Friday, February 28, 2014


Ever since my daughter tried beignets, she keeps asking me to make them. It makes me feel good that my daughter just assumes I can make them especially since I may make fried foods once a year. Just for her, I figured I would do it. If you have never had a beignet, it taste like a combination of fried dough and a doughnut. It is so light and delicious. This recipe makes a lot. We filled four large storage bags and still had some left over. I'm not even including the ones we ate in the amount of beignets I made. My daughter is happy. My neighbors are happy. Ben-Yay!
1 1/2 cups warm water (about 110 degrees)
1/2 cup sugar
1 (1/4 oz.) package of active dry yeast
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp salt
1 cup evaporated milk
4 cups bread flour
1/4 cup shortening
3 cups all purpose flour
oil for frying
powdered sugar for dusting the tops

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the water, sugar, and yeast. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, salt, and evaporated milk together.
  3. Add the yeast mixture to the egg mixture. Mix well.
  4. Add one cup of bread flour at a time. Allow to mix for 1 minute before adding the next cup.
  5. Add the shortening and mix for a couple of minutes.
  6. Add one cup of all purpose flour at a time until the dough begins to pull away from the side. The dough should not be sticky or more flour is needed.
  7. Knead the dough for 8 minutes.
  8. Spray a large bowl with nonstick cooking spray.
  9. Place the dough into the bowl and cover with a greased plastic wrap.
  10. Allow the dough to rise for at least 2 hours.
  11. Preheat oil to 350 degrees F. in a deep fryer or large pan. 
  12. Line a large plate with several sheets of paper towels.
  13. Place a cup of powdered sugar in a sifter and set aside.
  14. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
  15. Cut the dough into 1 inch squares.
  16. Carefully place the dough into the heated oil.
  17. Cook the dough for about 1 minute or until golden brown before flipping it over to allow the other side to cook until a golden brown color.
  18. Remove the beignet from the oil and place onto the paper towel lined plate.
  19. Lightly dust the beignet with powdered sugar.
  20. Serve warm.
Recipe adapted from Paula Deen.

One year ago........................................I made PB Nutella Oatmeal.
Two years ago......................................I made Agent P Sandwich.
Did you already know..............................
-Beignets are very popular in New Orleans especially the French Quarter.
-In 18th century, the French immigrants brought beignets to Louisiana.
-A beignet is a square doughnut with no hole in the middle of it which has been sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cajun Biscuits

Have you ever been to Louisiana? Maybe you've been to Mardi Gras? Maybe you are heading to Mardi Gras which begins next week? I will admit I've never been to Mardi Gras but it sounds so wild. I have been to New Orleans and walked down Bourbon Street. I enjoy Cajun food so I figured I would make some biscuits with a little heat. I did forget to tell my husband so he was pleasantly surprised.
Cajun Biscuits
2 cups all purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and garlic powder.
  4. Cut in the butter until it resembles course meal.
  5. Mix in the sour cream and milk until just incorporated.
  6. Roll out the dough about 1 inch thickness onto a lightly floured surface.
  7. Cut out the biscuits into 2 inch circles.
  8. Space the biscuits about 2 inches apart onto the baking sheet.
  9. Bake the biscuits for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Serve immediately.
Recipe by Jen of Sweet Morris.

One year ago...........................I made Macaroni and Cheese.
Two years ago.........................I made Butterscotch Fondue.
Did you already know..............
-The capital of Louisiana is Baton Rouge.
-In Louisiana, the largest city is New Orleans. 
-Louisiana is divided into parishes and not counties.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Soup Bread Bowls

When I think of bread bowls, I always have images of Boston and San Francisco. I think of a hearty chowder in Boston or the wonderful sourdough bread in San Francisco. My husband told me that he thinks of Maine since he notices it at the local restaurants. When my oldest daughter came home to visit, her boyfriend asked for some lobster chowder. I figured I would make it in bread bowls. My youngest son thought this was the most awesomest thing ever. He could eat his soup and then the bowl. He loved it. 
Bread Bowls
5 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup white whole wheat flour
1/4 cup dry milk
1 (1/4 oz.) package of instant yeast
2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup warm water

  1. In a large bowl, combine 3 cups all purpose flour with the white whole wheat flour, dry milk, yeast, salt, vegetable oil, and the warm water.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of all purpose flour until the dough is no longer too sticky.
  3. Knead the dough for 8 minutes until the dough is smooth.
  4. Allow the dough to rise for 45 minutes.
  5. Divide the dough into 5 balls.
  6. Place the dough onto a parchment lines baking sheet.
  7. Cover the dough with greased plastic wrap.
  8. Place in the refrigerator overnight.
  9. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for 2 hours.
  10. Uncover and allow to sit for 30 minutes.
  11. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  12. Gently make several slashes on top of the bread.
  13. Bake the bread for 22 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow on the bottom if tapped.
  14. Allow the bread to cool before hollowing out the center for the soup. 
Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour

One year ago....................................I made NY Style Cheesecake.
Two years ago..................................I made Stove Top Mac-n-Cheese.
Did you already know........................
-In 1630, Boston was founded by the English Puritans. 
-In 1636, Harvard University was founded.
-In 1716, the first lighthouse was built in Boston.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Brazilian Banana Cake

My husband decided he was going to eat healthier this year. This means we have tons and tons of bananas. Yes, he should be eating them. So when I was looking for another recipe to celebrate the Olympics, I decided to go with Brazil. Brazil will be hosting the summer Olympics in two years. It was a great way to use some of these bananas up. This dessert taste a lot like banana bread. My children even ask me for a piece of the banana bread instead of cake. It is top with bananas and cinnamon sugar. When I removed this cake from the oven, the top was puffed up which went back down once cooled. I made two individual serving cakes to test the recipe before cooking the larger one. I didn't have to change anything. It was a big hit in this house. Now, what to do with the rest of the bananas I have?
Brazilian Banana Cake
3 Tbsp butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 egg yolks
3 cups all purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 cup milk
4 very ripe bananas, smashed
3 egg whites

2 bananas, sliced
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9x13 baking pan.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugar.
  4. Mix in the egg yolks.
  5. Add the flour with the baking powder.
  6. Add the milk and mix until incorporated.
  7. Add the smashed ripe bananas to the batter.
  8. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until a soft peak form. 
  9. Fold in the egg whites into the batter.
  10. Evenly spread the batter in the greased baking pan.
  11. On top of the batter, spread the sliced bananas in a single layer.
  12. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and the ground cinnamon.
  13. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the sliced bananas.
  14. Bake the cake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Recipe adapted from Allrecipes

One year ago......................I made No Knead Bread.
Two years ago....................I made Blackened Chicken.
Did you already know........
-The 2016 Summer Olympics will be held at Rio de Janeiro.
-Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city of Brazil.
-Rio de Janeiro means River of January in Portuguese.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


I have seen this cheese bread shown often during the Olympics. I figured I would have to make it since I love cheese. I actually thought it would be similar to our cheese bread. No, it is not like our gooey Italian cheese bread. My husband was very surprised and said it's sweet. It is actually sweet like a danish but not as sweet as the danishes found in the store. I've seen recipes that call for yeast but I decided to go with this version. Some recipes have raisins in them. Others have the bread topped with sprinkles and powdered sugar. It would be an easy addition to serve at a meal.
Vatrushka Russian Cheese Bread
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vinegar

1 egg yolk whisked for the top

Cheese filling:
1/3 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp sour cream
1 egg
pinch of salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2.  In a large bowl, combine the milk, vegetable oil, sugar, and egg.
  3. Add the flour and salt. Mix to combine.
  4. In a small cup, combine the baking soda and vinegar.
  5. Immediately add the baking soda mixture to the flour mixture. Mix until a form of dough forms.
  6. Divide the dough into 8 balls.
  7. Place the balls of dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. With the bottom of a floured cup, press the cup into the ball of dough to form a well. 
  9. Lightly brush the edges of the dough with the egg yolk.
  10. In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, sugar, sour cream, egg, and salt. Mix to incorporate. 
  11. Add the cheese mixture into the center of the dough. Do not overfill.
  12. Bake the dough for about 18 minutes or until golden brown.
Recipe adapted from hep-i-book'a.

One year ago................................I made Macerated Strawberries.
Two years ago..............................I made Mexican Chocolate Cake.
Did you already know.................
-Vatrushka often have raisins and other dried fruit in them.
-Vatrushka is popular in Eastern Europe.
-Vatrushka derives it's name from 'vatra' which means fire.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Blini Pancakes

As a kid, I would make pancakes all the time. I guess I still make pancakes often. I have made English pancakes and German pancakes so why not Russian pancakes. Russian pancakes uses yeast and buckwheat flour. This version had pepper added. My husband and son loved them. My daughter wanted her typical sweet pancakes so she wasn't happy. I liked them but I would pick a sweeter pancake for breakfast. However, I would make these again but at suppertime. 
Blini Russian pancakes
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 (1/4 oz.) package of yeast
1 cup warm milk
1 egg yolk
1 egg white
oil for the pan

  1. In a large bowl, combine the buckwheat flour, all purpose flour, pepper, and salt.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the warm milk with the yeast. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the egg yolk to the flour mixture and slowly whisk in the yeast mixture to form a smooth batter.
  4. Cover the batter and allow to rest for one hour.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk the egg white until soft peaks form.
  6. Fold the egg white into the batter.
  7. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  8. Lightly grease the pan.
  9. Add about 1/4 cup of batter to the skillet. 
  10. Once small bubbles form on top then flip the blini over to allow the other side to cook.
  11. Continuing cooking the remaining batter in 1/4 cup increments until all the batter has been cooked. Oil the skillet when needed.
  12. Serve warm.
Recipe adapted from The Cook's Guide to Bread Cookbook.

One year ago...................................I made Pie Crust.
Two years ago.................................I made Ham, Cheese, and Egg Panini.
Did you already know.....................
-Some popular toppings are caviar, sour cream, chopped hard boiled eggs, or salmon.
-A single blini is called a blin.
-Blini are not the same as the unleavened blintz.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Spartak Cake

Do you have any plans for today? Do you go out or stay in? Do you ask anyone to be your Valentine whether it is your spouse, special someone, friend, niece, yourself? Can you tell I really like Valentine's Day? It is a nice way for me to express to the people you love. For me, it is my family. I don't just buy my husband a gift but also the kids too. I even make my family a nice dinner. It is always Chicken Parmesan with Fettuccine Alfredo. If I'm going to change anything, it will be the dessert. Maybe this dessert? To make this cake, I used two different sources since I wanted to make two different types of layers. It is a pretty cake. 
Spartak Cake
White layer:
1 egg
1 cup sugar
4 Tbsp butter, softened
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp baking soda
3 cups flour

  1. In a heatproof medium bowl, beat together the egg and sugar. 
  2. Add the butter, milk, and baking soda. Mix until smooth.
  3. Place the bowl on top of a pot with boiling water to make a double boiler.
  4. Heat the mixture for 10 minutes. Stir continuously.
  5. Remove the bowl from the heat and immediately add the flour. Mix well.
  6. Set aside and allow to cool for 20 minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  8. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about a 1 inch thickness.
  9. Line a base of a springform pan with parchment paper.
  10. Place the dough over the base of a springform pan.  
  11. Cut around the excess dough from around the springform base.
  12. Bake the dough for about 5 minutes or until the dough is golden brown. 
  13. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for several minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.  
  14. Repeat rolling out the rest of the dough steps 8 through 12.
  15. Any remaining scraps bake since it is needed for the sides of the cake.
  16. Allow the cake rounds to cool completely.
Chocolate layer:
3/4 cups butter1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp vinegar
2 cups flour
1 egg

  1. In a sauce pan, melt the butter, milk, and cocoa powder over low heat while stirring.
  2. Once the mixture is smooth, stir in the sugar and then remove from heat.
  3. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the baking soda with the vinegar.
  5. Stir the baking soda mixture into the cooled slightly butter mixture. 
  6. Add one cup of flour to the butter mixture. Stir until incorporated.
  7. Add one egg and stir. 
  8. Stir in another cup of flour. Mix well. The batter should become a soft dough.
  9. Form a ball with the dough and wrap with plastic wrap. Press down onto the dough to disk. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  10. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about a 1 inch thickness.
  11. Line a base of a springform pan with parchment paper. 
  12. Place the dough over the base of a springform pan.  
  13. Cut around the excess dough from around the springform base.
  14. Bake the dough for about 4 minutes or until the dough is baked through.
  15. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for several minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack. 
  16. Repeat rolling out the rest of the dough steps 8 through 12.
  17. Any remaining scraps bake since it is needed for the sides of the cake.
  18. Allow the cake rounds to cool completely.
12 oz. unsalted butter, softened
1 can sweetened condensed milk
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
pinch of salt 

2 cups whip cream

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the butter and condensed milk until incorporated.
  2. Add the cream cheese and salt. Mix until incorporated.
  3. Fold in the whip cream.
Cake Assembly:
  1. Frost one completely cooled white cake layer with the frosting.
  2. Place onto cake stand/plate.
  3. Frost a chocolate cake layer with frosting and place on top of the white cake layer.
  4. Repeat frosting a white cake layer and place on top of the chocolate layer.
  5. Continue frosting the layers and alternating between the white layer and the chocolate layer until there is four layers left.
  6. With the remaining frosting, completely cover the top and the sides with the frosting. 
  7. With the remaining cake layers, crush into crumbs.
  8. Cover the sides of the cake with the cake crumbs.
  9. Refrigerate the cake for 10 hours before serving.
The white layer and frosting is adapted from Natasha's kitchen. The chocolate layer is adapted from Grab and Go Recipes.

One year ago...............................I made Vanilla Cupcakes.
Two years ago.............................I made Heart Pie Pops.
Did you already know...................
-Я люблю́ тебя́ means I love you in Russian.
-To say I love you in Russian is pronounced "lyoo-BEET".
-Check out USAToday for pickup lines said in Russian. 

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pirozhki Meat Pies

If you had told me that I would like a cabbage egg filled pastry, I would not have believed you. I would rather eat beets over cabbages and hard boiled eggs. Pirozhok (plural for Pirozhki) remind me of hot pockets. They take awhile to make but they make a lot. I'm going to freeze any leftovers so we can just reheat them for a quick supper one night. I also made a hamburger filling but the cabbage egg filling was more popular in my house. Sometimes I read a recipe and wonder how well my family will like me tonight if I make it. I'm glad I decided to do it. If you aren't brave enough to try the filling, the dough is delicious.
2 cups milk, warm
1 Tbsp sugar
1 (1/4 oz) package of active yeast
2 Tbsp melted butter
1 egg
1 tsp salt
6 cups flour
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 medium cabbage, finely chopped
6 hard boiled eggs
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg yolk, whisked

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. 
  2. In a small bowl, combine the warm milk, sugar, and yeast. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, egg, salt, and 1 cup flour.
  4. Stir in the yeast mixture.
  5. Add one cup of flour to the milk mixture until the ball of dough forms.
  6. Cover and allow to rise for 1 hour.
  7. In a large skillet, melt the butter.
  8. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes.
  9. Add the cabbage and saute for 5 minutes.
  10. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Remove the skillet from heat.
  12. Chop up the 6 hard boiled eggs.
  13. Add the boiled eggs to the skillet and combine until incorporated. Set aside.
  14. On a floured surface, roll out the dough about 5 inch diameter.
  15. Add the filling in the middle and fold over. Pinch the edges to close.
  16. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  17. Place the filled dough onto the baking sheet about 3 inches apart.
  18. Brush the top of the dough with the egg yolk.
  19. Bake the Pirozhok for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.

One year ago.....................................I made Chicken and Sausage Gumbo.
Two years ago..................................I made Mushroom Soup.
Heart Shape for Valentine's Day!
Did you already know......................
-Pirozhki is a pastry filled like a pirogi, turnover, and dumpling.
-Pirozhki can have savory or sweet fillings.
-Historically, pirozhki were filled with duck, goose, and rabbit meat.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Borscht Soup

When I decided to try making some Russian cuisine, I really had only tried beef stroganoff. I asked several friends and family for different recipes I should try. Borscht was often mentioned. We like beets (besides the husband). We like carrots so I figured I would make it. It is a beautiful reddish purple color. There is plenty of vegetables in the dish which is always a plus. It was a mild carrot, cabbage, and beet taste. I shouldn't have been surprised but my children liked it. The husband bravely tried a spoonful then disappeared. It is a great dish to make on a cold, winter day.
Borscht Soup
32 oz. chicken broth
3 russet potatoes, small cubed
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
8 oz. carrots, julienne
2 beets, julienne
12 oz. cole slaw mix
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup tomato paste
salt and pepper to taste

  1. In a large pot, bring the chicken broth to a boil.
  2. Add the potatoes and lower to medium heat.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp vegetable oil over medium heat.
  4. Add the carrots and saute for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the beets to the carrots and saute for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the carrots and beets to the large pot with the potatoes.
  7. Add the cole slaw mix to the potato pot.
  8. In the skillet, heat the remaining 1 Tbsp vegetable oil over medium heat.
  9. Add the onion to the skillet and saute for 10 minutes.
  10. Add the tomato paste to the onion with 1/2 cup of the chicken broth from the potato pot. Stir until combined.
  11. Add the onion mixture to the potato pot. 
  12. Salt and pepper to taste.
  13. Cook for 15 minutes.
  14. Turn off the heat and cover the pot. 
  15. Allow to rest for 15 minutes before serving. 
Recipe adapted from Mad Russian Cookbook.

One year ago.................................I made Chinese Chicken Noodle.
Two years ago...............................I made Nutella Molten Chocolate Cake.
Did you already know...............
-Borscht is served hot and cold.
-Borscht is usually garnished with sour cream. 
-Borscht is the national soup of Ukraine.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Beef Stroganoff

This is not my Momma's Stroganoff. My husband said this tasted nothing like his Momma's Stroganoff either. This sure doesn't taste like Hamburger Helper's Stroganoff. I will admit I have never made Stroganoff since I wasn't the biggest fan of it when I was a kid. My husband told me that he wasn't going to try it since he didn't like it. I said you have to at least try it. My husband ate a large bowl of it plus he said he would even make this dish next time. I think I converted him to Beef Stroganoff and he was so against me making Russian dishes. My children loved it. It is creamy and fulfilling. I used ground beef since my husband isn't a fan of steak but I'm willing to make these kind of changes for him. This is an easy quick meal which could easily be made on a weekday. My Mom always served Beef Stroganoff with egg noodles so I did the same but it could be served over rice.
Beef Stroganoff
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 1/4 cup chicken stock
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup flour
1 cup sour cream
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp minced parsley

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the ground beef and onion. Cook until the meat is browned.
  3. Add the Worcestershire sauce and stir.
  4. Add 1 cup of chicken stock and allow to cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the mushrooms and stir.
  6. Sprinkle the flour over the meat and incorporate well.
  7. Add the 1 cup of sour cream with the remaining 1/4 cup of chicken stock. Mix well. 
  8. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir frequently.
  9. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  10. Sprinkle with the parsley.
  11. Serve over noodles or rice.
Recipe adapted from Light 'n Fluffy.

Two years ago.........................I made Cream Cheese Lemon Cookies.
Did you already know..............
-Beef Stroganoff emerged in Russia in the 19th century.
-The origins of Beef Stroganoff has different versions but some believe it was named after Count Stroganoff.
-Many Russian dishes tend to be named after famous households instead of the chefs who create the dish.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Russian Meatballs

One day I hope to watch the Olympics live. Since I have to wait, I will blog about some foods I could encounter in Russia. Now, I will admit these may not be authentic recipes since I had to adapt them to something my family would eat. My husband loved this recipe which really did surprised me. He was the least excited about trying some Russian foods. I left out the tomatoes since I wasn't sure how it would taste with a sour cream sauce.
Russian Meatballs aka Tefteli
1 cup cooked white rice
1 lb. ground chicken
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp Paprika 
1/4 cup parsley
1 small onion grated
2 carrots grated
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp butter

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine the rice, chicken, salt, pepper, paprika, parsley, grated onion, and carrot.
  3. Form the meat mixture into 2 inch balls.
  4. In a large skillet, melt the olive oil and butter.
  5. Brown the meatballs. Remove the meatballs and place into a greased baking dish.
  6. Cover the meatballs with tinfoil and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Uncover the meatballs and bake for 15 minutes or until cooked through.
Recipe adapted from Let's Make Some Russian Food.

Sour Cream Sauce
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup grated carrot
1 tsp paprika
2 Tbsp flour
1 cup chicken broth 

1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup milk
salt and pepper, to taste

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter in the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and carrot. Saute for 1 minute. 
  3. Sprinkle the flour and paprika on top. Stir for 1 minute.  
  4. Whisk in the chicken broth and allow to cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the sour cream and milk. Lower the temperature to simmer. Cook the sauce until it reduces to a thicker sauce.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve the sauce over the meatballs and rice.
Recipe by Jen of Sweet Morris.

One year ago........................I made Heath Bits PB Cookies.
Two years ago......................I made Chocolate Walnut Tart.
Did you already know...........
-Sochi is located on the coast of the Black Sea.
-Sochi has subtropical weather so warm summers with mild winters.
-In Sochi, the Olympic village will host about 6,000 athletes.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Oatmeal Batter Bread

Yesterday, the ground hog saw his shadow. When I told my husband how we are going to have 6 more weeks of winter, he said we always do. We do live in Maine after all. Now, my children love winter. They put on all their winter gear and head outside to play. I actually think they play outside more in the winter than the summer. When their cousins visit, all four kids head outside. They make a snowman one week then the next week they destroy him. Today, I have scattered piles of snowman all over the yard. I would rather stay inside during this time of year. One of the best ways to warm the house is to bake some bread.
Oatmeal Batter Bread
5 cups all purpose flour
1 cup ground oats flour
2 (1/4 oz.) envelopes of quick rising yeast
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup butter
2 cups quick cooking oats
2 tsp salt
2 large eggs

  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cup all purpose flour, oat flour, yeast, and sugar. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the water and butter to 100 degrees F. 
  3. Add the butter mixture to the flour and mix until incorporated.
  4. Add 2 cups of all purpose flour, quick cooking oats, salt, and the eggs. Mix until incorporated.
  5. Add the remaining flour and mix until a soft dough forms. (More flour may be needed if the dough is too sticky.)
  6. Place the dough into a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. 
  7. Allow the dough to rise for 40 minutes or until double in size.
  8. Divide the dough into 2 greased 1 1/2 quart souffle dishes.
  9. Allow the dough to rise for another 30 minutes uncovered.
  10. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  11. Bake the bread for 30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
  12. Remove the bread from the oven and pan. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
McCall cooking school cookbook

One year ago.................................I made Cookie Dough Cupcakes.
Two years ago...............................I made Buttermilk Corn Bread.
Did you already know....................
-In 1891, Quaker Oats became the first company to feature recipes on its products.
-The first flavored instant oatmeal was Maple and Brown Sugar.
-The trademark man on the Quaker Oats box is known as Larry.