Thursday, February 27, 2014

Shortbread Creamy Nutrella Filled Cookie Sandwich

Ahh, nutty and chocolate Nutrella.  What's not to like?  Add a couple of ingredients to Nutrella for a cookie filling for the simple shortbread cookie sandwich.
Let's start with a quick shortbread type cookie.  This recipe was my Grandmother's for her cookie "gun."  She use the recipe as a Spritz cookie in that old school cookie gun.  Gram could hand crank that old gun and had trays ready for us to decorate in no time.  Change it up a bit by rolling balls, flatten cookie balls with a glass bottom dipped into sugar and it suits my needs perfect.
Shortbread Cookies
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter
3 ounces cream cheese
1 cup sugar
Cream these ingredients together.
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
Cream together with other creamed ingredients.
2  1/2 - 3 cups flour
Slowly add to bowl of creamed ingredients.
Roll into 2" balls and place on ungreased baking sheet.  Flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped into sugar.  Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit 8-11 minutes until done.  Allow to cool.
Nutrella Cookie Filling
1/2 cup Nutrella spread
1/4 cup cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
1- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
splash of milk
Put all ingredients except milk into mixing bowl and cream together.  Use a splash of milk if not creamy enough to spread on the bottom of cookie.  Top with the bottom of another cookie.
Milk or coffee with these?

Monday, February 17, 2014

Baked Cauliflower Croutons for Salad

I must have cabin fever.  This has been a long, cold, snowy winter in CNY.  I am craving fresh vegetables from the garden and I find myself including salads with most meals to satisfy the cravings for fresh veggies.  To seal the deal, I have a "new" crouton gotta have on my salads,
Baked Cauliflower Croutons.
Yep, this salad happens to have bacon, lots of bacon.
Please don't judge.
Baked Cauliflower Croutons are super easy to make.
Clean and trim fresh cauliflower florets.  Dip in egg wash and into bread crumbs with grated Parmesan Cheese mixed together.  Place on baking sheet, spray oiled sheet.  Bake @350 degrees until tender.  Cool to warm and add to salad.
Top with dressing and enjoy. 
Spring and the garden season will be here soon...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Beef Stroganoff Casserole Skillet

Tonight nothing will do but one of those add fresh ingredients to a few all ready made and have dinner on the table in 15 minutes meals.  Add a nice crusty loaf of homemade bread, a salad and the meal is on the table.
So here goes with a 15 minute Beef Stroganoff Casserole Skillet pictorial.
Start by browning a couple of small steaks and onions.
Add fresh sliced mushrooms to the saute pan.
Break apart steaks in pan.
Add one can cream of mushroom soup.
Add 2 ounces cream cheese and 1/4 cup sour cream.
Stir in one package of Onion Mushroom dry soup mix.
Allow to simmer while noodles cook and drain.
Cook and drain noodles as sauce is prepared.
Dinner is ready, let's eat!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Peach Cobbler

I could eat the entire pan of this Peach Cobbler.  I won't,  I'm just sayin'.  Hurry up, pour a cup of coffee and grab the last slice before it is gone.  Delicious and easy as 1,2,3 Peach Cobbler recipe follows.

1 large 29 ounce can peach halves with the juice
1 yellow cake mix
½ cup butter, melted
*I cut this recipe in half for serving 2-3 people in the photos. 
Place peaches and juice in a greased 9×13 pan. 
Sprinkle dry cake mix over peaches.

Carefully pour melted butter over cake mix.

 Bake at 325 for about 45-50 minutes.
Allow Peach Cobbler to cool and set up
 before serving warm or cold. 
 Ice cream or no ice cream,,,