Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Caramel Apples

Fantabulous Caramel
1 C butter
2-1/2 C brown sugar
1/4 t salt
1 C light corn syrup
1 can sweetened and condensed milk
1 T vanilla
Melt butter in a large sauce pan.  Dissolve brown sugar in butter.  Add salt.  Slowly stir in corn syrup over medium-high heat.  Add sweetened condensed milk.  Cook to firm ball stage, 245 degrees (250 is TOO hard!!!).  Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Dip prepared apples in caramel (spoon caramel onto apple if pan isn't deep enough) and let drip a little over the pan.  Place on parchment paper (NOT WAX PAPER- the caramel and chocolate will stick :()  If you aren't dipping the apples a second time in chocolate, you can roll in nuts or whatever other toppings you like while the caramel is still warm.  Let cool.
Once the apples are cool, you can dip again in melted white or milk chocolate.  Let drip a little before placing on parchment.  You can roll in toppings or drizzle them with chocolate.  Follow the same directions for pretzel rods.
Each batch makes about 30 SMALL apples.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

7th Ward Holiday Favorites!!!

1 package California Blend Vegetables
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 egg.
1/4 cup dried onion. Or green onion
1 cup grated cheese
1 box Stove Top Stuffing
1 cup butter
9x13 pan put bag of frozen veggies.
Mix soup, egg and onions together. Pour over veggies
Sprinkle on grated cheese.
Melt 1 cup butter and stir with stuffing and spread on top
Bake at 350' uncovered for 30 minutes.

2- 8oz cream cheese, 1/4 cup chopped onions, 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1T seasoned salt (Lawry's), 3/4 cup crushed pineapple
Mix together all ingredients, roll in chopped walnuts and store in fridge.
1- 1/2 lbs hamburger or sausage
1 onion
2 T soy sauce
2 T brown sugar
1 can mushrooms drained
1 can cream mushroom soup
1 1/2 cups cooked rice
1 can sliced water chestnuts
Cut top off 3 "sugar baby" pumpkins. Scoop out, use permanent marker to paint
Face on pumpkin if desired. Put food in pumpkin. Put lid on. Set pumpkins on
Baking tray. Bake at 350' for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

1 lb. Shortening (2 cups)
4 cups flour
1 t salt
7 1/2 oz water
Mix together (after 1 minute you knead it with your hands) roll out for pie crust
Makes 3 - 2 crust pies or 6 - 1 crust pies

4 or 5 sweet potatoes
2 T butter
2 T brown sugar
Layer 2:
8 oz. cream cheese
2 T sour cream
Layer 3:
2 T sugar
1/2 cup graham crackers
2 T butter
Pecan halves
Layer 1: Bake the sweet potatoes then mash and mix with butter and brown sugar.
Spread in casserole dish which has been sprayed with Pam.
Layer 2: Have cream cheese at room temperature. Blend with sour cream, then
Spread on top of sweet potatoes.
Layer 3: Brown on top of stove the sugar, crushed Graham crackers and butter.
Sprinkle on top of cream cheese layer. Garnish with pecan halves. Bake at 350
Degrees for 30 minutes.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Brown Sugar Sausage Chili


   2- 15 oz cans black beans,    
   2 - 15 oz cans white beans  
   2 -15 oz cans kidney beans,   
   4 cup(s) canned tomato sauce, I use 1 can of Hunt's sauce   
   2 -15 oz cans diced tomatoes,   
   1  onion (chopped)   
1 Tbsp ground cumin   
1/2 cup(s) packed brown sugar   
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, just a sprinkle :) to taste   
1 tsp chili powder   
4 cup(s) water, more if needed   
1 pound(s) raw turkey sausage   

Cook Sausage, add diced onion, cooked until soft.  Add drained beans, tomatoes and sauce.  Add water and spices and sugar.  Add salt as needed.  Heat.

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