Recipes

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies that have the OOOOO factor!

I don’t know about you, but oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are the BOMB! Don’t get me wrong…I love raisins…by themselves. I’m not a fan of them in cookies. So, that being said, let’s get started on some cookies that are DELISH!

First, the ingredients of course.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar (packed)
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 large eggs
3 cups rolled oats
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup butter (softened)

Instructions–Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
1. In a medium bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars on med-high until light and fluffy.

3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating into mixture on high. Beat in vanilla.
4. Add flour mixture until combined.

5. Add oats and chocolate chips. Mix until combined.
6. Drop by small spoon onto cookie sheet. I use parchment paper or Reynolds pre-cut baking sheets. These protect your bakeware and are the easiest clean up.

7. Bake approximately 10 minutes or until slightly browned around the edges.
8. Big tall glass of ice cold milk and enjoy!!! Bon Appetit!

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There are so very many recipes that tempt the taste buds.  If you’re like me, I want flavor in my food!  There is nothing worse than dining out, paying high prices (no matter where you go!) and leave feeling full, but unsatisfied.  I love a home cooked meal that sticks to your ribs and not in your throat!  Cooking shouldn’t be seen as a chore, but as a creation for your family.  Good food does not have to be complicated to be delicious.  This page will include family recipes, tried and true, from appetizers, to salads, entree’s and desserts.  Bon Appetit my friends!

Aunt Lu’s Chicken Salad

4 C. cooked chicken, cut up                         ½ C. green grapes

½ C. red grapes                                             3/4 C. cut up celery

1 can pineapple chunks, drained               ¾  C. chopped pecans or walnuts

Dressing:

½ C. lowfat sour cream                                  ½  C. lite Mayonnaise

Season to taste with dash of sugar and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice with lemon zest.   Combine everything and refrigerate overnight before serving in lettuce cups or on melon slices.  Serves 6 to 8.

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What is country living without homemade bread?  I LOVE cooking from scratch, and just ask my husband and kids…it’s well worth the effort!

Homemade Beer Bread…guaranteed to make you swoon!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour (sifted)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder (omit if using Self-Rising Flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (omit if using Self-Rising Flour)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 (12 ounce) can beer
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix dry ingredients and beer.
  3. Pour into a greased loaf pan.
  4. Pour melted butter over mixture.
  5. Bake 1 hour, remove from pan and cool for at least 15 minutes.
  6. This recipe makes a very hearty bread with a crunchy, buttery crust. If you prefer a softer crust (like a traditional bread) mix the butter into the batter instead of pouring it over the top.
  7. Sifting flour for bread recipes is a must. Most people just scoop the 1 cup measure in the flour canister and level it off. That compacts the flour and will turn your bread into a hardtack like loaf.  If you do not have a sifter, use a spoon to spoon the flour into the 1 cup measure. Try it once the “correct” way and you will see an amazing difference in the end product.

For extra flavor for the Adventurous Eaters, add jalapeno peppers, chilies or shredded cheddar cheese!