This morning, fresh pressed coffee out of the oven cookies and “The Taste of Tea”.
Here is the recipe for very good peanut butter cookies:
In a bowl mix with pastry blender:
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup margarine
In a separate bowl beat with egg beater:
1 egg yolk
Add to this 9 ounce peanut butter.
Blend peanut butter and egg with pastry blender.
When its nice and mixed together add sugar mixture.
Add to this flour 1/4 cup cup at a time. Around 1 1/2 cup of flour total.
Don’t add too much flour it makes for tough cookies.
Roll a bit of dough into rough balls flatten and put in baking pan.
Bake at 350 degrees . I enjoy soft cookies so I bake them for not very long.
I enjoy a nugget or two every once in awhile. I become very disenchanted with frozen ones. So I decided to give baking my own nuggets a go and like these very much. Use ground turkey or chicken I would not suggest using meat that is sold in tubes. Here we go:
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
In one bowl:
1 1/2 cup of bread crumbs
dash of garlic salt
some garlic powder
some onion powder
a bit of black pepper
Mix this around a bit, put aside.
In another bowl :
2 T soy sauce
Beat the egg with egg better.
Add 10 oz of ground turkey or chicken.
Squish the meat with the egg mixture like you might do with meat loaf.
Smash together until egg mixture is mixed with the meat.
Form little balls of meat I usually do about 8. Take balls of meat and dip in and shake around in bread crumb mixture. Place in pan you will bake them in. When ready bake for 15 minutes until meat is cooked. Enjoy! Eat these with the satisfaction of knowing that these don’t contain cardboard or sawdust 🙂
A note on bread crumbs. Buying breadcrumbs is convenient and expensive. Save some cash and do some labor by making your own. Buy the cheapest bread at the grocery store, the ones that are like one dollar, get the white bread. Bring it home lay the bread out in a baking pan put it in the oven on warm. Every once in a while turn the pieces. Your house will fill with the pleasant smell of toast. When the are properly dried pulverize them in a food processor or blender store them in a jar out of the sunlight and extreme temperatures or moisture.
I suppose it is the post holiday season, but I got a craving for something obscenely sweet specifically peanut patties. If you ever spent any time in the southern United States you may have encountered these little beasties at a gas station perhaps. They generally are red hard circles of candied peanuts sometimes they are fashioned into a Texas shape. So I set upon making this sweet little treat with no candy thermometer and still had success.
1/2 cup creme or evaporated milk*
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/3 corn syrup (karo)
1 1/2 cups of raw peanuts
Stir enough not to burn. Get to a boil turn temperature down and heat until soft ball stage.
To determine soft ball stage drop a bit of the candy into a bowl of cold water and submerged attempt to make into a soft ball.
When your candy has reached soft ball stage (it took me about 30 minutes over medium heat) Remove from heat. add:
2 T butter (actual butter)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Stir this until it starts to thicken. Drop candies unto the surface you would like them to cool on. Wait until they are quite cool to eat. Enjoy an intense sugar rush!
*I don’t like using canned milk products. In lieu of evaporated milk I often use powdered milk. Read the powdered milks instructions in order to simulate evaporated milk by increasing the recommended amount of powder by 50% and add it to to original amount of water.
O yea, if you wanna be true to the original add a lot of red food dye to it. It makes them more attractive!