sugar

Combine salt, pepper, cummin, paprika and rub on roast. Mix bbq sauce, brown sugar and onion into crockpot. Add roast. Cook 8-10 hours on low or about 5 hours on high. Shred. Cook another 1/2 hour.

**I use a 1-2 lb roast and just use a little less bbq sauce for my little family. It still leaves tons of leftovers! Also, I love Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce from Costco, Bullseye works well too.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Smore Treat

You might be all treated out but this one was my favorite over the holidays. So if you are cheating on you resolutions this is a good candidate.


* 3/4 cup light corn syrup
* 3 tablespoons butter
* 1 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 9 cups Golden Grahams cereal
* 3 cups miniature marshmallows


1.Grease rectangular pan (13x9x2").
2.Heat corn syrup, butter, and 1 Cup of the chocolate chips to boiling in a 3-quart saucepan, stirring constantly and remove from heat.
3.Stir in vanilla.
4.Pour over cereal in large bowl and toss until completely coated with chocolate.
5.Fold in the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and marshmallows, 1 cup at a time.
6.Press mixture evenly in pan with buttered back of spoon or hands with pam on them.
7.Let stand at room temperature at least 1 hour or until firm.