Buttermilk Biscuits

This post was originally posted in January of 2011.  I did not have a picture of the biscuits on this post.  So I’m reposting this blog with a picture.

buttermilk biscuits

I made these for our family’s New Year’s Dinner.  Everyone loved them because they are tasty.  Tonight I was asked to bring the bread for our Sunday dinner.  I was torn between making Easy Rolls, breadmachine rolls (haven’t posted this yet), or the buttermilk biscuits.  I let the Wee One and Imaginative One be the deciding factor.  They told me they wanted the biscuits.  So that’s what we are having.

Buttermilk Biscuits
Southern Plate

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1/2 cup cold butter or margarine (1 stick)
  • 2 1/4 c self rising flour (store bought or homemade)
  • 1 1/4 c buttermilk (or whole milk with a tablespoon of lemon juice added)
  • flour for dusting
  • melted butter for brushing baked biscuits

Steps:

  1. Cut butter with a  into 1/4-inch-thick slices.Put butter slices on top of flour in a large bowl. Cut butter into flour with a long tined fork until crumbly.
  2.  Cover and chill 10 minutes. Add buttermilk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 3 or 4 times, gradually adding additional flour as needed. With floured hands, press or pat dough into a 3/4-inch-thick rectangle (about 9 x 5 inches). Sprinkle top of dough with additional flour.
  4.  Fold dough over into itself, like you are folding a piece of paper into a letter, in three sections. Repeat entire process 2 more times, beginning with pressing into a 3/4-inch-thick dough rectangle (about 9 x 5 inches).
  5.  Press or pat dough to 1/2-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface; cut with a 2-inch round cutter, and place, side by side, on a parchment paper-lined or lightly greased  cookie sheet. Try to make sure they touch because this will help them rise higher.
  6. Bake at 450° for 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven; brush with 2 Tbsp. melted butter.

Happy Eating,
Traci

DIY – Self Rising Flour

On Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, I decided to make biscuits to go along with our supper of split pea soup.  The problem was I did not have any fresh self rising flour.  I decided to make my own self rising flour.

It’s so easy to make the flour.  Why waste the money of buying self rising flour when you can make your own?

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DIY – Self Rising Flour

Add a Pinch

Stars of the Recipe:

  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Steps:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Whisk to combine.
  3. Use in place of self-rising flour in recipes that require self rising flour.

Makes 1 cup of self-rising flour.

 

Grapefruit Vinaigrette

Grapefruit VinagretteWhen I was perusing my blog, I noticed there was an absence of homemade salad dressings.  I make my own on occasion but hadn’t shared any recipes.

During winter, citrus fruits are the stars of the fruit world.  They are refreshing.  The vitamin C in citrus fruits are great for you.

So I decided to use the grapefruit I had at my house to make a vinaigrette.  The result was pure deliciousness.

A hint about juicing fresh citrus fruits:  place the fruit in the microwave for 10 seconds.  This causes the fruit to release their juices.

I used the grapefruit vinaigrette on top of a simple salad of spinach, kale, goat cheese, and slivered almonds.  Yum!

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Grapefruit Vinaigrette

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1/4 c. grapefruit juice (1/2 of a large grapefruit)
  • 1/4 c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 – 2 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. salt

Step:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar.  (I use a mason jar.)
  2. After placing a lid on the jar, shake the jar until the ingredients are combined.
  3. Use on your favorite salad.
  4. Store in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

Happy eating,
Traci

Menu Plan Monday – January 25, 2016

One of my favorite recipes during the past few weeks were the sausage, onions, and peppers made in the pressure cooker.  I use sausage from Fresh Thyme which is a local grocery store.  I absolutely love that place.

Anyway I got basil and garlic pork sausage once again.  We used that flavor last time also.  I put instant rice on the menu but I may change it to pasta.  Since we used the sauce from the last time over pasta later in the week, I think I may have it over pasta this time.  Yum!

I’m also going to use frozen peppers and onions instead of cutting them up.  It should make it easier tomorrow tonight when I get home.

For Sunday supper, we had porcupine balls with orange gravy.  It’s one of my husband’s favorite meals that his mom cooks for him.  This was the first time I’ve ever made it for him and his mom.  It must have been good because they both went for seconds.  I’ll be sharing the recipe in a few weeks.

Since we had a lot of the porcupine balls left over, that is what we had for supper on Monday night.  I also made pressure cooker mac and cheese (recipe coming later).  So we had a smorgasbord of leftovers.  The Imaginative One had a leftover pancake from our breakfast out on Sunday morning.

Without much ado,  here is our menu for the week.

Week of January 25, 2016

For more menus, visit I’m an Organizing Junkie.

Happy eating,
Traci

Do It Yourself – Spreads, Sauces, and Breads

This is my last installment of reviewing my Do It Yourself blog posts.  This DIY post features the spreads, sauces, and breads on my blog.

Sauces and Spreads

applesauce
Homemade Applesauce

Homemade Applesauce

 

Homemade pumpkin butter

root beer
Root beer Barbecue Sauce
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
thousand island
Thousand Island Sandwich Spread

Breads

homemade baking mix
Homemade Baking Mix and Pancakes
homemade tortilla
Homemade Tortillas

I’ve created  a page with all the Do It Yourself posts for easy access.  Click on the picture below to go to the page.Do It Yourself.

Happy Eating,
Traci

Crockpot Lasagna

Soon after I was married in 1999, my mom gave me a recipe for lasagna that involved no boiling of the noodles.  I’ve made it that way for the past almost 17 years.

I can’t believe I haven’t shared the recipe for my lasagna before.  It takes a while to prepare it but it’s worth the preparation.

I used my casserole crockpot for this recipe.  You could use an oval one but may need to break up the lasagna noodles.

All of my measurements for the layering of the lasagna are estimations because I typically don’t measure how much of each ingredient I use on each layer.

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Crockpot Lasagna

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 lb. ground beef or sausage, browned and drained
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 (16 oz.) container of ricotta cheese or small curd cottage cheese (I suggest using ricotta cheese.)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce or 2 c. homemade spaghetti sauce
  • 2 1/2 c. shredded Italian cheese
  • 1 box of lasagna noodles

Steps:

  1. Combine the ricotta cheese or small curd cottage cheese with the eggs in a mixing bowl.
  2. Spray your crockpot with cooking spray.
  3. Spread 1/4 c. of the spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the crockpot.
  4. Place lasagna noodles over the spaghetti sauce.
  5. Then layer in this order:
    1. 1/3 c. of the ricotta cheese mixture
    2. 1/3 c. of ground beef or sausage
    3. 1/3 c. Italian cheese
    4. 1/3 c. sauce
    5. noodles (I use 3 on each of my layers.)
  6. Continue layering the noodles, ricotta cheese mixture, ground beef or sausage, Italian cheese, and sauce. (I had 4 total layers.)  When you get to the last layer, save a little of the ricotta cheese mixture.
  7. One the last layer, place noodles, the rest of the ricotta cheese mixture, and the rest of the Italian cheese.  Sprinkle Italian seasoning over the cheese.
  8. Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours or until the noodles are cooked.

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Happy Eating,
Traci

Pressure Cooker Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

The other day I went an event.  They served frozen lasagna.  It made me crave homemade lasagna so I decided make some.    I asked Hubby to get me the ingredients for my lasagna.  Rather then using store bought sauce, I decided to use my spaghetti sauce recipe.  I adapted the recipe for the pressure cooker.

The kitchen smelled amazing as it cooked!  This is an easy recipe to put together.  If you don’t want to use the pressure cooker, click on the link to the original recipe.

I use an Electric Pressure Cooker.Pressure Cooker Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Pressure Cooker
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 (28 oz.) or 2 (14.5 oz.) can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. beef granules
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. white sugar or shredded carrots (reduces acidity and adds sweetness to the sauce)

Steps:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in the pressure cooker.
  2. Place the lid on the pressure cooker.
  3. Set the setting to pressure cook and the time to 10 minutes.
  4. After the sauce is done cooking, allow the pressure cooker to release the steam naturally for 10 minutes and then release the rest of the pressure.
  5. Carefully remove the lid to the pressure cooker.
  6. Enjoy over your favorite pasta!

Do It Yourself – Spices and Other Random Kitchen Tips

Making your own spice blends is so easy.  You can customize the amount of the spices.  Hubby doesn’t really like cumin so I put on a trace amount in my taco seasoning.  He enjoys when I make tacos because he knows it’s customized to his liking.  I haven’t bought taco seasoning in years.

Here are some of the spice blends I’ve shared over the years.

 

Spice Blends:

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Pumpkin Pie Spice
Homemade Ranch Dressing
Homemade Ranch Dressing

Other Kitchen Hacks:

brown sugar
DIY Brown Sugar
Pumpkin Puree
Pumpkin Puree

 

Here are the other Do It Yourself blog posts.

Drinks and Coffee Creamers

Breakfasts

Desserts and Snacks

Happy Eating,
Traci

Menu Plan Monday -January 18, 2016

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Last week I posted a menu for the next two weeks.  We did not have a very successful week even though I had a list of meals posted.  I was sick for most of the week.  In fact, I was off of work from Friday until Thursday, minus the weekend.  Tuesday was a snow day and Wednesday was a below zero temperature day.  Ohio has the below zero temperature days a few times during the year.  We are so not used to temperatures getting that cold so we call off of school or have a delay. Continue reading “Menu Plan Monday -January 18, 2016”

Do It Yourself -Snacks and Desserts

I’ve been revisiting my Do It Yourself posts from the past 5.5 years of this blog.  I’ve already revisited my DIY Drinks and Coffee Creamers  and Breakfasts.

Today I’m going to revisit my Do It Yourself snacks and desserts. Continue reading “Do It Yourself -Snacks and Desserts”

Do It Yourself – Breakfast Version

Today I’m featuring my Do It Yourself Breakfast version.

For my DIY Drinks and Coffee Creamers, click on this link.

Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese

apple cinnamon instant oatmeal

Granola

Gingerbread Granola
Gingerbread Granola
Almond Joy Granola
Almond Joy Granola
white chocolate granola
White Chocolate Granola
pumpkin granola
Pumpkin Granola
apple crisp granola
Apple Crisp Granola

Mixes

Instant Oatmeal Mix

All Star Muffin Mix

homemade baking mix
Homemade Baking Mix and Pancakes

Happy Eating,
Traci

Do It Yourself Drinks and Creamers

I’ve only got 3 responses to my Poll so far.  I asked what recipes you would look like to be posted on this blog.

One of the responses asked for more Do It Yourself Convenience Foods.  I already have a bunch of DIY recipes on my blog.  So I’m going to share some of those recipes.

Today I’m sharing coffee creamers and drinks.  Later I’m going to share other DIY convenience foods.

Coffee Creamers:

cinnamon bun creamer

peppermint mocha creamer

Eggnog Coffee Creamer
Eggnog Creamer

Gingerbread creamer

Honey Vanilla Creamer

Drinks:

Hot Chocolate Mix #2

Hot Chocolate Mix

pumpkin spice latte

pumpkin spice latte
Pumpkin Spice Latte (another version)
Iced coffee
Iced Coffee

Happy Eating,
Traci

Sausage, Peppers, and Onions – Pressure Cooking Or Slow Cooker

I found this recipe and decided to make this for our dinner.  We loved that it was made in the pressure cooker.  Hubby got a lesson on how the pressure cooker works.  He saw how long the recipe was suppose to take so that he could gauge what time dinner was going to be on the table.  The problem is that it he didn’t factor in the fact that the pressure cooker has to reach pressure before it starts cooking the food.

Hubby and I loved this dinner.  It was simple and delicious!

We ate it over rice that I had cooked earlier in the pressure cooker.  I reheated it with butter, salt, and a Tablespoon or two of water.  Then I warmed it up in the microwave for about 3 minutes.  Afterwards I fluffed up the rice.

This would also be delicious over pasta.  We are going to save the rest of the sauce and use it over pasta for a quick dinner.  Yum!

I used basil garlic pork sausage from Fresh Thyme.  It’s bulk sausage so you can chose how many sausage links you want to buy.  I only bought two sausage links since they are huge.  Then I cut each one into 4 pieces for a total of 8 pieces.sausage

Sausage, Onions, and Peppers

adapted from Pressure Cooking Today

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 lb. of sausage links (I cut up my sausage links.  You can keep them whole.)
  • 2 c. red, yellow, orange, or green peppers sliced
  • 1 onion cut into rings (Or you could use a bag of (16 oz.) frozen pepper and onion stir fry instead of cutting up the peppers and onions.)
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian season
  • salt and pepper to taste

Steps:

  1. In the pressure cooker, place the water, crushed tomatoes, and tomato sauce.
  2. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper over the tomato sauce mixture.
  3. Place the sausage links over the tomato sauce mixture.
  4. Place the onions and peppers over the sausage.
  5. Put the lid back on the pressure cooker.
  6. Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes.  Use the quick release to release the extra steam.
  7. Serve over rice, pasta, or if you left them whole on a sub bun with cheese.

If you would like to do this in a slow cooker, follow steps 1 -4 and then cook it for 6 hours on low or until the sausage if fully cooked.

Happy eating,
Traci

What Kind of Recipes are You Looking For?

IMG_0202In order to know what direction this blog needs to go, I have a favor to ask my readers.

What kind of recipes are you looking for when you come to my blog?  Please follow the link to a VERY short poll.  It’s only 2 questions long.

Poll

Thank you so much!

Happy Eating,
Traci

Menu Plan Monday – January 11, 2016

Since I pulled out my electric pressure cooker, I have decided to make most of our dinners using the pressure cooker.

When I menu plan, I usually assign days of the week for the meals with the exception of Saturday and Sunday.  This week I’m going to list possible meals.  We are not going to get to all these meals so these meals are for the next two weeks.

 

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  • Sausage, onions, and peppers in the pressure cooker over rice, left over French bread
  • Baked potato soup and biscuits
  • Split pea soup with ham and biscuits
  • Pasta Fagioli with homemade bread
  • Rootbeer pulled pork sandwiches, chips, and veggies
  • Pot roast, potato pancakes, and veggies
  • Breaded oven roasted chicken tenders, mac and cheese, veggies
  • Homemade hamburger helper and veggies
  • You are on your own meals (2 times)

 

We had snow on Sunday morning and are expected more tonight into tomorrow.  I’ve been sick with a weird bug so I didn’t really go outside to take photos.  The one photo is taken from my back door and the other is taken from my kitchen window.

This year has been weird since we haven’t gotten much snow.  Sunday’s snow was the second measurable snow of winter.  The first was in December.  That snow measured a few tenths of an inch.  We got 1.2 inches of snow on Sunday.  The worse problem with this snowfall was the wind.  It was 50 degrees on Saturday and the temperature quickly decreased by 40 plus degrees.

Tonight/ Tomorrow’s snow’s going to give us issues also because of the wind.  It’s suppose to be extremely windy.IMG_0658.JPGIMG_0616.JPG

What’s on your menu this week?

Happy eating,
Traci

Pressure Cooking

On Christmas Day, Hubby and I got an electric pressure cooker from his mother.  I had never used a pressure cooker before Christmas.  We used it to make the green beans for our Christmas Dinner.

Once it got to our house, it got sat on a bench in our kitchen but not used.  The reason it wasn’t used was because I really did not know what I was doing with the pressure cooker.

This weekend I actually moved it from the bench to the counter.  We’ve had soup on Friday night.  I’ve also cooked a roast in the electric pressure cooker for tonight’s dinner.  Later I plan to make some potatoes in the pressure cooker.

My joke is that I can’t make great mashed potatoes or hard boiled eggs the traditional way.  I’ve been “hard boiling” eggs in the oven for 2 years now.  This morning I attempted to make hard boiled eggs in the pressure cooker.  The Imaginative One told me they were delicious.  Success.  I’ll share the method I used to make the hard boiled eggs later.

I’m hoping I’ll have the same success with my mashed potatoes for tonight’s dinner.

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Here’s my new pressure cooker.  Most people are getting the Insta-Pot but since this was a gift I’m not complaining.  The problem is there is not much information about the Bella Electric Pressure Cooker on in the Internet.

As I experiment with the pressure cooker, I’m going to share some of my recipes I’ve made.

Here are some blogs that are good starting points if you are going to start pressure cooking:

  1. Mel’s Kitchen Cafe – She had a blog post the other day discussing pressure cooking.
  2. Pressure Cooking Today – Lot’s of good recipes
  3. Hip Pressure Cooking – There is a beginner’s “class” for pressure cooking on this blog site.  The author of this blog shows you different ways to use your pressure cooker.
  4. Dad Cooks Dinner
  5. Pressure Cooker Diaries

What are your thoughts on pressure cooking?

Happy eating,
Traci

Cinnamon Bun Coffee Creamer

I’ve been loving making homemade creamers.  They are easy to make and delicious.

This one tastes like a cinnamon bun.  Yum!

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Cinnamon Bun Coffee Creamer

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1/2 c. milk, half & half, or heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 c. condensed milk
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. cinnamon

Steps:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a mason jar.
  2. Place the lid on the jar.
  3. Shake the jar until the ingredients are well combined.
  4. Use a Tbsp. or 2 in your coffee.

Notes:

  • Use the creamer within a week or a week and a half.
  • Shake up the creamer each time you use it.

 

Buttered Noodles

This is one of my family’s favorite side dishes.  When I make them, I get a yeah.  The Wee One especially loves it when I serve either corn, peas, or mixed veggies with it because he will mix the veggies with the noodles.  His dad also mixes his veggies with his rice and noodles so he comes upon it naturally.

It’s as simple as boiling up some noodles and then adding butter, cheese, and parsley.

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Buttered Noodles

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1/2 lb. of egg noodles (We use wide.)
  • salt
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. Italian blend shredded cheese
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • cooking water

Steps:

  1. Cook up the egg noodles according to the package.  Add salt when you put the egg noodles into the boiling water.
  2. Drain the noodles, reserving about 1/4 c. of the cooking water.
  3. Place the noodles back in the pot.
  4. Add the butter, cheese, parsley, and cooking water.  Stir until the butter and cheese are melted.
  5. Enjoy!

Happy Eating,
Traci

“Chef Mickey’s” Breakfast Pizza

Almost 2 years ago, we went to Walt Disney World.  Hubby got us reservations for Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary so that we could met Mickey and the gang.

It was there that I discovered the breakfast pizza.  Delicious!  I’ve found recipes for the pizza but hadn’t tried to make the pizza until tonight.

This is an easy recipe so that’s a win for me.

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My plate from Chef Mickey’s

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