Posts Tagged ‘Recipes’

Reduced Fat Oatmeal Cookies – Partner Approved

The Original Mr Butterton

My partner Kevin LOVES cookies and is under the impression that since “oatmeal” is so healthy then “oatmeal” cookies are too. I attempted to explain to him that just because they have “oatmeal” in them, it does make them healthy, all the fat in the butter cancels out the healthy effect of the “oatmeal”. Of course Kevin LOVES butter; he’s the original Mr Butterton. He slathers butter on everything, the more butter the better in his book. Any how, in an effort to reduce his fat intake from butter and feed his passion for cookies I came up with this reduced fat Oatmeal Apple Raisin Cookie recipe.

Oatmeal Apple Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Apple Raisin Cookies

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup raisins

Mix all the dry ingredients, add the eggs, shortening & applesauce and finally fold in the raisin. Bake on an un-greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

Tortillas Tonight!

In a previous post – Answering The Age Old Question: “What’s For Dinner?” I talked about how grilled veggie wraps are a favorite in our household. This got me to thinking about making my own Tortillas for wraps instead of store bought. Home-made Tortillas don’t take much time to make and they certainly taste better than the commercial brand.

Veggie Wrap Dinner

What's for Dinner?

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4-6 Tbsp. vegetable shortening
  • about 1 1/4 cups warm water

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add vegetable shortening. Use a fork or a pastry cutter to cut in the shortening or just do it the old fashioned way and use your hands. Next add warm water a little at a time until your dough is soft and not sticky. Knead the dough for a few minutes. Now divide the dough into about 12 small dough balls. Let them rest for at least 10 minutes, longer if you like.

Now you can roll out the dough with your tortilla rolling pin. It is a good idea to dust each ball with a little flour just before you roll them out. Roll them out fairly thin.

Pre-heat you skillet to a medium heat and lay your tortilla on the hot pan. It takes just a few seconds to cook. Flip to the other side. When they are done it should have lots of nice brown speckles. Place them in a towel or plate.

Mr Potato-Head Approves My Cream Of Potato Soup

My partner Kevin (AKA Mr Potato-Head) is a meat and potatoes man. He could eat potatoes until they sprouted out his ears. Me, I can take or leave ’em. I guess it stems from my childhood trauma of “KP duty”. We had to have potatoes for dinner practically every night and they had to be peeled. Guess who’s job it was to peel the potatoes? Mine and with a large family to feed, that’s a hell of a lot of potatoes. As I get older those childhood chores are distant memories and I’m beginning not to mind things I hated in the past like peeling potatoes. So today I peeled potatoes and made some delicious home-made Cream of Potato Soup with Ham. Yum Yum!

Here’s the recipe:

  • 5-6 medium potatoes cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup of chopped onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of water
  • 5 tablespoons of butter
  • 3/4 cup of sour cream
  • 3/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of chopped ham
  • 1 tablespoon of minced chives
  • salt & pepper to taste

Boil the potatoes, onions & garlic in the water & chicken broth until done. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then pour into a food processor. Add the butter, sour cream & heavy cream, then process until the desired consistency is reached. You can add more water or even milk, if needed. Pour the processed cream of potatoes back into your pot; add ham, chives, salt & pepper to taste. Then heat to serving temperature, spoon in to bowl, garnish with grated cheddar or munster cheese and parsley and serve with fresh baked home-made bread. This is the perfect Autumn meal. Enjoy!