Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Dinner Rolls

Into the bread machine (in this order):

1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup lukewarm milk
1/3 cup melted butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
3-3/4 cup bread flour
1 tsp kosher salt
2-1/4 tsp bread machine yeast

Mix on dough cycle.

Remove, arrange in balls in baking stone.

Let rise 1-2 hours.

Bake at 375* for 18 minutes.

We liked them with butter and homemade plum jam.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Comforting Minestrone Soup

In a dutch oven or soup pot, saute together in 2 Tbsp EVOO:
1 cup each diced carrots and celery
1 medium sweet onion, diced
1 clove minced garlic

Add and cook together about 10 - 15 minutes:
1 tsp dried oregano (or Italian seasoning, if you like)
1 tbsp all-purpose salt-free seasoning (your choice)
1 can stewed tomatoes, your choice
1 can beans (red, kidney, or cannellini), drained/rinsed
1 cup sliced (or diced) zucchini (optional)
1 cup diced (smallish) yellow potato

Add and bring to simmer:
1 box veggie broth (4 cups)
1-2 tsp veggie paste (optional)
3 T red wine

3 handfuls med. or small shell pasta, uncooked
salt & pepper to taste

Return to simmer and cook until pasta is done, about 10 mins., or so.

Garnish with Parmesan cheese and parsley, if preferred.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Birthday Chili

The birthday boy gets to choose - I guess we are having chili!

Birthday Chili

1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 medium can petite diced tomatoes
1 lb browned/crumbled ground turkey
1 lb beef - I used round steak cut into 1" dice, browned
2 cans Ranch beans
1 can small white beans
1-1/2 sweet onion, small dice
1/2 diced sweet bell pepper, any color
1/4 c chili powder
3 Tbsp cumin
1 tsp kosher salt
2 Tbsp all-purpose, salt-free seasoning
black pepper to taste (optional)

All into the crock - set on high for 6 hours, then low for 2 more.

Serve with cornbread or Frito corn chips, shredded cheddar cheese, and sour cream.

Margaritas would be good, too.

The Kinda-Famous Liz-a-rita

The Kinda-Famous Liz-a-rita

1 shot good-quality tequila
1 shot good-quality orange liquor
1/2 shot Rose's sweetened lime juice
1 shot fresh orange juice

Place above into a shaker with ice, sliced oranges and limes, squeezed - give it a good shake. Pour it all into a sturdy glass and enjoy!

Jello Shots!

Yes, these are too much fun!

We don't get fancy, but they are yummy and a bit of a treat. Not too much - just sweet enough with a bit of liquor to warm your soul.

Basic Jello Shot Recipe

In a small pan bring 1 cup of fruit juice or juice cocktail and 2 packets of Knox gelatin to a simmer. Let it bubble for a minute or two, stirring, then remove from heat. Pour liquid into a 4-cup glass measuring cup to let cool about 10 minutes, or so, before adding 1 cup of the alcohol of your choice (we typically choose flavored vodka or tequila; you can add more than one type, but the total should still be 1 cup). Pour into those cute little condiment cups spread on a baking sheet and put into the fridge for a couple of hours or until firm. It has also been suggested to fill a rectangle baking pan and then cut the 'jigglers' into squares or with cookie cutters for fun shapes.

Here are some of the combinations we have tried:

Pink Lemonade, Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka, and Triple Sec, and a drop or two of grenadine

3/4 c Limeade, 1/4 cup Roses Sweetened Lime juice, Silver Tequila, Triple Sec

Grapefruit juice, Grapefruit vodka

Orange juice, Citron Vodka
(or make a Tequila Driver with your favorite tequila and orange juice)

Cranberry juice cocktail, Fireball whiskey

Lemonade, Limoncello liquor, Whipped Cream Vodka

There are many recipes to be found with a simple google search - or create some of your own!