|The book that has been expanding my waistline...|
It seems my life has been chock full of food lately, so I figured I would share it all with you.
~ I made some Giant Molasses Cookies last week from the Taste of Home Cookie magazine and they are really good. They came out crunchy though. I'm not a big crunchy cookie fan - I like mine chewy. But they are still good and are even better dipped in coffee. ;) (I wanted to link you the recipe, but apparently it's a member exclusive. So go get the book!)
~ Ben gave me permission to try red sauce enchiladas, and I found a really, stupidly simple recipe for Enchilada sauce.
Easy Enchilada SauceI stuffed mine with some leftover pork and monterey jack and they tasted just like restaurant enchiladas. Delicious. (Oh and he said I could make them again. :D)
1/4 C vegetable oil (I used lard)
2 Tbs flour
1/4 C chili powder
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 1/2 C water
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
Salt to taste
Heat the oil in a skillet and add the flour and chili powder. Cook over medium heat until lightly browned, stirring constantly (we're making a roux).
Slowly stir in the water, tomato sauce, and spices. Continue cooking approximately 10 minutes, or until thickened slightly. Adjust salt to taste.
~ I have found the best way to make crisp oven fries. Coat them in flour! After years of trying to get decent fries I finally decided to try making them similar to the recipe I have been using for "Crispy Potato Cubes". I just cut them up into fry shapes, toss them in flour, then pour some oil onto the baking sheet and toss the flour-covered potatoes in the oil. Bake at 475 degrees for 20 minutes, stir them up and bake another 20 minutes or until desired crispy-ness. Toss with seasoned salt. So good!
~ My baby sister's wedding is this Saturday and she asked if I could make some caramels to go on the dessert table. Sure! Shouldn't be a problem at all!
Until I tried to actually make them and the little man woke up half way through and started getting really, really mad. Candy making is not something you can just walk away from, so I tried to rush it and didn't *quite* get it up to the right temperature. Well, rushing isn't something you can do with candy either. I wound up with a really nice caramel sauce, but it wouldn't harden past that.
So, in effort to save it, I made these Caramel Butter-Pecan Bars. They turned out great! And I'm so glad I was able to do something and avoid a total loss (and try yet another recipe from The Book). They will be going to the church kitchen tonight to get them ready for the wedding.
~ That cookie book is dangerous. ;)
What have you been cooking lately?