Milkshakes v.s. Smoothies

Welcome to Milkshakes verses Smoothies Edna has chosen some favorite ice cream and fruit filled recipes to share for this debate. Let’s get started:

Round 1

Milkshakes

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We start off with a classic
Chocolate Milkshake

Ingredients
¾ cup milk
¼ cup chocolate-flavored syrup
3 scoops (½ cup each) vanilla ice cream

Steps
In a blender, place milk and syrup.
Cover and blend on high for 2 seconds.
Add ice cream.
Cover and blend on low for about 5 seconds or until smooth.
Pour into glasses.
Serve immediately.

On to our Smoothies

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Our first Smoothie is a
Strawberry Smoothie

Ingredients
1 container(6 oz) yogurt strawberry, strawberry kiwi or strawberry mango flavor
½ cup sliced fresh or frozen strawberries
½ cup orange or pineapple juice
Pineapple chunks, strawberries or kiwifruit slices, optional.

Steps
In blender, place yogurt, strawberries and juice.
Cover, blend on medium for about 2 minutes or until smooth.
Pour into serving glass.

Round 2

Milkshakes

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Coffee Milkshake

Ingredients
1 cup cold-brewed coffee or chilled strongly brewed coffee
4 giant scoops vanilla ice cream
1 Tablespoon chocolate syrup
whipped cream

Steps
Blend the coffee, vanilla ice cream and 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup together in a blender until smooth.
If the mixture is too thick, you can add a couple splashes of milk to loosen it up.
If it is too thin, add a little more ice cream and pulse to smooth out.
Pour the milkshake into one very large or two medium sized glasses.
Top with a very generous amount of whipped cream and drizzle with additional chocolate syrup.
Serve immediately.

Smoothies

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Orange Smoothie

Ingredients
1 quart (4 cups) vanilla frozen yogurt, slightly softened
½ cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
¼ cup milk
Orange slices, if desired.

Steps
Place yogurt, juice concentrate and milk in blender.
Cover and blend on medium for about 45 seconds, stopping blender occasionally to scrape sides, until thick and smooth.
Pour mixture into 4 glasses.
Garnish with orange slices.

Round 3

Milkshakes

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Vanilla Malt Milkshake

Ingredients
½ cup cold milk
¼ cup carbonated water
3 Tablespoons malted milk powder
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 scoops vanilla ice cream

Steps
In a blender, mix together milk, carbonated water, malted milk powder and vanilla extract.
Scoop in ice cream.
Blend until smooth.
Pour into glass and serve.

Smoothies

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Greek Yogurt Raspberry Smoothie

Ingredients
6 oz Greek plain yogurt
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 Tablespoon honey
1 cup ice
Additional fresh raspberries, if desired

Steps
In blender, place yogurt, 1 cup raspberries, the honey and ice.
Cover, blend until smooth and thick.
Divide mixture evenly between 2 glasses.
Garnish each with raspberries.

Round 4

Milkshakes

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Shamrock Milkshake

Ingredients
1 ½ cups vanilla ice cream
½ cup whole milk
10 drops green food coloring
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
Whipped cream
1 maraschino cherry

Steps
In a blender, combine the vanilla ice cream, milk, green food coloring, and peppermint extract.
Blend till smooth, about 30 seconds.
Pour the shake into a glass and top with the whipped cream and maraschino cherry.

Smoothies

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Creamy Peach Smoothies

Ingredients
1 cup frozen sliced peaches
1 container (6 oz) yogurt French vanilla flavor
¾ cup orange juice
1 Tablespoon honey

Steps
In blender or food processor, place all ingredients.
Cover, blend on high for about 1 minute or until smooth.
Pour into 2 glasses.
Serve immediately.

Round 5

Milkshakes

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Root Beer Milkshake

Ingredients
3 scoops vanilla ice cream
1 12-ounce can root beer
Whipped Cream
Cherry

Steps
Place the ice cream and root beer in a blender.
Close, blend on high for three minutes.
It will be foamy and frothy which is fine.
Pour into a frosted mug, top with whipped cream and a cherry.

Smoothies

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Key Lime-Banana Smoothie

Ingredients
1 container (6 oz) yogurt Key lime pie flavor
1 ripe banana, sliced
½ cup milk
1 Tablespoon lime juice
¼ teaspoon dry lemon lime-flavored soft drink mix (from 0.13-oz package)
1 cup vanilla frozen yogurt

Steps
Place all ingredients except frozen yogurt in blender.
Cover, blend on high until smooth.
Add frozen yogurt.
Cover, blend until smooth.

 

Whether you prefer Milkshakes or Smoothies remember to have fun in the kitchen this summer.

 

Some Holiday Treats from Edna’s Kitchen

Candy Cane Kahlua Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

½ cup whole milk
½ cup heavy cream
1 candy cane
3 Tablespoons sipping chocolate
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 ½ ounces Kahlua
whipped cream
candy canes

Steps

In a saucepan over low heat, warm whole milk and heavy cream.
Add 1 candy cane and stir until melted.
Stir in sipping chocolate and vanilla extract.
Remove from heat, stir in Kahlua, and pour into glass.
Garnish with whipped cream and candy canes.

 

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Reindeer Bait

Ingredients

3 cups corn chex
2 cups wheat chex
2 cups mini pretzels
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup red and green M&Ms
20 oz. white chocolate
Red and green sprinkles, for garnish

Steps

In a large bowl, mix together Corn Chex, Wheat Chex, pretzels, mini marshmallows, and M&Ms.
Melt white chocolate and pour over mixture. Stir until fully coated.
Transfer mixture to a parchment-lined baking sheet or dish and top with sprinkles, then refrigerate until firm, 1 hour.
Break up into bite-size pieces and serve.

 

Meatloaf from Edna’s Kitchen

One of my favorite go to meals. I added 1\2 cup of shredded cheddar to the top. Enjoy and have fun in the kitchen. -Edna

Meatloaf

Ingredients
1 ½ lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground mustard
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 egg
3 slices bread, finely chopped (1 ½ cups, lightly packed) or 1 1\2 cups bread crumbs
1 small onion, chopped (¼ cup)
½ cup ketchup, chili sauce or barbecue sauce

Steps
1 Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, mix all ingredients except ketchup. Spread mixture in ungreased 9×5-inch loaf pan, or shape into 9×5-inch loaf in ungreased 13×9-inch pan. Spread ketchup over top.
2 Insert meat thermometer so tip is in center of loaf. Bake uncovered 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until thermometer reads at least 160°F. Drain meatloaf.
3 Let stand 5 minutes; remove from pan.

 

Sausage, Dried Cranberry and Apple Stuffing from Edna’s Kitchen

 

Sausage, Dried Cranberry and Apple Stuffing

Ingredients

1 pound mild bulk breakfast sausage
4 Tablespoons butter
3 cups sliced leeks, white and pale-green parts only, cleaned well (about 2 large leeks)

*note I used half an onoin instead of leeks*

2 granny smith apples, cored and chopped
1 cup chopped celery with leaves
1 Tablespoon poultry seasoning
1 cup dried cranberries, rehydrated in boiling water for 15 minutes and drained
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh sage leaves
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
6 cups boxed bread cubes (croutons)
⅓ cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
2 to 3 cups chicken stock
1 Tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper

Steps

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Saute the sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through, crumbling coarsely with the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage and drippings to a large bowl.

Melt the butter in the same skillet over medium-high heat.

Add the leeks, apples, celery and poultry seasoning to the skillet and saute until the are soft, about 8 minutes.

Mix in the drained cranberries, sage and rosemary. Add the mixture to the sausage, then mix in the croutons and parsley.

Next add the chicken stock a little at a time until the stuffing is very moist. Be sure not to overdo it; it shouldn’t be mushy. Season with salt and pepper.

Place in a casserole dish.

Bake in a 14-inch oval or 9 by 13-inch rectangular casserole dish and place, uncovered, in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until the top is crispy and the center piping hot.

Remove and serve immediately.

Enjoy, have fun and try new things in the kitchen. – Edna

 

Spaghetti and Meatballs from Edna’s Kitchen

One of Edna’s favorite go to meals on family night. Paired with garlic bread or twists, along with a ceaser salad. Can also be easily doubled I made 36 meatballs out of 3 pounds of ground beef. Have fun in the kitchen and enjoy.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Ingredients
Meatballs
1 ½ pounds ground beef
¾ cup dry bread crumbs
½ cup milk
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 medium onion, finely chopped (½ cup)
1 egg

Sauce
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped (½ cup)
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes, undrained
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon dried basil leaves
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 package (16 ounces) spaghetti
Grated Parmesan cheese


Steps
1 Heat oven to 350ºF. Mix all ingredients. Shape mixture into 1 ½ inch balls. Place in ungreased jelly roll pan, 15 ½ x10 ½ x1 inch. Bake uncovered 15 to 20 minutes or until beef is no longer pink in center and juice is clear.
2 Meanwhile, heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook onion and garlic in oil, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender.
3 Stir in remaining Sauce ingredients except spaghetti and cheese, breaking up tomatoes. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4 Add meatballs to sauce. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Cook and drain spaghetti as directed on package. Place spaghetti on large platter. Top with meatballs and sauce. Sprinkle with cheese.

Life as It Is…

 

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Maybe it’s the hour or the time of year, but I have decided to write this. More just to get it out of my system and to see what it looks like on paper. I have tried writing about my dad a few different times and it never seems to sound right.

I wrote this the other day:

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It’s one of those days.
Even though you’ve been gone for quite awhile now.
It still stings, without warning thoughts of you drift in.
Demanding my attention, causing tears to well up.
I will always remember you.

While thinking about my dad, I have day like that where the memories flood in with out warning. To be honest they have been flooding in more often lately, starting to face my own mortality. My dad had his first heartatack at age 41, (I am 41) scary thought.

I am going to put this up, however I will be back to work on it.

It was a dark and stormy night…

I was born in Pullman Washington, the day after Mother’s Day, May 10, 1976. There were compilations, I had two seizures and spent two weeks in an incubator.

My parents…

My mom was born and raised in Seattle and my dad grew up in Wenatchee WA. They meet at Washington State University in Pullman WA in 1973. They were married on June 22, 1974.

My dad worked in radio he had a BA in journalism and communications. I have a photo of him performing in a play called “Under Papa’s Picture.”

My mother has a masters degree in early childhood development and has mainly worked for non-profits as a case manger testing children’s learning abilities.

My brother was born January 14th 1980, a healthy baby boy named Chip. In May of 1981 my parents moved to Alaska. McGrath AK, in the middle of nowhere.

Where my dad ran the public radio station KSKO 870 am and my mom worked for various social work agencies. She also tried running her own daycare for a while. Needless to say it was a isolated, structured upbringing, school, work, activities ect..

My youngest brother was born November 12th 1982, Marcus. In 1988 we moved to Fairbanks AK, where my dad was unemployed for two years while my mom worked (he wrote a sci-fi novel) while unemployed. Side note I never got to read it and it’s lost forever, at least to me.

In 1990 my dad went in for an interview at a radio station, and ended up  being News Director of KTVF an NBC affiliate in Fairbanks. My dad suffered his first heart attack in September 91.

In April of  1992 I got to travel to New York and sing in Carnegie Hall with my high school choir, I was 15 years old.

In November of 92 my mom moved out, she left. She also let a con-man of a boyfriend move in and bleed her dry financially and emotionally. He ended up marrying some girl he meet on-line after spending five years with my mom.  

My dad got remarried May 22, 1995 to a strange German lady he met penpall style that was from New York. On Tuesday June 13, 1995 after returning from his honeymoon my dad was having chest pains and went to the hospital. He refused treatment and signed out AMA Wednesday afternoon, on the morning of Thursday June 15 he suffered a massive heart attack and passed away around 1:15 am. My dad’s widow was nice enough to hold his funeral on Father’s Day.

The insurance was a mess, because I was an adult, (I was 19) and my brothers were minors and my mom was divorced. My dad had never added his new wife, I got my share in cash and my brothers were set up with a guardian account my mother being the guardian. The money let me go to school and move away from my mother.

I went to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, (the piece I wrote called Tripping Through My Memories is the first semester after my dad died) I didn’t finish, I ran out of money and didn’t see a point in it at the time.

Edna’s Spooky Treats for Halloween

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Edna’s treats for Halloween

Let’s start with a drink.

Fizzy Cranberry-Orange Punch

Ingredients:

1 bottle cranberry juice
1 cup orange juice
2 cups vodka
2 cups lemon lime soda (Sprite/7-up)
orange and lemon slices, for garnish

Steps:

Combine cranberry juice, orange juice and vodka in a punch bowl, then top with lemon lime soda.
Garnish with orange and lemon slices and serve chilled.

Now a crunchy snack.

Apple Nachos

Ingredients:

4 Granny Smith apples, cored and thinly sliced
1 cup white chocolate chips, melted
¾ cup caramel, warmed in microwave
1 cup chopped pretzels
2 Heath bars, broken into pieces

Steps:

On a large plate, arrange apple slices on top of one another.
Drizzle half the white chocolate and caramel, then top with pretzels and Heath bars.
Drizzle with remaining white chocolate and caramel.
Serve immediately.

Something warm and easy before heading out for Trick or Treat.

Smoked Sausage and Peppers

Ingredients:

1 (14 ounce) package of Smoked Sausage, diagonally cut into 1/4-inch slices

2 Tablespoons olive or vegetable oil

1 cup onion, cut into thin slices, or 1-inch pieces.

2 cups red and green peppers, cut into thin slices, or 1-inch pieces.

1 garlic clove, minced.

Steps:

Saute sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 3 minutes, turning occasionally.
Add oil, garlic, onion, and peppers.

Cooking until tender, about 3 minutes.

Something sweet for dessert.

Dirt Pie

Ingredients:
1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding
2 cups cold milk
1 tub (8 oz.) Whipped Topping, thawed
15 Oreo Cookies, finely crushed (about 1-1/4 cups), divided

Gummy Worms

Steps:

Beat pudding mix and milk in large bowl with whisk 2 min. Let stand 5 min.

Stir in Whipped Topping and 1/2 cup cookie crumbs.
Spoon into 10 (6- to 7-oz.) paper or plastic cups; top with remaining cookie crumbs.
Refrigerate 1 hour.

Top with Gummy Worms before serving.

Check out Edna’s other recipes. 

 

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.

 

Life is Like…Poetry

Clarity of Thought

What does it mean,

to think, to understand,

to reflect, to learn.

Why does your heart lean one way

and your mind the other.

good and evil,

right and wrong,

clarity of thought.

Understanding the feelings that pulse through my mind,

Why is one right and the other wrong.

I can’t clear my mind enough to get the time that I need to catch my breath.

My body is tired and rundown, exhausted.

But my mind is awake to everything.

Ready to pounce upon anything that comes it’s way.

How can my mind be so energized and my body so tired.

I have no clarity of thought.

I don’t know or understand why my feelings are so mixed and conflicted.

I am mad at the world but at the same time I want everyone’s sympathy and compassion.

Never

I have never seen a sunrise over the ocean.

I have never kissed a sweet loving kiss, that tasted of warmth.

I have never been loved with the love only found in a peer.

To be all these things is my only request.

That before my dying day I find trust and love.

To kiss to have the warm breath of another against my lips.

As sweet as honey, yet as pure as a cool breeze on a hot summer day.

To feel his warmth move through me, to have his lips linger upon mine.

Like the morning dew on the petal of a rose.

To hold his hand in mine, firmly but gently.

Protecting me from heartache.

The love I’ll find within him.

If only he’d let me.

 

Friend

Why I consider you a friend,

You are always there to listen,

Not to judge and criticize.

To enjoy the good times,

And to get through the bad.

You’re the only one who hasn’t left me.

And when you do leave for various periods of time,

You always come back.

I feel that you’re the only one who cares,

About me for who I am,

And not what I’ve done or might do.

You have helped me unlock and open,

So many hidden doors.

Thank you for being a friend, I love you.

You’ve shown me more compassion and trust,

As well as showing me more of what life has to offer,

Than anyone else.

 

His Eyes

His eyes are the color of the wide open sea.

His deep yet sententious voice,

Has the power to captivate me,

His hair shines like gold beneath the warm midday sun.

Be it through the gates of heaven,

Or the red hot flames of hell,

It is him that I follow.

And without his love, compassion and friendship.

I would have been lost.

He holds me safe from the cold cruel world.

He fills my soul full of life,

And my heart full of love,

That it sends me soaring like a dove.

He is honest with me,

And I am true to him.

I shall be his and he shall be mine,

For now and for all time.

 

Life is Like

Life is Like…
A dozen roses, all standing straight,

Full of beauty, an arousing aroma of peace,

A symbol of love and respect.

But only stay for a short while,

It brings feelings of happiness to a lonely heart,

Then fades away, so quickly to remind us

How limited our time is.

It fades away, losing a little more beauty each day,

From a bright bold color,

To a darker duller stain of color.

Its leaves dry and crumble to the surface of a table,

To be brushed away.

Its petals wither, curling the corners,

To shrink slowly in the mid-day sun.

Till it drops, fallen over, given up on itself.

Allowing gravity to take over,

And finally it dies.

Showing how soon we forget about time,

And the value of our own lives.

 

No More

I use to be happy and carefree,

But then something happened.

Something that made me not want to feel anything anymore.

My father died and everything changed.

From the moment the phone rang at 12:45 am,

My world was put on a roller-coaster.

All I felt from that point on was hurt and sorrow.

I am tired of feeling all these feelings of pain,

It has made me numb to any and all other feelings.

All I want is to be able to depart from this roller-coaster.

That all started the night the phone rang.

To have no more sadness and no more pain.

To have a time that is quiet and calm to be able to sort these feelings out.

To find my balance and clarity of thought.

 

Who am I…

Who am I?

Why am I so sad, why do I need to be held and comforted?

Who am I to ask such a selfish question?

I have always taken care of everyone else around me,

So why does this person, this stranger want to help me?

Someone not worth helping, I don’t deserve anyone’s help.

All I want right now is my dad,

I want him to hug me and to say that he loves me.

Why am I left to suffer from his selfishness?

He left me for his own happiness.

I don’t ever want to hurt someone that way.

Which is why I am always taking care of those around me and not myself.

I am afraid that if I stop to take care of myself and am happy,

That I may be hurting someone else with my happiness.

So where do I fit in? When will it be my turn to be happy?

Who am I and where do I belong?