Little Bits

Maybe I can stick with blogging if it’s done in bits and pieces. I HAVE been busy, working as a waitress on weekends since June and now I’m feeding animals once a day at a neighbors’ farm. I miss sharing recipes and photos so here is a good one that I found on Paige’s iPod from the summer. Jenna’s wearing a tank top that I knitted.

IHOP Copycat Pancakes:

One box of complete pancake mix, one box yellow cake mix, combine and follow pancake mix directions.

Perfectly Perfect Scrambled Eggs

Farm fresh eggs are the most delightful!

8 eggs

A splash warm water

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp butter or margarine

Wisk eggs and water. Heat a saut├ę pan to medium, melt oil and butter together, add eggs and cook until they are barely done, still glistening. Salt and pepper to taste. Don’t add salt until they’re done, it breaks them down.

Feeds two hungry people. ­čÖé

Ina Inspired

Last night’s supper consisted of bone in, skin on chicken breasts brushed with oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper then roasted on a baking sheet(one with high sides to contain the juices)for one hour at 375. This is the Ina Garten Method and per her usual, Best of Class!

For breakfast this morning I shredded the meat of one chicken breast, added two heaping tbsp of mayo, a good squirt of Dijon, a bit of shredded cheddar, salt and pepper for a nice chicken salad. To add the Ina to the sandwich I added Major Grey’s Chutney to the wheat toast before heaping on the creamy chicken. Chopped pecans, walnuts or sliced almonds would be a good addition.

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My coffee pot is dying or died and instead if ending up with a dreaded coffee-less, painful migraine like yesterday, I had to put my inner cheapskate to work and remembered the overwhelming desire I had to save a pretty glass Smuckers Jar, which in turn became my redneck French Press. This part has nothing to do with Ina except for the word French and coffee. Anyway, I didn’t have any ideas for the press part but I took the jam jar and four heaping tbsp(I like my coffee strong, very strong so adjust accordingly)of Maxwell House Dark Roast and poured in 16oz of hot water. Let stand for a few, depending how stout you like your coffee. Set a fine mesh strainer(the kind with a handle)on a small mixing bowl with a spout or large Pyrex glass measuring cup. Pour through the strainer, if you are offended my teeny tiny coffee grounds that are so tiny you can’t notice any texture then put a coffee filter in the strainer. I think they add tremendous flavor and this is truly the best coffee I’ve ever had.

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I Call them Pretzel Dinner Rolls…

This recipe is from Facebook, they aren’t overly pretzely but the fun I had making them and the magnificent crunch from dipping them in baking soda water prior to baking qualifies this as a repeatable recipe.

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I baked these at 350 for 10 minutes then 375 for 10 minutes on the top rack.

Sincerely, make them just to experience that crunch! Baking soda is an amazing thing!

Crusty Cheese Topping for Pasta Bakes

A cup of Italian Bread Crumbs mixed with 3/4 to 1 cup of your favorite grated cheeses makes a beautiful crust for baked pastas! Top with 1/2 cup of melted margarine or butter and bake until crunchy and bubbly.

I was lucky enough to have the real deal, Parmigiano Reggiano for this one! If you like a good pizza sauce-like marinara, Hunts Garlic and Herb sauce in the can is toooooo delicious! Excellent for pizza bread! It was at stock up price at the grocery store last month, $1.09 for 24oz. I bought a lot and I’ve used it all.

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My apple pie recipe is here

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