Monday, October 29, 2012

Cinnamon Sugar Scones


• 2 cups flour
• ⅓  cup sugar
• 1 tsp baking powder
• ¼  tsp baking soda
• ½  tsp salt
• 8 T butter, frozen
• ½  cup sour cream
• 1 lg egg
• 1 cup cinnamon chips
• Sparkling sugar
• Cinnamon for top


Mix all dry  ingredients.  Set aside.  Whisk egg and sour cream together in small bowl.  Using a pastry cutter, combine butter into flour mixture until crumbly.  Add cinnamon chips.  Use a fork to stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture.  Don't over mix, just until it comes together. It will look like there is not enough liquid, but it's okay.

Gather into a circle with hands about ¾ inch think, press on sparkling sugar and cinnamon and cut into even triangles.  Refrigerate for at least one hour.  If you skip this step it is OK, they just won't hold their shape as well. 

Bake @ 400 degrees for about 12-17 minutes.

Serve warm.

Carmel Apples

1 cup butter
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt

In a heavy pan combine butter, sugar, syrup,  and milk over medium heat;  bring it to a boil.  Continue to cook  and stir until it reaches 248 degrees (firm ball) - about 30-40 min.  Remove from heat and add vanilla and salt.  Let it cool a couple minutes before dipping apples.  One batch does about 8-10 apples.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Artichoke Beef Stew


  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed beef consomme, undiluted
  • 2 medium sweet onions, halved and sliced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 2 jars (6-1/2 ounces each) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 20 small fresh mushrooms, halved
  • Hot cooked egg noodles


  • In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. In a large skillet, brown beef in oil in batches.
  • Transfer to a 3- or 4-qt. slow cooker with a slotted spoon. Gradually add consomme to the pan, stirring to loosen browned bits. Stir in the onions, wine, garlic and dill. Pour over beef.
  • Cover and cook for low for 7-8 hours or until tender. Stir in the artichokes and mushrooms; cook 30 minutes longer or until heated through. Serve with noodles. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Classic Lasagna



  1. For sauce, in a large saucepan cook sausage, onion, and garlic until meat is brown. Drain.
  2. Stir undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, fennel seeds (if desired), and black pepper into meat mixture. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, cook noodles for 10 to 12 minutes or until tender but still firm. Drain noodles; rinse with cold water. Drain well; set aside.
  4. For filling, combine egg, ricotta, and the 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Set aside.
  5. Spread about 1/2 cup of the sauce over the bottom of a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Layer half of the cooked noodles in the bottom of the dish, trimming or overlapping as necessary to fit. Spread with half of the filling. Top with half of the remaining meat sauce and half of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. If desired, sprinkle additional Parmesan cheese over top.
  6. Place baking dish on a baking sheet. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  7. Makes 8 servings

Garlic Chicken Bake

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 minced garlic cloves
4 T brown sugar
1 T olive oil
Additional herbs and spices as desired


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F Line a baking dish or cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat with cooking spray or lightly brush with oil.
  1. In small sauté pan, sauté garlic with the oil until tender.
  1. Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar. Add additional herbs and spices as desired.
  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. .Place breasts in a prepared baking dish and cover with the garlic and brown sugar mixture.
  1. Bake uncovered for 15-30 minutes, or until juices run clear. Cooking time will depend on the size and thickness of your chicken.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Alfredo Chicken and Biscuits


  • 2 cups chopped fresh broccoli
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced fresh carrots
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • Lemon pepper to taste
  • Trader Joe's South African Smoke seasoning to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 12-16 ounces Four Cheese Rosa or Alfredo sauce
  • 1.5 cups biscuit/baking mix
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill weed


  • In a large skillet, saute the broccoli, carrots and onion in oil until crisp-tender. Season to taste with lemon pepper and South African Smoke.  Stir in chicken and Alfredo sauce; heat through. Transfer to a lightly greased 8-in. square baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, combine the baking mix, milk and dill just until moistened. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto chicken mixture.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 18-22 minutes or until bubbly and biscuits are golden brown. Yield: 4 servings.