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feels
lh
Aug
07

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fried cinnamon apple rings
for the apple rings 4 large apples (I used gala)
1 cup flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
1 large egg, beaten
1 cup buttermilk
vegetable oil for frying

for the cinnamon sugar topping
⅓ cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon. Set aside. In a small bowl combine the egg and buttermilk. In a third dish, make your cinnamon-sugar topping by combining the ⅓ cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Set that aside too. Next, slice the apples into ¼-inch thick slices, and use circle biscuit cutters in graduated sizes to make rings out of each slice. Discard the center circles containing the apple core. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat to 350°F. Combine the contents of the first and second dishes as the oil warms up. This will be your batter. Dip the apple rings in and out of the batter one at a time, removing any dripping excess by tapping the rings against the side of the bowl. Fry the rings in small batches, turning them to ensure browning on both sides. Once the rings are golden and crispy, transfer them to a plate lined with paper towel for a few seconds. Quickly transfer the apple rings, one by one, into the cinnamon-sugar mixture and coat evenly. Transfer to a wire rack and serve warm. Notes Apples can go a long way in the recipe, so if you don’t get to all 4 apples, don’t worry. Make as much or as little as you like. – See more at: http://fortunegoodies.com/cinnamon-apple-rings/


feels
lh
Aug
04

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Ingredients:
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed vegetable soup
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup dry bread crumbs
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
3/4 cup ketchup (optional)

Directions

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 12 cup muffin pan.
Mix ground beef, soup, onion, bread crumbs, eggs, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Scoop mixture evenly into prepared muffin cups.
Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven to a minimum temperature of 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). If desired, remove from oven after 50 minutes, drizzle ketchup on the top of each muffin, and return to oven for an additional 10 minutes.


feels
lh
Jul
30

Delicious-Glazed-Lemon-Zucchini-Bread-recipe-lilluna.com- (1)

Ingredients

2 cups cake flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 TB lemon juice
1/2 cup buttermilk
zest of 1 lemon
1 cup grated zucchini
Glaze ingredients:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 TB lemon juice
1 TB milk
Instructions

Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat eggs. Then add oil and sugar until well blended. Add lemon juice, buttermilk, lemon zest to this mixture and blend all together.
Fold in zucchini until it is mixed well.
Add dry mixture to the wet mixture and blend all together until well combined.
Pour batter into greased 9×5 loaf pan.
Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes.
While still warm, make glaze and spoon over the bread. Let the glaze set up before cutting and serving.


feels
lh
Jul
29

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Ingredients

For the dough
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 package)
1/2 teaspoon plus 1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup milk at room temperature
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
3 cups flour, sifted
3/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
For the filling
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans (small pieces but not ground)
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 cup melted butter, divided
For icing
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3-4 tablespoons milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Serve Fresh Veggies with Sour Cream Dip

Instructions

Time to make the dough. Combine yeast, 1/2 teaspoon sugar and warm water in mixing bowl. Let sit for about 10 minutes until yeast is visibly risen.
Add egg, egg yolk, milk, vanilla, brown sugar and remaining sugar, stir, I used a hand whisk.
Using dough hook, add flour and salt. Mix until combined, about 1 minute. Turn mixer on high and mix for about 4 minutes. Dough should be well combined but still look like a thick batter.
Add softened butter and continue mixing on high for 6 minutes.
Dough will be sticky but pull when you lift dough up.
Remove hook and just cover the bowl with plastic wrap, no need to move dough to another bowl unless you need your mixing bowl. Let dough rise 1 1/2 hours, until doubled in size.
Combine topping ingredients except for butter, and set to side.
With well floured hands, punch down dough and remove to a well floured counter or board. Knead dough about 10-12 times, just enough to remove stickiness. Add more flour if needed.
Roll dough out into a rough square about 12 x 12. Spread softened cream cheese over top.
Fold dough, lift bottom up 1/3 to overlap middle, then top down then side to side
Flip dough over so raw folds are on the bottom and roll out to a 10 x 20 rectangle
Time for some goodness. Use half (1/4 cup) of melted butter and spread it over entire dough
Spread filling mixture on top of butter, covering entire dough except 1 inch at far end of dough (from where you will start rolling.)
Lightly press filling into dough, now start rolling dough (I found it easiest to cut dough using a dough cutter.) Slice off ends of dough and then cut into 8 equal slices.
Place in a well greased, buttered, sprayed (used what you want) 9 x 13 pan or large baking sheet if you don’t want rolls to touch. Cover and let rise again till almost doubled or Place in refrigerator overnight to bake in the morning.
If you refrigerated the rolls, let them come back up to room temperature (about 1 hour) then bake in 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. Mine were done at 25 minutes.
While rolls are baking, prepare cream cheese icing.
With mixer, beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk till creamy and smooth. Add milk if necessary to get that perfect thick but pourable consistency.
As soon as you remove rolls from oven, pour remaining 1/4 cup melted butter over hot rolls.
Let sit 5 minutes then ice or serve icing on the side, your choice.

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feels
lh
Jun
06

My step-mother, a classic cook, especially of french food prepared this as a family meal once or twice a year and it was fantastic so here it is. Boeuf (Beef) Bourguignon:

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Ingredients

8 ounces thick-cut bacon (5-6 slices), diced

2 1/2 to 3 pounds beef chuck roast, round roast or similar cut, cut into 1-inch cubes

2 cups good red wine, divided (see recipe note)

2 medium-sized yellow onions, thinly sliced

3 medium-sized yellow carrots, diced

3 stalks celery, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon tomato paste

3 to 4 sprigs fresh thyme

1 bay leaf

1 cup chicken or beef broth, plus more if necessary (see recipe note)

1 pound white button mushrooms, sliced

To serve:

Chopped parsley, to garnish

Cooked pasta

Crusty baguette

Directions

Warm a stainless steel or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until the fat has rendered and the bacon is golden and crispy. Remove the pan from heat and transfer the bacon to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain. Pour off all but a tablespoon of bacon fat from the pan.

Return the pan to medium-high to high heat. Pat the beef cubes dry and sprinkle them with salt and pepper. When the bacon fat is shimmering and you see a wisp or two of smoke, add a single layer of beef cubes to the pan to sear — do not crowd the pan; sear the meat in batches. Let the beef sear without moving until it releases easily from the pan and the underside is golden-brown, 1 to 3 minutes. Flip the pieces and sear on the other side. Again, let the meat sear without moving for 1 to 3 minutes until they release easily from the pan.

Transfer the seared meat to your slow cooker or a clean bowl. De-glaze the pan with 1/4 cup of the wine. Scrape the dark glaze and any crispy bits from the bottom of the pan as the wine simmers. When the pan is clean, pour the wine over the seared meat.

Add 1 tablespoon of leftover bacon grease to the pan. Continue to sear the meat in batches, de-glazing the pan between each batch.

When all the meat is seared, add another tablespoon of bacon grease to the pan and reduce the heat to medium. Cook the onions with 1/4 teaspoon of salt until soft and browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the carrots and celery, and cook until softened. Add the garlic and tomato paste, and cook until fragrant. Transfer the vegetable mixture to the slow cooker or bowl with the meat.

Wipe the pan clean and warm 1 tablespoon of leftover bacon grease over medium heat (use vegetable oil if no more bacon grease remains). Cook the mushrooms with 1/4 teaspoon salt until they have release all their liquid, the liquid has evaporated, and the mushrooms are golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the mushrooms to a clean bowl and set aside — keep the mushrooms separate from the meat and onion mixture (they get added later).

–Slow Cooker Method: Stir the beef cubes and vegetables together in the slow cooker with 1 teaspoon of salt. Tuck the sprigs of thyme and the bay leaf into the mixture. Pour the stock and the remaining wine over the beef and vegetables — the liquid should come about 3/4 of the way to the surface of the ingredients.

Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. When finished, the beef should fall apart easily with a fork.

–Oven Method: Heat the oven to 300 F. Transfer the beef and vegetable mixture to a Dutch oven or other heavy-bottomed 6-quart pot with a lid and stir in 1 teaspoon of salt. Tuck the sprigs of thyme and the bay leaf into the mixture. Pour the stock and the remaining wine over the beef and vegetables — the liquid should not quite cover the beef and vegetables; the ingredients should still be poking from the surface of the liquid. Add additional stock if necessary.

Cover the pot and place in the oven. Cook for 2 hours, and then begin checking the meat every 15 minutes. The dish is done when the meat falls apart easily with a fork. Exact cooking time can vary.

Both Methods: Once the meat is cooked, stir in the reserved bacon and mushrooms. Cook with the slow cooker on high or simmer in the Dutch oven over medium heat until the mushrooms are warmed through, about 10 minutes.

Serve in bowls over noodles or with crusty bread on the side. Sprinkle with parsley before serving. Leftovers will keep for up to a week or can be frozen for up to three months.

Notes

Choosing the wine: I love pinot noir for this dish, but wines from Burgundy or Côtes du Rhône are also excellent. When in doubt, choose a wine that you also like to drink; you can’t go wrong.

Chicken broth vs. beef broth: You might think beef stock would be a natural choice for this recipe, but I often find store-bought beef stock to be too tinny tasting. Unless you make your own beef stock, I recommend using chicken stock in this recipe.

Make-ahead tips: The meat and vegetables can be prepared a day ahead and simmered the next day. The prepared stew can also be refrigerated and then warmed over low heat the second day — and in fact often tastes even better the second day.


feels
lh
Jun
04

We all love a treat now and then and in this household Rice Pudding is a favorite. We watch a lot of cooking shows around here and a long time favorite was Emeril Lagasse’s Quick Rice Pudding. It serves six and is to die for.

rice pudding

Ingredients
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 cup boiling water
1/3 cup slivered almonds
3 1/2 cups cooked medium or long-grain rice, at room temperature
2 1/2 cups milk
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
2/3 cup sugar
Pinch salt
2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
1 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
Directions
In a bowl, place the raisins and cover with the water. Let sit until plumped, 5 minutes. Drain.

In a skillet over medium heat, toast the almonds until golden and fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

In a large saucepan, combine the rice, milk, cream, sugar and salt. Bring to a simmer, stirring, over medium heat. Reduce the heat slightly to maintain a low simmer and cook uncovered, stirring frequently, until the mixture starts to thicken, about 30 minutes. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally to prevent the rice from sticking, until a spoon is just able to stand up in the pudding, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the raisins, almonds, and remaining ingredients.

This Recipe Found Via Food Network.

Have a great Hump Day!


feels
lh
Jun
03

It’s Tuesday here in the old pueblo and waking up early to do some cool time backing before our outdoor thermometers register over 100F is an accomplishment. This morning for you I have a yummy Frittata. They are easier than the look, delicious, and quick to serve up to your family.

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what you need
8 eggs
2 Tbsp. water
1/2 cup chopped seeded tomato
1 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
2 Tbsp. Bacon Bits
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
make it

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Beat eggs and water with wire whisk in medium bowl. Stir in tomato, 1/2 cup of the cheese, the bacon bits and basil.

POUR into greased 9-inch pie plate; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

BAKE 30 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.

Extras: Fritatta’s are a good way to use leftover cheese and veggies don’t be afraid to experiment, the world is your oyster on this one!


feels
lh
Jun
02

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Good morning to all those that come here. As you may have seen we have a new Theme dedicated to Disney’s Frozen and I am back to posting. So here we go. Today is Meatless Monday and I have for you a lovely recipe from My favorite Chef, Ree Drummond of the Pioneer Woman food show on Food Network.

hashbrown egg cups

Baked Eggs in Hash Brown Cups

Ingredients
6 to 8 medium russet potatoes
Salt and ground pepper
Cooking spray
24 large eggs

Directions
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Bake the potatoes until tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Allow to cool, and then peel and grate them. Season well with salt and pepper.

Spray two 12-hole muffin pans generously with cooking spray. Scoop 3 to 4 tablespoons of grated potato into each muffin hole. Use your fingers to gently press down the sides and bottom in each muffin hole to make a nest. Spray again with cooking spray. Then bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Watch and make sure they do not burn.

Allow the nests to cool. Then crack an egg into each one. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake until the whites are set, about 15 minutes.

Have a good morning from us here at Feels Like Home! Arizonan’s hold on tight its supposed to be 109 today!


feels
lh
May
24

taco lasangia

Ingredients
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds ground chicken breast, available in the packaged meats case
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
1 cup medium heat taco sauce or 1 (14-oz) can stewed or fire roasted tomatoes
1 cup frozen corn kernels
Salt
8 (8 inch) spinach flour tortillas, available on dairy aisle of market
2 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar or shredded pepper jack
2 scallions, finely chopped

Directions
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil – twice around the pan. Add chicken and season with chili powder, cumin, and red onion. Brown the meat, 5 minutes. Add taco sauce or stewed or fire roasted tomatoes. Add black beans and corn. Heat the mixture through, 2 to 3 minutes then season with salt, to your taste.

Coat a shallow baking dish with remaining extra-virgin olive oil, about 1 tablespoon oil. Cut the tortillas in half or quarters to make them easy to layer with. Build lasagna in layers of meat and beans, then tortillas, then cheese. Repeat: meat, tortilla, cheese again. Bake lasagna 12 to 15 minutes until cheese is brown and bubbly. Top with the scallions and serve.


feels
lh
Apr
14

crock-pot-skinny-tomato-beef-macaroni-stew

Ingredients

This is a super meal in itself! It freezes great too.

1 pound extra lean ground beef or ground turkey
1½ cups onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14.5 oz) can reduced-sodium beef broth
1 (26.46) ounce can chopped tomatoes
1 (26 oz) jar pasta sauce
2 cups zucchini
1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1½ teaspoons steak seasoning or Lawry’s seasoning salt
3 cups cooked whole grain elbow macaroni (1½ cups uncooked) or penne pasta
2 cups fresh spinach, packed
Black pepper, to taste

Directions

1. In a large nonstick pan or soup pot, brown ground beef, onions and garlic until ground beef is no longer pink.
2. To make in the crock-pot: add the cooked beef, broth, tomatoes, pasta sauce, zucchini, red bell pepper, Worcestershire sauce and steak seasoning. Cover and cook in crock pot 6 hours on low and 3 hours on high heat.
3. Stir in cooked macaroni and spinach. Cover and continue to cook for 15 minutes until heated.
4, To make on the stove top: add the cooked beef, broth, tomatoes, pasta sauce, zucchini, red bell pepper, Worcestershire sauce and steak seasoning. Bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer, cover and simmer for 35 minutes. Stir in cooked pasta and spinach. Cover and heat for 5 minutes.
Makes 12 cups total (each serving 1½ cups)crock-pot-skinny-tomato-beef-macaroni-stew


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