Saturday, February 26, 2011

Lemon Cookies (from a cake mix)



I made a couple of batches of these sweet/tart crisp cookies for a presentation I am doing today on GOODWILL HUNTING at our Local Library.

* For those of you that don't know it...I am QUEEN of shopping for bargains at local thrift shops (like the GOODWILL) and today I am teaming up with an EXTREME Coupon Guru and we are offering a free presentation, sharing our money-saving tips that will help folks stretch a dollar so thin they could see through it!

So, We decided to serve refreshments, to also show how you can make a nice treat and not have to spend a lot of time or money in the kitchen. Rachel is making cupcakes (from cake mixes she paid pennies for) and I am offering these wonderful cookies from a cheap cake mix as well!

EASY and delicious and rather light tasting.

You will need:

* 1 (18.25 ounce) package lemon cake mix
* 2 eggs
* 1/3 cup vegetable oil
* 1 teaspoon lemon extract
* 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar for decoration

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. Pour cake mix into a large bowl. Stir in eggs, oil, and lemon extract until well blended. Drop teaspoonfuls of dough into a bowl of confectioners' sugar. Roll them around until they're lightly covered. Once sugared, put them on an ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake for 6 to 9 minutes in the preheated oven.


YUM!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

MAKE some memories this Valentine's Day


I'm hoping this year, those that don't normally cook on Valentine's Day will try making something from your kitchen for those you love. It could be a nice breakfast,brunch or lunch, a delicious romantic dinner or a sensational dessert and it can be all be found on my side bar if you scroll down far enough on the right.

If you decide on something from this blog, let me know. I'd love to know what you're serving up!

Enjoy this special day to honor those you love!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Are you ready for some football?


Super bowl Sunday is right around the corner....if you check out my sidebar, I have MANY delicious recipes just waiting to be served up at your SUPER BOWL PARTY.
Simply scroll down on the right, and click on the photo of the recipe you'd like to try.

Appetizers, soups, sandwiches, side dishes and desserts that will SCORE with hungry football lovers, regardless which team their rootin' for.

So check it out and enjoy the game!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Steak with Mushrooms



SO, my husband calls me from work and says, "Will you cook some steaks with some mushrooms, and I'd like some potatoes and something else really good to go with it, OK?"

So I did what any good wife who runs her own 24 hour family style restaurant from her humble kitchen does...I began cooking his dinner with a smile! :)

Really- I would prefer him to tell me what he wants, because last night I made one of my favorite dinners (kielbasa and sauerkraut) and he ate only one serving (a cook's nightmare!)

SO, if you want to whip up a weeknight steak dinner, here's a good one to try.

I love the crunchy topping on the mushrooms. Very tasty!




Ingredients

* 1 beef T-bone or Porterhouse steak, cut 1 inch thick
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs (I used Italian-seasoned)
* 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
* 2 1/4 teaspoons steak seasoning blend
* 8 ounces button mushrooms, cut into quarters (drain a can of mushrooms)
* 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions ( I used minced onion)

Directions

Melt 1 teaspoon butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat; stir in bread crumbs and cheese. Cook and stir 3 to 6 minutes or until lightly toasted. Remove from pan. Set aside.
Press 2 teaspoons steak seasoning evenly onto beef steak. Place steak on rack in broiler pan so surface of beef is 3 to 4 inches from heat. Broil 15 to 20 minutes for medium rare (145 degrees F) to medium (160 degrees F) doneness, turning once.
Meanwhile, melt remaining 2 teaspoons butter in same skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms, onions and remaining 1/4 teaspoon steak seasoning; cook and stir 4 to 6 minutes or until mushrooms are just tender and lightly browned; keep warm.
Remove bone from steak; carve crosswise into slices. Serve with mushrooms. Sprinkle crumb mixture over mushrooms and steak.

*I served it with boiled potatoes, asparagus (recipe is on my sidebar) and a side salad.




Enjoy!