Monday, July 2, 2018

spicy beef (based on a Mongolian beef recipe)

Fry vegetables (shredded carrots, green onions, and/or brocolli - as the mood strikes) and the following spices in 2 T oil:
1/2 t ginger
1 T garlic powder
1 T onion powder
1 t red pepper flakes.
Remove from pan.  Brown
1 lb beef, cut in strips,
in 2 T oil.  When brown, add 1/4 c flour (or cornstarch) to coat beef.  Fry just enough to brown flour.
Add back veg/spice mixture.  Add:
1/4 c soy sauce
1/4 c brown sugar
1/4 c water
1/4 c orange juice (or SunnyD).  (The juice is my secret ingredient.)
Simmer until sauce thickens.  Serve over rice.

Friday, March 9, 2018

carrot pineapple cake

(my husband's favorite cake - especially for his birthday)
Grease and flour 9x13" pan.  Preheat oven to 350F.
Blend (in blender) to desired consistency:
  1 lb carrots
  1 8-oz can crushed pineapple, including juice.
In large bowl, combine
  2 c flour - or 1 1/2 c flour plus 1/2 c almond meal
  1 c sugar
  2 t baking soda
  2 t cinnamon
  1/2 t salt.
Mix in
  4 beaten eggs
  1/2 c vegetable oil
Beat for 2 min.  Add in:
  carrots and pineapple
  and up to 1/2 c water (to make a thin batter).
Bake in 9x13" pan at 350F for 42-47 min.

Top with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting when cool:
Let soften
  5 oz cream cheese
  1 1/2 T butter.
Beat while gradually adding
  3 c powdered sugar.
If necessary, add milk to reach spreading consistency.
Stir in
  1/2 c shredded coconut.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Marble Cake

for Jason's birthday...

Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease and flour 9x13" pan.
  4 egg whites
till foamy.  In large bowl, cream
  1/2 c butter
  1 c sugar
  4 egg yolks.
In a smaller bowl, combine
  2 1/2 c flour
  1 t baking soda
  1/2 t salt
  1 t cream of tartar
  3 T cornstarch.
Add flour mixture alternately to large bowl with
  1 c milk.
Add egg whites to batter.
Place 1 c of batter in smaller bowl.  Add to this:
  1/4 c cocoa
  2 T sugar
  2 T milk
Add to leftover batter,
  3 T orange juice.
Drop contents from both bowls by 1/4 cupful into pan.  Swirl together gently.
Bake 350F for 42 - 47 min.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Marshmallow Treats

a quick way to make Rice Krispies Treats

1/4 c butter
4 c marshmallows (about 10 oz)
6 c Kellogg's Rice Krispies
In a large microwave-proof bowl, microwave butter on high 1/2 min or till soft.  Add marshmallows.  Microwave on high 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.  Stir until smooth.  (Microwave 1/2 minute longer if necessary to get a smooth paste.)  Add Rice Krispies.  Fold in until well coated.  Spread warm mixture into greased 9 x 13" pan.  Press flat with hands dipped under running water.  Cut into squares when cool.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Peanut Butter Cookies

I made these for a Nerdopolis challenge on  They turned out so well that here's the recipe:
(makes 30)
1/2 c butter
1/2 c peanut butter
1 c sugar
1 T molasses
1 egg
1 1/2 c flour
1/4 t salt
1 T milk
1/2 t baking soda
1 t cream of tartar
Mix all together.  Refrigerate overnight.
Form into 1" balls and roll in 1/4 c sugar.
Flatten with fork.
Bake 350F for 9 min.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Spicy Beef

In a small bowl, combine:
1/2 T cornstarch
1 T brown sugar
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t ginger
1/2 T crushed red pepper (dried)
dash black pepper.
Add and mix till smooth:
2 T soy sauce
1 T cranberry juice (or sherry or red wine)
1 T oil
Cut up 1 lb beef into strips and then brown in skillet.  Remove from skillet.  Pour marinade over beef and let stand in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook in skillet
1 c vegetables (for example, some combination of green onions, carrots, broccoli, green beans)
until tender.   And also cook up rice.
(Here's my microwave rice recipe.)
When the vegetables are tender, add beef mixture.  Cook covered until ready to serve.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Easy microwave rice

This is my basic rice recipe. It works for any amount of rice - and doesn't leave the rice sticky.
    1 T butter
in a 1 to 1 1/2-qt casserole. Microwave on high for 1 min. Add
    1 c uncooked rice.
Stir to coat rice. Microwave on high for about 1 min. Add
to cover completely by about 1/2 inch. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Let sit for 15 minutes for the rice to absorb the liquid.