PEANUT BUTTER HONEY COOKIES

PEANUT BUTTER HONEY COOKIES
PEANUT BUTTER HONEY COOKIES

    There’s just something soothing and homey about homemade peanut butter cookies.  Is it because your grandmother and mother used to make them?  Is it just because they’re so darn good?  I’m not sure, but whatever the reason – we love ‘em! 

     This simple recipe uses one bowl, one measuring cup and a spatula.  It’s simple enough for your beginner baker to try his or her hand.

INGREDIENTS: Yield 25 cookies

3/4 cup – honey*

1/4 cup – butter or margarine, softened

1 – egg

3/4 cup – peanut butter

1 teaspoon – vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon – salt

1/2 teaspoon – baking soda

1-1/2 cups AP unbleached flour

¾ cup chocolate chips

PREPARATION:

In mixer bowl, cream honey and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, peanut butter, vanilla, salt, and baking soda. Add flour, mixing until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop dough, one heaping tablespoon at a time, onto well-greased baking sheet. Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes. Remove cookies from sheet and cool on wire rack.

Please remember not to feed honey to children under one- year-old.  Read more:   http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial_viral/botulism.html

*I used local raw honey

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Homemade Sauerkraut

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     If you’re like us and demand the best ingredients when preparing your food, don’t skip the homemade Sauerkraut.  Whether you’re eating Reubens, Pork and Kraut, or even Hot Dogs, you can’t beat homemade!  Cabbage is in season right now, so make enough to last you until next year.  You need just 2 ingredients – Salt and Grated Cabbage.  Couldn’t be simpler, and so well worth it.

 

INGREDIENTS:  YIELDS 5 QUARTS

3 Medium heads of cabbage

5 TBSP Course Sea Salt or Kosher Salt (NOT IODIZED)

 

PREPARATION:

Sterilize your jars and lids.

Thinly slice the cabbage and place in a large bowl.  Don’t over fill because you need room to stir the cabbage.  You may need to do this in a few batches.  Remember not to add all the salt if you do it in batches.  You’ll need 1 TBSP Salt per quart jar.

Add 5 TBSP Salt and mix well with your hands, squeezing as you mix.  This pulls the liquid out of the cabbage and creates the brine.  We usually mix and squeeze for about five minutes.  You will see water appearing, but that’s a good thing.

If you want to add a little Caraway, you can add it now.

Pack the cabbage in sterilized jars, pushing down to make a tight fit.  Stop when you have approximately 2” at the top of the jar. (You need this space to allow for expansion during the fermentation process.  Divide the leftover brine from the bottom of the bowl evenly between the jars.  The brine must cover the cabbage, you don’t want any sticking up that isn’t under brine.  If you need to, add a little bit of water.   Bob usually uses the leftover outer leaves to lay on top of the mixture to help hold the cabbage down.  (see photo).

Close jars tightly and let sit at 64° – 72° F for five days.  Then slowly open the lid to release built-up pressure.  You must open the jars every five days for approximately three weeks.  You can taste it every time you open the lid to see if it’s to your satisfaction.  You will notice that the flavor improves every time you open the lids.

Once it is sour enough and has fermented long enough to suit your taste, place a jar in the refrigerator, keeping it tightly closed.  Store the remaining jars in a cool dark place.

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Crispy Cheesy, Haddock Dinner (No Measuring Required)

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     Here is a very quick, super simple, super delicious fish and chips dinner that you can have on the table in about 12 minutes (including prep time).  I cooked it in my air-fryer and it was done in about 8 minutes.  If you bake it, it will take longer.  Love my air-fryer.  The prep work is simple.  Beat an egg, and throw a few seasonings in it.  On a paper plate, mix bread crumbs with Parmesan and Romano cheese.  Dip, press, throw it in the fryer, set the table, eat.  It really is that easy.  The sautéed Kale took about 30 minutes, so if you’re doing that as well, start it first.

INGREDIENTS:

2 Haddock filets

1 egg, beaten

A handful of Panko Bread Crumbs

Grated Cheese (Parmesan, Romano, or both)

 

PREPARATION:

To your beaten egg, add a little garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.  On a paper plate, place Bread Crumbs and Cheese.  Mix quickly with your hands.  Dip a Filet in the egg, and then in the Bread Crumbs, pressing down to adhere the mixture to the fish.  Place on greased aluminum foil. Place frozen French Fries next to the Fish.  Set your air-fryer to about 400° F.  When the fish is golden brown, it is done!

If you want to cook the Kale as well, start that first because it will take about 30 minutes or so.  I used an entire bag of fresh Kale.  It shrinks down a lot.  In a large skillet, drizzle with Olive Oil.  Add about 1 TBSP of Butter.  Add some minced or chopped garlic, a little chopped Onion, Pepper, 2 TBSP Orange Juice, ½ cup water and 1/3 cup Chardonnay.  Bring to a quick boil and start adding the Kale.  You’ll have to do it in batches and give it a minute to cook down.  When the entire bag is added, cover, simmer, and stir about every 5 minutes. Make sure the liquid doesn’t completely cook out. If you need to add a bit here and there, that’s fine.  I like to add a dash or two of crushed red pepper, but that’s optional.

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Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Bacon and Cheese

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     Cauliflower steaks with Bacon and Cheese?  Oh yeah!  No recipe?  Oh yeah.  Just cut the Steaks, roast them.  Top with Bacon and Cheese.  Cook until the Cheese is melted.  Eat.  Sometimes the things I just throw together are the best!

 

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Crab and Shrimp Chimichanga with Cheese Sauce

Crab and Shrimp Chimichanga with Cheese Sauce

My Chimichanga is cut in half so you can see inside.

     I’m sure you are aware that going out for a seafood dinner costs a fortune.  With a 1 lb can of crab meat at the cost of $18.00 you will be able to make 8 large Chimichangas.  Many restaurants use fake crab and lobster in this kind of a recipe.  The pure delicious taste of real seafood in this dish is SO delicious!  I kept the seasonings on the low side because I wanted to taste seafood, not seasonings.  Mama mia!  My mouth is watering thinking about the leftovers.

     This dish is not labor intensives, although it does take some time.  Feel free to make the Cheese Sauce the day before or the morning of.  You can also chop and sauté the vegetables ahead of time.  The chimichangas are big, but I still ate two of them.  I’m not huge on leftovers, but I’ll tell you what.  I can’t wait for dinner tonight.  Leftovers it is!  

 

Marinade Ingredients:

2 TBSP olive oil

1 TBSP lime juice

1 minced clove of garlic

1 sliced green onion

1 tsp Sriracha sauce

2 tsp cider vinegar

 

Filling Ingredients:

12 oz peeled, deveined shrimp

16 oz can of crab meat

1 small stalk celery

½ cup red onion, chopped

2 scallions, sliced

¼ of a red bell pepper

Juice of ½ lime

2 T of canned chilies

1 large tomato

4 cloves garlic

(Optional, a few jalapeno peppers to taste)

Seasonings:  Dash cumin, coriander, parsley, pepper, Siracha sauce

 

Cheese sauce:

1 can chicken broth

3 T flour

2 T chilies

¼ – ½ tsp Siracha sauce

½ tsp Garlic Powder

Dash or two of cumin, coriander, parsley, pepper

8 oz package of shredded Mexican cheese blend

 

Pico de Gallo (Not cooked salsa) Also called salsa fresca, or fresh salsa.

2 tomatoes, chunked and seeded/juice removed again

¼ of a large red onion

3 scallions

Jalapenos

3-4 cloves garlic

Bit of salt, pepper

Other half of lime juice

Pulse until it’s the consistency you want.  Leave it somewhat chunky.  Place in bowl and chill.

 

Marinade Preparation:

Rinse shrimp and drain in a colander.  Place in a shallow dish.  Mix marinade and pour over shrimp.  Cover and refrigerate for one hour (No more.  Shrimp is porous and will take on marinade flavors quickly).  Stir once or twice while being refrigerated.

 

Filling Preparation:

Wash and quarter the tomato, put in microwave for 1 min.  Let cool and the skin will peel right off.  Voila!  I always use my thumbs and scoop the juice and seeds out.  Seeds look unprofessional; juice is just useless extra liquid.

Scoop the shrimp from the marinade using a slotted spoon, or place in a colander.  Discard marinade.

In a preheated heavy frying pan (I like cast iron), drizzle a bit of oil in the bottom and let it get very warm, but NOT smoking. Place the red pepper skin side down and cook until it’s black.   Let cool and scrape skin off.

Put another drizzle of oil in pan and leave it on the heat to bring the oil to temperature again.  While coming to temperature, either chop the vegetables or add them to food processor: celery, onion, scallions, roasted red pepper, juice of half of lime, garlic, and the chilies (if you use the jalapenos, add them also.)  Pulse until veggies are the size you want them.  Add the tomato and pulse until tomato is well chopped, but not mangled.  Set aside.

 

Drain shrimp and pat dry with paper toweling.  In preheated frying pan, add vegetables, cumin, coriander, parsley, pepper, and Siracha sauce.  Cook until vegetables are tender.  Remove to a small bowl.

 

Cheese Sauce Preparation:

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, pour in one can of chicken broth and 3 T flour.  Reduce to about half.  Add dash cumin, coriander, parsley, chili powder, salt, pepper and cayenne (same as you did for seafood).  I like to throw in a bit of the roasted red pepper and about 2 T of chopped fresh tomato for a hint of color. Add 2 T chilies and start adding cheese.  Start with an 8 oz package of shredded Mexican cheese blend.  If you want it thicker, add some sharp, Colby, Muenster, or whatever you have on hand.  Taste and add anything else you want. Turn off heat. Sauce will thicken more as it cools.

Now, use any kind of tortilla you want, corn, flour, wheat, whatever shape you like.  Place about 3/4 cup of the seafood filling on one end.  Drizzle a few tablespoons of the cheese sauce over the filling. Start rolling, tucking in the ends as you go.  In a glass 10” x 14” baking dish, smear bottom and sides with a little olive oil.  Place Chimichangas seam side down. Brush with Tortillas with olive oil.  Bake at 375* for 18 – 20 min.  Watch carefully.  You want them golden brown and slightly crisp, but NOT too dark.

Get a beverage, turn your stereo on and play La Pajarera.  Put your feet up, close your eyes and feel the ocean breeze on your face.  Don’t fall asleep and burn the Chimichangas!

 Plate your Chimichangas, and spoon cheese sauce on top.  Garnish with sour cream, guacamole, and/or salsa.  You can garnish with a quick dash of paprika. cayenne pepper, sliced green onions and/or chilies.

Serve Pico de Gallo, refried beans, Spanish rice, and/or corn bread. They’re all excellent with Chimichangas.

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Favorite Zucchini Bread

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     It’s zucchini season, and if you garden you have zucchini coming out of your ears.  Right?  Never fear, Chew Wanna Eat to the rescue with a recipe for bread (or muffins) that is so moist and delicious, even naysayers will love it.  I’ll never forget that years ago I gave a slice of zucchini bread to a nephew who was about five at the time.  He promised me that he hated zucchini bread.  I never told him what the bread was, I just gave it to him.  After he scarfed it down he asked for a second slice while exclaiming, “Wow!  That was the best banana bread I ever had.”  Call it what you want kid, just eat it.  lol 

     Eat one loaf today and freeze another one for later.  When I have a bunch of zucchini ready from the garden I’ll often use my Ninja food processor and prepare a lot of the squash at once, then I freeze in pre-measured freezer bags for winter baking.  So handy to have when you want to bake during the cold winter months.

 INGREDIENTS:   YIELD:  2 loaves

2 cups grated squash

3 eggs

2 ¼ cups sugar

1 cup canola oil

3 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking soda

¾ tsp Baking Powder

¾ tsp salt

2-3 tsp cinnamon

2 cups AP flour

1 cup Whole Wheat Flour

 

TOPPING (Optional)

2 TBSP Sugar

1 tsp Ground Cinnamon

 

PREPARATION:

Wash the zucchini and cut the ends off.  Stick the squash in a colander for a few minutes and let some of the water drain off.  Leaving the squash a little on the wet side adds extra moistness to your bread.  Using a food processor blend until it’s nearly the consistency of applesauce.  Set aside.

In mixer bowl, beat eggs, sugar, and canola oil for 2 minutes at medium speed.  Add vanilla, soda, salt and squash.  Beat until well blended.  Add flour and mix until combined and batter is smooth. (If you have a big enough Food Processor, you might be able to mix the entire recipe).

Pour into two prepared 5″ x 9″ loaf pans and bake at 335° F for a good hour.  Check for doneness with toothpick.  If toothpick is clean and dry, the bread is done.

NOTES:

I know it adds extra calories, but I almost always grease my baking pans with a little butter.  It gives the crust a better texture and adds a little extra flavor.

Muffins will take about 35 minutes, and I always overfill the cups.

Mini loaves will take about 45 minutes.

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Chili Lime Tilapia

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     I love Chipotle and Lime on Fish!  This dinner was cooked in the air fryer and after seasoning, it was on the table in about six minutes!  You can certainly pan fry or bake your fish, but I am in love with my air fryer and use it as often as possible. 

INGREDIENTS:

¾ – 1 lb Farm Raised Tilapia

1 egg, beaten

½ cup Italian seasoned Bread Crumbs

Seasonings:  Liberal Sprinkling of Chipotle Chili Powder and ½ tsp Garlic Powder

½ Lime

1 tsp Butter

 

PREPARATION:

Beat the egg in a small bowl.  Place the bread crumbs on a flat plate or flat dish.

Dip the fillets in the egg, place on top of the Bread Crumbs.  Squeeze Lime on the Fish.  Sprinkle with Chipotle Chili Powder. Press down on the Fish to embed the crumbs.  If you want to bread only one side of the fish, that’s fine.

Place Fillets on a lightly Buttered piece of Aluminum Foil.  Place next to frozen French Fries on Air Fryer pan.

There is no need to flip the fish over.  It’s cooked all the way through in just 6 minutes.  If you’d rather bake, do that at 400° F for 15-20 minutes, depending on how crispy you like it and how thick the Fillets are.

 

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Authentic Japanese Teriyaki Glazed Shrimp

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     This Glazed Teriyaki Shrimp is so good, and so easy.  Once your Rice is cooked, the Shrimp takes about 5 minutes to prepare, start to finish.  If you’ve never made an Authentic Japanese Teriyaki Glaze, I’m going to show you how easy it is to do.  You’ll never buy the bottled stuff again.   Know that this is not a Marinade.  It is a Glaze meant to be applied as a finishing touch.  It is excellent on almost everything, from Chicken, Pork, Fish, Beef, and Shell Fish.

INGREDIENTS:  YIELDS 2-3 SERVINGS

One 12 oz bag raw Shrimp

3-4 Cloves Garlic, Minced

Salt and Pepper to taste

Optional: 1 slice Fresh Ginger Root or ¼ tsp Ginger Powder

Olive Oil

 

AUTHENTIC JAPANESE TERIYAKI GLAZE INGREDIENTS:

2 TBSP Low Sodium Soy Sauce

2 TBSP Mirin

2 TBSP Sake

1 TBSP Sugar (I like a little less)

 

PREPARATION:

Rinse Shrimp well, and drain.  Lay on paper toweling to remove excess water.  You can sprinkle with a bit of Salt and Pepper if you want.

Drizzle a bit of Olive Oil in a preheated skillet.  Add the Shrimp and cook for about 3 minutes.  Flip over and add Garlic (and Ginger).  Cook for another 2 minutes.

While the Shrimp is cooking, quickly mix the Teriyaki Glaze Ingredients in a small bowl.

Pour the Teriyaki Glaze Ingredients over the Shrimp and cook until the Glaze has reduced and is coating the Shrimp.  Remove the Ginger Root if you used it.

Done!

Serve over Rice.

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Glazed Teriyaki Shrimp

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Shrimp Lumpia, a Filipino Treat

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What is Lumpia? Lumpia (Loom-p-i-a) is the Filipino version of an Egg Roll, and quickly gaining in popularity. You’ll see them all over California being sold as street food. Traditionally made with Ground Pork or Beef and Vegetables, and fried in Oil, they are a wonderful and portable finger food. You could also try Chicken or even make a Vegetarian variety. My dear friend Me’ven, who hails from the Philippines recommended that I give them a try and I love trying new International foods. Me, being me, I used Shrimp. I brushed with Olive Oil and air fried them, but they could just as easily be cooked in the oven or fried in the same skillet you use to cook the filling. They were so delicious. The recipe makes 15 Lumpias. Over the course of the day, Bob and I ate them all.

     Lumpias are wrapped in Lumpia Skins, but Spring Roll Wrappers or Egg Roll Wrappers work just as well. Make sure you have some Sweet Chili Sauce for dipping! I imagine Sweet and Sour Sauce, Soy Sauce, Hot Mustard, Teriyaki Sauce or anything along those lines would also be delicious. Me’ven assures me that many people make them in large batches and freeze or later. I didn’t have the opportunity to do that since we ate every single one.

INGREDIENTS: 

1 Package of Spring Roll Wrappers

12 oz Raw Shrimp

1 ½ cups Cabbage, shredded

1 cup Carrots, shredded

1 cup Onion, chopped

1 Mini Sweet Pepper, chopped

2-3 cloves Garlic, minced

1 tsp Ginger Root, minced (or ½ tsp powder)

2-3 TBSP Low Sodium Soy Sauce

Cilantro, fresh or dried

Olive Oil for brushing

NOTE: An optional Ingredient in Pork or Ground Beef Lumpias are Raisins, Bean Sprouts, and Water Chestnuts

TIME SAVER: Use 1 ½ cups of Cole Slaw mix instead of buying a whole head of Cabbage. Then add your own Carrots

PREPARATION: 

Peel and devein your Shrimp. Rinse well, drain, and lay on paper toweling to remove as much water as possible. You want the Shrimp to sizzle in the pan, not steam from excess water. When you get a minute, cut the Shrimp into halves or thirds. (I used Extra Large Shrimp, and thirds would have been better).

While the Shrimp is drying, get a large skillet and drizzle Olive Oil in the bottom. At medium heat, cook the Cabbage, Carrots, Onion, Pepper, Ginger, and Garlic until Cabbage and Carrots are crisp-tender. Place mixture in a bowl.

Drizzle a little Olive Oil in the same pan and preheat it. Add the Shrimp, a little Pepper, 1 TBSP of the Soy Sauce and ½ tsp dried Cilantro. Stir constantly until they turn pink.

Add the Vegetable Mixture to the Shrimp along with Pepper, 1 TBSP Soy Sauce, ½ tsp Cilantro and stir until well mixed. Add all Ingredients to the same bowl you used before.

In the same skillet, add a few inches of very warm water. Bring the pan to a work area and set on a pot holder. Take one Spring Roll Wrapper and let it soak in the water until it is very soft. It only takes about 10 seconds. After a few seconds they will begin to curl. I found that flipping them over does the trick.

Add about ¼ cup of the filling to each Wrapper and roll up, tucking the sides in as you go. I did not find it necessary to seal with egg because I air fried and they were not going to be handled much. If you prefer to fry, you will need to keep about 1” of hot oil in the skillet at all times. Fry in batches so you don’t over crowd them, and drain well on paper toweling.

For air frying, I brushed top, bottom, and sides with Olive Oil and cooked for about 5 minutes, flipped them over and cooked the other side. Since all the filling is cooked, simply get them to the golden color you desire. Drain on paper toweling.

By Tika for Chew Wanna Eat 8/15/2018

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Mediterranean Salad with Tomatoes, Nectarines, and Feta

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 I served this beauty the other day when we had the neighbors over. It disappeared. I love the color combination. Know that I drizzled a Balsamic Vinegar Reduction over the top before I served it.

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Sponge Cake with Lemon Curd and Raspberries

Sponge Cake with Lemon Curd and Raspberries

I LOVE Sponge Cake.  I love Lemon Curd, and I love Raspberries.  We were having company, and I made two cakes for dessert.  The other one was Boston Cream Pie with Sponge Cake which I’ll share in another Post.  Easy, and delicious!

NOTE:  I often make the Lemon Curd the day before so I have one less thing to do the next day, and it’s nice and chilled

 

INGREDIENTS FOR TWO 8” OR 9” LAYERS

4 Eggs

2 cups White Sugar

2 rounded tsps Baking Powder

2 cups AP Flour

1 cup Whole Milk or Buttermilk

4 TBSP Butter

PREPARATION:

I want to point out before we get started that instead of baking one layer and then having to cut it in half horizontally, I divide the batter between two pans.  When semi-cooled, I pull them out of the pans using the Parchment paper and set them on a rack until completely cooled.  Saves a pain in the butt step by doing it this way!

Prepare pans (8” or 9” Round or Square baking pans) and set aside.  I like to use Buttered parchment paper to line the pan.  Then you can easily lift the whole cake out if you want to.

Preheat oven to 350° F now.

Beat eggs for three to four minutes on medium speed.  Gradually add the sugar, beating for another four minutes or so, scraping bowl often.  Mixture should be light yellow and a bit bubbly.

Add baking powder and give it a quick 15-second mix.  Add flour in batches, and mix until just combined.

In a small saucepan, heat the milk and butter just until butter melts.  Pour into the batter, mixing constantly.  Divide batter into prepared pans.

Bake 27-29 min or until cake is a golden color and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Time will vary depending on the size pan you use.

 

LEMON CURD INGREDIENTS:  Enough to fill and top cake.

¾ cup fresh lemon juice (4 large lemons)

1 TBSP grated lemon zest

¾ cup sugar (sugar is adjustable to taste)

3 eggs

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter and dash salt – OR – ½ cup salted butter

 

PREPARATION:

In a 3 qt saucepan, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, eggs and butter.  (It will spatter as it’s cooking, so you need a big pan.  Cook while whisking over medium/low heat until thick and bubbly.  (About 6 min) Let it simmer for another 2 minutes or so, whisking constantly. It should be about the consistency of gravy. (If you walk away, I promise you will have to strain your curd.  So don’t do it.) Cover and refrigerate.  It will thicken as it cools.

Keeps about a week.

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