Saturday, January 27, 2007

Chicken Pot Pie

This is a wonderful recipe to use left over chicken meat. I frequently cook a large chicken in my crock pot and then use the left over chicken for a pie. My family loves this recipe!

2 cups cooked chicken
1 package Knorr Leek Soup mix
1 1/2 tbs flour
3 cups water
6 small (or 3 large) new potatoes cut in cubes
2 large carrots sliced
1 cup frozen peas or green beans
1/2 recipe pie crust (I save and freeze scraps leftover from pies previously baked)

In a 5 quart dutch oven add soup mix and flour to 3 cups cold water . Mix well using a whisk. Bring to a boil stirring frequently over medium high heat. Add potatoes, carrots and frozen peas or beans. Reduce heat to low, stirring occasionally. Cook 15 minutes until mixture is thick and vegetables are tender. Remove from heat, add cooked chicken. Pour mixture in a casserole dish and top with pie crust. Bake in a 350º oven for 1 hour or until pie crust is browned.

Enjoy :)

Friday, January 19, 2007

Weathertop Farm's Chewy Almond-Cherry Bar's

I found this recipe for Chewy Almond-Cherry Bars on Rohanknitter's blog Weathertop Farm. These bars are delicious! If you like almond'll like these even better! Thanks, Rohanknitter, for postng the recipe!

Courtney's Hummus

This is Courtney Thorne-Smith's recipe for hummus that I saw last year on the Martha Show. Ever since I found the recipe I keep making it. I love it. Very easy to do need a food processor and it tastes so good on toasted syrian or pita bread. This would also make a good dip and it's heathy...a good source of protein! The recipe can be found on the Martha Stewart website. Enjoy :)

(edited 3/30/08 Martha Stewart website keeps moving their pages around causing bad links...therefore I have copied the recipe here for future reference)

Makes about 2 cups
2 cans (15-ounce) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons tahini
2 cloves garlic, minced
Juice of 1 lemon
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and salt; pulse to combine. With processor running, drizzle in oil until desired consistency.

First published: July 2006

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Ang's "Brunswick Stew"

My knitting blog friend, Ang, ( angelaraeknits) sent me this recipe for her family's recipe for "Brunswick Stew". I have not tried the recipe, but it most certainly is on my to-do-list. Looks yummy and great for a cold winter's night, even though it's a southern recipe! I love soups/stews :) There are certainly lots of fabulous cooks in the south and I feel honored to have Ang share her recipe with me/us. Thanks, Ang!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Delicious Shiny Brownies

This is a very easy one bowl brownie electric mixer needed. Before I could take a picture two brownies disappeared! They really are very good :)
4 squares of unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup oil
1 lb box ( 4 1/2 cups) confectioner's sugar
4 eggs
1 3/4 cups flour (I used 1 cup all purpose + 3/4 cup white whole wheat)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

In a large bowl melt chocolate in microwave on high 2 1/2 minutes. Add oil and eggs beat well. Add confectioner's sugar mixing well. Add all remaining ingredients, adding nuts lastly. Bake in a greased (Pam) 13 X 9 pan, 350º for 25 - 30 minutes. Cool and cut into squares.

Enjoy :)

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Hakucho's Vegetable Beef Soup

This is my all time my favorite comfort food. Great for a cold winter's night served with homemade rolls :)
1 1/2 pounds beef chuck shoulder steak (Londonbroil) cut up in small pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 chopped onions
1 can crushed tomatoes (Tuttorosso with basil)
1 packet Lipton onion soup mix
5 cups of boiling water
1 can corn including juice
1 bag frozen green beans
4 carrots sliced
5 potatoes cut up
1/2 box elbow macaroni - cooked separately

Brown beef pieces in large soup pot in olive oil over medium heat. Add onions. Cook a few more minutes, then add crushed tomatoes. Add soup mix and boiling water. Add corn, carrots, then green beans. Last add potatoes and simmer until vegetables are tender. Just before serving add the cooked macaroni.

Enjoy :)

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Julie's Banana Bread

This is my favorite recipe for banana bread. A friend gave me this recipe many many years ago. Extremely easy to make...just throw all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. No electric mixer needed. It freezes well, too.

1/2 cup oil
2 eggs beaten
2 cups flour ( I use 1 cup all-purpose and 1 cup whole wheat white)
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 cup sugar
3 ripe bananas mashed
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In one bowl combine all ingredients. Bake in a greased ( I line the greased (PAM) pan with waxpaper and grease again) loaf pan at 350° for 50 - 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.


Enjoy :)


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