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 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
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.
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.
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.
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