Sunday, March 30, 2008

Wonton Salad

1 lb. iceberg lettuce, washed and torn
1 lb. romaine lettuce, washed and torn
2 Tbs. sesame seeds, toasted
4 green onions, sliced
2 Tbs. slivered almonds, toasted
1 can waterchestnuts, drained and chopped
2 cups teriyaki chicken, cooked and cubed/shredded
4 oz. wonton skins, sliced and baked or fried
1 oz. maifun, fried for a few seconds on both sides

6 Tbs. sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. sesame oil
7 drops Mongolian fire oil
6 Tbs. rice vinegar
4 tsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 cup canola oil

Mix the dressing. Mix together the salad ingredients with the dressing. Stir in the wontons, almonds, and maifun when ready to serve.

Easy Alfredo Sauce

1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 stick butter
2 Tbs. cream cheese
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
dash pepper

Simmer and stir the first three ingredients until melted together. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer on low 15-20 minutes or so. Great on fettuccine with grilled chicken and steamed broccoli.


Grilled Chicken and Pasta Salad

I first had this at a ward luncheon, and everyone (me included) asked for the recipe!

1 pkg. baby spinach
2 Tbs. sesame seeds
1 can sliced waterchestnuts
8 oz. bowtie pasta (cooked, drained, and cooled)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup bean sprouts
3 chicken breasts (seasoned with lemon pepper, grilled, and chopped)

1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp. salt
3 Tbs. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. sesame seeds
2 Tbs. seasoned rice vinegar
1 tsp. fresh garlic, minced

Cook the chicken and the pasta. Toss together all the ingredients and chill for a half hour before serving.


Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kaili makes these chocolate chip cookies all the time, and she is quickly becoming famous for them. It makes a lot. You may want to freeze half of the dough or even plan on giving a bunch of cookies away! You can freeze them after scooping the cookies onto a pan, then when they are frozen, place in Ziploc freezer bags. When baking frozen ones, I think you are supposed to lower the temperature to 325, but then bake them for 15-20 minutes.
1 cup shortening
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 Tbs. vanilla
5 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. salt
4 cups chocolate chips
3 eggs, beaten
Cream the shortening, butter, sugars, vanilla and eggs. Then stir in the baking soda, salt, and flour. Stir in chocolate chips. Scoop onto cookie sheet using a large cookie scoop (about 1/4 cup size). Press down lightly on the cookie to flatten the very top. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
Easy Rolls

These rolls are really good, you don't have to knead them, and they actually turn out! They use less flour to ensure that they will be soft and tender, so don't skip the "chill in the refrigerator" part!

1 pkg. active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups very warm water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
3 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. salt
4 1/2 cups flour

Let the yeast foam in the warm water, then stir the rest of the ingredients in. If you can't get the shortening to completely mix in by just stirring, don't worry about it. It's ok if there are still little teaspoon size blobs of shortening in it every here and there. Let it rise until doubled. Punch down and put in the refrigerator overnight or at least 3 hours. Roll out half the dough at a time onto a surface sprayed with Pam. (Instead of flour) Brush with a little melted butter, and cut into 16 pie shaped pieces. Roll each piece up beginning with the wide side of the triangle, rolling down to the point. Place them on a greased baking sheet with the point side tucked under. Brush tops lightly with butter. Cover and let rise until doubled in size. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.


Sunday, March 23, 2008

Super Easy Mac & Cheese

This is from our friend, Vicki. It is so yummy!

1 can (14 1/2 oz) chicken broth
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp uncooked elbow macaroni
3/4 cup evaporated milk
2 Tbsp butter, cut up
2 tsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium-size baking dish (about 8x10), combine broth, macaroni, evaporated milk, butter, flour, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Stir after 15 minutes and again after 30 minutes. (Sometimes after it has baked for 40 minutes, the sauce still isn't thick so I just put it back in for 5 more minutes to thicken it up.) Remove from oven, stir in cheese until melted. Makes 4 servings. When doubling, bake in a 9x13 pan.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

German Pancakes

I've been wanting to post this recipe for about a month now but I lost it and kept forgetting to ask Corrine for it, so here it is now...

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. When oven is just about there put appx. 3 Tbsp butter in a 9 x 13 pan and put it in the oven to heat the pan up and melt the butter.

Beat together
1 c flour
1 c milk
6 eggs
pinch of salt

Once the butter is melted in the pan pour in the egg mixture and cook for 18 minutes. Serve while it's still warm with butter, syrup and powdered sugar. (or whatever toppings you like-Alison Parker made one once with fruit and buttermilk syrup and it was DELICIOUS!!!)

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Parmesan Chicken and broccoli pasta

Parmesan Chicken and Broccoli Pasta
4 oz. pasta ¼ cup Italian Dressing 2 cloves garlic, mined (I left this out)
½ pound chicken cut in cubes or strips 2 cups broccoli
½ cup tomato, chunks
½ cup mozzarella cheese 4 tsp. parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package. Meanwhile, heat dressing and garlic in large nonstick pan on medium heat. Add chicken and broccoli. Cook and stir 5-7 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. ( I used chicken I had cooked earlier in the week.) Add tomatoes and half of mozzarella cheese to the broccoli and chicken mixture. Stir to mix lightly. Cook until heated through. Spoon over pasta; toss. Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. ( I added a little extra Italian dressing over the noodles before putting in the chicken.

Inside out bacon cheeseburgers

We loved these hamburgers, they are a little more work than our normal burgers, but we loved them.
1 lb. ground beef
3 Tbsp. KRAFT Ranch Dressing, divided
4 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, cooked, crumbled
2 KRAFT Singles, cut into quarters
4 hamburger buns, split, lightly toasted
4 lettuce leaves
8 slices tomato
PREHEAT grill to medium heat. Mix meat and 2 Tbsp. of the dressing. Shape into 8 thin patties. Mix remaining 1 Tbsp. dressing and the bacon. Spoon about 1 Tbsp. of the bacon mixture onto center of each of 4 of the patties; top with 2 Singles quarters and second patty. Pinch edges of patties together to seal.
GRILL patties 7 to 9 min. on each side or until cooked through (160°F).
COVER bottom halves of buns with lettuce and burgers. Top with tomatoes and top halves of buns.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Beef Stroganoff**

Here is a recipe for beef stroganoff that I got off of , it was really good!

1/2 cup minced onion
1 lb beef (I used ground beef but you could probably also use sirloin/steak/etc.cut into thin strips.)
1 clove of garlic minced
2 TBSP flour
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
2 small cans sliced mushrooms
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup sour cream
rice or noodles

Saute onion in a small amount of butter. Stir in meat, garlic, flour, salt, pepper, paprika, and mushrooms. Saute for 5 minutes. Add soup. Simmer for 10 minutes uncovered. Stir in sour cream right before you serve it. Serve over rice or noodles. (I used egg noodles and they were tasty!) This makes appx. 4 servings.