Thursday, February 14, 2019

Perfect Steak

My neighbor is quite the grill master. He taught me how to make steaks awhile back and when I finally did it (I had to borrow a cast iron pan from him) they truly were the best steaks I've ever had. I don't make steak very often so I keep forgetting what to do, so I thought I'd better write it down so I can stop calling him every time we have steak. :)

This is very general, so sorry about that.

Preheat oven to 350.

Season your steaks how you like - I like to use Garlic salt, pepper and a seasoning that my neighbor actually made and gave us for Christmas. It's so good.

Heat a cast iron skillet on Medium-High heat. Melt 1-2 T. butter and wait until the butter is crackling and the pan is hot. Sear the steak on each side for 1-2 minutes (I've had really thick steaks before and do it a little longer because I don't like my steak too red in the middle).

Once they are seared on both sides, pop the whole pan into the preheated oven for 5-10 minutes. I can never tell when they are done since I'm a bum and haven't invested in a meat thermometer, so I just do a little slice to see how pink/red they are. If they are thin steaks, it's more like 5 minutes. I have had really thick steaks in the past and even cooked it for as long as 15 minutes to get the right doneness for me.

Once you pull them out, let them rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Em's Breakfast Casserole

This isn't really Em's recipe, but we got it from Em and it's one of our favorites!

Here's what you'll need:
8-9 Hash brown patties
12 eggs
1 c. milk
1 t. salt
pepper to taste
2 c. cheese
1 lb. cooked meat (sausage, maple sausage, chopped bacon, diced ham etc)
Veggies (4 oz. green chilies, peppers, onions, mushrooms etc.)

Spray at 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Place a layer of hash browns on the bottom of your pan. Layer the meat, veggies, and cheese on top of the hash browns (save a little cheese for the top). Beat the eggs together with milk, salt and pepper and pour over the meat and hash browns. Top with extra leftover cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 375 for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until eggs are set.

This can be assembled the night before and baked in the morning.

Serves about 12-16.

Em's Sugar Cookies and Frosting

I never have this recipe when I need it and my sister keeps texting it to me and then it gets lost in my text history. So- I'm putting it up so I don't have to ask her again! :) These sugar cookies are my favorite!

Here's what you need:
1 c. butter
1 c. sour cream
2 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 t. vanilla

6 1/2 c. flour
2 t. baking soda
1 t. salt

Mix the first 5 ingredients together and then add the last 3. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

Makes 5-6 dozen

Buttercream Frosting
1 1/2 c. butter
2 t. vanilla
1-2 T. cream or milk
about 1 lb. powdered sugar

Mix butter and vanilla until soft. Add about 1 lb. powdered sugar, give or take a bit. Add a pinch of salt and milk/cream until you reach your desired consistency

Monday, September 11, 2017

Fresh Peaches and Cream Pie

Peach Topping:
1/2 C water
3 T cornstarch
2 medium peaches, peeled and smashed up
3/4 C sugar
1/2 t lemon extract
1 T butter
5 large peaches, peeled and sliced

3 c. graham cracker crumbs
7 T. melted butter
1/3 c. sugar
1/8 t. cinnamon
dash of salt

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
8 oz. cool whip
1 c. powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 1/2 T. lemon juice

For the topping- Mix the cornstarch and the cold water and stir until combined and dissolved. In a small sauce pan, combine smashed peaches, sugar, butter and lemon extract. Heat over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Once it's boiling, add the cornstarch mixture. Stir and cook for 2 minutes or until thick. Once thick, remove from heat and set aside.

For the crust- Combine crumbs, cinnamon and sugar. Add melted butter, mix until well incorporated. Divide mixture in half and press into 2 shallow pie plates. Bake crust at 350 for 10 minutes.

For the filling- Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar, vanilla and lemon juice. Beat until nice and smooth. Fold in whipped topping and stir until well combined. Divide filling between two pie crusts. 

Mix sliced peaches with the cooled topping mixture and divide between the two pie plates. Chill for at least an hour.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Joe's super fast copycat Orange Julius

In a blender measure:
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1⁄4 cup sugar
  • 1-2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cup ice cubes
  • 6 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Oatmeal Choco Chip Cookies

I got this recipe from a neighbor and it is one of my absolute favorite cookie recipes- EVER!

What you'll need:
1 c. butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 1/4 - 2 1/2 c. flour
2 c. old-fashioned oats
1 c. semi sweet choco chips
1 c. milk choco chips

What to do:
Cream together butter and sugars. Add vanilla, eggs and mix well. Add salt, soda, powder and flour and mix until just combined. Stir in oats and choco chips. Roll into large balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12  minutes.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Grandma Brewer's swedish pancakes

This is a recipe my husband grew up with. His mom made it every holiday morning and she still makes it when we come to visit. It's one of his favorites and the best part is- he will usually make them himself!! They are very similar to crepes, just thicker.

Here's what you need:
1 3/4 c. Milk
5 eggs
2 T. sugar
3 T. cooking oil
a pinch of salt
1 c. flour

Blend together the milk, eggs, sugar, oil and salt. Once mixed well (but not frothy) add in the flour and stir to combine.

Heat your cast iron skillet to medium/hot. Pour about 1/3 c. batter in your pan and rotate the pan around to coat it. Once bubbly, flip and cook on the other side.

Butter and serve with jam or nutella or straberries, bananas etc.