Snowball Cookies

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2/3 cup confectioners sugar (I use a little less because I don’t like them so sweet)
  • 1teaspoon vanilla
  • Blend above together until smooth
  • Add:
    • 2 Cups Flour, 1/8 teaspoon salt and blend until flour is completely mixed
    • Mix in 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Take about 1 Tablespoon of dough and roll into balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. (I fill the cookie sheet because these cookies don’t spread,)
  • Bake 300 degrees for about 20 minutes or until bottoms begin to get a little color.
  • Roll in confectioners sugar twice while warm. (I only roll once, again because of the sweetness.) I actually like this cookie without the sugar coating. They’re just not as pretty.

Goulash / American Chop Suey

Ingredients:
  • 1 pound ground beef.
  • Almost an entire box of ziti (or your favorite pasta)
  • 1 Can Tomato Soup
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Ground Black Pepper
Steps:
  • Get a nice big pot of water boiling with some salt (if it tastes like tears then it’s probably salted about right), although, the soup has plenty of salt in it too, so you could salt the water a bit less in this case if you want.
  • Brown beef in pan.
  • Around this time also put your pasta in the water (which should be good an boiling by this point)
  • When the beef is about 80% cooked, add in the garlic.  You don’t want the garlic to brown, but you do want to sweat it a bit.  Might as well throw a few grinds of black pepper in there as well.
  • When fully cooked, remove beef and drain off excess fat.  You can put the beef back into the pan to keep warm if you want while you wait for the pasta to cook.  If you’ve timed it well, it should be pretty close to done.
  • When the pasta’s done, drain it and then add back into the big boiling pot.  Add the beef mixture to this pot, as well as the entire can of tomato soup.  Season with additional black pepper if you want.
  • Mix well and serve immediately with some garlic bread of something (I like it best when it’s screaming hot).
To borrow some words from my old roommate whose father cooked meals for a firehouse, this is one of those things that can be cooked “hot and a lot” for a group of people.  Super simple, easy, and fast.

Cardamom Bread

Ingredients:

  • 8 Cups Flour
  • 2 1/2 Cups Lukewarm Milk
  • 2 pkg. Dry Yeast
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup melted (salted) butter
  • 3 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • Chopped almonds
  • Egg White (for wash)

Steps:

  • Dissolve yeast in 1/2 Cup of milk
  • Mix remaining milk, sugar, egg, salt, butter, cardamom and half the flour.
  • Beat with whisk until smooth
  • Add milk/yeast mixture and remaining flour.  Mix.
  • Cover and let rise until doubled.
  • Turn out onto lightly floured board, knead until smooth.
  • Cut into thirds.  Cut each third into thirds and roll each into ropes.
  • Place ropes onto lightly buttered cookie sheets and braid into loaf.
  • Let rise until doubled.
  • Brush each braid with slightly-beaten egg white wash.
  • Sprinkle sugar (more creates a sweeter sugar crust), and chopped almonds.
  • Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.  More is better but watch for burning.
  • Remove, let cool, cut and enjoy with butter.
  • Best the next morning toasted with butter…

Raw Apple Cake

This is, without a doubt, the best-tasting cake you’ll make for how easy it is.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Cups chopped apple
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 Cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup oil
  • 2 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1 Cup chopped walnuts

Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Combine all ingredients in one (large) bowl.
  • Mix by hand just until flour is mixed in
  • Pour / place mixture into (angel food cake pan?)  Whatever the kind is that makes a round cake with a hole in the middle
  • Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

Optional Frosting:

  • Mix together confectioner’s sugar and water to make a liquid paste that will run/drizzle off a spoon.
  • Add Almond Extract to mixture.  Not sure on quantity,  pretty powerful stuff so go slow and taste…add more if it needs it.
  • Drizzle over cake going from center to outside so you get lines of frosting radiating out from the “center” of the cake.

Matt’s Chicken

This can be cooked in 30 minutes and be ready to eat.  In Matt’s words, his father used to make this for the Fire Station where he worked because it can be made and served “hot and a lot”.  I don’t actually eat the broccoli, I really just like the flavor it adds, so depending on how much you want it cooked you might add it  at a different time in the process.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces.
  • 1 Onion, sliced.
  • 1 Pepper, sliced.
  • Broccoli, trimmed
  • 1 Jar store-bought chicken gravy
  • 1/4 cup White Wine (guessing on quantity here)
  • 2 – 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Red Pepper flakes (add as much or as little as you want)
  • Salt / Pepper
  • Egg Noodles

 

Steps:

  • Get water and pan for egg noodles ready.
  • In large skillet, cook onions and pepper over medium heat in olive oil until onions start to turn clear.  Add chicken, cook until mostly cooked-through.  Try not to let onions brown.
  • Add broccoli
  • Add red pepper flakes to taste.
  • Add gravy and white wine, let cook more to burn off alcohol.  Turn heat down to simmer, cover and let cook until desired doneness.
  • Cook egg noodles.
  • Serve over egg noodles.

Turkey (or chicken) Vatapa

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp peanut oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 (28 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 12-ounce can light beer
  • 1/4 cup unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts
  • 3 Cups chopped, skinned turkey (or chicken)
  • 1/2 Cup light coconut milk
  • 1/2 Cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 Cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Steps:

  • Heat oil in a dutch oven (or a big pot)
  • Add onion and garlic, sauté 2 minutes
  • Add ginger and jalapeño sauté 30 seconds
  • Stir in water, tomatoes, and beer.  Bring to a boil and cover.
  • Reduce heat, simmer 20 minutes.
  • Place peanuts in spice grinder, grind until fine.  (you can substitute peanut butter too)
  • Add peanuts, meat, and coconut milk to pan.  Stir to combine.
  • Increase heat to medium, bring to simmer, cook 5 minutes.
  • Stir in parsley, cilantro, juice, salt, and black pepper.
  • Garnish with cilantro sprigs if desired.

Caribbean Chicken

Ingredients:

For the Rub:

  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper

Mix these together to make a rub.

For the rest:

  • 1 3 pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces (or 8 chicken thighs or similar)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Onions finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 28 oz can ready-cut peeled tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 Cups chicken stock or canned broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2/ cup chopped raisins (optional)

Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Rub the mix you made at the top onto the chicken.  Save 2 Tbsp of the rub for the rice later.
  • Dip chicken into flour, shake off excess.
  • Heat oil in large heavy skillet.
  • Add chicken and brown well, turning frequently.
  • Transfer chicken to paper towels and drain.
  • Ad 2 onions, bell peppers, garlic and cumin to skillet and sauté until onions brown a bit.
  • Mix in tomatoes, stock, green onions and 1/4 cup parsley.
  • Arrange chicken in large baking dish.  Pour sauce over chicken.
  • Bake until cooked through, about 35 minutes, or longer to tenderfy the chicken even more.

Grab a beer, then make rice…

  • Melt butter in heavy pan
  • Add rice and remaining 2  tsp of spice rub.  Cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add 3 cups water and bring to a boil.  Cover, reduce heat until rice is done…blah blah blah…you know how to make rice….
  • Mix raisins into rice if you want (I don’t).
  • Spoon rice onto platter, top with chicken, devour.

Moroccan Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C currants of raisins
  • 1/4 C Dry Sherry
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped Onion
  • 1 C Milk
  • 1 Med Apple
  • 3 T flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 6 boneless chicken breasts

Steps:

  • Soak currants in sherry
  • Melt butter in heavy skillet (low)
  • Add onions – saute.
  • Add flour and curry
  • Whisk in milk
  • Bring to boil
  • Add currants and apple
  • Remove from heat
  • Salt to taste.
  • Put chicken in buttered pan, cover with sauce
  • Top with almonds
  • Bake @ 350 for about 30 minutes.

Italian Country Chicken

Simple to make, but tastes good!

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound boneless chicken, cut in strips
  • 1 1/2 6oz jars marinated artichoke hearts
  • One 7 oz jar roasted peppers
  • 1/2 Cup black olives
  • Salt, pepper, Parmesan
  • 3.4 pound Tri-color Fusilli

Steps:

  • Cook onion and garlic in oil until clear
  • Add chicken, cook about 5 min
  • Mix in Artichoke hearts, peppers (with liquid) and olives.  Heat through.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Pour over pasta and serve with Parmesan.

Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry
Chicken Curry

From a reddit post, placed here so I can find it quickly later

INGREDIENTS Basmati rice or naan

Chicken, 1.5-2 lbs, preferably with bone

Onion, 1 red or 2 yellow, about fist sized

Potatoes, 5-6 medium ‘size B’ (red skin)

Tomatoes, 2-3 Roma (twice as much if out of season)

Garam masala

Bay, 1 or 2 leaves

Green or Black Cardamom, 3-5 seeds

Thai Chilies, 5 or 6 or chili powder (Cayenne, 90 KHU works ok)

Cinnamon, 1 large stick or 2 medium

Garlic to taste

Ginger root, fresh

Salt, kosher, 4 tsp

Turmeric, 1 tsp (be careful, it will stain everything)

PREP Slice onion, tomatoes, and potatoes. Onion should be smallest, somewhere between dicing and chunking. Tomato and potato approximately into twelfths or sixteenths. Grate a handful of ginger.

COOK

1. Heat a capful of oil until it is fluid but not popping/smoking.

2. Add cinnamon, bay, cardamom, and heat briefly. —Crack green cardamom before adding, add black cardamom as is.If these begin to burn, just continue immediately to next step.

3. Add onions, turn down the heat. Add ginger (and garlic). Caramelize the onions—not fully, just until they are a deep brown.

4. Add tomato and stir occasionally for several minutes. Continue until tomatoes are cooked and slightly limp.

5. Add salt, turmeric (chili powder goes in here), mix thoroughly.

6. Add potato and fresh chilies, and approximately 2 cups of water, stir occasionally, cover. –Slit chilies and remove stems before adding, and wash your hands. –Potatoes take forever, maybe nuke for 1-2 minutes before adding. –Water will continue to reduce as potatoes cook, add ¼ – ½ cup as necessary.

7. After the potatoes are finally done, add chicken to cook fully and finish the flavour.

8. You forgot to make rice.