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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Spinach Salad with Girard's White Balsamic Vinaigrette


This is my favorite salad dressing.  Ever.  It is amazing!  It has such an earthy and wholesome taste to it.  Try it!  I love to have it on my spinach salad with craisins, feta cheese, and some kind of candied nut.



1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 quarts apple cider
1 teaspoon whole allspice
1 teaspoon whole cloves
3 inch stick stick cinnamon

Notes / Directions
Combine brown sugar, salt and cider. Tie spices in small piece cheesecloth; add. Slowly bring to boiling; simmer, covered, 20 minutes. Remove spices. Serve hot.

Sauteed Apples

A fine thanks to Allrecipes.com!

This is what I make when I have a bunch of apples lying around that need to be eaten!  And it makes a delicious breakfast too. 

1/4 cup butter
4 large tart apples - peeled, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Notes / Directions
1. In a large skillet or saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; add apples. Cook, stirring constantly, until apples are almost tender, about 6 to 7 minutes.

2. Dissolve cornstarch in water; add to skillet. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and serve warm.

German Pancakes


Ever had these?  They are kinda weird looking...  But they are so yummy!  You can serve them with so many different toppings!  I've listed a few of my favorites at the bottom.

3 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter

Notes / Directions
Set a clear glass pie plate in oven on bottom shelf. Turn oven on to 400 degrees. Mix flour and milk until smooth.  Add eggs and mix for 5 minutes on low setting. Remove hot pie plate from oven and add 2 tablespoons of butter. Rotate around until butter is melted. Add batter immediately. Bake for 20 minutes.

 Powder sugar
 Chocolate syrup 


IHOP Buttermilk Pancakes

I used to buy pancake batter from the store but it just was never that good!  Naturally, I began my quest for the best recipe out there and came across this copycat recipe and it is absolutely delectable.  I can only eat one pancake though because for some reason, they are extremely filling.

IHOP Buttermilk Pancakes

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon (heaping) baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 pinch salt

Notes / Directions
1. Preheat a skillet over medium heat.
2. Mix all of the ingredients til combined.
3. Melt a little bit of butter in the pan.
4. Pour the batter by spoonfuls into the hot pan, forming 5-inch circles.
5. When the edges appear to harden, flip the pancakes.
6. They should be golden brown.
7. Cook the pancakes on the other side until they are also golden brown.
8. Enjoy.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Butterhorn Rolls

These rolls have been on the Thanksgiving dinner table ever since I can remember and are a classic at my house.  Not only that, they are absolutely TO DIE FOR good.  Once the first batch comes out of the oven, everyone runs to the kitchen, and my mom, armed with a broom, starts whacking people away.  Well.... not really.  But there is yelling and scolding involved :)  This is the first year that I'm going to be away from home for Thanksgiving so I'll be making them on my own.  My mom assures me that they are easy so hopefully it goes well for me.  Give it a try yourself!  They are truly the most amazing rolls.

2 pkgs. yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup milk
1/2 cup imperial butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, well beaten
5 cups flour

Notes / Directions
Combine warm water, 1 T. sugar and yeast and set aside. Scald milk and add butter, 1/2 c. sugar and salt. Beat eggs, add milk mixture, yeast, and 1 2/3 c. flour. Beat vigorously til bubbles form on the surface. Cover and set aside 25-30 minutes.

Add remaining 3 1/3 c. flour; knead. Put in greased bowl. Cover and let rise about 1 hour. Knead down. Divide into thirds. Roll each third into a circle and cut into 12 pie-shaped wedges. 

Brush with melted butter. Shape into crescents by starting to roll at wide end of triangle.

Place on buttered cookie sheets with pointed end tucked under.

Let rise til light (45 min-1 hour). Brush with salted butter. Bake 12-15 (mom says 10) minutes at 400. Brush with salted butter.  Makes 3 dozen.

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