Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lemon Dill Turkey Salad


2 cups cooked, picked and chopped Turkey
3 Tbs onion, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, diced
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 Tbs dill
1 lemon, juiced
3 dates, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup mayo (more or less to liking)

Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge



Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2/3 cup (5 oz can) Evaporated Milk
2 Tbs butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 cups Milk Choc Morsels
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts, pecans or walnuts (optional)

Directions: 
Line 8 inch-square baking pan with wax paper.
Combine sugar, milk, butter, vanilla and salt in medium saucepan.  Bring to a rolling boil, stirring constantly for 4-5 mins.  Remove from heat.  
Stir in marshmallow, morsels and nuts.  Stir vigorously for 1 minute (until all melted).  Pour into prepared baking pan, refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fruit Cake (Dates, cherries, pineapple and walnuts)



1 cup dates

1 1/2 cups boiled water

1 1/2 cups sugar
2 Tbs. melted butter
2 egg

1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp cinnamon 
1/4 tsp ground allspice
2  cups flour 

1 small jar maraschino cherries
4 pineapple rings, diced 
1/2 cup chopped nuts


Method:  
Pour the boiling water over the dates into blender. Let sit while mixing other
ingredients.

Cream together the sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla. Blend dates and water in blender until creamy.  Add to sugar mixture. Add dry ingredients mixing well.  Fold in cherries, pineapple and nuts
Pour into a greased bundt pan or two loaf pans.  
Bake for 55 to 60 min. on a 350degree oven.  Less baking time is required for loaf pans.

Broccoli and Cheddar Granola Casserole


1 large head of broccoli, rinsed and chopped
1/2 stick butter
2 cloves garlic
1/2 small onion
1 small can chicken broth
salt and pepper, to taste
2 cups granola cereal with almonds, ground  (measure 2 cups ground, not whole)
1 lb shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350.  In large casserole dish add 1/4 stick butter (reserve other 1/4), add broccoli.  Puree garlic and onion, pour over broccoli, add broth and season with s & p.  Sprinkle cheese on top then granola.  Add remaining butter to top.  Cover and bake for approx. 50 - 60 mins.  Toss if desire to combine flavors.

Note:  I purchase my granola at Whole Foods.  I like the brown sugar granola with almonds.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Lamb Stew


2 lbs Lamb Stew meat
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 Tbs flour
1-2 Tbs beef paste
4-5 cups water
1 Tbs fresh rosemary
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (plus for garnish)
cherry tomatoes, for garnish

In large pot heat oil on medium.  Add meat, onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, garlic.  Saute until meat is brown.  Add flour and beef paste, stir.  Add water, rosemary and cilantro.  Simmer on low until thickens and vegs are cooked (approx. 1 hour)  Garnish with cherry tomatoes and extra cilantro

Chicken Cacciatore Soup

Cream of Tomato Bisque



Cream of Tomato Bisque:

1/4 cup olive oil, for sauteing
3 stalks celery (with leaves), diced
1 large onion, chopped
3 large cloves garlic, chopped
2 lbs whole Plum Tomatoes, cooked and peeled
2 Tbs butter
3 large basil leaves
salt and pepper, to taste
2 Tbs powdered milk
2 Tbs white sugar
1/4 cup white wine
Fresh mozzarella balls

In large pot, heat oil.  Add celery, onion and garlic and saute until lightly brown.  Add tomatoes, butter, basil, s&p, powdered milk, sugar and wine.  Simmer on low for approx. 30 mins.  In large processor or blender, puree to make smooth and creamy.  Serve in soup bowl with fresh mozzarella and garnish with fresh basil.  May also serve with toasted crostini or croutons.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Chocolate Delight



2 cups Kozy Shack Chocolate Pudding
8 ozs Cool Whip Topping
4 Large Brownies or slices of Chocolate Cake
 Choice of assorted candy:  Kit Kats, Hershey Bar, Chocolate or Peanut Butter Morsels, Malt Powder,
                           M & M's, Toffee...etc.
4 individual dessert cups

Separate ingredients to make 4 desserts.  Start by adding 1/2 brownie to bottom of each cup.  Add approx. 1/4 cup Kozy Shack Chocolate Pudding, sprinkle with assorted candy then top with Cool Whip.  Repeat second layer.  Top second layer with dollop of Cool Whip and arranged candy on top.  I like to stick two whole pieces of Kit Kat on top.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Banana Date Nut Cake (Bread)




Banana Date Nut Bread


1 cup dates
1 1/2 cups boiled water
1 very ripe banana

1 1/2 cups sugar
2 Tbs. melted butter
2 egg

1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp cinnamon 
1/4 tsp ground allspice
2  cups flour

1/2 cup chopped nuts


Method:  
Pour the boiling water over the dates into blender. Let sit while mixing other
ingredients.

Cream together the sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla. Blend dates, banana and water in blender until creamy.  Add to sugar mixture. Add dry ingredients mixing well by hand.  Fold in nuts
Pour into a greased bundt pan or two loaf pans.  
Bake for 55 to 60 min. on a 350degree oven.  Less baking time is required for loaf pans.