Monday, October 25, 2004

Pumpkin Dip

Pumpkin Dip

4 c. powdered sugar, sifted
2 - 8 oz. pkg cream cheese, softened
1 can (30 oz) pumpkin pie filling mix
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 teas. ground ginger

Cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and mix well. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth. Serve with apple slices and ginger snaps.

Donna's Simple Chili

1 lb. ground beef
1 can Brooks Chili Hot Beans
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 T. chili powder
1 t. cumin

Brown beef. Add the rest of the ingredients.
Simmer. Serve with a slice of cheese on top.

This recipe only makes enough for 4 1/2 bowls around here. So double or triple as needed :o)

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Mexican Chicken & Barley Chili

This recipe is on the box of Quaker Barley

1 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon veg. oil
2 cups water
3/4 cup Quick Quaker Barley
One 16-ounce can tomatoes, undrained, chopped
One 16-ounce can tomato sauce
One 14 1/2 ounce can chicken broth
One 4-ounce can chopped greed chilies, drained
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3 cups, cooked chicken

Cook onion and garlic.
Add remaining ingredients except chicken.
Bring to a boil, lower heat, simmer 10 minutes.
Add chicken, simmer 10 more minutes or until chicken is warm and barley is tender.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

1 pound fresh spinach
1 pint strawberries
1/2 C. pecans, browned
1 1/2 T. butter

1/3 C. red wine vinegar
1 t. salt
1/2 C. oil
1 t. dry mustard
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 T. poppy seeds
1 1/2 t. minced onion

This is fresh and delish!

Fitchburg Beans

This is the one and only Bean recipe I prepare. I am the only one in the family who will eat it. It lasts for a long time since it makes a big batch. It is very yummy.

8 bacon strips fried, diced
2 small onions quartered
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. vinegar
1 t. salt
1 t. gr. mustard
1/2 t. garlic powder
2 cans baked beans (16 oz)
1 can kidney beans (16 oz)
1 can butter beans (16oz)
1 can cut green beans (14 1/2 oz)

Rinse and drain beans. Cook bacon, saute onion in drippings. Stir in brown sugar, vinegar, salt, mustard, garlic. Simmer uncovered 15 min. Combine beans in a slow cooker. Add onion mix and bacon. Cook 6-7 hours.

Recipe from Cinde Winquist from Fitchburg.

For your crockpot...

I am a simple girl and my family likes simple food.
So here are my simple crock pot recipes.

Chicken with Soup

4 frozen Chicken Breasts
1 can of creamed soup (mushroom, celery, chicken)

You can stop right there if you want.

You can also add;

1/4 a cup of white wine
Swiss cheese
Pepperidge farm herb dressing sprinkled on top

Cook all day.

Shredded Pork

1 thawed pork roast
1/2 a cup water
A little salt and pepper

Cook all day!

One hour before serving shred the meat and pour in one or two bottles of your favorite barbecue sauce.
Serve on buns.

Italian Beef

1 thawed rump roast
1 package Good Seasons Zesty Italian Salad Dressing mix
1 bottle pepperoncinis
Water...1/2 way to the top of the meat

Cook all day. Shred the meat. Pull out little pepperoncini stems.
Serve on nice crusty French bread.

Donna's Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Donna's Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

4 chicken breasts
4 chicken bouillon cubes
1-2 stalks of celery
a little onion
some carrots
medium egg noodles
Water, up to the top

Put everything but the noodles in the crockpot.
Cook all day. One hour before serving, shred the chicken and toss in a big hand full of noodles. Finish cooking and serve.

*Parsley would be nice...if I ever had it in the house.

Chinese Coleslaw

1 pkg coleslaw
1 bunch of green onions
1 c. sunflower seeds
1 c. toasted almond slivers
1 pkg beef ramen noodles-crumbled

Mix together little packet from the noodles,
1/2 c. sugar, 1/3 c. vinegar, 1/2 c. oil.
Pour over dry ingredients and mix.

Easy and yummy!

Barefoot Contessa's Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Barefoot Contessa's Sour Cream Coffee Cake

12 T. Butter (1 1/2 sticks)
1 1/2 C. Sugar
3 XL Eggs
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1 1/4 C. sour cream
2 1/2 C. Cake Flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. kosher salt

3/4 C. light brown sugar, packed
1/2 C. all purpose flour
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. kosher salt
3 T. butter
3/4 C. walnuts (I do not use these)

Preheat 350*.
Use a 10 inch tube pan.

Cream butter and sugar 4-5 minutes.
Add eggs one at a time...add vanilla and sour cream.
Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt.
Mix together with wet ingredients.
Make Streusel

Spoon 1/2 into the pan...Sprinkle 3/4 c. streusel on to that...
Spoon on the rest of the batter...scatter the remaining streusel on top.
Bake 350* for 50-60 min.

Donna's Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

1 1/2 cup salad oil
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 cups raw carrots finely grated

- Combine and beat well the oil and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time on high. Add flour, soda, salt and cinnamon. Fold in carrots. Grease and flour pan. Pour into pan :o)
Bake in 9x13 pan at 350 for 35-40 min.


1 package cream cheese
1/2 stick butter
1 pound powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla

Mix Well. Ice when the cake is cool.

Broccoli-Cauliflower Salad

This recipe is from the book Cooking from Quilt Country by Marcia Adams. I have altered her recipe by adding cauliflower for some variety.

Broccoli-Cauliflower Salad

1 bunch broccoli
1 head cauliflower
10 slices bacon
1/3 cup raisins
1 large red onion
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds

Chop up broccoli and cauliflower. (Eight cups all together.) Fry bacon and set aside. Chop onion. Combine broccoli, cauliflower, onion, raisins and bacon. Whisk together mayo, sugar, vinegar, and pepper.
Pour dressing over vegetables. Refrigerate. Top with sunflower seeds.

Hope you like it!

Neiman Marcus Cookies


1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-3/4 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder, slightly crushed (I use 1 teaspoon of instant coffee instead)
8 ounces chocolate chips (I use less)


1. Cream the butter with the sugars until fluffy.
2. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract.
3. Combine the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips.
4. Drop by large spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.
10 to 12 minutes for a crispier cookie. Makes 12 to 15 large cookies.

There you have it :o) Espresso powder...who would've thunk it?