Monday, December 20, 2010

on the menu this week...

swedish meatballs with rice and peas
chicken curry
chicken alfredo with sauteed spinach
sloppy joes with red potatoes and carrots
Jesus Supper--this is our traditional Christmas Eve dinner. I'll post the menu, photos and recipes next week.

I've been doing a lot of holiday baking/cooking and I'll be posting some new check back soon

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Pie Crust

2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup shortening
1/4 cold water
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 beaten egg

mix flour and salt
cut in shortening with pastry cutter or fork until crumbly
mix water, vinegar and egg then add to crumb mixture

divide into two balls
roll out each one between two pieces of waxed paper
fit into pie pan and trim edges

bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes or follow recipe to fill and bake

makes two 9 inch pie crusts

Sugared Yams

peel and dice 2-3 large yams
boil in salted water until soft

melt together 1/2 cup butter and 1/4 cup brown sugar
drain yams and dump into a baking dish
sprinkle with salt and pepper
spoon the butter/sugar mixture over the top
bake at 450 for about 20 minutes

Sweet Rolls

2 tablespoons yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup warm milk
1/2 cup sugar
1teaspoon salt
2 beaten eggs
1/2 cup butter (melted, not hot)
4 1/2--5 cups flour

mix yeast, water and a little sugar and set aside
mix everything else, except the flour
tip: make sure the water, milk and butter are not hot
mix in yeast mixture and then flour
knead until a soft ball forms
let rise in a warm place until double

punch down and roll out
cut into circles
dip half of the roll into melted butter and fold in it half on the baking sheet
tip: do not roll out dough more than once or twice
rise until double again

bake at 375 for about 10 minutes, until lightly brown