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Zucchini Flower pancakes

24 Aug

Zucchini pancakes

This is another recipe from my Mom.

My Dad had a huge garden and he used everything.

When we saw the orange zucchini flower bloom we were so excited.

We would carefully pick them, my Mom would gently wash them and leave them on a towel to dry.

She never measured anything so I had to figure the recipe out .

10 to 12 zucchini blossoms cut into 1/4 inch slices

One large diced onion

3 tablespoons butter

3/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups flour

One egg

3/4 cup milk

2 rounded teaspoons baking powder

Melt butter

Saute onion till soft

Set aside

In a bowl, mix the egg with the milk

Add the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper

Add the flowers and onion with all the butter

This should be the consistency of pancake batter

If it is too loose add more flour

If it is too thick, add more milk

Melt another tablespoon of butter in a non stick pan or griddle

Just like regular pancakes, heat the griddle to medium high.

Drop a heaping tablespoon of batter on the griddle and wait for the bubbles to pop

Then turn over for a minute, just to cook the other side.

Season with some kosher salt.

These are great plain or dip them in sour cream or any other dipping sauce you like.

 

 

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Salted Milk Dud Oatmeal cookies

21 Jul

Salted Milk Dud caramel oatmeal cookies

Butter Yum is another website I follow and their stuff is fabulous.

This is their basic recipe with two or three things changed.

Two sticks of softened unsalted butter. Do not use margarine.

1 1/2 cups light or dark brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

3 cups rolled old fashion oats

2 five ounce boxes of Milk Duds sliced into four small pieces

10 caramels sliced into four small pieces

One box of mini rolos or pom poms for the top of each cookie.

You can use any chocolate covered caramel you like.

Kosher or sea salt to sprinkle on top of each cookie

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Mix the butter and sugar until it is smooth and fluffy

Add the eggs and vanilla

Mix till all is smooth

Add the flour, salt and baking powder

Mix well

Mix in the caramels,  milk duds and the oatmeal

Use either parchment paper or a silpac or else you will never get these cookies off the pan.

Take a rounded teaspoon  of the dough and roll into a ball

Place it in the pan

Flatten it just a little

Add the rolo in the middle of the cookie and sprinkle with the salt.

Place only eight to ten cookies  on each pan because they spread.

I baked my cookies at 350 degrees for 13 minutes and they were perfect.

Do not over cook them.

I am embarrassed to admit that I made two batches in two days.

 

 

 

Strawberry, Blueberry Muffins

25 Jun

Blueberry Muffin

I had a box of strawberries, about three cups and a cup of blueberries leftover.

Nothing ever goes to waste.

I washed and dried the fruit.

Cut the strawberries up into 1/2 inch pieces.

Sprinkled with sugar and set them aside.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

Line 12 large muffin cups with  pretty muffin liners.

Whisk together

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Set aside

Beat together till the butter and sugar are mixed well

Add the vanilla and almond extract

1/2 cup unsalted soft butter

One cup white sugar

One teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Add the flour mixture and sour cream

One cup sour cream

Take out half a cup of the strawberry mixture and all the blueberries and set aside

Mix the remaining berries with two teaspoons of flour and add to the batter.

Spoon the batter into the muffin tins.

Fill at least 3/4 the way up.

Spoon the remaining berries on top

Bake for 30 minutes

Make sure they are cooked because the berries make them very moist.

 

 

Short Bread Cookies

15 Jun

short bread cookies

This is a recipe from my Moms friend who was Scottish.

It is the real thing.

She used to make a big circle and then break it apart but I prefer the cookies.

I am too much of a slob to deal with so many crumbs.

One cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup sugar

2 cups sifted flour

1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream the butter then add the sugar, then flour, then the vanilla

It is a soft dough so you need more flour to roll the cookies

Roll into one inch balls

Roll each ball into a rope about 3 inches long.

Try to make them all the same width and length

Trim the edges to make them look nice and neat.

Place them on parchment paper in a cookie sheet

Bake 350 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes

Watch them because they burn quickly

Decorate with powdered sugar or chocolate.

Keep in an airtight container.

This is a very buttery delicate cookie

I usually make them for the holidays, a party but never bring them to the beach.

Date-Nut Bread

16 Feb

Date Nut Bread

This is the closest recipe I’ve found to make me think of  my childhood.

My Mom used to make date-nut and cream cheese sandwiches for a special treat.

I have never been able to duplicate the dense bread but this is a close second.

It is the King Arthur Flour recipe and it is so easy.

2 cups chopped dates

4 tablespoons softened butter

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup hot coffee

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon vodka, brandy or amaretto

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 3/4 cups all purpose unbleached King Arthur flour

1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Lightly grease a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 loaf pan

Mix dates, butter, baking soda, salt and brown sugar together.

Pour in the hot coffee and mix to combine.

Let cool for 15 minutes

Add the egg, vanilla, liquor, baking powder and flour.

Beat till smooth.

Stir in the walnuts

Pour the batter in the pan and gently tap the pan to settle the batter.

Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, tent the loaf gently with foil after 30 minutes to prevent over browning.

Remove the bread from the oven and test with a toothpick to see if the center is clean.

After ten minutes, turn the bread out onto a cooling rack

Cool completely before slicing

Wrap airtight and store at room temperature or freeze.

I slice it thin and put cream cheese on each side and make a fabulous sandwich.

This is great for a brunch, lunch or a very fattening treat.

These sandwiches are irrestible.

I will regret finding this recipe in June when I look like a big fat sandwich on the beach.

But I to am irrestible. Ha Ha.

Lemon Chicken

4 Feb

Lemon Chicken

Everyone has their own chicken lemon recipe.

I have many but I like this one today. Maybe tomorrow I will like one of the other recipes.

I’m just wild and crazy.

This is a big recipe for my big family and the leftovers are the best.

5 pounds of thin sliced boneless chicken breasts

1 1/2 cup flour

One teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

One teaspoon garlic powder

Olive oil

8 cloves of minced garlic

The zest of three lemons

Juice of five lemons

1 1/2 cups of good white wine

2 sticks  of butter

48 ounces chicken broth

Salt and pepper to taste

5 tablespoons  of capers with their juice

Slices or wedges of one lemon

Mix the flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder

Heat a nonstick skillet with 5 tablespoons of olive oil

Lightly flour the chicken, shaking all the excess flour off the chicken.

Lightly brown on both sides

Place in a dish and set aside

Melt the butter in a large oven proof pan with a good lid.

Add  the  lemon zest

Cook for two minutes

Add the wine and let cook till it is halfway evaporated

Add the chicken stock and capers and bring to a boil

Add the lemon juice and lemon slices.

Take off the heat.

Add all the cooked chicken and make sure it is all submerged in the sauce.

Cover the pan and place in a 350 degree oven for one hour.

Boil the pasta and drain

Brown the minced garlic in 1/3 cup olive oil

Pour this over the pasta and place in a large deep platter

Place some of the chicken sauce on the pasta and toss

Add the chicken on top

This will disappear

Pizzelles

5 Jan

pizzelles pizzelles pizzelles

This is a crispy Italian cookies that is made on holidays and special occasions.

I can never make enough.

Every family makes them a little different and mine are different from my Moms.

She used anise extract and I use a lot of vanilla.

It is an easy recipe but you do need a pizzelle machine. They can be purchased at any cooking store.

3 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup butter

3/4 to one cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 teaspoon vanilla

Mix everything together till you have a nice smooth batter.

Heat the grill and season it with some oil on a paper towel.

Place one teaspoon to one tablespoon of batter in the center of each pizzelle form depending on the size of the pizzelle machine.

Close the lid and press tightly for a thin cookie.

Cook about 45 to 60 seconds till they are light brown.

Remove with a fork and place on a wire rack.

They can be rolled into a cone while they are hot if you want to fill them.

I keep them flat and sprinkle them with powdered sugar.

Store in airtight containers .

You can use lemon, orange or anise extract. You can also use cocoa to make them a delicious chocolate flavor.

These cookies are so good and worth the price of the pizzelle press.