Friday, May 23, 2008

Our version of orange julius

Knight’s Version of Orange Julius

1 c. water
1 c. milk
1 6 oz. can frozen o.j.
1/3 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
12-14 ice cubes

Mix all ingredients in a blender and serve.

You kids made this frequently in the Beavercreek, Oregon home.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

(Strawberry) Short Cakes

Renie Johnson’s Short Cake

Mix together:
2 c. flour
1 T. sugar
3 t. baking powder
¼ t. salt
Cut in:
½ c. butter (room temperature)
Mix together:
1 beaten egg
1 c. milk
Pour milk/egg into flour mixture and stir just till moistened. Knead gently a few times then roll out and cut with floured biscuit cutter. Place cakes close together in an 8” round pan so the sides stay soft and don’t brown.
Bake at 400* approx. 15 minutes. Mom always split and buttered the short cakes right from the oven. Serve with berries and cream or half and half.
Serves 6

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Apple Pie

MarySue’s Apple Pie

6 c. apples (Yellow Delicious) peeled, cored and sliced
1 c. sugar
3 T. flour
1 t. cinnamon
1/8 t. nutmeg
½ t. ground cloves
1-2 T. lemon juice
2 T. butter

Peel, core and slice apples into large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice and mix well. Mix together sugar & spices and mix into apples, stir well. Pile apples into pan/s (1 10” or 2 8”) and dot with butter. Add top crusts & flute edges & cut vent holes into top crust.
Bake at 425* for 25 min. then reduce temp. to 375* and bake an additional 20 min. or until done. Cover with foil if browning too much before done. When done the juices will run from vents and crust should be golden brown.

Pastry Crust
Makes 1 two crust pie

2 c. flour
1 t. salt
2/3 c. Butter flavored Crisco
7 T. ice-cold water

Mix flour & salt together in large bowl. Cut in shortening with pastry blender (can use two dinner knives but worth it to get pastry blender) until the size of small peas. Sprinkle water 1 spoonful at a time while tossing mixture with fork. Form into 2 balls and slightly flatten to a disk shape. Roll out on floured surface from center to edges. Roll at least 1-2” larger than diameter of pie pan. Ease gently into pan. (You kids always loved the “left over” pie dough to roll out, butter, then sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar and baked)

Monday, May 19, 2008

Thumb Print Cookies

Thumb Print Cookies
(recipe from neighbor/”sister” Debbie G)

2 c. shortening or butter
1 c. brown sugar
4 egg yolks
2 t. vanilla
4 c. sifted flour
1 t. salt
2 c. finely chopped pecans

Cream together shortening or butter, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla.
Add flour and salt and mix
Roll into 1” balls
Dip in slightly beaten egg white and roll in nuts (you can omit this stage)
Place on ungreased baking sheet & bake for 5 minutes at 375*
Remove from oven and indent cookies with thumb-continue baking 5-6 min.
Fill centers with jam or frosting

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Fluffy Cocoa Frosting

Fluffy Cocoa Frosting

1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, room temperature
1/4 c. cocoa
pinch of salt
1 t. vanilla
4 c. powdered sugar

In small mixing bowl, mix well:

Add and mix well:
powdered sugar

Beat all well until mixed and "fluffy".

This is not a dark chocolate frosting. If you want more chocolate, add a tad more butter and double the cocoa. Couldn't be easier and tastes really good. Enjoy.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Knight's Fresh Salsa

Fresh Salsa

Place in food processor:
2-4 peeled garlic cloves and process until minced
Add to processor:
1 bunch cleaned green onions with root ends trimmed, process until chopped
Add to processor:
1/2 - 1 bunch cleaned cilantro with stems removed; process until chopped
Remove above from processor and place in mixing bowl
Place in processor:
6-8 tomatoes cleaned, trimmed & quartered. Actually do this in 3-4 batches chopping to desired size.
Add all to bowl and mix well:
1 small can mild chiles, I like flavor but not heat
1 ripe, diced avocado
salt to taste

ENJOY! And omit the avocado and it's FAT FREE. I personally think the healthy fat of this little bit of avocado is just fine and dandy.