Sunday, November 27, 2011

Not Your Mamas Rum Balls

I am going to share with you my most popular Christmas cookie, and to top it off its a no bake .  I make these Rum Balls every year after Thanksgiving to give them time to age by Christmas.  They get BETTER with age YUM.

Rum Balls

2 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers ( I use food processor)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts ( I use food processor)
1/3 cup melted butter or margarine
1/4 cup light rum ( I use spiced or whatever I have in the house)
powdered sugar

Line airtight container with wax paper.  Set aside.  In large mixing bowl, combine wafers, granulated sugar, and walnuts.  Add butter and rum. Stir until well blended.  Mixture will be crumbly.

I use my 11 cup food processor to do all the crushing and mixing up of the ingredients.  It just takes minutes and everyone thinks you spent all day making them.

Shape mixture into 1 inch balls and roll in powdered sugar.  Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour then reroll in powdered sugar and place in prepared container.  Store in refrigerator.

One tip is to use the cheapest vanilla wafers you can find, I use the Aldi brand, they are great for this recipe and good to eat out of the box too.

So there you have it the worlds best Rum Balls, nothin like your Mama would have made !!!


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pistachio Salad or The Green Stuff

Here is a lovely Thanksgiving salad that was made every year in my family.  It is also called Watergate Salad or in my house The Green Stuff.  This salad brings back memories of everyone around the table either liking the stuff or hating it. 

Pistachio Salad

1 3 1/2 oz box instant pistachio pudding
1 large can crushed pineapple not drained
1 tub Cool Whip
1/2 bag mini marshmallows
Optional Ingredients
chopped nuts
sliced bananas
maraschino cherries

Blend dry pudding mix and Cool Whip.  Stir in pineapple and marshmallows. Mix in any additional ingredients you may like.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

So here is a nice recipe to serve with the meal or as part of dessert.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday week



Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sourdough-like Beer Bread

I came across this recipe on the Redstar Yeast Facebook page.  Sourdough-like Beer Bread , please click on the link for the recipe.  I made this just as the recipe stated,  I made two loaves and for one loaf added 4 teaspoons of vital wheat gluten to the dough and the other I didn't. 

Please make sure you check your dough, whether you make it in a stand mixer or bread machine, as I had to add extra flour to make a soft nice dough about 1/4 cup more.  This will differ depending on your climate and flour.

Since we do not really drink in my house, hubby went out and got me a single can of beer. With this can of beer I made 2 loaves of bread and a batch of beer biscuits.  YUMMY. I can't waste anything.

Here is a picture of my finished loaves, I made one in a round loaf and the other in a long loaf.

This bread gives you the taste of sourdough without all the work of making a starter and waiting.  We are enjoying one loaf now and I will put the other in the freezer for next week.

It goes great with a big bowl of stew or cheddar and broccoli soup.

Thanks again for stopping by.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Loaded Baked Mashed Potatoes Moms Crazy Cooking Challenge

This months challenge was Mashed Potatoes.  So off into bloggy land I went and found this recipe at Edesias NotebookShe has a great selection of recipes, so please go check it out.  If you click on this link it will take you to her recipe Loaded Baked Potato Mashed Potatoes.

Loaded  Baked Mashed Potatoes

2 pounds russett potatoes peeled and diced
1/4 butter, melted
1/2 cup sour cream
Milk (optional)
2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
2-4 green onions, sliced

Boil potatoes in salted water until tender.  Drain.  Return topot and mash with potato masher to desired consistency.  Add melted butter, sour cream and stir until well combined.  Add milk to thin out if desired.  Stir in bacon and cheddar cheese.  Place green on top and serve.

We enjoyed these potatoes alot, they are just like a loaded baked potato.  The potatoes made a great side dish, just the right amount of cheese and bacon.

So I hope you will go try these and tell her that The Bread Fairy sent ya.


The Bread Fairy

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Stuffing Bread For Thanksgivnig

Well Thanksgiving is almost upon us.  I have gone back to school, as many of you already know, so I am trying to get ahead on some of the Thanksgiving things that can be made ahead.

When I was little my Mom always bought two loaves of Stuffing Bread from the A & P.  She would tear it into cubes and let it dry for about two days and then make her stuffing with it. 

I have never been able to find fresh stuffing bread in the store, so I found this recipe which I have been using for about 5 years now for my crock pot stuffing that I make on Thanksgiving Stuffing Bread, (Bread Machine), please click on the link for the recipe. 

This bread will make your whole house smell like Thanksgiving and that is a good thing.  I have made mine now and have it in the freezer until a few days before the holiday so it can thaw out and dry to make croutons for the stuffing.

If you look real carefully at the bread, you will see the black pepper and the celery seed and the minced onion, sage and poultry seasoning that give this bread its great taste.  It also has some cornmeal in it, and this adds to its texture.

The bread also makes a great chicken or turkey sandwich. I have made it just to eat leftover turkey sandwiches. 

I hope you give making your own croutons for your stuffing or dressing this year, it really does make a difference.

Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed all you have seen and read.