Sunday, May 24, 2009


Recipe #2 - Easy Mix Pancakes
What you need:
• Water• Premeasured pancake mix either from scratch or from a box mix• 1 gallon Ziploc® bag
What to do:At home: Pre-measure the amount of pancake mix you will need to make the desired amount of pancakes and put that in the bag. Next mark the bag with how much water you will need to add.At Camp: add the desired amount of water and shake the bag (leave some of the lumps in there). Cook pancakes on a hot griddle until bubbles break without filling back in, then flip and cook on other side for a minute. Remove from heat and add your favorite topping.

camping recipes

Hush Puppies

2 cups Corn Meal
1 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup dry milk
1 cup water
1 tbls. dry onion flakes

Shape the above ingredients into patties. Fry bacon fat in a cast iron skillet. Brown on both sides. These hush puppies go real good with some freshly caught fish while you are camping

Hawaiian Marinated Grilled Chicken
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Yoshida's Original Gourmet Sauce
Boneless skinned chicken breasts
Sliced round pineapple
Marinate chicken breasts in gourmet sauce overnight in fridge.

Grille until done, basting breasts with sauce while cooking.When chicken is almost done, put pineapple slices on grill to warm.Place pineapple slices on top of chicken and serve.

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Comments:serves 2
1 LB of ground beef
1 small onion (optional)
2 large potatoes
4 carrot
hamburger seasoning (optional)
Aluminum foil(amounts do not need to be exact. This is just a guideline. It will depend on your tastes and how hungry you are!)

1. Pull off 2 large pieces of aluminum foil and lay flat on your work surface2. Split the ground beef in half and place one one each piece of aluminum foil and flatten ground beef into patties3. Put seasonings on ground beef (salt, pepper and/or hamburger seasoning) 4. Slice onion and put onion on top of ground beef. 5. Clean potatoes and slice. Peel first if you so desire. Put potato slices on top of the onions (which is on top of the ground beef).6. Clean carrots and slice. Peel first if you so desire. Put carrot slices on top of potato slices.7. Bring up sides of aluminum foil and wrap contents so that everything is covered.8. Place on grill. The amount of time that it cooks will depend on how much you put in the aluminum foil and how well done you like your hamburger and potatoes. You will eventually want to pull the largest one off and check it. Potatoes and Carrots are done when a fork can go through them.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

hidden valley ranch dressing mix

Not So Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
3 Tablespoons onion flakes
2 teaspoons pepper
2 teaspoons sugar
2 and 1/2 teaspoons paprika
2 and 1/2 teaspoons parsley flakes

Mix and store in a small Ziplock bag.

Two Tablespoons = one seasoning packet.

Monday, May 11, 2009

olive garden

Olive Garden’s Chicken CapreseOP? - Recipe BoxFor the tomatoes and basil:2 pounds (approximately 8-10) roma (plum) tomatoes, cored and cut into 1 inch pieces, reserving as much tomato juices as possible30 medium fresh basil leaves (no stems), cut into 1 inch pieces4 tablespoons of EVOO, divided use3 tablespoons minced garlic, divided use3 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning, divided use1 ½ teaspoons and 1 tablespoon salt, divided useFor the chicken:½-¾ cups and 1 tablespoon flour, divided use6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or breast filletsVegetable oilFor the pasta:1 pound dry capellini (angel hair)For the sauce:½ cup white wine1 ½ cups heavy cream1 cup grated parmesan2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (for top)- Tomatoes and basil preparation:Combine roma tomatoes, basil, 2 tbsp EVOO, 2 tbsp garlic, 1 ½ tsp Italian seasoning and 1 ½ teaspoons of salt in a large bowl and blend thoroughly. Cover, set aside and refrigerate at least 1 hour.- Chicken preparation:Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine 1 ½ cups flour, 1 tbsp salt, pepper and the remaining 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning in a shallow dish. Dredge chicken in the mixture, shaking off any excess. Coat a large nonstick skillet with vegetable oil and heat over medium high heat. Place chicken in skillet and sauté for about 2 minutes on each side, or until just golden brown. If skillet is not large enough, sauté the chicken in batches. When finished, transfer chicken to a large baking dish and place in oven to cook for approximately 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked thru and the internal temperature reaches 165 F.- Pasta preparation:Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside until needed.- Sauce preparation:While pasta is cooking, heat the remaining 2 tbsp EVOO in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add the remaining 1 tbsp garlic and sauté for approximately 1 minute. Do not brown. Slowly add the remaining 1 tbsp flour and stir to combine. Add white wine and bring to a boil. Boil for approximately 1 minute. Remove marinated tomato and basil mixture from refrigerator. Drain tomatoes and basil from liquid and set aside until needed. Add ½ cup of the marinade liquid and sauté for approximately 1 minute. Add heavy cream. Lower heat and bring to a simmer. Add grated parmesan cheese.- Assembling Chicken Caprese:Preheat broiler. Remove chicken from baking dish and set aside until needed. Transfer pasta to baking dish and partly coat with sauce. Pour desired amount of the remaining sauce on pasta and evenly distribute tomatoes and basil over pasta. Place chicken on top of pasta. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese evenly over chicken. Place baking dish into the broiler for approximately 2-3 minutes or until mozzarella cheese has melted. Lou’s notes: Original flour called for was 1 ½ cups. That is way too much flour so I cut it back to a more reasonable amount.

Olive Garden’s Alfredo PastaTop Secret Recipes½ cup (1 stick) butter1-2 cloves garlic, minced2 cups heavy cream1/8 teaspoon ground black pepperPinch salt½ cup grated parmesan cheese1 12 ounce box fettuccine pasta (or your choice of pasta)Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium/low heat.Add the garlic, cream, pepper and salt, and bring mixture to a simmer. Turn the heat down if the mixture reaches a rapid boil or it could boil over. You just want a simmer. Add the cheese, and continue to simmer sauce for 8 minutes or until thick.While sauce cooks, bring 4-6 quarts of water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook pasta for about 12 minutes or until done, then drain it.Spoon pasta onto serving plates with alfredo sauce poured over the top.Makes 2 to 3 large servings.

Lou's notes: Use half a stick of butter instead of a whole stick. Otherwise when it's reheated, it will be greasy.

Olive Garden’s House DressingShannon – 2007Momof28 ounces Paul Newman's Vinegar and Oil Dressing1 clove garlic, peeled and minced1/2 teaspoon Dried basil1/2 teaspoon Dried oregano3 packages Sweet and Low −− or1 tablespoon SugarPut ingredients into the bottle of dressing and shake well. Refrigerate 24 hours before using.

Olive Garden’s Salad Mix RecipeLou – CallMeLou from somewhere on the web1 bag American Blend Dole Salad4-5 slices red onion4-6 black olives2-4 banana peppers1/2 cup croutons1 small tomato, quarteredFreshly grated parmesan cheeseChill one salad bowl in freezer for at least 30 minutes. Place bag of salad in bowl. Place on top of lettuce, red onion, black olives, banana peppers, tomatoes, and croutons. Add some freshly grated Parmesan cheese if you like, and add plenty of Olive Garden Salad Dressing on top.
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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Rescue 911

Last night, I was busy cleaning up the kitchen. When, I saw my neighbor approaching my front door. I thought it was strange of her to come over so late in the evening. I answered the door and she informed me that our cat was stuck up in a tree. I couldn't believe it. Our little cat stuck up in a huge tree.
As soon as I stepped outside. I could hear the cat meowing. My neighbor said she could hear the meowing around 2:00pm and she came over to tell us be we were still at church. She noticed our lights were on around 7:45pm and she came over to tell us about our cat being stuck up in a tree on her property. Violet said that the cat was even higher up in the tree but she somehow managed to come down to the bottom branch. I told Leroy that the cat was stuck in the neighbor's tree and they probably wouldn't appreciate listening to her meowing all night long. Leroy agreed to get the cat down. Luckily, Leroy had a long enough ladder and was able to get the cat. Leroy hates heights and wasn't too happy about the whole situation. As soon as Leroy grabbed the cat. She started to cry. It was so sad. Well, that's the story. If the cat, does it again. I'm not sure if Leroy will get her out. Hopefully, its a lesson learned.

homemade scouring powder

Homemade Scouring Powder
Some time ago I came across a recipe for Homemade Dishwasher Detergent. It is very simple:
1 C Borax
1 C Baking Soda
1/2 C salt

Friday, May 8, 2009

taco mix

6 teaspoons chili powder
5 teaspoons paprika
4 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
3 teaspoons onion powder
2 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2-3 TBS flour

In storage container with tight-fitting lid, combine all ingredients; mix well. Seal tightly. Store in cool, dry place for up to 6 months.

caramel apple jam recipe

Caramel Apple Jam recipe
September 13th, 2007
Yields 7 1/2 pints.
6 cups peeled and diced Granny Smith or Gala apples1/2 cup water1/2 teaspoon butter1 package powdered fruit pectin3 cups granulated sugar2 cups packed brown sugar1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Mix apples, water and butter. Cook over low heat, stirring, until apples are soft (but not mushy). Stir in pectin. Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly. Add sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg. Return to rolling boil and continue to boil, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Remove from heat; skim foam. Pour into hot jars leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

spanish rice mix

Spanish Rice Mix

2 cups white rice -- uncooked
2 teaspoons parsley
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
2 tablespoons onion flakes
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder

Mix all ingredients in cloth bag or jar.To give away as a gift in a food basket:When ready to cook add 28 oz canned tomatoes with the juice, 1 3/4c water 1T margarine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat. Cover. Simmer for about 25 min until tender.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

cockpot ranch chicken

Crocpot Ranch Chicken
2-4 boneless chiken breasts
1 packet ranch dressing mix
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 8oz block cream cheese
Put chicken, ranch packet and soup in crockpot. Cook 8 to 10 hours on low. Put the cream cheese in the last 30 minutes of cook time. Shred and we serve over rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes. My kids love it!

Monday, May 4, 2009

crockpot touch of the orient chicken

Crockpot Touch of the Orient Chicken
4-6 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I use two packages of chicken breast tenderloins)
1 8-oz. Can of tomato sauce
1 clove Garlic, minced or crushed
1/4 cup Brown sugar
1/2 cup Soy sauce
Trim and rinse the chicken breasts (no need to do this if you're using tenderloins) and put them in bottom of crockpot. In a bowl, mix tomato sauce, garlic, brown sugar and soy sauce. Pour on top of the chicken. Cook on low for at least five hours. Serve with cooked rice.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Oatmeal Butterscotch Toffe Chip COokies

Oatmeal Butterscotch Toffee Chip Cookies
2 sticks softened butter
¾ Cup sugar
¾ Cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ½ Cups flour
½ Cup quick oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 ½ Cups butterscotch chips
1 Cup toffee chip pieces
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer cream butter and sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla until well combined. In a large bowl combine flour, oats, baking soda and salt. Slowly add to wet ingredients along with the butterscotch chips and toffee bits just until combined.
2. With a medium cookie scoop, scoop onto a silpat or parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 9 minutes or until cooked to your liking. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing.