Thursday, May 23, 2024

Taco Spices

 Instead of buying the taco packet of spices for making tacos
I use use my own spices.

Mix together

1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 Teaspoons cumin
1 Teaspoon pepper
1 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Teaspoon paprika
1/4 Teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 Teaspoon oregano
1/8 Teaspoon cayenne pepper

Use 2 Tablespoons per pound of ground beef.

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Roasted Italian Sausage and Vegetables

One Pan Roasted Sausage and Vegetables

  • 1 Pound Italian sausage, cut in 1 inch slices
  • 2 Potatoes, cut in 1 inch cubes
  • 3 Bell peppers, cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Mix everything together and coat well
  3. Spray sheet pan with non stick spray and spread sausage and vegetables on pan
  4. Bake 40 minutes until potatoes are golden and sausage is cooked.
Any root vegetable works great.
I've made it with carrots, parsnips, turnips, and sweet potatoes

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Coffee Cake

 Coffee Cake

  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1¼ cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-x-13-inch baking dish.

2. In large mixing bowl, mix eggs, oil, milk, and vanilla together.

3. In medium bowl, blend flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. 

4. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well. Pour HALF the batter into the prepared baking dish.

5. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon and mix well.

6. Sprinkle HALF of the cinnamon sugar on top of the batter in the pan. 
 Pour the remaining batter over the cinnamon sugar layer. 
 Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture over the top.

7. Drizzle the melted butter over the top.

Bake for 35–40 minutes

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Sub Rolls

12 Inch Sub Rolls

  • 1 1/2 cups water, lukewarm about 105F
  • 2 Tablespoons active dry or Instant yeast
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled

1. Add lukewarm water to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the kneading hook. Add the yeast and 1/2 teaspoon of the sugar. Let stand 5 minutes, then add the remaining sugar, salt and vegetable oil. Mix briefly to combine.

2. Add the flour, one cup at a time, mixing between additions. When all the flour has been added, continue mixing for a 3-4 minutes.  Cover with a clean tea towel. Let stand 15 minutes.

3. Remove dough to a floured work surface. Knead dough a couple of minutes, adding additional flour as needed, only if the dough is sticking to your hands or the work surface. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. 
Form each piece of dough into a ball, cover with a clean tea towel and let rest 15 minutes.

4. Preheat oven to 375F 

5. Roll each piece of dough into an 8x8-inch square. Starting with the edge closest to you, tightly roll the dough up, jelly-roll style and pinch the seam together. Using your palms, roll the dough log on a work surface, gently and evenly stretching it out longer, until it is 11 to 12-inch long. Be sure that the dough is even thickness along the length of the dough. Remove dough to a large, un-greased baking sheet.

6. Repeat with the remaining dough pieces.
Brush the dough with water, cover and let rise 20-30 minutes, until puffy.

7. Brush the dough with water again and sprinkle with any toppings at this point (seeds, cheese, dried herbs etc.)

8. Bake 18-22 minutes, or until deep golden. 
Remove from the oven and immediately transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Wrap and store at room temperature or in the fridge, to extend the freshness time. For longer storage, wrap well and freeze for up to 3 months.

Very good.
Easy but a bit time consuming but sure worth it.
We like them better than what we can buy.

You can also use the same recipe but instead of making sub rolls make round rolls for sandwiches or hamburgers.
Instead of rolling out the dough to make sub rolls I cut the dough into 8 pieces and shaped them into round rolls.
Only seven pictured because one was eaten before I took the picture.

Taco Spices

 Instead of buying the taco packet of spices for making tacos I use use my own spices. Mix together 1 Tablespoon chili powder 1 1/2 Teaspoon...