Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Lemon Cookies for my hubby

My husband has a love affair with lemon. So when I saw this recipe in my mom's new Gooseberry Patch cookbook I knew I needed to make them for him. He absolutely loved them. I thought they lacked something, but I am also not a fan of lemon!

Mock Lemon Madeleines

8 oz pkg. cream cheese-softened
1/4 cup margarine-softened
1 egg
1 t vanilla
18 1/2 oz pkg lemon cake mix
1/2 cup chopped pecans (only mixed in to a few of them for me as hubby doesn't like nuts a lot of the time)
Garnish: Powdered sugar

Blend together cream cheese and margarine; add egg and vanilla. Stir in dry cake mix and nuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets (I used my silpads); Flatten slightly. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes, until bottoms are golden. When cool, sprinkle with powder sugar. Makes about 2 doz.

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

One of my hubby's coworkers passed out 2 recipes, this one and an italian parm chicken (to make at a later date). We were hanging out on Saturday with not much to do so we decided to make these for lunch. The were really good! I will not add water to the mixture like the recipe calls for next time as it made it too drippy! This is how I made it:

2 large cans chicken (with white and dark meat)
1/2 cup of hot sauce (used a bottle I had in the fridge, but I really want to try it with Franks)
1/4 cup ranch dressing (I added this)

1/4 cup Miracle Whip
1/4 cup ranch dressing

Heat the chicken and hot sauce in a pan over med-low heat until it simmers. Stir in the 1/4 cup of ranch dressing. Reduce heat to low. Simmer until it's heated through.

Meanwhile mix sauce. Spread on bread and top with chicken mixture. Enjoy! This made enough for 3 sandwiches on reg. bread. (Not sure how much hubby put in his though)!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Taco Pie

My mom got another Gooseberry Patch cookbook and I got a few recipes out of it to make. This is one of them. It was so very good and will definitely stay in the rotation! Forgot to take a picture but I'll get one the next time!

1 can crescent rolls
1 pound ground beef
(called for onion but we don't eat)
1 can tomato sauce (I didn't have so I used one can tomato paste and one can water)
1 package taco seasoning
3 tbl sour cream
1 cup shredded cheese
2/3 cups Doritos--crushed and seperated

Heat oven to 350.

Seperate crescent rolls and place in the bottom of a 9 inch pie plate to cover the bottom and up the sides. place 1/3 cup of the Doritos over the crescent rolls.

Brown ground beef, if necessary drain, add tomato sauce and taco seasoning, bring to a simmer over low heat, let simmer 5 mins. Pour in to pan over Doritos. Spread sour cream over meat. Top with cheese and then rest of Doritos.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. (I had browned my meat and added the tomato sauce the night before. Really needed about 5 extra minutes in oven since it was cold!)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

No bake cookies

So last night my hubby calls me from work to check on me and asks "did you make any treats tonight?". I had not but was in the mood to make something. I had a couple of hours til I would need to leave to go to my best friend's house for Girls Dinner Club so I thought I would whip up a batch of these lovely little cookies. I remember being 9 probably and my mom would allow me and my 13 year old sister to make these during the summer. And every summer after that we would make these at least once or a hundred times! Since I was 10 and I'm still using the same recipe I have no idea where it originated from!

We called them Missouri No Bake Cookies (but we're from MO so I'm not sure about the correct name!)

2 cups white sugar
1 stick margarine
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 tsp vanilla extract


Line 2 large baking sheets with wax paper, parchment paper, or alum. foil and set aside.
Combine sugar, butter, milk, and cocoa in large saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and cool 1 minute.
Add Vanilla, salt, peanut butter and oats.
Quickly drop mixture by heaping tablespoons onto lined cookie sheets.
Place in refrigerator until set. Once set remove cookies from sheet and place in air tight container in a cool, dry place.