Sunday, June 30, 2013

Caramel Covered Pretzel Brownies

Look what I picked from my garden!
The first yellow tomatoes and the first red ones.  This is when you know you are old...when tomatoes excite you!

 If you need a very easy recipe for your summer holidays, try this one.  Though I have not tasted this, the guys at the shelter went crazy over it.

 You can use boxed brownie mix for this too!  So, it really is easy.  Just mix up a box of brownies and spread half of it in a pan.

 Sprinkle small pretzels in a layer over the batter.

 Then top them with the other half of the batter and bake according to the package directions.

 When it is done baking, cover the top with a jar of caramel sauce.  Salty, sweet, chocolate and caramel.  You can't go wrong with this.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Beemster Graskaas Cheese Polish Zapiekanka

I am lucky to have some really excellent cheese shops within 5 minutes of my home.  When they get Beemster Graskaas, I always buy a big chunk.  It is a wonderful cheese and perfect for Polish pizza (zapiekanka). I made some rosemary bread and turned the recipe into a breakfast dish.
 It all starts with some nice button mushrooms.

 Slice them thin.

 Place them in a bit of melted butter in a heavy skillet and sprinkle them with salt and freshly cracked black pepper.

 Place the lid on the skillet just long for the mushrooms to give up their liquid.

 This is the secret for cooking mushrooms without using lots of butter or oil.  Once they release the liquid, it is easy to brown them.

 Now they are very tasty!

 Place them on the bread.  I toasted the bread first under the broiler just to crisp it up a bit.
 Place the cheese on top .

 Broil until melted.

 Top with a fried egg sprinkled with fresh marjoram.


Friday, June 28, 2013

Wicked Cool Towels and a Spaghetti Recipe

Check out these really cool towels I found on ebay.  Click to enlarge the photo.
These are my all time favorite towels.
 I had leftover potlatch salmon from the other day and this is what I did with it.

 I cut the salmon into pieces and gently heated it.

 In a separate skillet, I sauteed some garlic in a bit of oil and butter and added lots of chopped fresh herbs from my garden.  I used chives, rosemary, marjoram, parsley, sage and oregano.

 I boiled some thin spaghetti.

 Then mixed it with the butter sauce.

And served the salmon over it.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Chik-Fil-A Chicken Sandwiches

I was recently informed that one of The Blog Techs favorite snacks is Chik-Fil-A chicken sandwiches.  I highly disagree with Chik-Fil-A's politics and I prefer to make my own junk food so I can make it healthier than the food chains, so, I made him some.

I bought some slider buns, spread them with garlic butter.

The secret to this recipe is to marinate chicken breast pieces in dill pickle juice.  Put the pieces in a ziplock bag and pour in some dill pickle juice.  Refrigerate them for several hours or overnight.  You can see the tinge of color from the pickle juice on the meat.

Toast the buns under the broiler.

Pour a bit of oil in a heavy sauce pan.  You only need about 1/4 inch.  Heat it over medium high heat.

Season some flour with salt, pepper and poultry seasoning.  Dip the chicken pieces in the flour, coating the entire piece.  Cook them until golden and drain on paper towels.  If the oil is hot enough these will not be greasy.

Place them on the buns and top them with some dill pickle slices.  These were really good.  Kids love them, even very big kids!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Blueberry Pie and Peanut Butter Cookies

I had a lot of blueberries so I made a blueberry pie.  I used the cream cheese pie crust recipe I showed the other day and I still think it is the best crust ever.

 It was a big hit with the fam.

 I also saw a new recipe for peanut butter cookies that looked very interesting.  It claimed that they were the best ones ever.  Now, I have made the same peanut butter cookies for years. They are the ones my mother made when I was a little girl.  I still have the recipe in her handwriting.  But I really wanted to try the new one I found.  Not a good idea.  They did not even come close.  They did not even look good.  My family loves cookies.  When my husband tried one he said....these are not your peanut butter cookies.

So, I learned my lesson.  When you have something tried and true and everyone loves it, stick with it.

I made them a bunch of my moms.

This is what the plate looked like in less than 24 hours.  Cookie piggies!  You can find the recipe here:

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Banana Cake and a Vitamix

I had some ripe bananas I needed to use so I tried out this recipe I recently found for a banana cake.
 It's very simple, very quick and very good.
For the cake:

2/3 C.sugar
1/2 C. sour cream
1 egg
2 T. melted butter
2 ripe bananas smashed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 C. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Combine the wet ingredients until thoroughly mixed.  Add the dry ingredients and mix until blended.  Pour the batter into an 8X8 square pan and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool completely.

 For the frosting:

4 T. butter
1/2 C. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2-1/2 C. confectioners sugar

Beat together until smooth and frost the cake.

 I finally broke down and bought a Vitamix.  This is one hell of a machine!

 You really can't compare it to other blenders.  This thing liquifies fruit.  I don't care for thick smoothies but the drinks I have been making with this thing are thin and outstanding.

 I've been mixing fruits and vegetables to make healthy green drinks.

I have a lot more experimenting to do with this machine but so far, it is fantastic.  It even cleans itself!