Month: February 2011

  • Oatmeal-raisin coffee cake

    This is a simple coffee cake, not too sweet, easily made from things already on hand. 1-1/2 C flour 3/4 C oats 2 t baking powder 1/2 C sugar 1/2 t salt 1 C milk 2 eggs 1/4 C oil 1 t vanilla 1/2 C raisins (can substitute any dried fruit) Mix dry ingredients in…

  • Simple steamed eggplant salad

    This can be served cold or warm. I always eat it warm, because I love it too much to wait. 1 eggplant, peeled and cut into 1- or 2-inch pieces 1/2 to 1 C water Sesame oil, to taste Soy sauce, to taste Rice vinegar or cider vinegar, to taste Sesame seeds, to taste Bring…

  • How to make popcorn on the stovetop

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    When I was growing up, somebody gave my Dad a popcorn popper. It had a black heating element on the bottom, with legs, and a giant see-through orange/yellow top. In 1975, the first summer after he took a job as a journalism professor, he was home most of the summer. I’d be out playing with…

  • Things to mix with popcorn

    This came from a March 2009 issue of Better Homes and Gardens. They photographed ten containers of popcorn, and each container had been mixed with some other ingredients, so they all looked yummy. I’m guessing that most of these would be best mixed in small batches, because the popcorn goes stale really fast otherwise. This…

  • Disappearing chocolate bars

    It’s all too easy to run out of chocolate chips or baking chocolate — and that’s when this recipe comes in handy. It only needs baking cocoa, an easy thing to keep on hand. 1-1/4 C sugar 1 C butter, softened 2/3 C unsweetened cocoa 2 eggs 1 egg white 1/2 t vanilla 1/2 t…

  • Chocolate candy slab

    1-1/2 lbs chopped chocolate or chocolate chips (semisweet, dark, or milk) A couple of small handfuls of candy: Peppermint patties, peppermint hard candies or broken candy canes, nonpareils, butterscotch discs, peanut butter cups, broken Butterfingers or Heath Bars In a 2-quart bowl, place 1-1/2 lbs of chopped chocolate or chocolate chips. Add 1/4 C shortening…

  • Grownup gumdrops

    I love the texture of gumdrops, but the flavor of the cheap ones can be appalling. Here are a couple of sophisticated, homemade alternatives. Coconut gumdrops Nonstick cooking spray 1 C sugar 1 C light corn syrup 1/2 C coconut milk 1/4 C water 1-3/4 oz powdered fruit pectin (found with canning supplies) 1/2 t…

  • Gingerbread martini

    We usually have butterscotch schnapps, also known as “Buttershots,” on hand, because it goes extremely well in hot chocolate. Here’s another use for the super-sweet liqueur. 1-1/2 oz vanilla vodka 1-1/2 oz Frangelico or hazelnut liqueur 1 T butterscotch schnapps 4 oz ginger beer Extra-dark rum Shake the vodka, Frangelico, and schnapps together with ice.…

  • Gourmet cornbread pizzas

    6 slices bacon 1 package corn muffin mix (8.5 oz) 2/3 C flour 1 t chili powder 1 egg 1/4 C milk 3 tart apples, cored and sliced thinly 1/3 C crumbled blue cheese Fresh herbs for garnish Preheat oven to 400 F. Fry bacon until crisp, then drain and crumble, reserving 1 T bacon…

  • Spicy peanut sauce with cream cheese

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    A rich, creamy sauce for just about anything — pasta, rice, cooked vegetables, potatoes or sweet potatoes, chicken, shrimp, or any combination of the above. Adapted from a November 2010 Better Homes and Gardens recipe entitled “Spicy Pasta with Sweet Potatoes.” 1/3 C unsweetened peanut butter 3 oz cream cheese, cut into cubes 1 to…