Sunday, April 14, 2024

Snickerdoodle Cookie

 

Ingredients

1 cup Unsalted Butter (softened)
1 ½ cups Sugar



2
 large Eggs
2 teaspoons Vanilla
2 ¾ cup Flour
1 ½ teaspoon Cream of Tartar
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt

Cinnamon-Sugar Mixture:

¼ cup Sugar
1 ½ Tablespoons Cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar for 4-5 minutes until light and fluffy.  Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the eggs and vanilla. Cream for 1-2 minutes longer. 
  • Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt, just until combined. 
  • In a small bowl, stir together sugar and cinnamon. 
  • If time allows, wrap the dough and let refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.  Roll into small balls until round and smooth.  Drop into the cinnamon-sugar mixture and coat well. Using a spoon, coat for a second time, ensuring the cookie balls are completely covered.  *To make flatter snickerdoodles, press down in the center of the ball before placing in the oven. This helps to keep them from puffing up in the middle. *
  • Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes.  Let cool for several minutes on baking sheet before removing from the pan.  
This recipe comes from ModernHoney.com
5 Stars (4.96) from 372 votes

Beef Tenderloin Crostini with Whipped Goat Cheese and Pesto





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This is one of my favorite appetizers to serve my guests.


Ingredients
½ baguette, cut into ¼-inch slices (you should have about 25 slices)
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
5 cloves garlic, divided
2 8-ounce pieces beef tenderloin
Salt
Fresh ground pepper
1/3 cup pesto of your choice

For the Whipped Goat Cheese:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 ounces goat cheese, softened
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Pinch of salt


Instructions
  1. Start with the crostini. Arrange the baguette slices on a large baking sheet. Lightly brush both sides of the bread with olive oil (you’ll need about 2 tablespoons of oil for this) and sprinkle with a little salt. Place bread under the broiler for 1-2 minutes on each side until lightly brown.
  2. Pat the steaks dry with paper towels and season both sides generously with salt and fresh ground pepper.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet or saucepan over medium-high heat. When hot, add the steaks and cook for about 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare. When you turn the steaks (after the first 4 minutes), smash 4 garlic cloves in their skins and add them to the skillet. Periodically use a spoon to baste the steaks with the oil/juices in the pan. Remove the steaks to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes before thinly slicing them against the grain.
  4. While the steaks are resting, make the whipped goat cheese.  Place all the ingredients in a bowl and beat with a hand mixer until fluffy and smooth.
  5. Assemble the crostini! Spread each toasted baguette slice with whipped goat cheese. Top with a slice of steak and a small dollop of pesto. Serve immediately.


Preparing your Beef Tenderloin Crostini with Whipped Goat Cheese and Pesto:
Start with the crostini. Arrange the baguette slices on a large baking sheet. Lightly brush both sides of the bread with olive oil (you’ll need about 2 tablespoons of oil for this) and sprinkle with a little salt.

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Place bread under the broiler for 1-2 minutes on each side until lightly brown. Please pay attention while you do this, peeps, it is scarily easy to burn crostini.


Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet or saucepan over medium-high heat. When hot, add the steaks and cook for about 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare. When you turn the steaks (after the first 4 minutes), smash 4 garlic cloves in their skins and add them to the skillet. Periodically use a spoon to baste the steaks with the oil/juices in the pan.


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Remove the steaks to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes before thinly slicing them against the grain. (Please don’t skip the resting step!!! You need to let all the beef’s glorious juices redistribute.)

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While the steaks are resting, get going on the whipped goat cheese.  Place all the ingredients in a bowl and beat with a hand mixer until fluffy and smooth.

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To assemble your crostini: Spread each toasted baguette slice with whipped goat cheese. Top with a slice of steak and a small dollop of pesto. 

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My guests are going to enjoy this appetizer.

This recipe was revised just a bit from this website.









Slow Cooker Pepper Pork Chops

I haven't tried this recipe yet, but it looks really good. 
The recipe calls for marinating overnight, so be sure to plan ahead!   ~Shelly


Prep - 20 Minutes
Marinate - 8 hours
Slow Cooker - 6 hr, 20 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients

2 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons black peppercorns, slightly crushed
1 pound ice
4 (1 to 1 1/2-inch thick) bone-in pork chops  
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3 ounces dried apple slices (Opt. dried apricots or fresh apples)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, julienned
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme


Directions

Combine the vegetable broth, 1/2 cup kosher salt, brown sugar and peppercorns in a medium saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Cook just until the salt and sugar dissolve, then remove from the heat and add the ice. Place the pork chops into a 2-gallon zip-top bag along with the mixture and seal. Place in a plastic container and refrigerate overnight.
Remove the chops from the brine, rinse, and pat dry. Season on both sides with the kosher salt and set aside

Place the apples in the slow cooker.
Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a 12-inch stainless steel saute pan over medium-high heat. Saute the pork chops on both sides until golden brown, approximately 5 to 6 minutes per side. Once browned, place the pork chops into the slow cooker atop the apples.

Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan followed by the onions and saute until they begin to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the chicken broth to the pan to deglaze. Add the black pepper and thyme and stir to combine. Transfer this to the slow cooker, set to high, cover and cook for 1 1/2 hours. Decrease the heat to low and continue cooking for another 4 hours and 30 minutes or until the pork is tender and falling away from the bone.   


Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown
Pairs well with Pinot Noir.       





7 Best Cheeses To Use On Burgers



The foundation of any good burger is, of course, the patty itself.   Be sure to start with Harter House, always ground fresh in-house, Ground Beef, Ground Chuck, Ground Round, Boston Burger or Bacon Burger.
Whether you like your slab of meat completely well done, or so rare it's still mooing, a boring ol' burger becomes gourmet when you dress it with the right accessories.

The seven best cheeses to use if you want to take your burger to the next level of perfection is,
1. Cheddar
2. Blue Cheese
3. Gouda
4. Goat Cheese
5. Pepper Jack
6. Swiss
7. Brie


1. Cheddar
Candied Bacon Maple Cheddar Burger

Topped with caramelized onions, homemade maple barbecue sauce and candied bacon, these burgers are totally irresistible!





2. Blue Cheese

Jameson Whiskey Blue Cheese Burger with Guinness Cheese Sauce + Crispy Onions.

This burger is what all burgers should be, over the top awesomeness. I know that is saying A LOT, but this burger is extra special.  I think this may be my favorite meal. Like maybe ever?
I'm kind of a red meat loving freak though.


3. Gouda

Coffee Crusted Mushroom Gouda Burger

Whether in its smoked or regular form, this Dutch variety of cheese will produce a burger that's so delectable, it'll make your eyes roll to the back of your head.  This burger showcases Gouda with an award-winning coffee-crusted cheeseburger topped with almonds and mushrooms.



4. Goat Cheese

Red Wine Burgers with Mushrooms, Goat Cheese and a Tomato Salad

Goat cheese is creamy, tangy, spreadable, and pairs well with anything. This luxurious cheeseburger  uses red wine and mushrooms to create a masterpiece fit for a king.



5. Pepper Jack
Give your burger a kick with this southwest-style recipe. This cheese is suitable for anyone who appreciates a little zest and mild heat.


6. Swiss
The Swiss sure know how to do their fondues, so it makes sense to top a burger with the same stuff that you use in ooey gooey dipping heaven.  This Cuban burger really highlights the light and pleasant cheese.



7. Brie
The best was saved for last, because there is no greater cheese topping — or patty stuffing — than brie. More burger joints should feature this creamy cheese on their menus, because patrons would definitely be coming back for more, and this spicy peach caramelized onion brie cheeseburger is all the proof you need.


I hope this gives you some inspiration to add some variety to your regular old burgers.  Enjoy



Sunday, April 7, 2024

Cheesecake Bars




CHEESECAKE BARS
Ingredients for crust:

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup soft butter

1 cup flour

Cream the brown sugar and butter together. Then blend in the flour until crumbly. Separate 1 cup for topping. Place the rest in a 8x8 inch ungreased baking pan and press down to make crust. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven to cool.


Ingredients for filling:

2 - 8 ounce bars of cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

4 tablespoons milk

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add the eggs, milk, lemon juice and vanilla and beat well. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the crust and spread out evenly. Sprinkle the reserved flour mixture (topping), over the cream cheese filling. Bake at 350 degress for about 25 minutes. Cool and refrigerate. Cut into bars and enjoy!

from Lynda's Recipe Box

Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

This is one of my favorite side dishes.  This recipe yields 6-8 servings.


Ingredients

slices bacon      
(15-oz.) cans corn kernels, drained      
1 c. milk                              
1 tbsp. sugar                       
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 oz. (8-oz.) block cream cheese, quartered  
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, cut into tablespoons


Thinly sliced green onions, for garnish              




Directions
  1. In a nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy, 8 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate, then crumble. 
  2. In a slow cooker, add corn, 3/4 of the cooked bacon, milk, and sugar and season with salt and pepper. Stir until combined, then top with cream cheese and butter.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 6 hours, stirring well after 1 hour.
  4. Garnish with remaining 1/4 of cooked bacon and green onions before serving.


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Juicy Pork Tenderloin with Peppers and Onions


PREP
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The trick to the best pork tenderloin is to sear the pork on all sides before roasting. In our recipe, the pork is browned on all sides and then baked on top a bed of onions and peppers. Most often, you will find pork tenderloins sold in packages with two tenderloins. One tenderloin should generously serve two people and will most likely serve three. One note, “pork tenderloins” and “pork loin” are two different cuts of meat. Pork tenderloins are much smaller and take less time to cook.
Makes 6 servings


You Will Need


2 pork tenderloins (about 1 1/2-pounds each)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 medium onions, sliced
3 bell peppers, sliced
1 tablespoon minced garlic cloves (3 cloves)
1 tablespoon whole ground mustard or Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
Salt and fresh ground pepper

Directions

Prepare Pork
Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
Trim each tenderloin of any silver skin (this can be tough when cooked). To do this, use a small sharp knife and slide the blade under and outward to remove it.
Pat pork dry with paper towels, and then season on all sides with one teaspoon of salt.
Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed oven-safe skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot and shimmers, add the pork tenderloins and cook, turning every few minutes, until evenly browned all over; 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a large plate or cutting board. (The pork will not be cooked through).

Prepare Peppers and Onions
Keep the pan used to sear the pork on the stove over medium heat. Add the butter. When the butter is melted and bubbling, stir in the onions then cook, stirring often, until they start to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in the bell peppers, garlic, one teaspoon of thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Cook, stirring every minute or so, for 5 more minutes.

To Finish
Use a pastry brush (or use your fingers) to rub the seared pork all over with the mustard, two teaspoons of thyme, and a generous amount of black pepper (1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon).

Place the seared pork tenderloins on top of the onions and bell peppers, and then slide the pan into the oven. Roast 15 to 20 minutes or until an internal thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 145 degrees F. Transfer the pork to a large plate and cover with aluminum foil. Let rest about 5 minutes.

To serve, slice pork into 1-inch slices then serve on top of the onions and peppers.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • You need a large oven-safe skillet for this recipe. If you do not have one, you can brown the pork and partially cook the onions and peppers on the stove. Then, transfer the peppers and onions to a baking dish and place the pork on top.
  • Substitute the fresh thyme with 1 teaspoon of dried thyme.
  • Pork tenderloin doneness: We cook our pork to 145 degrees F. This means the pork will be barely pink in the middle, safe to eat, and ultra juicy. You can cook pork tenderloin to anywhere between 145 degrees F and 160 degrees F. Just keep in mind that keeping it as close to 145 degrees F will result in the juiciest, most tender piece of meat.