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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Grandpa Andrus' Chocolate Chip Cookies 🍪

2 cups brown sugar, packed
1 cup white sugar
2 cups vegetable shortening
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 cups flour (approximate)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 pkg. (2 cups) chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.
Cream the sugars and the shortening.
Add eggs one at a time.
Add vanilla.
Mix dry ingredients.
Add dry ingredients to the bowl and mix.
Mix in chocolate chips.
Make dough balls and place on baking sheets.
Bake about 10 minutes, or until golden brown.  Do not over bake.  They tend to get hard later.



Friday, June 10, 2016

Cilantro Lime Chicken

1.5 pounds chicken (about 3 breasts)
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 bag frozen corn
1-2 cups cilantro, chopped
juice from 2 limes
1/2 red onion (approximately 1 cup)
1 tsp. cumin
salt and pepper to taste (can be added later)

Toss in slow cooker, cook on low for about 4-6 hours (will cook longer if chicken is frozen).  Serve as tacos or over tortilla chips topped with sour cream and cheese.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Bean Pot Soup

This is Grandma Andrus' recipe, and it's still a classic at my house.

2 cups pinto beans
1 pound ground beef
1 28-ounce can tomatoes
1/3 cup rice
onion, diced
carrots, sliced
celery, chopped
dried parsley
bay leaves
salt and pepper
3-4 cups water
beef soup base or bullion cubes

Bring pinto beans to a boil.  Remove from heat and let stand one hour.  Pressure cook beans 18 minutes or 16 minutes when using kidney beans with less water.  Brown ground beef and drain.  Add beans and all remaining ingredients.  Bring to a boil then simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Serve with ketchup if desired.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Grilled Lemon-Herb Chicken

1/2 - 2/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoon rosemary
1 teaspoon thyme
split boneless skinless chicken breasts

Mix first 7 ingredients and add to chicken.  Marinate overnight then grill to perfection.

Monday, December 14, 2015

White Chocolate Chex Mix

10 ounces mini pretzels
5 cups corn Chex
5 cups Cheerios
1 pound M&Ms
2 cups salted peanuts
2 12-ounce bags of vanilla chips
3 tablespoons vegetable oil

In large bowl combine first 5 ingredients. In a microwave safe bowl heat chips and oil. Melt chips and stir until smooth. Pour over other ingredients and mix well. Spread onto wax paper lined baking sheets. Cool, break apart, and store in airtight container. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Grandpa's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Grandpa Andrus made these often, and they are still my favorite basic chocolate chip cookie recipe.

2 cups shortening (I substitute 1 cup coconut oil and 1 cup butter)
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
12 ounces (2 cups) chocolate chips

Mix shortening and sugars together until well combined.  Add the eggs and vanilla.  Mix in dry ingredients and finally the chocolate chips.  Compact with hands if a little crumbly.  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

Rocky Road

12 ounces (2 cups) butterscotch chips
12 ounces (2 cups) chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup peanuts (salted or unsalted)

Melt chips and peanut butter in a large pan over very low heat (too hot will melt the marshmallows).  Remove from heat and add marshmallows and peanuts.  (I pulse the peanuts in the food processor a few times first.)  Pour into a buttered 9x13 pan.  Chill to set.  Cut into small squares and serve.
*This is a lot like fudge, so it's temperamental.  Don't take it to a potluck because it will melt.  It's best stored in the refrigerator.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mexican Quinoa Bowls


Recipe from kitchensimplicity.com.
Serves 4-6.

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well and drained
1 1/4 cups chicken (or vegetable) broth
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 cup corn
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 lime, quartered
To serve: salsa, sour cream shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips, and guacamole


Add a small bit of oil to a medium-sized pot set over medium heat. Add garlic and jalapeños; cook just until fragrant (about a minute). Add quinoa, broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, and salt. Bring to a boil. 

Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 25 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked and liquid is absorbed. 

Remove from heat; stir in cilantro and lime juice. Spoon into bowls and serve with desired toppings.