Sunday, February 27, 2011

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I love me a good, soft cookie! I do not like hard cookies...never have, never will. When I saw this recipe I had to try it because I am always on the hunt for a good oatmeal raisin cookie. I have a few that are okay, but nothing to write home about. Until today! I love these cookies and they will replace all of my other oatmeal raisin cookie recipes. I think I ate like 6 today. It's been one of those days......
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
bountiful kitchen

2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt (yum!)
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups old fashion oats
1 cup raisins ( I used golden raisins this time and loved them!)

Preheat oven to 350*. Cream butter and sugars together. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until fluffy. Place flour, baking soda, baking powder, and kosher salt in a bowl with wet ingredients. Mix just until incorporated. Add 3 cups oats, mix with large spoon. Fold in raisins.
Drop dough onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350* for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tamale Pie

I have been wanting to try this Tamale Pie recipe by Rachael Ray for a while, but just could not get excited about some of the ingredients. So, I took some of her ideas and created my own version. It was delicious! A bit spicy, so if you want to tone down the heat, you could eliminate the jalapeno or put less chili powder in. I personally love spicy, so this was just right for me and my cute hubby.Tamale Pie
adapted from Rachael Ray by me:)

2 lbs ground turkey
1 jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp coriander
1 tbsp chipotle chili powder
1 cup chicken stock
2 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cups tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups corn meal
1 cup flour
1 3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp baking powder
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
Sour cream

Preheat oven to 400*.
In a large, oven proof skillet, brown meat. Add jalapeno, bell pepper, onion, garlic, salt and pepper, cumin, coriander, and chili powder. Cook, stirring often until peppers are soft, about 8 minutes.
Deglaze pan with chicken stock.
In a bowl, combine vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato sauce. Pour over meat mixture and simmer to combine flavors and mixture has thickened up a bit.
In another bowl, combine corn meal, flour, milk, honey, baking powder, salt and 1 cup cheese. Mix until combined. Drop cornbread mixture by large spoonfuls over meat, spreading it out as much as you can to even it out. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake at 400* for about 30 minutes. Serve with sour cream.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Becky's Sloppy Joe's

I posted this recipe a long time ago, so I thought it deserved a re-post. Plus I had a better picture this time around. This is a family favorite!
Becky's Sloppy Joe's

1 lb ground beef (or ground turkey)
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup tomato soup
1/2 cup ketchup
3 tbsp grape jelly
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tbsp mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp celery seed
hamburger buns

In a heated skillet, brown meat and onions, drain any excess fat. Add soup, ketchup, jelly, sugar, vinegar, mustard, salt, and celery seed. Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns with homemade fries!!!

Serves 5-6

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Chicken Denver

I had a hard time getting an appetizing picture of this dish because once you dig into it, it's a little messy. This one has been in my family for years. My mom made it all the time when we were growing up.

Chicken Denver

16-20 oz chopped frozen broccoli
2 cups shredded chicken
2-3 cups cooked rice
Combine these 3 ingredients in a greased 9x13 casserole dish

1 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp curry powder
2 cans cream of chicken soup

Mix these ingredients together and pour over rice mixture. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese and bake at 350* for 30 minutes.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Bow-tie Lasagna

I could eat pasta all day everyday! It is my comfort food! Lasagna is my is a fun twist on your traditional lasagna.
Bow-tie Lasagna

1 pound ground beef (or ground turkey)
1 lb bow-tie pasta
3 cups spaghetti sauce (you can use canned or homemade.
I much prefer homemade...I'll post that another day)
1 tsp garlic powder (optional)
2 tsp Italian seasoning (optional)
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
Parmesan cheese

In a warm skillet, brown meat, draining excess fat if needed. Bring pot of water to boil. Once boiling, season with salt and add pasta. Cook until tender.
Add spaghetti sauce (and additional seasonings if desired) to meat and bring to a bubble, continue to simmer if noodles are not finished cooking. Once noodles are cooked and drained, add meat sauce, cheese, and sour cream to noodles and mix until combined. Cook over low heat for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with Parmesan cheese.