Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I decided a few weeks ago that I needed a challenge...or a hook...or something to focus my ADHD/artistic brain on this blog. I LOVE writing this, but need something to keep me from driving this car into a ditch.
I really liked the performance art nature of "Super Size Me", and "The Julie/Julia Project", and, being a trained copycat, I wanted to do "30 days of..." something for my food blog. I toyed with the idea of pie, but they would have to knock out an exterior wall to extract me from the house if I ate pie everyday. I polled my Facebook friends and my dear cousin Brenda had a brilliant suggestion: "Peanut Butter! You could start with your yummy peanut butter and jelly cookies!"
I must admit that I have successfully turned the majority of my family into Peanut Butter and Jelly cookie addicts. "The first one's free...then you have to pay"..."Take these to your friends, bring me back the money in this violin case".
So that's what we're gonna do: 30 days of Peanut Butter.
I'm going to start next week: July 5th. I wanted to start this week, but my husband is on vacation and is sooooo needy: "Help ME clean the floors", "Go with ME and the boys to the movies", "Get ME some gas so I can mow the yard"....geeze, what a whiner!
Anyways, he goes back to work next Monday, and that will be Day One.
On Day One, we will make our own peanut butter from scratch.
I won't reveal all the recipes, but in the 30 days, we will be making some old favorites (My grandmother's peanut butter cookies), some new favorites (Peanut Butter Ice Cream), and some unexpected fare (Alabama Peanut Butter Soup).
So tune in next Monday for the first installment of "30 Days of Peanut Butter".
Expect it to be awesome. Expect me and my husband to gain 30 lbs.
Friday, June 18, 2010
My pie dough recipe makes a lot of freakin' pie crusts.
So do I. A lot. And I love food that has a few simple ingredients. Like sugar and chocolate. What's better than that?
Ok, quit screwing around. Let's get to the cookies, Amy.
Sprinkle with sugar.
Since it's a wee bit humid this time of year, we need to firm this up.
Yummy, yummy in my tummy. Better grab one before the boys see them...
Chocolate Pie Dough Cookies
1 unbaked Pie Crust
Roll out pie crust between wax paper or parchment. Sprinkle with sugar, then with cocoa powder. Roll up jelly roll style, then freeze or refrigerate until firm.
Cut into 1/2" thick slices. Place on baking sheet and bake in 350 oven about 25 minutes, or until slightly browned.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Or will be raining soon...My boys are gone for the day (Thank you, Grandma K!!)...
All I have is the kick-ass stereo that I stole from my mom's house
(yes, I'm 38 BUT I can still go to my mom's house and take things)
And my grandma's recipe box...what ho, what's this??
Does that say "Cherry Pudding"? What a co-winkie-dink...Dad just brought me a gallon of cherries from my uncle's trees:
Gorgeous, right? They've already given us a pretty pie
It only seems right that we should try out Grandma's cherry pudding...
She had 3 (count 'em THREE) copies of this recipe in the box. She's like me: it's around here somewhere, but I'll copy it again because I can't put my hands on it right now.
Pretty raggedy, a sure sign of a good one.
Pudding? With Baking Powder? Really? Welp, I guess we don't know until we try, right?
Simple ingredients: 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 (heaping) teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 cup cold water
Mix together dry, add wet...just like noodles:
In another bowl: 1 1/2 cups hot water, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 cup cherries.
And then pour the cherry mixture on top. Don't stir.
My cake pan is a wee bit full, I better put this on a baking sheet so I don't have to clean my oven again.
No baking instructions...gee, thanks Grandma. Let's do 350, we'll check it after 20 minutes or so...
Meanwhile, let's see what else is in this recipe box:
A self frosting cake??? WHAAAA???
Ooo, look: A tobacco ad...
I think it wants to say, 'Anyone old enough to vote is old enough to make up his own mind'. I'm sold, gimmee a cig.
Bisquick Party Book??
Whoa...Bisquick Party. Amy's House. Be There. I'll bring the book.
Hey, what's this?
Oh. Emm. Gee. A mystery recipe!
Well...should we make it? Ok, I think so too...
"Hard Ball"...ok, it's a candy of some kind.
1 1/2 cups white sugar, 1 cup B sugar (I'm going to assume that means Brown), 2/3 cup syrup (light corn syrup), 3/4 cup water...There's a little space, I'm going to think ahead and assume you cook this part separate from the remaining ingredients:
Cook to Hard Ball. I prefer Hard Ball to Soft Crack - The most unpleasant term in candy-making. Maybe the most unpleasant term EVER. Well, Hard Crack isn't so great either.
While that's cooking, the rest of the ingredients are 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp vanilla, 4 tbsp butter. I really feel that this really needs nuts, so I'm adding cashews.
After you get to the proper degree of ball, add the remaining ingredients, then pour out onto a sheet to cool:
Beautiful, right? I gotta let it cool...If you want uniform shapes, you should score it while it's still warm...
Yes, Amy...it's gorgeous...And the pudding? How about the cherry pudding Amy?
Oh, crap...I forgot about it. 40 minutes in the oven...And I wanted to eat some really bad so I did. Sorry.
Yeah. It's yummy....
Whipped cream? Sure! Powdered sugar? Oh, yeah. Warm with ice cream? Don't EEEEVen.
Raining outside. Fresh Coffee. Warm Cherry Pudding.
Life is good.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
My name is Amy. And I'm addicted to all things pork.
7oz of evaporated milk (Oooo, ounces! This must be European!) that I forgot to photograph
Cook, on low, to Soft Ball...238 degrees. It takes a few minutes. You should cook it over low heat.
Stir, then pour into 8x8 foil-lined pan...I buttered the foil, too. Just for fun. Then I sprinkled a little more bacon crumbles on it. And in a "Why The Frig Not" moment, I threw on some sea salt. That seems so hot right now. Let it set. Mine took about an hour on the counter.
Oooo, I love that "Lift and No-Cleanup" thing!
So that got me thinking...