Sunday, September 28, 2008

Spaghetti Sauce

Fill one 12 quart pan 3/4's full of tomatoes.
3 Diced Onions
3 Green Peppers
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Salt
Diced Garlic
1/2 cup Italian Seasoning
1/2 cup Oregano
1/4 cup Basil
1/4 cup Thyme
3 cans 12 oz Tomato Paste

Cook for 4-5 hours
Process for 30 minutes

Enjoy over Pasta!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mexican Chowder

Mexican Chowder

1 1/2 pounds Chicken
1/2 cup chopped Onion
1-2 Garlic cloves minced
3 T. Butter
2 Chicken bullion cubes
1 cup hot Water
1 t. Cumin 
2 cups Half and Half
2 cups Jack Cheese
1 14oz. can Cream of Corn
1 4oz can Green Chiles
1/4 t. Tabasco

Cook Chicken in oven, seasoned to your liking. Saute onions, garlic and butter in pot until soft. Then add rest of ingredients except for half and half and jack. Bring to Boil. Then add half and half and jack. Make sure to turn your heat to low. Stir constantly until combined. 
Garnish with Cilantro and Tomatoes. So good for those fall nights!

*I usually double the recipe 

Monday, September 22, 2008

crock pot chili

Crock Pot Chili

In your crock pot, combine one can black beans

one can kidney beans

one can pinto beans

one can red beans

and one can diced tomatoes

add one packet taco seasoning

and half a jar of your favorite salsa.

Let simmer all day and top with toppings of your choice.
We like tomatoes and sour cream and cheese and olives.

homemade tortillas

Flour Tortillas

4 C. flour

1/2 T. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

1/2 C. oil

1 1/2 C. water ( add more as needed)

In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder sat and oil. Then add the water little by little until the right consistency. Dough doesn't have to stick to the bowl or your hands. Make little balls and let them sit for 15 minuted. Roll out and cook in a frying pan. Really easy and so good...make me never want to buy tortillas at the store again.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mango Lassi

Mango Lassi

2 cups peeled and chopped mangoes
1 cup yogurt (we have used plain and vanilla)
3 tablespoons sugar (according to taste)
1 tablespoon mint leaves (optional)
6-10 ice cubes
Blend the mangoes, yogurt and sugar into a puree.
Add the mint leaves. Add the ice cubes and finely crush.
Serve chilled.
So delicious!!

Naan Bread

Naan Bread
2 cups of All Purpose flour (Plain flour or maida)
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
Pinch of baking soda
2 tablespoons of oil
2 1/2 tablespoons yogurt (curd or dahi)
3/4 cup lukewarm water
1 teaspoon of clear butter or ghee to butter the Naan
1/4 cup All Purpose flour for rolling
Dissolve active dry yeast in lukewarm water and let it sit for 10 minutes or until the mixture becomes frothy. Add sugar, salt and baking soda to the flour and mix well. Mix the oil and yogurt. Add the water/yeast mixture and mix into a soft dough. Knead until the dough is smooth. Cover the dough and keep in a warm place for 3-4 hours. The dough should double in volume.
Heat the oven to 500 degrees with pizza stone for at least thirty minutes so stone is hot and then turn the oven to high broil. Using a baking/pizza stone will help to give Naan close to same kind of heat as clay tandoor.
Knead the dough for about two to three minutes and divide the dough into six equal parts. Take each piece of dough, one at a time, and roll into 8-inch diameter circles. Dust lightly with dry flour to help with the rolling.Before putting the Naan in oven, lightly wet your hands and take the rolled Naan, and flipp them between your palms and place onto your baking/pizza stone into the oven. You can place about 2 Naan on the baking/pizza stone at a time. The Naan will take about 2 to 3 minutes to cook, depending upon your oven. After the Naan is cooked (Naan should be golden brown color on top) take them out of the oven and brush lightly with clear butter or ghee.Makes 6 Naan.

We ate this with some chicken simmered in a simmer sauce and some rice and the delicious Naan.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

German Pancakes

German Pancakes

6 Eggs
1 cup Flour
1 t. Salt
1 cup Milk
1/4 t. Baking Powder
6 T. Butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt the butter in 9x13 pan in hot oven. Beat the other ingredients until well blended. Pour into pan with hot butter. Bake until golden brown. 

These are a favorite weekend breakfast at our house. We love to eat them with peaches, sour cream and brown sugar. You can also do any fruit your heart desires. You may also know these as Dutch Babies. Enjoy!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Tropical Spinach Salad

Tropical Spinach Salad

6-8 Sliced Strawberries
6 Sliced Kiwi
2 Cubed Mango
Baby Spinach 1 bag
Romaine 1 bag
Mozzarella Cheese as desired
1/2 Red Onion

~Coconut Dressing~
2 cups Mayonnaise
8 T. Orange Marmalade
6 T. Major Greys Mango Chutney (by ketchup in store)
1 15oz. can Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut (by mixed drinks in store)
~Makes a lot of dressing. You can cut it in half.

Dry Pineapple
Sesame Sticks
Banana Chips
Macadamia Nuts
~ I buy the Nutty Guy's brand for the Garnish.
*Also great with Chicken