Friday, January 18, 2013

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

So delicious.....So YUMMO!

I came across this delicious Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe when I was asked to do a cooking demo at our MOPS program at church.  It was back in November, and I cooked my Sausage Stuffing, and Chicken Pot Pie recipes for about 20 Moms. Yes, I was nervous, but it was fun! For a thank you gift, I was given the dry ingredients of this cookie recipe in a cute mason jar, right up my alley!

Now I am a Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie baker, but this recipe is by far better! I think it's the added oatmeal.  In the cute mason jar there were M&M's, chocolate chips, and nuts.  This recipe I didn't add the M&M's, I thought they are too sweet for my already sweet kids!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/3 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup Old Fashioned Oatmeal oats
1 stick butter softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1/2 bag chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts

In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients and whisk together so everything is mixed well. 

In another bowl cream the butter, sugars, egg, vanilla until light and fluffy.  Add the dry ingredients and mix well.  Add the chocolate chips and walnuts.  I do all of this with my trusty Kitchen Aid!

Line cookie sheets with foil and coat with baking spray.  Spoon nice size spoonfuls onto the cookie sheets, and bake in a 350 oven for about 10 mins or until they are firm to the touch, and lightly brown.  Or if you are like me, a little darker in color.

Cool, and enjoy.  I always double this recipe, just doesn't make enough!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Faux Crab Cakes......So YUMMO!

Faux Crab Cakes! Delicious!

This past Sunday evening I didn't know what to cook for dinner.  Have you ever had one of those days?  We had a big lunch, but everyone was hungry and I had to cook something.  So I made this most delicious Faux Crab Cakes that I've been cooking for my family for years. They were so satisfying, but they aren't made from crab meat, they are made with TUNA! Yes, the stuff you have in your pantry packed in water..  It's kind of a "poor mans" meal for Crab Cakes. They are easy, and delicious. I make them for lunch when my hubby is home, or even for dinner.  I serve them over a salad, or they can make a great sandwich!  The sauce is the best too, it's a Homemade Honey Mustard Sauce, I think this sauce is a must!   Enjoy!

Faux Crab Cakes
2 cans white tuna in water
1 egg beaten
1/4 cup mayo (you can use light)
1/2 cup bread crumbs or more use your judgement
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
oil for frying pan

In a skillet on medium to high - heat about 4 tablespoons of oil (canola). Mix all the ingredients together. Form into patties, should make 6 and fry for about 2 minutes on each side and until crispy turning only once, they may fall apart so don't turn them right want them crispy. Drain on paper towels.

Honey Mustard Sauce

1/2 cup Mayo
1 TBS spicy brown mustard
2 TBS Honey
1/4 tsp salt
pepper to taste
2 tsp lemon juice

Mix all the ingredients into a small bowl and whisk until smooth.  Taste it what does it need?  More honey? More salt, lemon juice?  Drizzle on top of the crab cakes.  Enjoy!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Homemade Granola Bars!

As promised I am back today.  I haven't blogged in such a long time, I am so out of practiced!  I am getting over the flu and sinus infection, so yesterday I was feeling pretty much back to normal, and decided to spend most of the day in the kitchen.  How therapeutic that was!  I made an awesome dinner, and baked these awesome Homemade Granola Bars! 

Homemade Granola Bars!
I got the recipe from my favorite blogger and Food Network Celebrity, Pioneer Woman.  She made these bars on her show over the weekend.  I have always wanted to make Homemade Granola Bars, but I just needed a really good recipe, and sure enough Ree's recipe is a winner!  I changed the recipe just a bit for my own liking, I can never follow a recipe to the tee it's just me. There is a lot of sugar in this recipe, so next time, I may come up with a recipe with less sugar, it's the way I do things in the kitchen.

Here's the full sugar recipe, they are really delicious and my family loves them!

Homemade Granola Bars!

6 cups old fashioned Oats
1/4 cup canola oil
6 TBS butter melted
1 tsp salt

Combine the Oats, oil, salt and butter in a big bowl and toss.  Preheat the oven to 325 and put the mixture onto TWO lightly oiled cookie sheets, put them in the oven and toast for 20 minutes until lightly brown, checking and shaking the pans so nothing burns. 

Meanwhile make up the goodness (or should I say glue) that holds the bars together.

Combine in a medium saucepan:
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Molasses
1/2 cup honey
3 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup apple juice (here is where I changed the recipe, I didn't have apple juice, so I added WATER instead).
Bring this all to a simmer.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl add the Toasted Oats and the following:

1 1/2 cups Rice cereal
1 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup salted peanuts (this is where I changed the recipe too, PW used pecans, but I thought the salted peanuts would add a nice little salted flavor to the sweetness, and it did!)
1 cup flaked coconut (another changed)
1 cup Wheat Germ

Raise the oven temp to 350

Add all the ingredients to the toasted oatmeal and then the sugar mixture, mix really well.  Line ONE cookie sheet with foil and spray or oil it.  Pat the ingredients onto the cookie sheet and bake in a 350 oven for 25 minutes, will be slightly browned.  Remove and cool on a rack, the bars will firm and crisp up while cooling.  Do not cut the bars while hot, they won't be firm!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Happy New Year.....I know I've been lazy!

It's been a very busy couple of months for me.  The kids started school back in September, then we had this AWFUL Super Storm Sandy in our area, that did damage everywhere in the Northeast....don't want to really talk about that now!  I just gave up and put my blog to rest, for a couple months.  But I still see my loyal friends who have been coming on and searching for recipes, and I thank you!
Photo: Pretty snow!
Christmas Snow!  It was beautiful!
Christmas came and it was wonderful.  It was a quiet couple of days with my family, but so enjoyable.  I did a lot of cookie baking, and made my first fruit cake, I know it, I should have shared the recipe, next year I promise.  We had my family and good friends over during the season, and yes I cooked up a storm like usual!  I would have it no other way.

My kids are doing so very well in school, I can't believe how fast they are growing up,  it's all so bittersweet for me.

Photo: My two crazy kids. I am so blessed. :)
My Kids Christmas!
Photo: My Hubby and Me
My Hubby and Me!
 So it's a new year, and I will try to post recipes, and little "things" about my life here in New Jersey.  I have to add, it was a Christmas Miracle, we actually got snow on Christmas Eve!  While driving home from church that evening, it started snowing, and if you have read my past posts, then you will know that I was THRILLED!  Then the day after Christmas we got more snow!  Then the Saturday after Christmas, yes we got more snow.  It was a wonderful Season.