Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
(I don't use a recipe with this, just add stuff 'til it's right, the way Gram did. So I'm making some estimates here.)
I love all the many different pasta shapes; pretty much anything you like will work ~ macaroni, fusilli, penne like I used today...
Cook your pasta according to the package directions.
In another saucepan, melt about 4 tablespoons of butter and stir in about 4 tablespoons of flour. Make a roux (paste, another thing from Gram). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in about 4 cups of milk ~ we like whole. =) Then start adding your cheese. We use whatever cheese is hanging out in the fridge, so tonight it was some tangy Mexican queso and some shredded cheddar. Mr. Browning likes the sauce thinner, so maybe 2 cups of cheese altogether. Save some to sprinkle on the top when you pour the sauce over the pasta.
I've heard of an infinite number of things to add like bacon, chives, bread crumbs...egg (if you're like our favorite president Reagan.) The possibilities are endless. Toss in whatever sounds good to you at the moment.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Go try them out!
Greenhouse Peanut Butter Cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter (do you like crunchy or creamy?)
1/2 cup sugar (go with the real stuff here, no faux)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg (guess which egg we used today)
drum roll, please...1/4 teaspoon almond extract (this stuff is strong!)
1 1/4 cup flour
Cream together the butter and peanut butter. Add the sugars, soda, and the baking powder. Beat in the egg and almond extract. Stir in the flour. Shape dough into 1 inch balls; make cross~marks with the tines of a fork. Bake for about 7 minutes at 375*. A baking stone makes great cookies, if you have one!
~I revised a recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book~
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
In a frying pan, over medium heat, stir
1 c. chopped onion
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 tablespoon oil
until onion is soft, about 5 minutes
2 tablespoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
(more if you like things hotter)
Stir about 1 minute until spices are fragrant.
3 c. chicken broth
and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
Drop meatballs into boiling broth.
Cover and simmer over low heat until center is no longer pink,
about 8-10 minutes.
In a small bowl or measuring cup
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/3 c. chicken broth
Add to pan, stirring until sauce boils.
Salt to taste.
Serve over steaming hot rice!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
This recipe only makes 1 1/2 - 2 doz. cookies. I like to double it and freeze half
in wax paper rolls for just baked cookies on a whim. Actually, these take no time to mix up, but frozen, they are nice to give to busy mommies to fix for cookie hungry daddies and kiddies!