Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Teriyaki Sauce

 This recipe came from Our Best Bites.

1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. cold water
½ c. white sugar
½ c. soy sauce
¼ c. cider vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
½ tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. black pepper

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and black pepper. You can use either ground ginger as directed or about 1 1/4 tsp. of fresh ginger. Combine your ingredients in the saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. While sauce is heating, combine cornstarch and cold water. When sauce comes to a full boil, add cornstarch mixture and stir until sauce is thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat. You can store it in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks

Bacon-Wrapped Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

This recipe came from Our Best Bites and it is YUMMY! Their recipe is more for a party where we have adjusted it for large dinner.

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
About 8 oz. lean bacon, NOT thick-sliced (thick bacon is too hard to work with in this recipe)
1 large can pineapple chunks
Homemade Teriyaki sauce (recipe at bottom)
Kebab skewers or toothpicks
Use kitchen shears to cut the bacon slab in half.. Refrigerate until ready to use. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces.

Drain the pineapple and set up a little work station with skewers, bacon, chicken, and a 9x13 baking dish. Wrap a piece of bacon around a chicken piece, add pineapple and onionand repeat until skew is full. Repeat until you run out of chicken. We ran out of bacon first and we did some plain chicken mixed into our skewers. Pour Teriyaki sauce over everything, reserving about 1/4 c., and marinate in refrigerator for at least 4 hours, no longer than about 8.
Preheat grill; when about 350-400 degrees, place skewers on grill and baste with reserved Teriyaki sauce. Cook about 7 minutes and flip skewers. Baste again and cook another 7 minutes.
Teriyaki Sauce

1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. cold water
½ c. white sugar
½ c. soy sauce
¼ c. cider vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
½ tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. black pepper

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and black pepper. You can use either ground ginger as directed or about 1 1/4 tsp. of fresh ginger. Combine your ingredients in the saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. While sauce is heating, combine cornstarch and cold water. When sauce comes to a full boil, add cornstarch mixture and stir until sauce is thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat. You can store it in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks

Slow-Cooker Jambalaya

I found this recipe from American Family. I have made a few changes to fit our tastes.

1 chicken breast
1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 2-inch slices and browned
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, seeded and chopped ( I had peppers from my garden so I did a medley of red, green, and orange peppers)
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes with juice
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon Cajun or Creole spice mix (If you want less kick take this down, it was too spicy for my kids with a whole Tbsp)
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 3/4 cups long-grain rice

Cut sausage and brown up in a flying pan and to crock pot. Combine chicken, onion, peppers, celery, tomatoes, garlic, chicken broth, spice mix, thyme and oregano in a large (5-quart) slow cooker. Cook on low for 5 hours (longer if your chicken was frozen).

Add rice; raise heat to high and cook for about another hour or until the rice is done.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Grilled Salad

Oh my goodness prepare yourself! This is SOOOO yummy. My sister in law Sarah and her husband Erik introduced us to this.

You need Romaine hearts to do this. The ones from Costco are perfect. Cut the bottom 2 inches off and wash. Then you are going to cut the hearts down lengthwise, from the top of the heart to the bottom. You want to have the two halves that look the same. After they are cut place them on a plate with the insides facing up. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder and salt.

Put them face down onto the BBQ and cook for a couple of minutes. Just until the edges are starting to wilt. Take off grill and put face up on plates. Drizzle with Caesar dressing, cut, and enjoy!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Scooby Snacks

2 c flour
1 c oatmeal
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c cocoa
1/2 c butter, softened
2 eggs
1/4 c milk
4 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp almond extract

Its important to preheat with this recipe so be sure to preheat oven to 350. Mix ingredients in mixer until combined. Spray a clean counter with cooking spray and roll dough out to 3/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutter shape. Carefully use a spatula to place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Canning tomatoes

Blanch tomatoes in hot water for a few minutes (usually until skins start to split). Ladle into ice bath and then peel the skins off. I leave Roma tomatoes whole and big round tomatoes I cut into quarters. Be sure to cut off any green parts. Add tomatoes into a pot as you peel them and when they are all peeled turn the pot on and boil tomatoes for 5 minutes.

While the tomatoes are boiling remove clean hot jars from the dishwasher and add 2 Tbsp lemon juice and 1 tsp salt per quart jar, or for pints 1 Tbsp lemon juice and 1/2 tsp salt. Ladle hot tomatoes into hot jars and use any remaining liquid to fill jars. Add boiling hot water if needed to the jars to fill them leaving 1/2 inch head space. Run a nonmetallic spatula around the jar and through the tomatoes to release any trapped air.

Wipe jar rims with clean damp cloth and place lid from warm water onto jar.

Process for quarts 45 minutes/ pints 40 minutes in a hot bath canner. When time is complete remove and set on a towel to cool.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Avocado Pesto Pasta

This recipe came from Pam and was so yummy! Super fast too!

2 large or 4 small garlic cloves
1 lemon, juiced
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
2 ripe avocados
1/2 - 1 cup fresh basil
1 tsp salt
Cooked Pasta
Parmesan cheese

In food processor add garlic, lemon juice, and oil and process until smooth. Add avocado and fresh basil, continue processing until smooth. Drain cooked pasta and add back into hot pan. Add avocado pesto and toss until combined. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. You could also add grilled chicken.

Pam added this note: This dish does not reheat well due to the avocado in the sauce. Please serve immediately. However, I did have some extra sauce and put it in a container and it did store well for over a day in my fridge without browning (I'm assuming cause of the lemon in it). So, I do believe if you cooked new noodles and then added the cold sauce to the noodles it would be fine.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cheesy Chicken Italian-o

My Bro and Sis in law made this while camping and it was so yummy. They even had everything all cut up in bags so there was very little prep while camping. The recipe came from Byrons Dutch Oven Recipes. When they made it they had adjusted a few things and I liked it that way so I adjusted it here the way they made it.

1 lb. bacon
1/4 cup honey
8 chicken breasts; cut into chunks
2 tsp. ground oregano
3 cloves garlic; minced
2 tsp. basil
1 large yellow onion; sliced
1 1/2 tsp. parsley
6 large tomatoes; diced
(1) 10 3/4 oz. can tomato puree
1 tsp. salt
1 yellow red pepper; cut into chunks
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. ground black pepper
3 cups Mozzarella cheese; grated
3 cups Cheddar cheese; grated

Heat a 12" Dutch oven using 20-22 briquettes bottom. Slice bacon into 1" strips then add to hot oven and fry until brown. Remove bacon from oven. Remove and reserve all but 2 Tbs. of the bacon grease from the oven. Add chicken and garlic to oven and cook, turning frequently, until juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a fork. Remove chicken from oven and add reserved bacon grease. Line the bottom of the oven with onion slices then put chicken on top of the onion. Add tomatoes and bell pepper.

Cover and bake using 12 briquettes bottom and 12-14 briquettes top for 30 minutes. In a large measuring cup make a sauce with the tomato puree, balsamic vinegar, honey, oregano, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper. Stir to mix well. Sprinkle bacon over top of cooked vegetables then pour sauce over vegetables. Cover and bake another 15 minutes. Sprinkle cheeses over the top. Replace lid and let sit for 15 minutes until cheese is melted.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bottled Dill Pickles

I found this recipe on All recipes and am excited to try our pickles in a couple of weeks! Its really important to make your pickles the same day that you pick your cucumbers so they are as crunchy as possible! This recipe says it does 7 pints but there was enough of the picking juice to probably do 9 pints if you have more cucumbers.

About 8-10 cucumbers
4 cups water
4 cups distilled white vinegar
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup pickling salt
3 tablespoons pickling spice, wrapped in cheesecloth
Dill seeds
1 -2 bulbs of garlic

Place cucumbers in a large bowl and cover with ice cubes. Let them sit for at least 2 hours but no more than 8.

Place the water, vinegar, sugar, pickling salt, and pickling spice into a saucepan. Bring to boil, then simmer for 15 minutes.

Add 1 clove of garlic into each jar along with 1 tsp dill seeds (or 1 dill head). Pack the cucumbers into the hot, sterilized jars, filling the jars to within 1/2 inch of the top.

Pour the hot pickling liquid into the jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the rim. Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean wet rag to remove any food residue. Top with lids, and screw on rings.

Process in water bath for 20 minutes (that's for UT altitude) and wait at least 1 week before opening.

Raspberry Pretzel Jello Salad

While my Mom was sick her friend Suzie made our family the most delicious Jello salad ever! You can use different fruit flavors but I like raspberry the best. Be sure to start this recipe early so you have time to let the layers cool.

2 cups crushed pretzels
2/3 cup nuts pecans (optional - they are really yummy in the crust but since Caleb is allergic to nuts we don't do them)
3 Tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup butter

Crush the pretzels into small pieces. Mix together with sugar and butter. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 pan and bake for 10 minutes at 350. Let this cool for about 10 minutes before adding the next layer.

Cream Cheese Layer
8z cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 pt whipping cream, whipped

Mix the cream cheese and sugar and fold in the whipping cream. Layer on top of crust and refrigerate until this layer is set and cooled.

Jello Layer
1 pkg frozen raspberries, thawed
1 large raspberry jello mix
2 cups boiling water

Combine boiling water and jello and mix and add thawed raspberries. Gently ladle over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until jello is set, at least 3-4 hours.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Brazilian Limeade

My friend Valerie made this for us and it became our favorite drink overnight. John recently told me he doesn't like limes but this recipe changed his mind! It seems like it would be too sweet but its actually really refreshing. A perfect summer drink!

5 limes
6 cups water
1 c sugar
6 Tbsp sweet and condensed milk

Juice limes and lightly zest skins into juice. (Most recipes have you grind the entire lime but Valerie told us that it made her batch bitter as time went on. With juicing and only using the zest it does not get bitter).

Mix with water and sugar. Right before serving stir in sweet condensed milk. Serve over ice.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

This recipe is from LDS Living. Its a perfect recipe for Spring and Summer!

½ C butter, softened
1 C sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 whole egg
1 tsp lemon zest
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking powder
⅛ tsp baking soda
1-½ C flour
½ C powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix together the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy 3-5 minutes. Add in the vanilla, egg, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Add in flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until just combined, excluding the powdered sugar. Pour powdered sugar onto a bowl. Form dough in a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on greased or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Fluffy Biscuits

I was sure there was another box of Bisquick in our pantry but when I came up empty handed I went to All recipes to see if I could find a recipe fast enough for our dinner in 20 minutes! I found this recipe and will never make biscuits from Bisquick again! These are SO good and SO fast! I did make a few changes to the recipes directions since I didn't have time to read the actual directions thoroughly before I made them.

2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter shortening
1 egg
2/3 cup milk
In a mixer, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Add in shortening and mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add egg and milk; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Turn onto a well-floured surface; knead 20 times. Roll to 3/4-in. thickness; cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.