Monday, December 22, 2014

Cranberry Punch

I made this punch a week ago for an Adult Sunday School Party.  I forgot to take a picture, so bought the ingredients and made it again.  Everyone really liked this punch.
Cranberry Punch

1 bottle of Martinelli's Sparkling Apple Cider
1 3-liter bottle of Sprite
2 cans of cranberry juice concentrate(undiluted)
frozen cranberries

Mix all ingredients together and add frozen cranberries to make it look festive.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Zesty Potato Casserole

Not sure where I got this recipe, but it has been in my file for many, many years! These were very good. I made them up early in the afternoon and baked them just before dinner.

Zesty Potato Casserole
susie que's

2# potatoes, cooked with the skins on (Beth peeled)
1 C chicken stock
2 T vinegar
¼ C minced onion
2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp garlic powder
¼ C olive oil
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a 13 x 9 x 2 baking dish. Quarter the cooked potatoes and place into the baking dish. Mix all the rest of the ingredients and pour over the potatoes. Bake for 45 minutes.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Crockpot Beef Roast with Steak Seasoning

I had a roast in the freezer and wanted to do something different with it.  I thought these seasonings went well together.  

Crockpot Beef Roast with Steak Seasoning

3 # chuck roast
2 tablespoons steak seasoning
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 T minced onion flakes
1 bouillon cube
1 c water
baby carrots

Mix seasonings together and rub on both sides of roast.  Place in crockpot.  Add water and bouillon cube and then top with carrots.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Friday, December 19, 2014

White Ranch Bread Mix

I have had this in my files since 2004 and never tried it! We made it for dinner this past week and really liked it. I made a 1.5# loaf.

White Ranch Bread Mix

3 1/4 cups Flour -- (2 1/4)
1/3 cup Dry Milk -- (1/4)
1 1/2 teaspoons Salt -- (1)
2 tablespoons Sugar -- (1 1/2)
1 tablespoon Powdered Ranch Dressing Mix -- (3 tsp.)
2 1/2 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast -- (1 1/4)

Place ranch dressing mix into a small zip baggie and set aside. Do the same with yeast, or set aside a prepackaged envelope of yeast. Mix and place the remaining ingredients into a quart sized jar. Lay baggies of dressing mix and yeast on top of mix and apply lid.

To make the bread later, you will need the following ingredients:

1 1/8 cups Water (5/8)
1 Egg, beaten (1)
1/4 cup Vegetable Oil (3 Tbsp.)

Place all ingredients into bread pan, in the order recommended by
manufacturer of your bread maker. Insert the bread pan into the bread maker, and select "White", desired crust color, rapid or normal baking cycle and loaf size. Select desired delay option, and press Start.

Note: This recipe is for a 1 1/2 pound loaf, but measurements for a one pound loaf are included in the parenthesis ( ). To make a two pound loaf, double measurements given for one pound loaf.




Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mom’s Famous Baked Potato Soup

I bought a new 8 qt crockpot  a few days before Thanksgiving when my newest crockpot wasn't on its last legs.  I wanted to see if potatoes would cook in this crockpot.  YES!  I cooked this soup on high and the potatoes were perfect at 4.5 hours.  LOVED this recipe. 
Mom’s Famous Baked Potato Soup

6 potatoes (peeled and cut bite-size)
About 1/2 onion, chopped
1 or 2 carrots, peeled & cut
4 chicken bouillon cubes
1 or 2 stalks of celery, chopped
1 tablespoon of parsley
5 cups of water
1 teaspoon of salt
Pepper to taste
1 (13 ounce) can of evaporated milk
Cornstarch for thickening (a few heaping spoonfuls, probably about 1/4 cup)
Tepid water for the cornstarch
Shredded cheese, crumbled bacon for topping

Put all the vegetables, the water, parsley, bouillon, salt, and pepper in the crock pot. Cover and cook on low 10-12 hours (or on high 4-5 hours). Stir in evaporated milk during last hour. Add thickening of cornstarch & water during last 10 minutes, stir until thickened (like 5 minutes for me). Serve with grated cheese and crumbled bacon.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Outback Steakhouse Bushman Bread Machine Recipe

We love the bread from Outback or Cheesecake factory.  I needed a bread to serve with two different soups I made.  I normally don't even try recipes that have coffee in them, since I do not care for the taste.  I decided to 'be a big girl' and try this.  I am SO glad I did.  We all loved this bread. 

Outback Steakhouse Bushman Bread Machine Recipe

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup brewed coffee
1/2 cup evaporated milk
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup honey
2 1/4 cups bread flour
2 1/4 cups wheat flour
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast
Put ingredients in bread machine according to the instructions, usually wet ingredients first and end with yeast.  Bake on Sweet Bread setting.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Japanese Steakhouse Ginger Salad Dressing CopyCat Shogun Steak

We went to Kobe Steakhouse to celebrate our Jenna getting a job in her field.  We LOVE the dressing there, so found a few recipes to try.  This one is a bit darker in color, but tastes very similar. 
Japanese Steakhouse Ginger Salad Dressing CopyCat Shogun Steak

1/2 cup minced onion
1/2 cup peanut oil (Beth used canola oil)
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons minced celery
2 tablespoons ketchup
4 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a blender.

Blend on high speed for about 30 seconds or until all of the ginger is well-pureed.

This recipe yields 1 3/4 cups.