January 6, 2013

January 6, 2013 at 9:34 pm (Food) (, , , , , )

Hello again friends, and welcome back!

Here we are, a brand new year, and a brand new chance to do something different/new/exciting!!!  I’m going to keep up with the weekly posts here, but I’m just going to share a few recipes, maybe some family gossip, whatever is new and exciting in my little world.  But I’ve also set up my two other blogs, going to go over there and post to them when I’m done here.  Kind of looking forward to a new challenge!

So here’s what I have for you this week:

Work was BEYOND crazy with two four day weekends in a row, trying to close out the month of December was completely nuts, very stressful (first time I’ve actually said the word stress relating to this job, I think), but I got through it, and get to start fresh on Monday.  Hopefully most of my co-workers will be over their colds and flu by then, too.  Getting scared being surrounded by sick people!

William was SO bored over his two week vacation, he’s actually excited about going back to school, but then he loves that school, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  Almost every weekday he called me, sometimes to ask for something, sometimes just to say “hi”.  It was kind of cute actually!  Love my little buddy!!  🙂

James hasn’t been around much, but between work and girlfriend, I don’t expect that he will be.  Would like him to keep on top of his “rent” (chores), but he’s still a kid…

Anyway, got a couple recipes for you, some are actually complete originals!

Green Bean Casserole Bites

1 cup Bisquick

2 cans french cut green beans

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 cup Panko bread crumbs

Mix everything together really well, drop by teaspoonfuls into hot oil, fry 1-2 minutes per side or until browned and crispy, remove to paper towel lined plate, serve warm.

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Corn Fritters

1 cup flour

2 cups corn

1 egg

Grated Parmesan

Mix well, drop by rounded teaspoonfuls into hot oil, fry 2-3 minutes per side or until browned and crispy, remove to paper towel lined plate, sprinkle with grated Parmesan, serve warm!

I can honestly say I didn’t cook that much this past week, but these are the only things I wrote down, so that’s all I have for now!  I’ll try to do better next week.

Now over to the new blogs!  Gotta figure out where those are going…

Until next time, eat well, love well, live well!

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The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza day 348-365 (week 51 & 52)

December 30, 2012 at 11:51 pm (Food, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hello again friends, and welcome back!!

Well, we made it through the year, made some new friends along the way, and had some fun!  I’ve really enjoyed trying out new recipes, sharing them with you, and sharing the little ordinary goings-on of our family with you.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the tidbits as well as the food, and found some cool new things to try!!  I know I’ve tried things I never thought I would, and found out I actually LIKE curry!

So here’s our final entry for this blog for this year.  I’ve got a BUNCH of recipes for you, some simple, some not-so-much, but all well worth the effort.  I hope to continue this food blog in 2013, but I don’t think I’m going to focus as much on doing something new every day like this on started out, I think I’m going to try new things every weekend and share those adventures.  Gives me more time to work on my two new blog ideas….

Here are my two new blog ideas for 2013, I’m going to give them a shot and see where they take me.  I’m going to start a new blog doing some product reviews, starting with some of the things I got for Christmas, and then I’m going to have a second blog about jewelry making, share some things I’ve tried, maybe try my hand at doing a tutorial or two on some basic techniques.  Could be fun!  Hope you’ll join me!!

Working names, please let me know what you think!:

Ramblings Meets Reviews!

Nirvana Bay Designs Presents:

So, on to the food….

Chicken Everglades

2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts (or however many you need to feed your crew)

Everglades original seasoning (green)

Fresh ground pepper

Trim any excess skin or fat from the chicken breasts, cut into small bite sized pieces.  Spray a large skillet with olive oil cooking spray, heat over medium heat, add in chicken.  Sprinkle liberally with Everglades seasoning and pepper, I think I use about 2 Tbsp for 2-3 chicken breasts.  More than that is way too salty, but less is sort of bland!  Cook chicken, stirring frequently, until done through.  Serve with sides of your choice!  I usually go for some steamed veggies and maybe some biscuits.

Pork Chops Everglades

4-5 boneless thick cut pork chops

Everglades original seasoning (green)

Fresh ground pepper

Trim any excess fat from the chops, and cut into small bite sized pieces.  Spray a large skillet with olive oil cooking spray, heat over medium heat, add in pork.  Sprinkle liberally with Everglades seasoning and pepper, I think I use about 2 Tbsp for 4-5 chops.  More than that is way too salty, but less is sort of bland!  Cook pork, stirring frequently, until done through.  Serve with sides of your choice!  I went for some rice this time, and some steamed veggies.

Nachos

1 pound ground beef

2/3 cup water

1/4 cup taco seasoning mix

Tortilla chips

1 cup shredded taco blend cheese

1/2 cup salsa (I use mild)

Chopped black olives (optional)

Chopped green pepper (optional)

Brown ground beef in a large skillet, drain excess fat.  Add in water and taco seasoning, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes.

Arrange tortilla chips on a plate, top with seasoned beef, shredded cheese, and any other toppings you like, everything except the salsa at this point!   Microwave about 1 minute, maybe just a little more or less depending on your microwave, just until cheese melts.  Top with salsa, sour cream, or ranch dressing and serve!

Cheddar Sausage Biscuits

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3 cups Bisquick

1 pound bulk pork sausage (I used mild, and wish I had used medium!)

4 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup milk

1/2 tsp dried Rosemary leaves

1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh parsley or 1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes

BBQ sauce or Ranch dressing or chili sauce, whatever you like for dipping!

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray bottom and sides of jelly roll pan with olive oil cooking spray.

Stir together all ingredients, mix VERY well.  I had to get in there with my hands to get it mixed right.  Shape into 1 inch balls, a cookie scoop works really well for this, wish I had had one when I was doing this!  Place in pan, right up against each other, but don’t squish them together.

Bake 25 minutes or until brown and slightly crispy.  Remove from pan to paper towel lined platter.  Serve warm with dipping sauce.

Makes about 8 dozen balls.

Corn Pudding

1 can creamed corn

1 cup milk

2 tbsp flour

2 tbsp butter, melted

1/4 cup sugar

3 eggs

Dash of salt

Heat oven to 325 degrees.

Beat eggs, sugar and flour together.  Add corn, butter, salt and milk.  Pour into buttered (or in my case, butter flavor cooking sprayed) 13″ x 9″ dish.  Bake at 325 degrees approximately 50 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

NOTE: if you double this recipe, you will have to cook it about an extra 20-30 minutes for the center to set right.

Oatmeal Scotchies

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1 stick plus 6 tbsp butter, softened

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

3 cups oats (Quick cooking or not, doesn’t really matter, but the consistency of the cookie IS different.  I prefer regular over quick oats)

1 cup butterscotch chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter, add in sugars and mix well.  Add in eggs and vanilla, mix well.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt.  Slowly add to butter mixture, mix well.

Add in oats and chips, you will have to switch to a spoon rather than a mixer at this point, it gets really thick! (at least I do…  my little hand mixer won’t handle it…)

Dropped by tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 8-10 minutes.

OR, spread into a buttered (or sprayed) 13″ x 9″ pan, bake 30 – 35 minutes, cool and cut into bars.

Bulgar Breakfast Squares

2 cups cooked Bulgar wheat (1 cup uncooked = 2 cups cooked)

2/3 cup milk (or fat free half and half!)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 Tbsp melted butter

1 Tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup dried bananas

1/2 cup dried blueberries

1/2 cup dried cherries

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

First tip, put the dried fruit in with the Bulgar when you cook it, just add about 1/4 cup extra water, softens them up nicely.

Combine everything, spread into a greased (sprayed) 8″ x 8″ baking pan, cover with tin foil, bake 30 minutes.  Allow to cool slightly before trying to cut, serve warm.

You can also prepare this in advance, cool completely, cut into squares and reheat in a microwave.

Snowballs

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1 cup butter, softened but not melted

1/4 cup sugar

2 cups ground pecans

2 cups sifted flour

1 box confectioners sugar

Heat oven to 300 degrees.

Cream butter.  Add sugar, pecans and flour.  Mix well.  Dough will be VERY stiff.

Shape into tablespoon size balls, again a cookie scoop would have come in very handy here, but I didn’t have one yet.

Place on UNGREASED cookie sheet, bake 45 minutes at 300 degrees.

Remove from oven and immediately roll in confectioners sugar.  Set out to cool on waxed paper over newspaper (to protect your surface!).  Roll again in confectioners sugar when cooled.    Store in a sealed container.

Tollhouse Cookies

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2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 large eggs

1 10 ounce package chocolate chips

1 cup chopped pecans

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

In one bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.

In another bowl, cream butter, add sugars, vanilla and eggs, mix well.

Gradually add in flour mixture.

Gently stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

Drop by rounded tablespoons (cookie scoop!) onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 9 – 11 minutes.

OR, do like I did and spread it all into a greased pizza pan, bake 20 – 25 minutes, cool in pan, cut into wedges with a pizza cutter.

Ham and Cheese Quiche

1 frozen pie crust

3 large eggs

1 cup half and half (fat free, of course)

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 cup diced ham

Heat oven to 425 degrees.

Place pie crust in glass pie plate.  Prick bottom and sides, bake 10 minutes to set.  Remove from oven and cool.

Sprinkle ham and cheese in cooled crust.  Mix eggs, milk and spices in mixing bowl.  Pour over ham and cheese.  Bake 10 minutes at 425 degrees.  Reduce heat to 350 degrees, bake another 30 – 40 minutes, depending on your oven, or until puffy and lightly browned.  Cool about 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Chicken and Pasta

3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and cut into bite sized pieces

Olive oil cooking spray

1 Tbsp garlic powder

2 Tsp Italian seasoning blend

Salt and pepper to taste

Spaghetti sauce

Dreamfields Penne pasta, cooked to package directions

Grated Parmesan cheese

Spray skillet with cooking spray, heat over medium heat.  Add in chicken and spices, cover, stir frequently to cook through.  Drain off excess liquid.

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Add sauce and chicken to pasta, serve topped with a little Parmesan!

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Crockpot Chili

2 pounds ground beef, browned and drained

3 cans red kidney beans

1 large can diced tomatoes

1 can tomato sauce

1 diced green pepper

2 Tbsp onion flakes

2 pkgs chili seasoning

Salt and pepper to taste

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Top with a little shredded cheese, sour cream, whatever YOU like on your chili!!

So I think that’s enough for now…

Until next time, eat well, love well, live well!

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The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 117

April 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm (Food) (, , , , , , , , )

Hello again friends, and welcome back!  Hope you’ve all had a Fabulous Friday!

Things are looking up at work, learning more each day, actually helping other people get caught up on their work while I learn new things.  I think things are going to work out!  Let’s just hope they feel the same way about me…

William had a really good day at school, and a good afternoon after school hanging with his friends.

James had a kind of rough day at work, but at least he didn’t have to work all night tonight, so we all had dinner together.

And it’s Friday, so we can all relax a little tonight, not worry about getting to bed early or getting up early tomorrow!!

So, tonight I tried my hand at fried chicken, and I have to say, it didn’t turn out so well.  Here’s the recipe, and all the issues I had, maybe someone out there can give me some helpful hints:

Fried Chicken

8-10 chicken thighs, rinsed

2 cups Bisquick

1 can beer of choice

2 Tbsp Everglades seasoning

1 Tsp Kosher salt

2 eggs

1 cup plain flour

Oil for frying

Heat oil in large skillet to medium heat.

Mix Bisquick, beer, eggs, salt and Everglades seasoning in a wide shallow bowl, making a dipping batter for the chicken.

Put the plain flour in a separate wide shallow bowl.

Coat the chicken pieces in the plain flour, then dip in the batter before placing in hot oil in a large skillet.  Cook 10-15 minutes per side, or until a deep golden brown and done through.

This is where I ran into trouble!  The chicken was more like brown brown, not golden brown, and was still pink inside.  I was cooking over medium heat so it wouldn’t cook too fast, not sure if it was too hot or too cool.  I ended up putting the partially cooked chicken on baking sheets and putting them in the oven for another half an hour at 350 degrees just to get them done through.  At that point, it wasn’t crispy at all, it was mushy, but it was done through.  It had good flavor, but there was no crispy skin at all!!  I was REALLY disappointed, as I was really looking forward to some good fried chicken.

I made a simple pasta salad to go with this mess:

Italian Pasta Salad

1 pound pasta of choice

1 cup mayonnaise

1 Packet Italian dressing mix

Cook pasta per package directions.  Drain and rinse well.  When cooled, mix in mayo and dressing mix, stirring very well, allow to sit at least 30 minutes before serving.

And then since I was so disappointed with the chicken, I decided we needed a treat, so I went and got ice cream, chocolate syrup, butterscotch topping, marshmallow fluff, and we had ice cream sundaes!!

Anyway, now I’m ready to just chill out for a while, so until tomorrow, eat well, love well, live well!

 

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The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 75

March 17, 2012 at 3:01 pm (Food) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hello again, and welcome back!!  So glad you could join me on this little adventure!  🙂

So, here we are again, Friday night, burger night to appease my youngest, but it’s getting BORING!  I’m getting tired of trying to come up with “new” things to do with burgers, so I switched it up just a little…  TURKEY burgers!  And, much as I hate to admit it, they were good.  I expected dry, boring, tasteless lumps, but they actually had flavor, and it was a good flavor.  I picked Jennie-O brand because I had a coupon (gotta love those coupons!), and because it’s a name I know and trust.  Their deli turkey is really good, and reasonably priced compared to all the other brands out there, plus their turkey roasts are really good, actual turkey not turkey flavored jello, or whatever those other folks use.

Anyway, I did turkey burgers on the George Foreman grill, made bacon to go on top, and set out all the fixin’s like three different kinds of cheese, ketchup, mustard, mayo, relish.  Had some leftover cole slaw from Thursday’s failed BBQ experiment, fresh steamed broccoli, Great Value chips.  All in all, a decent meal!

And, to end the night on a very positive note, I made coffee cakes (yes, plural) for dessert.  I had to hunt around for a recipe for Bisquick coffee cake, seems it’s NOT on the box any more (BOO!), but I got one, plus I improvised a little, so here we go:

Bisquick Coffee Cake

Dough

2 Cups Bisquick mix

2/3 cup milk or water

1 egg

2 Tbsp sugar

Topping

1/3 Cup Bisquick

1/3 Cup packed brown sugar

1/4 Tsp cinnamon

2 Tbsp butter, melted

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Grease 8″ or 9″ square baking pan.  You can do this in a round if you want, but sometimes it comes out overdone around the edges.  Square really does work better!

Mix together dough ingredients, spread into prepared pan.

Mix together topping ingredients with a fork.  If you want it a little drier, add a little more brown sugar and Bisquick.  I like it moist rather than crumbly.  Drop small pieces of topping all over cake, press into cake, or drag a knife through topping and dough to mix in a little.  Either way works well!

Bake 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Mine was EXACTLY 25 minutes.

Oh, and in my second cake, I mixed a diced nectarine into the dough.  I was going to do apple, but we were out, so I used what I had!  It turned out really well!!  Here are some other ideas for possible mix-ins:

Diced apples

Pineapple tidbits

Diced peaches

Chopped nuts, pecans or walnuts would work well

Sorry, no pictures today, I forgot!  Saturday is movie night, munchies night, so I’ll make sure to take lots of pics…

Until tomorrow, eat well, love well, live well!!

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The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 68

March 9, 2012 at 11:31 pm (Food) (, , , )

Hello again friends, and welcome back!  So glad you could join me again!  🙂

Another busy day, working on a new necklace for a contest, got the pendant finished.  WOO HOO!

  Now I just have to make a chain for it…  and I started another one, but in red.

Had the usual driving the kids around stuff, ran to the bank for change for a craft show tomorrow.  Hope this one doesn’t get cancelled!  Could really use some income.  Did some dishes, made dinner.  Here’s what we had:

Double Battered Chicken

3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts

3-4 cups Biquick, separated into three bowls

1/2 can beer of your choice

1/4 cup Everglades seasoning

Oil for frying

In your three bowls, here’s what you should have:

1) Plain Bisquick

2) Bisquick mixed with beer

3) Bisquick mixed with Everglades seasoning

Trim the chicken breasts, and cut into small tenders.  I got about 6 tenders from each breast.  Dip each tender first in the plain Biquick, then in the beer batter, then in the seasoned Bisquick.  Drop into oil heated over MEDIUM heat.  Cook about 4-5 minutes per side, or until coating is deep golden brown and chicken is done through.  Remove to platter covered with paper towels to drain excess oil.  Serve!

 (sorry the picture is fuzzy…  I almost forgot to take the pic!)

We had these with a fresh salad.  They were a little salty, but I think that’s the Everglades seasoning mix.  And the boys said they thought there was too much batter on the chicken, which surprised me.  I kind of liked it!  Maybe next time I’ll skip the second flouring and just put the seasoning in the beer batter…

Anyway, good dinner!  So, until tomorrow, eat well, love well, live well!

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The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 56

February 26, 2012 at 11:17 pm (Food) (, , , , , , , , )

Hello again dear friends, and welcome back!  Glad to have you along on my little adventure into the world of culinary delights!

Sunday night usually means a big family dinner for us, but we moved furniture today, and reorganized our movie collection (I shudder to think how many we have, so I’ve never counted, but I would say hundreds…), and just generally cleaned things up a bit, and in the midst of all that, I forgot to thaw out anything, so I had to think of something that thaws fast and cooks just as fast…  Fish!  I buy these big bags of individually frozen and packaged Tilapia fillets, which thaw out in about 5 minutes in a cold water bath (still in their bags!), so all I have to do is rinse and prepare.  So tonight we had:

Beer Batter Fish

4 frozen Tilapia fillets, thawed, cut into bite sized pieces

1/2 cup Bisquick

2 cups Bisquick

1 cup beer

2 eggs

1/2 Tsp salt

Put 1/2 cup Bisquick into a wide shallow bowl, set aside.

Mix 2 cups Bisquick, beer, eggs and salt in another wide shallow bowl.  You can add other spices at this point if you want, maybe some Old Bay or Everglades seasoning (which are actually really good!), but I didn’t tonight.

Pat fish dry with paper towels, dip first in dry Bisquick, then coat in batter.  Fry in hot oil in a large skillet, about 2 minutes per side or until deep golden brown and crispy.  Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.  Serve with french fries, and…

Home Made Tartar Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise (I only use Helman’s, don’t know why, but I prefer it)

4-5 Tbsp dill pickle relish

Mix together well, serve as a side in a small bowl!  I know some (most) people make Tartar sauce with onions, but I REALLY don’t like raw onion, so I always skip it.  This is just so quick and easy, and it really is perfect with fried fish.  You can add a little malt vinegar if you have some, maybe a couple teaspoons.

Hope ya’ll enjoyed this meal!

Until tomorrow, eat well, love well, live well!!

 

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The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 24

January 26, 2012 at 3:08 am (Food) (, , , , , , , , )

Hello friends, welcome back to my little world!

I took it a little easy tonight, no big complicated dishes, just good home cooking.  Couple quick recipes for you, but they are REALLY easy, and make for a great family meal.

Bisquick biscuits

2 cups bisquick mix

1/2 cup + 3 Tbsp milk

Mix in a bowl until a thick dough forms.

Either:

Knead 10 times or until smooth, roll out, cut with biscuit cutter and place on ungreased cookie sheet

OR

Divide into 8 blobs and place directly on ungreased cookie sheet

Bake at 450 degrees 8-10 minutes or until golden.

To go with these, I made:

Sausage Gravy

1/2 lb bulk sausage, browned, DO NOT DRAIN!

In jar with lid or shaker with lid, mix the following:

1 1/2 cups milk

3-4 Tbsp flour

1/2 Tsp salt

1 Tsp fresh ground pepper

Close container, shake WELL.  Add mixture to cooked sausage, stirring frequently, bring to a gentle boil and cook and stir until thick and bubbly.  Serve over biscuits.

And to round out our breakfast for dinner evening, we had bacon and scrambled eggs.  I didn’t get finished shots of these, sorry!

All in all, a very nice meal, and there are only 2 biscuits left, so everyone enjoyed it!

Tomorrow, I’m making a stuffed pork roast, which takes a little more time, so if I’m on the ball, I’ll have lots of prep and finished photos for you, and a cook recipe!

Until then, eat well, love well, live well!!

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The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 18

January 20, 2012 at 3:47 am (Food) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hello my friends, and welcome back!

Sorry this is so late, it’s been a busy day around here…  been working on rebranding my business on Facebook (feel free to come check out my page, Nirvana Bay Designs!) so I’ve spent the better part of this week photographing all my existing stock of jewelry, Christmas ornaments and Treasure Boxes, pulling out items I made literally years ago but never sold so I can give them to my local Hospice for a fundraiser they are planning for their sister chapter in Italy (I think!) where they want items made in the USA, uploading and pricing all the stuff for my page, getting things together for a yard sale this weekend, and getting ready for a local craft show. And yet, through all this, I’ve still managed to get in some cooking today!!  And it was GOOD!!! So here’s what was on the menu tonight…

 

Beer Battered Fish (and chips, of course, but those were frozen…)

Vegetable oil for cooking

3 thawed frozen Tilapia fillets (roughly 1 pound)

3-4 Tbsp Bisquick

1 cup Bisquick

1/2 cup beer

1 egg, beaten

1/2 tsp salt

1 Tbsp Old Bay seasoning (this is my personal touch, and it was good!!  Could have even used a little more!)

Heat oil, 1 1/2″ deep, in skillet or deep fryer to 350 degrees.

Lightly coat fish in 3-4 tbsp Bisquick

Mix remaining ingredients with hand beater just until smooth.  If batter is too thick, add more beer 1 tbsp at a time until desired consistency.  Dip coated fish in batter.

Fry in oil 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown (I tend to cook at a little lower temp, right around 3.5-4 setting on my electric stove, so I don’t scorch my pans, so I actually cooked each piece about 5 minutes per side).  Drain and serve with french fries.

Suggestions from the original recipe:

Serve in parchment lined baskets with cole slaw, chips and a pickle, side of tartar sauce

These also work well on a bun with tartar sauce, lettuce and tomato as the ultimate fish sandwich!

These do NOT work well as leftovers, they get a little soggy.

Creamy Rice Pudding

3/4 cup uncooked rice

2 cups milk, divided (1 1/2 cups and 1/2 cup)

1/3 cup sugar (or 1/3 of 1/3 of a cup Splenda, haven’t worked that out yet for a “real” measurement!)

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg, beaten 

2/3 cup raisins (suggested golden raisins, but regular raisins work just fine) 

1 Tbsp butter cut into small pieces

1/2 tsp vanilla

In medium sauce pan, heat 1 1/2 cups water to boiling, cook rice 20 minutes or until water is gone (only took 15 minutes for me on medium low heat, around setting 3.5 on my electric stove)

Combine 1 1/2 cups milk, sugar and salt in a bowl, add to rice when it’s cooked.  Cook and stir over medium low heat (3.5 ish) for 15 – 20 minutes or until thick and creamy (took almost exactly 15 minutes for me!)

In mixing bowl, combine 1/2 cup milk, raisins and beaten egg.  Add to cooked rice mixture when ready.  Cook another 2 minutes.  Remove from heat, add butter and vanilla, stir until butter is melted into pudding.

Allow to cook slightly, about 15 minutes, serve warm.

Serving suggestions:

Add a few tablespoons half and half

Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar

Soak the raisins in rum for a few hours before using in the pudding

Substitute chopped dates for the raisins

Leave out the raisins completely

 

So, busy busy day, but I’m happy, I finally found a rice pudding recipe worth keeping!  I got all my photos uploaded to my new Facebook page for my jewelry business.  I cleaned some more stuff out of my house for a yard sale.  I got invited to a craft show, that’s free!  Yup, busy day, but good day!!

Until tomorrow friends, eat well!

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