Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Chocolate Hershey Bar Dessert -- Mother Jewell

1 Cup soft butter
1 Cup flour
1 Cup finely chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
Mix then pat into bottom of 9X13 glass pyrex pan. Bake 20 minutes at 350. Cool completely
1st Layer
1 8oz package Philadelphia Cream Cheese, room temperature
1 Cup powdered sugar, beat until fluffy
Fold 1 cup Cool Whip into fluffy mixture - spread over crust
2nd Layer
1 Large package Instant Chocolate pudding (5.9 oz)
3 Cups milk
Mix with wire wisk for 2 minutes
Immediately spread over 1st layer
3rd Layer
Spread the remainder of the cool whip you have left over 2nd layer
4th Layer
Grate 1 large Milk Chocolate or Semi Sweet Chocolate bar. Sprinkle top of all layers. Chill

Mom made this for Allie on Sunday, July 26, 2009. She told me it would be the last time she made it because...” it took too long and dirtied too many dishes.” Hummm So dear Allie, I’m posting it so you can make it yourself next time you get a craving. :)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Pioneer Woman’s Homemade Ranch Dressing

1 to 2 cloves garlic
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (use less table salt)
1 cup mayonnaise (Hellman’s or Best Foods preferred)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 to 1/2 cup buttermilk or regular milk, to taste
1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 to 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill, more if desired
Optional ingredients:
white vinegar
worcestershire sauce
cayenne pepper
fresh oregano
black pepper

Directions: With a fork, make a paste with garlic and salt. Mix all other ingredients, adding optional ingredients as you wish, tasting frequently and adjusting seasonings as needed. Chill for a couple of hours before serving, thin with milk or buttermilk if desired.
(Don’t overdo the garlic or you’ll be up all night, emailing me about your heartburn.)
Pioneer Woman

Buttermilk Syrup -- Julie Magleby?

1/2 C Butter
1/2 C Buttermilk
1 C Sugar
1 T Karo Syrup

Boil 5 minutes then add

1 T Vanilla
1/2 t baking soda
It will bubble up
Then add 1/2 C more buttermilk

Asian Noodle Salad - Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

1 packages linguine noodles, cooked, rinsed, and cooled (I also use spaghetti)
1/2 to 1 head sliced Napa cabbage
1/2 to 1 head sliced purple cabbage
1/2 to 1 bag baby spinach
1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced thin
1 orange bell pepper, sliced thin (if available)
1 small bag bean sprouts (also called “mung bean sprouts”)
3 sliced scallions
3 peeled, sliced cucumbers (I didn’t have a cucumber for the photos above, but they’re yummy in the salad)
LOTS of chopped cilantro—up to one bunch
1 can whole cashews, lightly toasted in skillet
Juice of 1 lime
8 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons sesame oil
6 tablespoons soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped (I leave the ginger out...)
2 cloves chopped garlic
2 hot peppers or jalapenos, chopped
More chopped cilantro—LOTS
Mix together salad ingredients. Whisk together dressing ingredients and pour over salad. Mix with tongs or hands and serve on platter.
*Dressing keeps up to three days before serving, WITHOUT cilantro.

Lime Cilantro Rice - Chris Call Golightly

1 C Rice
1 T Butter
1 Can Chicken Broth
Zest of 1 Lime
Salt to taste
Cook on low for 20 minutes

Then add:
3 T Lime Juice
3 T Sugar
1/4 C Cilantro - minced