Wednesday, December 28, 2011

How to make 2 am chili

Couple of weeks ago I went south to visit my friends, see I graduated in May and I missed my friends I had not seen them in a long while, it's weird we see each other every day then you graduate or there is summer break or any other break and you don't see them you kinda form this really really tight group of friends and then bang it's all over. We stay in touch and talk to one another but none the less you miss them, when I used to have a bad day I could go and vent to them now I just get a phone call a two minute conversation, no hug no smile no visual aid...I need an I phone, it would help. In other news as I was saying I went south to see them well one of my friends and I really enjoy this guy who does these recipes with comics, I absolutely love his recipes and they are easy to follow and amusing I suggest you read all of his other works but I made his chili and I loved it, so here is a link to his 2 am chili which is amazing  http://www.cookingcomically.com/?page_id=33 so here I go.
This is what you will need:

for the seasoning:
2 tbsp flour
2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp red pepper - cayenne 
2 tsp cumin
4 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tsp basil
2 - 4 tbsp of brown sugar
for the rest of the chili
2 lbs beef - ground
3 - 4 cloves of garlic
1/2 green pepper
 at least 1 / 2 of an onion
2 cans of light red kidney beans
2 8 oz cans of tomato sauce
1 lg can of diced tomatoes
a shot or two of beer
Okay well if you read the comic you will know that this is not his EXACT recipe, it is slightly different, I did not use everything he did, I tweaked it, but guess what I don't think he will mind it's a great recipe. So this is what we do, we take the spice mix and shake it up and put it aside. Now this is what we do next, we brown that hamburger, or turkey if you wish and then we add it to a pot, now when it is done chop the garlic, onion, and pepper take your skillet and brown the garlic, onions, and green pepper well saute it! When done add it to the pot and drain and rinse the beans add them to the pot then add the tomato sauce and then either add the diced tomato's or put them in a food processor and add them to the pot up to you. I prefer to use the food processor but that is me, now add about a shot or so of beer and stir stir stir and then simmer. But then of course you have the rest of the beer so drink that and wait...wait...and wait. Remember the longer it sits and simmers the better it is. Once done add whatever you like to chili and enjoy, my friends down south really enjoyed it we made ours really spicy since we all like spicy it was great, I personally enjoy mine with some crackers and then have a peanut butter sandwich with it.  Just saying however you like your chili we are all different. Any way enjoy your chili I forgot to take photos so use your imagination or follow the other guys photo he's talented! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

How to make chocolate candy cashew goodies

This week I was hanging out with my grandmother and she needed some help making some tasty items for Christmas. She had this recipe for candy there was no real name, so she called it chocolate candy cashew goodies. We enjoy them every year for Christmas. So here we go,
what you will need:
16 oz white chocolate chopped or chips
7 oz milk choc.
7 oz bittersweet choc.
4 c Salted cashews - pieces or whole
3/4 c. English toffee bits - we used heath bits yummmm
Basically this is the easiest thing ever, melt the chocolate together, double boiler method or on low in a pot on the stove, add the cashews and toffee once all melted then spoon out on wax paper, move quick after all you don't want it to set up in the pan, and let cool in the fridge for ten min and call it a day, I will say that these are really REALLY rich so the smaller the pieces the better, it makes about 3 lbs so it's nice ya know lots of candy for Christmas day or whatever you decide to celebrate yeah I know I said I would not be posting this week but I got it done early!!!




Wednesday, December 14, 2011

How to make sloppy joes

My favorite meal is Sloppy Joes, and I don't mean putting that crap in the can over hamburger, I mean real what my mom makes me Sloppy Joes. They are my go to dinner when someone asks what do you want for dinner. It is my favorite thing to reheat and I hate leftovers. I have an obsession with our sloppy joes that my mother makes. Some holidays we make three pounds and place it in a crock pot and keep it on low just so people are happy and full. Now my father like to take sloppy joes and place them over tortilla chips and make them like nachos, which is nice because ours are slightly sweet. I prefer to have mine on a bun with mustard. Also when I have sloppy joes I have to enjoy it with peas and mac and cheese. Like I have to have one or the other, unless it is the left overs then I have to have chips...see I have a love affair, I can't help it I love them, I feel bad for my husband it ends up being our dinner at least two nights a week and his lunch too, but he likes me so I guess he does not mind. Any way since I am spilling my soul about my love affair with sloppy joes I guess I can give you an awesome recipe while I am at it, see I have no photos for you this time but I think you'll be okay. 


What you will need:
1- 1 1/2 lb ground beef, or turkey 
1/2 green pepper or any other color
1 Medium onion
1 Clove of garlic
1 can of tomato sauce
1 Shot of Worcestershire sauce or 2 packets of soy sauce from the Chinese food you had last week- yeah that is what we use it for
1 shot of mustard
1 - 3 shot(s) of ketchup
3-5 tbsp of brown sugar
Salt 
Pepper 
Okay so shall we get started! Yes I agree! 
First thing is first BROWN THAT BEEF! Or whatever you decided to use, however, I will state right now, I HATE TURKEY, I know it's "Healthier" but guess what you did not grow up on a black Angus cattle farm so when I think meat I think BEEF It is what is for dinner. I know awesome right. Any who, lets brown, brown, brown that beef, you brown until it is well done, now you drain this crap, and I mean drain, trust me it will be full of grease, so drain and return to pan, now moving along let it sit in that pan for a moment and chop the peppers, onion, and Garlic, I always use the food processor, but I am lazy so yeah....Any way add that to your pot and cook until done, you know what it will look like I mean it's cooked veggies you've seen them before. Now add everything else just a little salt and pepper to taste by the way, and if you are wondering what is a "shot" well it's where you take the bottle and squeeze it. Let it simmer for a moment and taste it, not too sweet add more ketchup, you know just mess with it, do whatever you think needs done to fix it, I will tell you if you prefer it spicier then try adding chili powder, Tabasco, or whatever else you think would be helpful to make it have a kick. Do that and let it simmer for about 10 min or forever in a crock pot until you want to serve... and then serve with anything you want. Typically over a bun with some side dishes. Now I am going to tell you now I will not have a blog next week I will be having surgery so I'll be a little out of it. Oh and I wanted to add a photo or three from the wedding, just because I have NO photos of making this amazing meal. Also because I love my photos, I had an amazing photographer! Enjoy your food, send Ideas, thank you, and HAPPY EATING!





I am the one in white


Me and my girls, the shorter flower girl is my brothers little girl and the blonde little flower girl is my husbands niece, they both made the day remarkable as did the ring barer - whom is also my brothers child


Finally all the men, the little boy is the ring barer, adorable isn't he!

All of these children have been featured before but I thought you might want to see them all dressed up!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

How to make a 1 - 8 cookie dough

A week or so ago I received my grandmother’s recipe for her “epic cookies” they are an 8 in one recipe but the recipe being old was hard to read. Basically this recipe is one single dough and you can make several different types of cookies, eight actually, now I will not give you all of them because well I do not have them all but I will give you our favorites. I know only six, shame so it's not actually eight so whatever. I am also making some of these for my cousin whom is overseas protecting our country so I hope him and his military friends enjoy these cookies! So here we go:
Basic dough:
Preheat oven to 375 – these all bake at 375
2 (1 c) Sticks of butter
1 1/2 c sifted confectioner / powdered sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 c flour – sifted
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 /4 tsp salt
Make sure your butter is at room temp. HALF of this dough will make one of these so the whole thing makes two of the below alterations. So first cream the butter with the powdered sugar add the egg and vanilla then mix. In another bowl sift the flour, soda, tartar, and salt together then mix it into the dough.
Alterations:
Snowballs / Russian tea cakes / Mexican wedding cookies:
Roll basic dough into balls and then bake for 8 – 10 minutes, the moment they come out of the oven place them in a large bowl with lots of powdered sugar roll then allow to cool. Once they are fully cooled roll in another bowl of powdered sugar – make sure you use two different bowls because the hot snowballs will make the powdered sugar clump so keep them separate. Now you can also add any type of nuts to these I like pecans, but walnuts, pistachios, and macadamias are all fantastic.
“Pinwheels”:
Take half of the dough and make it any color you want, take the other half and leave white. Then chill for a while, once chilled roll out each dough piece until it’s about 1/8 in thick, then once that is done place one on top of another, take your rolling pin and roll them slightly together – we are basically pressing the dough together here. Then roll it like a jelly roll, from one end to another, tightly now! Chill again – preferably overnight and the next day, slice and bake for about 8 minutes. Slice thin now, you don’t want a huge thick cookie. Now you can also make one half of the dough chocolate by melting 1 oz of unsweetened chocolate and allowing it to cool. You may experiment with this and do it anyway you want you could put mint extract in the dough and make it mint. You can also make two different colors with white in between by doing color  layer one, white layer, color layer two, and a final white layer. Roll and chill the same way!
Icebox cookies:
Roll the dough into a log and chill. The next morning slice and bake – you can “press” images into the dough with a cookie press if you have them. You can also now sprinkle sugar on top too. Bake 8 minutes or so
Cut out cookies:
Chill dough roll out and cut out with cookie cutters bake for about 8 minutes depending on cookie size. Cool and decorate anyway you like.
Thumbprints:
Roll dough into balls and then press your thumb into the center. Bake 8 minutes and then cool and add jam to the well. Or you can press a chocolate kiss into the center before you cook them. You can roll these in nuts if you want but it is not necessary.
Candy canes:
Add 2 tsp of mint to the basic dough make half of the dough red and leave the other half white. Roll out individual strips of each color roll them into a braid type of roll and cut and shape like candy canes. Bake for about 8 – 10 minutes
Now these are the only ones my family ever used so they are the only ones I could really read so I have no clue what else there was on that recipe thing.  Now the pinwheels and candy canes are practically the same so I do not count them as different but I guess they are. So one day I will find another recipe that does this and share it with you all but for now and for your holiday baking try this! I hope this helps you all, because the dough is REALLY easy! I don’t have photos of the steps yet because I forgot to take them, yeah I know I need a camera and a test subject to take them, however, I do have photos of the final products that I made well one of them the pinwheels, but enjoy and happy baking! Send me recipes and ideas please!







These are red white and green colors



Monday, November 28, 2011

How to make cranberry sauce

Well I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday, we had three thanksgivings to go to, as well as lots of holiday baking to do. Therefore last week I did not do a blog because …. well I was busy. So on thanksgiving morning I realized I did not make my cranberry sauce which I had decided to do this year so I got up and made this really simple recipe and I am going to share it with you now. And I know what you are thinking well that does me no good now. Unless you are like me and bought like twelve bags of cranberries and need something to do with them then this will work well, plus you can use cranberry sauce for anything. You know like a sauce for the turkey sandwich you are enjoying this week instead of mayo – see healthier option. Heck it even makes a good preserve for toast. Okay so let’s get started shall we?
What you will need:
12 oz. fresh or frozen cranberries
1 c sugar
1 c water
That’s it…unless you want to add something else to it. Like orange peel, cinnamon, cloves, or anything you can imagine. Now place water and sugar in a pot bring to boil add cranberries return to boil then reduce heat and cook for 10 – 12 minutes. If you have fresh cranberries make sure to rinse them, frozen ones you should thaw out and then place in pot. Now the only way you can get frozen ones around me is to actually freeze them yourself. So that being said there you go. Now do not be freaked out when you hear a loud popping sound – it is normal after all the cranberries are hollow on the inside and will burst open then after all is said and done it will start to  gel. Okay ten minutes are up place in a bowl and allow it to come to room temp them place in fridge. Now it will gel up. It is ironically sweet when you normally think of cranberries as quite tart. They are delicious and everyone liked my cranberry sauce the next morning test subject dad put it in his crescent rolls and baked it. So there you go. Now I know what you are thinking, what the heck will I do with cranberry sauce right now? Well there is always Christmas! Happy holidays I will do a blog next week on some easy recipe for cookies that are pretty awesome! Happy eating! 





Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How to make cake-mix cookies

This week on how to I made cake mix cookies, aka the store had a sale on cake mix ten for ten and I was tired of cake. Plus a cookie is easier to eat. So here are the only things you will need:
Cake mix
2 Eggs 
1/2 c. oil
anything you want to mix in...we'll discuss it later.
First pre heat oven to 350 then add any flavor of cake mix, eggs, and oil in a mixing bowl and mix. That is it...yeah talk about easy. I did funfetti which is like amazing any way and my dad does not like funfetti cake but loved the cookies. This week we had a new test subject, test subject Steve. He ate like 12 cookies. Yes I do believe they were some tasty cookies. Now moving along since those lasted one day and only made about 28 cookies, well relatively large cookies I made more the next day, the next day I decided on red velvet. They are after all the husbands favorite, now to these I added 1 bag of white chocolate chips, which I regretted immediately after, there was too much chocolate in it. I know me say too much chocolate but it is true I do believe one cup would have sufficed. Moving along you bake the cookies for 12 - 15 minutes allow to sit for 3 - 5 on the pan then move to cooling rack and they are tasty amazingness. Now let's discuss different styles. I have told you my first two but you could do things like put sprinkles on top, or frosting I, however, feel that frosting would have been too much. So pick your cake mix flavor and add whatever you want or furthermore don't want. You could do anything , lemon and white chips, Chocolate and PB chips, Chocolate and mint, White cake with choc chips and nuts ....etc. the possibilities are endless...well until you run out of cake mix and mix in's then it's back to the store!!! Email me idea's people I am running out of things I think everyone needs to know! With the Holidays coming up I am contemplating how to on just cookies, you know being the season for over eating and all! Let me know people and happy eating!!















Wednesday, November 9, 2011

How to make baking powder biscuits

So this week my mother and I were making dinner and my mother had to make biscuits, we were out of the canned tastiness so my mother decided to make some from scratch, now biscuits are not hard once you know what you are doing and she made these but I have made them a million times so I too can teach you, of course if you ever took her class she could teach you just the same. Let’s go ahead and pre-heat to 400
Things you’ll need
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup milk – maybe a little less
So now add your dry ingredients into a bowl.  Mix it with a whisk so it’s nice and mixed, and then moving along we need to add the shortening – cut it in – this means mix it in with a knife or fork into the flour mixture until it’s all about mixed in, then make room in the middle of the mixture this is called a well – you want some space so that the mixture has well a well in it. Now pour in some of the milk, not all of it, but about three fourths of it. Then pull in the flour mixture from the edge with a fork and mix it in, if you need more milk add it. The mixture should be slightly moist and come together without being liquid – it should be like a dough, now you can either roll it out and cut them or just drop them onto a greased baking sheet the choice is yours, we always cut ours with a biscuit cutter, but we like a better more polished look, bake for about 12 – 15 min and if you have extra milk feel free to brush some on the top of the biscuits – ENJOY , they are good with gravy, jam, jelly, PB, honey, and just about anything. Happy eating – send me recipe ideas people!









Wednesday, November 2, 2011

How to make pumpkin cookies

This week I made pumpkin cookies. They are amazing. I love pumpkin, so this is my favorite time of year, ahhh pumpkin. However, sometimes it is difficult to locate pumpkin in the store no clue why. Apparently people do not want me happy, keeps my pumpkin away from me. EVIL PEOPLE. Just kidding, any who, I digress ahhh pumpkin cookies, these are a lot like spice cookies but have a lovely pumpkin undertone. These are my new favorite cookies. They are also a lot like the sugar cookies I made so there we go. Okay so this is what we will need:
1 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Now of course this is like a normal cookie recipe so like always cream the sugars and butter together, add pumpkin, eggs, and vanilla.  Combine the dry ingredients. Then add the dry mix to it slowly. Now drop some on to a pan about two inches apart and bake at 350 for 12 - 14 minutes they will be soft. Once done place on a cooling rack and then we will place a glaze on it. You can make severeal types but this is my new favorite. 
2- 3 cups of powder sugar
1/4 cup of butter
1/4 cup milk
1 tbsp of vanilla
1 tbsp of another flavoring item - I used black walnut, you could also use maple or any other items. However, it is optional so you could just use plain vanilla and be happy, I mean vanilla is yummy on it’s own. So the glaze should be thin, and now we can glaze the cookies. Easiest way to do it? With a pastry brush, ahhh simplicity, so easy. Any who enjoy the cookies they are tasty! We loved them!  Give me ideas people!!!






Wednesday, October 26, 2011

How to make caramel apples

It's my favorite time of year as  I am sure I have already mentioned...so dad and I love caramel apples, so I had massive amounts of apples and some tasty little caramels in a wrapper. No I am not making my own caramel, why because I am lazy, I may write a blog on that eventually but not right now. So there we go. So what will we need?
Sticks - any type
Apples- the better the apple the better the caramel apple DUH you'll need at least five
A pot
Water
Now there are several ways to do this, you can do the double boiler method which is safer if you are afraid that you may burn the caramels or if your lazy and have five million other things to do. Now basically this is all you do, unwrap all the caramels and then add 2 tbsp of water and melt. Now if you are doing it in a regular skillet cook caramel with water over medium low heat stirring constantly. Now in the double boiler wait for it to melt a little bit and then stir until it is fully melted. Now once that is finished make sure you have all your apples ready, washed and dried and stuck with your sticks. Now dip the apples. You'll notice that the caramel is not deep enough so use a spatula or rubber scrapper and pull the caramel up on the side of the apples. Place the apples on a piece of wax paper and place in the fridge for about fifteen minutes.  once cooled enjoy your apples, any ideas please email or comment!










Monday, October 17, 2011

How to make pot roast!

Last week my mother bought a chuck roast, this is her favorite cut of meat to make pot roast out of, and for a good reason, it cooks up very well. Have you ever had a dry pot roast? Well wrong cut of meat. I guarantee you that if you follow this recipe it will pull apart melt in your mouth and be tasty. So let’s get started! ALSO SEND ME RECIPE IDEAS PLEASE!!
What you will need
A roaster, or crock pot.
Time
Veggies of your choice – we like carrots, potatoes, onions, garlic, celery, and mushrooms.
Wine
Some beef, veggie, or chicken stock
Shot of vinegar
And last but not least some chuck roast – or other kind of meat if you dare.
Now first thing is first prepare your meat! I rubbed mine with some olive oil, some seasoned salt, and black pepper. This is all it will need it’s a very simple dish in all reality. Place it in your roaster or crock pot and shake some vinegar over top. I used red wine vinegar but you can use any type you have, it will help keep the meat soft. Do not use a lot, just 2 – 3 tablespoons. Now moving along cut up some onions and place it around the meat and over top of it, do the same with garlic, use 3 – 5 cloves or use garlic powder if you’re lazy. No I won’t judge...much… okay moving along now add 3 -4 carrots or more if you are like my family and love carrots. I added eight…hey they are good for your eyes. Then add three stalks of celery and a carton of mushrooms. I only added them because mom and Peter like them, I don’t so they are optional - yet they do add a nice layer of flavor. Now add two potatoes per person, cut them up I used big potatoes so if you use little red ones add a whole 3 lbs I would guess and if they are large cut them, you want the potato to be bite size like two inches max for your eating pleasure. *note at this point you will no longer see the meat and will be piling veggies on top of the thing, good you want this to be a more veggie to meat mixture* Now moving along pour a good ½ cup to 1 cup of wine over top of the veggie and meat mixture and then add 1 -2 cups of your stock to the mixture the same way. Now place in the oven at about 275 for 3 – 4 hours, or in the crock pot on low for 8  - in the oven at 375 for 1 ½ hours, low and slow is better but you can change the temp all kinds of ways and leave it alone to bake and get all tasty. Once everything is fully baked pull it out and let it sit for about five minutes and serve and enjoy! Bread always makes a great side dish for it nice and toasty or just with some butter one it. As always I am accepting recipe ideas for my blog! Please email jlthacker06@gmail.com if you have anything you would like to share! Happy eating!






Monday, October 10, 2011

how to make pumpkin cheesecake

Well I know I missed last week but I was busy so here is this weeks, how to make pumpkin cheesecake also I am a little ticked, all my photos were somehow erased so sorry, so you’ll just have to listen! Well read… so let’s get started shall we? I did happen to find two photos from when I made this cheesecake forever ago so there.
Things you will need:
Filling:
  • ·         3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ·         1 (15-ounce) can pureed pumpkin
  • ·         3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • ·         1/4 cup sour cream
  • ·         1 1/2 cups sugar
  • ·         1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ·         1/8 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • ·         1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ·         2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ·         1 teaspoon vanilla extract



Crust:
  • ·         30 gingerberad snap cookies
  • ·         1 stick of butter


Now first of all let that cream cheese sit for a while because if you don’t I am telling you now it will not cream properly and then you’ll have lumps, which are not tasty. So now let that cream cheese sit….for a long long time….I promise if you wait you will be rewarded, I went to my friends house and then came back, yes I am not patient. So take the cream cheese and beat it with the mixer till it is nice and creamy. Then place the pumpkin, sugar, vanilla, eggs, sour cream, and spices and beat until well mixed then add the flour. Once finished with that let it sit for a moment while we make our tasty crust. Place the cookies in the food processer and pulverize them. Yes nice and mashed up. Well if you don’t have a food processor I guess you could already buy the crumbs OR smack it with a rolling pin. *note the smacking will relieve stress and anger* so now that it is all pulverized place in a medium bowl and add 1 stick of melted butter. Mix and press into the bottom of a spring form pan. Please note you do need a spring form pan for this. Also please note that if you place parchment paper on the bottom of the pan it’ll make for easy clean up.  Pour in the filling and bake at 350 for one hour or until the knife that you insert in the middle comes out clean it took another half hour for me. Let it cool 15 min then cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 4 hours, then serve and enjoy. Test subject Peter LOVED IT I know surprise right it’s always it was okay well this time he and test subject Steve loved it.  As always I am accepting ideas for the blog! Facebook, twitter, or email me! JLThacker06@gmail.com and happy eating!




Monday, September 26, 2011

How to make meatloaf

Well I know I missed the last two uploads for my blog but I was busy getting married and all, but alas do no fear, I am back. I know you were worried…shhh it’s okay, I’m back! So let’s get started with a nice warm meal since the weather is getting cooler. How about meatloaf? I love meatloaf it’s my mom’s recipe that just makes me smile. It is quite amazing. So here it is:
Meatloaf
1-1/2  pounds lean ground beef or turkey (to 2lb.) sometimes we do half beef half sausage
3/4  cup oatmeal quick or old fashioned, uncooked
3/4  cup finely chopped onion
1/2 to 1 green pepper finely chopped
1/2  cup tomato sauce I use one 8 oz can cause it’s easier than using half
1  egg, lightly beaten
1/4  teaspoon black pepper
Topping – pour over top of meatloaves before baking (if need more sauce add ketchup and mustard to taste)
½ cup tomato sauce again used one can….
¼ c. brown sugar
Big squeeze of mustard
Heat oven to 350°F. Combine all ingredients in large bowl; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape meatloaf mixture using two loaf pans.  (may bake in the loaf pans or remove and place on broiler pan or in large cake pan.
Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until meatloaf is to medium doneness (160°F for beef, 170°F for turkey), until not pink in center and juices show no pink color. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing THIS IS A MUST OR ELSE IT WILL CRUMBLE!!!
Note:  May decrease temperature to 3250F and cook for approximately 1.5 hours or until done this is nice if you’re baking other things.
Okay so now that we waited this long did you wait the five minutes to cut? Yes, great. So slice it up and serve it with your favorite sides of choice, this heats up well and freezes well, we’ve been known to place it in muffin pans and bake then freeze. Also this does make a pretty good topping to a sandwich…mmmm meatloaf tasty! Okay so the wedding went fantastically without a hitch! Tune in next week! Until next time and just as a reminder I am still accepting recipes and ideas. Email me, facebook me, or even find me on twitter, JLThacker06@gmail.com. Happy eating people!