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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving is over, but who knows when you'll need some homeade jellied cranberry sauce?! This is a really great recipe, though it does take some time:

1-cup sugar
1-cup water
One 12 oz bag fresh cranberries

1. In a medium saucepan bring 1-cup water and 1-cup sugar to a boil over high heat. Stir in the cranberries and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and stir gently, occasionally, for 10 min.

2. Place a wire sieve over a medium bowl. Pour the sauce into the sieve. Mash and press the sauce through the sieve w/the back of a large spoon, frequently scraping the outside of the sieve, until there is no pulp left in the sieve. Stir well and transfer to a small bowl. Cool completely. Cover tightly with plastic warp and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Can be prepared 1 week ahead of time.

Serve chilled or at room temperature.


Official Tastetester says: Very good and .. tangy..

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Pumpkin Carving Adventure

Well, It was a spin off of Martha.. and it didn't work out too well but is still fun.

What can you say?

Dinner Tonight: Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

I got this recipe from the Food Network's Paula Deen. Her recipes are always great, but this one was above par! Simply amazing!

Official Taste-tester says:
"hmmm... (scratches his lip) .. de-lis-i-o-so"

The link:,,FOOD_9936_31021,00.html

The recipe:
1 cup crabmeat
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
4 tablespoons Parmesan
House Seasoning, recipe follows
2 portobello mushroom caps, or 10 white mushrooms caps
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Nonstick cooking spray

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine the crabmeat, cream cheese, parsley, green onions and Parmesan. Season with House Seasoning, to taste. Stuff the mushroom caps with the mixture and top with bread crumbs. Spray the tops with nonstick spray to help them brown. Transfer to the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the filling is hot and melted.

House Seasoning:
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Recipe Review: Perfect Pie Crust

As a Martha follower, I tried her recipe for pie crust, afterall.. I had to try out my new apple corer/peeler/slicer so.. Apple Pie.

It was a great recipe and I think it is totally work the little bit of extra work. So much better than store bought crust..

The link is:

there are 6 pages of instructions w/ pictures so it sounds like a lot, but it isn't! Try it!

Pie Crust

Makes 1 crust; Prep time: 40 minutes; Total time: 3 1/2 hours

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)

2 tablespoons ice water

1. In a food processor, pulse several times to combine 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and sugar.

2. Add 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, with a few pea-size pieces remaining.

3. Add 2 tablespoons ice water; pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed (if needed, add up to 2 more tablespoons ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time). Do not overmix.

4. Turn out onto work surface; knead once or twice, until dough comes together. Flatten dough into a disk, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

5. Place dough on a floured piece of parchment or waxed paper. Using knuckles, press edges of dough to help prevent cracking when you roll it out.

6. Roll dough to a 14-inch round. Using parchment, lift and wrap dough around rolling pin; carefully unroll over a 9-inch pie plate. Gently fit into bottom and along sides of plate, being careful not to stretch or tear dough.

7. Using kitchen shears or a paring knife, trim dough to a 1-inch overhang; fold under, and seal to form a rim. Crimp rim with fingertips. Prick bottom of pie dough all over with a fork, to prevent it from puffing up or shrinking in the oven. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

8. If prebaking the crust, preheat oven to 350°. Bake until crust is firm and golden, about 20 minutes. Cool completely before filling.


Ah, Halloween, a time of gluttony and chocolate. What better that deliciously fantastic fudge! There is a really easy recipe I found but the results are yummy.

Grease a pan set aside. spread fudge w/grease spatula

cover fudge w/plastic wrap. put in fridge 2 hrs or until firm. cut into 1 inch squares. store tightly covered in fridge for 3 weeks.

Chocolate Fudge:
1 & 1/2 c sugar
1 can (5 oz)evaporated milk
2 T butter
1/4 t salt
1 & 1/2 c mini marshmallows
1 c semisweet chocolate chips
1 & 1/2 t vanilla

combine sugar, milk, butter, and salt in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly w/wooden spoon. boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

remove saucepan from heat. stir in marshmallows with wooden spoon until melted and mixture is well blended.

add chocolate chips & vanilla. stir unil mixture 6 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Peanut Butter Fudge:
3/4 c granulate sugar
3/4 c packed brown sugar
1/2 c creamy PB
5 oz evap milk
1 & 1/2 mini marshmallows
1 & 1/2 t vanilla

combine sugar, milk in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly w/wooden spoon. boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

remove saucepan from heat. stir in marshmallows with wooden spoon until melted and mixture is well blended.

add PBs & vanilla. stir unil mixture 6 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Apples! Apples! Apples!

Fall, the perfect time for apples! Recently my mom and I visited Milford, OH and Rouster's Apple House. It's an orchard and really cool. They usually have u-pick but the crop was damaged and so they had bags you could buy. We bought three types: Jonagold, Krispy, and Grimes. All very delicious, my favorite is the jonagold.

So the best invention to accompany the apple is
don't worry, there are pictures to follow!
So I bought it at Linens and Things and it was a deal at $20 it suctions to the counter so you don't have to buy a stand. So it's awesome for making pies b/c it.. cores/peels/slices in about 20 seconds!

Who knew!
Even the husband loves it!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Blondie Brownies

This recipe was provided by my mom, Edie! She swears they are the best brownies she has ever eaten!

From Edie.
Phil brought this home a couple of weeks ago, and boy o boy! are they good! Blondies
1c.(4oz) pecans or walnuts
1-1/2 C. (7 1/2oz) unbleached ap flour.
1t. baking powder
12T.(1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1-1/2 C. (10 1/2oz) packed light brown sugar
2 lg. eggs, lightly beaten
4t. vanilla extract
6 oz. good-quality white chocolate chips (1C) or 3 oz. each white chocolate, & semisweet chocolate chips.
adjust oven rack to middle position & heat oven to 350 degrees. spread nuts on lg. rimmed baking sheet and bake until deep golden brown, 10-15 minutes. transfer nuts to cutting board to cool, chop coarsley and set aside. 2. while nuts toast, cut 18in. length foil and fold lengthwise to 8in. width. fit foil into length of 13 by 9in. baking pan,pushing it into corners, and up sides of pan. allow excess to overhang pan edges. cut 14in. length of foil and fit into width of baking pan in same manner, perpendicular to firsh sheet. spray foil lined pan with nonstick cooking spray. 3. whisk flour, b.powder, and salt together in med. bowl, set aside. 4. whisk melted butter and br. sugar together in med. bowl until combined. add eggs and vanilla and mix well. using rubber spatula, fold dry ingredients into egg mixture until just combined. do not overmix.fold in chocolate and nuts and turn batter into prepared pan, smoothing top with rubber spatula. 5. bake until top is shiny,cracked, and light golden brown, 22-25 minutes. do not overbake! cool on wire rack to room temperature. remove bars from pan by lifting foil overhang and transfer to cutting board. cut into 2in. sq. and serve.
As I said, they are DELICIOUS.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Mom's Apple Crisp

My mom has been making this recipe for years. It is always delicious. We really like the topping and so she has always doubled it or increased it by half. Any way you do it is awesome!!

Apple Crisp Recipe:

In a buttered baking dish, add 4 cups of sliced apples.
Sprinkle with 1 tsp of cinnamon
add 1/4 c H2O (if apples are really juicy, decrease water a little)
Set aside

In a bowl, combine:
3/4 c flour
1 c sugar
1/3 c butter
with a pastry blender cut dry ingredients into butter until well blended.

Turn mixture over apples bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

Official Taste Tester Says:
"Needs more crisp, but I'd give it a 10 out of 10"

Chicken Parmesan

This recipe was given to me by Paul at work. It came highly recommended. Rich and I tried it tonite and I think it was great! Very easy to make and quick too!

Official Taste Tester Says:
"Great and enough for left-overs"

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (I halved the recipe and it worked well)
1 egg, slightly beaten
3/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 jar/can (26-28 oz) pasta sauce
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 400. Dip chx in egg, then bread crumbs, coating well.

In a glass baking dish, arrange chx. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.

Pour pasta sauce over chx, then top with cheese. bake an additional 10 minutes or until chx is no longer pink. serve with hot cooked pasta.

10 minutes prep time - 30 min bake time

Saturday, October 08, 2005

More fun Halloween decorations!

Again, totally Martha inspired! and again from her Halloween book. These are chiffon "yaking" ghosts. They are made of the paper thin slippery fabric and glued to my window by rubber cement (rubs off windows easily). The template is in her book. The ghosts are challenging to make due to the fabric but well worth it. There are 2 ghosts. The one pictured and another one the next window to the right facing left as if they are talking. I had to hang up black fabric as it was hard to see the ghosts with the lights on.

Fun Halloween Decorations!

Of course this is Martha inspired and I love it! The crows are a template from her Halloween book that I borrowed from the library. Just copy the image, trace it out on black construction paper and tape it on the fence! The fence is made of black crepe (spelling??) cut to a point and the then "planks" of the fence are cut out in different sizes and taped on the wall with double sided tape either straight up and down or tilted. Tape one long piece from one side to the other of the fence to finish the look.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

This recipe comes from the October 2005 issue of Country Living. I make the cupcake version today and decorated them with gummy spiders and worms. The recipe is great not to hard to make and contains many things that you already have in your pantry. The mixture of the orange frosting and the pumpkin chocolate cake is outstanding! YUM!!

The photo shows the cupcakes and also the very fun Martha-inspired fall wreath I made. It originally had little pumpkins on it which were hollowed out and tea lights were placed inside, but there were some issues with that.. it would have worked except I bought pumpkins that were too old...

The recipe:

2 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons good-quality cocoa
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon fresh-grated nutmeg
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups pumpkin purée
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
5 large eggs
1 recipe Orange Cream-Cheese Frosting

1. Prepare cake pans: Heat oven to 350° F. Lightly butter three 8-inch cake pans and fit each bottom with an 8-inch circle of parchment paper. Lightly butter the parchment paper. Set aside.

2. Make the batter: Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl and set aside. Combine the buttermilk, pumpkin, and vanilla in a medium bowl and set aside. Beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl, with an electric mixer set on medium speed, until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, until the mixture is smooth and light. Alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk mixture, blending well after each addition.

3. Bake the cake: Divide the batter among the pans and bake until a wooden skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean ‑- about 35 minutes. Cool the cakes in the pan for 20 minutes. Remove cakes and cool. (For cupcakes: Heat oven to 375° F. Place cupcake liners in standard cupcake tins and fill each with 1/4 cup of batter. Bake for 22 minutes.)

4. Assemble the cake: Trim each of the layers. Place one layer on a cake plate and top with one third of the frosting. Repeat with the second and third layers. (To ensure that the cake layers do not shift, cut three skewers to 1/4 inch shorter than the full height of the cake and insert them before icing the top layer). Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Orange Cream-Cheese Frosting

One 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick), softened
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon orange food coloring

Make the frosting: Blend the cream cheese, butter, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla in a large bowl, using an electric mixer set at medium speed, until smooth. Add the sugar and continue to beat until light and creamy ‑- about 3 more minutes. Add the food coloring and gently stir until the color is uniform. Chill the frosting until ready to ice the cupcakes or cake.

The Best Chili

This recipe comes from the kitchen of the sister, Lori Trzop Schatzel. This is fantastic in a crock pot, slow cooked for hours or over your stove top if you need delicious chili in a hurry.

1 lb ground beef
1 lb mild or hot (depending on preference) sausage
1 large onion
2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained (usually, I get the chili kind or the onion/garlic kind)
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce (unsalted is always a good choice)
2 T chili powder
1 & 1/2 t ground cumin (this is the secret to this recipe!)
salt and pepper to taste
1 or 2 cans light or dark kidney beans (depending on how much you want) rinsed & drained

1. Brown beef and sausage in skillet until cooked through, drain
2. Mix beef and remaining ingredients, except beans in a slow cooker (or pot, if using pot, add the beans)
3. Cover and cook on low setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. The longer it cooks and simmers the better is tastes or until onion is tender -- you can't cook it too long!
**If you don't use a crock pot, add all ingredients and cook until heated through. Cook for at least an hour and a half until it reaches desiered consistency. Boil at first then simmer the remaining time**
4. Stir in beans then cover and cook on high for 15-20 minutes.

Serve with a dollop (of daisy ..hehe) of sour cream or shredded cheese or oyster crackers or regular crackers or ALL FOUR!!


Friday, October 07, 2005

Pizza Twist

This is a fun "twist" to pizza. It is similar to a calzone in that you dip the slices into sauce. You can add any ingredients you want. Usually I do pepperoni, mushrooms, and pineapple! Yum! It may seem complicated, but it is very easy and delicious to make. Just remember to firmly pinch to close the seams and to do a tight crisscross. I'll post a picture the very next time I make this dish!

The Recipe:
1 pkg pepperoni slices
2 T snipped fresh parsley
1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese
2 T all -purpose flour
1 garlic clove pressed ( I usually omit)
2 pkgs refrigerated French bread dough
1 egg
1 t italian seasoning mix
2 T fresh grated parmesan cheese
1 can pizza sauce, warmed

Preheat Oven to 375. Dice pepperoni and other "toppings" finely. Snip parsley. In a bowl combine toppings, parsley, mozzarella cheese, flour and garlic (pressed). Mix well.

Place bread dough seam sides up on smooth side of a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, slice each loaf lengthwise, end to end cutting halfway through to center of loaf, spread open flat. Lightly sprinkle additional flour evenly over dough. Roll dough crosswise creating a well down the center half of each loaf (usually I do this with my fingers)

Spoon half of the toppings mixture down the center of each loaf. Gather up the edges over filling pinching firmly to seal. Place loaves, seam side down in an X pattern on a baking sheet or stone (line the baking sheet with parchment paper). Crisscross ends of dough to form a large figure 8, keeping ends of dough 1 inch from the edge of the pan.

Separate egg, beat egg white and seasoning mix lightly brush over dough using a pastry brush ( a fork will substitute well). Using serrated knife, cut a 3 inch slit in each of the top sections of the twist to reveal filling

Sprinkle grated parmesean cheese over the loaf .

Bake 30-32 minutes or until deep golden brown. Remove to rack and cool 10 min. Cut into slices as desired. Serve with warm pizza sauce.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Mussio's Spinach and Artichoke Dip

This recipe was provided by Maggie. It is a family recipe.


1: melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat
2: ass onion & cook until soft - 5 min.
3: stir in spinach, artichokes, cream cheese, sour cream, 3/4 c monterey jack, 3/4 c parmesan, tabasco & salt
4: stir until well blended & heated through
5: pour mixture into casserole dish & top with reamaining 1/4 c mont-jack & 1/4 c parmesan cheese
6: bake 350 until cheese starts to brown - 10 min.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

My Favorite Cookie

I discovered this recipe just in time for my 1st Annual Cookie Exchange last year. Since then, it has been my favorite cookie.

Pumpkin Cookie:
2 c flour
1 & 1/3 c quick or old-fashion oats
1 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt (I usually omit)
1 c (2 sticks) butter/margarine, softened (I like to get the no salt kind)
1 c granulated sugar
1 c packed brown sugar
1 c pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix just pumpkin)
1 large egg
1 t vanilla
3/4 c chopped walnuts

3/4 c raisins

Preheat oven to 350. Grease baking sheets.

Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla; mix well. Add flour mixture; mix well. Stir in walnuts and raisins. Drop tablespoons of dough onto prepared baking sheet repeat with remaining dough.

Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until cookies are firm and lightly browned. cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to comepletely.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Dinner Tonight--Smoky Butternut Squash Soup

4 Slices Bacon ( I like to use hickory smoked bacon)
3 lbs (2 small) butternut squash
3 T butter
2 large onions coursely chopped
2 small carrots, halved & sliced
2 small celery stalks thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced (I usually omit but with or without is still good)
3 & 3/4 c chx stock/broth
2 T fresh sage OR 2t dried
pinch of salt
1/4 freshly ground pepper

Cook bacon until crisp. Transfer to paper towel to drain then crumble.

Cut butternut squash in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Cut each half lengthwise in half again and using a sharp paring knife, peel the squash. Cut squash into 3/4" chunks.

Melt butter in a dutch oven or large heavy pot over medium heat. add onions, carrots, celery, & garlic and cook, stirring, unti the onions are translucent, about 10-12 minutes. add the squash and stock and bring to a simmer. partially cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the squash is very tender, about 15 minutes.

In batches puree the soup in a blender (I use a food processor) until smoothand return to the pot. stir in sage and season with salt and pepper. reheat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until hot. ladle into bowls and sprinkle some of the crumbled bacon in the center of each serving.

I like to serve with herb scones.

Friday, September 16, 2005


ok, so this one isn't cooking related.. but I just love my fish so I have to share a picture of them.

You can see Angel (an angel fish) the other 6 fish and 1 frog are hiding under the pagoda or behind it!

Crock Pot Chicken

If you are like me, you want dinner waiting when you get home. But, unless you cook it, it isn't there. That is why this recipes is awesome.

chicken (i did about a pound, but you can add more)
2 c rice
1 can cream of celery or cream of chx soup (low sodium)
1 c chx stock (boullion cube, homeade, store bought will all do fine)
1 pkg frozen broccoli (10 oz.)

Cook rice per package directions.

Add chx, rice, soup, & stock in to crock pot. cook on low heat for 4-5 hours.

during the last hour of cooking, stir in broccoli.

this recipe is excellent topped with shredded cheese!

Amish Bread Recipe

So, you've done your starter and it's time to make the yummy bread! I just made this recipe for the first time and it was delicious!!

Pumpkin-Pecan Amish Friendship Bread:

3 c chopped pecans
1 can (16 oz) solid-pack pumpkin (not pumkin pie in a can)
1 c starter
4 eggs
1/2 c vegetable oil2 t vanilla
3 c flour
1 c granulated sugar
1 c packed brown sugar
4 t ground cinnamon
2 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 t ground nutmeg
1 t ground ginger
1 t ground cloves

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour 2 9 & 1/2 x 4 " loaf pans

reserve 1 cup of pecans. spread remaining 2 c peacans in a single layer in a large baking pan. bake 8 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently.

combine pumpkin, starter, eggs, oil, and vanilla in a large bowl. combine remaining ingredients in separate large bowl until well blended. stir into pumpkin mixture just until blended. stir in toasted pecans. spoon batter evenly into prepared pans. sprinkle reserve pecans evenly over batter.

bake 1 hour or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. cool in pan on wire rack for 5 mintues. remove from pans. cool completly on wire rack. wrap in plastic wrap. store at room temp up to 1 week.

Makes 2 loaves.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Spicy Pumpkin Pancakes & Maple Pecan Syrup

Perhaps the most versatile food.. the pancake. French toast always used to be my favorite, but the ever versatile pancake has stolen my heart! Below is a great recipe for all you pumpkin lovers. A great fall treat or whenever the mood may hit!

2 & 1/3 c Bisquick mix (or generic alternative)
1/3 c. canned pumpkin (not the pumpkin pie mix)
1 & 1/4 c milk
1/4 c oil
2 T sugar
1/4 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
1/4 t ginger
2 eggs

-mix all ingredients together until blended.
-pour batter by about 1/4 c onto a hot griddle.
-cook until edges are dry and flip.
-Serve with syrup (recipe follow below)

Maple-Pecan Syrup:
1 c maple flavored syrup
1 T butter/margarine
1/4 c chopped pecans ( I used walnuts)

Heat syrup and butter until butter is melted. remove from heat stir in nuts

Amish Friendship Bread Starter:

I know it has been an obscene amount of time since I haven't posted in such a long time, I'm going to post a great recipe:
This bread is amazing! It takes 10 days to make the starter and from the starter you make the bread! Very, very yummy stuff. The best part is that it makes enough to share 1 cup of starter with 3 friends and enough for you too!!

The Recipe:
3 c. sugar
3 c. flour
3 c. milk

DAY 1: In a GLASS/Plastic bowl, combine 1 c sugar, 1 c flour, and 1 c milk. Stir mixture with wooden or plastic spoon (don't use a metal spoon or electric mixer). Cover bowl loosely with paper towl, cloth, wax paper, or plastic wrap. Keep at room temperature (don't refridgerate.

DAY 2, 3, and 4: Using wooden or plastic spoon, stir mixture once each day.

DAY 5: Add 1 Cup Sugar, 1 c. flou, 1 c. milk; stir.

DAY 6, 7, 8, and 9: Using wooden or plastic spoon, stir mixture once each day.

DAY 10: Add 1 c. sugar, 1 c. flour, and 1 c. milk. Remove 3 cups of mixture and give 1 cup each to 3 friends. Save remaining starter for yourself!!


*This is the recipe I've been using every time I make this bread. I am going to try a new recipe and I'll post that later!*

1 c. Amish friendship bread starter
2/3 c. oil
3 eggs
2 c. flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1 & 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 c. sugar

in mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. bake in 2 well greased and floured or sugared 9x5 bread pans. bake in 350 degree oven for 40 or 45 minutes.

NOTE: Raisins, chopped apples, drained crushed pineapple, candied fruit, coconut, mashed banana, dates, chopped nuts/chocolate chips (1/2 cup each) may be added to batter before baking!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005


I thought it might be helpful if I give the abbreviations I use throughout this blog.

c = cup
t = teaspoon
T = Tablespoon
EVOO = extra virgin olive oil
chx = chicken

can't think of anything else right now .. i'll add more later if I think of it.

Key West Ribs - Slow Cooker Style

So I decided to try this new recipe in the slow cooker. Since I work a split shift it's hard for me to get home at 7pm and do anything let alone make dinner. Enter the slow cooker. I swear besides the griddle it is the best invention ever.. even better than the printing press... well perhaps not that great, but still.. very great.

So as of this moment it's still simmering in its' yumminess and we haven't tried it. We'll be eating it in about 40 minutes. Of course I'll give the official taste testers opinion when we have eaten it.

So, the recipe:

Pork ribs ( I used boneless) about 1.86 lbs
1/2c bbq sauce (I used Stubbs)
1/2c orange juice
2 T Lime Juice
1/4 c chopped onion

Put the ribs in the crock pot. Mix the last 4 ingredients together and pour over ribs. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours.

I'm serving with a side salad and pineapple chunks.

Saturday, August 06, 2005


Anniversary cooking expedition #3! Man, what a weekend. Lots of cooking going on in Chef Amy's kitchen. It's a good thing our new apartment has a big kitchen lots of room to get that spatula dirty!

So this chx is perhaps a favorite of the husband/taste-tester. It's not a traditional bbq sauce, it's sweet and tangy and ooh soo good! It's actually passed down from my mom who always made it. Here's the low down:

Chx - has to have the skin on, other wise it gets dry
brown sugar
worchesters... sauce (who knows how to spell that?!)

mix last 3 ingredients. I don't know the measurements, but prolly about 1/2c brown sugar, 2 t worch..., and a cup of ketchup. Basically taste it and see if you like it. You want it sweet and tangy. spread some in the bottom of a baking dish and then spread/rub over tops of chx. bake until done.

serve with mashed potatoes.


For dessert we had our wedding cake! We were nervous to eat it after hearing the horror stories of how bad other people's were. Ours was great! Tasted like the day we were married...awww.. it was wrapped up super well.. layers of plastic wrap and stored in a tupperware container. then frozen in a huge freezer for a year. French Vanilla with raspberry filling.. to die for.. thanks Marilyn's Cakes in Ludlow, KY for the amazing job!!

Blueberry Pancakes! Yum.

Today, 8/6/05 is Rich and my one year wedding anniversary. I thought to celebrate by making a breakfast. Actually, it turned into a brunch deal because I had to pay some bills and play on the internet a bit first. But, when I got down to business, it was all good.

I love pancakes. French toast was my favorite breakfast treat, but there is so much more you can do with a pancake, in my opinion. Blueberry pancakes are a fantastic example. Of course, the most important ingredient, blueberries, should be fresh. Make sure you pick thru them and discard any that are smooshed or icky.. yes, icky.. technical cooking terms here. Next, if you don't have one, buy an electric griddle. I swear it is the best thing ever!! I love it! You can make most of your pancakes at once so you, the cook, can actually eat with your family/taste-testers/whomever rather than flipping flap jacks while they eat! Anyway.. here is my recipe for....

2 eggs, separated
1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teasooon salt
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup fresh (or frozen thawed blueberries) rinsed

In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff; set aside.
In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Beat egg yolks in a medium mixing bowl; add milk and melted butter. Stir egg mixture into dry ingredients; mix until batter is smooth and stir in blueberries.
Fold in beaten egg whites. Bake on hot lightly greased griddle.

~It's a lot of steps, but well worth the effort~

From taste-tester Rich:
"um, some of the best homeade blueberry pancakes I've had, but could have been sweeter, and maybe with some blueberry syrup, you know.. to enhance the blueberryness"

I'm not sure blueberryness is a word, but I'll go with it.. sweeter..we can do that.

From Amy's Kitchen

Hello everyone. Not that I think many people will happen across this website, but if they do, Hello and Welcome! My name is Amy and I love to cook. I'm not a professional or anything just a girl who likes to get her spatula dirty every now and again. I think that is a good thing and my husband and taste-tester, Rich, thinks it's a great thing. So, this blog is about my journey through the world of cooking. The good dishes, the bad dishes and everything in between.

I am not sure what I'll post, but I intend to post recipes that I've tried and like or disliked and a commentary on them. If you have a recipe you love or want me to try, post it! I love to try fun recipes.

Other than that, this is my blog. Welcome, Enjoy, and I do hope you find some amusement from my ridiculous venture.

Now, get that spatula out and start cooking!

Chef Amy

Friday, August 05, 2005

August 5

So, Rich and I have been married for one year already! How crazy. Time has simply flown by. Since we're both off work on Friday's, I decided to make a big anniversary meal for us. Kroger was having a great sale on Mussels! (yum) So for a starter we had steamed mussels in a white wine sauce and a salad with garden fresh veggies. For the main course we had stuffed porkchops, Emeril style, stuffed with apples and walnuts, rice, and baked butternut squash (from Mom's garden). After an un-Godly filling meal, we had a dessert of sorbet.

After a meal like that what is more appropriate than to kick some ass playing Warcraft 3?! Since the apartment is now a wireless "domain", we were able to play against each other. And I totally sacked his community! Go elves! We'll have to have a rematch soon.

Recipes from this meal follow:
Apple Walnut Stuffed Pork Chops with St. Andre Cheese

*the recipe calls for St. Andre Cheese, but I didn't have any so I omitted it. Still turned out great!*

Since the recipe is copywritten, if you want it go to:,,FOOD_9936_26458,00.html

~Butternut Squash~
My own recipe:
Butternut Squash
Butter (I like to use Fleishmann's Olive Oil Butter)

Oven: 400 degrees
Cut squash in half lengthwise. Dab squash with butter. Put on baking sheet cut side down. Bake for 40-50 minutes. Ready with fork is inserted easily. Remove from oven. Dab with butter (lightly) sprinkle lightly with nutmeg. Serve (don't eat the "skin")