My husband likes gourmet dishes. He's from New York and I'm a southern girl. Needless to say, I had to learn a whole new way of cooking. Over the years, I discovered easy recipes with a gourmet flair. I will also share some of my own down home cooking, easy desserts and gift giving recipes. I am a lifetime Weight Watchers member so I will also share some of my favorite WW recipes. Please enjoy!
Strawberry Nut Bread
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup margarine, softened
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Preheat oven 350 degrees. Combine first 5 ingredients and set aside. Cream sugar and margarine until fluffy. Beat in eggs, then add sour cream and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in berries and nuts. Grease and flour loaf pan. Bake for 60 minutes.
Hot Cinnamon Candy Cider
3 quarts apple cider (no more, no less)
1/3 cup red cinnamon candies
1 Tablespoon whole allspice
1 Tablespoon whole cloves
3 tablespoons honey
Heat cider, cinnamon candies, allspice and cloves to boiling stirring frequently or candy will stick to bottom; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 5 minutes. Remove allspice with large slotted spoon; stir in honey. This is always a hit!
1 bag Butter Snaps pretzels (shaped like window panes)
1 bag chocolate & vanilla candy melts (used for candy making)
Candy Corn and/or Candy Pumpkins or
M&M's in seasonal colors or Reeses Pieces
Cover a round dinner plate with a layer of pretzels. Place one candy melt on each pretzel. Mirowave 30 seconds on high. Turn 1/4 turn and microwave 30 seconds more. According to the power of your microwave, you may have to mirowave 30 seconds more rotating 1/4 turn. Candy should be soft. Press 1 Candy Corn/Candy Pumpkin in center of each candy melt. I usually make half of each. Let
Use your imagination. Use different color M&M's for different holidays…pink and red for Valentines Day, etc. You can also use different flavors and colors of candy melts.
3 plates full will fill a quart wide mouth canning jar if you want to give as a gift. Coordinate with a fabric lid cover. Tie with raffia.
2 lbs. beef for stew (cut in 1" cubes)
1 med. onion, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup oil
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup ketchup
2 table. Worcestershire sauce (Lea & Perrins best)
1 table. packed brown sugar
2 teas. salt
2 teas. paprika
1/2 teas. dry mustard
Dash of cayenne red pepper
2 table. cornstarch in 1/4 cup cold water
Brown beef, onion, and garlic in oil in Dutch Oven. Drain. Add rest of ingredients except cornstarch and water. Cook in oven at 325 degrees for 2 1/2 - 3 hours. Take out of oven and stir in cornstarch and water mixture. Bring to boil to thicken. Serve over noodles.