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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Scones

I call these "any ingredient" scones because I have made many different varieties using this as a base recipe with good results every time.

Preheat your oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2 cups plus 1 Tablespoon flour
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup of your ingredient - I used chocolate chips
1 Tablespoon flour
6 Tablespoons butter
1 cup half and half or milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a bowl, mix the first 4 ingredients, no sifting required.

Place your ingredient into a bowl and add 1 Tablespoon all purpose flour and mix.  Place in the freezer until needed.  Here I used chocolate chips.  Frozen fruit works beautifully.  I have also used pecans and cubes of cheese.  The cheese scones are out of the world!


To your dry mix, add 6 Tablespoons cold butter cut into chunks.  Using a pastry cutter or a fork cut the butter into the flour until the butter pieces are incorporated and are small.
Measure out 1 cup of half and half and add 1 teaspoon vanilla.
You can use regular milk, but will have to use less than a cup or your mix will be too wet.
Add the half and half/vanilla to the flour mix and stir until barely incorporated.  Add your ingredient, stir to mix and turn out onto a large piece of floured waxed paper.  Using the was paper to help you, fold the mixture onto it self three or four times then pat it into a circle.
Cut with a pizza cutter or knife.  Place onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and top each piece with a small square of butter.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes until golden.  You can also bake them in a toaster over but the cooking time may be less, you will need to keep an eye on them.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Frito Corn Salad


1 can whole kernal corn, drained
2 jalapenos, fresh or canned, chopped
1/2 red or white onion, chopped
1/2 bell pepper any color will do, chopped
1 bag of your favorite shredded cheese
1 to 1.5 cups mayo
1/2 to 1 bag of Chili Cheese Fritos

Mix well and serve.  If you are making it for later or the next day, do not add the Fritos until right before serving or they will become soggy.  This is a staple at our family cookouts!  Super easy and delicious. Enjoy.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Can Organizers from thecanorganizer.com Product Review

My house is over a hundred years old, it was built in 1905, so closets barely exist much less a pantry.  So in one room I made my own pantry using free standing and wall shelves and it was a mess!  I looked for some type of can rotation system and found thecanorganizer.com.  They offer cardboard can rotation boxes for a reasonable price, 4 pack for $13.96 plus shipping.  Cardboard! you say, but just price the plastic and metal ones for yourself....they are PRICEY, to me anyway.  These work really well, each holding 8 to 10 cans depending on the size.  I ordered the shelf organizer, but they offer others, even some that hold bigger cans or more cans.  Now my shelves are neat and I don't have to worry about rotating most of my canned goods.  One con to these boxes is that, at first, they are a real pain to put together, and yes they come to you flat.  Instructions are provided, but are not very good.  They also offer a how-to video on youtube which was more helpful.  After you do a few, its not so bad.