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Sweet & Spicy Stir Fry

Beef Stir Fry with Vegetables

Beef Stir Fry with Vegetables

Total time:  25 minutes, plus rice or pasta cook time.

Citrus, soy and spice are everything nice. This works well as a marinade or sauce, grilled or stir fried or any way you like.

3 Tbsp peanut oil
3 Tbsp orange juice
3 Tbsp lime juice
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp spicy vinegar
1 Tbsp ginger root, minced or grated
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp sambal oelek
1 clove of garlic, minced

optional ingredients:
1 pound meat, your choice, finely sliced
1 medium onion, finely sliced
1 carrot, sliced
1 can baby corn
1 cup broccoli florets and/or pieces
1 can water chestnuts
1 bell pepper, chopped

Heat a large frying pan or wok on medium-high to high heat. Add peanut oil, swirl. Stir fry your onions for 3 minutes, then add meat, garlic, ginger, and lime juice. Continue to stir fry until meat is desired doneness (3-7 minutes). Add remaining ingredients and stir fry for 3 more minutes or until vegetables reach desired doneness.

Serve with rice or noodles!

Shown here with carrots, sliced water chestnuts, baby corn, and spinach.

I like to marinade my meat and onions in the sauce for 4-6 hours before cooking. I use the above method only if I don’t have time to set a marinade.

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Dinner Quiche

Hamburger Quiche

Hamburger Quiche

Total time:  Approximately 1.5 hours.

1/2 pound ground beef
2 shallots, finely chopped
1 Tbsp sage
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp ground mustard

2/3 c ricotta cheese
4 oz cream cheese
4 Tbsp heavy cream, divided in half
4 eggs
pie crust

Layered yumminess.

Layered yumminess.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Brown hamburger with onions, then stir in seasoning. Remove from heat. While that’s cooling, mix together your cheeses and 2 T of the heavy cream. In a separate bowl, mix together your eggs and remaining 2 Tbsp heavy cream.

Spread the meat mixture across the bottom of the pie crust. Dollop and then spread the cheese mixture on top of the meat. Pour the eggs and cream evenly across the top of it all.

Bake approximately 45-50 minutes or until eggs are set. (May take up to an hour.)

If you read it, you might recognize my seasoning blend from the Un-Sausage Cheesy Meat Wad recipe. It makes the hamburger taste remarkably similar to sausage. You can, of course, replace the meat and seasonings with sausage.

For my pie crust, I used half the recipe for Empanada Dough I. It was a perfect fit, and I could pull little pieces off and “reseal” anything that broke.

Cuppylicious!, Ethnic Foods, Mexican, Sauces and Dips

Salsa I

Single Serving

Single Serving

Total time:  10 minutes with a food processor or 30 minutes by hand.

If I weren’t so afraid of the food processor, I’d use it. Instead, I peeled my tomatoes and chopped everything really teeny tiny. Your call.

1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 medium tomatoes, peeled (optional) and finely chopped
2 serranos, minced
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped (about a handful)
juice of one lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Mix well.

Serves two.

A little warmer than I originally thought it was going to be, but perfect for JB.

Breads and Desserts, Formal Occasions, Sauces and Dips

New Orleans Grandma Bread Pudding

Total time:  Approximately 2 hours, plus overnight time to stale bread.

This comes to me via my friend Will, whose grandma writes in the notes: New Orleans recipe since that’s where I’m from, don’t judge.

10 slices day old bread, broken in pieces
4 cups milk, scalded
1 cup cream
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup seedless raisins

Combine bread, milk and cream. Beat eggs; add sugar and mix well. Stir in bread mixture and add vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in butter and raisins. Pour into buttered 2 quart baking dish, set in a pan of warm water about 1 inch deep. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. 8 servings.

Whiskey Sauce

3 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 ounces brandy

In a saucepan slightly beat egg yolks then add the next three ingredients and blend well. Cook over low heat until mixture comes to a boil. Blend cornstarch in water and stir into hot mixture. Continue cooking until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in brandy. Serve when cooked.

The first bread pudding dessert I tasted had raisins in it. As with everything raisin, I’m nervous… but I want it…).

Breads and Desserts, Formal Occasions, Sauces and Dips

Texas Mom Bread Pudding

Total time:  2 hours, plus overnight to stale your bread.

Lots of sugar and a hint of brandy, make sure you have lots of time available to do this one.

Via my friend Luke.

2 cups granulated sugar
5 large beaten eggs
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cups cubed Italian bread, allowed to stale overnight in a bowl
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup chopped pecans

For the Sauce:
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg, beaten
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup brandy

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Grease a 13 inch by 9 inch by 2 inch pan.

Mix together granulated sugar, eggs, and milk in a bowl; add vanilla. pour over cubed bread and let sit for 10 minutes.

In another bowl, mix and crumble together brown sugar, butter, and pecans.

Pour bread mixture into prepared pan. sprinkle brown sugar mixture over the top and bake for 35 – 45 minutes or until set. remove from oven.

For the Sauce:
Mix together the granulated sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat. stir together until the sugar is melted. add the brandy, stirring well. pour over bread pudding. Server warm or cold.

I can’t wait to try this. -cuppy

Breads and Desserts, Breakfast, Cuppylicious!

Breakfast Biscuits

Breakfast Biscuit

Breakfast Biscuit with bacon, eggs, and cheese

Total time:  Approximately 20 minutes, plus any meat or egg cook time & assembly time

2 cups Bisquick or baking mix
1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 375F.

Blend mix and water together. Knead on a floured board. Roll or pat dough about 1/2 inch thick. Cut out biscuits and place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes or until golden. (Don’t wait for them to be brown on top! Brown = Burned!!)

Don’t feel like rolling and cutting? Add 1/4 cup milk and make drop biscuits.

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Chocolate-Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Chocolate Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Chocolate Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Total time:  Approximately 50 minutes.

It’s imitation bread pudding at its finest. Don’t ever try to pass this off as a real bread pudding, especially to southern grandmas. Adapted from Kraft Food & Family’s Rustic Chocolate-Cinnamon Bread Pudding.

6-8 slices of bread, cubed (or in my case, 6 hot dog buns!!)
1 3/4 cup milk*
1/2 cup cream cheese*
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 large eggs*
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Slice of warm tasty goodness.

Slice of warm tasty goodness.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together cheese and sugar until well blended. Add eggs, cinnamon, and nutmeg; mix well. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly and mix well.

Place bread in 8-inch square baking dish; top with cream cheese mixture and chocolate chips.

Bake 30 to 35 min. or until set in center. Cool slightly.

* I prefer everything to be room temperature when I’m baking. Lesson I learned from popovers… Does it make a difference here? I’m not sure, but I’m not willing to find out. Let me know if you do. 😉

For next time, I’m going to layer the chocolate in between half the bread. Something just seemed odd about having the chocolate on top (other than clinging to my spatula while trying to serve).

Beef, Cuppylicious!, Meat, Pasta & Rice

Frying Pan Casserole

Total time:  Approximately 25 minutes.

1/2 pound ground beef (optional)
4 cups cooked rice
2 cups broccoli florets and/or parts
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 cup of milk
1 1/2 cups shredded or 1 cup coarsely chopped cheese
2 Tbsp finely chopped onion
2 tsp minced garlic (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
salt and pepper to taste
Ritz crackers (optional)

Brown hamburger, garlic, and onions in a large skillet on medium heat. Add soup and milk, stirring constantly. Add cheese and stir until melted. Add broccoli and cook on medium 3-5 minutes or until soup begins to boil. Add rice and stir stir stir.

Top with crushed Ritz crackers and cheese before serving.

This filled up my frying pan and served three. Hooray for one-dish meals! Try it with any meat or no meat at all. Try it with any vegetable or no vegetables at all.

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Plain Waffle Mix

Waffles with strawberries and syrup

Waffles with strawberries and syrup

Total time:  10 minutes, plus waffle cook time.

2 cups Baking Mix
1 1/2 cups milk
1 egg, room temperature
1 Tbsp vegetable oil

Mix together, batter will be and should be somewhat lumpy still.

Spoon 1/3 c – 1/2 c of batter onto waffle iron. Makes about six 6-inch waffles.

Cuppylicious!, Sauces and Dips

Yogurt Dill Dip

Serves two.

Serves two.

Total time:  4 minutes.

1 cup of plain yogurt, whisked until smooth
1 T minced cilantro
1 T minced scallion
1/4 tsp ground dill seed

Mix well.

Could you use dill WEED rather than dill SEED? Sure. Will it taste as good? I imagine so. 🙂