Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread


1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 bananas, mashed
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


In a mixing bowl, cream sugar and shortening. Beat in eggs, vanilla and bananas until thoroughly blended. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and stir just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Spoon into a greased 9-in.x 5-in. x 3-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350* for 60-70 minutes or until the bread tests done with a wooden pick. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Buon appetito!

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Crêpe Suzette


1 cup cake flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup water
2 eggs
1/4 cup sugar

Butter for frying

8 oz cream cheese, 1.3 cup confectioner's (powdered sugar)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon zest


Measure all ingredients into blender vessel and blend for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides and blend for 15 seconds more. Cover and let sit for an hour so that flour absorbs liquid).

Fry using melted butter in small skillet. Turn carefully when golden brown.

After cooled, fill with cream cheese, fold over and fry a little more till cream cheese is warm.  Serve Immediately!  Buon appetito!

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Brent's Butter Cupcakes

Named for one of my co-workers who is *slightly* obsessed with these lil gems....


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter or margarine (1-1/2 sticks) softened
3/4 cup whole milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs 


Preheat oven to 350*. Line twenty-four  muffin-pan cups with paper liners.
In large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until combined. Add butter, milk, vanilla and eggs, and beat just until blended. Beat 1 to 2 minutes or until creamy, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula.  Spoon batter into muffin-pan cups. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until cupcakes are golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately remove cupcakes from pans and cool completely on wire rack.  Frost and embellish to  your heart's desire!  Buon appetito!

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Turkey Vegtable Barley Soup

1 turkey carcass leftovers/bones, cooked
56 oz low-sodium chicken broth
1 onion, chopped
4 stalks celery, sliced
4 carrots, sliced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 cups chopped cooked turkey meat
1 (16 ounce) package frozen okra
1 cup uncooked barley (not QUICK barley)
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon paprika
Place the turkey carcass in a large stockpot. Pour the chicken broth over the turkey add in the onion, celery, and garlic. Bring to a boil over medium heat, cover, and simmer for 1 hour.
Remove the carcass and bones from the stock and set aside to cool.
Remove as much cooked turkey meat from the carcass as possible and add the meat to the stock. Stir in the chopped turkey meat, frozen okra salt, pepper, oregano, basil and paprika. Bring the soup to a boil, cover, and simmer until the barley is tender, 40-60 minutes.  Buon appetito!

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Strawberry Pie

1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked
1 quart fresh strawberries
1 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup water

Set aside 4-5 berries for decoration on top. Mash remaining berries (by hand, it's yummier that way!) and combine with sugar in a medium saucepan. Place saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Gradually stir cornstarch mixture into boiling strawberry mixture. Reduce heat and simmer mixture until thickened, about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour mixture in pastry shell, add strawberries on top. Chill for several hours before serving. Serve with homemade vanilla ice cream! Buon appetito!

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Ben and Jerry's French Vanilla

My father-in-law's favorite, the kids too!!


2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about 1 minute more. Pour in the cream, milk, and vanilla and whisk to blend.

Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following the manufacturer's instructions. Buon appetito!

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