Sunday, April 21, 2013

Apple Crumb Pie and Apple Crisp

This is a compilation of a bunch of recipes put together. 

This is the pie dough recipe that I use:  Butter Pie Crust

The filling is this recipe:

  • 5 cups diced peeled tart apples
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • This is a Taste of Home recipe, called Apple Crumble Pie.   The orignal also has 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg but I usually skip it.

    The crumbs are my mama's recipe:

    For cakey crumbs:
    1 cup flour
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/4 c butter

    For crispy crumbs:
    1 cup sugar
    1/2 cup flour
    1/4 cup butter

    Bake 25 mins,  375 deg, with foil covering the edges.  Remove the foil and bake for another 20 mins.

    This my favorite apple crisp recipe.  No pictures yet:

    Saturday, April 13, 2013

    Taco Soup

    1 lb lean ground beef (or turkey)
    1 onion, chopped
    1 pkg taco seasonings
    1 pkg dry Ranch seasonings
    2 large cans diced tomatoes, undrained
    1 can Rotel tomatoes, undrained
    2 cans of beans or the equivalent of pre-cooked dried beans.  See link below about beans. 
    1 can whole kernel corn
    Brown meat and onion. Drain. Add seasonings. Drain beans and corn. Add to meat along with tomatoes. Simmer until well blended and hot. Eat and enjoy.

    I don't used canned beans.  Here is my blog post about using dried beans:  Beans

    Monday, April 8, 2013

    Crunchy Apple Muffins

    I love this recipe, just the way it is:

    Creamy Italian or Ranch Chicken

    1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    1 pkg Good Seasons Italian dressing mix
    1/4 cup water
    1 8oz pkg low fat cream cheese
    1 can 98% fat free cream of chicken soup

    1. Place chicken in crock pot
    2. Mix together Italian dressing mix and water. Pour over chicken.
    3. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours OR low for 8 hours.
    4. Mix together cream cheese and soup in separate bowl.
    5. Carefully remove chicken from crock pot to plate.
    6. Pour cream cheese/soup mixture into crock pot and mix together with dressing in bottom.
    7. Return chicken to crock pot and mix gently to shred the chicken.
    8. Cook on LOW until heated through.

    Serve with rice or noodles. 

    For creamy ranch chicken:

    Substitute ranch dressing mix and sour cream instead of cream cheese.  

    Taco Seasoning

    I use this exact recipe without cayenne.  I mix it in a jar and its enough for 4 lbs of ground meat.

    Brown meat and then add 7 tsp of taco seasoning and 3/4 cups of water.  Bring to a boil and then simmer for 5 mins.

    Leftover pie dough

    I always have a little bit of extra dough scraps whenever I make something with dough. 

    By the way, this is the dough recipe that I use for everything:

    It's really easy to make.  I make it in the food processor.  Its enough for 2 pies. 

    This is one of the things that I like to do with the extras:
    Roll the dough into a rectangle and brush it with melted butter.  Then sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on it.  Roll it up and slice it.  Put them on a baking sheet and bake them with your pie for about 10 mins or until they start to get light brown. 

    Here is another one:

    I made a quiche and had enough leftover to do a tiny little apple pie.  I cut half an apple into small chunks.  I added about a teaspoon of flour and a teaspoon of sugar and a little bit of cinnamon.  I mixed that and put in the pie crust and drizzled caramel on top. 

    Deviled Eggs

    My favorite way to make deviled eggs is to use the Kraft recipe, with cream cheese.

    First, I start with eggs that are at least a week old.  I use the incredible edible egg recommendation for cooking the eggs.  They get perfect every time, with bright yellow yolks, not greenish.

    Here is the Kraft recipe:

    I like to cut the top off the eggs, instead of cutting them lengthwise:
    This is what the filling will look like:
    Scooped out eggs:
    I pipe the filling into the eggs, but you could use a spoon:
    Keep all of the extra tops, and extra filling for egg salad: