Monday, March 29, 2010

Apple Puff Pancake

I posted on facebook the other day that I needed some new breakfast ideas. Lots of yummy suggestions came in, and here's one recipe that my old friend/coworker Jamie came up with. She was always good with supplying the break room with treats, so I'm excited to try this one.

From the Gooseberry Patch Farmhouse Christmas cookbook~

6 eggs 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups milk 1 stick butter, melted (can definitely use less!)
1 C flour 3 Granny smith apples (golden delicious are great too), peeled and sliced
3 Tbl sugar 2-3 Tbl brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla powdered sugar (optional)
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In blender, mix eggs, milk, flour, sugar, vanilla, salt and cinnamon until blended; set aside. Pour butter into a 9X13 pan and add apple slices evenly into the dish. Return to the oven until butter sizzles. Do not let the apples brown. Pour the batter over apples. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake on the middle oven rack at 425 for 20 minutes or until puffed and brown. Dust with powdered sugar to taste. Serve immediately. Makes 6-8 servings.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Gigi's pound cake

I've made this several times, but it turned out best this time (no chunks came out when I removed it from the pan). And I didn't even capture it on camera. But here's Gigi's delicious pound cake recipe:

3 cups sugar
2 sticks butter softened
4 eggs
3 cups four
1/3 tsp. baking soda
pinch salt
1 cup buttermilk (I used the powdered kind- Saco brand- a white and yellow container with a red top-- more practical if you hardly use buttermilk)
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp lemon juice

Beat all ingredients together as you add them until well blended. Grease and flour pan well. Bake at 350 for 55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean (I baked it more like 75 minutes because our oven takes longer).

I used this glaze recipe to drizzle over the top.

Angela's Awesome enchiladas

I first had these at my parents' and knew I wanted the recipe. Looks like a lot of ingredients, but they were pretty easy-- Angela's Awesome Enchiladas.

They're great with salsa on them too. Served with rice, fruit, chips and salsa and corn. Yum.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

creamy corn-potato-ham chowder

Seems like we've been having a lot of chowders lately, but they're good when it's cold- and extremely easy when you can just throw a bunch of ingredients into the crock pot in the morning and dish it up at dinnertime. I tried this one last weekend since we needed to use up some ham that had been taken out of the freezer that we didn't eat all of a few nights prior. It turned out alright, but I think they could have cooked for a couple more hours. The carrots and potatoes were a little too firm still. Mike added some cream of mushroom soup later in the week and said that improved it some- that the veggies had softened a bit.
Nevertheless, I'm ready for some lighter foods. After being sick and sluggish for almost a week, my stomach has shrunk, and most foods seem too heavy or something. Maybe it's the warmer weather too. I'm excited about starting to cook with spring produce.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Kielbasa skillet

This was very good, very flavorful. Served with rice and mixed greens salad.

From 03/02/2010 (by Eye-Fi)