Veggie Burger

Ingredients:

2 cans black beans (I used S&W Organic Black beans, which did not need to be drained and rinsed, but another brand’s beans might need to be drained and rinsed), mashed with a potato masher
1/2 onion, minced
1/2 beet, finely shredded
1/2 stick carrot, finely shredded
2 inches red pepper, finely diced
2 inches green pepper, finely diced
1 tsp garlic (I use the bottled diced kind from Costco)
1/2 can Old El Paso green chilies, mild
1/4 bunch finely chopped parsley
1 tsp cumin (to taste)
1 tsp cholula (to taste)
1/4 tsp white pepper (to taste)
1 tsp salt (to taste)
1 egg
3/4 c breadcrumbs (or as needed to get desired consistency)

Directions:

  1. Place beans in large bowl. Mash until half mashed (or desired consistency).
  2. Add all ingredients except egg and breadcrumbs. Mix well.
  3. Add egg. Mix well.
  4. Add breadcrumbs. Mix until the consistency is such that you can form patties.
  5. Put in refrigerator for 1 hour to let the flavors blend.
  6. Grill on grill, or cook on stove like a pancake – which take around 8 min on each side, or bake, which takes around 10 min on each side at 375F. Makes 4 (ish?) patties.
  7. Enjoy with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, mustard, mayo, ketchup, ranch dressing, whatever you happen to like. 🙂
  8. Leftover uncooked patties can be frozen. I’d separate with wax paper and then cook as per directions in #6 above. No need to defrost before cooking. This makes a quick, easy and filling weeknight meal, particularly if you’ve done the prep work beforehand and frozen a bunch of patties.
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Easy Alfredo Sauce

Ingredients:

1 stick butter
3 cloves minced garlic
1 package Philadelphia cream cheese (NOT LOW FAT!! OR ANY OTHER BRAND!!)
2 c whole milk (can replace with 2%, half and half, or cream, but not skim)
6 oz finely shredded Parmesan cheese (NOT KRAFT!!)
salt to taste
pepper to taste
nutmeg to taste

Directions:

  1. NOTE: have pasta ready before making sauce
  2. Heat butter on stove over medium heat.
  3. Add garlic.
  4. Add room temperature cream cheese. Whisk. Get it as smooth as you can.
  5. Add warm milk. Whisk till smooth. DO NOT boil.
  6. Add parmesan. DO NOT bring to boil or it WILL separate. Whisk till smooth.
  7. Take off heat.
  8. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste.
  9. Sauce will get thicker as it cools.
  10. Add sauce to pasta and enjoy!

Banana Pecan Cupcakes

Makes 9
From “Martha Stewart Cupcakes”

Ingredients:

1 c sifted cake flour (not self rising)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 tsp cinnamon
2/3 c mashed very ripe bananas (1 1/3 bananas)
1/4 c buttermilk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 stick butter, room temperature
1/2 c packed brown sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1/3 c pecans, toasted, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Put paper liners in muffin tins.
  3. Mix butter and sugar. Add eggs. Add buttermilk, bananas and vanilla.
  4. Add dry ingredients. Fold in pecans.
  5. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.
  6. Bake 20 min.
  7. Cool. Can be frozen for 2 mo in airtight containers.
  8. Frost. Enjoy!

Egg Salad

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons Just Mayo
1 tbsp cream cheese [optional]
1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon lemon juice [a squeeze of fresh lemon juice]
6 hard-boiled eggs, coarsely chopped
2 scallions, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/4 c chopped dill (a small handful)
5 chopped olives (or pimientos) [optional]
1 tsp sweet relish [optional]
1 tsp chopped parsley [optional]

To serve:

bread, lettuce, sliced radishes

Directions:

Mix well.

NOTE1: Some people separate the yolks and mix with the mayo.

 

Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins

makes 18

INGREDIENTS:

2 C canned pumpkin or you can use fresh, but my muffins have a nicer top with canned ( not pumpkin pie filling)

3C All purpose flour- unbleached sometimes I make them with we wheat flour 1 cup WW/ 2 cups unbleached flour

2C white sugar

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

3/4tsp ground cloves

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp allspice

1 tsp salt

2/3 cup veg oil

3 eggs- large

your muffins will come out better rise with with fresh baking powder& soda & room temp pumpkin, & eggs

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350

Mix in med bowl pumpkin, oil & eggs In extra large bowl I mix my dry ingredients really well, make a well in center & pour in wet ingredients.

Mix until incorporated BUT DO NOT OVER MIX. If you over mix you won’t have the nice big tops.

Spray each paper with a little veg oil spray (paper comes off easy that way) & place in pan. Let batter rest about 15 minutes. Fill liners using an ice cream scoop. Cook for about 20 minutes.

These muffins are good plain but really good with cream cheese frosting on top. I also sometimes put pepita seeds (bulk bins, roasted & salted on top).

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

1/4 cup butter softened
4 oz softened cream cheese
2 c powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix well. You’ll have extra of this frosting about a 1/2 cup extra

Cooking Conversions

Teaspoons

Teaspoons Drops Tablespoons Milliliters*
1/2 teaspoon 30 drops 1/6 tablespoon 2.5 milliliters
1 teaspoon 60 drops 1/3 tablespoon 5 milliliters

Tablespoons

Tablespoons Teaspoons Fluid Ounces Milliliters*
1/2 tablespoon 1 1/2 teaspoons 1/4 fluid ounce 7.5 milliliters
1 tablespoon 3 teaspoons 1/2 fluid ounce 15 milliliters
2 tablespoons 1/8 cup 1 fluid ounce 30 milliliters
3 tablespoons 1/6 cup 1 1/2 fluid ounces 45 milliliters

Cups

Cups Tablespoons Fluid Ounces Milliliters*
1/4 cup 4 tablespoons 2 fluid ounces 60 milliliters
1/3 cup 5 tbsp. + 1 tsp. 2 1/3 fluid ounces 80 milliliters
3/8 cup 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. 3 fluid ounces 90 milliliters
1/2 cup 8 tablespoons 4 fluid ounces 120 milliliters
5/8 cup 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. 5 fluid ounces 150 milliliters
2/3 cup 10 tbsp. + 2 tsp. 5 1/3 fluid ounces 160 milliliters
3/4 cup 12 tablespoons 6 fluid ounces 177 milliliters
7/8 cup 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp. 7 fluid ounces 207 milliliters
1 cup 16 tablespoons 8 fluid oz. (1/2 pint) 237 milliliters

Pints on up

Pints Cups Fluid Ounces Liters*
1 pint 2 cups 16 fluid ounces .47 liters
1 quart 4 cups/2 pints 32 fluid ounces .95 liters
1 gallon 16 cups/4 quarts 128 fluid ounces 3.8 liters

*Milliliter and liter measurements are approximate.

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Link: http://dish.allrecipes.com/commonly-used-measurements-equivalents/

Food specific conversions: http://www.sweet2eatbaking.com/measurements/

TFL Coffee Cake

TFL used blueberry jam and cream cheese

Makes 1 braid

Sponge
1.5 tsp instant yeast
1.5 tsp sugar
3/4 cup warm milk
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

Dough
1 egg
3/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp sugar
1.25 to 1.5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

Blueberry Filling
1 cup blueberries
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp lemon juice

Egg Glaze
1 egg (should actually be 1/2 egg ;))
1.5 tsp milk

Cream Cheese Filling
3/8 cup cream cheese (3 oz)
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 tsp egg glaze

DIRECTIONS:

For the sponge: mix the sugar, yeast, and flour together in bowl. Pour in the warm milk. Beat until smooth, then cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 1/2 hour.

Add the eggs, salt, sugar, and one cup of the flour to the sponge. Beat until smooth. Then add the butter in small chunks and beat well. Add the remaining flour a handful at a time and mix in until a soft but kneadable dough is achieved and the butter thoroughly incorporated.

Knead the dough by hand or with a mixer until it is smooth and satiny, about 5 minutes.

Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise and room temperature until doubled in size, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Deflate the dough, recover the bowl, and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, make the fillings before shaping the loaves.

Blueberry Filling: combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat while stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from heat and let cool.
Egg Glaze: combine the egg and milk in a bowl and beat until combined.
Cream Cheese Filling: combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined

Once your filling has cooled off, take the dough out of the refrigerator and gently deflate it. Divide it into two pieces. Use a rolling pin to shape each piece into a thin (1 cm.) rectangle.

Spread your fillings in the center of the dough.

At an angle, slice the sides of the dough into tabs approximately 1 inch wide.

Alternating from side to side, fold the pieces in over the filling. When possible, gentle press on the tabs to seal the folds.

After it has been fully folded, glaze the braid with egg wash. Cover loosely with plastic (I place the entire baking pan in a clean kitchen garbage bag). Set aside to rise until doubled in size, approximately 45 minutes. While it is rising, preheat the oven to 350.

Just before placing the braid in the oven, glaze it again with any remaining egg wash. Bake on the center rack of the oven for approximately 35 to 40 minutes, rotating it once after 20 minutes so that it bakes evenly. Remove it from the oven and allow it to cool for at least half an hour before slicing.