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.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Fruit Pie Oatmeal Cookies

  1/2 c butter
  1 c sugar
  1 T cinnamon
  1 t baking soda
  1 T Carnation chocolate malted milk mix (optional)
  1/4 t salt
Add and cream:
  2 eggs
Add in order, mixing after each addition.  The oats and fruit may need to be folded in by hand.
  1 T liquid - either plain water or from the fruit
  1 1/2 c flour
  2 c quick oats
  1 c diced peaches (or apples, etc) - drained, if necessary
Chill for at least 1 hour. Drop by tablespoonful onto cookie sheet. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Spice Cake

Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease and sugar (not flour) large bundt pan (or grease and flour a 13"x9" flat pan).   For a bundt pan with a sugar coating, there is no need for frosting.  For a flat cake, top with maple syrup frosting.
Mix together:

  • 2 c flour
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1 t cream of tartar
  • 1 t nutmeg
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t allspice
  • 1/2 t salt.
Set aside.  Cream together:

  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1 c sugar.

  • 3 eggs
one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition.  Add flour mixture alternately with

  • 1 c milk.
Then add

  • 1 T orange juice.
Pour into prepared pan and bake for 42 minutes or until done.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Banana drop cookies

I had some overripe bananas and didn't feel like making banana bread. So, I looked up a banana cookie recipe. Here's the recipe with my modifications. (I think that next time I make it, I'll nuke some apple slices - to get them soft - and substitute them for the bananas.) Cream: 1/2 c butter 1 c sugar Add and best in: 1 egg Add and best in: 1 t baking soda 1/2 t salt 1/2 t cinnamon 1/4 t nutmeg 1/4 t cloves Add and beat in: 1 c bananas (2 - 3 bananas) Add and beat in slowly: 1/2 c almond meal (or another 1/2 c flour). Almond meal is used here as a substitute for some of the flour. 1 1/2 c flour (or more, for desired consistency) Chopped nuts and/or chocolate chips can be added, if desired. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 11 min. Makes about 60 cookies

Friday, October 31, 2014

Pumpkin Raisin Cookies

1 c butter
1 c brown sugar
2 c sugar
2 T molasses
1 egg
2 c pumpkin
5 c flour
2 c oats
2 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
2 t ground cinnamon
1 t ground nutmeg
1 t ground cloves
1 c raisins
1/2 c water
Microwave raisins in water for 1 min on high to soften raisins. (If using regular oats, add at this time.)   Set aside.
Cream butter, sugars, and molasses.  Add egg.  Beat well.  Add pumpkin and spices.
Add dry ingredients.  Add raisins with water.  Mix well.
Drop by 2-tablespoons-full onto greased baking sheet.  Bake 350F for 10 min  (for soft cookies)  Makes 7 dozen.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

grilled corn on the cob

Corn is in season now and so I decided to see how difficult grilling corn on the cob would be.  It came out wonderfully!  And it was easy to do.

All one has to do is check the corn to see if it's good.  Soak it for about an hour (half hour minimum) with the husks on.  (Next time, I'll add some salt to the water.)  Put it on the platform over the grill and let it cook (It actually steams itself.) for 30 min (at 350F).  The silk comes off easily after it's cooked.