I've taken up a little interest in cooking lately and I was wondering if any of you have any good recipes or know of any. I would Google some but I don't even know where to start. I'm pretty open. I like soups, casseroles, baking, and especially pasta dishes. (And lots of other things too, those are just some examples) I'm trying to stay away from meals that have three separate things in them. What I mean is not having a fried pork chop, corn, and vegetables all on the side. I like to mix things together since I grew up on dishes like that. I like stuff like lasagna, soup, etc. where you actually mix the ingredients together.
Most should be pretty simple and kind of inexpensive. I really am open to just about everything. I don't have any food allergies, though I can be picky when it comes to cooked fruit for some reason. :P I only like it in apple pie. I love to cook with cheese, by the way. If it's got cheese in it, I'm usually pretty happy.
This is a very simple breakfast "pastry" dish. I believe it is of French derivision.
Preheat oven to 350 f
Use glass pan 13 by 9 inches
1 and 1/3 cup milk
1 tbsp vanilla
2 tbsps sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups white flour
About 2/3 cup chopped, dried fruit of your choice. I like raisins, apricots and cherries mixed. Also dried apples are good.
Mix all ingredients in any order. Use a whisk to hand WHISK them together so you get lots of bubbles.
Put the large , glass pan in the over with TWO tbsps butter in it and heat 'til butter melts. Letting it get brown is ok, but don't let the butter burn.
Remove from oven, pour in the batter and try to get even distribution of the fruit.
Bake on 350 f for 30 minutes. It will rise a lot, then when you remove, it will fall (similar to Yorkshire puddings). Cool 15 minutes, dust with powdered sugar and serve.
You should watch some episodes of Good Eats, Alton Brown's show on Food Network. He has episodes on pretty much anything you would want learn to cook. He teaches you not just one recipe, but the science behind why you do the things you do, so you can apply what you learn to cooking other recipes. Pretty much every episode is on youtube. Really great show for learning to cook.
Whip margarine and sugar. Mix flour and baking powder and then add all ingredients together. Whisk lightly but don't knead. Take a baking tin (diameter around 25-30 cm) and pat the most of your dough as a flat "rug" in it. Form sides slightly higher than the rest of the rug so your filling won't drain out of that base when you finally add it. Pour filling onto the base, sprinkle the rest of dough on it and throw into an oven. Bake in 200C 25-30 minutes.
If you want really thin base in your pie, you can also use a baking sheet like I did in the picture.
Recipe 2: Cake of the broken hearts (quark cake):
Suffering from a broken heart? Not anymore, I'm sure this sweet cake will speed up your healing a lot.
At first I recommend Karelian hot pot to carnivores. I've never cooked it myself but my grandma cooks best Karelian hot pot ever:
Karelian hot pot: Karjalanpaisti
(for four - five persons)
- 300 g chuck steak
- 300 g pork shoulder
- 300 g stewing lamb or mutton (my note: you can also replace lamb with beef)
- 2-3 onions
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 8 allspice
Cut the meat into cubes (4x4 cm). There is no need to remove small bones. Put the meat and coarsely chopped onion in layers in a casserole, seasoning each layer with salt and allspice. Add enough water to almost cover the meat.
Bake without a cover at a moderate temperature, c. 175 °C, for 2 1/2-3 hours. Cover the casserole towards the end of the cooking time. Serve with mashed potato, boiled swedes and lingonberry purée.
And then pastries which are usually baked for a Pancake Day:
- 2 dl water
- 1 dl sugar
- 2-3 tbsp arrack liqueur or rum
Solid raspberry jam or marmelade
- 1 dl icing sugar
- 2 tsp water or lemon juice Preheat the oven to 200°C.
Grind the almonds and combine them with the bread crumbs. Cream the butter or margarine and sugar together. Add one egg at a time, beating the mixture well after each egg. Combine the flour and baking powder and stir into the mixture.
Add the cardemom, bread crumbs and almonds and finally the cream. Mix lightly but do not unnecessarily stir the mixture. Grease a muffin mould and put a equal amount of the mixture into the hollows. Leave room for the mixture to raise in the hollows. Using a floured fingertip, press a hole in the middle of each muffin. Place about half a teaspoonful of jam or marmelade on each muffin. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 15 minutes.
Boil the water and melt the sugar in it. Flavour with the alcohol. Moisten the baked muffins with the liquid. When the muffins are still hot, add another half a teaspoonful of jam in the middle. Let the muffins cool.
Combine the icing sugar and water or lemon juice in a small bowl. Pour the liquid icing around the jam.
These are some of mine from a recipe thread elsewhere.
5 minute Chocolate Cake for 1
1 microwave safe bowl, like a soup bowl
4 tbls all purpose flour (NOT self rising)
4 tbls sugar
2 tbls cocoa powder
3 1/4 tbls milk
3 tbls vegetable oil
Small splash of vanilla
1 spoonful peanut butter (optional)
1 handful chocolate chips (optional)
Add dry ingredients to bowl and mix well.
Add egg and mix thoroughly.
Add milk and oil and mix well again.
Add vanilla, and PB and chips if using, mix again.
Put bowl in microwave and nuke for 3min and 45 seconds.
Cake will rise, don't be alarmed. You can play with this recipe, add nuts, take out stuff, cover with chocolate syrup or whipped cream if you want after it's done.
Make sure you don't overcook - it will get chewy.
Remember bowl will be hot, and so will cake. Don't burn yourself! Enjoy!
Chicken Parm. Soup
1.In a large pot sautee 3 or 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into small bites with a little veg oil and some garlic powder.
2. Add 1 large can tomato sauce, one medium can diced tomatoes, and 1 can chicken broth.
3. Add some Mrs. Dash original, Italian seasoning, and more garlic powder to taste.
4. Heat to a boil then reduce to a simmer
5. Add about 2 cups of instant rice, simmer for 15-20 minutes.
6. Sprinkle bowls of hot soup with grated Parmesan cheese just before eating.
Corn and Bacon Muffins
6 slices bacon
1 medium onion, peeled and diced
1 1/2c self-rising flour
1/2tsp baking powder
1/2c cheddar cheese, grated
12oz can corn, drained
5Tbsp olive or vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 400. Line a muffin pan with paper muffin cups. Cut bacon into small squares. Place in small skillet, add onion, and fry until well cooked. Place flour and baking powder into a bowl and mix. Stir in cheese and corn. In another bowl, whisk together milk, eggs and oil. Add this to the flour mixture, then add the bacon and onion. Stir to combine but do not overmix.. Spoon into the muffin cups and bake for 15 minutes or until firm to touch. Cool on a wire rack.
These are really good with a little bit of butter!
I have a recipe for baked ziti that I got from my sister-in-law's mother-in-law. It is the most delicious thing I have ever tasted and everyone I make it for loves it. I lost my written out recipe so I do it from memory now, so I'll try my best to type it out here.
1 medium onion chopped
Large can tomato puree
Medium can petite diced tomatos
Small can tomato paste
1/2 lb breakfast sausage
Cut up sausage and brown with onion and garlic. Add all three cans of tomatos and spices including sugar. Simmer for 30-40 min.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I know it's called baked ziti but I like to use rigatoni noodles instead, they hold the sauces better. Boil water and start the noodles. Don't over cook, if anything under cook a little, because they are still going into the oven with the sauces.
1 8oz pack of cream cheese
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 pint whipping cream
1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese grated
While the noodles and red sauce are cooking, melt butter and cream cheese with the garlic in a small pot. Whisk until smooth, then add the whipping cream. Whisk some more and add the parmesan cheese. Keep on low heat and whisk frequently while you wait for the noodles and red sauce to finish. This is basically alfredo sauce.
Poor a little of the white sauce on the bottom of a large baking dish to prevent sticking. When the noodles are ready, strain and poor into baking dish. Poor the rest of the white sauce over the noodles.
When I got this recipe I was told to only poor half of the red sauce on top and save the other half for the next time, but I found that I like to use almost all of the red sauce. Not the entire thing but at least 3/4 of it and then I sit there and eat the rest while I'm waiting for it to bake lol.
After you poor the red sauce over the white, being careful not to mix them together with a spoon or anything, you are going to cover the entire thing with mozzarella cheese. Cover with tin foil tented and bake for 40 minutes, removing the tin foil (very important) for the last ten minutes.
Tips: I usually use a pack of Jimmy Dean sausage links, uncooked. I used the maple flavored ones by mistake once and it actually tasted really good, so don't worry if you accidently grab the wrong ones.
I also usually substitute reall garlic for garlic salt because I'm too lazy to chop up garlic. The amount is entirely up to you when it comes to how much garlic to use.
Sorry for not knowing the exact sizes of some things. It's pretty obvious what the large, medium, and small cans are for the tomatos. Tomato past comes in a dinky little can, that would be the small.
When making the white sauce, after adding the paremesan cheese, it is going to stick and look slimy on the whisk. It will not stay that way the longer it is on the heat and you frequently stir it.
I invite anyone to try this, especially cheese lovers, it's loaded with it.