Mile High Biscuits

Cooking with Mary 2/22/17

3 cups sifted flour
2 TBSP sugar
4 1/2 tsps baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 cup shortening
1 egg
1 cup milk

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar and salt into a bowl. Cut in shortening with pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles course meal. Combine egg and milk.Add to flour mixture all at once, stirring just enough with a fork to make a soft dough that sticks together.Turn onto lightly floured surface and knead 15 times. Roll to one inch thickness. Cut with floured two inch cutter and place about an inch apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden (bottoms are golden). Makes about 15 biscuits.

Gravy Recipe: Brown 1 pound medium sausage and crumble with a fork. Save part of grease (I use 2 or 3 TBSP canola oil to brown sausage in). Transfer some grease and sausage to another skillet. Add 3 TBSP of flour and stir until smooth. Add 3 1/2 cups of milk. Use a wire whisk and whisk until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot gravy over biscuits.

Italian Spaghetti

Cooking with Mary 1/4/17

1/2 cup onion slices
2 TBSP oil1 pound lean ground beef
2 cloves minced garlic or 1/4 to 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 three ounce can mushrooms with liquid
4 cups diced tomatoes or two 1 lb cans
1 six ounce can tomato paste
2 eight ounce cans tomato sauce
1/4 cup chopped parsley (can use dried parsley)
1/2 tsp oregano, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp thyme, dash of pepper, 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1 bay leaf, 1 TBSP sugar, one cup of water.

Saute onions in Dutch oven until tender, but not brown. Add meat and garlic, brown lightly. Add mushrooms with liquid and remaining ingredients. Simmer, covered, for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until thick. If you prefer, you can cook in a crock pot after browning meat. If you choose this option, remove cover for a while towards the end, until sauce thickens.

Turkey A La King

Cooking with Mary 11/30/16

1/4 cup chopped onion
2 TBSP chopped green pepper
2 TBSP butter1 can cream of chicken soup
1/3 to 1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups cooked turkey, cubed
2 TBSP diced pimento
salt and pepper to taste

Cook onion and green pepper in butter until tender. Blend in soup and milk. Add turkey, pimento, salt, and pepper. Heat slowly, stirring often. Serve over toast or toasted english muffins. Makes 3 to 4 servings.

Cheesy Broccoli

Cooking with Mary 11/23/16

1 1/2 cups white rice, cooked according to package directions
1 can cream of chicken soup1 package frozen chopped broccoli, cooked
1/2 cup milk
1 small jar Cheese Whiz or a little less than a jar of Cheese Whiz and some shredded cheddar
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion

Saute onion and celery together in 1/2 stick of butter until crisp tender, or cook in small saucepan with just enough water to cover. When done drain off water.

Stir all ingredients together and bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees, until hot and bubbly.

New Horizons Chicken

Cooking with Mary Wednesday, September 21, 2016

3 lbs cut up frying chicken or bone-in chicken breasts
2 TBSP oil
1 garlic clove, minced
4 oz can of mushrooms
1/4 C soy sauce
1/4 C ketchup
1/4 C white wine or chicken broth
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/4 C sliced black olives (optional)

Heat oil in large pan. Dredge chicken in flour then brown in the oil. Drain and reserve liquid from can of mushrooms and set mushrooms aside. In a small bowl, mix liquid from mushrooms, soy sauce, ketchup, and wine (or broth). Pour mixture over the browned chicken. Stir in onion, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes or until juices of chicken run clear. Add mushrooms and olives (if using)and heat to serving temperature. Great served with mashed potatoes or over rice with a salad or vegetable and rolls. Serves four.

Summer Pasta With Fresh Tomato Sauce

one pound dried pasta (farfalle or penne)
2 TBSP butter, softended
crushed red pepper to taste (optional)
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
5 lbs tomatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
garlic, oregano, fresh basil, and bay leaves to taste
6 oz ultra fresh ricotta cheese
grated Pecorino Romano cheese for garnish

Step One:
Cook pasta in large pot of boiling water with good salt (such as sea salt). Cook to al dente or your preference. Drain.

Step Two:
Place butter in wide, deep skillet. Add cooked, drained pasta and season with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper, if using.

Step Three:
Cook tomatoes by bringing to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 30 – 45 minutes. Season with garlic, oregano, fresh basil, and bay leaves (remove bay leaves before serving).

Step Four:
Add tomato sauce to pasta and stir… add just enough to coat or add it all if you want it saucy. Transfer pasta to warm serving bowl. Dot with spoonfuls of ricotta and sprinkle Pecorino over top. Garnish wit parsley or fresh basil and serve.

Pear French Toast Casserole

4 TBSP butter, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
3 pears, chopped (or 3 apples)
1/2 pound 100% whole wheat bread, cubed
1/2 pound sourdough bread, cubed
6 eggs
1 1/2 cup egg substitute
1 1/2 cup fat-free milk
2 TSBP sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/4 cup sliced almonds (or 1/4 cup walnuts)

1. Evenly distribute butter cubes into the bottom of a 10″ x 14″ baking dish. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the butter cubes. Cover with pears.Top with bread cubes in a single layer.
2. Mix eggs, egg substitute, milk sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract until blended; pour over bread mixture. Cover the dish with foil. Chill overnight in the refrigerator.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove casserole from the refrigerator to warm while the oven preheats.
4. Bake until the top of the bread is golden brown, 45-60 minutes. Top with sliced almonds.

Makes 10 services; Serving size: 1 cup; Calories 350; Total fat 11 g; Saturated fat 4 g; Sodium 410 mg; Cholesterol 125 mg; Total carbohydrates 50 g; Dietary fiber 4 g; Protein 15 g

Johnny Marzetti

Mix together in a bowl:
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 can tomato soup
1 small can tomato paste
1 small can tomato sauce
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp basil
1/4 tsp pepper
Set aside

Brown one lb hamburger with 1/4 cup green pepper, chopped and 1/2 medium onion chopped. Cook until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Add one can drained mushrooms (optional).

Cook 5 to 6 oz pasta (wide noodles, spiral, rigatoni… your favorite) according to package directions. Drain.

Mix with above ingredients. Place in a 13 x 9 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Last ten minutes, place 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese on top. Serve when golden brown.

Cashew Chicken

1 to 1 1/2 lbs chicken breasts
1 large egg
1/4 C milk
lots of flour
salt and pepper to taste
1 bottle peanut oil
1/2 C cashews

Oyster Sauce
2 C water2 chicken bouillon cubes
2 T cornstarch
2 TBSP soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp oyster flavor sauce
2 TBSP chopped onion

Cut chicken into small pieces. Place chicken on waxed paper and flour. Let stand 15 minutes. Mix egg, milk, salt, and pepper in mixing bowl. Also have a bowl of flour ready. Put all the chicken in the mixture and let stand ten minutes. Heat oil. Then drop chicken into flour and hot oil. Cook until light brown. After done, place in a covered pan in the oven on low to keep warm.

Sauce: Boil water to dissolve bouillon cubes. Mix cornstarch in 1/4 cup cold water. Pour into broth to thicken. Add rest of ingredients as it thickens. Serve with stir-fry vegetables and rice.

Breakfast Pizza

1 lb bulk pork sausage
1 8-0z package crescent rolls
1 c frozen hash browns
1 c shredded cheddar cheese
5 eggs
1/4 c milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 pepper
2 T grated parmesean

Cook sausage and drain.  Separate crescent rolls and place on ungreased, 12 inch pizza pan with points toward center.  Press over bottom and up the sides of the pan to form  a crust.  Place sausage on top of crust…put potatoes on top of sausage.  Top with cheese.  Beat together eggs, milk, salt and pepper.  Pour over cheese.  Bake at 375 degrees fro 25 to 30 minutes.