Sunday, September 28, 2008

Chicken Croissants

Chicken Croissants

1 can crescent rolls

2 cups cubed chicken, cooked

4 oz cream cheese

1 Tbs butter or margarine

3 Tbs milk

_ Mix cream cheese, butter, and milk together. Add cubed chicken.

_ Place ½ cup (or less) of mixed chicken in center of two rolls. Fold diagonally (bring four corners together).

_ Pour melted butter on top. Sprinkle with bread crumbs.

_ Bake @ 350°F for 20-25 minutes (or until golden brown on top)

_ Serves about 4

This is a great meal that looks and tastes fancy but is fast and easy to put together (my roommates always made me make this for them when they were trying to impress a date-pretending they could cook :)

It's a great use of left over chicken...

I use crushed croutons on the top instead of bread crumbs to add a bit more flavor.

You can add any herbs or spices to the mix too - dill, garlic... go wild!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ryan's favorite Steak

I forgot to take a pictures but this is the new way that we eat steak. It's Ryan's favorite and I know it sounds a little odd but trust me it's good.
Basically cook your steak however you prefer. Simple salt and pepper is the way I do it.
Then top it with...
equal parts
cut up pear
Blue Cheese or Gorganzola
toasted peacans
That's it. Scared? don't be. We've made it a couple times at Ryans family bbq's and everyone's been jeleous and stolen bites of our steak vs. their chicken. I'll add a pic next time I make it.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Snoopy No Bake Cookies

(photo from flickr)
2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
3 cups quick cooking oats

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, cocoa, milk and margarine. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, salt, peanut butter and oats.
Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Allow cookies to cool for at least 1 hour. Store in an airtight container.
Why did we call them Snoopy no bake cookies? I have no idea but it's better than the Spanglers name for them which was 'monkey poops'. Unfortunately I have all the ingredients to make these so they are going to temp me till I do. I'll let you know how long I hold out.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Paradise Bakery Sugar Cookie

(picture care of Noelle O, mine didn't turn out as cute as hers)
Warning: Do not make these cookies. They have everything in them your diet tells you not to eat and yet they are so melt in your mouth delicious you will eat them anyways and hate yourself in the morning. They should be called One night stand cookies. jk, sorry Mom.

Paradise Bakery sugar cookie

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups shortening
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg, beaten
4 1/3 cups cake flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Plain or colored sugar, for decorating

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium bowl, cream together sugars and shortening using an electric mixer. Mix on slow speed 30 seconds, then scrape down the bowl with a spatula. Increase speed to medium and mix for 3 minutes.
Slowly add vanilla and beaten egg while mixing.
In a separate bowl, combine cake flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture, mixing on slow speed until just blended. Do not over mix.Scoop with an ice cream scoop and roll in sugar. Place on baking sheet. Flatten slightly with palm of hand.

Bake 9 to 10 minutes.

Cookies are done when small cracks appear and are pale golden. Ideally, do not let edges brown. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

My friend Noelle posted this recipe and I've been dying to make them ever since I bought some at the Beehive Bizaare that she made, that's right I spent good money for these babies, they are that good.

Seriously Don't Make them!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Morning Rice

For all the weird names we had for things I don't think this one ever did get a name...
This was made for breakfast
Left-over Cooked Rice (make sure that when you're dishing up dinner you don' t use the sauce spoon for the rice or it will taste funny)
Brown Sugar (we used to use enough to turn the milk brown... you might choose to use it a bit more sparingly)
Nutmeg (I like to use Pumpkin Pie Spice for a nice taste)
I think that's about it. Heat it in the microwave for a minute or so and enjoy a nice warm oatmeal alternative.

Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake

2 Cups Flour
2 Cups Sugar
2 Sticks Margarine
4 Tbs Cocoa
1 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Buttermilk
2 Eggs beaten
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp Cinnamon
Sift flour and sugar together into a large bowl
In a saucepan, bring to boil the margarine, cocoa and water and pour over the sugar and flour, mixing well
Add the last 4 ingredients and mix well. (Batter will be thin)
Pour into greased very heavy cookie sheet, 18x12x1
Bake 20 minutes at 400 Degrees. While cake is baking prepared frosting.

1 Stick margarine
2 Tbs. Cocoa
6 Tbs. Milk
1 Tsp. Vanilla
1 Cup Nuts
1 lbs. Powder Sugar (3 1/2 - 4 cups)

Bring to boil all ingredients except powdered sugar and nuts.
Sift powdered sugar into boiled ingredients, beat, add nuts, and frost cake while hot.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Tomato Cucumber Feta Salad

This is one of my favorite salads, its quick, easy and D-liscious.

If you like balsamic vinegar this one is for you. The juice from the tomatoes mellows out the vinegar so it's not over powering. (I made a big mess with the vinegar all down my cabinets taking this picture)
Tomato Cucumber Feta Salad
3-4 Tomatoes
1 Italian cucumber (I prefer the Italian seedless, it's usually shrink wrapped and cost a little more but I like the flavor a lot more.)
One package of Feta (this time I just has the crumbled but it's better if you buy the solid and cut it up in cubes)
1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar (I never measure)
Large dice all the veggies and put in a bowl. Add the Feta. Pour over Balsamic Vinegar and stir together carefully so you don't break up the feta too much.
Serve immediately or refrigerate to blend the flavors.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Orange Biscuits

Someone asked about those biscuits in the picture so I figured I would hunt down the recipe and put it on here because yeah, they looks really good.

Grapefruit Biscuits (or Orange)

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon sugar, plus more for sprinkling
1 teaspoon finely grated pink grapefruit zest
1 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice
Milk, for brushing
Preheat the oven to 425°. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda into a large bowl. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
In a small bowl, rub 1 tablespoon of the sugar with the grapefruit zest until the sugar is deep pink color. Add the grapefruit juice to the sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Pour the grapefruit juice into the mixture in the large bowl and stir just until the biscuit dough comes together.
Scrape the biscuit dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead 2 or 3 times until smooth. Roll out the dough to a 1/2-inch-thick square. Cut the dough into 2-inch squares and transfer to a large baking sheet. Lightly brush the tops of the biscuits with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake the grapefruit biscuits for 15 minutes, or until they have risen and are browned on the bottom. Let the biscuits cool slightly before serving.
MAKE AHEAD The biscuits can be baked early in the day and stored at room temperature. Reheat in a 350° oven before serving.
Recipe by Marcia Kiesel

I got the photo from THIS blog and they made them with oranges and sprinkled cinnamon sugar on them. I'll have to try them sometime soon.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Pasta Salad

This is the first thing I've cooked since being invited to share...
It's pretty simple:
Cooked pasta - drained and rinsed in cold water
Mayo/Miracle Whip depending on your preference
1 can of tuna
Cucumber ranch dressing (the key ingredient)
Lemon pepper

That's it. You can eat it right away but it's better if it's been in the refrigerator for a while to chill it and blend the flavors. If you do refrigerate it you may need to add a little more dressing if it gets too dry.

Sharon's Syrup

My tummy is full and happy. I finally made this delicious syrup that my sister Sharon makes. I heard years ago how good it was and it's taken me this long to finally try it. It calls for buttermilk that I never buy. I got some to make Ranch Dressing which I'm going to start doing more often. I made the syrup yesterday and have been trying to think of what else it would be good on, this morning I saw a banana and viola. You all need to try this at home.

Sharon's Syrup

1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
Remove from heat then add
1 teaspoon soda (Be sure kettle is large as it foams up high1 teaspoon mapleine or vanilla

That's it, it was really simple and so yummy. I used vanilla and think it's probably best. The syrup is kind of a caramely butterscotch flavor. You'll be addicted.

*This was a post I made in May and I keep making this stuff and feel guilty every time and wonder why I can't loose this baby weight, thanks a lot Sharon.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Spam, Spam, Spam, Potatoes & Spam

Your blog inspired me to make one of Avarie's classic Stevenson favorites for dinner. The classic Spam and Potatoes. You all know I don't cook, so any hot meal is a treat around here. This past year when I've made this classic I've actually used dehydrated hash browns. Tonight I had REAL potatoes.

1. Shred potatoes. I used 6 for a big skillet.
2. Heat some oil in the bottom of the skillet and throw the shredded potatoes in.
3. Add a can of spam, cubed.
4. Heat and stir occasionally until done.

That's about as complicated as it gets around here. Yum!

Link It!

If you feel like making a fancy link from your blog to this one you can copy this picture and then add it to your sidebar as a picture with a link. If that doesn't make sense just ask me and I'll explain it in more detail. Cheers!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Welcome to Oranges and Biscuits Food Blog

I thought it would be fun to start a family food blog, and what better name than our families "favorite" dish. I considered 'Bread and Milk' or my actually family favorite that I only make when Ryan is out of town, 'Pears with Cheddar Cheese'.
I know we have all become really good cooks and have lots of recipes to share so why not share them with each other. So next time you make your signature dish or discover a new favorite, before or after you dish it up, grab your camera and take a quick pic and post the recipe while it's in the oven or while your kids or husband are doing the dishes, yeah right.
I'm excited to see what everyone has to add to this site. Feel free to add your own commentary to make it fun.
Check out this fun cooking blog for a little inspiration or to discover a new favorite. (Sharon, the Roasted Ricotta Roma Tomatoes made me think of you and I'm dying to try them.