Monday, May 14, 2007

Broccoli Florets and Ham Bake

From a bag of generic broccoli

1 pkg broccoli florets
1 cup cooked ham, cubed
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350 dgrees. Grease a 9x13 baking dish. Layer defrosted broccoli florets and ham in bottom of dish. In a medium pot melt butter and whisk in flour. Add milk and whisk until smooth. Add spices and cheese and continue to whisk. Pour mixture over broccoli and ham. Bake 15 to 20 minutes until bubbling.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Oatmeal Scotchies

These are my husband's favorite cookies. They come from the back of the Nestle butterscotch morsels bag.

1 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups quick or old fashioned oats
11 oz butterscotch morsels

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine four, baking soda and cinnamon in small bowl. Beat butter, sugars, eggs, and extract in large mixer bowl. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats and morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 7-8 minutes for chewy cookies; 9-10 minutes for crisp cookies. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup maragrine
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1 cup white chocolate chips

Combine four and baking powder. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat maragrine and sugars until fluffy. Mix in eggs and extract until well blended. Add flour mixture and stir until just combined. Stir in oats, cranberries, and white chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto cookie sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes or until edges of cookies turn golden brown and centers are still soft.

Monday, May 7, 2007

A Trio of Recipes from Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

Lea & Perrins Two Pepper Marinade

2/3 cup Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil
1/4 white wine vinegar
1 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp ground white pepper
1/4 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients except steaks in a large,. shallow non-aluminum baking dish or plastic bag, pour 3/4 cup marinade over steak(s); turn to coat. Marinate in refrigerator at least 30 minutes. Refrigerate unused marinade. Remove steaks. Grill or broil, to preferred doneness, brushing frequently with refrigerated marinade.

Lea & Perrnis Bacon and Cheese Burger

1 lb ground eef
1/2 cup shredded cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese
1/4 cup Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 cup chopped crisp cooked bacon (about 4 pieces

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients; shape into 4 patties. Grill or broil until done. Top off with your favorite garnish.

Lea & Perrins Meatloaf

2 lb. ground beef
2 eggs
1 cup dry plain bread crumbs
1/3 cup Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup ketchup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, combine all ingredients. In 13x9 inch baking or roasting pan, shape into a loaf. Sprinkle top with additional Lea & perrins Worscetershire Sauce. Bake uncovered 1 hour or until done. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. For a zesty meatloaf, substitute Heinz 57 sauce for the ketchup. Makes 8 servings.

Peanut Butter 'N Apple Cookies

From a generic box of "Apple Jacks" cereal.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 cups apple cereal, crushed to 2 cups

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheet. beat margarine, sugars and peanut butter until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour, cinnamon and baking soda. Add to margarine mixture; mix well. Stir in cereal. Using 1 level tablespoon, shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet; flatten slightly. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand 1 minute before removing to racks to cook. Makes 3 1/2 dozen.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Macaroni Au Gratin

This comes from a store brand pasta box.

8 oz. elbow macaroni
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
2 cups milk
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/2 lb. American or Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup buttered bread crumbs

Cook macaroni and place in buttered casserole. Melt butter in saucepan, add flour and milk, stir slowly until it thifckens. Add salt and pepper. Cut cheese into cubes and scatter over macaroni. Cover top with bread crumbs. Pour sauce over all. Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees) for 30 minutes. Serves 4.