Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Easy Texas Salsa

4 ½ oz can Black Olives, chopped
4 ½ oz can Green Chilies, chopped
4 ½ oz can El Pato Jalapeno Relish (sm green can at Walmart)
14 oz can Diced Tomatoes
4 Green onions, finely chopped
1 TBS Oil
1 TBS Vinegar
1 tsp Garlic Powder (can use a sm spoonful of jarred chopped garlic)
½ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Pepper

Combine all ingredient and refrigerate overnight (can be made and used right away - better next day). This makes 1 quart and an empty mayo jar is perfect. This is great in the winter months when tomatoes are not perfect.  My MIL shared this YEARS ago and I can't tell you how many quarts I've made over the years, everyone raves and can’t believe it is made with can tomatoes.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Terri's Pumpkin Bread

3 c Sugar
3 ½ c Flour
2 tsp Baking soda
½ tsp Salt
2 tsp Nutmeg
2 tsp Cinnamon
2 tsp Allspice
2 tsp Cloves
4 Eggs
1 can Pumpkin
1 c Oil
1 c Water
1 c Raisins (optional)

Mix all dry ingredients and liquids in separate bowls. Combine together until smooth. Grease and flour 3 loaf pans. Bake at 325 for 40 – 45minutes. Can be made into mini loaves, bake about 30 – 35 minutes.   This can be frozen, but it never lasts that long in our house!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Banana Bread

1 c sugar
½ c shortening (butter, margarine, crisco)(I used butter)
2 eggs
3 bananas, mashed
2 c flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp salt
nuts or chocolate chips, optional
Cream the sugar and shortening with a mixer. Add the eggs and bananas and mix well. Add the dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Pour into loaf pans that have been greased. Bake 50 - 60 minutes at 350 or until done. Take the loaves out of the pan while they still hot. Makes 2 loaves.

Thanks to Tiffany at for another GREAT recipe!  I had hoped to freeze some for mornings when we are running late and want to still grab something for breakfast - but we ate both loaves within a couple of days!

This is linked to Eat at Home Quick Breads

Monterey Ranch Bread

2 c shredded Monterey Jack cheese, or Cheddar Jack Cheese
¾ c Ranch Salad Dressing
4 Bolillo or Hoagie Rolls, split in half lengthwise to make 8 slices
4 TBS butter, melted
In a bowl, combine the cheese and salad dressing; set aside. Brush slices of bread with butter. Place on baking sheet. Broil in oven 4 inches from the heat until golden brown. Spread with cheese mixture. Bake at 350 for 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

Once again I was asked to bring an appetizer for a Labor Day cookout. Knowing the crowd doesn't mind being guinea pigs. I made this on a big loaf of french bread from Sam's with double the "stuff". There were TWO slices left - so I guess it was a hit. I was later asked how do I always seem to find wonderful recipes, I thanked all my internet blog friends! Enjoy!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Faux Fried Ice Cream Sundaes

1 qt vanilla ice cream
3 c crushed corn flakes/cinnamon toast crunch or golden grahams
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
2 tsp of sugar
1 can refrigerated cinnamon rolls (regular, not Grands)
chocolate sauce
Scoop ice cream into 8 – 1/2 cup size rounded balls. Place on baking sheet and freeze until firm, about 1 hour. In a shallow dish combine crushed corn flakes, cinnamon and sugar. Roll the ice cream balls in the corn flake mixture, covering completely. Repeat as needed. Freeze ice cream again, until firm (about 3 hours). When ready to serve make cinnamon roll waffles. Spray waffle maker with cooking spray. Heat waffle maker. Separate dough into individual cinnamon rolls. Place up to 4 cinnamon rolls at a time on waffle maker. Close lid of waffle maker; cook 1 to 2 minutes or until light golden brown. Place cinnamon roll waffle on plate, top with ice cream and drizzle with chocolate sauce.
These were a hit at the farewell dinner for Michael & Abby.  Really though - lightly cook the cinnamon rolls, the first ones were hard to eat.