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!!!