Friday, December 5, 2008

November Cooking Group Activity

For our November Activity we learned how to make Spring Rolls. We had a great turn out.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pumpkin Bread

Recipe is from All

* 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
* 4 eggs
* 1 cup vegetable oil
* 2/3 cup water
* 3 cups white sugar
* 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons baking soda
* 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
* 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7x3 inch loaf pans.
2. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.
3. Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Rhonda's Chocolate Mint Squares

Cake Layer:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup real butter
4 eggs ( beaten)
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 (16 oz) can Hershey's Chocolate Syrup

Blend together well and pour into 9x13 greased pyrex.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or till toothpick
comes out clean. COOL COMPLETELY.

Frosting Layer:
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup real butter
2 tablespoons milk
2-3 drops mint extract (to taste)
green food coloring

Spread over cooled cake layer.

Glaze for top:
6 ounces chocolate chips
6 tablespoons real butter
Melt together. Cool slightly and then spread over frosting layer.
Chill well before cutting into squares.

Easy Egg Noodles

from All Recipes


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Add the beaten egg, milk, and butter. Knead dough until smooth, about 5 minutes. Let rest in a covered bowl for 10 minutes.
  2. On a floured surface, roll out to 1/8 or 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired lengths and shapes.
  3. Allow to air dry before cooking.
  4. To cook fresh pasta, in a large pot with boiling salted water cook until al dente.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Granola bars

3 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Other topping ideas: Coconut, Mini Chips, Craisins, Raisins, Sunflower Seed Kernals, Peanut Butter.

I have tried adding Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter Chips with the Semi Sweet Mini Chips. Also Chocolate Mini Chips and about 1/2 Cup Coconut. Sunflower Seeds. Instead of Raisins I used Currents they were smaller and almost looked like mini chips. This Recipe is Super Easy!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease Cookie Sheet.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sweetened condensed milk, butter until well blended. Add desired mix-ins. Press flat into the prepared pan. ( I use a large buttered cookie sheet. I press the mixture and mold it into about the same size as a 9 x 13 in pan. Easier to work with if you wet your hands a bit)

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, depending on how crunchy you want them. Lightly browned just around the edges will give you moist, chewy bars. Let cool for 5 minutes, cut into squares (pizza cutter works well) Remove from pan. Let cool. I like to keep mine in the refrigerator.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Shauna's Rolls

Dinner rolls

Activate 2 packages of yeast in 2 cups of very warm water, for about 5 mins. (4 1/2 tsp yeast is equal to 2 pkgs)

In a large bowl, or kitchen aid type mixer add:

1/3 c. crisco (not butter flavored) I use a generous 1/3 cup.
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs

Mix until well combined and smooth.

Add yeast mixture and about 4 cups of flour. Mix until smooth, on low setting.

Place dough hook onto mixer and slowly continue to add flour until it forms a "just sticky" dough. You'll need to mix it for about 5-8 mins. on low. It usually take about 3 more cups of flour.

Cover and let rise in a warm place for about 2 hours, or until dough doubles. (It takes longer on muggy/rainy days). You can also put the dough into a large greased/sprayed Tupperware container and let it raise for up to 24 hours in your fridge. Just let it sit out for awhile until it warms up, before you roll it into balls.

Punch down dough/knead until the bubbles are gone, and then form dough into 1 1/2 -2 inch balls and place on sprayed/greased cookie sheet. Place balls about 2 inches apart. Cover and let rise again, until doubled. (about an hour and a half).

Preheat your oven to 350 and bake for 13-16 mins. until golden brown on top