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!
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.