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Chicken Salad Sandwich

8 Sep

 

Alright, I’m going to apologize upfront. I hate non-reciepes. You know them – those recipes that say ‘to taste’ and don’t give you any real measurements. And here I am, posting a non-recipe. Sigh. I’m sorry. But it’s so good, you will forgive me!

I love, love this sandwich filling because it goes with every kind of bread you can throw at it. You can also mix different combinations of ingredients together (depending on what my pantry feels like offering) and it turns out fabulous every time. I originally stuck with the strict mix of chicken, diced grapes, chopped celery, and almonds. And then came that fateful day…no grapes. My favorite part, MIA. But I had everything else ready! There was no backing out. So, I scoured my shelves and decided that craisins would make an ok substitute. It turned out to be my husband’s favorite. Another time, no celery. I didn’t want to miss out on their crunch…enter chopped apples. I’ve actually had a lot of fun trying out new ways to prepare it. And I never measure. Gasp. I really just said that. But I just don’t – use mayo to taste, depending on how creamy you want it. Garlic salt to taste. Choose your bread base…to taste. My favorite is naan. Hubby likes pretzel rolls. Croissants are fabulous. Regular, run-of-the-mill grocery store sliced bread works too! This chicken salad makes everything taste like you stepped into a cute cafe for lunch. My only word of advice – no Miracle Whip. I’m not a hater – I like both Mayo and Miracle Whip – but in this mix, stick with honest-to-goodness mayo or it tastes weird.

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Ingredients:

2 breasts of chicken, cooked and diced

1/4 – 1/3 cup mayonnaise (to taste)

garlic salt

Optional additions: apples, grapes, sliced strawberries, craisins, slivered almonds, cashews, celery

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Banana Bars

8 Nov

A little less good for you than straight banana bread, and a little too good to be able to eat just one. When our pan got polished off, my four year old cried. Guilt requires me to make another batch…darn.

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Ingredients:

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2 cups sugar

1/2 cup butter

3 eggs

2 cups mashed bananas (3-4 bananas)

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt

Mix butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs. Add the rest of the ingredients until well blended. Spread into a greased jelly roll pan (15x10x1). Bake at 350^F for 20-25 min. Cool and frost

Cream Cheese Frosting-

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 8oz pkg cream cheese, softened

4 cups powdered sugar

2 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients well and spread over cooled banana bars.

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Pumpkin Bread

28 Oct

I made pumpkin cookies a little while ago. They turned out ok, but they were just like regular chocolate chip cookies! Pumpkin cookies should be fluffy and soft, not flat with crispy edges. 😦 That recipe did not make the blog cut. Anyone have a really awesome pumpkin cookie recipe they’d like to share?

To make up for one pumpkin-fail, I had to redeem myself with a recipe that I knew would end up good. This is my grandma’s pumpkin bread and it is fabulous! It’s really unlike any other pumpkin bread I’ve ever had (secret ingredient being coconut!). Her recipe calls for raisins too but my family is anti-raisins unfortunately, so I typically leave them out.

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Ingredients:

5 cups flour

4 cups sugar

3 cups pumpkin

2 eggs

1 cup oil

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp cloves

1 tsp nutmeg

4 tsp baking soda

2 cups raisins

1 cup chopped nuts

1 cup grated coconut

Mix all dry ingredients and sift together. Add pumpkin, eggs, and oil and mix well. Stir in raisins, nuts, and coconut. Pour into 3 greased loaf pans. Bake at 350^F for 1 hour or until toothpick test comes out clean.

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Best-Ever Cornbread

11 Oct

So, I live in Utah, and Utahan’s sometimes have a funny way of saying things. Case in point: I laugh every time I read this recipe, because whoever added it to our Ward Cookbook, listed one of the ingredients as ‘corn mill.’ Now, I have lived here since I was 9 1/2, but I have yet to, and hope to never, succumb to the spreading epidemic that is the Utah accent. Meal is meal…not mill. Pillow is pillow, not pullow. Any words that drive you crazy in your local-ese?

In addition to the flavorful vernacular, this recipe does produce the best cornbread I’ve ever had – ever. I’ve always liked cornbread, but the texture is often dry and a little grainy. Solution? Make it like cake – literally. I’m sure the nutritional value just skyrockets as soon as you say the word ‘cake mix,’ but it tastes too good to complain. So I won’t.

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Ingredients:

1 yellow cake mix (prepared per directions on box)

1 cup corn meal

1 cup flour

2 Tbsp sugar

4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup milk

1/4 cup shortening

Mix the cake mix per directions on box. Mix all other ingredients and then add to the cake mix. Bake in a greased 9×13 pan at 375^F for 35-45 min.

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Cinnamon Swirl Bread

11 Oct

I asked my husband to make this Cinnamon Swirl Bread recipe that I found online, and was so excited when he finally did! When I took a few pictures of it, he asked, “Are you going to put it on your blog?” I said, “Of course!” And he added, “Well, I better give you the recipe then.” I was slightly confused, considering the fact that I was the one that gave him the recipe…or so I thought. He’s been obsessed with making the perfect loaf of bread lately, and it’s a good thing I decided to add this recipe to the blog because, apparently, he made up his own and the only place it resides is in his head. A sudden case of amnesia, and this piece of cinnamon-swirl, gooey goodness could have been lost to us forever. That would have been a real tragedy! That and the loss of my husband’s mind…I’d miss that too.

 

 

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Ingredients:

3 cups bread flour

1 1/2 cups warm water

1/3 cup sugar

1 Tbsp yeast

1 tsp salt

butter – room temperature

cinnamon/sugar (about a 3:1 ratio, ex: 4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 cup sugar)

In a smaller bowl, mix warm water and sugar. Add yeast and allow it to proof. Sift together flour and salt, then add yeast mixture. Knead together until dough pulls away from your fingers – a little sticky still and not too dense. Cover the dough and let rise to double in size. Roll out dough to 1/2″ inch thick rectangle and spread a layer of softened butter over surface (the thicker the butter, the more pronounced the marbling in your loaf). Sprinkle the butter layer with a generous coating of cinnamon/sugar mixture. Fold the dough in thirds long-ways, then fold in thirds again from the opposite sides, forming a loaf. Place in greased bread pan and bake at 350^F for 20 minutes. When bread is done baking, remove from oven and brush top crust with butter. Best when served warm!

*You can use regular flour, but bread flour allows your loaf to rise and hold it’s shape better. Our all-purpose flour loaves always turn out much more dense.

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French Toast

12 Sep

I don’t usually use a recipe for french toast – it’s kind of crack a couple eggs, add a little milk, maybe a shake of cinnamon…but I decided to try this one out because it was labeled ‘Yummy French Toast.’ Maybe that’s a silly reason, but I guess the word ‘yummy’ spoke to me that day. And am I ever glad that it did! It is more than yummy – don’t skip the syrup because that’s what makes it really extraordinary.

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Ingredients:

8 pieces texas toast bread

3 eggs

3/4 cup milk

2 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

Mix eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl. Dip texas toast bread in mixture, both sides, and cook on griddle. Serve with Buttercream Syrup.

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Zucchini Bread

5 Aug

If you give a neighbor a zucchini, then that neighbor is going to want to make zucchini bread…

I don’t think I’ve ever actually made zucchini bread before. Ever have those recipes that you love to eat, but are afraid to make? I have a list of those – frog eye salad, teriyaki chicken, zucchini bread… And I don’t make these not because they are hard, but because I know someone who makes them so good that I just don’t dare, just in case mine doesn’t turn out as good. My oldest sister is a zucchini queen. You give her a zucchini and she’s going to do much more than just make bread! But, she lives clear across the country, so when my neighbor gave me a zucchini, it turned into bread and that’s it. But, if you’re going to get baked and eaten, you might as well go out with a bang. And, turns out, my zucchini bread tastes just as good as my sister’s. 🙂 There’s this funny thing about a good recipe being a good recipe because you can’t mess it up. Maybe I’ll tackle my mom’s famous mashed potatoes next…

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Ingredients;

2 cups sugar

3 beaten eggs

1 cup oil

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups grated zucchini

3 cups flour

1 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

Sift dry ingredients and set aside. Blend the rest of the ingredients, then add dry ingredients. Mix well. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans, and bake at 350^F for 1 hour.

Banana Bread

11 Jul

My basement smells like a dead crawdad – and I wish that was a metaphorical statement…although I guess it’s more of a simile because I used ‘like.’ My AP English teacher would be so proud. If you are wondering what dead crawdad smells like, it is not pleasant. If you are wondering why it smells like dead crawdad, it most certainly is not because my oh-so-adventerous-and-animal-loving husband came home from a Scout campout with twelve crawdads in a bucket (there of course had not been fifteen previous to them eating three for dinner), for the express purpose of raising a little crawdad family in the pond in our backyard. Three crawdads did not die in the pond seeing as how they were put in there too early and got too cold. The rest of the crawdads did not in fact kill each other despite my husband’s best efforts, leaving one solitary crawdad in the tank in our basement. And of course, my husband has better judgement than to put the last crawdad standing into our regular fish tank where he might make a meal of one of our frogs while my children stood around the tank screaming, “Dad! The crawdad is eating the frog! Save him!” (subsequently frog #2 was rescued in this hypothetical situation, only to die a week later…my husband blames it on old age, I think he was traumatized). So, of course I did not insist upon the removal of said crawdad, along with my four year old who reminded me to remind Daddy that he needed to move the crawdad because it was “freaking them out.” So, the crawdad was not banished to the basement tank once again, where I assume he began to feel guilty for murdering a poor, defenseless frog and stopped eating all together. And lastly, I did not find a floating, very moldy looking crawdad a couple of days later. In short – how on earth do you get dead crawdad smell out of your basement? Bake banana bread.

I stole this recipe from my roommate in college, which she stole from her grandma. If it’s made by a grandma, you know that is has to be good. So far, I have yet to find a banana bread recipe that comes even close to this one. I love when there’s a little bit of crunch to the top – crunch isn’t the right word…but it’s the best I can come up with. A little trick to preserve that ‘crunch,’ – don’t cover the bread with anything more than a paper towel or light cloth until it is completely cooled, otherwise it softens everything up. Still yummy, but missing the best part!

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Ingredients:

3 eggs

2 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups mashed bananas (about 3 medium sized bananas)

3 tsp vanilla

3 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 325^F. Sift together dry ingredients and set aside. Lightly beat eggs then add oil and sugar until combined. Add mashed bananas and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Pour batter into two greased bread pans. Bake for 1 hour or until golden brown, the top springs back, and a toothpick test comes out clean.

*For extra flavor fun – try adding blueberries! I underestimated how many I should add, so this loaf is a little berry-shy…next time I will put in a few more scoops.

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Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls

27 Jun

So, I have 2 confessions to make:

1. I love cinnamon rolls

2. I am an epic failure at making cinnamon rolls

When I was about 12, my grandma had me come over to her house for a bread making tutorial. She spent hours with me teaching me what temperature to keep the water at to activate but not kill the yeast, how to roll out the dough and get rid of air bubbles, the best conditions for rising bread…the result? She declared me the worst bread maker she had ever had the pleasure of teaching. That hasn’t stopped me from continuing my efforts, however :). About 1 in 10 tries I get it right. This wasn’t one of those. But I did like the recipe – even though my dough didn’t rise (I blame the yeast…something has to be wrong with it) the dough was still soft and easy to work with. The rolls didn’t even get close to doubling in size, but they looked pretty enough and tasted even better. I just had a baby and am homebound for a bit, which means I make things that aren’t really all that conducive to shrinking my post-baby-belly. This was my effort to make cinnamon rolls into a healthy treat. If you add fruit, that makes it good for you, right? 😉

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Ingredients for the dough:
1 cup milk
⅔ cup sugar
1 ½ tablespoons active dry yeast
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon fine sea salt or kosher salt
4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

Ingredients for the filling:
2 tablespoons softened butter
10-ounces frozen berries, not thawed Use any type of berries you like. We love blueberry and raspberry. I used the tiny wild blueberries for the rolls in the photo.
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Ingredients for the glaze: 
¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 ½ tablespoons half and half or whole milkDirections for the dough:
1. Warm the milk in the microwave or on the stove top over moderately low heat until it reaches 110-115°F. Remove from heat and pour the warm milk into the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the dough hook. Stir in the sugar and yeast. Let stand until the yeast is foamy, about 5 minutes.2. Add the softened butter, eggs, grated lemon zest and sea salt. Add the flour and beat at medium speed until a soft dough forms, about 3 minutes. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the dough is soft and supple, about 10 minutes longer.3. Scrape the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it with your hands 2 or 3 times. Form the dough into a ball and transfer it to a lightly buttered bowl. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours.

4. Generously butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan or two 9-inch baking pans.

5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and, using a rolling pin, roll it into a 10-by-24-inch rectangle. In a medium bowl, toss the frozen raspberries with the sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch. Spread the softened butter over the dough, then scatter the raspberry mixture evenly over the dough.

6. Tightly roll up the dough to form a 24-inch-long log. Working quickly, cut the log into quarters. Cut each quarter into 4 slices and arrange them in the baking pan(s), cut sides up. Scrape any berries and juice from the work surface into the baking pan between the rolls.

7. Cover the rolls and let them rise in a warm place until they are puffy and have filled the baking pan, about 2 hours.

8. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake the rolls for about 25 minutes, until they are golden and the berries are bubbling. Cover with foil if browning too fast.

9. Transfer the pan to a rack to cool for 30 minutes.

10. In a small bowl, whisk the confectioners’ sugar with the butter and half and half (or milk) until the glaze is thick and spreadable. Invert the rolls onto the rack, then invert the rolls again onto a platter. Drizzle glaze over rolls and spread with an offset spatula, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes:

~ To make ahead, prepare the recipe through Step 7. Cover the rolls, refrigerate overnight and then return to room temperature before baking.
~ For variation the sweet rolls can be filled with a variety of frozen fruit. Try blackberries, strawberries, blueberries or chopped sweet cherries.