Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Few Moments to Change Kitchens, Please...

It's time for our family to load up the moving van and move to our "new" adobe home, which you can see more of over on my other blog, The Zees Go West. I'll be back in a week or so, hopefully with some recipes perfect for serving in that lovely desert climate we'll be calling home.

Monday, November 9, 2009


Special Italian dessert bread for holidays. This version comes from Auntie Bucksnort.

3 tbl. yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup warm water
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup soft butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. lemon peel
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups flour
1/3 cup candied citron
1/2 cup raisins (mix dark and light if you wish)

2 tbl. melted butter to brush on crust

Soften yeast in 1/4 cup warm water with a little sugar. Mix the remaining ingredients (except for 2 tbl. butter), adding more flour as necessary to make a soft dough. Knead until smooth, let rise in a greased bowl until doubled.

Form into a round loaf and let rise on a greased cookie sheet until doubled. Bake at 400〫for 10 minutes, then brush with melted butter. Continue baking at 350〫for 30 to 40 minutes until done.

Cool on rack.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Chicken Breasts Supreme

6 chicken breasts

For marinade, mix together:
2 cups sour cream
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tsp. worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. celery salt
4 cloves chopped garlic
1/2 tsp. pepper
Salt to taste
1 tsp. paprika

Crushed cornflakes

1/4 cup butter

Cover breasts with marinade and chill overnight. Dip in crushed cornflakes.

Bake in a buttered shallow pan for 45 minutes at 350〫

Turn pieces over and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Chicken Tandoori

From Bucksnort's ancient recipe box.

2 chicken legs
2 chicken breasts

Mix together:
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp. whole cumin
juice of one lemon
fresh or dry cilantro
1 cup plain yogurt

Pour yogurt mixture over chicken in a greased casserole. Bake covered at 400〫for 45 minutes or until done. Serve with rice.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Poppy Seed Cake

From Bucksnort's ancient recipe box.

1 yellow cake mix
1 pkg. instant french vanilla pudding
4 eggs
1/2 cup oil (you may use butter-flavored oil, if you wish)
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup sherry
1/2 cup poppy seeds

Mix all well, beat until smooth. Bake in a greased angel food pan for one hour at 350〫

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wine Cake

From my mother's recipes.

1 yellow cake mix
3/4 cup cream sherry
3/4 cup oil
4 eggs

Mix together, beat well. Bake in an ungreased angel food cake pan at 325〫for 50 minutes.

Let cool for 10 minutes, loosen sides with a spatula, then invert the pan to remove the cake.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Basic Cheesecake

This recipe was in an old wooden recipe box on a card in my mother's handwriting. She got the recipe "from the kitchen of" Maxine Partridge, a name I remember vaguely from my childhood. Thank you, Maxine!

16 graham crackers, rolled and finely crushed
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter

Mix, press into a pie pan, and bake at 350〫for 10 minutes. Cool.

Fill cooled crust with:
9 oz. Philadelphia cream cheese
1/2 pint sour cream
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix together and beat until smooth. Pour into cooled crust and bake at 325〫for 20 minutes. Cool on rack for 5 minutes.

Top with:
1/2 pint sour cream
3 tbl. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix together, beat until smooth, spread on top of cheesecake. Bake at 350〫for 5 minutes. Cool, then chill before serving.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Marie's Taco Soup

Everything that Marie has ever brought to our knitting group's potlucks is always delicious, and she is very generous about sharing her recipes with us.

1 pound of ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped

1 can diced tomatoes
1 can Ro-tel tomatoes with chiles
1 can regular pinto beans
1 can pinto beans with jalapeƱos
1 can yellow corn
1 can hominy, drained
1 cup salsa

Brown the beef and onion. Add the contents of all the cans, undrained (except for the hominy, which is drained). Add the salsa. Mix well and simmer for a bit to combine the flavors. Taste for seasonings; add salt, pepper, and chile powder, if you wish.

Note: I added some water to the mixture by rinsing out the emptied cans into the soup pot. If you want it soupier, add more.

Serve with cornbread.

Marie said to tell you that this soup freezes well.