Good morning! I’d like to share a french toast recipe that my mother-in-law game to me.
Unfortunately it’s one of those recipes where the exact amounts are not written anywhere so I’ll do my best to explain.
The secret ingredient is pepper which seems sort of weird (in my opinion) for a breakfast item but it tastes great!
Ingredients (enough for 2-3 people)
1/3 cup milk
6 slices of bread
Crack the eggs in a large bowl. Whip until scrambled. Mix in the milk. Then, sprinkle the desired amount of pepper in to egg/milk mixture. I usually use enough pepper to cover the entire top of the egg/milk mixture and then I stir it in. Mine looks like this when finished:
Then, using your fingers or tongs, dip both sides each slice of bread in the mixture and cook on a pre-heated skillet set to medium heat (I cook at 325F on an electric skillet). When the bottoms start to brown, flip each piece of bread and cook on the other side.
When finished, transfer to a plate and top with syrup, powdered sugar, or whatever you’d like!
I’m excited to share the recipe for chicken rice soup that my mom made for the family regularly. It’s only seven ingredients but it’s very tasty and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, too!
Ingredients and directions for the rice
1 cup uncooked white, long grain rice
Dash of olive oil (1-2 teaspoons)
2 cups of water
Stir rice, olive oil, and water in medium size pot. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and cover. Simmer on low heat for 18-20 minutes or until the water has been absorbed. Set aside.
Ingredients and directions for chicken and broth
1 to 1.5 pounds of chicken. You can really used whatever kind you want. I used to use chicken wings but I now just use boneless, skinless chicken breast because it’s less work.
5-8 chicken bouillon cubes (I use 6)
1 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Lemon juice (1 squirt from bottled juice or juice that’s squeezed from 1/2 of a lemon)
2 quarts (8 cups) of water
salt to taste
Add chicken and 2 quarts of water to a large pot. Add bouillon cubes – how much is a personal preference. I’ve seen recipes that only use 2 but I’ve also seen recipes that use up to 10. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium and cook until chicken is done, about 15 minutes (if you’re using full chicken breast, complete with skin and bone, you might cook it for 20 minutes). Remove chicken from pot, allow it to cool, and then shred it with two forks or cut it in to cubes.
Add chicken, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, oregano, lemon juice, and rice back to broth and simmer for a few minutes. Add salt to taste. Remove from heat and serve with warm muffins or crusty bread. Enjoy!
If you’re looking for a healthy, filling treat, give the below recipe a try. It’s made with oatmeal cereal, popcorn, cranberries, apples, and a bit of chocolate. It’s easy to make a huge batch at once and divide it in to small bags to take to work or school. I call it “high fiber snack” but you can call it whatever you want!
9 cups popped popcorn (I make mine using an air popper, but you could also buy bagged popcorn and use that instead. I especially like Skinny Pop popcorn)
1.5 cups oatmeal cereal squares
3/4 cups dried cranberries
2.5 oz package of dried apple slices. You can also make these yourself if you’d prefer
1.5 cups chocolate chips
Optional – raisins, almonds, walnuts, etc.
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Store in a gallon plastic bag or tupperware container.
It may be a tad early for pumpkin-flavored things but the colder-than-average temperatures have put me in the mood to bake fall favorites.
I found a recipe for pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies online and, after reading some of the comments, decided to make some changes to the recipe. My cookies turned out less chewy than regular snickerdoodle cookies and more soft and pillowy. I took some to work and I received a lot of compliments and requests for the recipe.
Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (not packed)
2 tsp cornstarch (this helps make the cookies soft. I use them in chocolate chip cookies, too)
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup unsalted butter , softened
1 large egg yolk
3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Combine flour, cornstarch, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. Set aside.
Cream together butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until just combined. Mix in egg yolk, then pumpkin and vanilla extract. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until combined.
Place dough in bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in refrigerator for 45-60 minutes. Without this step, the dough is too sticky to roll.
Preheat oven to 350 fahrenheit during last 10 minutes of chilling In small box, mix 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and 1.5 teaspoons of cinnamon. Scoop dough out in 1 or 1.5 rounded tablespoons and roll dough in cinnamon sugar mixture until evenly coated then transfer to baking sheet, spacing cookies 2 inches apart. Bake in preheated oven 12-14 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
A posted a recipe for fajita quesadillas a few months ago. I really enjoy making (and eating) those but I wanted to try something different today. Instead of onions and peppers, I decided to make the quesadillas with black beans and corn. They turned out really good!
Here’s how you make them!
1 pound of chicken
flour tortillas (I use 10 inch tortillas)
shredded cheese (I used colby cheddar)
1 can of corn
1 can of black beans
1-2 tablespoons of taco seasoning
butter for frying pan
Poach chicken for ~10 minutes or until fully cooked. Remove chicken from pot and shred using two forks. Set aside.
Drain and rinse black beans. Then drain corn. Add corn, chicken, taco seasoning, and black beans to a frying pan. Cook on medium high until all ingredients are hot and a bit more cooked through like shown below. This also helps burn off some of the water left over from rinsing.
In a separate frying pan, melt a bit of butter. Add 1 tortilla over the butter then add cheese and as much of the bean/corn/chicken mixture as you’d like. Then add second tortilla over top.
Once the bottom of the first tortilla starts to brown, flip the quesadilla over to cook the bottom (I put a plate over the pan and then quickly flip the quesadilla on to the plate. Then I push the quesadilla back on the pan. This helps avoid spillage which happens to me if I try to flip using a spatula).
Once the bottom of the second tortilla starts to brown, remove from heat, transfer to plate, and cut it in to 4 even piece.
Add toppings (salsa, green onions, guacamole, sour cream, etc.) to your liking.
I hope the holidays are going well for you so far. For Christmas, I made a few items I thought I’d share with you.
The first is pillow cheesecake that was inspired by this one from Tartelette. Instead of their chocolate shortbread crust, I made a traditional crust (2 cups of graham cracker crumbs, 5 tablespoons of butter, 3 tablespoons of sugar, mix and press to the bottom of a 10 inch spring form and bake for 8-10 minute at 350F). I also did not use the caramel sauce. I have used it previously, but I just didn’t want to mess with it this time. I followed the directions for the cheesecake batter as written on the Tartelette blog except I think I cooked it an hour and a half at 350F instead of 325F. I added chocolate and raspberries on top of a few slices, but the cheesecake is amazing served plain as well. In fact, I think that’s how I prefer it. If you like cheesecake, I recommend giving this recipe a try.
The next thing I made are these ranch oyster crackers which are a holiday tradition. They’re super easy to make and most people to enjoy them. I used this recipe posted on All Recipes website. I did not use the lemon pepper or garlic powder which are optional ingredients. I put the crackers in a large mason jar and I added a Christmas tag and twine to make it look more festive.
Next, I made two loaves of zucchini bread following this recipe I posted on my blog last year. After they cooled, I wrapped each loaf in plastic wrap and tied twine and a Christmas tag around them.
My mom made peanut butter cookies for my family’s Christmas but she had to make a second batch because she and my dad ate the original before everyone came over. My mother-in-law made some really amazing spinach dip that had bacon in it.
Which holiday recipe does your family enjoy the most?