Saturday, May 28, 2011

Scrumptious Chocolate Brownies

Another favorite from Grandma:

4 T cocoa powder
1-1/2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup (4 oz) egg beaters (= 2 eggs)
1/2 cup melted margarine or corn oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups chopped nuts
1-1/4 cup sifted flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Oil a 9" x 13" pan. Mix all ingredients and beat for 1 minute. Pour into pan. Bake 35 min. Cool and cut into squares.

Tim's Famous Curry Chicken Salad

1 cooked chicken, shredded
2/3 cup plain yogurt
3 T mayonnnaise
1 inch ginger root, peeled and finely grated
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 T lime juice
1 T brown sugar
1 small red pepper, chopped
2 T hot curry paste (Patak's is the best)
1 tsp ground cumin
Fresh ground pepper

Combine the ginger, garlic, lime juice, brown sugar, curry paste, cumin, and black pepper and stire until sugar is dissolved. Add the yogurt and mayonnaise and mix well. Pour over chicken and red pepper and stir.

Uilani's New Mexico Hot Chocolate

When I lived in Hawaii, got this from a friend at work in an e-mail, circa winter 1997. Sent it to Mom, who probably had more use for it in snowy Connecticut. I printed it out and sent it via snail mail to Mom. The e-mail from Ui found its way into her recipe box.

This morning I pulled out all my cookbooks and found this New Mexican hot chocolate recipe, and actually *made* it, and ate it with my feet up while gazing out at the Koolau Mountain Range. Life IS good.

1/8 cup unsweetended cocoa
1/8 cup sugar
1/8 cup water
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix in a pot and simmer on medium until all melted. Add 1-1/8 cups milk, simmer shortly, take off stove. Add 1/2 tsp almond flavoring, 1/2 ts vanilla. Using rotary beater, beat until frothy. Pour into a big fat mug, top with cinnamon. Kick back with some tunes - a little Lisa Loeb or Jewel, perhaps, and just breathe....

Tim's Famous Green Olive Spread

40 pitted green olives (preferably Spanish)
1/2 tsp. capers
1 T blanched slivered almonds
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp thyme
fresh ground pepper
1/4 cup olive oil

Place all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor. Pulse for 5-10 second or until all ingredients are finely chopped. Add the olive oil in a slow stream while processing until everything is well blended.

Lemon Cheese Coffee Cake

This is from Grandma:

2-1/2 cups unsifted flour
1 package fast rising yeast
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup water
3 T butter or margarine, softened
1 large egg

Mix 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar, and salt.

In small pan over low heat heat water and butter til warm.

At low speed add water mixture and egg to flour mixture - Beat at medium speed add last of flour - place dough in a greased bowl. Cover with towel - let rise till it doubles about 30 min.

1 pack lite cream cheese
1 lg egg yolk
1/2 cup sugar
2 T flour
2 tsp grated lemon peel
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup seedless raisins

1 lg egg white

Roll out dough, fill, fold sides and make horse shoe; slit ends. Cover with towel let rise until about double 30 mins? Brush on egg whites - sprinkle with sugar. Bake about 25 min at 325 degrees or until brown.