Apr 26, 2013

easy and amazing biscuits

This is another Cooks Country hit. I love to have biscuits for dinner every once in awhile. Throw some butter and honey or butter and jam on a hot biscuit and I am in heaven. And so are the kids. Win win, right! Well the recipe I used to use had to be rolled out and cut. They were huge, beautiful biscuits.... But bland. I got my Cooks Country magazie the other day and thought I would give these a go. So good!! And EASY!!!!  I used the large scoop from Pampered Chef to drop them on the cookie sheet with the Sil-Eco on it. So easy. You must try them!

Cooks Country Soft and TenderBiscuits
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 TBS sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup mayonnaise (full fat)

1. Preheat oven to 450 and make sure the oven rack is in the middle of the oven.
Line a bakingsheet with parchment or a silicone mat (i have one I love called Sil-Eco on Amazon). Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk milk and mayo together in a separate bowl. Stir milj mixture into flour mixture until just combined.
2. In this step CC has you use a greased 1/4 cup measure. I used a heaping large scoop which I thought was easier. Anyway, drop scoops of dough onto prepared baking sheets. Bake until tops are golden about 12 to 14 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through baking (I forgot this step and they were still fine). Transfer to wire cooling rack and let cool 5 minutes  (or not). Serve.

Apr 12, 2013

Thai Peanut Chicken

This recipe is from Pillsbury Slow Cooker Recipes which a great book. I changed it slightly as you will see. It feeds about 4-6 adults

Thai Peanut Chicken

8 bone in chicken thighs, about 2 LBS (4 small/med size chicken breasts)
3/4 cup hot chunky salsa (1 cup medium)
1/4 cup peanutbutter (1/2 cup, chunky if you have it)
2 TBS lime juice
1 TBS soy sauce
1 tsp grated ginger (1/4 tsp ground if in a pinch)
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
Chopped cilantro

1. Place chicken in slow cooker.  In a bowl combine salsa, peanut butter, lime juice, soy sauce, and ginger.  Mix well.  Pour over chicken (could place chicken and mixture in a freezer bag and freeze to cook later.  Add a couple hours to cook time if frozen)

2. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours. 

3.  Shred chicken (the recipe says to take it out and shred, but I just use two forks and shred it right in the crock.  It is usually so tender it just falls apart).  If you use dark meat, you will probably need to skim the fat.  Otherwise, mix chicken and sauce and serve over rice.

Apr 7, 2013

Chocolate Peanutbutter Oatmeal Bars

Chocolate Peanutbutter Oatmeal Bars

Mix well
14oz sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup peanutbutter (we used crunchy)
In a separate bowl sift
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
Stir in
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup brown sugar
Cut in
3/4 cup butter, softened

In a greased 9x13 press down 1/2 oat mixture. Top with peanutbutter mixture. Top with chocolate chips. Top with oat mixture.
Bake 350 for 20 minutes or a little more. Do not over bake.

Quick and really yummy.