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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Rhubarb Custard Squares (w/Cream Cheese/Whipped Cream Topping)



How does this compare to my "other" rhubarb custard
dessert?   Well,... ingredient-wise, it's like I've often heard 
our "fixit" guy say, "It's similar, but different!"


INGREDIENTS:

Crust--
  •     2 cups flour
  •     1/4 cup sugar
  •     1 cup butter (cold)
Filling--
  •     2 cups sugar
  •     7 tablespoons flour
  •     3 eggs (beaten)
  •     1 cup heavy whipping cream
  •     5 cups finely diced fresh rhubarb
Topping--
  •     1 cup heavy whipping cream
  •     8 ounces of cream cheese (softened)
  •     1/2 cup powdered (confectioners) sugar
  •     3/4 teaspoon vanilla
DIRECTIONS:

Crust--
  1.     Preheat the oven to 350-degrees F.
  2.     Grease the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13" baking dish (or pan).
  3.     Combine the flour and sugar in a large mixing bowl and cut in the cold butter until the mixture is coarse and crumbly.  (I used my food processor to get this done very quickly!)
  4.     Press flour mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish and bake for 10 minutes.
  5.     Bake for only 10 minutes and remove from oven for the "filling".
Filling--
  1.     While the crust is baking, combine the sugar and flour in a large mixing bowl.  Add the cream and eggs; whisk all together until well mixed.  (I used my stand mixer for this.) Set aside.
  2.     Dice the rhubarb and spread that evenly over the hot crust.  
  3.     Pour the liquid custard mixture evenly over the rhubarb layer.  
  4.     Return to oven and baked for about 40-45 minutes or until the filling is set.  Allow the bars to cool completely before frosting.  (With MY oven, I had to bake these for closer to 50 minutes for the center to "set/firm up".)
Topping-- 
  1.     Whip the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form; set aside.  (Be careful so that you   don't beat it to the point of  "making butter"!)
  2.     Beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together until smooth; fold in the whipped cream just until well mixed.
  3.     Keep this topping mixture tightly covered and refrigerated until ready to serve with the "rhubarb squares".  
This recipe was adapted from a post by http://www.recipetips.com





Friday, April 24, 2015

Taco Casserole (with chicken) *




This recipe was adapted from one originally submitted by Campbell's Kitchen.  The original recipe called for a 15-ounce bag of tortilla chips to be crushed up and layered in here.  BUT!!!, ...because I like left-overs, I omitted the chips (I left them out because I could picture them soaking up moisture, AND/OR becoming soggy/rubbery).

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 cups shredded or "small chunked", cooked chicken (a rotisserie chicken makes "quick work" of this, and it tastes  just great for this!).
  • 1 can of condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted.  (Original recipe asked for 2 cans, but I didn't want this recipe to end up being "too soupy".  Suit yourself.)
  • 1 cup sour cream.
  • 1 of 10 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies (undrained).
  • 1 of 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed.
  • 1 of a 1 oz. envelope of taco seasoning mix--the reduced-sodium variety may be best.  (Especially for my husband's taste, I used only half of the 1 oz. envelope.)
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided into two equal portions.
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  • Possible topping ingredients:  Chopped tomato, sliced green onion, cilantro leaves. black olives and/or ????
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Heat the oven to 350-degrees F. Lightly grease (or spray) a 9x13x2" baking dish.
  2. Stir the shredded or "small-chunked" well-done chicken meat, condensed soup, sour cream, tomatoes/chilies, black beans and taco seasoning in a medium/large mixing bowl.
  3. Spread 1/2 of the chicken mixture in bottom of dish.  Add a layer of 1 cup of the shredded cheese amount.  Layer with the remaining chicken mixture.  
  4. Cover the baking dish
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes.  Then, uncover the baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup of shredded cheese.
  6. Bake, UNcovered, for another 10 minutes or until hot/bubbling and the cheese is melted.
  7. Serve topping options on the side for "individual preferences".  For those who like "hot stuff",  maybe a dash of hot sauce or other kinds of "hots" could be added to their individual serving. 
*  In my opinion, this dish, after baking, could be used as a dip for your favorite kind of crunchy chips.   Also, ...I think it could be served in soft OR hard taco shells.   And,... this mixture (before baking) could be wrapped in soft tortilla shells and baked like that... maybe with adding a light layer of your favorite kind of sauce?  (Actually, this mixture in its UNbaked state was tasting pretty darned good, too--  I happen to know this because... I licked off the spatula!!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Corn Bread

"We all have the Native Americans to thank for corn bread.  Its humble beginnings can be traced back to the Indians that the European settlers came in contact with when they first arrived in America." (http://www.indians.org/articles/corn-bread.html)

We (my husband and I) have invited the sister missionaries to join us for supper tonight.  Planning to try a new (new to me) recipe for corn bread, I decided to make a skillet of it this morning.  That way, if it didn't turn out, or if I didn't like it, I could scratch the idea and make some dinner rolls.  Well,... I say this recipe is a "GO" for tonight, and beyond.  The credit for this recipe goes to someone named "Nandabear".

As I was making this, I thought of a particular grandson (Matthew, shown below) because he always liked it whenever I served this in the past-- but, confession-wise, my "cornbread of the past" usually came from one of those little blue boxes.  NOT this time around!!


This recipe makes enough to serve 10 (I'd surely cut this recipe in half for a small family.)

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups white cornmeal-- but, I used yellow cornmeal today.  (Personally, I like to look around and find Non-GMO corn meal--  an Internet search will help you find some brands of it.)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 4 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk (To make this, I added two tablespoons of fresh-squeezed lemon juice to a scant two cups of whole milk, and then let it sit for about 15 minutes so it could do its "curdle thing".)

DIRECTIONS:


  1. If you DON'T have regular buttermilk on hand, make your own by adding lemon juice as I did.  Do this now so it can sit and do it's "curdle thing" for a little while.  Skip this step, of course, if you have regular buttermilk on hand.
  2. Preheat oven to 450-degrees F.
  3. Pour vegetable oil into a 10-inch cast-iron skillet and swirl the oil to coat bottom and sides of skillet.  Place skillet (with the oil in it) into the pre-heated oven until very hot, OR for 3-5 minutes.  Set a timer so you do NOT forget about this being in the oven.
  4. Remove skillet from oven, and set aside.
  5. Whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a med. sized mixing bowl. 
  6. Beat eggs in a separate bowl, and then stir the buttermilk in.
  7. Pour half (2 tablespoons) of the hot vegetable oil from the skillet into this buttermilk mixture.  Beat until oil is incorporated.  
  8. Mix buttermilk/eggs/oil mixture into dry ingredients to make a smooth batter. 
  9. Pour batter into the still hot/warm skillet.
  10. Bake in the oven until top is golden brown, or 18-20 minutes.  This is how mine looked at 18 minutes when I took it out of the oven.  
                                  
Since ovens vary, check yours so see how it is coming along after the first 15 minutes.  IF you do not want the top to get as dark as what mine did, here, you might want to lay a piece of aluminum foil very lightly over the top when it gets to the desired "brownness" and continue baking until it is done.  (At 18 minutes, I tested this with a wood toothpick to see if I thought it was done-- the toothpick came out "clean" so I took it out.)

Cut cornbread into servings while in the skillet, and serve while warm.  If baked ahead of time, like I just did, warm it in the oven just before serving time.
After taking that big wedge of corn bread out of the skillet and............. well, you know,...... eating it while the butter was melting on it,............... I think I just may have made a meal out of this.  OINK!!!, OINK!!! ... to ...ME!!!!