Monday, December 28, 2015

Crown Royal Cookies

Ray saw this recipe online and talked me into trying it.  My husband barely drinks, but if he does it is only the "hard" stuff and usually Crown Royal so these make sense for him.  They were pretty good.   They taste like a chocolate cookie - I am not sure I'd pick out whiskey in then if I hadn't cooked them, but they were a fun novelty. 

Crown Royal Cookies
Modified from Bailey's Bites

1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder (I used unsweetened)
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup Maple Crown Royal (the original recipe I saw had the maple version in it and that's what I used, but you can use any version you want)
12/ tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups flour
Preheat oven to 375.  Cream butter, cocoa powder and sugar.  Add in eggs one at a time.  Add vanilla.  Mix in whiskey.  Add in flour, baking soda nad salt until combined.  Drop onto cookie sheet by tablespoonful.  Bakes for 12 minutes (mine took about 14).  Cook on a rack.

Makes 2-3 dozen.

Gearing up for Lent

I always cook more fish during Lent and one thing that I have issues with is leftover fish as I think it reheats poorly (I don't like fish much to start with...).  We serve a lot of halibut well because my family goes halibut fishing. So this recipe, which uses leftover (already cooked) halibut is a good for me. These are very rich cakes, so one with a salad is good.  It might want a sauce...I might try it with the sauce from my tuna cakes this Lent and let you all know. Anyway, while this says halibut, any white fish would probably be fine.

Halibut Cakes
Modified from The Halibut Barn
1 lb halibut, cooked and flaked
1 cup breadcrumbs (preferably Italian, but whatever)
1 large egg
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp dry mustard
Oil for frying

Mix together all but halibut.  Add halibut and mix gently.  Shape into 6 cakes and cook in hot oil until browned (aout 5 minutes). 
Makes 6 cakes. 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Busy Semester

Sorry I haven't been posting much - it has been a very busy semester for Ray and I and rather stressful. Here's to a good 2016, although spring is shaping up to be crazy for me - teaching 6 classes and taking 1!

The boys' hockey schedule keeps up hopping!  And we have several more months....sigh!

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole

I hosted Christmas breakfast again this year.  I liked last year's casserole, but it wasn't perfect for Ray so I tried a new one. He liked this one much better and I even liked it and I don't like breakfast sausage.  I used Italian sausage last year and I think that was part of the problem for Ray. I used maple breakfast sausage this year. 

Breakfast Casserole
Modified from Stockpiling Moms

1 dozen eggs
1 cup milk
1 pkg (32 oz) frozen hash browns
1 lb sausage and/or bacon (I used both and probably close to 1.5 lb total)
2 cups Colby  jack, shredded
1/4 tsp dry mustard (I think this wasn't enough...I will use some more in the future)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced

Spray crockpot with nonstick cooking spray.  Layer potatoes, meat, onions, green peppers and 1 cup cheddar in crock pot in three layers.  Sprinkle remaining cup of cheese on top.  Beat eggs, milk and spicees.  Pour over cheese evenly in crockpot.  Cook on low for 7-8 hours or until eggs are set and thoroughly cooked. 

Makes 8-10 servings (a lot!)

Friday, December 11, 2015

Mini Blueberry Pie

Rather than making a full pie, I did mini pies this year. I used this idea and did it in the muffin pan (I used my 6 muffin pan, so the larger ones).  It took me about 30 minutes. I used my blueberry pie filling recipe and my own crust recipe.   I did one batch of pie crust and then (I think...) half of the pie recipe...maybe 1/4....I'll have to figure that out again last year. I got three mini pies in any case. The biggest issue I had was getting them out of the muffin that's something I also need to work on next year. 

Wheat Bread

I've been trying to get back into the bread machine use for more than just pizza dough (which is a good enough reason to keep it around!), so I tried this one.  Pretty decent! I've had issues with dryness in the bread machine bread, but this was good.  I might do a little more water next time, but otherwise pretty happy!

Wheat Bread
Modified from Taste of Home

1/2 cup warm milk
1/2 cup warm water
1 egg
3 tbsp honey
2 tbsp butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 cups bread flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast

Place items in bread machine.  Use basic setting. 

Makes 1.5 loaf.