Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Waffles of Insane Greatness

I couldn't resist trying this recipe, especially since it is Breakfast Wednesday at our house tonight! I found this on Real Mom Kitchen and they did turn out really great! You don't have to beat your egg whites (which saves a step from my other recipe) but you do have to make sure and have time to wait 30 minutes (the batter has to rest!)
So try some waffles for breakfast or have your own breakfast dinner!
Waffles of Insane Greatness
(She doubled the recipe and said she would triple next time for her family of 5)
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole milk (I only have 1%, which seemed to work fine)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Whisk together to blend.

In another mixing bowl, beat together the milk, buttermilk, oil, egg and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients and whisk until just incorporated and few lumps remain. Set aside to rest for 30 minutes.

Preheat waffle iron. Fill waffle wells and cook according to your normal waffle iron instructions!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Peach Cobbler

I didn't get a picture yet (because my camera has not been returned!) but I made this last night and it was truly scrumptious!!
It had good flavor and was very easy. Next time I am planning on adding more peaches! This is a great way to use some of the peaches you have!! (IF you got some from your Bountiful Baskets last week!)
Peach Cobbler
    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 1 1/2 cup flour
    • 1 1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 tbsp.
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 1/2 cups milk
    • 1 tsp almond extract, divided
    • 2 lbs peaches, peeled and sliced - about 4 cups (I will try 5+ cups next time)
  • Adjust oven rack to lower middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Put butter in a 9 x 13 pan baking pan; set in oven to melt.
  • Meanwhile, whisk flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar, baking powder, and salt in small bowl. Whisk in milk and 1/2 tsp almond extract until smooth.
  • Toss peaches with remaining 2 tbsp sugar and 1/2 tsp almond extract.
  • When butter is melted, remove pan from oven. Pour batter into pan; arrange fruit over batter. Bake until batter turns golden brown, 45-50 minutes. Serve warm or at room temp.!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Ranger Cookies

I can't believe this cookie isn't on here yet! Todd is going hunting and made a special request for this cookie! I thought sure, everyone loves it. Then someone asked me if it was on the blog, and I thought sure I have made these lots!
Well I guess I haven't made them enough because the recipe wasn't on the blog!
So here it is and it is a great recipe and one of our favorites!
Ranger Cookies
(my sis in CA who got it from a lady in her ward!)

Cream together:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter (may use 1/2 butter and 1/2 shortening)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

Mix together well with cream mixture.


  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used 1/2 chocolate and 1/2 butterscotch)
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup cornflakes (I didn't have any so I used rice krispies and they still turned out great!)
  • Chopped walnuts (optional)

Bake on Greased (which I forgot to do and they didn't stick on my cookie pans) cookie sheet at 350 for 10-12 minutes. (I used my small cookie scoop and mine were done in about 9 minutes)


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Dehydrated Apples

This last Saturday I bought a case of apples from Bountiful Baskets. Our family has loved the apples! They have been sooooo good! I have been really impressed with the fruits/vegies I have gotten from them!
With all the apples (which we love to just eat too!) I have started my dehydrator again! I have come to love this thing again! We have had it for over 10 years and have used it more in the last few weeks than ever! They are super yummy!
So when you are canning, you might think about dehydrating too!
The dehydrator at work on my island! It may stay there for a while!

Dried Apples
  • Peel and Core apples. Slice them uniform about 1/4-1/2 inch thick (I have a mandolin which is awesome for cutting uniformly). You can pretreat the apples, but I didn't and they didn't brown.
  • With the thickness I had, it took my apples about 4 hours to dry. Start them in the morning and then go about your day and you will find a yummy treat!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Roasted Red Potatoes with Cheese

This is the second roasted red potatoe recipe I have tried! I found them both about the same time and my family loved both kinds. I think it just depends on if you are in the mood for cheesy potatoes or not, or maybe if you have breadcrumbs or not!
Try them both and let me know! Both are simple and great to be able to just stick in the oven and not have to worry!
Roasted Red Potatoes
  • 8 medium sized red potatoes (about 10 cups chopped)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (I am going to try less next time)
  • 1 pkg Onion Soup mix
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese

Chop up the potatoes and try to make them about the same size so they cook evenly.

Pour potatoes into a 9 x 13 pan (she didn't mention to spray, but I did). Add the oil and onion soup mix. Stir it around to incorporate.

Bake at 425 for 35 minutes. Give them a few stirs during baking to prevent it sticking to the bottom. I stirred them about half way and then again. They do tend to start to stick if you don't stir.

Sprinkle the cheese on the top of the potatoes when done. Turn your oven to Broil and let the cheese get melted and bubbly! This should take less than 5 minutes. Don't forget to watch and make sure they don't burn!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Oreo Cookies from Sisters Stuff

I printed this recipe a long time ago and just finally got around to trying them.
They turned out great and were a great treat!
Oreo Cookies
  • 2 pkg devils food cake mix (I just used whatever chocolate cake mixes I had)
  • 1 1/2 cups shortening
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 eggs

Mix together and roll into balls (I used a tsp to measure small balls). Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes. Don't over cook!!!

Cool and frost between 2 cookies to make Oreo sandwiches!


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 oz cream cheese (brought to room temp)
  • 1/2 cup butter (brought to room temp)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix thoroughly and spread between cookies!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Roasted Red Potatoes

I found this recipe on sisterscafe. I am always looking for new easy ways to do potatoes with a meal. I found this recipe to be super easy and very very good! The prep is easy and then they just bake in the oven!
They have great flavor and my whole family loved them!
Roasted Red Potatoes
  • 4 red potatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • Various seasonings (salt, garlic powder - I used fresh garlic -, onion powder, parsley)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice potatoes into wedges and place in bowl. Toss in olive oil until coated and then add all remaining ingredients and toss until evenly coated. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until desired degress of crispness. Turn potatoes over about halfway through baking!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Congo Bars

Another yummy treat we made this Labor Day weekend!

Congo Bars

  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup softened butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 12 oz pkg chocolate chips, or whatever combo you feel like! (we used white chocolate, peanut butter, chocolate and toffee chips!)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional) - we added these and the kids didn't even know they were there!


Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl (we didn't sift). Set aside.

Stir brown sugar into softened (not melted) butter into another large bowl until butter disappears. You can use the back of the spoon to help incorporate the 2 together.

Add eggs one at a time to butter mixture and stir well after each egg.

Add vanilla, chocolate chips and nuts. Mix well.

Add dry flour mixture and stir well until combined.

Coat a 9 x 13 pan with spray and spread batter evenly into dish. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown. Make sure you don't overbake. Start checking at about 28 minutes and add time as needed!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Fresh Salsa

We had friends here for Labor Day Weekend and we were able to try a few new recipes!! I didn't get any pictures (too busy playing) but they were super yummy! Shellee and I ate this for lunch a couple days it was soo good!

Fresh Salsa

  • 2-3 tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 can chopped olives
  • 1 can diced green chilies
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • juice from 1 lime
  • salt and pepper to taste

Dice and chop the tomatoes, onion and cilantro. Combine all ingredients and enjoy with tortilla chips! Tastes really good after sitting in the refrigerator for a while to let everything combine!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Grillled tomato linguine

Another Martha Stewart tomato recipe. It was simple, quick and yummy. Just my style! Hope you like it to.

Serves 4o 6

  • grilled tomatoes
  • 1 pound linguine (I just used regular noodles)
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving


  1. While preparing grilled tomatoes, cook linguine in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain; return to pot.
  2. Add olive oil, 1/2 cup Parmesan, and grilled tomatoes. Divide among bowls, and serve immediately with more grated Parmesan, as desired

Tomato and Grilled Bread Salad

This is from Martha Stewart and is a take off of an Italian bread salad called panzanella. With the abundant of tomatoes lately I've been trying everything with tomatoes in it! My girls loved this and it was a great dinner salad on a hot night.

Serves 4

  • 1/2 pound country bread, cut into 3/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 large beefsteak tomatoes, cut into 3/4-inch dice (about 4 cups)
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch dice (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Heat grill to medium. Brush bread slices on both sides with 2 tablespoons oil. Grill until lightly charred on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes. Let cool slightly, then cut into large cubes.
  2. In a large bowl, toss bread cubes with tomatoes, cucumber, and basil. Drizzle with vinegar and remaining 1/4 cup oil, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine, and serve.

Cherry Chicken Salad

Cherry Chicken Salad

I got this recipe from my sisters kitchen. I loved that it was quick, simple and didn't require much planing ahead! Sorry no pictures, my camera is broken at them time. I added and substituted were I used italic.

  • 3 poached, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks (I actually grilled mine)
  • 1/2 c. dried cherries (I didn't have cherries so I used crasins)
  • 1/2 c. chopped pecans, lightly toasted in a dry skillet
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/3 c. mayonnaise, regular or low fat or plain yogurt
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • I added a handful of sliced grapes and sliced celery
  • lettuce leaves

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and gently mix together. Refrigerate before serving. Serve on lettuce leaves, garnish with a sprig of parsley and a few pecan halves. Fresh fruit and crescent rolls make a nice accompaniment. We actually eat all our chicken salad on croissants these days. I only had it in my refrigerator for about 45 minutes and it still tasted yummy!