Sunday, September 29, 2013

Teddy and Pizza

 Teddy says hi!

 I tried another new crust recipe.  It was not that great.  I don't know why I can't find one I really like but I will keep looking. 

 I forgot to take a pic of this one until after I put it in the oven. It is a truffle pizza made with truffle oil and topped with sliced mushrooms and truffle cheese.

 This one was topped with my homemade pizza sauce, mozzarella, and Italian spices.

 I drizzled more truffle oil over this one when I took it out of the oven.

 Once this one was done.....

I topped it with thin slices of prosciutto.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

My oven and my cooktop broke a couple weeks ago. They finally got the parts in and fixed them on Thursday.  Though I continued to cook for the shelter, it curtailed my activity a bit.  So, on Friday, I made them a big meal.
 I started by sauteing lots of peppers from my garden with diced celery and onions.

 Then I mixed together eggs, black pepper, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, granulated garlic and onion, S&P, and some beef stock.

 I used ground beef, ground pork, hot sausage and mild sausage.

 Add a sleeve of crushed crackers and then pour the liquid mixture over the meat and mix and mix and mix.

 I made lumpy mashed potatoes to go along with it.

 I always bake my potatoes for mashed potatoes.  I mashed for what seemed like hours and still had some lumps.

 Lots of potatoes.

 I covered the loaves with a lattice of bacon. 

 These baked at 350 degrees for almost 4 hours.  The internal temperature should be 160 degrees. They were huge.  I made homemade ketchup last week from my remaining tomatoes and took a huge jar of it to use on the meatloaves.  The guys were so happy when they saw and smelled these.  At home, my guys almost cried when they saw the meatloaves walk out the door.  So, after I finished at the shelter, I drove to the store and bought more ingredients.

 Then I came home and made my boys their own meatloaf.

 Today I am making homemade white bread.

The Blog Tech and his dad can have meatloaf sandwiches.

Friday, September 27, 2013

An Old Fashioned Zucchini Cake

Here is a recipe for a simple old fashioned zucchini/walnut cake. It is dense and very moist and it has cinnamon butter cream frosting.

In the bowl of your mixer, pour 3/4 C. of vegetable oil, 1 C. dark brown sugar, 3 eggs and 1 tsp. of vanilla extract.  Beat until combined.

Add 1-1/2 C. flour, 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2tsp. ginger and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg. Beat this all together.  Add 1-1/2 C. shredded zucchini and 3/4 C. chopped walnuts.

Pour the batter into a greased and parchment lined 9 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean.

Cool on a rack.

For the frosting, combine 4 oz. softened butter, 2 C. confectioners sugar, 1/8th tsp. of cinnamon and enough milk to make a spreadable icing.

I place it on a plate with wax paper around the edge to keep the frosting off of the plate.

This shows the consistency of the frosting.

Just pull the wax paper out after frosting.

This is an awful photo but it gives you an idea.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Pumpkin Yeast Bread

If you are a bit pumpkin crazy like I am at this time of year, try this recipe.  It makes some of the best bread ever.
 In the bowl of your mixer, add 1/2 C. water, 2/3 C. milk, 1-1/2 T. rapid rise yeast, 2 large eggs, 2 T. vegetable oil, 1-1/2 C. pumpkin puree, 1/2 C. light brown sugar, 2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. ground ginger, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg and a dash of ground cloves.  Mix in 6-1/2 C. of all purpose flour.  You might need to add a bit of extra flour until it forms a nice smooth ball.  It will be a bit tacky.
 Place it in a greased bowl and cover and let rise until double in bulk.

 Split the dough in half.  Place one half on your counter and press it into a rectangle.

 Tightly roll it into a log.

 The seam should be on the bottom.

 Place them into greased loaf pans, cover and let rise until they crest the pans by about an inch.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes until the internal temp is 190 degrees.  Cool on a rack.  This recipe is worth making just for the smell alone!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Fall Bed

 With the cooler temperatures, it was time to switch from cotton to flannel.

 I decided to go with buffalo plaid this Fall. And striped flannel sheets.

 I love nothing better than having a big comfy nest to crawl into.

 This used to hang in The Blog Techs room when he was a little boy.  Click to enlarge.

Now it hangs above this painting of Teddy. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pumpkin French Toast with Maple Apple Sausage

Today we are having a glorious Fall morning with crisp temps in the low 40's and I see that Colorado has their first snow.  I made my family a good Fall breakfast.
 For the pumpkin French toast, crack 2 eggs into a large bowl.  Add 1/4 cup of milk.

 Add 1 tsp. of vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg and 2 T. of brown sugar.  Whisk this together.

 Add 1/3 C. of pumpkin puree.

 Whisk until smooth.

 I used cinnamon bread which I baked the other day.  You can use any kind of bread you like.

 Dip the bread in the pumpkin mix for a minute or two.  Then place in a skillet with some melted butter and cook over medium heat until the toast begins to brown.

 This recipe makes about 8 pieces.

 This time of year, our local stores all offer their maple, apple sausages for sale.  Everyone has their own recipe. You can only get these for a few months but they are wonderful.  The are made with chunks of apple and local maple syrup.

Sorry for all the glare that is on my photos.  This is the culprit.  I have horrible lighting in my kitchen for photography.  I hope you are having good Fall weather if it is Fall where you live!