Friday, January 21, 2022

A cat and a kid

 Since I'm apparently never updating this blog, here's a picture of my cat getting ready to make an important announcement on my radio show:


And another of her sitting around in a box on top of the dining room table. 

As one does.


And also a picture of my kid not so happy with the dinner situation. 


At least she ate it despite the disgusted look.



Saturday, September 18, 2021

Nana's Noodle Kugel

 


Once upon a time I had my mom's pancake recipe up on this blog for like SIX WHOLE YEARS with a typo in it. And the Chief Travel Correspondent tried the recipe multiple times and couldn't figure out why they didn't come out delectable. And the reason was: typo. And so now I have to tell anyone who reads this blog because it's really embarrassing. And what better to do with embarrassing stories than to announce them on the internets?

But did I let that stop me from posting more recipes? No. I did not. Because one of these days someone might be thankful that my grandmother's noodle kugel recipe resides on the internets. 

I've just basically decided that once I post a recipe, I will use this blog when I cook instead of my trusty hand written recipe book. That way if after I have proofread four hundred twenty seven times, at least if there's a typo I will find it before six years are up. And then the Chief Travel Correspondent will still have easy access to her great grandmother's recipes. 

Besides this one is pretty simple. I mean not that anyone really eats this many carbs anymore. Maybe for special occasions,

Nana's Noodle Kugel

10 Ounces broad egg noodles
2 Eggs, beaten
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 Cup Half and Half
Scant Cup Sugar
Salt, Pepper, Cinnamon to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook egg noodles for two minutes less than package directions. Drain. Mix together all ingredients. Place in a buttered casserole dish and bake for one hour or until lightly browned on top.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Grammy's Blueberry Muffins

I know, I know. Blueberry muffin recipes are a dime a dozen on the internets. But these are Grammy's. So they're yummier.

Grammy's Blueberry Muffins

I don't have a lot to say about them besides for the fact that it's hard to get a cooked blueberry to look pretty. They do taste good though, so that's the important part. And really aren't people always complaining about how far they have to scroll to get to the recipe? Not a problem here because here's the recipe: 

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries  

Granulated Sugar 

 2 cups flour 

 3 teaspoons double acting baking powder 

 1 teaspoon salt 

 1 egg 

 1 cup milk 

 6 tablespoons melted butter 

Preheat oven to 425. Wash and drain berries. Pat dry on paper towels. Sweeten to taste with 2-3 tablespoons sugar. Set aside. If you are using frozen blueberries, no need to sweeten.

Grease 14 2 1/2 inch muffin cups. In a mixing bowl sift flour, basking powder, salt, 2 tablespoons sugar. In a separate bowl beat egg until frothy. Add milk and butter. Mix well. Make a small well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour in milk mixture all at once. Stir quickly and lightly (don't beat!) until just mixed. 

Quickly stir in berries. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Sprinkle tops with 4 tablespoons sugar. Bake 25 minutes.







Thursday, July 29, 2021

Walnut Snack Mix, also known as brain food. Like fish, but for snacking. Although some people do snack on fish.

The-Guy-Who-Knows-A-Song-About-A-Chicken says I'm snob against walnuts, and it's kind of true. But for whatever reason I still thought it would be a good idea to enter a recipe contest featuring walnuts. I don't know why. 

So I have to have one of those disclaimers saying they sent me the walnuts in order to develop a snack. Here it is:

I received free samples of California Walnuts mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Walnuts and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.” 

Also part of the contest involves relaying these messages:

Research suggests that walnut consumption may be associated with improved cognitive function.

Who wouldn't want improved cognitive function? It turns out that walnuts are brain food, just like fish! Only if you believe in suggestive research though.

There's a whole lot of other information the walnut people would like you to know too, like that they have four grams of protein per ounce and that they're the only nut with a significant source of essential omega 3, which I think is a reason that walnuts are brain food. 

In any case, my walnut snobbery may have been a bit premature. Maybe.

I made the recipe super easy in case you hadn't had any brain food recently. Don't worry, you'll probably feel a lot smarter after eating the snack.

First just mix up some eggs, walnuts, cinnamon and very little sugar. Just a little sugar, because otherwise the essential omega 3 might get canceled out.


Spread them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. And bake.

Then add dried cranberries, some O cereal like Cheerios, and a few chocolate chips. But very few because again, we don't want to cancel out the omega threes. 


If you put your mix into a Mason jar, it will look more full. Mine had already been snacked on:


Easy right? Here's the recipe:

California Walnut Snack Mix

1 Generous Cup California Walnuts  

1 Egg

1 Tablespoon Sugar

1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon

1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries

3 Tablespoons Chocolate Chips

1/2 Cup Oat Cereal/Cheerios

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Mix together egg, walnuts, sugar, and cinnamon. If there is a lot of extra egg, add another tablespoon or two of walnuts. Spread walnuts in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool and then mix with remaining ingredients.

And that's it for the snack mix. That's what's going on around here. Inventing snack mixes in order to enter contests. I do have a couple of new items up in my TPT store, but no one probably needs that until Rosh Hashanah. 

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