Why wait for Christmas for your favorite cookies. Part 1

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Healthy Oatmeal Cookies that disappear quickly. Combination of Quaker Oats Recipe and Alton Brown Recipe.

Ingredients:

    • 1/2 Cup(s) (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
    • 1/2 Cup(s) firmly packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 Cup(s) granulated sugar
    • 2 Eggs
    • 1 Teaspoon(s) vanilla
    • 1-1/2 Cup(s) Oat Bran
    • 1 Teaspoon(s) Baking Soda
    • 1 Teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 Teaspoon(s) salt (optional)
    • 2 Cup(s) Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
    • 1 Cup(s) raisins

Preparation:

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

Crescent Moon Cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons almond flavoring
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
powdered sugar
Preparation:

Combine powdered sugar, butter, egg and almond flavoring in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add flour, cream of tartar and baking soda; beat at low speed until well mixed.

Divide dough into quarters. Cover; refrigerate 1 hour.

Heat oven to 375°F.

Roll each quarter (keeping remaining dough refrigerated) into 4 (10-inch) ropes. Cut each rope into 4 (2 1/2-inch) pieces. Shape each piece into crescent. Place onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. (Cookies do not brown.)

Sprinkle remaining half with powdered sugar. Store between sheets of waxed paper in covered containers.

Hazelnut Ball Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped hazelnut

Preparation:

 

  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Beat butter, 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour, beating on low speed after each addition until well blended. Add nuts; mix well.
  • Shape dough into 48 (1-inch) balls. Place, 1-1/2 inches apart, on baking sheets.
  • Bake 14 to 15 min. or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool 5 min. on baking sheets. Roll warm cookies, 1 at a time, in remaining sugar in small bowl until evenly coated; place on wire racks. Cool completely.

 

 

Cooking Healthy ?

I watched last night’s Chopped:Light Makes Right and was so so on the what was promoted as Healthy. Some fat and some sugar are not bad but in what forms? One of the cooks was using Honey, while I think this is a better form of sugar I would have grabbed the Agave. Coconut oil, is it really better than Olive oil. Spices can substitute for sugar and other ingredients but lack of spices will really put people off even if the food is healthy. As one of the chefs found out. Remember that healthy can be a relative term. You need some fats to keep your body healthy and a total lack of sugar can be bad as well. Be moderate when you changing your diet and you will have better luck.

Sand cake, old german style pound cake.

20131223_175923Sand cake, starts by beating together one cup softened butter and 1 cup sugar till well blended. Then add 3 whole eggs, one at a time. Then add 3/4 cup of sifted flour and 3/4 cup of potato starch. Finish off the batter with 1 tsp of vanilla and 1/2 tsp grated lemon peel. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees. Bake for 45 to 60 mins. Test doneness with a toothpick.
Enjoy with strawberries or some fruit and whipped cream. Store in airtight container in the fridge.

Cabbage Burgers….for the cold winter days.

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These burgers are easy to make.
1 bag of Rhodes Dinner Rolls (thawed)
1 head of Cabbage (sliced thin and small pieces)
2 pounds Hamburger (cooked thoroughly)
Salt, plenty of Pepper, a little Cayenne pepper, little powdered ginger.
Don’t be afraid of making it enjoyable for your taste buds.
The bread will take away some of the heat of the spices.
Roll the bread dough out put about 2 tablespoons of the mix or more and close the bread. Bake at 350 until golden brown.
They freeze well, and can be popped into the microwave to warm up.
Enjoy!

4th Street Chophouse, Loveland Co.

Well after all the things we had heard about this restaurant we hoped for a really nice night out. We were disappointed. When we made the reservations we did tell them is was a birthday evening for starters. We got to the restaurant gave them our names and were sited. Our waitress asked us if we had ever been their before, our answer was no. She told us a number of things so we made our choices and for dinner. For the prices they charge a little more of the sauce with the “TOURNEDOS AU POIVRE”, the “HORSERADISH FILET” was tender but dry and had no flavor of horseradish. For Dessert, usually the birthday person get’s the creme brulee with a candle, but they never mentioned his birthday. So we ordered the special that night, bread pudding and a piece of cheese cake. She brought out the bread pudding with two forks but never brought the cheese cake. It was on the ticket, when we pointed it out the response from the waitress, “I didn’t bring that out” in the tone of of course I brought that out. They did take it off the ticket, we also informed her it was his birthday, so they gave us a creme brulee to go, free of charge. We were very disappointed, with the food as well as what happened. For the price we paid for dinner it should have been much more satisfying.

Special Burgers!

Well the other day I had a conversation with my mom about one of the burgers she used to make.
She calls them Swedish meatballs, but they are pretty good no matter what you call them.
meatburgers
1 pound of hamburger
tsp thyme & marjoram
Salt & pepper to taste
one egg
1/4 onion finely chopped
mix all together and make your patty’s.
Good as sliders. With some cheese.

Vodka instead of Gin.

Yes, I like gin martini’s but there is nothing wrong with vodka martini’s either, James Bond likes them. It was one of those things that got me thinking about some old time drinks.
A Pink Lady, it’s usually made with gin and applejack, grenadine and an egg white. I’ve also seen it without the applejack or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream instead of an egg white. It’s also not bad if you switch from gin to vodka especially with the ice cream version.
Can you think of some others that might be good with vodka instead of gin?