Friday, January 31, 2014

Pepperoni Cheese Bread

The Superbowl is this weekend. Will you be watching? Or will you be watching the commercials? I suggested we should have a Superbowl party and my husband said not this year. I think if it was his team then it would be sure but it is only my favorite team playing. Either way, we always watch it. I was thinking about some typical football foods like wings, nachos, pizza, etc and decided to make this bread. My oldest daughter taught me how to make this delicious bread. It is like pizza in a bread with no sauce. If you miss the sauce so much, you can always use it as a dipping sauce. I think this is the type of food to share in a group to make sure I'm not the only one eating it all.
Pepperoni Cheese Bread
1 pizza dough
6  Tbsp softened unsalted butter
1 Tbsp oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 oz. Mozzarella cheese
30 pepperoni slices

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. 
  2. Roll out the pizza dough into a long rectangle on a lightly floured surface.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the butter, oregano, garlic powder, and salt.
  4. Spread the butter mixture over the dough.
  5. Cover the butter mixture with the cheese.
  6. On top of the cheese, place the pepperoni. The pepperoni should be slightly overlapping.
  7. Roll each side of the dough into the center of the dough to form a long strip. Place the seam underneath the dough.
  8. Take one end of the dough and roll the dough into the side of the dough towards the other end to form a large circle. The dough should not be lifted off the counter. 
  9. Carefully, transport the circle to the parchment paper. 
  10. Allow the dough to rise for 30 minutes.
  11. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  12. Bake the bread for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
  13. Allow to rest for a few minutes before serving.
Recipe provided by Allie of Sweet Morris.

One year ago....................................I made Homemade White Loaf.
Two years ago..................................I made Baby Back Ribs.

Did you already know.......................
-The Superbowl was watched by more than 164 million people last year.
-The winner of the Superbowl receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
-The sterling silver Vince Lombardi Trophy is made by Tiffany & Co.

Go Broncos!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

I love Sweet and Sour Chicken from our local Chinese restaurant. Now, I know it isn't authentic Chinese cuisine but it still is one of my favorite dishes. The kids love it. I love it and most importantly my husband loves it. When we order Sweet and Sour Chicken, it comes with this crazy looking bright pink sauce. There are pineapple chunks with cherries and lots of fried won tons. No wonder we like it so much. So, I decided to try this dish on the family. I wasn't sure how my family would react but they loved it. It is pretty easy to make and cooks for an hour so I can get other things completed before dinner. My husband told me when we have this dish again we should double the sauce. The photos reminded me of a Chinese menu.
Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken
3/4 cup sugar
4 Tbsp ketchup
1/8 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 Tbsp Timari soy sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 cup cornstarch
3 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 lbs. chicken breast, chopped into bite sizes
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 bunch green onions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, ketchup, white vinegar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic powder. Set aside. 
  3. On one plate, spread out the cornstarch. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Set aside.
  5. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. 
  6. Coat the chicken in the cornstarch then in the egg.
  7. Brown the chicken in the skillet on all sides.
  8. Remove the chicken and coat the chicken into the vinegar sauce.
  9. Add the chicken and vinegar sauce into a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  10. Bake the chicken for 1 hour. Stir the chicken mixture every 15 minutes while it is cooking. 
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  12. Top the chicken with pineapple chunks and green onions. 
Recipe adapted from Six Sisters' Stuff.

Two years ago.........................................I made American Beauty Cake.
Did you already know.............................
-Sweet and sour sauce does originate from China.
-In China, sweet and sour sauce is used for dipping seasfood.
-Since tomatoes are not native to China, the sweet and sour dipping sauces found in China are different from the ones found at the local Chinese restaurants. 

I hope you have a wonderful Chinese New Year on Friday!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Fried Rice

Of all the recipes I have made over the years, there are some recipes I just tend to mess up. It's always the quick dishes I'm trying to make in a hurry like bacon. I don't know how many times I have burnt bacon. I think it's the standing there and being focused on one thing when I have children running around, phones ringing, and other distractions. Well, my husband always request his bacon crispy just not that crispy. I have also attempted to make fried rice several times but I was doing something wrong. So, we tend to go to a local Hibachi table where they prepare the food in front of you. I figured if I went enough times then I would learn the technique. Do you like my reasoning? When I made this recipe, the kids said it tasted just like when we go out to eat. My daughter asked me to make it again tomorrow. I finally made edible fried rice so next will be bacon. 
Fried Rice
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
3 cups room temperature Jasmine rice
3 Tbsp Tamari soy sauce
2 eggs, beaten lightly
3 green onions, chopped

  1. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add the onion and saute for two minutes.
  3. Add the carrot and saute for three minutes.
  4. Add the rice and continue to stir. Cook the rice for about three minutes. 
  5. Add the soy sauce over the rice and stir. Cook for 1 minute while stirring.
  6. Move the rice and vegetables over to the side. 
  7. Add the egg and stir constantly until lightly scrambled.
  8. Stir the rice into the egg to distribute the egg throughout the rice.
  9. Add the green onions and cook for 1 minute before serving.
Recipe by Jen of Sweet Morris.

One year ago.................................I made Hash Brown Potatoes.
Two years ago...............................I made a Mushroom Burger.
Did you already know....................
-Besides making fried rice on a Japanese Hibachi table, fried rice traditionally is cooked in a wok.
-Chinese fried rice has a thick sauce poured on top.
-Fujian and Hokkien fried rice are two types of Chinese fried rice.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Steamed Buns

Sometimes I crave steamed buns. I think it is the weirdest thing from my childhood that I crave. I haven't had steamed buns for years so when I was looking up recipes for the upcoming Chinese New Year I knew I would make some. The day I made the steamed buns I had two sisters stop by. My youngest sister didn't want any and she didn't remember having them as a kid. She is younger than me by seven years so it is forgivable plus she didn't live in Hawaii and Guam. The other sister is only sixteen months younger than me (yes, it is important to note that I will not allow her to say she is 2 years younger than me) well she remembered having steamed buns. She took a few home with her to give to my Mom since she had just been telling Mom about missing having steamed buns. My sister also told me the buns had the right taste and consistency but the meat was a little different. My kids and husband loved them. If you have never tried them, steamed buns are like a very soft roll with a barbeque pork filling.
Steamed Buns
1 (1/4 oz.) package of active dry yeast 
7 tsp sugar
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup warm water
1/4 tsp salt 
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup shredded cooked barbeque pork

  1. In a small bowl, combine the yeast, 1 tsp sugar, 1/4 cup flour, and 1/4 cup warm water. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture with 2 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup water, salt, 2 Tbsp sugar (6 tsp), and the vegetable bowl. 
  3. Mix until smooth and elastic.  Place the dough into a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise for 3 hours.
  4. Punch down the dough and sprinkle the baking powder on top of the dough.
  5. Knead the dough for about 10 times before transferring onto a lightly floured surface. 
  6. Roll out the dough and divide the dough into 24 pieces.
  7. Flatten out the dough slightly and place 1 tsp of the barbeque pork in the center of the dough.
  8. Wrap the dough around the pork to seal the dough in the center forming a ball.
  9. Allow the dough with the pork to rest for 30 minutes. 
  10. Place the dough onto a greased steamer plate with holes. (I used a nonstick cooking spray.)
  11. Add about 1 cup of water into a steamer and place the steamer plate at 2 inches above the water.
  12. Steam the buns for 15 minutes.
  13. Remove from steamer and serve.
Recipe adapted from Carol chi-wa Chung at Allrecipes

One year ago...................................I made Baking Powder Biscuits.
Two years ago.................................I made Pavlovas.
Assembling the buns before steaming
Did you already know......................
-Another name for steamed buns are called cha siu bao.
-In Hawaii, the steamed bun is called manapua.
-Manapua tend to be larger in size than the Chineses cha siu bao.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Breakfast Cookies

I figured I would try to make something a little different for breakfast. Something we could eat in a hurry before school. I was hesitant to tell the children these are called cookies since they would use this logical against me later. Mom, you've let us have cookies before so why not now? How could I win against that logic, right? So, I just told them to try them. My daughter first wanted to know why there are carrots in it. After some persuading, the kids tried them and liked them. Normally, I have to persuade my husband to try new recipes but he loves carrots so gladly took one. He really liked them. They are soft like a muffin. They are a nice change for breakfast. I used a food processor to grind the oats into a flour consistency.
Breakfast Cookies
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup ground oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup pureed carrots
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup rolled oats

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, ground oats, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the butter, oil, brown sugar, and sugar for about 1 minute. 
  5. Add the egg, carrot puree, and vanilla. Mix for another 30 seconds.
  6. Add the flour mixture and the oats. Mix until incorporated.
  7. Scoop about 1/4 cup of the batter onto the cookie sheet. Space about 3 inches apart.
  8. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes and cooked through.
  9. Allow to cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe adapted from Ellie Krieger.

One year ago.................................I made a Bagel Sandwich.
Two years ago...............................I made Orange Chicken.
Did you already know....................
-The largest carrot recorded weighed about 19 lbs.
-Carrots come in a range of color from white to purple.
-Carrots are healthier cooked than raw.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Baked Oatmeal

I received a bag of oats in my farm share. It wasn't a small bag. It was a bag of oats. What was I going to do with a bag of oats? I read if I put them into a food processor and pulse about 4 times then I would make quick cooking oats since they would be a little smaller in size. I figured I would make some oatmeal with it. I will disclose my children are not the biggest fan of oatmeal so they weren't very enthusiastic about this breakfast. They said they didn't like it. They stirred in more milk since they want their oatmeal creamy. Did this surprise me? No but I liked it. My husband loves oatmeal and he liked it so I figured I would share. It is an easy recipe and great for a cold morning.
Dotty's Baked Oatmeal
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup sugar
3 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
Optional: grated apple, cinnamon, or nuts

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a baking dish with a nonstick cooking spray. 
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the oil, eggs, and sugar.
  4. Add the oats, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
  5. Stir in the milk and optional ingredients.
  6. Pour into the baking dish and bake for about 35 minutes. The oatmeal should be golden brown and firm to the touch.
  7. Serve immediately with fresh fruit and additional milk. 
Recipe adapted from The Ultimate Bread and Baking Book by Linda Collister & Anthony Blake.

One year ago.................................I made World Peace Cookies.
Two years ago...............................I made Banana Bread.
Did you already know....................
-January is Oatmeal Month.
-Oats are a whole grain since they usually still contain their bran and germ.
-To get a quicker cooking oats, the oats are steamed and flatten more.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cookies and Creme Cookies

Do you like white chocolate? My youngest daughter hears the word chocolate then she wants some. My oldest daughter is like white chocolate isn't true chocolate so she'll pass. Well, how about some cookies with cut up pieces of Cookies 'n' Creme bars? I think the perfect treat for the kids to snack on while we are buried with snow.
Cookies and Creme Cookies
2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp vanill
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup Cookies 'n' Creme bars, rough chopped
1/2 cup semi sweet mini chocolate chips

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter with the brown sugar and sugar.
  2. Add the eggs one at a time. Mix until incorporated.
  3. Add the vanilla and mix well. Scrap down the sides.
  4. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until incorporated.
  5. Fold in the Cookies 'n' Creme bars and the chocolate chips. 
  6. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  8. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  9. Scoop the chilled dough into about 2 Tbsp balls. 
  10. Place onto the baking sheet spaced about 3 inches apart.
  11. Bake the cookies for about 14 to 15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the pan for 5 minutes.
  13. Transfer the cookies onto a wire rack to allow to cool completely.
Recipe adapted from here.

One year ago....................................I made Italian Ranch Dip.
Two years ago..................................I made Creme Brulee.
Did you already know.......................
-In 1994, Hersey introduced the Cookies 'n' Creme bar.
-The Cookies 'n' Cream bar does not say white chocolate on the bar. 
-Hersey makes Cookies 'n' Cream bars, kisses, and drops.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Bourbon Bacon Burger

Alright if you have kept your New Years Resolution so far, do not make this burger. Oh, this burger has bacon on it with cheese plus a sweet glaze. This burger is so good. Since my husband doesn't always want to drive about an hour so I can order a Jack Daniel's burger, I decided to look up a copy cat recipe. The glaze is very sweet and sticky. You will need a lot of napkins for this burger. I make pretty good burgers but my husband said this is the best burger I have ever made.Why Jim Beam and not Jack Daniel's? It is what I had in my cabinet. Sorry, Jack!
Bourbon Bacon Burger
1 1/2 lbs. ground hamburger
Bourbon glaze (see below)
4 hamburger buns
4 slices of cheese (provolone or American cheese)
toppings: lettuce, red onion, tomato, and bacon

  1. Once the glaze is thick and syrupy, cook your hamburger in a skillet to the desired doneness.
  2. Brush on the glaze on top of the hamburgers and allow to cook for a minute.
  3. Top the hamburger with the cheese. Cook until the cheese has melted.
  4. Serve the burgers with lettuce, red onion, tomato, bacon, and more glaze if desired. 
Bourbon Glaze:
1 tsp olive oil
2 tsp garlic, minced
2/3 cup water
1 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1 Tbsp Tamari soy sauce
1 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup white onion, chopped fine
2 Tbsp Bourbon
pinch cayenne pepper

Glaze Directions:
In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil.
Add the minced garlic and saute for a minute.
Add the water, pineapple juice, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, and brown sugar.
Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce to a simmer.
Add the lemon juice, onion, Bourbon, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Allow the mixture to simmer until thick and syrup for about 45 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Top Secret Recipes.

One year ago..........................I made Banana Bread Cookies.
Two years ago........................I made Jalapeno Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms.
Did you already know.............
-Bourbon must be produced in the United States.
-Bourbon is a type of whiskey.
-Bourbon must be made in new charred oak barrels.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Sausage Wonton appetizers

One of my favorite dishes my best friend brings over are some sausage wonton appetizers. They are so good. Well, I was thinking how much I like the Rotel Sausage Dip but I wanted to make it similar to my friend's way. They are easy way to serve dip while watching football. My youngest son helped me and we love them. My son didn't even want me to take some photos to share. He just wanted to eat them. So, I comprised with him and took a photo of him eating one. Boy, my son needs a haircut.
Photo by my youngest son!
Sausage Wonton appetizers
24 wonton wrappers
1 package of Jimmy Dean pork sausage
1/2 cup white onion, chopped fine
1 (10 oz.) can of Rotel, drained
4 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup crushed tortilla chips

  1. Line a cupcake pan with one wonton wrapper in each cup.
  2. Place another wonton wrapper on top of the other with the second wonton square sides sticking up between the spaces of the first. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. In a large skillet, brown the pork sausage.
  5. Add the onion and cook until the pork sausage is fully cooked.
  6. Add the drained can of Rotel into the skillet. Cook for about 1 minute.
  7. Add the cheddar cheese and the cream cheese. Mix until well incorporated.
  8. Cook until the cheese is melted.
  9. Spoon the mixture into the center of the wonton cups until they are half full.
  10. Top the mixture with the crushed tortilla chips.
  11. Bake the won tons for 15 minutes or until the wonton wrappers are fully cooked.
  12. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
Recipe adapted from here.

Two years ago.....................I made Burgundy Mushrooms.
My photographer
Did you already know..........
-Wontons originated from North China.
-Wonton means small dumpling or swallowing clouds.
-Wonton and dumplings tend to vary in size and thickness of the wrapper.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Winter Savory Chicken

Have you ever heard of winter savory? I received some winter savory in my winter share from the farm. I didn't know what to do with it. I googled it and saw it was used in a lot of bean recipes. My husband will not eat beans. I figured I would make a chicken dish with it. I loved it. I really loved it. My husband loved it and probably thankful it wasn't beans.
Winter Savory Chicken
4 boneless chicken breast
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp unsalted butter
2 springs of winter savory herb
1/4 salt
1/8 ground pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Remove any excess fat from the chicken breast.
  3. Heat a large oven proof skillet over medium heat with the olive oil.
  4. Add the butter to the skillet.
  5. Season the chicken breast with the leaves of the winter savory, salt, and pepper on both sides.
  6. Once the butter has melted, add the chicken breast.
  7. Cook the chicken breast for about 5 minutes and golden brown.
  8. Turn the chicken over and cook the other side about 5 minutes.
  9.  Place the skillet into the oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until a meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees.
  10. Remove the chicken from the pan and allow the meat to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe by Jen of Sweet Morris.

One year ago..................I made Bran Banana Muffins.
Two years ago................I made Lemon Frosted Cupcakes.
Did you already know.....
-Winter savory tends to be used for slow cooked meals like beans.
-Winter savory has a piney, peppery taste while summer savory has a milder flavor.
-Thyme is a good substitute for savory.