Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Two Awards!

Thanks to Stephanie of Macaroni and Cheesecake I received two awards...and here they are!

The Lemonade Blog for having a refreshing Blog.

And the Fabulous Blog...this is one of my favorite words too!

Here are the rules…- Add the logo in your blog.
- Add a link to the person who gave you the award.
- Nominate other (refreshing…like lemonade and fabulous) blogs of your choice.
- Don’t forget to add links to those blogs in yours.
- Also leave a message for your nominees in their blogs, informing them about the award.

So here are those blogs I am passing along these awards to.
Joelen of Joelens Culinary Adventures

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Homemade Corn Dogs

The story behind these boogers...well not real boogers, you catch my drift. But anyway, the story behind these is...I am doing a Winter Book Challenge (WBC) and one of the challenges to get 25 points is to read a book and make a meal inspired by the book. Well, I read Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, which book I highly recommend, it's a circus themed book back in the great depression, very interesting read. So I decided that I would make corn dogs because you can get those are the circus, and those would be "circus food". Which landed me 25 points for my Book Challenge.

Source: My Grandma - Margaret McConnell

This is an old cafeteria school recipe that my grandma used to make back in the day. If you scroll down and find the noodles...ahh, those are awesome and also inspired by my grandma.

1 c. flour
2 T. sugar
1-1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. paprika
2/3 c. corn meal
2 T. oil
1 egg
3/4 c/ milk
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
hot dogs
wood sticks ( I omitted these and made little corn dogs, pictured right)

Mix all ingredients together. put hot dogs on sticks and dip into the batter. Drop in hot oil and cook until brown. It's that easy!!

This recipe is in a cookbook from my Mom's hometown called Gardner in Kansas. This is their 150th year cookbook. 1857-2007 I thought I would share the little note that was at the bottom.

Note: Marg and Russell came to Gardner in 1952. Over the years, Russell was Mayor of Gardner, City Clerk and was named Citizen of the Year.

My Grandparents were some pretty awesome folks! My Grandmother still resides in Gardner, but my Grandfather passed away right before I was born. Kind of neat getting recipes passed down through generations. This is my first time making this, but won't be my last.

Salmon Patties

This meal is so quick and so easy! My mother in law told me about making Salmon patties and even sent me home with a can of Salmon.

1 can of Skinless boneless Salmon
6 Saltine Crackers
1 wet piece of bread (not too wet)
1 egg
Salt and Pepper to taste

You will need cooking oil as well to fry the patties up!

Mix ingredients together (minus cornmeal) and pat together to form patties. Coat with the cornmeal and fry! It's that easy! You want them to cook for about 2.5 minutes, until golden brown. This yielded 5 for me which is perfect!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cake Balls

Boy were these things a hit! These things are amazing! I was totally impressed, and probably shouldn't have had as many as I had. They were a huge hit at our youth 2:42 group.

Adapted from Joelen's Culinary Adventures - let me go ahead and give a shout out to Joelen, she has an awesome food blog with giveaways and scrumptious recipes. Check her blog out if you haven't yet! This recipe is good if you have extra cake left over and you don't want to waste it! Who wants to waste sweets?!

1 box of cake mix (your preference)
1 can of icing (your preference)
Chocolate bark, melted

Prepare the cake as the box says. Then mix the icing and cake together (after cake has cooled). Using a small scoop, form small balls of mashed cake. Roll each ball with your hands to form a more uniform balls. Melt chocolate according to package directions and place melted chocolate in a small bowl. Carefully place ball of cake into the melted chocolate and coat completely. Remove coated cak ball and place on parchement(wax) paper to harden.

Old Fashioned Sausage Balls

Source: Lynsey Lou's Place

1 (1-lb) package of ground sausage
3 Cups baking mix ("bisquick")
4 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese
1/8 Tbl. Pepper

Preheat over to 375 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with veggie oil cooking spray.

Combine all ingredients in a large glass bowl. Mix well with your fingers. The mixture will be very crumbly. Form into 1 inch balls, squeezing the mixture so it holds together, then rolling it between the palms of your hands to form balls.

Place the balls on the baking sheet. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. To prevent sticking, move balls with a spatula halfway through cooking.

Cold Veggie Pizza

Source: Amber's Delectable Delights

2 (8 oz) packages crescent recipe creations rolls
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1 Tbl. mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. dill weed (I omitted)
1 Tbl. dry ranch seasoning
Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste
2 cups veggies, cut into bite size pieces
1 cup shredded cheese

!. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unroll cresent dough sheets onto a large non-stick baking pan to completely over the pan. Press your fingers over the dough to seal the seems. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. Set aside to cool.
2. Mix together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic, dill, ranch and black pepper. Set aside.
3. Once the curst is completely cooled, evenly spread the cream cheese mixter over it. Cut the crust into squares and then top with the veggies and cheese of your choice. Refigerate until ready to serve.