Sunday, July 28, 2013

Cowboy Cookies

These yummies are from The Bellman's childhood and I love them for so many different reasons.  For starters, they are super easy and quick and require only one mixing bowl to get the job done.  Plus they can be customized any which way.  I've tried them using the fancy flavored M&Ms like raspberry or coconut (yum) and also matched them to a theme using different colors of M&Ms.  I guess pink M&Ms would make them Cowgirl Cookies though, right :)   I also love them because they have oatmeal in them, which in my book makes them breakfast food!

Yield: 13 cookies (large)
1 1/3 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 C  oats, quick cooking
3/4 C M&Ms
3/4 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 C brown sugar, packed
1/2 C white sugar
1/3 C chopped pecans

1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 C butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla

1.  Stir all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

2.  Add egg, butter and vanilla into the dry ingredients.  Gently fold together.
3.  Scoop into large balls and bake at 350 for 11-13 minutes.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Rice Cream with Fresh Strawberries and Jam

Well, apparently rice cream is a Norwegian treat.  My paternal grandparents are of Norwegian decent and I don't recall ever seeing any rice cream on Mimi's table.  Mostly I remember a lot of creamed corn and homemade pickles! 

I have to say though, of all the treats available in Disney's EPCOT theme park it's the rice cream in the Norway pavilion that I look forward to the most.   It's awesome!  Rice cream is like a creamier rice pudding that is served cold with a sweet strawberry topping.  Perfect for a hot Florida day. I should have known I'd love it since I enjoy that section of EPCOT so much anyway.  Seriously, who can resist a ride on the Maelstrom or a trip through the (wonderfully air conditioned) Stave church?  

This crazy pretzel hangs above the doorway to the EPCOT Norway bakery.  Isn't it cool?  I did some digging and found that in the real Norway it's not called a pretzel but a kringle and is a reference to pastry.  Apparently the kringle symbol is one of the few ancient guild signs still used and a traditional kringle sign is often hung outside bakery shops.  Ah, don't ya love Disney's attention to the details?!
I took this recipe right from the Disney Food Blog and added my own tweaks of course. The recipe calls for just a jam topping but I prefer to add fresh strawberries, too.  I also suspect there is a bit of cardamom in the Disney version that isn't listed in the original recipe.  I've added it.  My Scottish Bellman gives it a thumbs up :)

BTW, this is my favorite strawberry jam.  I buy it in Plant City, Florida (home of the BEST strawberries).  It is available to order right from the Parksdale Farm Market website if you're interested.

Yield = 6 servings

1 1/2 c water
1/4 tsp salt

1C short grain white rice
2 C milk (whole)
1/4tsp cardamom
1tsp vanilla bean paste

1C heavy cream
1/4C sugar
2tsp vanilla

1.  Bring water and salt to a boil.

2.  Add the rice, cover, and reduce heat to medium-low.  Cook for 15 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed.

3.  Add the milk, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed.

4.  Transfer the mixture to a bowl and let cool to room temperature.

5.  In another bowl, whip the heavy cream, vanilla and sugar.

6. With a rubber spatula, fold the whipped cream mixture into the rice.

7.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.


1C strawberries, sliced
3T sugar
1/4C strawberry jam
1T fresh lemon juice

1.  Clean and slice the strawberries.   Add sugar and refrigerate.

2.  Add lemon juice to jam and microwave for about 15 seconds.

3.  Combine jam with strawberries and pour over rice cream prior to serving.


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Jalapeno Cornbread and Magic Beans

It's Man Food day.  The Bellman has been super busy at work and needed a little treat.  Funny, a treat to me usually involves frozen yogurt at Menchie's and a trip to DSW.  Ah well--whatever makes ya happy!

These are a couple of his absolute favorites.  The cornbread is a tad on the spicy side for me but the Bellman looooves it this way.  You can easily adjust the heat by decreasing the amount of jalapenos used.  This cornbread pairs really well with Chili in the winter months, too.  The beans are adapted from a recipe I begged off a friend a few years ago (thank you, Michelle). I think the beans are really a meal in themselves.  Served up with a side salad, a bit of corn bread and some sweet tea and I'm good to go!
Yield:  9x13 pan or 36 muffins
2C Flour
1 1/2C corn meal
1/2C sugar
3tbl baking powder
3/4tsp salt
(or you can totally do the short cut and use 3 boxes of good ole Jiffy Cornbread mix instead of the above.  I've made this recipe both ways and each are equally tasty).
1 Vidalia onion, diced
2C Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/2C buttermilk
1/2C veggie oil
1 (15oz) can creamed corn
6oz jalapenos, chopped (I used a small can, drained)
1.  Mix all until just combined.
2.  Pour into greased 9x13 pan or greased muffin tins.
3.  Bake at 375 for approx. 45 minutes.  The muffins baked quicker---about 25-30 minutes.
Yield: 6 cups
3/4 lb ground beef (I prefer 93%)
3/4 lb bacon
1 onion, chopped (I like larger chunks rather than a smaller dice in this recipe)
1C brown sugar
1C ketchup
1/2tsp salt
1/2tsp pepper
2tsp Worcestershire
1- 16oz can Pork and Beans, undrained
1- 16oz can kidney beans, undrained
1- 16oz can butter beans, undrained
1.  Sautee onions in a bit of butter until just softened.
2.  Add ground beef to onions and brown.
3.  Drain and set aside.
4.  Cook the bacon. Remove the bacon to a paper towel to cool.  When cool enough, chop into rough chunks.

I prefer to cook my bacon in the oven.  I line a large baking sheet with foil, making sure to build up the sides so the grease doesn't run all over. Place the bacon strips evenly on baking sheet and bake at 400 for about 20 minutes.  I like my bacon very crispy.  You can adjust the baking time to your preference. 
5.  In a mixing bowl, combine bacon chunks, brown sugar, ketchup, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and beans.
6.  On the baking sheet used to bake the bacon, leave the grease and yummy brown bits.  Add to the baking sheet the ground beef/onions.  Then top with the ketchup and beans mixture.  Fold it all together a bit.
7.  Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes.