Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Steak Sauce Meatloaf

Steak Sauce Meatloaf
2 lb ground beef
1/3 c Heinz 57 sauce
1/3 c + 2 T Worcestershire sauce, separated
1 c plain bread crumbs (or 2-3 pieces of bread left out to dry and then crumbled)
1/3 c onion, finely chopped
1/4 c celery, finely chopped
1/4 c carrots, finely chopped
2 eggs

1. Preheat oven to 350*.
2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients (just 1/3 c Worcestershire sauce).
3. Form into loaf and place in the middle of a 9x13 pan.
4. Brush remaining Worcestershire sauce over top and sides of loaf.
5. Bake, uncovered, for about 1 hour, or until cooked all the way through.
Allow to sit 5-10 minutes before serving.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


4 c flour
2 t salt
1/2 c shortening
1 c + 2-4 T lukewarm water

1. Sift flour and salt into a large bowl*; cut in shortening.
2. Add 1 cup water, blend well (don't be afraid to get your hands dirty), and gradually add more water until dough is pliable and easy to work with.
3. Halve and let sit about half an hour.
4. Divide dough into golf- to baseball-sized balls, depending on desired thickness of tortillas.
5. Roll out each ball on a floured surface and shape tortillas.
6. Spread a little bit of olive oil on a large pan; place over medium heat.
7. Place rolled out tortilla dough, one at a time, into pan; flip halfway through cooking to evenly cook both sides.

Makes about a dozen 8" tortillas, depending on size and thickness.
*This recipe also works very well in a standing mixer.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

We just moved. I'm still looking for my Kitchenaid...
See you next week!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies
1 1/2 c flour
1 t baking soda
3/4 t salt
1 1/4 c peanut butter (I use half crunchy/half creamy)
3/4 c packed brown sugar
1/2 c (1 stick) butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/2 c corn syrup
1/4 c sugar
2 eggs, separated
1 t vanilla extract

1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk peanut butter, brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, sugar, 1 whole egg and 1 egg yolk, and vanilla until smooth; fold in flour mixture, careful not to over mix.
4. Divide dough in half, wrap each half in plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
5. Preheat oven to 350*.
6. Roll 1/4 cup portions into balls and space evenly on cookie sheet. Using a fork, flatten balls down into disks.
7. Bake until cookies are puffed and lightly brown around the edges (they will look undone between the cracks), 12-14 minutes, switching and rotating sheets halfway through baking.
8. Cool 5 minutes on sheets, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

French Toast Batter

French Toast Batter
2 eggs
1 c milk (for a richer taste, try half & half)
1/2 c sugar
1 1/2 t cinnamon
1 1/2 t vanilla

1. Mix all ingredients in a shallow medium-sized bowl.
2. Quickly dip bread (preferably Texas toast) in batter.
3. Grill on medium-high heat, until lightly brown. Flip and brown other side.
Makes about 10 pieces of french toast.

Yes, this picture was taken with my phone.