MagPad Dinner Table

MagPad Dinner Table

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Perfectly Hard-Cooked Eggs

Place Eggs in single layer in a medium sauce pan. Completely cover with cold water. Cook over medium-high heat until water comes to a rapid boil. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 15 minuets. Drain. Run under cold water or place in a bowl of ice water until cool.

I was in the waiting room of Sam's orthodontist reading Better Homes & Garden Magazine when saw this tip for perfectly hard-cooked eggs. I was excited to share this tip.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Oatmeal Cookies

3/4 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
l cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp cloves
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
3 cups quick-cooking oats

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix thoroughly shortening, sugars, egg, water and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Drop dough by teaspoons 1 inch apart onto greased baking sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until almost no imprint remains when touched with finger. Immediately remove from baking sheet. Store in tightly covered container.

About 5 dozen cookies.

This recipe is from my Betty Crocker's cookbook. It is my favorite oatmeal cookie recipe. Sam requested that I post this recipe.

Later....

At times I get a little frustrated with this recipe. When I cook the cookies they seem to need need more oatmeal or flour, so I usually end up adding more oatmeal. My goal is to find the perfect oatmeal cookie recipe. I just came across this site dedicated to teach you how to make the perfect oatmeal cookie. Check it out here. Be sure to click onto the recipe link.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Phony Homemade Ice Cream

1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
1/2 gallon sherbet flavor of your choice. (We like pineapple or raspberry sherbet. Albertsons has great sherbet.)
4 ripe bananas
1 package frozen berries mixture of your choice

Soften ice cream and sherbet. Put in big bowl. Add thinly sliced bananas and frozen berries. Stir with sturdy spoon. Serve immediately. Put leftovers in a container and store in freezer for future enjoyment.

I got this recipe from my Sister-in-law, Christy. It is a delicious easy dessert for summer entertainment. I'm serving it tonight for a dinner I'm hosting for Scott's school administrators. (I mixed it up at 3:00. dinner is at 5:30. After I mixed up the "ice cream" I put it back into the sherbet and other plastic containers and put them in the freezer until we were ready to serve dessert after dinner.

Awesome Food Storage Blog

I just ran across the most wonderful food storage blog. I wanted to share the address on my blog.

http://safelygatheredin.blogspot.com/

You might want to bookmark this one. It looks like a great reference for food storage. I will also post it on the side of my home page.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

2 C Mayonnaise
1/3 C half and half
2/3 C sugar
3-4 tablespoons strawberry vinegar (Can you buy this? I'll have to check it out.)
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
3-4 tablespoons strawberry jam
A few drops of red food coloring
Cream together, pour over lettuce and sliced strawberries

My mom sent me this recipe this morning. It looked so good, I was excited to post it. This is what she said about the recipe:

"I finally got a copy of an excellent salad dressing recipe. They used it at a Stake Relief Society social where I was working in the kitchen. This recipe makes a very large amount, so, just cut it down. They put the salad on individual plates with the dressing on it and sliced strawberries on top. I cut the strawberries with an egg slicer. The slices were the perfect thickness."

When I made this dressing, I couldn't find any strawberry vinegar, so I just used rice vinegar instead and it tasted great.  Also, I don't add the half and half because I don't ever have it on hand.  Because there isn't any half and half in the dressing, I add a little extra rice vinegar to thin the dressing down.  I also don't add the red food coloring.  I'm fine with the light pick color the strawberry jam  gives it.  I use homemade strawberry jam when I make this recipe.  You can find out how to make strawberry jam by clicking here.