Showing posts with label cooking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cooking. Show all posts

Monday, October 12, 2009

You Say You Don't Like Pumpkin?

A to Z Bread
Debbie Nance :-)

3 cups flour (white or whole wheat)
1 teaspoon each: salt and baking soda
1 tablespoon cinnamon or allspice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar (can use part brown sugar)
2 cups A to Z ingredients (see note)
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sift flour, salt,
soda, cinnamon, and baking powder; set aside.
Beat eggs in large bowl. Add oil and sugar;
cream well. Add A to Z ingredients and vanilla;
mix well. Add dry ingredients; mix well.
Add nuts. Spoon into 2 well-greased 9 by 5 by 3
inch loaf pans. Bake 1 hour or until bread
tests done. Makes 2 large loaves; freezes well.

Note: A to Z ingredients include, but need
not be limited to, the following: apples (grated),
applesauce, apricots (chopped), bananas (mashed),
carrots (grated), cherries (pitted and chopped),
coconut (grated), dates (finely chopped),
eggplant (ground), figs (finely chopped), grapes
(seedless), honey (omit sugar), lemons (use only
1/2 cup juice) marmalade or jam (omit 1 cup of
sugar), mincemeat, oranges (chopped), peaches
(fresh or canned, chopped), peppermint candy
(use only 1/2 cup, chopped), pears (chopped),
pineapple (crushed, drained), prunes (chopped,
use only 1 cup), pumpkin (canned), raisins,
raspberries, rhubarb (finely chopped), strawberries
(fresh or frozen, drained), sweet potato (grated),
tapioca (cooked), tomatoes (reduce sugar to 1/2
cup), yams (cooked and mashed), yogurt (plain
or flavored), zucchini (ground or grated,

Challenge: Can anyone come up with an
ingredient for "i", "j", "k", "n",
"q", "u", "v", and "w"?

Join in to the Fall Recipe Exchange!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Make Ahead Meals For Busy Moms Virtual Book Tour

I've never done a virtual book tour. And I'm a terrible cook. But I'm a mom, I suppose (do you ever lose that moniker once you've reproduced?) and I am definitely BUSY.

So the idea of a virtual book tour with a cookbook intrigued me. I could do that, I thought.

So, way back in September, I agreed to join in this virtual book tour, Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms. Send me a recipe, I told the publicist. I'll cook it up and post my results here.

The publicist liked the idea. She sent me a recipe. Here is what the author sent:

OK...for Deb Nance, I'm giving you my easy Teriyaki Chicken Recipe. You marinate it overnight and pour the entire contents into a baking dish at dinner time. Couldn't be easier!

Teriyaki Chicken

This is one of those meals I like to keep on hand in the freezer.

1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons water
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
½ cup less sodium soy sauce
¼ cup cider vinegar
¼ cup fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon ground ginger
8 - 10 skinless, boneless chicken thighs

In a gallon freezer bag, combine all of the ingredients except the chicken. Mix thoroughly. Add the chicken and seal. Refrigerate up to 24 hours before cooking or freeze in a labeled freezer bag up to 3 months.

~Cooking Directions~

Remove the chicken from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the chicken and all of the liquid in a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish (uncovered). Bake for 30 minutes, turn the pieces over, and bake for 30 more
minutes. This chicken can also be grilled on medium heat about 12 -14 minutes on each side. It is done when the juice runs clear. Serves 4 - 5.

This sounded pretty easy. I could do this, I thought.

But somehow I got it in my head that I needed to post this on SEPTEMBER 10. Of course, September 10 was also Meet the Teacher Night at school. I dashed into Kroger and snagged the ingredients and zipped home and set to work.

I had a few problems:

(1) I had zero time; I had to be back at school in minutes.
(2) I forgot to buy brown sugar. And soy sauce. (And, no, before you ask, I don't keep those on hand....I told you: I'm a terrible cook.)
(3) I spilled the orange juice all over the counter when I was measuring it. Orange juice is sticky when it dries. I was in a hurry. I found lots of sticky spots the next day.
(4) The orange juice spilled all over the recipe. The words blurred. I wasn't quite sure how much garlic power and ginger to put in so I just poured a big pile of it into the plastic bag and hoped for the best.
(5) My refrigerator was packed and I could barely find a place to leave the bag overnight. Someone apparently came through in the night and bumped the bag (Why would someone do this?!!) and the bag leaked out into a huge puddle at the bottom on the refrigerator. More stickiness.
(6) I was so tired the next day, after shopping for ingredients and preparing this meal and going to Meet the Teacher Night, that it was all I could do to put the chicken into the oven and bake it.

But it was good. Really good. Delicious actually, especially when you imagine how good it would be if I had actually used soy sauce instead of Worchestershire and brown sugar rather than honey. And if I'd known how much of the spices to include.

So I can't speak for anything but this single recipe as I never received a copy of the book. But this one recipe was quite good, very good for this busy mom, this terrible cook.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sunday Salon: Pumpkin Bread Time

Yep, I figure you can tell what I'm going to be doing today....Twelve loaves of pumpkin bread.

And what does that have to do with reading or books? Well, next week we'll be cooking in the library. Since we only have thirty minutes a class, I've got to speed the whole cooking process up.

Pumpkin bread for 600. Now that's a Thanksgiving feast!