Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Bone broth

4 pounds bones (beef, bison, chicken, turkey, venison) preferred organic and grass fed
2 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar (drizzle to coat bones

2 quarts filtered water
2 roughly chopped carrots
1 onion chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed and peeled
Parsley
1Tablespoon sea salt

Set slow cooker on low and cook for 24 hours.

When done, discard bones and vegetables and herbs.
Remove solids using a strainer
Refrigerate broth overnight
Skim off top fat layer

Freeze in 1 cup size container for ease of use later on

Heat and use in soups or as you like

Monday, December 26, 2016

S ' more Dessert

3 cups crushed graham crackers
3/4 to 1 cup melted butter
4 Tablespoons sugar ( optional)

Press in very large pie plate or square pan
Bake 350 degrees for 10 minutes - cool

1 pound marshmallows
1 Cup milk

Microwave until marshmallows are just melted and COOL

Whip 1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla

Combine by folding the marshmallow mixture into the whipped cream.
Grate about 1-1/2 oz bitter chocolate and fold this into whipped cream/marshmallow mixture.

Grate about 1 oz bitter chocolate on the top

Very light dessert. I've made this at Christmas time. The recipe is another delicious recipe from Gramma Dean.

Caramel rolls

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 cups buttermilk
6. Cups bread flour
2 teaspoons salt (scant)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 package yeast ( or 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast from a bulk container)

I mix the ingredients in my Bosch bread maker. And mix them in order. I melt the butter and use whole milk thickened with vinegar as most of the time I don't have buttermilk in the fridge. I start out with 4 cups flour, and gradually add more until it doesn't stick too much to the side of the bowl. When all mixed I put the speed up to 2 and let it mix for about 7-8 minutes.  Let set and rest 10 minutes or so.

Caramel sauce
3 cups brown sugar
2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons light corn syrup

Heat above until sugar is dissolved and slightly thickened.

Knead on floured surface, and roll to about 10 X 18 inch rectangle. Spread with 4 or so soft butter and sprinkle with a sugar cinnamon mixture, about (1 teaspoon cinnamon and 3 tablespoons white sugar)

Starting with long side roll up and press to seal.  Cup into about 12 - 14 cinnamon rolls

Pour caramel sauce into sauce pan ( use  two. 9 X 13 inch pans) place about 6 or 7 rolls in each pan.

Allow to rise in a warm place about 2 hours or until double.
Bake 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes
 Invert onto platter while warm

Monday, December 19, 2016

Tomato Basil Soup

1 1/4. cup pesto. (Homemade recipe at bottom)
5 1/2 cups diced tomatoes
Add above to crock pot on high

Sauté the following until soft
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup diced onion
2 stalks of celery
3/4 teaspoon oregano
2. Teaspoons sugar

Add sauté ingredients to tomatoes and pesto
And cook 7 hours. My crock pot was on high all of the time.

With an emersion blender, blend the soup to the desired consistency. I let some of the vegetables remain without completely liquefying everything in the crock pot.

Add 1 1/3 cup cream just before serving.....very very good

I make the home made pesto, here it is;
Blend the following together (I used a spoon to mix thoroughly)
2/3 cup basil
1/3 cup slivered almonds
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cloves of fresh garlic
1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 teaspoon salt

Story: when visiting Elizabeth we often enjoy noon lunch at Zuppas. They have the best soup. I went online and found this 'copycat' recipe for Zuppas tomato basil soup, and it is great!  If we lived closer than 4. Hours away, I would go there once a week 😉

Friday, December 9, 2016

Russian Tea Cakes

1 cup soft butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 Tablespoons confectioners sugar
2 cups flour
1 cup chopped walnuts

1/3 cup confectionary sugar to roll cookies after they've cooled

350 degree oven and bake for 12 - 15 minutes, cool, and roll X2 in sugar.

Story; Grandma Iszler made these every Christmas, so good. Also Wills favorite Christmas cookies.