Monday, September 30, 2013

Toasty Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches

Toasty Egg & Cheese
Breakfast Sandwich
{Hearty, Hot, & Zesty}

1/2  pound  Cheddar Cheese, finely shredded
5  Hard-cooked Eggs,  shelled and chopped
1/3 to 1/2  Cup  Mayonnaise, or just enough to bind together
1  Tablespoon  Celery Leaves, chopped -or- Dried Parsley
1/2  teaspoon  Horseradish -or- prepared Mustard
Salt and Pepper, to taste
6  English Muffins, split into halves

Combine first six ingredients together.  Spread Egg mixture onto split English Muffins and broil 4 to 5 inches from heat until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.  Serves 6 to 8.

I like to make this ahead and keep in the fridge.  It makes a quick hot breakfast in just the time it takes to heat the broiler, spread the Egg on the Muffins, and toast in the oven.  The children also enjoy this in their school lunches.  Adapted from Joys of Cooking, page 8.

"...Awake thou that sleepest,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ shall give thee Life."
Ephesians 5:14

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Caramel Apple Pound Cake

Caramel Apple Pound Cake
Spiced Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
3  Cups  peeled and chopped Granny Smith Apples (about 3 apples)
1/4  Cup  Brown Sugar
2  teaspoons  Ground Cinnamon
3  Cups  Flour
2  teaspoons  Baking Powder
1  teaspoon  Apple Pie Spice
1  teaspoon  Salt
1  Cup  Sugar
1  Cup  Brown Sugar
1-1/2  Cups  Butter, melted
4  large  Eggs
1  teaspoon  Vanilla
Spiced Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below)
Toasted Chopped Pecans
Caramel Syrup ( I used Torani brand, found in the coffee aisle)
Preheat oven to 350*.  Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan; set aside.
In a medium bowl, toss the chopped Apples with 1/4-cup Brown Sugar and Cinnamon; set aside.
In another medium bowl, combine the Flour, Baking Powder, Apple Pie Spice, and Salt; set aside.
In a mixer work bowl or other large bowl, combine the Sugar, Brown Sugar, and melted Butter until just combined.  Gently stir in Eggs, one at a time, mixing to combine well.  Now you can stir in the Vanilla.  Gradually stir in the Flour mixture, beating until just combined.
Spoon 1/3 of the batter into the prepared Bundt pan and top with half of the Apple mixture; repeat layering batter and Apples, ending with batter.  Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean.  Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan to cooling rack or plate and cool completely.  Frost with Spiced Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting and garnish with Caramel Syrup and chopped Pecans.  Serves 16
Spiced Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

1  8-ounce  Cream Cheese, room temperature
2  Cups  Powdered Sugar
1/8  teaspoon  Cinnamon
1/8  teaspoon  Apple Pie Spice
1/4  Cup  Caramel Ice Cream Topping, warmed
Milk, if needed, to thin to desired consistency
In a medium bowl, beat the softened Cream Cheese.  Gradually beat in the Powdered Sugar, Cinnamon, and Apple Pie Spice.  Blend in the Caramel topping.  Thin with milk, if needed.  Makes about 2 cups, enough for the Caramel Apple Cake and some leftovers to dip Apples in.
"Be patient therefore,
brethren, unto the coming of the Lord.
Behold, the farmer waiteth
for the precious fruit of the earth,
and hath long patience for it,
until he receive the early and latter rain.
Be ye also patient,
establish your hearts;
for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh."
James 5: 7 & 8


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This recipe was adapted from Southern Lady, September 2013, and is flat-out, mouth-wateringly delicious!  Go give it a try!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Chicken, Ham, & Wild Rice

Chicken, Ham, & Wild Rice

2 12-oz. packages Long Grain and Wild Rice Mix
4 Cups Chicken, cooked and cubed (I like to use my home-canned chicken and save the broth)
2 Cups Ham, cubed
1/4 Cup Butter
1/4 Cup Flour
2 Cups Chicken Broth (I like to use my reserved chicken broth and additional water or milk)
Dash Poultry Seasoning
2 Cups Cheddar or Colby Cheese, shredded
1/4-1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
1 Cup Parmesan Cheese, divided

Prepare the Rice Mixes according to package directions; transfer to two 9x13 casserole dishes, top with Chicken and Ham; set aside.
Make  a white sauce using Butter, Flour, and Chicken Broth; stir in Cheddar, Black Pepper, and half of the Parmesan; pour over the Rice and Meat mixture.  Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan Cheese.  Bake uncovered at 350* for 25-30 minutes, or until bubbly.  Serves 12; makes two shallow 9x13 casseroles.  Adapted from a Quick Cooking, 2003, to eliminate Cream of Chicken Soup and Evaporated Milk.

"When thou hast eaten and art full,
then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God
for the good land which He hath given thee."
Deuteronomy 8:10