Sunday, January 27, 2008


**Recipe may be halved**
2 cups butter
24 oz . Chocolate chips
4 cups flour
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp. Soda
1 tsp. Salt
2 cups sugar
1 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)
5 cups blended oatmeal
4 eggs
2 tsp. Baking powder
2 tsp. Vanilla
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)

Measure oatmeal, and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar, and nuts. Roll into balls, and place two inches apart on a cookie Sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Ashley's Cinnamon Rolls

1 c. milk
1 egg beaten
4 T. water
4 T. melted butter
½ pkg. Vanilla instant pudding
4 c. flour
1 T. sugar
½ tsp. salt
1 ¼ tsp. yeast

Put through dough cycle of bread maker adding wet ingredients first. Remove dough and kneed for a few minutes. Roll out to large rectangle, and add

½ c. softened butter
2 c. brown sugar
3 tsp. cinnamon

Spread butter over dough, then sprinkle sugar/cinnamon mixture over that. Roll and cut into ½ -1 inch slices (I use string to slice, it's so much easier) and place on greased 9x13 pan. Rise until doubled in a warm place for approx. 45-1 hour. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Cinnamon Roll Frosting (you might want to double this recipe):
1 tsp. milk
1 ½ c. powdered sugar
4 T. softened butter
1 tsp. vanilla

Ruth's Casserole

Named for my late Great Aunt Ruth, who used to serve this all the time. It's kind of like a stew version of Shepherd's Pie.

1 lb ground beef
2 large or 3 small potatoes
2 cans tomato soup
1 can green beens

Cook potatoes in oven or microwave, whichever you prefer, until soft. Peel and slice into bite sized chunks. Brown ground beef with a little garlic, drain fat. Add tomato soup, potatoes, and can of green beans (my mom doesn't drain the beans. I drain them about halfway. Totally up to you). Let simmer for a few minutes on the stove. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Almond Danish Swirls

We had these at my baby shower and they were really fantastic. The recipe is by Paula Deen and I just grabbed it from here to share with you all. Enjoy!

6 oz cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup slivered almonds, finely chopped
2 8oz cans refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1 egg white
1 teaspoon water

1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
4 teaspoons milk
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, almond extract, and sugar until fluffy. Fold half of the chopped almonds into the cream cheese mixture. Separate 1 can of dough and assemble into 4 rectangles. Firmly press the perforations to seal. Press or roll each piece of dough to form a 7 by 4-inch rectangle, and spread each with about 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese filling to within 1/4-inch of the edges. Starting at the short end, roll each rectangle tightly into a cylinder. Repeat with the other can of dough and remaining filling.

Place on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and chill until firm, about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F while the rolls are chilling.

Remove from the refrigerator and cut each roll into 4 slices. Place 1/2-inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. In a small bowl, combine the egg white with 1 teaspoon water. Brush over the swirls. Sprinkle with the remaining chopped almonds. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until light brown.

While the swirls are baking, combine the glaze ingredients in a small bowl. Cool the swirls for 3 minutes on wire racks placed over a sheet of waxed paper. Drizzle the icing over the warm swirls.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Steak Marinade

This recipe came to us from Aaron's mom and it's good enough to have saved tough/overcooked/bad cuts of steak for us numerous times. And when it's on GOOD steak, it's really phenomenal. Melody, I saw that you asked for chicken marinades, maybe with Montreal Chicken seasoning this could work? It might be worth a try!

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
4 teaspoons Montreal Steak Seasoning
2 lbs steak

Mix first 3 ingredients in large plastic bag or glass baking dish. Add steak and turn to coat. Refrigerate 30 minutes or longer (we usually let it marinate for at least a couple hours, preferably over night). Remove steak and discard marinade. Grill.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Baked German Pancakes

For me, this is a lot faster than regular pancakes or waffles, and the kids both like it, which is pretty much the definition of a good recipe these days!

4 eggs
1 cup flour
1 t salt
1 cup milk
3 T margarine

Preheat oven to 425. Place margarine in a 9X13 pan; put it in the preheating oven to melt. In a bowl, mix flour and salt, then whisk in milk, then eggs. Take pan out of the oven, and pour mixture over melted butter. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the edges of the pancake start turning very dark brown. Take out, cut in squares and serve with maple syrup.

*Notes: The original recipe calls for 6 eggs, but it's too eggy for me, so I cut it down. I also cut down the margarine by 1 T from the original recipe. When the pancake bakes, it will puff up and get really big, then fall kind of flat after you pull it out. That's normal!