Archive for February, 2008
Softened butter 2/3 cup
Sugar (granulated) cup
Egg yolk 2 numbers
Extract of almond 1/2 teaspoon
Sifted flour (all-purpose) 1 cups
Cherry flavoured red jam (or any flavour as per your liking)
Method of Preparation
Heat the oven and bring it to 325 F. In a bowl add granulated sugar and butter and cream together. Add egg yolks and beat till the mixture becomes light. Add almond extract to the mixture and stir well. Separately sift salt and flour together and add this to the already creamed mixture and mix well.
Once the dough is made, shape the dough into 1 inch balls and place them over ungreased baking sheets with 2 inch spacing between balls. Make a shallow pressing or indentation on each ball using one of your fingers.
Bake for 25 minutes. After baking again press in at centers of balls. Transfer to wired rack and let cool. After cooling, fill indentation centers with jam and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar liberally.
In case you use cherry jam, putting a cherry on each cookie ball will be a nice idea and this will enhance the taste further.
Servings: 4 dozen
Chili is called a comfort food and only a few dislike it. Chili cook offs are at a time honored tradition for pot luck dinners and family reunions. It is only one s skill, creativity and pallet that can find a great chili recipe.
All chili recipes have ground meat(beaf), beans (usually kidney and pinto), a line of aromatic vegetables (onions and bell peppers), savory spices(cumin) and a kick of heat (from jalapeno or cayenne peppers) simmer over low to a perfect consistency and chili is born.
Crock Pot Chili
With little preparation and no slaving over an oven this is the perfect chili recipe for any day. Begin with a favourite ground meal meat, add to the most one medium diced onion, one bell pepper diced and one Jalapeno diced.
The next step of this chili recipe is for the sauce portion while many like tomato sauce, a few prefer beefy sauce. Make use of two average sized cans of either stewed tomatoes or beef broth and season with a variety of chili spices including salt, pepper, cumin, minced garlic, liquid smoke, Worchester sauce and steak seasoning. Cook this on low for four to five hours.
If you use beef broth three cans of beans can be added once the beef mixture comes to a boil. If tomatoes are used, wait and add bean in the last hour of cooking. Tomatoes, at times, makes beans tough if left cooking in them for long. After cooking taste to check for seasoning change the chili recipe to your taste.
Chili Recipe Varieties
For chili(sweeter) use red, orange or yellow bell peppers and scrape the lining out of the jalapeno. Seeding the stewed tomatoes in the chili recipe before adding them to the sauce will make it sweeter like fresh herbs like basil, cilantro and oregano.
To get an alarming chili recipe add different spicy peppers of different strengths. Anaheim and cherry peppers are very mild and cayenne, jalapeno and chipotle are of medium strength. Bahamian and habanero are the spiciest.
Condiments can benefit chili recipes suitable condiments are shredded cheese, minced raw onion, black olive, sour cream and corn bread. All these will increase the flavours in the chili or cool down the chili for people who are averse to its spicy taste.
Margarine (softened) 1 cup
Vanilla 1 teaspoon
Sugar 2/3 cup
Flour 1 2/3
Hershey’s chocolate kisses 1 bag (9 oz)
Method of Preparation
Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl add margarine, sugar and vanilla and beat together till you get a creamy mixture. Add flour and cocoa to another bowl and bend well. Now add this flour-cocoa mixture to the other prepared mixture and mix well.
Keep in refrigerator for 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle. Using a shallow spoon, scoop dough and cover completely each Hershey’s chocolate kisses with the dough. Roll between hands each kiss and shape into balls.
Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 10 to 12 minutes or until set.
Allow to cool and roll the cookies in powdered sugar.