Category Archives: Recipes

Bacon Biscuits For Your Pup

I was tootling around the Internet the other day and saw a heard of recipes for homemade Doggie Treats.  One in particular caught my eye.

In our house we love  BACON!  I mean come on, who doesn’t?

When ever I make a tray of that crispy-golden-delicious treat, I save the rendered fat in an old plastic container, with a well fitting lid, and stash it in the `fridge.  Have you ever cooked your morning Eggs with Bacon Grease? MMM!

Our beloved, handsome, smart and spoiled rotten Puppy-Boy Vito passed away back in 2005, but he is still in our hearts and thoughts, everyday.  I would make all kinds of treats for him, but ya know, I never made Dog Biscuits, no really!

I wanted to give this recipe a whirl and share them with our neighbor-Doggies.  My thought is to make a few different flavors of Puppy Treats to sell at our Communities next Bake Sale 💡

So here’s my own spin on this recipe ~

 

Bacon Dog Biscuits

Original recipe by the Santa Clara County Humane Society

Yield: Approx. 50 – 2″x1″x1/4″ Small Dog Bone Shaped Cookies

2 1/2 C. Whole Wheat Flour

1/2 C. Milk

1 Egg

5 Tbsp. rendered Bacon Fat

2 pieces of cooked Bacon, minced, about 1/4 C.

1/8 tsp. Garlic Powder

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/4 C. Water

Pre-heat the over to 350°

In a stand mixer, combine all of the ingredients to form a slightly firm dough.

Dust a section of the counter with some more Flour and roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick.  Cut into desired shapes, the easiest and quickest is to use a Pizza Cutter Wheel, making small-ish/bite sized cookies— the sky’s the limit as to shape and size.

Place the biscuits onto a parchment lined baking sheet, leaving about 1/4 inch between each Cookie; bake for approximately 15 minutes or until the Biscuits are firm to the touch.

Cool on the pan for 1 minute and then transfer to a cooling rack.  Once cooled completly, store in an airtight container or Zip-top baggie.

Now, IF  you should have any of these goodies for Fido leftover, I might put them into the refrigerator, after all, there’s BACON in there  😀

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Auntie Doni’s Somen Salad

In Hawaii, there are many cultures that have influenced the cuisine there.  Japanese-style dishes are just one of them that I really enjoy. Since it’s already starting to heat up here in My Kitchen In The Middle Of The Desert, this recipe came to mind recently and I thought I’d share this lovely cold salad to add to your Summer menu.

 

Auntie Doni’s Somen Salad

Serves 3

Salad Ingredients:

½ of a package of Somen Noodles

1 C. Lettuce, shredded

½ C. each, Carrots, Char Siu or Chinese BBQ Pork, Kamaboko or Steamed Fish Cake, julienne

1 C. Hot House Cucumbers, julienne

1 Egg

1 pinch each, Dashi Powder and granulated Sugar

2 stalks of Green Onion, sliced finely

1 tsp. Sesame Seeds

 

Prepare the Noodles, following the directions on the package; drain well and set aside.

Beat the Egg along with the Dashi Powder and Sugar.  Cook up as a flat omelette, cool and julienne finely; set aside.

[I always use Aloha Brand Shoyu in all of my recipes]

Dressing Ingredients:

⅓ C. Chicken Broth

1 Tbsp. each, Rice Vinegar, Soy Sauce, granulated Sugar, Sesame Oil

Heat the Broth in the microwave for 30 seconds or less, just enough to dissolve the sugar.

Combine as of the Dressing ingredients in a tightly sealing jar; set aside.

Now that you have everything together, or what’s called your Mise en Place, it’s time to assemble our salads.  Be sure that all of the ingredients are well chilled.

I like to make individual salads, but you can combine all of the above as one big Family-style salad and let everyone serve themselves.  Dress your salads just before serving though.

Now this is just how I do it, you put yours together how you feel is best.  I like to start with the shredded Lettuce in a bowl, with the Noodles next; then artfully arrange all of the “goodies”.  

You could stop at this point, cover, stash them in the `fridge and serve later.  This is a great make-ahead dish for dinner or even a potluck.

When your ready to eat this gorgeous looking creation, spoon the Dressing over the top and combine everything well.  I find that using my hands works best, but it’s up to you.

This is quite a refreshing salad and it’s also surprisingly filling.

The toppings of the salad can be whatever your family craves.  What about Shrimp or Crab; some folks use cooked Spam®, Deli Ham, Cilantro, Mung Bean Sprouts, or even go Vegetarian and use Tofu — you decide.

Our family likes loads of goodies, no matter the kind.

ENJOY!

Copycat Starbucks Bran Muffins

My husband has breakfast with his life-long buddy just about every Saturday.  Lately, they’ve been going to Starbucks for coffee and a baked good.  I asked DH to bring back one of their Bran Muffins, which are soooo yummy!

Then it dawned on me, why not make my own?  I searched the internet and settled on this recipe:

https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/starbucks-bran-muffins-404763#activity-feed

Meh, not so much.  I’m not sure why I wasn’t wow-ed by these muffins… was it the recipe?  Or was it the dried Apples that I found at the local market, that had absolutely no Apple taste to them, dunno … but I’ll go back to making my standard Bran Muffin recipe, from the side of the cereal box.

Turkey Breast En Cocotte Ala ATK

I have to admit that I do not have a subscription to America’s Test Kitchen, but I do watch their shows, streaming on our Smart TV.  If I see a dish that I think would get a thumbs-up at our table, I grab a pen and note pad to write it down as they go along.

This one’s a keeper for sure!

Turkey Breast En Cocotte

serves 3-4 people

1 Fresh split Turkey Breast (don’t get Turkey that’s been ‘enhanced’ with Salt Solution)

Salt and Pepper to taste

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil

1 small Onion, rough chopped

1 Large Carrot, peeled and rough chopped

1 rib of Celery, rough chopped

6 Garlic Cloves, crushed

2 sprigs of fresh Thyme

1 Bay Leaf

Wash and pat dry the Turkey and then season well with Salt and Pepper, all over.

In a Dutch Oven, heat the Oil over medium-high heat, place the Turkey skin side down; sprinkle in the veggies all around the meat along with the Thyme and Bay Leaf.  Brown the Turkey on all sides, this will take anywhere from 10-15 minutes, stirring the veg too so that they don’t get over done.

Once the Bird is nicely golden, turn it skin side up and cover the pot tightly with foil to get a good seal and trap in all the moisture.  Cover the Dutch Oven with its lid and roast the Bird in a preheated oven at 250° for 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 hours, or until the Turkey registers 165° internal temperature.

Remove the Turkey Breast to a board and tent with foil to keep it warm.

Place the pot back on the stovetop over medium heat and reduce the Turkey juices and veg for 15 minutes.

Now comes the gravy, and isn’t that the best part about eating Turkey?

Gravy

1/4 C. All Purpose Flour

4 C. Chicken Broth

Sprinkle the Flour over the now reduced juices and veggies, stirring constantly and cook for 2-5 minutes, until the Flour turns nice a toasty-brown.  Slowly pour in the broth, whisking all the while.  Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the gravy for 10-15 minutes, until it reduces down to about 2 1/2 cups.  Pour the finished gravy through a sieve and remove the vegetables.

Serve it up how your family likes, we like some Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Stuffing Casserole and Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.

This Turkey is the most moist, juicy, delicious I’ve ever made, really!

Apple Squares

I participate in several Food Forums, I may have mentioned this before; a nice gentleman posted a recipe that his Sister gave him for what they call Apple Squares, me, I say pure yumminess is much more along the line!

Apple Squares

courtesy of Andy M.

Serves 9

 

130g (1 C.) All Purpose Flour

240g (1 1/4 C.) granulated Sugar

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. ground Cinnamon

1/8 tsp. ground Nutmeg

2 tsp. Baking Powder

3/4 C. Chopped Walnuts (I used Pecans)

3 Macintosh Apples, peeled, cored and diced (I had Ruby Frost Apples that needed using)

2 Eggs, beaten

 

Preheat the over to 375°F

Grease and line with parchment paper, an 8″ x 8″ pan

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Add the Apples and mix well.  Stir in the beaten Eggs thoroughly.  This makes a very stiff batter, but be patient, it will come together.  Pour the batter into the pan and spread it out evenly with an off-set spatula.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick test comes out clean.  Cool the cake completely on a wire rack, in the pan.

Using the parchment paper, remove carefully to a cutting board and slice with a serrated knife into 9 equal pieces.

YUM!

Why not guild the lily and serve your cake ala mode?  😀

Homemade Soft Pretzels ala Alton Brown

My husband has been trying to get me to make him Soft Pretzels for YEARS!  And I can understand, he’s from Philadelphia and loves  his Soft Pretzels 😀

Well, I have no idea what got into me, but I was in the mood for something yummy and different, so I went on the WWW to search for a good recipe.  There are several websites/blogs/vlogs etc. out there with solid techniques for making Soft Pretzels, but I settled on:

https://altonbrown.com/homemade-soft-pretzels-recipe/

I thought that the finished product looked a bit fat, but DH LOVED  these.  I didn’t have Pretzel Salt, and used course Hawaiian Sea Salt, that was okay, but I really wished  that I had some Queso for dipping!  Next time, and believe me, there will be a next time, soon!

ENJOY!

 

Chicken and Snow Pea Stir-Fry

I’ve been thinking a lot about Cheap & Friendly Family Meals lately.  So many households need quick and inexpensive meal ideas; may I humbly suggest this one?

Auntie Doni’s Chicken and Snow Pea Stir-Fry

serves 4

3 B/S Chicken Thighs, diced

1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil

8 oz. package Fresh Snow Peas

2 Garlic Cloves, thinly sliced

3 Green Onion, chopped and divided

1/2 Tbsp. fresh Ginger, grated fine

1/4 tsp. White Pepper

1/4 C. Low Sodium Soy Sauce (you know we like Aloha Shoyu best!)

1/4 C. Chicken Broth

1/2 Tbsp. Corn Starch

1/2 tsp. Sesame Oil

 

In a large fry pan over medium-high, heat the Oil just til you see wisps of smoke. Sauté the Chicken until it get a little brown.  Now goes in the Snow Peas, Garlic, Ginger, half of the Green Onions and White Pepper, toss them with the Chicken and add maybe 2 tablespoons of water and cover.  Steam the veg to crisp-tender, this should take like 1-2 minutes, tops.

Combine the Shoyu, Broth and Corn Starch in a small bowl or measuring cup; pour over the Chicken and Veg and stir to combine.  The sauce will thicken and coat everything nicely.

Remove the pan from the heat and drizzle the Sesame Oil and sprinkle the remaining Green Onions over your finished dish.

Serve with Steamed Rice, Noodles or just by itself.

Here’s the break down of this dish:

Chicken $2.00 + Snow Peas $2.98 + everything else $1.50 = $6.48/4 servings = $1.64

WOW!!   😮

As always, a recipe is simply some else’s idea, you take it and make it your own.  Change out the protein and/or the veg, like Shrimp and Asparagus or Beef and Broccoli, the sky’s the limit.

 

**Cook’s note: if you like a saucier dish, double the Soy Sauce, Broth and Corn Starch.