Monday, April 28, 2008

Thai Fried Rice

1 cup pineapple tidbits(fresh is best, but canned works too)
3 cups cooked rice, preferably several days old
4 Tbs oil for frying
1-3 Tbs chicken stock
2 shallots, thinly sliced
3 cloves minced garlic
1 chili, de-seeded
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup currants or raisins
1 Tbs fish sauce
2 tsp curry powder
3 spring onions, finely sliced
1/3 cup cilantro

Add a little oil to the rice and work through with your fingers, breaking up clumps. Set aside. In skillet, add oil and heat until hot. Add shallots, garlic, and chili; stir fry a few minutes. Add egg; stir fry until soft cooked. Add curry, fish sauce, and chicken stock; stir fry a few seconds. Add cashews; stir a minute. Add rice; stir until rice is evenly coated and warmed through. Add peas, currants and pineapple; stir fry a few minutes. Taste test; adjust seasonings. To serve, sprinkle with spring onions and chopped cilantro.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Zucchini Bread

2 c sugar
1 c oil
add to sugar and oil:
2 c graded zucchini
3 Tbs vanilla
3 eggs
3 c flower
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking powder

Bake 1 hour at 325 degrees.


1c shortning
1 1/2c sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4c flour
2 tsp tartar
1 tsp soda
1/4 tsp salt

Mix shortening, sugar, eggs, stir in sry ingrediants. Roll into walnut-size balls.Roll balls in
2 tbs sugar mixed with 2 tsp cinnamon.Cook in oven 400 degrees for 8-10 min. on ungresed cookie sheet.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Only Mac 'n' Cheese I Love

6 tablespoons butter
1/2 lb elbow macaroni
6 tablespoons flour
3 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon salt
pinch cayenne
2 1/2 cups grated cheese(1/2 mild 1/2 sharp cheddar)
1/2 cup fine bread crumbs
1 teaspoon cajun seasoning

Cook macaroni. Melt butter in saucepan; add flour, and stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or whisk, cook over med heat 3-4 min, not letting the flour brown! Whisk in the milk in a steady stream and cook, whisking constantly, until thick and smooth, 4 min. Remove from heat. Add salt, pepper, cayenne and 2 cups cheese; stir well. Add noodle and toss. Pour into greased 2-quart baking dish. Combine remaining cheese with bread crumbs and cajun seasoning. Sprinkle over macaroni and bake at 350 until golden brown and bubbly, about 25 min.

Jam Bars

2 cups oats
1 3/4 cup flour
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1-2 cups jam

Combine all ingred. except jam. Reserve 2 cups. Press remaining mixture into greased 9x13 pan. Spread jam over crust. Sprinkle remaining mixture over jam. 400 degrees 25-30 mins.

Creamy Pasta

bite-size pasta(mini-penne, farfalle, etc.)
small tub flavored cream cheese(garlic, garden veggie, etc.) or 1 cup marscapone cheese
1 cup reserved pasta water
salt & pepper

Cook pasta per directions. Saute veggies in butter or olive oil until tender. Add pasta. Stir in cheese and dash of nutmeg and toss to coat, adding the reserved water little at a time to moisten. Stir in 1/2 cup walnuts. Season. Sprinkle with parmesan.

Omlette Tacos

small flour tortillas
1 egg per person
shred cheese
sauteed veggies(like onions, peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, etc.)

In a small skillet, fry tortilla on one side in butter or Pam until golden. Set aside. Whip up one egg with a little water and salt and pepper. Spray pan; dump in egg and swirl to form circle. Sprinkle on cheese and some veggies. When set, fold in half and slide onto half of tortilla, uncooked side. Fold tortilla in half to form a taco. Flavor with some salsa.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Fish Tacos

corn tortillas
oil for frying
bagged coleslaw mixed(without the dressing)
frozen breaded or battered fish fillets
tarter sauce(1 cup mayo, chopped up pickles or relish, lemon juice to taste)

Bake fish according to directions. Make tarter sauce and reserve in fridge. In a skillet, fry corn tortillas on both sides until either soft or crispy(as you like it), fold over to make taco shell and reserve on paper towels. To assemble, smear inside of taco shells with tarter sauce. Cut fish in chunks, and fill bottom of tortilla shell; top with crunchy coleslaw mix.