Friday, September 2, 2011

What's Cooking??

Happy Friday!

So I have come to a conclusion. Not a super exciting one so don't try to read faster to find out what it is, you will get there soon enough. My conclusion is this. I am boring. By that I don't mean I don't do things, see things, etc... I just mean that I don't write a whole lot of interesting things. So I have made a decision that I will start adding at least one recipe per day. With pictures. I can't won't guarantee that I will inform you of my flops but we'll see.

The reason I am doing recipes rather than another hobby say, knitting, sewing, or scrap booking is because of the following:
  1. I am not a very creative scrapbooker and
  2. I can't knit... or sew (some wife I am)
I thought of cooking because it is therapeutic and wonderful and I had a disagreement with my dear sweet husband about my recent cookie adventure that goes a little like this:

I found a recipe for cookies on the back of the flour bag and I thought I would give it a go (I will give you the recipe momentarily). They turned out GREAT even though Tyler may not have been as big of a fan (calling them "Muffin Cookies" due to their size/thickness. But I don't care. They are wonderful and I would like to share the recipe with you courtesy of Cub All Purpose Flour. As my father-in-law says, "The people that make the product best know what it can make". I concur.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 cup light packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar (I substituted Splenda which is the same cup-for-cup as sugar)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 12 ounce bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips (I cheat here and add mini M&Ms and half of a bag (about 6oz) milk chocolate chips instead)
1 cup chopped walnuts (let's be honest, you can add walnuts to any recipe. I choose not to)

Preheat oven to 375*F and mix all ingredients except chips (and M&Ms and nuts if you choose). Then mix in the nuts, chips, M&Ms etc... Drop teaspoon sized balls on pan/cookie sheet and bake 10 minutes or until just starting to brown.
This makes a LOT of cookies (enough to bring on my camping trip AND for Tyler to bring some on his hunting trip. They look like this:


I have amazing equipment too now since we got the amazing Kitchen Aid stand mixer for our wedding (it's red)!!!

I figure since I already have your mouths watering, I can let you in on what we are having tonight for our girl-only camping adventure... TIN FOIL DINNERS! I know I might be over-reacting a smidge but I really love them because they are easy, cheap, delicious, and clean-up is a breeze! Here is the recipe that WE use (you can improvise):

Keep in mind this will feed 4 girls!

2 pounds ground beef
1 bag carrots
1 bag potatoes (or steak fries if you want to simplify a simple meal)
1 large onion
Lawry's seasoned salt
Butter
Ketchup
Tin Foil
A fork.

Rip off a LONG piece of tin foil for each person (I'm talking 3 feet, you don't want your food to burn) and fold it a few times until it is about 12 inches long. You are essentially making an oven for your food to cook in. Put all of the ingredients in the middle of the foil slicing and dicing however you wish. We typically leave the carrots whole, leave the onion in round pieces (slice about 4-5 times), piece up the ground beef, toss in some fries, and just add a bit of butter and salt. Fold so it is closed good and tight and place in a grill or if you are camping like us, over the fire. Remove after about 30-40 minutes or when meat is cooked through and peel back the sides exposing the food and making a kind of bowl. Grab your fork and enjoy!
This was at Gooseberry Falls last year.
You can plate it or eat it from foil and it is delicious!

































Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Mrs. Knott : )

2 comments:

  1. Your cookies remind me a bit of Grandma Pat's Cookies in her freezer! Ahhhh.. the memories we keep!

    Glad to see you are doing well. Hope you are enjoying blogging even a little...

    Talk to you soon!

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  2. They TASTED like grandma Pat's cookies out of the freezer. Almost identical!!

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Thanks for your sweet words!!

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