Saturday, December 18, 2010

Fresh Cranberry Fluff

I must say that this is one of my favorite holiday dishes. I have made it for the last ten years and always thrilled with how easy and Yummy it is.

You will need:

2 Bags of real cranberries

4 Cups of mini marshmallows

2 Cups of sugar

3 Cups of green grapes

2 Cups of walnut pieces

1 Orange

1 Large Cool Whip

Take your washed cranberries and food process them. They should look like this...


Once this is done add the two cups of sugar and the marshmellows
Chill over night so that it all softens
It will look like this...
Now, in a second bowl add your grapes, walnuts and orange zest
Combine the two mixtures Bowl 1 and 2...

Add your cool whip and its ready to eat!!! I hope you enjoy this as much as our family does.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas


1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, cut up and softened
3 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
2 (8-ounce) packages Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
2 cups whipping cream
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add onion, and saute 5 minutes. Add green chiles; saute 1 minute. Place in a class bowl and let it cool down a bit. Stir in cream cheese and chicken; cook, stirring constantly, until cream cheese melts.


Spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons chicken mixture down center of each tortilla.

Add some of the enchilada sauce (store bought) to insure the dish stays moist.
Roll up tortillas, and place, seam side down, in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Add the remainder of the sauce, sprinkle with Monterey Jack cheese, and drizzle with whipping cream.


Bake at 350° for 45 minutes

I didn't get a good picture of it after it came out of the oven, it was all melty and the cheese was bubbling. YUMMMM
Cranberry Muffins with Orange crumble topping

Makes 1 dozen
1 recipee Orange Crumble Topping (recipe follows)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
2 large eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream

1. Preheat oven to 400. Grease and sugar a 12 cup muffin pan; set aside.
2 Prepare Orange Crumble Topping; set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add cranberries, stirring to combine.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, butter, milk and sour cream.
Add egg mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened (batter will be lumpy; do not over mix).

Evenly divide batter among muffin cups (cups will be almost full). PhotobucketPhotobucket

Evenly divide Orange Crumble Topping over top of batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes.

Orange Crumble Topping
Makes 1/2 cup
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1.5 tsp grated orange zest
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 TBS butter, melted

1. In a small bowl, combine sugar, flour, orange zest and cinnamon. Add melted butter, stirring until crumbly.

Photobucket And yummm!!!!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies YUMMM

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies


Prep Time:30 minInactive Prep Time:1 hr 30 minCook Time:25 min
3 dozen cookies

12 ounces bacon, cut into 1/4-inch dice*
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup reserved bacon fat, chilled
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons bourbon liquor
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
8 ounces dark chocolate 65-percent or higher cocoa content, chopped into small pieces**
In a large saute pan, cook out the diced bacon until the bacon pieces are golden and crisp. Remove the bacon pieces from the fat and drain on a paper towel. Strain the fat through a fine sieve and measure out a 1/2 cup bacon fat and chill the bacon fat until it congeals and is set.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.


Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl. Beat the butter, chilled bacon fat, granulated sugar, light sugar, dark brown sugar, bourbon, and vanilla, in a large mixer bowl, until it is well combined.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the cooked bacon pieces and chopped chocolate bits. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto parchment-lined baking sheets at least 3-inches apart.

Bake in the oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Keep in a dry, airtight container for up to 5 days.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A great start for the day!!!

Make sure you have biscuits, fresh is best but from a can will work in a pinch.

Yummmm... Milk gravy with fried sausage.

I start with frying the sausage until its fully cooked, drain it and save just a small amount of the grease for your gravy. In the same pan I fried the meat in (after its been removed and set aside) you add a half of stick of butter. Yep, I said it, a half of a stick of butter!! Have your burner on medium and wait for the butter to fully melt. Once we have this done we add the little bit of grease we saved from the sausage and with a wire whisk, incorporate the two. Now slowly add 3 heaping tablespoons of white flour to the pan and use your whisk to create a rue. This is a thick paste. Once you have this add 2 cups of milk (use any kind you like) and wisk it until combined. Keep your burner on a med heat until it comes to a rolling boil, continue whisking for about 3 mins. Now, turn your burner on low and check it every few mins to make sure it isn't sticking. Always remember to add pepper and salt!!!

Now Im sure you know how to make scrambled eggs so I will just say, cook your scrambled eggs (4) the way you normally would and add the seasoning you like.

As you can see we are making a breakfast bowl of YUM!

Now we just add the gravy over the top and its done!!

Now, this is what I call comfort food!!