Friday, October 31, 2008

LACY OATMEAL WAFER COOKIES

This is a cookie recipe from Sweden. It is known as Havreflarn in Sweden.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
2 tbsp cream

Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add flour, sugar, oats, and cream. Cook, stirring constantly, just until mixture starts to bubble. Remove from the heat and stir briskly for a few seconds. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls about 4-inches apart onto well greased and lightly floured baking sheets. Place only 5 or 6 cookies on a baking sheet at a time. Bake at 375 degrees five to six minutes until golden brown. Cool wafers for 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove carefully from baking sheet with a thin spatula and place over rolling pin until firm. If cookies harden before they can be removed from pan, reheat in oven for a few seconds to soften again. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.

ROASTED PORK TENDERLOIN AND VEGETABLES

2 pork tenderloins, about 3/4 lb each
2 lbs red potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
1 lb carrots, halved and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 medium onion, cut into wedges
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
1 tsp sage
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Place tenderloins in a shallow roasting pan that has been lightly greased. Arrange the vegetables around the pork; drizzle with the oil. Combine the seasonings and sprinkle of the pork and the vegetables. Bake, uncovered, in a 450 degree oven for about 40 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Stir the vegetables occasionally during the cooking process.

Makes 6 servings. 3-oz of meat + 1 cup of vegetables equals 331 calories, 40 g carbs, and 28 g protein.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

BARLEY VEGETABLE SOUP

This old-fashioned recipe is also a healthy one. Give it a try for an old-fashioned healthy, tasty meal. Just add a crusty whole-grain bread or muffin and you have a meal!

In a stock pot, heat 2 tbsp oil and saute 2 medium chopped onions until transparent. Add: 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced and 1/3 cup barley. Saute a for a few minutes.
Add to the stock pot: 1 cup diced carrots, 1 cup diced celery, 3 cups sliced mushrooms, 1 potato, scrubbed clean and diced with peeling left on, 8 cups water or beef or chicken stock--your preference, 1/2 tsp dried basil, 1/4 tsp dried thyme, 3 tbsp soy sauce, and 3/4 tsp seasoned salt. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
Add to soup: 2 small zucchini, cut in half lenthwise then cut into slices. Continue to cook until zucchini is tender. Season with salt, if desired, pepper, and cayenne pepper to suit your taste. After dishing soup into serving bowl, garnish with a dollop of sour cream, if desired.

Yield: 8 servings

LENTILS WITH PASTA

1 cup dried lentils
1 cup finely chopped onions
1 tbsp olive oil
2 to 3 cloves of garlic minced, use amount to suit your taste
1 tsp ground coriander
8 oz pkg elbow macaroni
salt and pepper to suit your taste
1 tbsp butter
1/4 cup fresh minced parsley

Soak lentils overnight in water to cover. Add water if needed as lentils will absorb some of the water. Cook until lentils are soft. Drain thoroughly. In a large skillet, heat oil. Saute onions over medium heat until they are soft. Add the garlic and cook until soft. Add the coriander and stir in. Stir in the lentils and keep warm.

Meanwhile, cook the macaroni according to package directions until just barely soft. Drain. Mix the drained pasta with the lentil mixture. Season to suit your taste. Stir in the butter then sprinkle the parsley over the top. Serve hot.

Yield: 6 servings

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

SWEDISH HEIRLOOM COOKIES

I could not find a date on the old cookbook from where I first got this recipe. It did have a price of 15 cents factory printed on the front cover so it is obviously very old.

Bake at 325 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes.

Cream......1 cup butter. Gradually add 1 cup unsifted confectioners' sugar and 1/2 tsp salt, creaming well.
Add........1 1/4 cups almonds, ground, and 1 tablespoon vanilla.
Blend in...2 cups sifted all-purpose flour* gradually, mix thoroughly.
Shape......dough into balls or crescents, using a rounded teaspoonful for each cookie
Place on ungreased baking sheets. If desired,sprinkle with colored candies
Bake.......in 325 degree oven 15 to 18 minutes. Cookies will not be brown when done.

*If you are using self-rising flour (sold in parts of the south), omit the salt.
If you did not decorate the cookies, you may roll them in confectioners' sugar while they are warm.
Makes about 4 1/2 dozen.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

BANANA OATMEAL COOKIES

Go back to this old-fashioned recipe for a cookie to make for the kids. It is tasty, nutrious, and much better for your family than chocolate chips and/or candy bits.

3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup oats, dry
2 large ripe bananas, coarsely mashed
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheets. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and both sugars. Add egg and beat until fluffy. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and spices; add to butter mixture and mix well. Stir in oats, vanilla, and banana. Drop by tablespoon two inches apart on cookie sheets. Bake 12 to 15 minutes until golden in color. Cool on a wire rack.

Monday, October 27, 2008

NEW (IN 1977) GERMAN SWEET CHOCOLATE PUDDING CAKE

This recipe is from a 1977 General Mills insert in Ladies Home Journal magazine.

1 pkg (2 layer size) yellow cake mix
1 pkg (4 serving size) vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix
1 pkg (4 oz) German sweet chocolate, melted
4 eggs
1 1/4 cups buttermilk*
1/4 cup oil

*Or use 1/2 cup sour cream and 3/4 cup water

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Blend, using an electric mixer. Beat 4 minutes at medium speed. Pour into three greased and floured 9-inch layer cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly pressed. Cool in pans for 15 minutes. Remove and finish cooling on wire racks. Fill with coconut filling.

Coconut Filling: Combine 1 cup evaporated milk, 1 cup sugar, 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten, 1/2 cup butter or margarine, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla in a saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat. Add 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut and 1 cup chopped pecans. Cool, beating occasionally, until of spreading consistency. Makes 2 1/2 cups.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

PUMPKIN PUDDING CAKE

1 2/3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup nuts, chopped
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1 cup pumpkin pulp
1/3 cup water
1 large or extra large egg
2/3 cup raisins
1/4 tsp ginger

Sift dry ingredients and add shortening, pumpkin, and water. Beat together for two minutes. Add egg and beat one minute longer. Stir in raisins and nuts. Bake in a greased and floured bundt pan for 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

This recipe was from a lady who ran a country market and gas station near my school back in Southern Indiana during the 50s and 60s. She was well known for her cooking.

CHEESY TUNA PEPPERS

5 medium green bell peppers
1 package Tuna Helper mix for NOODLES, CHEESE SAUCE 'N TUNA
3 cups hot water
1 can (6 1/2 oz) tuna, drained
1 jar (2 oz)chopped pimientos, drained
2 tbsp chopped dried chives
1 tsp paprika

Cut thin slice from stem end of each pepper. Remove seeds and membrane; rinse. Cut each pepper crosswise into halves. Heat Noodles, Sauce Mix and water to boiling in a 10-inch skillet, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; cover and simmer, stirring constantly, for ten minutes. Mix tuna, pimientos, chives and paprika in large bowl; stir in noodle mixture. Place two pepper halves, cut sides up and side by side, on each of 5 plates. Spoon tuna mixture over peppers. Sprinkle with chives, if desired. Serve immediately.

This is a 1981 recipe from General Mills, Inc.

APPLE-CRANBERRY BAKE

2 cups cranberries
2 cups peeled, chopped apples
3 tbsp flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup instant oats
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine, melted

Combine first three ingredients, tossing to coat. Add sugar, mix well. Place in a baking dish. Blend remaining ingredients and spoon over fruit. Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes at 350 degrees F.

FRIED OYSTERS

1 pint oysters
cayene pepper
black pepper
salt
corn meal
flour
baking powder
shortening for frying
lemon juice

Drain oysters and season with cayenne and black peppers and salt. Combine equal amounts of corn meal and flour and a pinch of baking powder. Roll oysters in mixture. Fry a few oysters at a time in hot shortening; fry just until edges shrivel. Drain on paper toweling and saturate with lemon juice. Serve hot.

Monday, October 20, 2008

OH SO EASY CHERRY BROWNIES

If you are a fan of Black Forest Cake, you will love these cherry brownies.

1 pkg. (21.5 oz) brownie mix
1 cup cherry pie filling
1/4 cup oil
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups chocolate chips

Combine brownie mix, pie filling, oil, and eggs together and mix well. Grease bottom only of a 13" x 9" baking pan. Pour batter into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes until done. After removing from oven, sprinkle with the chocolate chips and spread when they melt. Cool and cut into squares. To make a tasty and pretty serving, top brownie square with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a spoonful of the leftover pie filling.

Friday, October 3, 2008

CITRUS DELIGHT GELATIN SALAD

1 pkg (3 oz) orange gelatin
1 pkg (3 oz) lemon gelatin
8-oz bottle 7-UP
8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1/2 jar marshmallow creme
1/2 small carton frozen whipped topping, thawed
1/2 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing
2/3 cup chopped nuts
1 can (13 oz) crushed pineapple

Bring 7-Up to a boil and pour over gelatins. Mix well to dissolve gelatin. Cool. Add cream cheese and blend. Blend in the whipped topping. Add salad dressing and marshmallow creme, blend. Mix in pineapple with juice. Add nuts and mix in. Pour into an 11 x 7-inch pan. Chill several hours or overnight before serving.

SOUR CREAM POTATOES

6 cups peeled and diced potatoes, cooked until barely tender
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp dried onion flakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put half of the potatoes in a 2-quart casserole dish. Pour 1/2 the sour cream and milk over the potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add half the onion flakes. Repeat the process. Garnish with some dried parsley flakes, if desired for color. Bake 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

MOLASSES PEANUT BRITTLE

2 cups sugar
2/3 cup water
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
2 tbsp molasses
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp cream
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup shelled raw peanuts

Combine sugar, water, and cream of tartar in a heavy saucepan. Place over low heat and stir until sugar is dissolved; cook without stirring to 280 degrees (brittle). Wipe down crystals from side of pan with a damp cloth wrapped around the tines of a fork. Add molasses, salt, and cream. Cook slowly to 290 degrees, stirring slowly but constantly. Remove from stove. Quickly stir in soda and peanuts (be sure soda is free of lumps). Pour onto an oiled surface--a shallow pan or marble slab--in a very thin layer. When cool enough to handle, the brittle may be grasped at the edges and stretched into a very thin sheet. When cool, break into medium-sized pieces. Makes about one pound.

VAL'S PEANUT BUTTER CINNAMON COOKIES

1 cup sifted flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 cup soft oleo
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, salt, cinnamon, and soda. Cream together the oleo, sugars, peanut butter, egg, and vanilla. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Mix together well. Drop by rounded teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheet and flatten with a fork. Baking time is approximately 12 minutes at 350 degrees.

COCONUT BIRTHDAY CAKE

CAKE:
3 cups cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup margarine
1 lb powdered sugar
4 eggs, separated
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup shredded coconut

Sift dry ingredients (first three) together and set aside. Cream butter and margarine until light and add powdered sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Add well beaten egg yolks and beat again. Add flour alternately with milk and vanilla. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Fold in coconut. Bake in 9-inch layer pans (2 or 3) at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.

WHIP CREAM FROSTING:
1 cup milk
3 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sweet butter
apricot preserves
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

Cook milk, flour, and salt until thick, stirring constantly. Cool well. Cream together butter, shortening, sugar, and vanilla. Combine with cooled milk and flour mixture, beat until smooth. When cake is cooled, split layers and spread with apricot preserves and frost with whip cream frosting.

NOSTALGIC CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS

6 bone-in chicken breast halves, skin removed
2 whole cloves
12 frozen pearl or small whole onions, thawed
1 bay leaf
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried marjoram
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup chicken broth
3 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
1/2 tsp browning sauce, optional
1 cup Bisquick baking mix
6 tbsp milk
1 1/2 tsp parley flakes

Place chicken in a slow cooker. Insert cloves in an onion and add to slowcooker. Add bay leaf and remaining onions. Sprinkle chicken with garlic, salt, thyme, marjoram, and pepper. Pour broth over chicken. Cover and cook on low 4 to 5 hours until the chicken juices run clear. Remove chicken and keep warm. Discard cloves and bay leaf. Increase temperature to high. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch, water, and browning sauce until smooth. Slowly stir into the slow cooker. In another bowl, combine biscuit mix, milk, and parsley. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto simmering liquid. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes without lifting lid. Dumplings are done when a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve dumplings and gravy over/with chicken.

Yields 6 servings of 295 calories, 24 g carbs, and 36 g protein each

Thursday, October 2, 2008

CRANBERRY MERINGUE PIE

1 pkg (12 oz) fresh or frozen cranberries (thaw frozen berries)
1 cup orange juice
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup quick cooking tapioca
2 tsp grated orange peel, optional
1/4 tsp salt
MERINGUE:
4 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup sugar

1 baked 9-inch pie shell

Place cranberries in a food processor; cover and pulse until coarsely chopped. In a large saucepan, combine the cranberries, orange juice, water, sugar, tapioca, orange peel and salt. Let stand for 5 minutes. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Keep warm.

In a clean, cold mixing bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar and beat on medium speed of an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat until stiff peaks form. Spoon the warm filling into the pie shell. Spread meringue over filling being careful to seal the edges to the crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 1 hour. Chill, covered, in refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving. Refrigerate any leftovers.

TACO SEASONING MIX

4 tsp dried minced onion
3 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to one year.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

SWEET POTATO APPLE SCALLOP

2 lbs sweet potatoes (3 medium)
2 med apples, peeled and cored
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp orange extract
2 tbsp butter

Place sweet potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil; cook 20-25minutes or until tender. Drain and cool. Peel potatoes and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Place in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish or pan that has been greased. Cut apples into 1/4-inch rings; cut in half. Arrange over sweet potatoes. Sprinkle apple slices with lemon juice. Combine the brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and orange extract. Sprinkle mixture over apples. Dot with butter. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until apples are tender.

SPICE CRUMB CAKE

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp each ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves
1 tsp salt
1 cup shortening
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk
2 tbsp molasses

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, spices and salt; cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Remove and set aside 1 cup of mixture for topping. In another bowl, beat the eggs, buttermilk and molasses. Add to the remaining flour mixture. Mix together well. Pour into a greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Sprinkle with the reserved topping. Bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes.

HOMEMADE GRANOLA BARS

3 1/2 cups oats
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup raisins
2/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 can cherry pie filling

Spread oats in a jellyroll pan and toast in a 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. In a large bowl, mix oats, nuts, and raisins. Melt butter in saucepan. Add honey, egg, vanilla, salt, brown sugar, and pie filling. Stir into oat mixture. Press firmly into greased jelly roll pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool, cut into squares.