Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Romance Cookies

These supper, delicious moist cookies are a long time family favorite. When we my husband and I were engaged, I made these for a special picnic.
Romance Cookies Recipe
1 cup flour
½ cup butter
2 tablespoons Sugar
2 eggs
1½ cups brown sugar
1 cup walnuts
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon baking powder

Combine flour, sugar, and butter to make crust (texture of cornmeal). Pat in an 8 inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. While baking, combine the rest of the ingredients. Pour over baked crust and return to 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Cool. Cut into squares.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sour Cream Cheesecake with Blueberry Topping

This cheesecake has a delicious, creamy texture.

Sour Cream Cheesecake

1 3/4 cups fine graham cracker crumbs (1 box has 3 packages. Use 1 package - plus 4 more crackers)
1/4 cup finely chopped nuts
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, melted (I use an additional 2 tablespoons, making the crumbs easier press up sides of pan.)
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional - it's good with it, but I don't usually have it on hand.)
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
3 cups dairy sour cream
Combine crumbs, nuts, and cinnamon; add butter, stirring until well combined. Reserve 1/4 cup for top of cheesecake; press remainder into bottom and 2 1/2 " up the sides of and 8" spring-form pan, or 2" up the sides of and 9" spring-form pan. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, almond extract, and salt until smooth. Add eggs, beating at low speed just until combined. Do NOT overbeat. Stir in sour cream. Pour into prepared crust. Sprinkle reserved crumbs on top. Bake at 375° for 50-55 minutes or until inserted knife comes out almost clean. Cool on wire rack; chill 4-5 hours. Add topping or glaze (below) before serving. Makes 12 servings.

  • Oven temperatures vary.  I cook my cheesecake for 1 hour. Then I turn off oven and let cake set in hot oven until the oven cools - about 1 to 2 hours. I set cake on rack to cool completely before set into refrigerator to chill.  
  • I set a pan in the oven to catch drippings and add about a cup of water to pan. (I use two 9" x 13" pans side by side, adding about 1/2 water to each pan.) 

Blueberry Topping
1 can Blueberry Pie Filling or Topping, 21 oz
Note: I used the thick type. If you get blueberries in light syrup, you'll need to thicken it  with cornstarch as follows:
(1.) Drain the the blueberry syrup (about 1/3 cup). Mix 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 tablespoon cornstarch in 1-quart saucepan. Stir in reserved blueberry syrup. (2.) Heat sugar mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. (3.) Stir blueberries into sugar mixture. Cool completely.
Strawberry Glaze
1 1/2 cups mashed fresh strawberries
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/3 cup water
Bring mashed strawberries, sugar to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Dissolve cornstarch in water. Stir cornstarch into berry mixture and cook, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Cool completely.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Quick Sour Cream Coffee Cake

It’s oh so delicious! It is also very easy to make.
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
2 eggs

Streusel Topping:
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Prepare streusel topping:
With fork, combine flour, butter and sugar till crumbly.
Add cinnamon.
Set aside.

Coffee Cake:
Preheat oven to 350°
Combine sour cream and eggs. Beat well.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add the dry ingredients to the cream mixture.
Beat just till smooth as over-beating tends to toughen dough.
Spread in a lightly oiled 9x9 pan.
Sprinkle with streusel (and nuts if desired).
Bake about 30-40 minutes at 350°, or till tester comes out clean.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Philly CheeseSteak Sandwich

Philly CheeseSteak Sandwich with baked beans

we made a simple version of the Philly CheeseSteak Sandwich.
Usually this type of sandwich is loaded with fixings - this is the weight conscious version.
Philly CheeseSteak Sandwiches

5 Minute Artisan Bread or Italian bread or French bread or 2 large hoagie rolls or large sub rolls
Steak, thin slice,
1 white onion (thinly sliced)
1 green bell pepper (thinly sliced)
2 teaspoons garlic (minced) (optional)
Pepper jack cheese (thinly sliced)
Olive oil (for sautéing)
Salt and pepper
Marinara sauce (optional topping) or ketchup and mayonnaise (optional topping)

1. Heat a griddle or a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.
2. When hot, cover bottom with olive oil.
3. Sear steak on both sides for one minute. Place in 350° oven to finish cooking, about 20 minutes.
4. Add the onions and bell pepper to olive oil in griddle. Cook, stirring, until caramelized (about 6 to 8 minutes).
5. Add the garlic, salt and pepper, and cook for about 30 seconds.

If you want the hefty, full-flavored version, follow the link below...