Thursday, March 3, 2011

Bean\veggie burgers: don't scoff!

These have always sounded really good to me, and I made them for the first time the other day, using some mixed beans we had on hand.  You're really supposed to use black beans, but since red kidney beans were the only ones I had on hand today, I used those.  Don't be scared by the way these look - you should give them a try!

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees, and put your beans into a bowl

 Mash them up until they make a thick paste

 Chop 1\2 a green pepper into tiny pieces. 
You can also pretend that you're at a Japanese restaurant and try a bunch of neat knife throwing\food chopping tricks.  A word of caution, though: you might get green pepper-lets flying through the air,  so protective eye wear might be wise.

 See how tiny the pieces are?

 Do the same with 1\2 an onion (I used a very small one), and a clove of garlic, or you can use garlic powder, like I did here.

 Stir bean&veggie mix, and add chili powder

 Cumin powder, and an egg

 And a little lemon juice, even though the recipe doesn't call for it!  We're wild.

 Mix everything together

 Add your breadcrumbs so that you'll be able to form the patty

 This is what the consistency of it looks like.  

 Grab a handful, and mush it into a little ball, remembering not to throw it at anyone

 Oil or butter a cookie sheet, and put them on there

 Cook for 10 minutes, flip, and cook for another 10 minutes on the other side

 I didn't put mine in a burger, but made it into a salad instead.  

Bean\veggie Burgers:
- 1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
- 1/2 onion, cut into wedges
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled, or garlic powder to taste
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs

  1. If grilling, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil. If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), and lightly oil a baking sheet.
  2. In a medium bowl, mash black beans with a fork until thick and pasty.
  3. In a food processor, finely chop bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Then stir into mashed beans.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together egg, chili powder, cumin, and chili sauce.
  5. Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into four patties.
  6. If grilling, place patties on foil, and grill about 8 minutes on each side. If baking, place patties on baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Poor Cookie Monster...

You poor little thing!  So neglected and unloved.  I've been looking for a new recipe to try, and put up here.  Hopefully today I'll try something, and be able to share it with you all!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gingberbread Biscotti

"Oooooooh the weather outside is frightful, but the fiiire is so deliiightful..." 
Well, okay...the weather outside isn't frightful, and a fire would only be sort of delightful.  I'm trying to get us in the holiday spirit with our little Charlie Brown christmas trees, foods, and music.  

This was a really good recipe!  I made swirly patterns on mine before I baked them, and that added a nice touch.  They're great by themselves, or you could dip them in milk\white chocolate, or drizzle a little frosting across the tops.

 - 1\3 cup vegetable oil
 - 1 cup white sugar
 - 3 eggs
 - 1\4 cup molasses 
 - 2 1\4 cup all-purpose flour
 - 1 cup wheat flour
 - 1 tablespoon baking powder
 - 1 1\2 tablespoon ginger
 - 3\4 tablespoon cinnamon
 - 1\2 tablespoon ground cloves
 - 1\4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 375º, and grease a cookie sheet.

2. In a large bowl, mix together oil, sugar, eggs, and molasses. In another bowl, combine flours, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg; mix into egg mixture to form a stiff dough.

3.  Divide dough in half, and shape each half into a roll the length of the cookie. Place rolls on cookie sheet, and pat down to flatten the dough to 1/2 inch thickness. 

4.  Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, and set aside to cool. 

5.  When cool enough to touch, cut into 1/2 inch thick diagonal slices. Place sliced biscotti on cookie sheet, and bake an additional 5 to 7 minutes on each side, or until toasted and crispy.      

Monday, November 22, 2010

Coffee Cake

Yum.  Yum, yum, yum!  That's what I have to say about this coffee cake.  I find alot of good recipes online, and this one didn't disappoint!  Just the cake itself was great - buttery and moist.  But you add the cinnamon sugar mixture on top, and immediately it turns into coffee cake-y goodness!                         


  1 1\2 stick butter, softened                
  2 cups white sugar
  3 cups flour, sifted
  4 tsp baking powder
  1 tsp salt
  1 1\4 cup whole milk (or low-fat if it makes you feel better!)
  3 whole egg whites, beaten until stiff

  1 1\2 stick butter, softened                              
  3\4 cups flour
  1 1\2 cups brown sugar
  2 tb cinnamon
  1 1\2 cups pecans, chopped


Preheat oven to 350º.  Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and set aside.  Beat egg whites until stiff, and set aside.

Cream butter and sugar.  Add flour mixture and milk alternately until combined.  Don't overbeat.  Fold in egg whites with a spatula.  Spread in well greased 9x13 pan (or larger), one with high sides (If you don't have a high-sided pan, it might be a good idea to spread foil in the bottom of your oven).  

In a separate bowl, combine topping ingredients with a pastry cutter just until crumbly, and sprinkle over the top.  

Bake for 40 - 45 minutes, or until the center is no longer jiggly.  


Photo via The Pioneer Woman

Note: Beating the egg whites by hand doubles as a great arm workout.  I ended up pacing around the kitchen, whisking as fast as I could, urging them to hurry up. 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Three bean salad

For those of who are aren't vinegar lovers {or you absolutely hate vinegar}, you better just move on, because this recipe definitely isn't for you.  Buuuut, for those are you who are - this should be right up your alley!  

I never thought of myself as a vinegar lover.  In fact, I always thought that I didn't like it, and most times I don't.  But when we were staying at the Apples' house in Knoxville, Mrs. Evelyn served us three bean salad, and I loved it.  I made it a while back, and I can safely say that I ate a huge portion of it by myself.  So here it is!

•  1 can cut green beans, drained (I used fresh green beans and cut them myself.  I think it turned out even better)
•  1 can butter beans, drained
•  1 can red kidney beans, drained
•  1\4 cup chopped green bell pepper
•  Finely diced purple onion, to your taste
•  1\2 cup apple cider vinegar
•  1\3 cup vegetable oil                               
•  1\2 cup sugar                                         
•  1 tsp salt
•  1 tsp pepper    

Rinse beans and drain.  Combine beans with green pepper and onion.  Whisk together liquid ingredients, pour over bean mixture, and toss well.  Serve chilled. 


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Braised-Baked Chicken

I made this chicken the other night, and it was really good!  I just sort of made up the recipe as I went along.  Well, it's not really a recipe recipe, but maybe you'll like it. :)


• Chicken pieces, with skin (just choose your favorite pieces!)
• Salt
• Pepper
• Thyme 
• Tumeric
• Garlic powder
• Oil or butter


- Coat chicken pieces with salt, pepper, garlic powder, thyme, and tumeric.  Be especially generous with the salt and pepper.  You want just enough of all of them, though, that the chicken pieces are well coated.

- Place chicken pieces in oil or butter and braise until the skin is nice and brown - about one minute on each side.  

- After both sides have been nicely browned, transfer to a pan, cover with foil, and bake for about 45 minutes.  

- Remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes, or until done.

Don't worry about how yellow the chicken looks.  I uncovered it for the last bit of baking, and my first thought was, "Ew, gross!  That looks really nasty.  Great.  Oh well."  But it's the tumeric that makes it that color.  Never fear, though!  
Enjoy ~ Make sure and leave a comment if you've tried a recipe!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Popcorn balls

What says "fall" more than popcorn balls and caramel apples?  I have no idea.  I made these last night, and they were good!  I cooked the syrup mixture just a tiiiny bit too long, but if I hadn't, they would've been better.  Well, obviously.  

- 1 cup white sugar
-  1\2 cup light corn syrup
- 1\4 cup butter
- 2 tablespoons water
- salt to taste
- 1\2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 10 cups popped popcorn

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, butter and water. Stir and heat to hard-crack stage or 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Remove from heat, add vanilla; mix well. 
  2. Pour slowly over popped popcorn while stirring. Wait 5 minutes and shape into 3 inch round balls. 
  3. After eating, spend some time flossing or digging chunks out of your teeth.   :)