SANDRA'S INDIVIDUAL PEACH COBBLERS IN JARS

Another of my recipes I've modified for serving at a single setting,
as in its whole form goes south when refrigerated should there be leftovers.

All my recipes (as each are kitchen-tested) take many modifications until perfected.

These individual desserts are cute, decadent and comforting
to serve during those cold winter months...



Yield: Four (1/2-pint or 8-oz) Mason Jars
Prep: 15 Mins.
Bake: 40 Mins.

INGREDIENTS

Cobbler Batter:

--Dry:

3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

--Wet:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup milk
1 medium egg

Filling:

1 (24-oz. jar) sliced peaches (from Costco), drained and roughly chopped
--(reserving 1/3 cup of liquid)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

METHOD

Preheat oven to 350F.

Rub four 1/2-pint glass Mason jars with Mazola oil and set aside, along with a foil-lined baking sheet to place them on while baking.

Cobbler Batter:
In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. In another small bowl, whisk together wet ingredients. Add the wet to the dry ingredients in the medium bowl; stir to combine, and set aside.

Filling:
Add peaches to a medium bowl and sprinkle the flour and sugar on top. Stir until all of the peaches are well coated and flour has thoroughly been incorporated. Add the vanilla extract, cinnamon and ginger; mix to combine.

Pour one-quarter of batter into each prepared jar, and spread evenly over bottom. Spoon one-quarter of peach mixture over batter in each jar. Place in pre-heated oven, and bake until cobblers are set, about 40 minutes, turning half way for even cooking. Remove from oven; let cool slightly. Serve warm in jars. ~ Enjoy!


SANDRA'S SOURDOUGH and AVOCADO PANZANELLA

It's terrific how these pickled red onions become so crispy
while being refrigerated in this flavorful brine
giving you a delicious sweet-salty vib...


Servings: 4
Prep: 10 Mins.
Toast bread cubes: 12 Mins.
Let stand: 10 Mins.

Sourdough Baguette (recipe)
INGREDIENTS

Panzanella:
2 cups cubed sourdough baguette (measure after cubing)
2 cups chopped tomatoes (measure after chopping)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 cup sliced pickled red onions
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Final addition:
1 avocado, cut into 1/2" cubes

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Arrange the bread cubes on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. Bake until lightly toasted, about 12 minutes.

Pickled Red Onions (recipe)
Meanwhile, place chopped tomatoes in a colander placed over a bowl, and toss them with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Let stand 10 minutes to allow excess liquid to drain, discard juices in bowl.

Whisk the olive oil and vinegar together in a large bowl. Add the toasted sourdough cubes, chopped tomatoes, pickled red onions, basil, and pepper; toss to coat.  Let stand for 10 minutes for flavors to meld.

Just prior to serving, gently fold in the cubed avocado, and then serve. ~ Enjoy!


SANDRA'S REFRIGERATED PICKLED RED ONIONS

It's terrific how these pickled red onions become so crispy
while being refrigerated in this flavorful brine
giving you a delicious sweet-spice vib...


Yield: (6) 1/2-Pint Size Mason Jars, or (3) Pint-Size
Prep: 15 Mins.
Cook Brine: 30 Mins.
Refrigerate: Min. of 3 days, or up to 1 month

INGREDIENTS:

Brine:
(*Note: I prepare pots of brine about 6 hours beforehand to ensure it has sufficient time to cool so it's ready when I began the jarring process. Or, to speed up the cooling process; once the brine has cooled somewhat, carefully place entire pot in sink filled with cold water, just so water is about 1/4 the way up from outside bottom of pot.)

4 cups water
2 cups white distilled vinegar
1/4 cup pickling spice
3/4 cups white granulated sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar

Onions:
3 medium red onions, thinly sliced from top to core direction to 1/8"

METHOD

Add all brine ingredients to a large non-reactive pot (I use stainless steel); stir to combine. Bring brine to a boil, cover, reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes.

Let cool completely with lid on – Important! (See *note above.)

Strain the brine through a colander, lined with a double layer of paper towels, into a large bowl to catch the pickling spice and provide for a clear brine when jarring the red onions.

Pack sliced red onions into jars. Use a glass heatproof measuring cup to assist in pouring the brine mixture from the bowl into each jar to within 1/4" of rim.

Use a teaspoon to press the onions down into the vinegar and pop up any air bubbles in the jars. Let the pickled onions cool to room temperature for 1 hour. Refrigerate a minimum of 3 days, or up to 1 month. Always keep them chilled in the refrigerator (do not store in pantry). ~ Enjoy!

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Tip: These pickled red onions are fabulous and incredibly delicious when added to appetizers, tacos, burritos, nachos, burgers, sandwiches, salads, etc.


SANDRA’S QUICK ASIAN VEGETABLE STIR-FRY WITH NOODLES

There are times when I have a craving for Asian food,
and this quick entree fits the bill perfectly...
Servings: 4 to 6
Prep: 10 Mins.
Cook: 10 Mins.

INGREDIENTS

Noodles:
8 oz’s (half a box) thin spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package directions

Pre-steam broccoli:
2 cups fresh broccoli florets, cut smaller
--(Pre-steam on high for 3 minutes in a covered microwave-able bowl with 2 TBs water)

Vegetables:
2 tablespoons Mazola oil
2 cups pre-steamed (above) broccoli florets, drain water beforehand
1 small yellow onion, julienned
1/2 red bell pepper, julienned
1/2 orange bell pepper, julienned
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
--2 green onions, white and green parts sliced on the diagonal (added last)

Sauce:
1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon rice vinegar (unseasoned)
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
3/4 cup low-sodium beef broth

Garnish:
1 TB roughly chopped fresh cilantro

METHOD

Prep all stir-fry ingredients, including pre-steaming broccoli in microwave, and mixing the sauce in a small bowl, prior to making stir-fry; set all aside.

Begin cooking noodles, according to package directions.

Heat a large stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat; add oil. When hot, stir-fry pre-steamed broccoli, onion, bell peppers, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes for 7-9 minutes until broccoli is crisp-tender. Stir in sliced green onions.

Whisk the sauce, then add to the skillet. Cook, while stir-frying for 2 minutes.  Add hot noodles to the skillet, toss, using tongs, to combine.

Transfer stir-fry to a serving platter, garnish with fresh cilantro and serve family style. ~ Enjoy!


SANDRA'S SOURDOUGH SMASHED-AVOCADO BRUSCHETTA

A little bit of heaven in every bite,
and these snacks are so easy to prepare 

with ingredients I generally have on hand...
Yield: 8 slices as a side, or 16 as an appetizer

Prep: 10 Mins.
Bake: 10 Mins.

INGREDIENTS

Sourdough:
Click here for recipe:
sourdough baguette
1 (12") sourdough baguette
1 fresh garlic clove, halved crosswise (for rubbing on hot toasted bread)

Spread:
1 smashed avocado

Bruschetta:
1 (14.5-oz can) diced Italian seasoned tomatoes*, drained (then squeezed with hands, and chopped finer)
3 large fresh basil leaves, julienned
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Mazola oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Garnish:
Feta cheese crumbles

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 350F.

In a small bowl, add the tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, oil, and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly and let sit for 10 minutes at room temperature.

Smash the avocado in a separate small bowl; set aside.

Cut baguette in half lengthwise, place on a baking sheet, and bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes.

Remove from oven, while bread is hot, rub each slice with garlic clove halves. Spread each with smashed avocado, then top with tomato mixture. Garnish with feta crumbles. Slice crosswise into 8 (to serve as a side), or 16 pieces (to serve as an appetizer). ~ Enjoy!

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Tip:

* Feel free to use (as I sometimes do when I have them on hand), fresh roma tomatoes vs canned - it will take about 1-1/2 cups, de-seeded and juiced, then finely chopped.



SANDRA'S ALASKAN SOURDOUGH CINNAMON ROLLS

A spectacular recipe that you'll be making again and again,
making you want to maintain your sourdough starter over time...
Yields: 12 Rolls
Prep: 30 min. + rising
Bake: Appx. 35 mins.

INGREDIENTS

DOUGH:

--Proof:
2-1/2 teaspoons rapid rise yeast
3/4 cup warm 2% milk

--Additional dough ingredients:
1 cup 'unfed' sourdough starter (stirred, and let it come to room temp--before feeding)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon table salt
3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
1 TB water, if needed

FILLING:

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar (or light)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 to 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon (depending upon your preference)
1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
--3/4 cup raisins and/or chopped pecans (optional)

FROSTING:

1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon table salt
1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 TB milk, if needed

METHOD

Add yeast and 1 tablespoon honey in warm milk in the stand mixing bowl with the hook attachment; mix to combine and let set 5 minutes to proof.

To the stand mixer with the yeast mixture, add the sourdough starter, sugar, butter, beaten eggs, flour and salt; beat on low speed until dough is combined and wrapping around hook; adding 1 TB of water, if needed. Turn speed to medium to knead dough in stand mixture for 8 minutes.

Place in a greased medium glass bowl, turning once to grease the top of dough. Cover with plastic wrap (underside sprayed) and let rise in a no-draft warm place until doubled, about 1 to 1-/12 hours. (I do so in my oven, no heat.)

Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface into an 21" x 16 rectangle. Spread softened butter in an even layer, retaining 1” on top long edge for sealing roll. Next, sprinkle brown sugar, granulated sugar, and raisins; each to within 1” of top edge. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. (Dough should shrink into a 13" long log when rolling up.) Cut into 12 equal slices; place rolls in a sprayed glass 13x9" baking dish, cut side down and seams facing in. Cover with plastic wrap (underside sprayed), and let rise in a warm place just until doubled, about 40 mins to 1 hour. (Do not over-rise or roll centers will begin to pop up, as they will rise a bit more during baking.)

Meanwhile, prepare frosting, using a hand mixer and a medium bowl; beat butter, cream cheese, vanilla and salt until blended; gradually beat in the sifted confectioners’ sugar until smooth, cover; set aside.

When rolls in baking dish have risen. Preheat oven to 400F.

Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes, turning half way. Reduce heat to 300F and finish baking for 20 minutes until golden brown.

While hot, spread all the frosting evenly over roll tops. Finish cooling completely, uncovered in baking dish on a wire rack, until frosting has fully cooled and set. ~ Enjoy!


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Tip:

To quickly reheat, simply place a roll on a serving saucer and place in microwave on high for 20 seconds.

SANDRA’S JALAPEÑO-LIME JAM


My vibrant Jalapeño-Lime Jam is flecked with tiny bits of peppers
that adds a jewel-like flair to appetizers.

Spread on a block of warmed cream cheese and serve with crackers,
or as stated below with Smoked Wild Alaska Salmon...
Yield: 7 (8 oz) half pints

Prep: 20 Mins.
Process: 10 Mins.

INGREDIENTS

12 medium jalapeño peppers, with ribs and seeds, roughly chopped
1-1/2 cups cider vinegar, divided
1/2 cup bottled lime juice
6 cups granulated sugar
2 (3-oz pouches) of Liquid Pectin
1 TB cold unsalted butter
10 drops natural green food coloring
7 (8 oz.) sterile glass canning jars with lids and bands

METHOD

Prepare boiling water canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set bands aside.

Puree peppers in food processor or blender with 1 cup cider vinegar until smooth. Do not strain purée.

Combine purée with remaining 1/2 cup cider vinegar, 1/2 cup lime juice and sugar in a large heavy-bottom pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add 1 TB butter and 7 drops natural green food coloring; stir to combine until butter has melted (this rids the jam of foam so no skimming required).

Add pectin, immediately squeezing entire contents from pouches. Continue to boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

Ladle hot jalapeno jelly into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch head-space. Wipe rims with damp paper towel. Center lid on jar. Apply band until fit is fingertip tight.

Place jars right side up in canner ensuring water is 1” above them. Bring to boil and begin timing processing for 10 minutes.

Remove jars and place to cool upright on a clean kitchen towel for 15 minutes.  Use an potholder to turn over for 15 minutes (so the speckles evenly distribute and don't float to the top), then turn upright to cool completely. The jars will ‘ping’ as they seal, but double check lids to ensure they’re sealed after 24 hours. Lids should not flex up and down when center is pressed. ~ Enjoy!

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TIPS:

—Great when layering Ritz crackers with whipped cream cheese, pickled salmon, pickled onions, then top with a dollop of this jalapeno-lime jam as an appetizer.



—Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place an uncovered 8-oz. block of Cream Cheese on a baking dish and bake for 12-15 minutes; top with jalapeno-lime jam. Serve with crackers on the side.




SANDRA'S HOMEMADE MAYONNAISE (in 5 minutes)

Making homemade mayonnaise is incredibly easy
when you use ‘key’ room temperature ingredients!

Simply follow my step-by-step instructions below...


Yield: 1 cup (1/2 pint)
Prep: 5 Mins.
Stand: 4 Hrs. at room temperature
Refrigerate: Up to 1 week
  
INGREDIENTS

1 large pasteurized egg yolk, room temperature (save egg white, see a recipe to use it below*)
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
4 teaspoons white wine vinegar (unseasoned), room temperature
1 cup Mazola Oil
1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, room temperature
1 Tablespoon amber agave
1/8 teaspoon dry ground mustard
1 Tablespoon boiling water

METHOD

Lay out all ingredients, according to the preparation order listed below, also ensuring egg yolk, white wine vinegar, and lemon juice are all at room temperature. Place a small saucepan of water on stove to boil.

Place the egg yolk, salt, white pepper, and vinegar into the bowl of your food processor fitted with the metal blade.

Put your oil into a 1 cup liquid measuring cup so it is easy to pour.

Remove the feed tube insert if it doesn't have a 'drizzle hole' (one of mine does, the other does not). With the processor running, slowly drizzle in the oil, starting with a few drops at a time and continuing with a very slow and steady stream. As the mayonnaise begins to thicken, continue pouring, slowly, until all of the oil has been used.

Once the mayonnaise is thick, slowly blend in the lemon juice, agave, dry mustard and boiling water, just until incorporated.

Place the mayonnaise in a covered 1/2-pint Mason jar and let stand at room temperature for 4 hours to allow the acidic chemical reaction to sufficiently take place, including preventing it from separating when refrigerated later on.

Place mayonnaise in the refrigerator and use within a week. ~ Enjoy!

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Tip:
* Save egg white and use to make Sandra's Sweetly Spiced Candied Pecans shown here:



SANDRA'S INDIVIDUAL HASH BROWN BREAKFAST CASSEROLES

The ideal romantically intimate breakfast for two
(utilizing a 'real' potato)...
Servings: 2

Prep: 10 Mins.
Bake 30 Minutes
Stand: 5 Minutes

Special Equipment:
--2 Individual Ceramic Dishes

INGREDIENTS

Base:
1 large russet potato, peeled, grated and par-baked

Vegetables and seasoning:
1 teaspoon Mazola oil
1/4 cup diced yellow onion
2 tablespoons diced orange bell pepper
Pinch of kosher salt
Pinch of pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Filling:
4 large eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons 2% milk
1/4 cup Mexican blend shredded cheese

Topping:
1/4 cup Mexican blend shredded cheese
6 sliced grape tomatoes

Garnish:
2 basil leaves, julienned

METHOD

Preheat oven to 350F. Rub the inside of 2 individual ceramic dishes with Mazola oil; set aside.

Shred potato on the largest holes of a box grater; squeeze dry. Transfer shredded potatoes to a plate lined with two layers of paper towel.  Top with a damp paper towel; microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place par-baked potatoes, evenly disbursed, in each of the 2 individual ceramic dishes.

Meanwhile, in a small skillet over medium heat, add the oil.  When hot, add the onion, bell pepper, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Saute for 3 minutes. Disburse evenly atop the potatoes in the 2 dishes.

In a small bowl, beat the eggs and milk with the 1/4 cup of shredded cheese. Pour atop, evenly, among the 2 dishes.

Top each dish equally with the remaining shredded cheese, then layer each with the sliced grape tomatoes.

Cover each dish with parchment, then tin foil.

Bake, covered, for 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and let stand, covered, for 5 minuets.  Uncover, top with julienned basil, then serve. ~ Enjoy!


SANDRA'S ALASKA INSTANT POT VENISON (deer) ROAST

So easy and quick to put together, with an end result of no game-taste,
including fall-apart tender meat, and superbly delicious!!
Serves: 8-10
Prep: 15 Mins.
Cook: 80 Minutes
Pressure build/release: 40 Minutes

INGREDIENTS

2 Tbsp Mazola oil
5 lb venison roast, thawed and trimmed of excess fat and sinew (deer fat is not pleasant to the palette)
3 cups low-sodium beef broth
2 pkgs brown gravy mix
1 Tbsp worcestershire
1 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp distilled vinegar

SEASONINGS

1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp pepper

METHOD

Set Instant Pot to sauté and when hot add olive oil. Sear meat on all sides.  Remove to plate.

To pot, add beef stock, gravy packages, worcestershire, soy sauce, and vinegar. Whisk together, while scraping bottom of pot to get any stuck on pieces off the bottom to prevent burning. Place trivet back on bottom of pot.

Add meat back to pot. Place cover on instant pot, and turn top knob to sealing.

Cook on Manual high pressure 80 minutes. Natural release pressure for 20 minutes, then turn to venting to release any remaining pressure.

Open instant pot; remove meat for carving, adding as much liquid as you desire to keep meat moist (I use about 1 cup).  You can cube meat for soups/stews/chili, shred for French Dip sandwiches with horse radish-mayo or tacos or enchiladas or add bbq sauce for shredded beef sandwiches on hamburger rolls, etc. 

Save any remaining stock (should yield about 3 cups) in an airtight Mason Jar(s) for future use as an Au Jus, or for soups/stews after cooling to room temperature, cover, then store in refrigerator. ~ Enjoy!


SANDRA'S BANANA-RAISIN BREAD (2 loaves)

A recipe I created years ago and has been proven
as a favorite for many over time...
Prep: 15 Mins.
Bake: 1-1/4 Hours
Yields: 2 Loaves

INGREDIENTS

Wet:
3 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 (5.3-oz. containers) Chobani yogurt (I used peach purchased at Costco)
3 teaspoons vanilla extract

Dry (Sifted through a sieve atop wet ingredients):
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

Fold-in:
3 medium, ripe bananas, smashed (if small use 4, if large use 2)
1 cup raisins

METHOD

Preheat oven to 325 degrees (not 350 degrees or else the loaves will become too dry). Prepare loaf pans (2 regular) by spraying with baking spray; set aside.

In a stand mixer bowl attached with the paddle, add eggs and beat on medium speed until light and foamy. Add oil, yogurt and vanilla extract; mix on medium speed until incorporated.

Place a sieve over wet ingredients in bowl, add all dry ingredients and shake to sift over the wet. Mix on low speed initially to begin incorporating, then on medium only to moisten. (Try not to over-mix).

Use a large spoon to fold in mashed bananas and raisins to combine, while scraping edges of bowl.

Spoon even amounts of batter into loaf pans, then tap loaf pans on a hard surface to release air bubbles.

Bake in preheated oven for 1-1/4 hours, just until a toothpick inserted in center of a loaves comes out clean.

Remove from baking sheet to baking rack (in loaf pans) and let cool for 10 minutes. Remove from loaf pans and place back on rack on their long side, covered with a clean kitchen towel, for 30 minutes, turn loaves on other side for 30 minutes, then upright for the remainder of the cooling time. ~ Enjoy!


SANDRA'S SOURDOUGH TWISTED BAGUETTES

Oh, the aroma of freshly baked bread loaves!!!!!

These sourdough twisted baguettes are absolutely divine...
Yield: 2 twisted baguettes
Prep: 15 - 20 Mins.
Rising: (Appx 2 - 2-1/2 hrs total)
Bake: 20 Mins.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup lukewarm water
1 cup sourdough starter, unfed
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon honey
2 teaspoons instant yeast
--1 egg lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for glaze

METHOD

In the bowl of the stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine water, starter, and 1-1/4 cups of flour, mixing until smooth.

Mix in the salt, honey, and instant yeast, then the additional 1 cup of flour. Mix until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, On low (#2), let machine knead the dough for 7 minutes in the stand mixer.

Transfer dough to a oiled bowl (also, oil top of dough ball) to rise, covered with plastic wrap, for about 1 to 1-1/2 hours, or until doubled in size.

Gently deflate dough, and divide it into four pieces. Knead each slightly on an oiled work surface to remove excess air bubbles. Shape each piece into a 14" long rope, and twist two together to form baguette; pinching ends and tucking them under. Repeat with other two ropes.

Place two twisted loaves, at least 3" apart, on a silpat- or parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover the loaves with lightly sprayed plastic wrap, and let them rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size. Near the end of the rising time (about 15 minutes remaining), preheat oven to 450F.

Gently brush the risen loaves with egg-water glaze.

Bake loaves for 20 minutes, turning half way for even baking. (Loaves are perfectly cooked when an internal temp reaches 190F on an instant-read thermometer.)

Remove loaves from oven, transfer to a baking rack. Cover with a clean kitchen towel to completely cool before slicing or storing. ~ Enjoy!

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Here is my newest recipe using one of these baguettes:






SANDRA'S NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER MARSHMALLOW OAT COOKIES

These a incredibly tasty cookies that are a cross between candy, cookies, and brownies!
Plus, they're fantastically easy to make, no baking required!


Yields: Appx. 4 dozen
Prep: 10 Mins.
Cool at room temp: 30 Mins.

INGREDIENTS

1-2⁄3 cups granulated sugar
1⁄2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1⁄2 cup condensed unsweetened milk
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1⁄8 teaspoon kosher salt
1⁄2 cup creamy peanut butter
5 tablespoons unsalted cold butter, cut into 1/2" cubes
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup miniature marshmallows

METHOD

Whisk sugar, cocoa, milk, cinnamon and kosher salt in cold medium-size heavy-bottom saucepan. Place over medium heat and cook, while whisking constantly, for 5 minutes, just until sugar has dissolved. (Do not boil.) Remove saucepan from heat.

In increments, add cubes of cold butter, then peanut butter, while constantly stirring with a wooden spoon to incorporate. Add the vanilla extract; stir to combine.

Fold in oats, then marshmallows, mixing thoroughly until combined.

Drop by cookie (small) scoop fulls onto parchment paper. 


Cool thoroughly at room temperature for a minimum of 30 minutes before removing from parchment paper and serving. ~ Enjoy!

SANDRA'S SIGNATURE CREAMY TOMATO VINAIGRETTE

I usually have this incredible
creamy vinaigrette on hand in my refrigerator,
it's a fresh and tasty staple readily available at most times in my house...
Yield: 2 cups

Prep: 10 Mins.
Refrigerate: Up to 7 days

INGREDIENTS

1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup seeded and diced roma tomatoes
1/3 cup diced yellow onion
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Mazola oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic granules (or powder)
3 tablespoons dried parsley (or 1 tablespoon freshly chopped)
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

METHOD

Place all ingredients into the pitcher of a blender; puree until smooth.

Transfer to a pint-size Mason jar, cover, and store in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours for flavors to meld, or up to 7 days.

Serve with your favorite garden salad, or as a vegetable or torn rustic bread dip. ~ Enjoy!

SANDRA'S ALASKA HEARTY FALL VEGETABLE LASAGNA (Downsized)

You'll never miss the meat with this hearty veggie lasagna,
it's full-flavored and scrumptious,
especially when served with sides of
warm and crispy garlic bread
and a garden salad tossed with a freshly made vinaigrette...


Servings: (4-6)
Prep: 20 Mins.
Bale: 1 hour

INGREDIENTS

White Sauce
1-1/2 cup 2% low-fat small curd cottage cheese
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan, plus more for topping
1 large egg, beaten
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon dry onion granules
2 tablespoons freshly julienned basil (from my garden)
1 teaspoon dry Italian herb blend
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Pasta
10 Curly Edged dry pasta noodles, broke in half and cooked according to pkg directions (only for 12 minutes)
--drain, then pull apart using tongs to cool slightly

Sautéed Vegetable mixture
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
4 mini bell peppers: 2 orange, 2 red, diced (from my garden)
1/4 yellow onion, diced
2 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise, then sliced into 1/4" half moons
1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
Pinch of kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Shredded Cheese Mixture
2 cups shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded Italian blend cheese

Marinara
4 cups marinara sauce (either your favorite store bought, or my homemade recipe; CLICK LINK)

METHOD

Preheat oven to 350F. Set aside an 8x8" square glass baking dish, including a baking sheet to set it on top of while baking (to prevent potential spillage).

In a medium bowl, combine all of the white sauce ingredients; set aside.

Prepare the pasta, as directed above.

In a large non-stick skillet, add the olive oil and heat to medium-high heat. Add all the ingredients and sauté for 7 to 9 minutes, just until the onions are translucent but not browned. Remove from heat to slightly cool.

To arrange the lasagna, add enough marinara to cover bottom of baking dish.  Lay a layer of lasagna noodles, overlapping slightly to cover marinara.  Add enough marinara to cover noodle layer.  Add 1/3 of the sauce mixture, 1/3 of the cheeses, and 1/3 of the vegetable mixture. Repeat laying from the noodles in the opposite direction 1 more time.

To finish, topping off, add the final layer of the vegetable mixture, the remaining cheeses, then top by drizzling 4 strips of marinara across the top (as in photo), then sprinkle the marinara strips with parmesan.

Bake for 40 minutes covered, topped with parchment then foil, for 40 minutes. Uncover (save the parchment and foil to store in frig later if you have leftovers), then continue baking for 20 minutes until top cheesy portions turn golden brown and delicious. Let stand, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes to set prior portioning out and serving.~ Enjoy!

SANDRA'S EASY ONE-PAN CHICKEN THIGH and RICE CREOLE BAKE

First, I sear the chicken thighs, then add all the other ingredients,
cover and bake for 50 minutes = absolute perfection with crispy, moist chicken
and heavenly seasoned rice!


Servings: 3-4
Prep: 5 Mins.
Cook  10 Mins.
Bake: 50 Mins.
Rest: 10 Mins.

INGREDIENTS

Spice blend (divided):
2 teaspoons Creole seasoning (I use Tony Chachere's in the green container)
1 teaspoon Lawry's seasoning salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper

Chicken:
3-4 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs, (mine are from Costco the 3-pack tends to come with 3/4 thighs)
1/2 of above spice blend mixture (reserve other 1/2 for rice, below)
1 teaspoon Mazola oil
Plus, 1 tablespoon Mazola oil for searing

Rice:
1 cup raw Calrose rice (short-grain)
Remaining 1/2 of spice mixture
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon lemon juice

METHOD

Preheat oven to 400F. Place an ovenproof medium-size stainless steel skillet, with lid, aside.

Add all the spice blend ingredients onto a paper plate, then whisk to combine; set aside.

Place the skillet (see photo) over high heat on stovetop with 2 tablespoons of Mazola oil.

Meanwhile, pat chicken thighs dry with paper towel, including using kitchen shears to cut any excess fat without disturbing skin on under-side.  Place prepared thighs in a medium bowl.  Add half the spice mixture and drizzle with 1 teaspoon Mazola oil, then gently rub spices into both sides to coat evenly.

Place chicken skin-side down using tongs into hot skillet, while sliding back and forth initially when doing so to prevent sticking. Sear for 4 minutes on skin-side down, turn over then do the same on the under-side for 4 more minutes. Remove seared chicken thighs to a paper plate and set aside; drain grease from pan while reserving drippings.

Reduce heat under pan to medium-high and add the raw rice and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the other 1/2 of the reserved spice mixture, ketchup, Worcestershire, and lemon juice; sauté for 30 seconds.

Deglaze pan with chicken stock while scraping bottom with a wooden spoon.  Using tongs, place the seared chicken thighs back into pan atop the rice, skin-side up.  Cover, then bake, undisturbed, for 50 minutes.

Remove pan from oven, leaving covered, and let rest for 10 minutes for chicken juices to redistribute. ~ Enjoy!

SANDRA'S MORNING ALASKA WHOLE-WHEAT SOURDOUGH BREAD LOAF


This is a 1-hour initial rise ~ No stand-mixer required:

The longer the initial dough ball rise,
the stronger the sourdough flavor becomes
(e.g., 1-hour vs a 9-12 hour rise time)...

Yield: (1 loaf)
Prep: 7 Mins.
Total rising time: 1-2 hours
Bake: 35 Mins.

INGREDIENTS

Proof:
1-1/2 cups lukewarm water
1 teaspoon active yeast (not rapid or instant)
1 tablespoon light agave (or honey)

Sponge:
1/2 cup ripe (fed) sourdough starter

Dry:
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 -1/2 cups Whole-Wheat Flour (I use King Arthur)
1-1/4 teaspoons kosher salt

--2 teaspoons Mazola oil
(For top and bottom of dough ball, so it doesn't stick or form crust while rising)

--2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
(For brushing top of loaf through mid-baking time, and post-baking time if you desire a more-tender and golden brown crust)

METHOD

Add to a small glass/plastic bowl, the lukewarm water, yeast, and agave; stir to combine. Let proof for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium glass/plastic bowl, add the flours, kosher salt, and sponge. Once the yeast mixture has proofed, add it to this mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon to combine. The dough will look rough and shaggy. Use clean hands to shape into a ball.

Place 2 tablespoons Mazola oil into a separate medium/glass bowl. Place the dough ball into the oiled bowl, swirling it around to coat; turn over and swirl a bit more. Spray bottom of plastic wrap and cover bowl. Place in a warm, non-draft area and let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled. (Save plastic wrap.)

Spray a loaf pan and set aside.

Lightly oil working surface (not flour), and knead dough for 5-10 minutes, just until smooth and dough bounces back when depressed with your thumb.  Roll into a loaf shape, and place in prepared pan. Cover with reserved plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, 15 minutes prior to final rise, preheat oven to 375F.

After loaf has fully risen, spray a sharp knife with oil and cut a 1/2" slit lengthwise across the top of loaf.

Bake for 15 minutes, and note which direction you take pan out of oven, turn pan and brush top of loaf with melted butter then return to oven to continue baking an additional 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 192F.


Remove from oven, leaving loaf in pan and place, uncovered, on rack to cool for 5 minutes. Remove loaf from pan and place upright on rack, cover with clean kitchen towel and allow to completely cool before slicing.  



Wrap loosely in plastic wrap to store at room temperature up to 2 days. ~ Enjoy!

SANDRA'S OVERNIGHT ALASKA SOURDOUGH BREAD LOAF

This is a 9-hour initial rise ~ No stand-mixer required:

The longer the initial dough ball rise,
the stronger the sourdough flavor becomes
(e.g., 1-hour vs a 9-12 hour rise time)...


Yield: (1 loaf)
Prep: 7 Mins.
Total rising time: 9-12 hours
Bake 35 Mins.

INGREDIENTS
 
Proof:
1-1/2 cups lukewarm water
1 teaspoon active yeast (not rapid or instant)
1 tablespoon light agave (or honey)

Sponge:
1/2 cup ripe (fed) sourdough starter

Dry:
3-1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

--2 teaspoons Mazola oil
(For top and bottom of dough ball, so it doesn't stick or form crust while rising)

--2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
(For brushing top of loaf through mid-baking time, and post-baking time if you desire a more-tender and golden brown crust)

METHOD

Add to a small glass/plastic bowl, the lukewarm water, yeast, and agave; stir to combine. Let proof for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium glass/plastic bowl, add the flour, kosher salt, and sponge. Once the yeast mixture has proofed, add it to this mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon to combine. The dough will look rough and shaggy. Using clean hands, shape into a ball.

Place 2 tablespoons Mazola oil into a separate medium/glass bowl. Place the dough ball into the bowl, swirling it around to coat; turn over and swirl a bit more. Spray bottom of plastic wrap and cover bowl. Place in a warm, non-draft area and let rise overnight for 9-12 hours...the longer the rise time, the more sourdough flavor you'll achieve. (Save plastic wrap.)

Spray a loaf pan and set aside.

Lightly oil working surface (not flour), and knead dough for 3-5 minutes, just until smooth and dough bounces back when depressed with your thumb.  Roll into a loaf shape, and place in prepared pan. Cover with reserved plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, 15 minutes prior to final rise, preheat oven to 375F.

After loaf has fully risen, spray a sharp knife with oil and cut a 1/2" slit lengthwise across the top of loaf.


Bake for 15 minutes, and note which direction you take pan out of oven, turn pan and brush top of loaf with melted butter then return to oven to continue baking an additional 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 192F.


Remove from oven, leaving loaf in pan and place, uncovered, on rack to cool for 5 minutes. Remove loaf from pan and place upright on rack, cover with clean kitchen towel and allow to completely cool before slicing.  



Wrap loosely in plastic wrap to store at room temperature up to 2 days. ~ Enjoy!

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