Recipes for Heather

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Registered: 08-06-2004
Recipes for Heather
Tue, 07-19-2005 - 12:32pm

I think all new brides should have a recipe box. I would like to start a virtual recipe box for Heather. Please share your recipes for our new bride Heather. Some categories in the recipe box to get us started are:


Please feel free to add other categories too!

Let's start posting!!!!



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Registered: 08-06-2004
Tue, 07-19-2005 - 12:37pm

I'll start...

Cheese Straws - These are GREAT for appetizers or serving with soup
Makes 22 to 24 ­straws

2 sheets (1 box) frozen puff pastry (such as Pepperidge Farm), defrosted
overnight in the refrigerator
1 extra­-­large ­egg
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan ­cheese
1 cup finely grated Gruyère ­cheese
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme ­leaves
1 teaspoon kosher ­salt
Freshly ground black ­pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 ­degrees.

Roll out each sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured board until it’s 10 to
12 inches in diameter. Beat the egg with 1 tablespoon of water and brush the
surface of the pastry. Sprinkle each sheet evenly with 1/4 cup of the Parmesan,
1/2 cup of the Gruyère, 1/2 teaspoon of the thyme, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and
some pepper. With the rolling pin, lightly press the flavorings into the puff
pastry. Cut each sheet crosswise with a floured knife or pizza wheel into 11 or
12 strips. Twist each strip and lay on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned and puffed. Turn each straw and
bake for another 2 minutes. Don’t overbake or the cheese will burn. Cool and
serve at room temperature.

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Registered: 04-02-2003
Tue, 07-19-2005 - 6:25pm

Easy Brunch Casserole

This recipe can be made either savory or sweet. Here's both options. It is designed to be prepared the night before you need it.

Tear up about 8 slices of bread (anykind, but white bread works best)

scramble 8 eggs with a splash of milk (I really don't measure very much) 1 tsp of vanilla extract, cinnamon to taste, raisins if you like them, or other fresh fruit (mashed bananas work pretty well).

Pour egg mixture over torn bread (in a baking dish), cover and refridgerate overnight.

The next day place in cold oven set to 350 degrees, bake for about 45 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if you like.

The savory version: Instead of vanilla, cinnamon and fruit, add one pound of cooked, crumbled breakfast sausage or bacon, 1 tsp dry mustard and one package (about 2 cups) of shredded cheddar cheese (or monterey jack, or sharp cheddar, whatever you like)
Also skip the powdered sugar after you bake it.




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Registered: 04-10-2005
Wed, 07-20-2005 - 11:10pm

Great idea for the recipes.

Gosh, we'll all benefit from this :) . I'll post one in the next few days.


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Registered: 08-06-2004
Fri, 07-22-2005 - 11:12am

Sour Cream Pound Cake

1 tsp. Salt
3 cups Flour
1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
3 sticks Margarine (melted)
3 cups Sugar
6 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 tsp. Lemon Extract
1 tsp. Coconut Extract
1/2 cup Sour Cream

Cream margarine and sugar. Add 1 egg at a time, and
beat well. Then add dry ingredients, add 1/2 the
flour and 1/2 the sour cream. Beat well, then add
remaining flour and sour cream.

Grease/flour Bundt cake pan (I use PAM)
Bake 1 1/2 hrs in 325 degree oven
Cool completely before removing from pan

1) Don't let the cake get too brown on the outside,
it leaves the cake too dry.
2) When I'm in a hurry, I just mix everything
together at one time, and this also makes it dry.
3) Pam works as good as flour/greasing the pan, just
use a spatula to loosen the sides when cooled.
4) Making a drizzle type of frosting gives it a little
sweeter taste (not as much as a can frosting).
5) If you are making a drizzle frosting, use the
Coconut Extract instead of Vanilla (powdered
6) This last time I used 2 loaf pans instead of bundt,
this could also be why it was so dry.

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Registered: 08-06-2004
Fri, 07-22-2005 - 11:24am

(Shepherd’s Pie)

6 small potatoes or 3 large potatoes
1 egg

1½ -2 lbs ground beef or ground turkey
Green onion
Glass Noodles
Nutmeg (optional)
Soy Sauce

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

For the topping: make mashed potatoes mixed with eggs, butter, salt, pepper sugar and milk. The amount will be according to your taste. The consistency will be so you can spread it on the meat mixture.

Prepare glass noodles (clear vermicelli): heat water to a rapid boil, add one bundle of glass noodles, continue boiling for 3-4minutes. Do not overcook or the noodles will turn to mush. Drain and snip noodles with scissors.

For the filling: Saute the onion till golden brown. Add ground beef and cook until brown. Drain. Add the carrots pieces, chopped green onion, glass noodles, and the rest of the ingredients. Taste it to see if the seasoning is right for you. Pour it in the casserole dish which has been spread with vegie oil. Cover the top with the potato mixture. Brush with egg yoke on top of the potato so it will look nice when done.

Bake until golden brown, approximately 30 minutes or less. Everything is cooked so you do not need to worry about undercooking. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes before serving.

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Registered: 01-26-2005
Fri, 07-22-2005 - 5:17pm

Congrats on the upcoming wedding.....

Quick/Easy chicken enchiladas

medium size tortillas (I used wheat)

chicken/turkey cutlets or strips or shredded

1-2 cans of condensed chicken verde soup

shredded cheese

cheesy mexican rice

cook meat until no longer pink.Cook rice according to box instructions.Add soup and rice.Heat.Place a Tablespoon of mix onto tortilla.Wrap and place in baking dish.Spoon a little of the soup over the tortillas.Sprinkle with cheese.Warm in oven at 350 until the cheese is melted.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 07-24-2005 - 6:59pm

What a wonderful idea, JJ! Thanks for getting in touch with me so I wouldn't miss anything!

Heather, I'm not sure if you're into asian food but my fiance and I LOVE Pad Thai. If you're looking to try something new ...

PAD THAI - "This dish can be made with shrimp, chicken or pork instead of tofu. Look for the more exotic items in the Asian foods section at your local grocery store. Adjust the pad Thai sauce ingredients to taste." Original recipe yield: 8 servings.


* 1/2 cup white sugar

* 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar

* 1/4 cup soy sauce

* 2 tablespoons tamarind pulp(I've never made it with this, might be good though)

* 1 (12 ounce) package dried rice noodles

* 1/2 cup vegetable oil

* 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic

* 4 eggs

* 1 (12 ounce) package firm tofu, cut into 1/2 inch strips

* 1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar

* 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

* 1 1/2 cups ground peanuts

* 1 1/2 teaspoons ground, dried oriental radish (I've never made it with this, might be good though)

* 1/2 cup chopped fresh chives

* 1 tablespoon paprika

* 2 cups fresh bean sprouts

* 1 lime, cut into wedges


1. To prepare Pad Thai sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, blend sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and tamarind pulp.

2. To make Pad Thai: Soak rice noodles in cold water until soft; drain. In a large skillet or wok over medium heat, warm oil and add garlic and eggs; scramble the eggs. Add tofu and stir until well mixed; add noodles and stir until cooked.

3. Stir in Pad Thai sauce, 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Stir in peanuts and ground radish. Remove from heat and add chives and paprika.

4. Serve with lime and bean sprouts on the side.

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Registered: 01-13-2004
Tue, 08-02-2005 - 5:20pm

Thanks so much everyone - these all sound so yummy!

I'm going grocery shopping tonight so I'll be picking up some of the ingredients tonight!

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Registered: 08-06-2004
Fri, 08-05-2005 - 11:12am

Here are two more recipes. These are great for party sweets and they are very easy to make. I'm not a cook, I actually rarely cook, I actually don't like to cook, but I LOVE to entertain, so I'm sending you recipes that are easy and quick, but makes it seem like you spent hours in the kitchen.


Lucious Lemon Bars

1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 cups sifted flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 beaten eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup flour
4 teaspoons lemon juice*
1 teaspoon grated lomon rind (optional)

Soften butter; blend well with powdered sugar, 2 cups flour, and salt. Press into bottom of a buttered 9"X13" pan. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until it's slightly golden.

Blend together the remaining ingredients. Pour over first layer and continue baking for another 25-30min. Sift additional powdered sugar over the top immediately after removing from oven. Cool, cut into squares. Makes approximately 3 dozen.

*NOTE: The amount of lemon juice depends on how tart you want it to be. I usually use at least 3 lemons, depending on size and idividual preference for tartness.

Sod Cake aka Sad Cake

Cream together:
1 stick butter
1 box light brown sugar

Add 4 eggs, beaten

Add 1 teaspoon vanilla

Add 2 cups Pioneer Biscuit Mix or Bisquick

Add 1 cup coconut

Add 1 cup chopped pecans

Pour into 9 x 12 greased/floured pan and bake at 350 about 35 minutes. It needs to be moist - just barely done - when you take it out of the oven; otherwise it's way too dry. Sprinkle w/powdered sugar & cut into squares.

You can also add chopped dates to this.

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Registered: 01-13-2004
Fri, 08-05-2005 - 11:43am

JJ - you hit the nail on the head with the lemon bars recipe DH LOVES lemon bars, he always has.

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