About kathryncooks

I'm a lovable, geeky, foodie.

Cream Puffs

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3-4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons water
  • 1 egg

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Combine the water, butter, salt and sugar in a sauce pan.
  3. When the mixture is fully incorporated, add flour.
  4. Stir until the mixture forms into a ball and cook some of the moisture out.
  5. Place in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment.
  6. Let beat for a minute to let the dough cool slightly.
  7. Add eggs one at a time until you get a shiny dough.
  8. Using a piping bag, pipe dough into small mounds on parchment paper.
  9. Combine the remaining egg and water to make an egg wash.
  10. Brush the egg wash onto the dough and knock down any tips there maybe.
  11. Bake at 425 degress for 15 minutes.
  12. Lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake another 20 minutes until the cream puffs are puffed up and golden brown.
  13. Take out of the oven and poke a hole in the side to let out excess steam.
  14. Move to a cooling rack.
  15. When cooled fill with your favorite filling.

Source:  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cream-puffs-recipe-1940672

Honey Chicken Marinade

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Marinate chicken 1 to 6 hours.

Pickled Beets 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 large cans sliced beets
  • 2 large white onions, sliced
  • 4 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons pickling spice
  • 4 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 4 tablespoons minced garlic

Directions:

  1. Drain the beets, discarding the liquid.
  2. Slice the onion in thin strips.
  3. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a large pan to make a pickling liquid.
  4. Boil then reduce to a simmer for about 5 minutes.
  5. Sterilize 6 pint size canning jars and rings in a pot of boiling water and let cool.
  6. Drain the pickling liquid, discarding solids.
  7. Layer the beets and onions starting with beets and ending with onions.  Pack slightly.
  8. Ladle pickling liquid over the beets and onion, making sure the jars are filled with liquid.
  9. Let jars sit until they are cool.
  10. Screw on the lid and store in the refrigerator.

Source:  Based on https://whatsintheoven.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/pickled-beets/

Jack Daniels Marinade

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup Jack Daniels
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

Directions:

  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Pour over meat.
  3. Let marinade 6-24 hours.

Source:  My kitchen

Creamy Potato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of bacon, cut into 1′ pieces
  • 1/4 cup bacon grease
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 pounds of potatoes, cut into 1/2′ pieces
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces sour cream

Directions:

  1. In a  large pot, fry bacon until crispy and reserve 1/4 cup of the bacon grease.
  2. Take the bacon out and drain on a paper towel.
  3. With the grease in the pot, sautee the onion and thyme until soft.
  4. Sprinkle the flour in and whisk together for about 1 minute.
  5. Add the chicken broth and stir to combine.
  6. Add the potatoes and milk.
  7. Let come to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  8. Simmer about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
  9. Stir in the sour cream and cheese.

Adapted from:  http://sugarapron.com/2015/11/02/creamy-potato-soup/

Italian Wedding Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4  cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 3 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 quarts chicken broth
  • 1 bag frozen spinach, well drained
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup small pasta

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine ground beef, eggs, cheese, basil, onion, pepper and salt.
  2. Mix well with your hands.
  3. Using a tablespoon, scoop out meatball mixture and form into balls.
  4. In a large pot, bring the chicken broth to a boil.
  5. Once boiling, add in the meatballs, spinach, carrots and celery.
  6. Cook until the meatballs are done through.
  7. Add in the pasta and cook according to package directions.

Adapted from:  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/13434/mamas-italian-wedding-soup/

Bourbon Beef Marinade

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Marinate beef for 12-24 hours.
  3. Grill according the your favorite method.

Source: Kikkoman

Peach Cobbler

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups peaches, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter and pour into a 9×13 baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, mix the flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. Add the milk and stir just until the dry ingredients are moist.
  4. Pour the batter into the pan, but don’t mix.
  5. Slice peaches and sprinkle 1 cup of sugar on them plus the lemon juice.
  6. Pour the peaches into the pan, but don’t mix.
  7. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes.

Source:  http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/easy-peach-cobbler

Coke Brined Fried Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups Coke
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 4 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 6 chicken thighs and 6 legs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl combine the coke, salt, thyme, garlic and hot sauce.
  2. Pour over the chicken parts.
  3. Let marinade about 6 hours.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and cayenne pepper.
  5. Coat the chicken with the flour mixture.
  6. Fry until golden brown.
  7. Finish at 350 until the juices run clear.

Peach Pound Cake

Ingredients:

  • 3 sticks butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 ounce container sour cream
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups fresh peaches, diced

Directions:

  1. Cream the butter in a stand mixer.
  2. Add the sugar and beat until fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs in one at a time, until the yolks are combined.
  4. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda.
  5. Add half of the flour mixture to the mixer.
  6. Add the sour cream and vanilla.
  7. Add the rest of the flour mixer.
  8. Stir in the peaches,
  9. Grease and flour a bundt pan.
  10. Pour batter into the pan.
  11. Bake at 325 for about 1 hour 30 minutes (start checking about 1 hour 20 minutes).
  12. Let cool in the pan 15 minutes.
  13. Turn out on a cake plate and let cool completely.

Source:  http://www.gonnawantseconds.com/2015/07/peach-pound-cake/