Recipes For My Boys: June 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thursday's Treasures Week 40

 I truly love to view your Treasured Recipes and Memories you share each week with us.  The recipes are always Delicious and Amazing!  You have got to be the best group of foodies anywhere!  I consider myself honored to have you visit and leave with us a beautiful piece of your life.  A recipe, or more,  you make for the ones that are special to you.   Thank you so very much!  Until we meet again, dear ones.....<3 and hugs!

NOTE:
Somehow my paragraph about my lovely co-hostess Joan, Chocolate, Chocolate, and More, has got sailing through cyberspace.  Please visit and follow her on her facebook page and also her amazing blog.  She is also on pinterest and twitter.  Please forgive me darlin'!
<3 and hugs! 

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dark Chocolate Chip Strawberry Shortcakes

I'm still trying to revamp recipes to make them a little healthier than my norm.  Healthier this time was adding flax seed and cutting down on the sugar.   One of my twins was more than happy to help this morning when I told him we were making this for breakfast.  He sliced the strawberries, added the vanilla and little bit of sugar.


Monday, June 25, 2012

Dark Chocolate Zucchini Banana Cake

My precious oldest son made 6 A's and 2 B's on his final report card for third grade!!!!  I wanted to make his something special that was a healthier than my usual way of cooking.  I asked and my gorgeous friend, Ann of Sumptuous Spoonfuls, shared her recipe for Decadent Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread I loved the recipe the moment I saw it.   I love ALL of Ann's recipes for that matter!  
A quick trip to the store for zucchini, braving Tropical Storm Debby's rain bands and a stop by the Dr.,  I was bitten and scratched by one of our kitties this morning, I was all set to cook.  The bread...my boys call it cake, it's that good, has the rich taste a dark chocolate, a hint of banana, not too sweet (you can adjust sugar to your taste), and very moist!  A hit!  A little dense and oh so good! 
Well, what are you waiting for?  Go pick, or pick up, some zucchini!  <3 and hugs! 



Dark Chocolate Zucchini Banana Cake

2  squares unsweetened chocolate, 1 oz each, melted
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup nonfat yogurt
1 ripe banana mashed, approximately 1/2 cup
2 1/2 to 3 cups grated zucchini,  I used one medium
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup unbleached whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup milled flax seed
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
cinnamon sugar to sprinkle on top

Preheat oven to 350F.  Oil or spray 9" spring form or cake pan.  
Melt chocolate according to directions. Cool.
Add cocoa, sugar, eggs and yogurt.  Mix well.
Sift together all dry ingredients.  
Add to wet ingredients and mix to incorporate. 
Pour in pan and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.
Turn and cook another 10-25 minutes.  Yeah, I know it's a wide range in time.  
I kind of lost track.   As always, my oven cooks different than yours.  Please adjust time accordingly.
It's done when toothpick, skewer or thin knife comes out clean.
Cool on rack and wait as long as you can.  Okay, go ahead and cut it now.  You deserve it!
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and enjoy! 





Enjoy!  Love and hugs! 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Breakfast Slider

We love to eat breakfast for supper.  Do you?  There is just something so comforting to it.  I always think of my Precious Mama when we do.  Frying up bacon and then scattering flour on the bottom of the cast iron frying pan to cook the eggs just right!  MMM...treasured food and memory.  I'm not cooking bacon now but thought I would share since it's breakfast and all.  <3

I made this sandwich for my hubby the other night and he really like it, I did too!  The boys like their egg scrambled while we like our a little runny.  Eggs, sausage, hash browns, onions, pepper jack cheese, garlic and thyme.  Are you ready to eat?  Well, here you go then !  Enjoy!  <3 and hugs!

Breakfast Slider

1 lb bulk sausage, sliced or sausage patties, country, maple, hot, sage or season your own
or ground sirloin
eggs
pepper jack cheese, shredded
hash browns, I used frozen diced ones
1/4 minced onions
1-2 cloves minced garlic
dried thyme
sea salt, to taste
freshly ground pepper, to taste
 dinner rolls or slices of bread cut in rounds

Make sausage, or sirloin, into patties and cook until done.  Temperature should be 160 degrees for pork.  Cook sirloin the way you like it.
Put on paper towels to soak up the grease.  Blot tops.
Save a little grease, if desired, and add oil to cook hash browns according to directions.
Add hash browns, onions and garlic.  Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
Grate cheese.
When the hash browns are almost done on the flip side, toast rolls or bread rounds that have been cut with a cookie cutter or coffee mug.
To microwave eggs:  Crack an egg in a coffee cup/mug.
Sprinkle with thyme.
Cook at medium heat (1100 watt microwave) for 30 seconds or until the white is cooked on top.  Carefully flip it over and cook another 5 to 10 seconds or until your cooked the way you like your egg.  WATCH CAREFULLY!
If using diced potatoes, mash potatoes and onions until stuck together like the shredded ones.
Place on toasted rolls or toast rounds.
Top with shredded pepper jack cheese.
Place sausage, or sirloin, patty on top of cheese.
Top with egg.  Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
Add additional cheese, if desired.  







Thursday's Treasures Week 39

It's once again time for our weekly buffet!  I absolutely love coming here and viewing your treasured recipes and memories that you so kindly share with us.  Thank you so much!  

This week,  gorgeous Lisa,  of Lisa's Dinnertime Dish, is co-hosting with Joan and I!  Lisa is such a lovely lady, inside and out.  I just adore her and love all her delicious recipes she shares.  Please visit and follow, Lisa's blog and facebook page. 

As always, I just love having beautiful Joan, Chocolate, Chocolate and More, co-host with me each week.  Her recipes are amazing!  Please visit and follow, Joan's blog and facebook page.  You will be very happy you did!  

Last week's most viewed recipes were......








Please let me know if you would like to co-host Thursday's Treasures one week.  We'd love to have you join us!  <3 and hugs! 

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Now......Let's Party!

Link to your recipe directly, not your blog.
Link back to this post.
Please follow my blog, facebook, pinterest, twitter, e-mail, rss...you get it.  Whatever is your favorite way to follow to stay up to date.
Please do the same with my lovely co-hostesses.
Share as many recipes as you like. The party is open all week.
Please visit others...they appreciate it as much as we do.
Leave a comment.  I love to know you were here.  
Y'all have a beautiful week.  Be good to yourselves and each other.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Peach Clafoutis

The combination of creamy custard and baked fruit is wonderful together!  Served warm with powdered sugar......Oh My Gosh,  you are going to love it!  I made this for my hubby on Father's Day, it was the perfect ending to an amazing day!

Peach Clafoutis 

4-6 ripe peaches, peeled and sliced
(enough to cover bottom of 10" cast iron skillet or cake pan)
5 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups milk, I used 2%
 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
pinch sea salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Nutmeg, or cinnamon stick, to grate over the top
Powdered sugar, as needed for serving

Preheat oven to 350F.  Butter a 10" cast iron skillet or cake pan generously. 
Put sliced peaches in skillet or pan.
Mix beaten eggs, milk, sugar, flour, sea salt and vanilla extract until smooth. 
Pour into skillet or pan.  Peaches will come to the top.
Grate nutmeg or cinnamon over the top.
Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 40-55 minutes.  

Until lightly browned and firm to touch.  

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Serve at room temperature sprinkled with powdered sugar.  Enjoy! <3 and hugs! 



Saturday, June 16, 2012

Picture Tiles

I always take a LOT of pictures.  And, I do mean a LOT!  There is a camera with me 99% of the time.  When I go out the door I grab my camera before I do my phone, which is does nothing except help me locate my hubby while we shop, btw.  At any given time there is a camera, if not two, in my purse, pocket or hand.  ~smile~  It is only natural, then, for me to give gifts of pictures for all occasions.  Whether it is DVD's for the teachers at the end of school or my last project..picture tiles.  They can be placed on an easel on your desk, used as coasters and I'm certain I can find a way to hang them on the wall.  I made these for an end of the year present for my twins pre-k teachers.   I'm going to make them again for hubby as a gift for Father's Day along with a picture of our oldest son.  You can have your child draw or write something to put on the tiles instead of, or in addition to, the pictures.  These are so very easy to do and can be made in no time at all.  Run to Lowes to pick up some tiles and hurry back to make these adorable gifts in time for Sunday.  Have fun!  <3 and hugs!


Picture Tiles

tiles..any size you want
mod podge
foam paint brush
spray can of clear acrylic sealant that is moisture proof if using for coasters
newspapers, optional

Pick out your precious pictures and trim to fit your tiles.
Apply a layer of mod podge on the back of the picture.
Place picture on tile leaving a border, if desired
Once dry, apply a coat of modge podge.  
Let dry, takes 5-10 minutes, apply another coat.
Repeat 5 - 6 times.
Once dry, take outside and place on something you do not mind getting the sealant on.
Make certain the area is well ventilated. 
You may want to put newspapers down.
Spray according to directions on can.
Let dry and spray again.  
Repeat 5-6 times. 
There you go!  You have made an amazing gift for someone special! 

Happy Father's Day to all you wonderful Daddys!

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Roasted Caramelized Bacon Asapargus

This has got to be the best asparagus I have cooked!  It is caramelized, has a background taste of bacon cooked in it, a little peppery, a saltiness that is just right and topped with crumbled bacon.  MMMMM...I could have eaten it all!  Next time I will definitely cook two bundles.  <3 and hugs!


Roasted Bacon Asparagus

1 lb asparagus
3 pieces bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1-2 tablespoon bacon grease
sea salt, to taste
freshly ground pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400F.  Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray.  Rinse asparagus and trim the tough ends off by bending at the bottom.  The tough part will break off.  

Place on cookie sheet in a single layer and drizzle with bacon grease.  
Roll asparagus around to coat.
Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
Cook at 400F for 10 minutes.  Check and turn asparagus over.
Cook another 5-10, maybe 15 minutes depending how thick the stalks are or until crisp tender and they begin to caramelize.  
Put on serving plate and add more sea salt and pepper if desired. 
Sprinkle with crumbled bacon.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Blogger Inspiration - Sunshine Award times 2


I am so honored to be given the Sunshine award by two of my favorite foodie friends! Krista, Everyday Mom's Meals,  was one of the very first foodie friends I made.  She is always so very helpful, kind and loving. Her comments bring a smile to my face and make my day as well as others.  Bobbi, Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen, is another of my "old" foodie friends.  It seems like we have known each other on facebook for a very long time.  We have as far as facebook times goes.  She is a light that shines on those around her.  Thank you my dear, sweet, beautiful friends!  <3 and hugs! 


The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are: "Bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogoshere." The way the award works is this: Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. Answer 10 questions about yourself. Select 10 of your favorite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award! Don't forget to copy and paste the award on your blog!

10 Questions
 
1. Favorite color:  Colors of the Sea

2. Favorite animal Kittens, mini horses and mini goats

3. Favorite number:  3


4. Favorite drink:  
Diet Coke and Sweet Tea

5. Facebook or Twitter:  Facebook, too much at times.  ~smile~

6. Good Book or a Good Movie:  Cookbooks, I read them like books.  Movies with my boys.

7. My Passion:  My boys and making memories with them whether it is in the kitchen, playing or watching a movie.  

8. Giving or getting presents:  Giving. There is such a joy in seeing the faces of those receiving.  


9. Favorite day of the year:  Christmas and birthdays. 

Thursday's Treasures Week 38

It's time for Thursday's Treasures again!  Yay!  For me, it's.....Yay for the party, nay for the last couple of days.  My oldest has been feeling bad since last week.   While cleaning Monday,  I got sick all of the sudden.  Throat, nose, head, neck, tummy, fever, nauseated, can't eat...  I just don't feel well!  To top that..Hubby has it also.  Three kids home on the first week of summer vacation and we are sick.  Please forgive me for not visiting and sharing as much on facebook.  I'll try to visit..if I can get out of bed.

Please follow lovely Joan, Chocolate, Chocolate and More,  on her blog and facebook.  I love having her share with me each week.  If you are interested in co-hosting one week, please let me know in a comment below, e-mail or message. 

I love all the recipes linked up last week...such beautiful and talented foodie friends!  
The most viewed recipes last week were.....



LueBelle's Key Lime Cake


With A Blast Low Fat Pot

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Baked Cheese Slices

Don't you just love cheese sticks?  Fried with the cheese melted and pulling away with each bite?  I know I do!  I made mozzarella cheese , ricotta also, the other day and 2% at that!  It's been a couple of days and I needed to use it as I don't know how long it will last.   Fried wasn't really how I wanted to make these...baked was the way for me.   They turned out great.  Crunchy on the outside and melted, hot cheese on the inside without the greasy mess that accompanies being fried.  Here's to making cheese and then baking it!  





Sunday, June 10, 2012

Homemade Mozzarella Cheese the Junket Way

Have you ever been so determined to make something that you travel to every store you think may have it or may, on the off chance, know someone that may have it?  I searched the internet looking for a substitution for rennet to make my much desired cheese.  It was found online but I don't like to go that route...unless it is absolutely necessary.  I looked further and found recipes for cheese using Junket.  Off to Walmart I went and they didn't have any...here I go again!  I finally found it two stores later at Publix.  I came home and started making cheese...without a thermometer.  I ended up throwing away that batch because it didn't look like the pictures I have seen on the internet.  My cheese today didn't  set like the pictures on the internet but I proceeded anyway.  So glad I did because I made.......






Homemade Mozzarella Cheese..the Junket Way
makes about 8 oz.  double to make approximately 16 oz

Ingredients

1/2 gallon milk...whole, 2%, skim
5/8 teaspoon citrus acid...found at the health food store
1/4 cup cool water
1/4 tablet Junket Custard Tablets 
1/4 cup cool water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold water
1/3 cup salt

What you need

5 quart or larger stainless steel pot...heavy bottom and non reactive to the acid
thermometer
handkerchief (boil in water and squeeze dry), cheese cloth, even multiple coffee filters will work, see ricotta cheese post
8" fine mesh strainer
gallon container to catch whey
container to keep cheese in
How to make it
Heat milk slowly to 88 degrees.  Don't get in a hurry like I did.  I heated it too fast and had to wait for it to cool down to start!
While heating dissolve citrus acid in 1/4 cup cool water.  I used room temperature.


At 88 degrees, add dissolved citrus acid and stir, thoroughly mixing it in the milk.  It should start to curdle.
Dissolve 1/4 junket table in 1/4 cool water.  Pour into milk, stirring to thoroughly mix.  Let it sit, undisturbed, for 1-2 hours.  I let mine sit 2 1/4 hours.  
It should pull away from the side when sit.  
Mine did not look like the pictures I have seen on the internet.  There was curdled milk on top but the milk did pull away from the sides.  Cut into cubes..again, mine didn't work like the pictures but I did as the directions showed.  

Heat to 108 degrees, stirring until it is reached.  Then stir every 5 minutes for 35 minutes.
Mine got too hot..up to 111 degrees!  I stirred at 5 minutes and then again after another 5 minutes.  I noticed mine looked like it was going to dissolve so I only kept let it sit for 15 or 20 minutes.  You be the judge.  

Pour in the lined strainer over a larger container to catch the whey.  You may keep the whey to keep make ricotta.  I didn't because it is to hot in our house to let it sit out over night.  

Let it sit in strainer  for 15 minutes, until the whey has stopped dripping.
Pour 1 cup cold water into container and dissolve 1/3 cup salt, set aside.
Put the cheese in a microwavable bowl and microwave for 15 seconds.  Push the side of the cheese to release any whey.  You can save the whey for another use or throw away.

Try to pull the cheese.  It should stretch.  If not, microwave another 5-10 seconds until you can pull it.  
Add 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Stretch until shiny.  If it gets hard, heat in microwave again for another 5-10 seconds. 

 And pull until it gets shiny and form into a ball. 

Immediately put in salted water (after you take a picture that is!) to set.
Store in liquid up to one week changing every couple of days.
Rinse off before using.
*edit storage....Or, after cheese is set, dry off and wrap tightly in plastic wrap.  Keep it in the coldest part of your refrigerator.
It should keep up to one week.
There you go!  Congratulations, you made mozzarella cheese!!!!

Enjoy! 

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Microwave Dark Chocolate, Coconut and Walnut Bars

This is a fast treat to make in the microwave.  Easy to mix up and cook...what could be better in our hurried, hot days of summer?  I don't have a square microwavable pan so I used a round casserole dish.  Worked for me!


Microwave Dark Chocolate, Coconut and Walnut Bars

6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoons milled flax seed and 3 tablespoons water or 1 egg
2/3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (1/2 is very chocolaty)  
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds

Cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy.
Add milled flax seed, flour, baking soda and salt.  
Mix well.
Spread into a 8" inch microwavable pan or dish.
Mix dark chocolate chips, coconut and walnuts together. 
Sprinkle on top of dough, pressing slightly.

Microwave for 3 minutes (1100 watt microwave).  Turn 1/2 way around if you do not have a turntable.  Microwave 1 minute.  Touch and see if it springs back slightly.  You do not want to over cook these.  I cooked mine for 5 1/2 minutes and I should have stopped between 4 1/2 and 5 minutes to be a little softer.  They taste wonderful!  Enjoy! 



Thursday, June 7, 2012

Thursday's Treasures Week 37

It's that time again!  Time to share your favorite recipes and memories.  They always go hand in hand.  Food is always associated with memories.  Remembering the first time your son got straight A's when you have a orange cream smoothie.  Or, the time that you found out you were pregnant when you smell a pot of slow cooked baked beans.   Calzones remind you of your Daddy's visit many years ago.  Pleasure, comfort, sadness, gratitude are some of the feelings linked with special recipes.  Gather your recipes and memories and share with us.  We love to read, enjoy, savor, pin and make them!  
<3 and hugs sweetums!  

A huge thank you to all you beautiful friends, and you are a friend, that linked up last week.   Lovely Joan, Chocolate, Chocolate and More, and I share on our pages, Joan's page and blog btw, and also pin.  I pin all links, if I miss you please let me know.   If you can, please add a pin button for ease of pinning for all of us that love your recipes.  ~smile~  I have to tell you I'm terrible about doing adding it myself.   

Here are the most viewed from last week's party.  I hope to have a featured badge very soon.  






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Leave a comment.  I love to know you were here.  
Y'all have a beautiful week.  Be good to yourselves and each other.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

I have been wanting to make cheese since Joan, Chocolate, Chocolate and More, mentioned it several weeks ago.  I also found several recipes on the internet to make homemade cheese.  I never dreamed it would be so easy.   I decided to make homemade ricotta cheese with the ingredients I had on hand.  Using vanilla yogurt instead of whole milk regular, gave this a hint of vanilla that I really like.   The yogurt was also lowfat a plus since there is whole milk and heavy cream in it.  ~smile~  I also used coffee filters because I didn't have cheesecloth on hand.  Have fun and stick around.,,,,I'm going to try more cheese recipes very soon!  <3 and hugs!

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