Monday, November 22, 2010

Meal Idea Monday- Make it Kid Friendly

Many times, when we bring meals to our friends and family, they have little children. And if their kids are anything like mine, they have likes and dislikes. I don't blame them- I have likes and dislikes too! I'm always thinking about what I can bring that the kids would enjoy as well.

I was checking out What's Cookin In Mama Jan's Kitchen, and found these great bbq chicken tenders. From what she said, they were a hit with her family, and I think kids would love these! Click here for the recipe.

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Enjoy the many blessings you have in your life. God is so good!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Meal Idea Monday- Java Roast

I know- coffee in a roast? But it actually turned out great! This would be a great meal to bring to a friend. I got it from A Year of Slowcooking Blog... enjoy!

Java Roast In Crock Pot

Monday, November 8, 2010

Meal Idea Monday: Bring them breakfast too!

Gillian has graciously shared her recipes via facebook for her cream scones with lemon curd. She enjoys bringing friends and family dinners, and she brings them breakfast for the next day as well. Isn't that a great idea?! I love it. So here are the yummy recipes for you to try. Thank you, Gillian!!

Cream Scones

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup dried fruit, chopped ( I use sweetened dried cranberries)
1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream (CANNOT be substituted!)

For tops of scones:
3 Tbsps. melted butter
Sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, and dried fruit in a mixing bowl. Pour in heavy cream. Stir until just combined. Turn dough out onto a floured board and knead lightly about 7-8 times-do not overwork the dough. Shape into a round about 1 inch thick and cut into 8 wedges. Place on a foil covered baking sheet. Brush tops of scones with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 12-15 minutes until just lightly golden brown.

I like to use a course ground sugar for sprinkling as it looks really pretty! You can also do a scented sugar. You can change up the flavor of the scones as well, here are a few ideas:

Cranberry Orange: Add 1 Tbsp. of orange zest to the batter. Sprinkle scones with an orange scented sugar or glaze them with an orange glaze.

Chocolate Chip: Add 1/2 cup chips...any kind to the batter

Chocolate Cherry: Add 1/2 cup chips and 1/2 dried cherries

Lemon: Add 1 Tbsp. lemon zest. Do a lemon glaze or sprinkle with a lemon sugar.

Lemon Curd

1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. finely grated lemon zest
2/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
8 large egg yolks
1/4 tsp. coarse salt
1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 pieces

In a medium saucepan, off heat, whisk together sugar, zest, and egg yolks; whisk in lemon juice and salt. Add butter and place pan over medium-high heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until butter has melted, mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, and small bubbles form around the edge of pan, about 5 minutes (do not boil). Remove pan from heat while continuing to to whisk. Pour curd through a fine mesh sieve into a glass bowl. Press plastic wrap against the surface of curd and refrigerate until cool.

Once cooled, you can spoon into small mason jars. I like to make pretty labels and wrap up in pretty papers and ribbon. Enjoy!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Meal Idea Monday: Inspired2Cook Blog

Hey y'all! It's Monday again, and that means it's time for some Meal Ideas... :) Lori, a member of our Food Tidings community, has shared an incredible website with us called Inspired2Cook.

I checked it out, and it's AWESOME! Lori's good friend and neighbor Andrea is the author of Inspired2Cook. I was reading a little about her on her site, and she says her hope is that people will leave her site inspired to get in the kitchen and cook. It was certainly true for me! This site looks perfect for those of us who are wanting to find great recipe ideas to bring to our friends and family!

There are tons of recipe ideas on the site, and I cannot wait to try some of them out. Thanks for the tip, Lori. And a double thanks to Andrea for creating Inspired2Cook. Check out her site today for some of Andrea's favorite recipes that she likes to take to friends and family. Thank you for using your talent in the kitchen, and putting it out there to share with all of us!