Thursday, December 30, 2010

PC Chocolate Chip Sensation

PC Says: This decadent dessert pizza has been a Kitchen Show favorite for years. However, I don't ever remember having it at a show but tonight I think we will be having it again.

1 18 oz package refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 pint (2 cups) cold half and half
1 3.9 oz Chocolate Instant pudding and pie filling
1/4 cup chopped nuts

1. Preheat oven to 350. Shape cookie dough into a ball in center of large round stone. using lightly floured roller, roll out dough to 12" circle, about 1/4" thick. Bake 12-15 minutes or until edge is set. Cookie will be soft. Do not overbake. Cool 10 minutes. Carefully loosen cookie from stone; cool completely on stone.

2. In small bowl, mix cream cheese and sugar until well blended; set aside. Pour half and half into bowl; add pudding mix and whisk 2 minutes using whisk. Let stand 5 minutes until thickened.

3. Spread cream cheese mixture over thoroughly cooled cookie to within 1/2" of edge. Spread pudding over cream cheese. Sprinkle with nuts.

Cut into wedges. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Yield: 16 servings.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

the Best SOFT/LIGHT Dinner Rolls

1/4 cup melted butter
1 1/2 cups water at 105 to 110 degrees
4 cups bread flour, divided
1 7-gram packet instant yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup baker’s dry milk
1 teaspoon dough conditioner (optional)


  1. Heat the butter until it is almost melted and set it aside.
  2. Grease the inside of 10x15-inch pan or a large baking sheet, including the rims.
  3. Measure the water. Use an insta-read thermometer to get the temperature right.
  4. Place two cups of the bread flour and the yeast in the bowl of your stand-type mixer equipped with a dough hook. Turn the mixer on for a couple of bursts to disperse the yeast. Add the water and mix for 30 to 60 seconds.
  5. In another bowl, mix the rest of the flour with the salt, sugar, dry milk, and dough conditioner. Add this mixture to
  6. the wet mixture along with the melted butter.
  7. Knead with the dough hook on medium speed for four minutes or until the gluten is well-developed.
  8. Grease a large mixing bowl. Turn the dough out into the large mixing bowl and turn once to grease both sides of the dough ball. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it aside to rise. It should double in size in about 45 minutes. If it has not, let it rest longer.
  9. Divide the dough into balls about 2 inches in diameter. Place the balls on the greased pan about 1/2 inch apart. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit again to rise. They should double in size in about 45 minutes. Let them rise until they are very puffy. If they start to blister, poke the blisters with a toothpick and place the rolls in the oven.
  10. Bake for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees or until the tops are browned and the internal temperature is at least 190 degrees. Remove them from the oven. After a few minutes, remove the rolls from the pan and place them on a wire rack to cool. Serve warm.

Dennis is the founder and general manager of The Prepared Pantry in Rigby, Idaho, a full-line kitchen store and online retailer of food, baking mixes and ingredients, and kitchen tools. This came from Meridian Magazine, Thanksgiving 2010.

I made these for Thanksgiving and they were the best. Made them 2 other times and altho they were fine, they weren't anywhere near as fine as the first time. I think the comment that all times are estimates is accurate. I'd say just leave the dough to rise til it rises as described.


The #1 tip for making light dinner rolls

Patience. Let them rise. Forget about the time in the recipe. Time doesn’t matter; how much they have risen does. When you think they have risen enough, let them rise some more. Let them rise all the way to the point when they are about to blister. They should look puffy, full of air, and be soft to the touch. An indentation should slowly spring back if at all. It is possible to let bread rise too much but people usually don't.

The #2 tip for making light dinner rolls

Great flour. It has to be high protein—at least 10.5% and 11% is better. But there is a lot of difference in flour. Find one that works well for you in your kitchen and stick with it.

There is almost a cult-like following for General Mills Harvest King. We use it in almost all of our bread mixes. It’s hard to find in grocery stores but check; it’s also sold as Better for Bread Flour. (We can sell you a bag of Harvest King but the shipping is a little painful.)

And keep your bag closed up. Your great flour won’t remain great if it’s exposed to the air. Especially in the West, it dries out. We store opened bags in large, food-grade plastic bags closed with a twist tie.

The #3 tip for making light dinner rolls

Use a good dough conditioner. It should give you 10 to 15% more rise plus a nicer texture.

Dough conditioners are proprietary products and every producer’s will be a little different. The one we use (and sell) enhances the gluten structure with longer strands to create a better structure that will capture more gas and make your rolls lighter. It also lowers the pH in the dough. Yeast likes a slightly acidic environment. (Did you ever wonder why our grandparents added a tablespoon of lemon juice to their dough? It too lowered the pH.)

The #4 tip for making light dinner rolls

Use a thermometer. It’s hard to tell when your rolls are done just right by looking at them. And the time in recipe is a rough estimate. Use an insta-read thermometer and stick the probe through a crease to the center of a roll. The temperature should read 195 degrees.

There you have it. If you would like to learn more about baking ingredients, download our free “Baking Ingredients and How they Work.” The Prepared Pantry sells ingredients and tools for bread bakers.

Beefy Vegetable Soup/Stew

from Southern Living cookbook, pg. 457

2 pounds ground beef
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1-1/2 quarts water
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped carrot
1 cup chopped celery
1 10-oz pkg frozen mixed vegetables
1 28-0z can tomatoes, undrained and chopped ( or diced tomatoes)
1 15-ox can tomato sauce with tomato bits
1-1/2 T beef-flavored bouillon granules
1-1/2 t. salt
2 t. pepper

Brown ground beef in large Dutch oven, stirring to crumble. Drain well, and set aside.

Melt butter in same dutch oven' add flour and cook over low heat 3-5 minutes or until a smooth paste forms. Gradually add water, stirring constantly; cook over medium heat until bubbly, stirrign occasionally.

Add ground beef and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and summer, uncovered, for 1 hours. Yield: 13 cups.

I also always add fine egg noodles (UNCOOKED)to give it move of a stew consistency. I toss in about a half bag, stir it around and the juices cause the noodles to cook.

Italian "Scallion" Salad

Thanks to BubbleCrumb for this recipe. This is the salad we had on Christmas Day and it was such a hit we had to remake it 2 days later. I varied the ingredients according to tastes and what I had on hand but basically it's the same as follows:

6 cups torn lettuce leaves
8 ounces hard salami, julienned
6 ounces provolone cheese, julienned
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1/2 small red onion, diced
1 (6 ounce) can pitted ripe olives ,
2 small jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained
4 scallion stalks, minced (green onion)
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
12 pepperoncini

Start with the dressing. Mix the tomato sauce, oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, oregano, garlic power and pepper and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Arrange the salad:
Begin with the greens (red leaf mixed with romaine makes it look pretty and festive).
Top with half the shredded mozzarella cheese.
Next layer on the Italian salami, sliced into strips.
Top this with the sliced provolone.
Add the tomatoes.
Then the diced red onions.
Black olives...whole if you have picky eaters or sliced if all enjoy this.
Now 4 diced scallions.
You can add the artichokes if you all enjoy it.
I used the pepperoncini rings.

Drizzle with the dressing 5 minutes before serving.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cheeseburger Casserole

Daphne invited Robert and me to her home for lunch today and surprised us with quite a fast and very tasty casserole.

2 pounds ground beef
1 can Campbell's Golden Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can Campbell's Cheddar Cheese Soup
1 bag frozen crinkle cut french fries.
Toppings include: catsup, mustard, pickles chopped, onions diced, tomatoes chopped.

Brown the ground beef, drain. Place in a square baking pan.

mix the 2 soups and pour over the ground beef.

layer on the crinkle cut french fries.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes.

Serve with whatever toppings you might add to a regular Cheeseburger.

PS...made this for New Year Eve's dinner and took the messy pix above. Hank commented that it was interesting how much this tastes just like a casserole.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Baked Potato Soup

Baked Potato Soup


1 small red pepper (I don’t add this)
1 pkg. (10oz) frozen broccoli
4 cups chicken broth (I use water + boullion cubes)
3 ½ lbs of potatoes, chopped
1/3 c. half & half
1/3 c. sour cream
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 ¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
4 green onions, chopped
4 slices of bacon (or more!!) crumbled
Shredded cheese


1. Combine potatoes, peppers, broccoli with broth for 3 hours on high or 6 hrs on low in crock pot.
2. When soup is almost done, mix half and half, sour cream, cornstarch, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
3. Add in mixture to crock pot along with green onions, let it cook a little longer
4. Sprinkle with bacon, cheese and sour cream

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pumpkin Crisp

Pumpkin Crisp

From: All

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour


1 (18.5oz) package of yellow cake mix

1 egg

1/2 c. butter melted

1 (29 oz) can of pumpkin puree

2 eggs

1 tsp. ground nutmeg

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 c. white sugar

2/3 c. evaporated milk

3/4 c. white sugar

1/2 c. butter, softened

1 c. old fashioned oats

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Set aside 1 cup of cake mix in a small bowl (for the topping!). Combine remaining cake mix, 1 egg and 1/2 c. melted butter and pat into the bottom on a greased 9x13 inch pan.

2. In a large bowl, mix pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, 2 eggs, spices and 1/2 c. sugar and pour mixture over cake batter.

3. With the 1 cup of cake mix, add 3/4 cup of sugar and the oats with the softened butter until it becomes crumbly. Pour over the pumpkin mixture.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes.

Yum! A great substitute for pumpkin pie for this holiday season.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookie

2/3 c. butter or margarine softened

2/3 c. brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

1 1/2 flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 six oz. package of Craisins

2/3 c. white chocolate chunks...or chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using an electric mixer to beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. The recipe says to combine oats, flour, baking soad and salt in a separate mixing bowl. Add to butter mixture in several additions, mixing well after each addition. (I simply dumped all the dry ingredients into the wet and it turned out fabulous.) Stir in Craisings and white chocolate. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. (Mine took just over 6 minutes. I took them out when they looked just barely done if not under done...PERFECT.) Cool on wire rack. Makes 2 1/2 dozen. (Yep...I got that many cookies!)

For more information on my 2011 New Year's Resolution, head on over to my personal bloggaroo!

Friday, November 19, 2010

2010 Holiday RS Soiree Recipes---held at 3830

Regina Cole's Chicken Dip
2 8oz blocks of cream cheese
1 c. Ranch dressing
2 - 12.5oz cans cooked chicken
2 c. cheddar cheese.
3/4 c. Buffalo Hot wing Sauce
Combine ingredients and place in crock pot on low until melted and slightly bubbly....takes about an hour.

Jan Wolf's Cucumber Sandwiches
1 8 oz block cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 .7 package dry Italian salad dressing mix
1-2 cucumbers

Cream together the cream cheese, mayonnaise and salad dressing mix. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, or preferably over night. Spread the cream cheese mixture onto slices of bread and top with a sliced cucumber.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Chewy Sugar cookies - 2 dozen

I made these 2 weeks ago. Straight from Cook's Illustrated magazine. Excellent cookies. But here's what makes it so:

Dynamic Duo: Baking Powder + Baking Soda
Many cookie recipes contain both baking soda and baking powder. Since each is a leavening agent, why do you need both? The answer is that the two work n tandem to create cookies that not only rise--but spread--to the right degree. Plus in this recipe, baking soda has one more purely aesthetic effect: It creates cookies with an appealingly crackly top.
Baking powder is responsible for the lift, since it is engineered to produce most of its gas after the cookies go into the oven, where the dough sets before these bubbles can burst.
But too much lift can mean cookies that turn out humped. Here's where baking soda comes in: As long as there's an acidic ingredient in the dough for it to reach with, a small amount of baking soda can even things out. Baking soda raises the pH of dough, weakening gluten. Weaker gluten means less structure and cookies that spread, Goodbye, Humped shapes.
As for the crackly tops, baking soda reacts immediately in the wet dough to produce large bubbles of carbon dioxide that can't all be contained by the weakened dough Before the cookies can set in the oven, the bubbles rise to the top and bust, leaving fissures in their wake
The bottom line: For a baker who likes her cookies just so, the use of both baking powder an baking soda can be a potent combo.

2-1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. table salt
1-1/2 cups sugar, plus 1/3 cup for rolling
2 ounces cream cheese, cut into 8 pieces
6 T. unsalted butter, melted and still warm
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 T. milk
2 t. vanilla extract

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour,baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in medium bowl. Set aside.

2. Place 1-1/2 cups sugar and cream cheese in large bowl. Place remaining 1/3 cup sugar in shallow baking dish or pie plate and set aside. Pour warm butter over sugar and cream cheese and whisk to combine (some small lumps of cream cheese will remain but will smooth out later). Whisk in oil until incorporated. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; continue to whisk until smooth. Add flour mixture and mix with rubber spatula until soft homogeneous dough forms.

3. Divide dough into 24 equal pieces, about 2 T. each. Use hands, roll dough into balls. Working in batches, roll balls in reserved sugar to coat and evenly space on prepared baking sheet, 12 dough balls per sheet. Using bottom of drinking glass, flatten dough balls until 2" in diameter. Sprinkle tops evenly with 4 t. sugar remaining in shall dish, discarding any remaining sugar.

4. Bake 1 tray at a time, until edges are set and just beginning to brown, 11-13 minutes, rotating tray after 7 minutes. Cool cookies on baking sheets 5 minutes. Using wide metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire rack and cool to room temperature.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


You guys are gonna so want this recipe. It was superb. Be aware that you will need 5 hours to make this so plan it for a day when you are going to be home. And when it says it's gonna be sticky, it you will be adding more flour as you knead by hand...just make sure you keep it soft. And allow it to rise the 2.5 hours initially. and if you don't want to make royal icing, you can just make the normal one and pour it on the warm rolls after baking. Holy Moly...this is other worldly.



  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 to 115 degrees F)
  • 2 tablespoons dry yeast
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup dry nonfat milk powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans, plus 1/4 cup, melted
  • 1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Royal Icing, r ecipe follows


Dough: In a small bowl mix 1/2 cup warm water, yeast, and pinch of sugar. Allow it to stand until foamy, about 8 minutes. Using a standing mixer with a paddle attachment or an electric mixer, mix the remaining sugar, butter, milk powder, and salt until well blended. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time. Mix in the remaining 1 cup of warm water, and the yeast mixture, then 3 cups flour, 1 cup at a time. Using a rubber spatula, mix in another 1 cup of flour, scraping down the sides of the bowl frequently (dough will be soft and sticky). Sprinkle 1/4 cup of flour onto a work surface and knead the dough until smooth and elastic, adding more flour if sticky, about 8 minutes.

Butter a large bowl, add the dough, and turn to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm area until doubled, about 2 1/2 hours.

Glaze: Butter 2 (10-inch) round cake pans with 2-inch high sides. Beat the brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter, honey, corn syrup, and water in a medium bowl to blend. Spread half of the glaze in the bottom of each prepared pan. Equally divide the pecans into each pan.

Punch the dough down and divide it in half. Roll each piece of dough out on a floured work surface to a 12 by 10-inch rectangle. Brush any excess flour off the dough. In a small bowl mix the sugar, and cinnamon. Brush the melted butter over the dough rectangles and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar, dividing equally. Starting at 1 long side, tightly roll up each rectangle into a log. Cut each log into 12 rounds. Arrange the 12 rounds, cut side down, in each prepared pan, spacing evenly. Cover with plastic wrap. At this point the buns can be made 1 day ahead and refrigerated. Let the buns rise in a warm area until almost doubled, about 1 hour (or 1 hour 25 minutes if refrigerated).

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Bake the buns until deep golden brown, about 30 minutes. Run a small knife around the pan sides to loosen the sticky buns. Turn the hot buns out onto a platter. Cool about 30 minutes and then drizzle with royal icing.

Royal Icing:

  • *2 large egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the egg whites with the lemon juice until they are combined. Add the sifted confectioners' sugar and beat on low speed until smooth. The icing needs to be used immediately or transferred to an airtight container. Royal icing hardens when it is exposed to air.

Friday, September 17, 2010

an apple pie just for Robert and me

Easy Apple Pie Foldover
When you don't want to bake a big pie, make a four-serving foldover that's every bit as scrumptious!
Prep Time: 25 Min
Total Time: 1 Hr 15 Min
Makes: 4
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples (1 1/2 medium)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 box Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts
1 egg


* In 2-quart saucepan, mix apples, brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of the water and the lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender.
* In small bowl, mix flour, granulated sugar and salt. Gradually stir into apple mixture, cooking and stirring until mixture thickens. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Cool 15 minutes.
* Meanwhile, heat oven to 375°F. Let pie crust pouch stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.
* Remove pie crust from pouch; unroll crust on ungreased cookie sheet. Spoon cooled fruit mixture evenly onto half of crust to within 1/2 inch of edge.
* In small bowl, beat egg and 1 tablespoon water; brush over edge of crust. Fold untopped half of crust over apple mixture; firmly press edge to seal. Flute edge; cut small slits in several places in top crust. Brush top with remaining egg mixture.
* Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Serve warm or cool.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Stuffed Peppers

6 medium bell peppers
2 cups cooked rice
1 lb. browned ground beef
1 onion chopped fine
1 can sloppy Joe mix

wash peppers and remove seeds. Cut each pepper into half lengthwise or stuff whole. boil in clear water 5 minutes. Remove and cool. Mix beef, rice and 1/2 can sloppy joe mix. Stuff mixture into each pepper half. Place into baking dish. Any remaining rice mixture can be spooned around the peppers in the dish. Mix remaining 1/2can sloppy joe mix with 1/2 can water. Pour over peppers. Bake for 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Sprinkle with shredded cheese for the last minute or two of baking.
Freeze already cooked without any trouble.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Italian Cream Cake With Buttercream Frosting

Italian Cream Cake Recipe

Ingredients You Will Need:
½ cup shortening

1/2 cup oil (I think you might be able to skip this but I didn't)
½ cup butter
2 cups sugar
5 eggs, separated
1 cup buttermilk-use real, not lowfat, and definitely not the powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups shredded coconut (or one small can)
1 cup chopped pecans (toasting is optional)
¼ teaspoon cream of tarter

Italian Cream Cake Frosting Ingredients:
½ cup butter
1 package of cream cheese (8 ounces)
4 cups powdered sugar
¾ teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans

Beat the shortening, butter and sugar together in a large bowl. Add the egg yolks and beat again. Stir in the remaining ingredients, except the egg whites and cream of tarter, alternating between the buttermilk and the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, take the egg whites and cream of tarter and blend together. Fold the egg white and cream of tarter mixture into the rest of the ingredients.

Pour the ingredients into a greased baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool for about ten minutes once finished.

Italian Cream Cake Frosting
Combine the butter, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract with an electric mixture. Stir in the pecans last. Frost the cake with your homemade icing and sprinkle a few coconut flakes and pecans on top of the cake for decoration.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

3 kinds of chocolate chippers

Brad Rauscher called me tonight to ask about chocolate chip cookies. His were turning out flat and he wanted fluffy. I sent him the following:
The Chewy Recipe courtesy Alton Brown

Recipe Summary
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 2 1/2 dozen cookies

2 sticks unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Ice cream scooper (#20 disher, to be exact)
Parchment paper
Baking sheets

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Melt the butter in a heavy-bottom medium saucepan over low heat. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda and set aside.
Pour the melted butter in the mixer's work bowl. Add the sugar and brown sugar. Cream the butter and sugars on medium speed. Add the egg, yolk, 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture until thoroughly combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Chill the dough, then scoop onto parchment-lined baking sheets, 6 cookies per sheet. Bake for 14 minutes or until golden brown, checking the cookies after 5 minutes. Rotate the baking sheet for even browning. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

The Thin Recipe courtesy Alton Brown

Recipe Summary
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 2 1/2 dozen cookies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
2 ounces milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Ice cream scooper (#20 disher, to be exact)
Parchment paper
Baking sheets

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda in a mixing bowl. Combine the egg, milk, and vanilla and bring to room temperature in another bowl.
Cream the butter in the mixer's work bowl, starting on low speed to soften the butter. Add the sugars. Increase the speed, and cream the mixture until light and fluffy. Reduce the speed and add the egg mixture slowly. Increase the speed and mix until well combined.
Slowly add the flour mixture, scraping the sides of the bowl until thoroughly combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Scoop onto parchment-lined baking sheets, 6 cookies per sheet. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, checking the cookies after 5 minutes. Rotate the baking sheet for more even browning.
Remove the cookies from the pans immediately. Once cooled, store in an airtight container.

The Puffy Recipe courtesy Alton Brown

Recipe Summary
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 2 1/2 dozen cookies

1 cup butter-flavored shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 1/4 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Ice cream scooper (#20 disher, to be exact)
Parchment paper
Baking sheets

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine the shortening, sugar, and brown sugar in the mixer's work bowl, and cream until light and fluffy. In the meantime, sift together the cake flour, salt, and baking powder and set aside.
Add the eggs 1 at a time to the creamed mixture. Then add vanilla. Increase the speed until thoroughly incorporated.
With the mixer set to low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the shortening and combine well. Stir in the chocolate chips. Chill the dough. Scoop onto parchment-lined baking sheets, 6 per sheet. Bake for 13 minutes or until golden brown and puffy, checking the cookies after 5 minutes. Rotate the baking sheet for even browning. Cool and store in an airtight-container.



Tuesday, June 29, 2010

quick and crunch breaded Pork chops

1 5 oz
box melba toast, crused coarse OR PANKO BREAD CRUMBS

1/2 teaspoon
garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon
onion powder
1/2 teaspoon
1 teaspoons
minced fresh or 1/2 t. dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon
6 Tbs
boneless pork chops, 1" thick

1 Heat oven to 425° and adjust rack to middle position
2 prepare crumb coating: mix the crumbsk salt, garlic and onionj powderk paprika, thyme, and sugar in shallow dish. Add 2 T. of mayo and work evenly into crumbs
3 Season and coat chops: Pat chops dry with paper towel and season with salt/pepper. cover chops completelyl with remaining 1/4 cup mayo and dredge thoroughly with crumbs including sides. Press on crumbs to make sure they adnere. Transfer breaded chops to wire rack set on rimmed baking sheet.
4 Bake Pork Chops: Bake chops until coating is golden brown and center of chops register 140° on instant-read thermomenter, 18-22 minutes. Remove chops from oven and let rest on rack until center of chops reach 150°° before serving, 5-10 minutes

Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts with Potatoes (and baby carrots, if desired)

from The best 30-minute Recipe...cook's illustrated.

chicken breasts

salt and ground black pepper
6 tbs
olive oil
1-1/2 pounds
red potatoes, cut into 1" wedges (I added baby carrots)
2 Tbs
fresh lemon juice
1 clove
1 teaspoon
minced fresh thyme
red pepper flakes

1 Heat oven to 450°. adjust rack to the lowest position.
2 season and brown chicken; Pat chicken dry with paper towels and seasonj with salt and poepper. Heat 1 T of oil in 12" nonstick skillet over med-hi heat til just smoking. Brown chicken well 5 minutes. While chicken browns cut up the potatoes
3 microwave potatoes: meanwhile toss the potatoes with 1 T oil, 1/2 t. salt, 1/4 t. pepper in microwave-safe bowl, covered tightly with plastic wrap. Microwave on high until potatoes begin to soften, 5-7 minutes, shaking bowl (without removing plastic) to toss potatoes halfway through
4 Bake chicken: transfer chicken, to baking dish and bake until thickest part registers 160 degrees on instant-read thermoments, 15-20 minutes.
5 Brown Potatoes: While chicken bakes, pour off any grease ijn skillet, add 1 T of oil, and return to midium heat until shimmering. Drain microwaved potatoes, then add to skillet and cook, stirring occasionaloly, until golden brown and tender, about 10 minutes.
6 Make Drizzling Oil: Whisk remaining 3 T. oil, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, and red pepper flakes together. Drizzle oil over chicken and potatoes before serving.

Cooking Tips
Preheat oven before assembling your ingredients. If the split breasts are of different sizes, check the smaller ones a few minutes early to see if they are cooking more quickly, and remove them from the oven if they are done.