Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Chocolate Apple Bread


2 cups flour
1/2 tsp each: salt, baking powder, baking soda, & cinnamon
1/cup butter, room temp.
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp butter milk
1 cup chopped apples
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

In a medium bowl mix flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.

In a separate bowl cream together butter & sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Gradually stir in flour mixture. Mix, by hand, just until combined. Do not over mix. Stir in chocolate, apples and walnuts.

Pour into greased bread loaf. (Batter will be thick.) Sprinkle with topping.

Bake @ 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

Let cool then slice and serve.

Baked Potato Soup

Cooler weather is upon us and that means time for slow cooker/dutch oven cooking. This is one I use with my dutch oven. I stumbled upon it and have tweaked it to make it all mine. No doubt there are ways to make this healthier... and probably easier... but it is so yummy as is!


6 strips of bacon, diced
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp flour
salt & pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp dried basil
6 cups chicken (or veggie) broth
4 large potatoes, BAKED then peeled and cubed
2 cups half & half
1 tsp hot pepper sauce (I use Sriracha but Tabasco would work as well.)

In a large pot, or dutch oven, cook bacon bits until crisp. Set bacon aside. Drain liquid, reserving 1 tbsp of drippings. Saute onion and garlic in drippings until tender. Stir in flour, salt, pepper & basil. Mix well. (It will be lumpy).

Gradually add in the broth, stirring continuously. Bring to a boil and stir for about 2 minutes. Reduce heat and add in potatoes and cream- but do not boil. Add a drop of hot sauce, then adjust seasonings as needed. Let simmer until heated through or until read to serve.

Garnish with some shredded cheese and bacon bits.

Apple Crisp

Just got this recipe from my friend, Debbie. I've made it twice already; it is scrumptious and super easy!!


6 apples, peeled & sliced
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup water

For topping:
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup oats
3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
6 tbs melted butter

Toss apples with white sugar and cinnamon. Place in 8x8 baking dish. (I use 9x13 and just use more apples). Pour water over apples.

Mix together dry ingredients for the crisp topping. Add melted butter and stir until coarse. Crumble over apples.

Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes or until bubbly.

With a dollop of vanilla ice cream, of course! :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Buttermilk Corn Bread

With the new fall crispness in the air, I have been thinking about cool weather recipes. Corn bread is a favorite of mine and I have tried several different recipes before finding one my family loves. So tasty and delish! Serving this up for dinner tonight with a big pot of veggie chili. Yum!!


1/2 cup butter
2/3 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup corn meal
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine the baking soda with the buttermilk in a small bowl. Set aside.

In a medium sized saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Quickly add in the eggs, stir until well blended. Add in the buttermilk/baking soda, flour, corn meal and salt. Combine well, but do not over mix; there will be lumps.

Pour into buttered 8x8 inch baking dish. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until golden.

This corn bread is a quick one to throw together as a side dish to any chili, soup or stew. Or drizzle with honey and butter for a tasty breakfast treat.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Crock Pot Swiss Steak

Ever since reading last month's issue of Real Simple I've had comfort food on the brain. This recipe is my ultimate favorite comfort food item. It meets all my qualifications- easy to cook, warm and filling, melt in my mouth delicious and best of all, it brings back memories of my childhood. (Oh, and it goes great with mashed potatoes, which is a must!) My dad is the cook in the family, but I think this may have been one of my mom's specialties.

This recipe uses a tougher cut of beef which works great for crock pot cooking. I whipped this up for some friends and it served 4 adults and 2 toddlers, with plenty of left overs.

It's so simple and simply amazing. Try it. I promise, you'll love it. :)


2 lbs round steak, tenderized
3, 28 oz cans stewed tomatoes
1/2 cup flour
salt/pepper, to taste

Before throwing this meal straight into the crock pot, tenderize and brown the meat as follows.... Put the flour to a shallow bowl or dish; seasoned with salt and pepper. Dredge the meat in the mixture and tenderize with a meat mallet. Repeat several times. Cut into bite size pieces and brown meat on the stove, in a medium sized skillet. Just a quick 2 minutes on each side will do.

Then throw the meat in the crock pot. Cover with the stewed tomatoes and cook on low for 8-10 hours.

When I think of Swiss Steak, I think of mashed potatoes. They are like peanut butter and jelly. They just go together. So, that's how I server it- over a heaping pile of creamy mashed potatoes. With a green veggie on the side.

Comfort food, at it's best.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Best Brownies In The Whole Wide World

I must admit, I have always been one to love the simplicity of the box mix. Especially where brownies are concerned because, really, you just can't go wrong. Easy to make, good tasting, less clean up. What more could you ask for?

Well, y'all I have been forever ruined for the box mix. This brownies recipe is horrifically fattening, and I am sure there are many ways to make it healthier. But then, I don't eat brownies to be healthy. Do you?

So, take my word for it. Leave the recipe "As Is" and just do a few extra sit ups before bed. :)

1 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 tbs vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1 + cup(s) semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 11 x 13 baking dish.

In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, sugar and vanilla. Add in the eggs, one at a time, and mix well.

In another bowl, mix together the flour, salt, cocoa powder and the chocolate chips. (Mixing the chips in at this stage will keep them from falling to the bottom of the pan during baking.) Gradually combine the flour mixture in with the sugar mixture.

Batter will be thick. Spread into baking dish.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until sides show signs of pulling away from pan.

Remove, cool and enjoy!! :)

(Admittedly, I am weird but I love to enjoy my brownies drowned in a bowl of milk. So yummy!!)