Showing posts with label Farmer's Daughter Series. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Farmer's Daughter Series. Show all posts

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Apple #Cake with Caramel Glaze

We were invited to dinner at a neighbor's and I wanted to take something along and found this recipe for apple cake.  The best part was I had everything on hand already and didn't need to go to the grocery store.

The cake was wonderfully moist with good flavor.  The caramel glaze was...wait for it...the icing on the cake. 



Cake

2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 tsps vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
3 medium apples, peeled and cored and chopped

Glaze
1/2 cup butter
2 tsps heavy cream
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Prepare apples.



Beat sugar, oil, vanilla and eggs until light and fluffy.

Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and stir into batter until blended.

Fold in the apples by hand. The batter will be thick.  Pour into prepared bundt pan.



Bake for 55 to 70 minutes. ) Mine took around 55 minutes so be sure to check often.)



Allow to cool for 20 minutes in the pan and then invert onto a wire rack or cake plate.

Caramel Glaze

Heat the butter, heavy cream and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.


Bring to a boil.  Stir to dissolve sugar.  Remove from heat.



Add vanilla and stir.  Let sit 5 to 10 minutes to thicken.

Drizzle over cake. 






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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Thai Yellow Curry Coconut Soup #Recipe @Peg Cochran

This is supposed to be yellow curry soup from a site called Two Sleeves only I couldn't find yellow curry paste in my grocery store BUT I already had green curry paste.  So technically you would have to call this Thai Green Curry Coconut Soup.  It was delicious!  If you like coconut, you'll love this.  I made it in my Instant Pot but the recipe included directions for making it in your slow cooker as well.  It's a sort of "dump and go" type of recipe, which is perfect for busy cooks who want something easy but delicious.


      

Thai Yellow Curry Coconut Soup

4 chicken thighs skinless boneless (I used bone in, took the skin off and shredded the chicken when the soup was done.
14.5 oz unsweetened full fat coconut milk   
2 teaspoons Thai yellow or green curry paste   
3 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon honey or agave
2 green onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced 
2 inch piece of ginger, chopped (I used the stuff in the jar)
1 can straw mushrooms
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
3 green onions chopped
1 lime, juiced


For the Instant Pot 

Place the soup ingredients (chicken through ginger) into an Instant Pot and seal. 




Using the SOUP button, cook under pressure for 12 minutes.  Quick release the pressure and remove and shred chicken. Put chicken back in pot.

Add the straw mushrooms, cilantro, green onions and tomatoes to heat in the hot broth briefly.


Aren't they cute? They look just like little...umbrellas

Add lime juice and serve.




For the Slow Cooker

Place main soup ingredients (chicken through ginger) into a slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. 

Add straw mushrooms, cilantro, tomatoes and green onions for the last half hour. Remove and shred chicken. Put back into the soup.

Add lime juice and serve.







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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs #Recipe @PegCochran



This is a quick weeknight dinner that packs a lot of flavor so no apologies needed when serving this! Add a vegetable and a starch and dinner is on the table in 30 minutes or less! 

4 bone in skin on chicken thighs
5 cloves garlic crushed
¼ cup butter
1 TBL olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste.


Heat butter and oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium heat.

Add garlic cloves.  When pan is hot, add chicken skin side down.



Sear until skin is crispy and brown.  Watch the garlic and when it becomes too brown, remove cloves.


Turn chicken and brown other side.  Place pan in oven and bake 10 to 15 minutes .

Serve with garlic butter spooned over each piece.



What's your favorite quick, go-to dinner for busy weeknights?

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The USA Today bestselling author of Unholy Matrimony is back with a new Lucille Mystery! This time Lucille must track down the killer of a diet guru who had a lot more to lose than just a few extra pounds.

With her best friend Flo’s wedding approaching, Lucille is desperate to trim down and joins Weigh to Lose, a weight-loss program led by a clipboard-wielding harridan who’s as unattractively thin as she is shrill. When the bossy woman turns up dead with her throat slashed and a tasty-looking cannoli stuffed in her mouth, Lucille figures she got her just desserts.



But when the local police come up empty-handed, Lucille sinks her teeth into the mystery and narrows the list of suspects to a husband with a wandering eye, a sexy young Swedish au pair, and a gambler deep in debt to the wrong people. Until one of the suspects becomes the victim of another gruesome murder.



Afraid she’s bitten off more than she can chew and worried that she might be next on the killer’s list, Lucille puts her own neck on the line with a wild plan to trap the culprit and tip the scales of justice.


If you want a very funny murder mystery, then this book is for you. I’ve never laughed so hard while reading before.” —Goodreads, on Unholy Matrimony, Book 2 in the USA Today bestselling Lucille Mystery Series


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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Turkey Redux #Recipe Turkey a la King @PegCochran

Do you still have leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or Christmas lurking in your freezer?  Raise your hand.  Ah, yes, I see quite a few of you do.  I still have the carcass and some meat to make turkey soup.  But there was enough left for another meal so I settled on this recipe for Turkey a la King from the NY Times.

Measurements in the recipe are theirs--I was a little loosey goosey with mine.  My chunk of white meat turkey yielded 2 cups not 1 1/2 cups turkey so I wasn't about to try to find another use for the 1/2 cup of meat.  Ditto the mushrooms.  We enjoyed this very much over noodles but you can put it over rice, biscuits or whatever suits your fancy.

And as a bonus, it's quick and easy to make!

6 TBL butter
2 TBL flour
1 3/4 cups turkey or chicken stock
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 1/2 cups chopped cooked turkey
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup frozen peas
2 TBL sherry
Salt and pepper to taste
Parsley for garnish if you have some


Cubed cooked turkey


Sliced mushrooms

Melt four TBL butter over medium heat.  When it begins to foam, add flour and whisk until the mixture turns approximately the color of straw.  Slowly add a cup of stock and continue whisking (I found that a little more than cup made the sauce the perfect consistency so I didn't add the rest.)


Melt butter


Add flour


Cook until the color of straw


Keep the sauce warm.  Instructions have you add the cream later, I added it now and it was perfect.

Heat remaining 2 TBL butter.  Add mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are soft and have yielded their juice.  Add the turkey, warm sauce, cream (if you didn't add it to the sauce) and peas.  Stir occasionally until mixture is hot and peas are cooked.


Add mushrooms and cook until soft


Add turkey, sauce and peas

Stir in the sherry, adjust seasonings and serve sprinkled with parsley if desired.




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The USA Today bestselling author of Unholy Matrimony is back with a new Lucille Mystery! This time Lucille must track down the killer of a diet guru who had a lot more to lose than just a few extra pounds.

With her best friend Flo’s wedding approaching, Lucille is desperate to trim down and joins Weigh to Lose, a weight-loss program led by a clipboard-wielding harridan who’s as unattractively thin as she is shrill. When the bossy woman turns up dead with her throat slashed and a tasty-looking cannoli stuffed in her mouth, Lucille figures she got her just desserts.



But when the local police come up empty-handed, Lucille sinks her teeth into the mystery and narrows the list of suspects to a husband with a wandering eye, a sexy young Swedish au pair, and a gambler deep in debt to the wrong people. Until one of the suspects becomes the victim of another gruesome murder.

Afraid she’s bitten off more than she can chew and worried that she might be next on the killer’s list, Lucille puts her own neck on the line with a wild plan to trap the culprit and tip the scales of justice.

If you want a very funny murder mystery, then this book is for you. I’ve never laughed so hard while reading before.” —Goodreads, on Unholy Matrimony, Book 2 in the USA Today bestselling Lucille Mystery Series


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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Cranberry Apple Cake #ChristmasWeek #Recipe @PegCochran

It's late afternoon but it's already nearly dark out.  Snow is lazily drifting down--big, fat flakes--and you can see twinkling Christmas lights through your window.  Suddenly, there's a knock on the door!  It's too early for Santa--who could it be?  Just then you hear voices raised in song and when you fling open your door, carolers are standing on your front walk.  They have brightly colored scarves tied around their necks, and their faces are ruddy from the cold.

They finish their song and you invite them inside for some cake and hot cocoa topped with whipped cream.  Fortunately, you baked this cranberry apple cake earlier that day!  It's still warm and glistens with the dark red of the cranberries.


Cranberry Apple Cake

This cake isn't terribly sweet and is perfect for afternoon tea. 

1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 cup sweetened apple sauce
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup quick cooking oatmeal
3/4 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
Powdered sugar

Cream butter and sugar together.  Add eggs and continue to cream.



Add apple sauce and mix well.  (Batter will look slightly curdled)

Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and spices.



Add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Stir in oatmeal and cranberry sauce.




Bake in a greased and floured 9" square pan for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.   Dust with powdered sugar.





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The USA Today bestselling author of Unholy Matrimony is back with a new Lucille Mystery! This time Lucille must track down the killer of a diet guru who had a lot more to lose than just a few extra pounds.

With her best friend Flo’s wedding approaching, Lucille is desperate to trim down and joins Weigh to Lose, a weight-loss program led by a clipboard-wielding harridan who’s as unattractively thin as she is shrill. When the bossy woman turns up dead with her throat slashed and a tasty-looking cannoli stuffed in her mouth, Lucille figures she got her just desserts.


But when the local police come up empty-handed, Lucille sinks her teeth into the mystery and narrows the list of suspects to a husband with a wandering eye, a sexy young Swedish au pair, and a gambler deep in debt to the wrong people. Until one of the suspects becomes the victim of another gruesome murder.

Afraid she’s bitten off more than she can chew and worried that she might be next on the killer’s list, Lucille puts her own neck on the line with a wild plan to trap the culprit and tip the scales of justice.

If you want a very funny murder mystery, then this book is for you. I’ve never laughed so hard while reading before.” —Goodreads, on Unholy Matrimony, Book 2 in the USA Today bestselling Lucille Mystery Series


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NYC 1938.  Featuring Elizabeth "Biz" Adams, debutante turned crime photographer! 





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