Thursday, October 9, 2008

Dilly Bread

Dilly Bread
1 pkg. yeast or 1 T.
1/4 C warm water
1 C cottage cheese
2 T sugar
1 t minced onion
1 T butter
2 t dill seed
1t salt
1/4 t soda
1 egg
2 1/2 C flour
In a large bowl soften yeast in warm water. Set aside. In small sauce pan, heat cottage cheese and add to it the sugar, onion, butter, dill sees, salt, soda and egg. Add to softened yeast. Add 1 1/2 C flour. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. By hand stir on the remaining flour. Mix thoroughly. Cover and let rise to double. Generously grease a round 1 1/2 or 2 quart casserole dish. Stir down dough and turn into greased dish. Let rise in warm place. Bake until light golden brown. (350 degrees for 35-50 minutes) Immediately remove from pan and brush with butter and sprinkle with salt.
This is a strange little recipe but the bread is so good. Mark is not a fan of cottage cheese but you can't taste it at all.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Pumpkin Soup

Fall is here!! So, of course, I had to make

Pumpkin Soup

1 sugar pumpkin (3lbs-cooked soft) or
4 cups canned pumpkin
1T salt
1/4 t pepper
4T butter
1 C. chopped onion
1/2 C red pepper
large jalapeno-quarter, seed and mince
4 C chicken broth
1/4 C creamy peanut butter
1/2 C cream or milk (I use milk)
2T fresh lime juice (I use bottled sometimes)
green onion (if desired)
To roast your pumpkin, turn oven to 350 degrees and bake pumpkin, cut in half and seeded) for 1 hour.Remove from skin.
In soup pot, melt butter, saute onions. Add pumpkin, red pepper, jalapeno and broth. Bring to a boil and let simmer 20 minutes. Stir to break up pumpkin. Next, remove all but one cup of soup and put in to food processor o blended and puree. Pour back in to pot and add peanut butter and cream or milk. stir until peanut butter is melted. Add lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with green onion if desired.
Really good and it was good with Dilly Bread (see blog for recipe). Happy Fall!!

Chicken Pesto Pizza

Chicken Pesto Pizza

I made up half of this recipe but it turned out well and it was tasty so if you want a variation on regular pizza, try this.

Pizza Shop Dough
4 3/4 C flour
1t. salt
2t. sugar
1t. basil
3/4 t. garlic poweder

Mix above ingredients and add:
1 3/4 cup warm water
> let yeast foam in water
2T. yeast
This dough is pretty moist (almost sticky)
Let rise for 1/2 hour

This is the part I made up. I had 2 chicken breasts and I put them in a baking dish sprayed with pam and sprinkled garlic salt, basil and rosemary and a dash of seasoning salt on them and let them bake for 1 hour in a 350 degree oven, covered in tin foil. Then I shredded them when they came out. You can use any spices that sound good to you.

Parmesan Cheese
Olive Oil
Garlic (1 clove or more)
salt and pepper (to taste)
I don't have any measurements for this but I used about 1/4 C. or a little more olive oil and about 2 cloves of garlic. The rest i just added until it was a spreading consistency. The cheese will really help with that. I let all the flavors mix together and then made everything else. Then spread the pesto on your dough, add the mozzarella and the chicken and bake for 15-20 minutes on 350. We put sliced tomatoes on top. Very tasty!