Showing posts with label buttermilk. Show all posts
Showing posts with label buttermilk. Show all posts

Monday, October 12, 2015

Buttermilk Waffles

Do you prefer waffles over pancakes? My daughter does. I prefer pancakes. When we are at a hotel, my daughter normally will make some waffles. My son just wants to use the waffle maker but he prefers eggs. Well, I surprised the kids by making some waffles. This recipe I created about twenty years ago. I didn't use the internet to look up recipes. I would use the cookbooks I had. Well, I wanted to make some buttermilk waffles but there were none listed in the cookbooks I had. So, I created this one. I served the waffles with whip cream, raspberries, and maple syrup. To serve waffles for breakfast is the best way to make my daughter a happy girl. My daughter even helped to cook some. She told me her Mickey waffles looked a little scary. I thought her Mickey waffles looked like they had been in a fight. I called her Mickey waffles: scrappy.
Buttermilk Waffles aka Bodiless Mickey
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup vegetable oil, plus to coat waffle iron
2 1/2 cup buttermilk
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

  1. Heat the waffle iron. 
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs until fluffy.
  3. Add the flour, oil, buttermilk, brown sugar, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 
  4. Mix just until smooth. 
  5. Carefully brush the waffle iron lightly with some vegetable oil. 
  6. Carefully, add some batter to the waffle iron. 
  7. Bake until golden brown or waffle iron signals done. 
  8. Carefully, remove and serve hot.
Recipe by Jen of Sweet Morris.

Two years ago.................................I made Roasted Tomato and Pepper Soup.
Three years ago...............................I made Roasted Vegetable Panini.
Four years ago................................I made Black Forest Cherry Torte.
Did you already know....................
-On November 18, 1928, Mickey Mouse made his first official film debut in "Steamboat Willie". 
-Mickey Mouse was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks.
-Until 1947, Mickey Mouse was first voiced by Walt Disney.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Raspberry Almond Bundt Cake

My daughter told me the raspberries were soft. Upon my review, the raspberries weren't soft but I knew she wasn't going to eat anymore. Since my raspberries were going "soft", I figured I better bake something with it. A cake was the perfect solution. My daughter liked my solution. The cake received nice reviews from my two guys. Anything with raspberries and almonds are great to me.
Raspberry Almond Bundt Cake
3 cups all purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
3 large eggs
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 cups raspberries
1/2 cup almonds, toasted
powder sugar, for topping

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a Bundt pan with nonstick baking spray and coat with flour. Sprinkle half the almonds into the pan. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, Cream the sugar and butter until fluffy.
  5. Add one egg at a time and mix to incorporate.
  6. Add the almond extract and vanilla extract. Mix to incorporate.
  7. Add a little flour mixture and then mix in some buttermilk. Mix until just incorporated.
  8. Gently fold in the raspberries. 
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. 
  10. Sprinkle the remaining toasted almonds on top.
  11. Bake the cake for 1 hour or until an inserter inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. 
  12. Allow the cake to cook for 10 minutes before removing the cake from the pan. 
  13. Sift powdered sugar over top before serving. 
Recipe adapted from Epicurious.

One year ago........................I made Mabel Sandwich.
Two years ago......................I made Peach Scones.
Three years ago....................I made Shortbread Cookies.
Did you already know...................
-Raspberries are native to Europe.
-In North America, black and golden raspberries are found in addition to the red raspberries.
-Raspberries belong to the rose family.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Blue Cheese Dressing

My friend at work gave me her favorite blue cheese recipe. I kept meaning to make it but I haven't been cooking lately. I have been lucky since my husband has been the one making supper. Well, I decided we were going to have salads for supper. Of course, I couldn't find her recipe. I remembered the main ingredients and I looked everywhere. She did tell me the site that she found the recipe but it didn't help since there a lot t review. I really need to be more organized. I will probably find it now that I found this recipe. So, I picked one. My children told me this recipe was there favorite dressing recipe of all time. My husband had to agree. I loved it but I liked garlic. This is a creamy recipe.
Blue Cheese Dressing 
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 cup buttermilk 
3 oz. blue cheese, crumbled
1/8 cup dried parsley
salt and pepper to taste

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients.
  2. Allow to chill before serving.
Recipe adapted from All Recipes.

One year ago...............................I made Dulce de Leche Flan.
Two years ago.............................I made Baguette Bread.
The kids loved using my little container to pour their dressing. I guess it is the little touches that make supper entertaining. They insisted that I should take their photo to share with you. My two cuties!
Did you already know.....................
-The mold spores of Penicillium are used to make blue cheese.
-Early blue cheese makers used moldy bread to create the mold spores in caves which the mold is naturally present.
-Today the mold is injected into the cheese or mixed with the cheese curds.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Green Velvet Cake

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Are you wearing green? Are you having a special Irish or Irish/American meal today? Maybe corn beef and cabbage? My husband did not have corn beef and cabbage on Saint Patrick's Day as a kid even though he grew up in an Irish household. Since I grew up eating it, we have it around Saint Patrick's Day. When I suggested making a green velvet cake too, my husband thought it was a great idea. This recipe was the cake my Nana would make. I know this recipe is over thirty years old. I did adapt it a little by replacing some of the shortening with butter plus I made it green instead of red. I'm going to provide the original recipe that I received. My sister wants this cake for her birthday but only blue.
Green Velvet Cake
4 oz. food coloring
2 1/2 Tbsp. cocoa
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs 
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour, shifted
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. distilled vinegar
1 tsp baking soda

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line two 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper and then coat with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the food coloring and with the coca powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream the shortening, sugar, and eggs.
Add the food coloring and cocoa mixture. Mix.
In a small bowl, combine the shifted flour with the salt. Set aside.
Add some of the buttermilk while alternating with the flour mixture.
In a small bowl, combine the vanilla, vinegar, and baking soda.
Fold the vanilla mixture into the cake mixture.
Pour the cake batter evenly between the two cake pans.
Bake the cake for 35 minutes.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan before removing the cakes onto a wire rack to cool.
Recipe from my Nana.

One year ago, I made..................................Creamed Spinach.
Two years ago, I made...............................Brownies
Did you already know..............................
-In 1762, New York City hosted the first Saint Patrick's Day parade.
-Due to pork being expensive, the Irish immigrants adapted their Irish bacon for an affordable corn beef since it was cured and cooked the same way.
-There are over 34 million Americans that claim Irish ancestry.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Tomato Salad

Summer, summer where did you go? It just seemed like yesterday that we had snow! Summer, summer please don't leave. Why can't you wait until Christmas Eve?

Since I want to hold onto summer just a little longer, I decided to make a tomato salad. If you like tomatoes, you will like this dish.
Tomato Salad with Buttermilk Dressing
3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tsp oregano
1 shallot, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. In a medium bowl, add the cherry tomatoes,
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, sour cream, oregano, and shallot.
  3. Pour the buttermilk dressing over the tomatoes. 
  4. Salt and pepper.
  5. Gently toss to coat the tomatoes.
  6. Serve immediately.
Recipe adapted from Pat and Gina Neely.

One year ago..........................I made German Pancakes.
Two years ago.......................I made Apple Strudel.
Did you already know............
-This year the first day of fall was on Sept. 22nd.
-The first day of fall is decided by the Autumnal Equinox.
-The Equinox happens twice a year when day and night are roughly equal in time.

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Boss

Yesterday, I told my son to tell his sister to wear a sweater or sweatshirt to school. He said she wouldn't listen to him. So I replied, "Tell her you are the boss." Well, I guess I shouldn't have said that but I wanted her to listen to him. Excited, my son told both of his older sisters that he is the boss and they better listen to him per Mom. My younger daughter was not happy especially when her older sister confirmed that I made the youngest person in the house the boss. My son was more excited about just being boss since he didn't boss his sisters around. So last night, my youngest daughter was complaining that she is never the boss so I told her she could be boss today. She then informed us all that we better listen to her since she will be boss. Then I had to clarify that I was making her the leader. My children told me leader and boss was the same thing. I said it wasn't. I asked them what a leader was and I like my son's definition of a leader. To quote my son, he replied, "A leader guides the team through an adventure." What a great way to look at life. Guess what? My daughter has already reminded us that she is boss today. It will be an adventure.
My children told me these are the best biscuits they've had.
Baking Powder Biscuits
2 cups all purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup buttermilk
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder,  baking soda, and salt. Cut in the shortening and butter into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs. ( I use my fingers with my daughters help but you can use a pastry blender or forks.)
  4. Mix in the cheese. 
  5. With a spoon, stir in the buttermilk until the mixture leaves the sides of the bowl and there is a soft, moist dough. (Add more milk if needed.)
  6. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thickness. 
  7. With a floured 2 inch round cutter (or top edge of a glass), cut out the dough pieces and place on the baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. 
  9. Serve warm.
Recipe adapted from Pillsbury The Complete Book of Baking cookbook.
One year ago................I made Petite Pavlovas.

Did you already know..........
-According to Psychology Today, leaders are made.
-It also says extraverts tend to make better leaders.
-There are many different leadership styles and ways for one to improve on being a leader.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Italian Ranch Dip

What is your favorite condiment? I like salsa. My husband would pick mayonnaise. My children would pick ranch. I have at least talked them into trying lite ranch which they liked. I tried this twist on the ranch dip and they liked it a lot. The best part was the vegetables I had for them to dip into their new dip. It helps to put the vegetables in cool little dishes.
Italian Ranch Dip
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup light sour cream
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt

  1. In a medium bowl,mix all the ingredients together. 
  2. Serve with desired vegetables.
Recipe adapted from Healthy Recipes Kids Love cookbook.
Did you already know.....
-In the 1950s, Steve Hensen served his dressing at his ranch in California.
-The name of the ranch was Hidden Valley Ranch near Santa Barbara.
-He would give his dressing as a gift to his guest and it became very popular so they began selling it in packets.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Smothered Pork Chops

Recently, I attended my son's school conference. It went well and his teacher told me how she liked how happy my son was and that he never complained. So, I told him what his teacher said then I asked him why he was so happy. He looked at me and said, "What is there not to be happy about? I have a good life." Isn't he great? Sometimes I feel like I must be doing a good job on some days. I'm just glad I don't receive a report card since it may say A for effort but C for child arrived at school one day with socks that did not match which would always be my oldest daughter's case since she is adamant about her socks being different. It's a fashion statement.
Since we have been eating a lot of poultry lately, I decided I needed a change and went with some pork chops. These pork chops came out really tasty. It was even husband approved. 

Smothered Pork Chops
1 cup all purpose flour
1 Tbsp onion powder
2 Tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp cayenne 
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
4 pork chops, bone in about 3/4 inch thick
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup buttermilk
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

  1. On a plate, mix the 1 cup flour, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper.
  2. With a paper towel, pat the pork chops dry to remove any moisture.
  3. Dredge the pork chops through the flour and shake off the excess flour.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil.
  5. When the oil is hot, carefully add the pork chops to the pan and fry for 3 minutes per a side until golden brown.
  6. Remove the pork chops from the pan and set aside on a clean plate.
  7. To the skillet,sprinkle a little of the seasoned flour.
  8. Whisk the flour into the drippings until dissolved.
  9. Add the chicken broth to the pan and whisk.
  10. Cook the broth for about 5 minutes until it thickens slightly.
  11. Stir in the buttermilk and return the pork chops to the pan.
  12. Allow the pork chops to cook covered in the sauce for about 5 minutes and the pork is cooked through.
  13. Season with salt and pepper.
  14. Garnish with the parsley. 
Recipe adapted from Taylor Florence.
One year ago.........................I made Cheesy Potato Gratin.
Did you already know...........
-Almost 50 million children attended public elementary and secondary school this fall.
-Over 5 million children attend private elementary and secondary school.
-The public schools employs about 3 million full time teachers.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Buttermilk Corn Bread

I will admit that I love Jiffy's corn muffins in the little blue box. If I am going to make chili, I'll cheat with the corn muffins. My Dad would say that isn't cornbread. He is a Southern. At Thanksgiving, his family serve cornbread stuffing. My Mother is a Northern and I live in Maine. I make bread stuffing at Thanksgiving. What I'm trying to tell you is I like my cornbread sweet. Growing up, my Dad would make us cornbread in a cast iron skillet and it was good. I make it from a box.
The reason why I'm telling you this is because I went ahead and made corn bread from scratch. I did. Guess what? It was good. I even offered my Dad some. I would never think about offering my Dad Jiffy cornbread. I want to live. How do you like your corn bread? I guess I should ask if you eat corn bread? 
Buttermilk Corn Bread
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Grease an 8 inch pan.
  3. Melt butter in a large skillet.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the sugar.
  5. Quickly add the eggs and beat until incorporated.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk and baking soda.
  7. Stir in the buttermilk mixture to the sugar butter mixture.
  8. Mix in the cornmeal, flour, and salt until well mix with only a few lumps remaining.
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  10. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Recipe adapted from all recipes.

Did you already know............
-Jiffy is owned by Chelsea Milling Company in Chelsea, Michigan. 
-The Chelsea Milling Company has been family operated since the early 1800s.
-In 1930, Mrs. Mabel White Holmes' twin boys brought two motherless boys to her home. Mrs. Holmes noticed the boys were eating "frightful looking sandwiches" and had the idea of making a mix that would be easy to make. Her husband thought it was a great idea and started to produce the mix at the Chelsea Milling Company.
-When Mrs. Holmes was growing up, their cook would say the "biscuits will be ready in a jiffy".

Monday, November 21, 2011


When I was a teenager, I would occasionally have to watch my baby sisters. My mom would tell me that I would have to cook them supper. I knew how to cook but I didn't. I have three younger sisters. (I still tell my Mom that I am an only child.) My sister who is over a year younger than me would cook all the time. So, I didn't. When I would ask my baby sisters what they wanted for supper, they would tell me cereal. Why argue with them? Cereal is great! My kitchen always has a minimum of five different boxes of cereal at a time. 
Growing up, there was one food I really liked to cook and it was pancakes. My youngest daughter has inherited my love for pancakes. I normally do not order pancakes for breakfast if we eat out. I like my pancakes better. 
Silver Dollar Pancakes

2 cups flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups buttermilk
1 egg
2 Tbsp butter, melted
vegetable oil or butter to coat the skillet

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Whisk the dry ingredients.
  3. Add the buttermilk and mix just to combine.
  4. Add the egg and still a few times just to combine.
  5. Add the melted butter and mix just to combine. Don't over mix.
  6. Set the batter aside.
  7. Heat a skillet on medium to medium low heat.
  8. Add oil or butter to the skillet.
  9. Scope about 1/3 cup of batter into the pan for regular size pancakes. Scope about 1/8 cup of batter into the pan to make silver dollar pancakes.
  10. Once the batter starts to form bubbles, flip the pancake. Cook about one minute and serve.
Recipe adapted from Katy's Kitchen originally from Pastry Queen.

 Did you already know............................
-In the past, buttermilk was the liquid left over after milk was made into butter.
-Today, dairies usually adds lactic acid to low fat milk to produce buttermilk.
-Buttermilk is low in fat and calories.
-To help with digestive problems, buttermilk is said to be a better choice than milk because of the lactic acid and it is quicker to digest.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Vanilla Buttermilk Cupcakes

My mother-in-law has told me that her father's favorite cake was vanilla with chocolate frosting. So when my husband's maternal uncles came to visit from out of state, I thought these cupcakes would be the ideal dessert to serve. I am glad I made them.
This recipe is perfect if you have buttermilk you need to use. The cupcakes came out moist and delicious. I think it was a good choice for any party. The frosting is the fastest homemade frosting I have ever made.
Vanilla Buttermilk Cupcakes
Makes 30 cupcakes
4 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
3 cups cake flour
2 cups sugar
4 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk, the eggs. Add the vanilla and ¼ cup of buttermilk to the eggs. Whisk well.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter and 1 cup of buttermilk to the flour mixture. Whisk together until fluffy about 2 minutes.
  4. Slowly add the egg mixture to the flour mixture. Combine well.
  5. Fill the cupcake liners about slightly over ½ full.
  6. Bake in the oven for about 18-21 minutes. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Let cool before frosting.
  7. Makes 30 cupcakes
Chocolate Fudge Frosting
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 cups powder sugar
3 Tbsp half and half milk
1 Tbsp vanilla extract

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate for about a minute in the microwave. Mix well and set aside to cool.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the butter and add the powder sugar.  Add the milk and vanilla. Pulse a few times.
  3. Refrigerate the cupcakes until ready to serve to set the frosting.
Recipe adapted from Sweetapolita.
Did you already know............
-Chocolate means bitter water in Aztec.
-The oldest and largest chocolate company in the U. S. is Hershey.
-Ancient Aztecs believed chocolate had magical powers like improve a person's strength.
-Fudge is a soft candy made from sugar, butter, and milk or cream.