Sunday, August 26, 2012

Pineapple Jalapeno Martini


½ jalapeno pepper, 
seeds removed
1 ½ oz Simple Syrup
2 oz Pineapple vodka
1 oz pineapple juice

Place jalapeno and simple syrup in a shaker and muddle together. Add the rest of the ingredients and ice and shake well. Pour into a martini glass and top with a mint or basil leaf. This recipe is dedicated to some dear friends of mine who know they are sexy, spicy and warm me from the inside out. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Cheesy Potato Beef Pie

1 lb ground beef or turkey
1 onion, chopped
16oz bag mixed vegetables
1/2 cup red wine
4 cups mashed potatoes
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
salt and pepper to taste

Brown beef or turkey with onions. Add the mixed vegetables and wine and simmer until the wine is almost gone. Stir in 1 cup of cheese into the meat mixture. Spread the mashed potatoes over the meat mixture and top with remaining cheese. Place under a broiler until top is nice and brown. Serve with a nice Shiraz

Peanut Butter Cream Sandwich Cookies

Preheat oven to 350

1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
11/4 cups flour
Peanut Cream with Chocolate Chips Filling

Mix peanut butter and shortening until creamy. Add the sugar, egg, and vanilla.  Mix in the baking soda and salt with the flour and add to the mixture beating until combined. Using a small cookie scoop or teaspoon form dough into balls and place on an un-greased cookie sheet or silicone baking mat. Using a fork make the crisscrossed pattern  peanut butter cookies are known for, dipping fork in sugar if it gets to sticky. Bake for 7 minutes. After they have cooled spread the filling on and our yourself a glass of milk or coffee and enjoy.

Peanut Cream with Chocolate Chips Filling

3/4 cup chunky peanut butter
3/4 cup marshmellow fluff
3 tablespoons milk or almond milk
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix all the above together and lavishly spread on cookies.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Lemon-Ginger Martini

2 parts Ginger-Lemon Syrup
1 part vodka

 Rub the rim of a martini glass with a cut lemon and dip in sugar. Place  the syrup and vodka in a shaker add ice and shake it baby! Pour in glass and top with a lemon slice. Cheers x

Ginger-Lemon Syrup

1 cup of sugar
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup chopped fresh ginger
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Boil sugar, water, and ginger together for about 7-10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Pour mixture through a sieve pressing hard on the ginger pieces. Discard the ginger. Store in a glass jar in refrigerator.

Cheeseburger Soup

1lb ground beef
1 medium onion ,chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons flour
28 oz of beef broth
2 medium potatoes, chopped or diced 
14 1/2 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
6oz tomato paste
1/4 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons whole grain mustard
1 cup whole milk

Cheeseburger toppings like pickles, avocado,  onions, bacon, toasted hamburger buns, etc

Brown beef, onions, garlic. Drain off any excess fat. Sprinkle flour over the mixture and cook for a couple of minutes stirring the whole time. Add broth and potatoes, cover and reduce heat, stirring occasionally. Cook about 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Stir in tomatoes, cheese, tomato paste, mustard, ketchup, and milk. Cook until it comes to a boil and cheese is melted. Serve with toppings of your choice. psssst it was so good with pickles :)