Edna’s Kitchen Presents: Fun with Food

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A couple simple recipes for your dining pleasure.

Table of Contents:

Grilled Salmon with Honey-Soy Marinade

Watermelon Lemonade

Pepper Steak with Rice

Cappuccino Mousse

Mediterranean Eggs

Bacon, Tomato and Avocado Sandwich with Chipotle Aioli

Easy Sheet-Pan Beef Fajitas

 

Salmon Steak in Fryer

Grilled Salmon with Honey-Soy Marinade

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon packed brown sugar

1 Tablespoon butter, melted

1 Tablespoon olive or vegetable oil

1 Tablespoon honey

1 Tablespoon soy sauce

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 large salmon fillet (about 2 lb), cut into 8 pieces

Steps

  1. In small bowl, mix all ingredients except salmon.
  2. In shallow glass or plastic dish, place salmon. Pour marinade over salmon. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes but no longer than 1 hour.
  3. Heat coals or gas grill. Remove salmon from marinade; reserve marinade. Place salmon, skin side down, on grill. Cover and grill over medium heat 10 to 20 minutes, brushing 2 or 3 times with marinade, until salmon flakes easily with fork. Discard any remaining marinade.

 

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Watermelon Lemonade

Ingredients

3 lb watermelon (without rind), seeded and cut into chunks

3 or 4 medium lemons

2 medium limes

4 cups cold water

1 cup sugar

Watermelon or lemon slices, if desired

Steps

  1. In blender, place watermelon. Cover; blend on medium speed about 45 seconds or until smooth. Strain through fine mesh strainer into 2-quart or larger pitcher.
  2. Squeeze juice from lemons and limes; add to watermelon puree. Stir in cold water and sugar. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  3. Stir before serving. Serve over ice. Garnish with watermelon slice.

 

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Pepper Steak with Rice

Ingredients

1 ½ -lb beef top round or sirloin steak, ¾ to 1 inch thick

3 Tablespoons vegetable oil

1 cup water

1 medium onion, cut into ¼ -inch slices

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

½ teaspoon finely chopped ginger root or ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

2 medium green bell peppers, cut into ¾ -inch strips

1 Tablespoon cornstarch

2 teaspoons sugar, if desired

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

2 medium tomatoes

6 cups hot cooked rice

Steps

  1. Remove fat from beef. Cut beef into 2×1/4-inch strips. (Beef is easier to cut if partially frozen, 30 to 60 minutes.)
  2. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook beef in oil about 5 minutes, turning frequently, until brown.
  3. Stir in water, onion, garlic and ginger root. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 12 to 15 minutes for round steak, 5 to 8 minutes for sirloin steak, adding bell peppers during last 5 minutes of simmering, until beef is tender and peppers are crisp-tender.
  4. In small bowl, mix cornstarch, sugar and soy sauce; stir into beef mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute; reduce heat to low.
  5. Cut each tomato into 8 wedges; place on beef mixture. Cover and cook over low heat about 3 minutes or just until tomatoes are heated through. Serve with rice.

 

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Cappuccino Mousse

Ingredients

1 cup milk

¾ cup cold strong coffee

1 package (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix

2 Tablespoons sugar

2 cups whipping (heavy) cream

¼ cup sugar

Steps

  1. In large bowl, beat milk, coffee, pudding mix (dry) and 2 tablespoons sugar with wire whisk about 2 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  2. In chilled large bowl, beat whipping cream and ¼ cup sugar with electric mixer on high speed until stiff. Gently stir whipped cream into coffee mixture.
  3. Spoon into individual dessert dishes. Refrigerate about 15 minutes or until set.

 

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Mediterranean Eggs

Ingredients

1 teaspoon olive or vegetable oil

4 medium green onions, chopped (¼ cup)

1 medium tomato, chopped (¾ cup)

1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves

4 eggs

Freshly ground pepper

Steps

  1. Heat oil in 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook onions in oil 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato and basil. Cook about 1 minute, stirring occasionally, until tomato is heated through.
  2. Beat eggs thoroughly with fork or wire whisk; pour over tomato mixture.
  3. As mixture begins to set at bottom and side, gently lift cooked portions with spatula so that thin, uncooked portion can flow to bottom. Avoid constant stirring. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until eggs are thickened throughout but still moist. Sprinkle with pepper.

 

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Bacon, Tomato and Avocado Sandwich with Chipotle Aioli

Ingredients

Chipotle Aioli

6 oz greek plain yogurt (from 2-lb container)

2 Tablespoons mayonnaise

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, chopped

Sandwich

1 loaf (14 oz) ciabatta bread (about 12 inches), split horizontally

2 medium tomatoes, sliced

2 medium avocados, pitted, peeled and sliced

½ lb sliced pepper bacon, crisply cooked

Steps

  1. In small bowl, mix Chipotle Aioli ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Spread bottom half of loaf with aioli. Top with tomatoes, avocados and bacon. Top with other half of loaf. To serve, cut into slices 2 inches thick.

 

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Easy Sheet-Pan Beef Fajitas

Ingredients

2 cups sliced onion (¼ -inch slices)

1 medium red or yellow bell pepper, cut into ¼ -inch strips

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

1 package (1 oz) original taco seasoning mix

1 lb boneless sirloin steak

8 (6-inch) flour tortillas for soft tacos & fajitas

Sour cream, thick ‘n chunky salsa, chopped fresh cilantro, if desired

Lime wedges, if desired

Steps

  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 18×13-inch rimmed sheet pan with cooking spray. Add onion and bell pepper to sheet pan. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil and 2 tablespoons of the taco seasoning mix; stir to coat, spreading mixture evenly in pan. Bake 15 minutes; stir.
  2. Meanwhile, cut steak into ¼ -inch strips; place in small bowl. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon oil and remaining seasoning mix until combined and coated. Place on pan with vegetables. Bake 7 to 9 minutes longer or until beef is no longer pink and vegetables are tender.
  3. Heat tortillas as directed on package. Using tongs, transfer steak mixture to serving platter or, if serving on sheet pan, carefully drain excess liquid from pan before serving.
  4. Spoon steak and veggies onto each tortilla. Serve with remaining ingredients. 

 

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Edna’s Kitchen Presents Recipes By Request

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Welcome to a special edition of Edna’s Kitchen Presents, we have gathered our top readers recipe requests. Being Edna’s Kitchen we have made them easy and fun, as always get in the kitchen and have fun.

Table of Contents:

Lemon-Strawberry Punch

Hot Cranberry-Apple Cider

Chicken Tamale Pie

Spooky Spaghetti with Clams

Corn Chowder

Chicken Bog

Grilled Halibut with Tomato-Avocado Salsa

Chicken Tenders with Katsu Sauce

Classic Lemon Bars

Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares

 

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Kicking things off with some drinks. From our Friend Kathy in Santa Monica California Edna’s Kitchen presents:

Lemon-Strawberry Punch

Ingredients

3 cans (6 oz each) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

1 box (10 oz) frozen strawberries in light syrup, thawed and undrained*

1 bottle (1 liter) ginger ale

Steps

In 4-quart container, stir lemonade concentrate and 9 cans water until well mixed.

Pour lemonade into punch bowl. Stir in strawberries.

Just before serving, add ginger ale and ice; gently stir.

Tip: Floating Island Punch: Just before serving, add lemon sherbet by spoonfuls or in small balls from ice-cream scoop to punch in punch bowl.

 

From our friend Richard in Scottsbluff Nebraska Edna’s Kitchen presents:

Hot Cranberry-Apple Cider

Ingredients

2 quarts apple cider

1 ½ quarts cranberry juice (not cocktail, no sugar added) SAVE $

¼ cup packed brown sugar

4 sticks cinnamon

1 ½ teaspoons whole cloves

Spiced rum or cinnamon schnapps, if desired

1 orange, thinly sliced

Steps

In 4-quart saucepan, mix all ingredients. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 15 minutes. Strain.

Pour into stemmed mugs and add a shot of spiced rum or cinnamon schnapps if desired.

Garnish with fresh orange slices. Serve hot.

Tip: For a little extra zip, add a shot of spiced rum or cinnamon schnapps to each mug.
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Continuing with some main dishes. From our friend Miguel in Amarillo Texas Edna’s Kitchen presents:

Chicken Tamale Pie

Ingredients

1 package (9 oz) frozen diced cooked chicken, thawed

1 can (4.5 oz) chopped green chiles, drained

2 Teaspoons taco seasoning mix (from 1-oz package)

1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend (4 oz)

½ cup Original Bisquick mix

½ cup cornmeal

¾ cup milk

1 egg

1 can (11 oz) whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, drained

Shredded lettuce, sour cream and Thick ‘n Chunky salsa, if desired

Steps

Heat oven to 400°F. In 9-inch glass pie plate, stir chicken, chiles and taco seasoning until mixed. Sprinkle with cheese.

In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix, cornmeal, milk, egg and corn until blended. Pour over chicken mixture and cheese.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in topping comes out clean. To serve, cut into wedges and top with lettuce, sour cream and salsa.

Tip: For Beef Tamale Pie, use 1 pound of ground beef in place of the chicken. Cook the beef over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown; drain.

 

From our friend Sergio in Yonkers New York Edna’s Kitchen presents:

Spooky Spaghetti with Clams

Ingredients

2 ½ lb fresh clams in shells

2 Tablespoons white vinegar

8 oz uncooked spaghetti

3 Tablespoons olive oil

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

¾ cup dry white wine or nonalcoholic white wine

5 plum (Roma) tomatoes, seeded, chopped (1 ½ cups)

3 Tablespoons chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

French bread, if desired

Steps

Discard any broken-shell or open (dead) clams. Place remaining clams in large container. Cover with water and white vinegar. Let stand 30 minutes; drain. Scrub clams in cold water. Cook and drain spaghetti as directed on package; cover to keep warm.

Meanwhile, in large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and pepper flakes; cook 1 minute. Add wine; heat to boiling. Add tomatoes and clams. Cover; cook 6 minutes or until clam shells have opened. Discard any clams that don’t open.

Add cooked spaghetti to pan with clam mixture; toss. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with French bread.

Tip: For best flavor, use fresh clams in the shell. For a quick meal, use canned clams from your pantry.

 

From our friend Noah in Rockport Massachusetts Edna’s Kitchen presents:

Corn Chowder

Ingredients

½ pound bacon, cut up

1 medium onion, chopped (½ cup)

2 medium stalks celery, chopped (1 cup)

2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

4 cups milk

⅛ teaspoon pepper

1 can (14.75 oz) cream-style corn

1 can (15 oz) tiny whole potatoes, drained and diced

Chopped fresh parsley, if desired

Paprika, if desired

Steps

In 3-quart saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp. Drain fat, reserving 3 tablespoons in saucepan. Drain bacon on paper towels; set aside.

Cook onion and celery in bacon fat over medium heat about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Stir in flour. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly; remove from heat.

Gradually stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute.

Stir in pepper, corn and potatoes. Heat until hot. Stir in bacon. Sprinkle each serving with parsley and paprika.

 

From our friend Ronald in Lexington South Carolina Edna’s Kitchen presents:

Chicken Bog

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 cup chopped yellow onion (from 1 onion)

1 cup chopped carrots (from about 3 carrots)

2 teaspoons chopped garlic

1 ½ cups uncooked long-grain white rice

1 teaspoon kosher salt

¾ teaspoon black pepper

4 cups chicken stock

1 (4-inch) piece Parmesan cheese rind

4 cups shredded boneless, skinless rotisserie chicken (about 1 rotisserie chicken)

3 Tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 ½ ounces Parmesan cheese, shaved (about ⅓ cup)

Steps

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high. Add onion and carrots, and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, rice, salt, and pepper, and cook until fragrant and rice begins to toast, about 3 minutes.

Stir in stock, and add Parmesan rind; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until rice is just cooked through, about 18 minutes. Uncover and discard rind; stir in chicken. Cook until chicken is heated through, about 5 minutes.

Stir in parsley and lemon juice just before serving, and top with shaved Parmesan.

 

From our friend Daniel in Hood River Oregon Edna’s Kitchen presents:

Grilled Halibut with Tomato-Avocado Salsa

Ingredients

Tomato-Avocado Salsa

2 medium tomatoes, chopped (1 ½ cups)

2 green onions, thinly sliced (2 Tablespoons)

1 medium avocado, peeled, coarsely chopped

1 small jalapeño chile, seeded, finely chopped

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 Teaspoons lemon juice

¼ Teaspoon salt

Fish

1 ½ lb halibut or other firm fish steaks, 3/4 to 1 inch thick

2 Tablespoons olive or vegetable oil

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

Steps

In medium bowl, mix all salsa ingredients until well blended. Cover and refrigerate about 20 minutes or until chilled.

If fish steaks are large, cut into 6 serving pieces. In shallow glass or plastic dish, mix all remaining fish ingredients. Place fish in dish; turn to coat with marinade. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes but no longer than 2 hours.

Heat coals or gas grill for direct heat. Remove fish from marinade; reserve marinade. Cover and grill fish over medium heat 15 to 20 minutes, brushing 2 or 3 times with marinade and turning once, until fish flakes easily with fork. Discard any remaining marinade. Serve fish with salsa.

Tip: Other firm fish steaks that work well in this recipe include both tuna and swordfish.

 

From our friend Rachel in Thornton Colorado Edna’s Kitchen presents:

Chicken Tenders with Katsu Sauce

Ingredients

Chicken Tenders

2 lbs Chicken Tenders uncooked (thawed if using frozen)

2 eggs

2 cups plain panko crispy bread crumbs

3 Tablespoons vegetable oil

Katsu Sauce

½ cup Sugar

½ cup Ketchup

¼ cup Worchestire Sauce

¼ cup Soy Sauce

¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder

¼ teaspoon Paprika

Steps

Break eggs into a bowl lightly beat. In shallow bowl or plate pour panko bread crumbs out.

Put two chicken tenders at a time into eggs, pull out of egg wash and dredge in panko bread crumbs till lightly covered.

Pour three tablespoons of vegetable oil into skillet, over medium high heat, carefully place breaded chicken tenders into hot oil. Cook for 6-8 minutes turning as needed, till lightly browned and the chicken is fully cooked. Set cooked chicken tenders on a paper towel, to let drain and cool.

Katsu Sauce Steps

Combine all ingredients whisk together add a splash of water to thin out sauce if desired. Dip cooked and cooled chicken tenders in to Katsu Sauce.

 

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On to some sweet treats. From our friend Ryan in Tombstone Arizona Edna’s Kitchen presents:

Classic Lemon Bars   

Ingredients

1 cup butter or margarine, softened

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

2 cups granulated sugar

4 eggs

2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

½ cup fresh lemon juice

2 Tablespoons powdered sugar

Steps

Heat oven to 350°F.

In medium bowl mix butter, 2 cups of the flour and ½ cup of the granulated sugar. Press into the bottom of ungreased 13×9-inch pan.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until center is set and edges just begin to brown.

In medium bowl, mix remaining ¼ cup flour and remaining 1 ½ cups granulated sugar with whisk. Add eggs, lemon peel and lemon juice; stir with whisk until well combined. Pour over partially baked crust.

Bake 18 to 22 minutes longer or until center is set and edges are golden brown. The bars will firm up as they cool. Cool 1 hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.

Tip: Add some pizzazz to the bars with stencils or strips of parchment paper. Place stencils on bars, sift powdered sugar over the stencil and then carefully lift the stencil from the bars.

 

Of course our kick off of Autumn and the Holiday Season wouldn’t be complete without some Pumpkin. From our friend Sarah in Montpelier Vermont Edna’s Kitchen presents:

Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares

Ingredients

Base

1 cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup packed brown sugar

½ cup butter or margarine

1 cup quick-cooking oats

½ cup finely chopped walnuts

Filling

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

¾ cup sugar

1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

3 eggs

Topping

2 cups sour cream

⅓ cup sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla

Steps

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray. In medium bowl, mix flour and brown sugar. Using pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Stir in oats and walnuts. Press in bottom of pan; bake 15 minutes.

In large bowl, beat filling ingredients with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Pour over hot base. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until set and dry in center.

Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix topping ingredients. Drop mixture by spoonfuls over pumpkin layer; spread evenly over hot filling. Bake about 5 minutes or until topping is set. Cool completely, about 2 hours. Cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

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The ABC’s of Vegetables From Edna’s Kitchen

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Edna has gathered together some creative, tasty recipes featuring vegetables. Vegetables are nutritious in any form be it fresh, frozen, or canned. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber to keep you feeling healthy and energized. They are low in calories, fat and are cholesterol free. Enjoy trying some new vegetable recipes and as always have fun in the kitchen.

 

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Asparagus Farro Salad

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked farro (semi-pearled or pearled)

1 lb fresh asparagus spears

4 Tablespoons olive oil

1 shallot, finely chopped

1 to 1 ½ teaspoons grated lemon peel (½ medium)

1 ½ Tablespoons lemon juice (½ medium)

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

½ cup pecans

⅓ cup feta cheese

Steps

In 2-quart saucepan, heat 4 cups water to boiling. Stir in farro; return to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 20 to 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut asparagus into 1-inch pieces, leaving heads full. In 10-inch skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add asparagus and shallot; cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until desired doneness (some like asparagus more tender, while others prefer a little fresh crunch). Remove asparagus from skillet to plate; set aside.

Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons oil, the lemon peel and lemon juice to skillet. Heat over low heat, scraping bottom of skillet with wooden spoon to loosen browned bits. Stir in salt and pepper. Set sauce aside.

Drain cooked faro in strainer or colander; rinse. In large serving bowl, toss farro with asparagus, pecans and feta cheese. Drizzle sauce over top.

Tips

Substitute spelt, barley or wheat berries for the farro.

The time to properly cook farro ranges from 20 to 40 minutes. Of course, overnight soaking would reduce the cooking time even further, taking only about 10 to 15 minutes of cooking for the chewy texture.

 

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Grilled Eggplant Pizza Sandwiches

Ingredients

8 (¾ -inch-thick) slices eggplant

4 (¼ -inch-thick) slices sweet onion

1 medium zucchini, cut lengthwise into ¼ -inch slices

3 tablespoons olive oil

¼ teaspoon salt

1 (8-oz.) can pizza sauce

8 (½ -inch-thick) slices Italian or sourdough bread, toasted

4 (1 ½ -oz.) slices mozzarella cheese

Steps

Heat grill. When ready to grill, brush eggplant, onion and zucchini with oil; sprinkle with salt. Place on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill 4 to 6 inches from medium coals. Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until tender, turning once.

Meanwhile, heat pizza sauce in small saucepan until hot.

Spread 1 side of each of 4 toasted bread slices with 2 tablespoons pizza sauce. Top each with grilled vegetables. Spoon remaining pizza sauce over vegetables. Top each with cheese and slice of toast.

 

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Creamy Leek and Potato Soup

Ingredients

6 medium leeks (2 pounds), thinly sliced

4 medium potatoes (1 ½  pounds), cut into ½ -inch cubes

2 cans (14 ½  ounces each) ready-to-serve chicken or vegetable broth

¼ cup margarine or butter

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

1 cup half-and-half

Chopped fresh chives, if desired

Steps

Mix all ingredients except half-and-half and chives in 3 1/2- to 6-quart slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low heat setting 8 to 10 hours (or high heat setting 4 to 5 hours) or until vegetables are tender.

Pour vegetable mixture by batches into blender or food processor. Cover and blend on high speed until smooth; return to cooker. Stir in half-and-half.

Cover and cook on low heat setting 20 to 30 minutes or until hot. Sprinkle with chives.

Tips

Leeks grow best in sand soil and the broad, flat leaves of a leek wrap around each other, making the perfect place for sand to hide. The easiest way to remove the sand is to cut the leek lengthwise, almost to the root end. Hold the leek under cool running water while fanning the leaves, so the water can wash out the sand.

Leeks are very tasty but do take a few more minutes to clean. To save time, use a chopped large onion instead of the leeks. Or use a chopped medium onion and, for a little color, ½ cup sliced green onions.

For more Vegetable filled recipes check out Edna’s ebook cookbooks on Amazon.

 

Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

 

Edna is getting ready for the holidays, testing out new and classic recipes. Today Edna made Cinnamon Sugar Cookies and they are so good.

Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 egg
2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons cinnamon
2 Tablespoons sugar

Steps:

In large bowl, combine 1 cup sugar and butter, beat until light and fluffy. Add egg, blend well. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup, level off. Stir in flour and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon, mix until well blended. Cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate 1 hour for easier handling.
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease cookie sheets. In small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons sugar and remaining 2 teaspoons cinnamon; mix well.
Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls, roll in sugar-cinnamon mixture. Place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets. With bottom of glass, flatten to 1/4-inch thickness.
Bake at 350°F. for 11 to 15 minutes or until firm to the touch. Immediately remove from cookie sheets.

Try new things in the kitchen and always have fun. -Edna

Italian Sausage Lasagna from Edna’s Kitchen

Something warm and filling from Edna’s kitchen.

Italian Sausage Lasagna

Ingredients
1 lb bulk Italian pork sausage
1 medium onion, chopped (½ cup)
1 clove garlic, crushed
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups diced tomatoes (from 28-oz can), undrained
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
12 uncooked lasagna noodles (12 oz)
1 container (15 oz) ricotta cheese or small-curd cottage cheese (2 cups)
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves or 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano leaves
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Steps
1 In 10-inch skillet, cook sausage, onion and garlic over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain.
2 Stir in 2 tablespoons of the parsley, the basil, sugar, tomatoes and tomato sauce. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; simmer uncovered about 45 minutes or until slightly thickened.
3 Heat oven to 350ºF. Cook and drain noodles as directed on package.
4 In medium bowl, mix ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, remaining 1 tablespoon parsley and the oregano.
5 Spread 1 cup of the sauce mixture in ungreased 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. Top with 4 noodles. Spread 1 cup of the cheese mixture over noodles; spread with 1 cup of the sauce mixture. Sprinkle with 2/3 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat with 4 noodles, the remaining cheese mixture, 1 cup of the sauce mixture and 2/3 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Top with remaining noodles and sauce mixture. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
6 Cover; bake 30 minutes. Uncover; bake about 15 minutes longer or until hot and bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting.

Enjoy trying new things in the kitchen.- Edna

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Apple Crisp from Edna’s Kitchen

A fun quick dessert for a cool Autumn day.

Apple Crisp

Ingredients

4 medium tart cooking apples, sliced (4 cups)

¾ cup packed brown sugar

½ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats

⅓ cup butter or margarine, softened

¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Cream or Ice cream, if desired


Steps

1 Heat oven to 375ºF. Grease bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with shortening.

2 Spread apples in pan. In medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients except cream until well mixed; sprinkle over apples.

3 Bake about 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Serve warm with cream.

Happy Baking- Edna

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Thoughts on Cooking

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Ok, I have been bitten by the inspiration bug. I tried not writing this blog for three hours, inspiration won out. 

So here it goes:

I am not sure when or why I started taking cooking seriously. Over the last two or three years something just clicked, throwing ingredients together made sense. I would like to think that some of the knowledge came from my year spent in Seattle, while there I participated in a Cooking Matters class, (twice) once in the fall and once in the spring. So the class was the same information wise but it was run by two different groups with different recipes and different techniques. 

I then took a position at the Greenwood Senior Center as a volunteer, as a prep-cook for their daily lunch program. I worked with a charming, wonderful older lady, she was short, spunky and loved to sing in Italian while she cooked. I listened and watched her create warm comforting meals for our guests everyday. She was an inspiration, she always made her dishes with love. I worked at the senior center for four months, given that the time flew by, it was the right place to be a the time. 

Moving on to more recent occurrences, I started writing a story called After the Glory. Within this story is a character named Rachel, she is a freelance writer that has a column in a small local paper. Citing recipes and gardening tips, I was inspired to create Recipes from Edna’s Kitchen and Edna’s Recipes for Autumn from her. She is partially modeled after my great grandmother.

All of this cooking and writing has led me to a favorite go to recipe that I would like to share with you all.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Ingredients:

1 4-6 lbs Pork Shoulder Roast

2 oz Hickory flavored Liquid Smoke (about half the bottle)

3 teaspoons Himalayan Pink Salt (enough to cover the roast)

Steps:

Rinse and pat dry Pork Roast

Stab the Pork Roast with a fork repeatedly on all sides

Rub crushed Himalayan Pink Salt into the Pork Roast

Place the Pork Roast into a Slow Cooker (Crock-Pot)

Pour Liquid Smoke over the Pork Roast

Cook on high for 4-6 hour or on low for 8-10 hours

When finished cooking, meat should be tender, taking two forks shred up meat.

Now for the good stuff Katsu Sauce.

Katsu Sauce

Ingredients:

1\2 cup Sugar

1\2 cup Ketchup

4 Tablespoons Worchestire Sauce

4 Tablespoons Soy Sauce

1\4 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1\4 teaspoon Paprika

Steps:

Combine all ingredients whisk together add a splash of water to thin out sauce if desired.

A simple recipe and oh so good, I pour the Katsu sauce over the shredded pork and service on a roll with macaroni salad.

There you go my rambling thoughts, feel free to comment or suggest one of your go to recipes.