Egg Free Ranch Dressing

Note: This recipe has dairy, but no eggs. It actually comes out BETTER than Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing, though.

Ingredients:

1/4 c Just Mayo
1/4 c yogurt (not the whey, just the solid part)
fresh ground black pepper
salt to taste
2.5 tsp Hidden Valley Ranch mix
1 tbsp whipping cream
1 tsp cholula
1/4-1/2 tsp Ploughman’s mustard

Directions:

Mix well and enjoy!

Tastes great with salad, as a pizza dip, or a vegetable dip.

NOTE: You can add fresh chopped dill, fresh chopped spinach, and the giardiniera mix from Potbelly’s sandwich shop for a phenomenal dip. It IS a bit spicy, though, so watch it with the Potbelly mix if you can’t tolerate spicy food.

Martha Stewart Strawberry Cake

From Martha Stewart.

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pie plate
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 c milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 lb fresh strawberries, hulled and halved

Garnish:

2 tablespoons sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10-inch pie plate. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl.
  2. Put butter and 1 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low; mix in egg, milk, and vanilla.
  3. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Transfer batter to buttered pie plate. Arrange strawberries on top of batter, cut sides down and as close together as possible. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over berries.
  4. Bake cake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake until cake is golden brown and firm to the touch, about 1 hour. Let cool in pie plate on a wire rack. Cut into wedges.

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

Cut sweet potatoes into matchstick size. Roughly 1/4 in by 1/4 in.

Wash thoroughly.

Create slurry, 1 part corn starch, 1 part water in flat bowl.

Coat matchstick sweet potatoes in slurry, place in flat dish or on metal mesh sheet.

Heat peanut oil to medium high heat.

Drop matchsticks in, one by one, for a batch a handful at a time. Because of the cornstarch, the matchsticks stick together if you put them all in by the handful. Let cook on medium high heat until cornstarch is solidified and matchsticks are a light golden brown. Put into dish with a few paper towels in it to drain.

Make seasoning: salt, garlic powder, black pepper, white pepper, paprika.

Make dip: 1 part just mayo, 1 part ketchup. Cholula to taste.

WHEN READY TO EAT: Get a second dish, line it with paper towels. Heat oil to medium high/high heat. Fry matchsticks a SECOND time. They will brown up really really fast now. Take them out, drain the oil on the paper towel covered dish, season well. Enjoy with the dip.

YUM YUM YUM.

Peanut Butter Oh’s

This is a family recipe. It is SOOO good! Always goes quick in our house. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

Half a box of Oh’s Cereal (they sell it on Amazon and at Walmart)
2 tbsp butter
1/2 jar peanut butter (1 c)
1/2 little bear of honey (3/4 – 1 c, depending on how sweet you like it)
pinch salt
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp fresh ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 c sliced almonds

DIRECTIONS:

  1. On stove in big pot over medium heat: Add butter. Let it melt. Add peanut butter and honey. Mix well. Add salt, ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon. Take pot off heat. Add cereal and almonds. Mix well.
  2. Pour into greased square pyrex. Let cool all the way and slice.
  3. Enjoy!

NOTE: you can sub cheerio’s, or plain life cereal.

NOTE2: if you don’t like spices, don’t add them. If you want a lightly spiced taste, halve the amount of spices I have used above. The above spice level is “Indian”, not “American”. And it’s divine! 🙂

Orange Cardamom Banana Bread

Adapted from James Beard, Beard on Bread, page 170

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 stick butter
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c honey
1 tbsp molasses
2 eggs
1.5 c mashed very ripe bananas (3 large bananas)
1 tsp orange extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp fresh ground cardamom
1.5 c all purpose flour
1/4 c almond flour (or ground almonds or 1/2 c sliced almonds)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Cream butter in kitchenaid.
  3. Add sugar and honey. Mix.
  4. Add eggs. Mix.
  5. Add bananas. Mix.
  6. Add extracts. Mix.
  7. Add flours, salt and baking soda. Mix.
  8. (If using sliced almonds, fold them in now).
  9. Bake in 12 x 4.2 x 2.5 inch loaf tin and pour in batter. Bake for 1 hour, or until knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Enjoy!

NOTE: I baked in two baby bundt pans, a baby sponge pan, and a silicone peanut butter cup pan. Silicon mat was done in 13 min, other pans done in 18.

ICING (optional):

4 tbsp confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp lemon extract
1/4 c (add a little at a time! Could be less!) half and half

  1. Mix. Drizzle on cooled cake.
  2. Enjoy!

Chocolate Rye Cookies

Chocolate Rye Cookies

Makes: 24 cookies
Takes: 10 minutes
Bakes: 13 minutes

100g unsalted butter
100g brown sugar
75g white sugar
1 large egg
175g rye flour (Hodgson’s)
150g chocolate chips (Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips)
100g chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 tsp salt (Kosher)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Cream butter and sugars in kitchenaid.
  3. Add egg. Mix.
  4. Add flour and salt. Mix.
  5. Add chocolate and nuts. Mix.
  6. Use 1.5 in cookie scoop to make balls. Place on cookie sheet lined with silpat. I got a dozen cookies on the cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 13 minutes, the sides of the cookie will be brown, the tops lightly golden, but they will NOT looked cooked. These cookies do NOT spread. When you take them out of the oven, they will look EXACTLY the way they did (shape-wise) as when you put them in. All in all, these are very ugly cookies. But, they taste great!
  8. Right out of the oven, let the cookies rest on the silpat for a minute. Then just pick up the silpat and set it on a cooling rack to cool all the rest of the way.
  9. For the second batch, I use a second silpat.
  10. Enjoy with a tall glass of milk!

NOTE: Using a kitchen scale, this is a one bowl recipe. Yay, no clean up! 🙂

Sesame Seed Sticks

From Serious Eats.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup (about 5 ounces) whole wheat flour
1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) toasted sesame seeds
1/4 cup (about 1 1/2 ounces) cup fine cracked wheat (or ground oats)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon garlic powder or to taste
1-1.5 teaspoons salt (to taste)
4 tablespoons sesame oil (plain, not toasted finishing oil)
1/4 – 1/2 c water (as needed to form loose dough)
1/4 c honey (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine flour, sesame seeds, cracked wheat, turmeric, beet powder, garlic powder, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk thoroughly to combine.
  2. In a small bowl, combine water and oil. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Combine thoroughly, kneading any remaining bits into the dough by hand.
  3. Divide dough in half and wrap each in plastic, flattening into inch-thick squares. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow dough to firm up before rolling. Once dough has chilled, heat oven to 350°F.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness and, using a knife or pizza wheel, cut into small rectangles (approximately 1/4-inch by 3/4-inch). Alternately, roll and cut dough to your desired shape. Uniformity is more important that size to assure even baking.
  5. Leave the pieces as they are or roll each one quickly between your palms to form thin rods. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for ten minutes, then flip or roll the pieces around on the sheet so that both sides brown evenly. Continue baking 8-10 minutes more, until sticks are crisp and a light golden brown. Remove from oven and cool completely. Store in an airtight container.