Monday, September 5, 2022

Waste Not, What Not: Graham Cracker Crust Biscuits


Hello, Darlings

I don’t know about you, but I am not a great fan of the graham cracker crust mix that comes with some frozen pies. It is much too sweet. In the past I would just toss the packet, and then make an old fashion homemade crust or use a store bought ready to use crust to cover the top of the pie, either a single layer or latticed. That was then, but today, I changed things around.

I love brewing and drinking tea, so instead of just tossing the graham cracker crust packet, I used it the make tea biscuits. 


My husband ate them ... ALL! Sooo, I added this generic photo, which looks like them. The recipe is fool proof.

All you need to do is the following:

1.      Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2.      Add a single homemade crust or a store bought crust with ½ cup of the graham cracker crust mix to a large bowl.

3.      Knead the two together until mixed well. Don’t worry that some pieces of the graham mix are not completely blended in the dough. Those pieces add to the texture of the biscuits. Remember, you will want the dough thin but not holey thin.  

4.      Next cut out enough squares or use a small biscuit cutter to cut out at least 12 to 14 biscuits.

5.      Then, place the biscuits on an ungreased cookie sheet, about a half inch apart and bake for 5 to 6 minutes, or until lightly golden.

6.      Cool about 3 minutes.

7.      Finally, sit back with a saucer full of the biscuits to dunk in an aromas cup of your favorite morning or evening tea.

That’s it! Too simple, right? I hope you’ll enjoy them.

P.S. These tea biscuits remind me of Snickerdoodles.

Until next time,

          Chow, Darlings

 

Download the PDF,

Widescreen Online Review

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Did You Know That You Can Nuke Your Potatoes?

 Hello, Darlings

About four decades ago, I got in a pinch for time while making dinner. I intended to bake a few potatoes in the oven as part of the main course, and I had wash them, and set them aside, but I went to prep something else, and  promptly forgot to put the potatoes in the oven. Drats!

It was about 20 minutes before everyone arrived home expecting a hot meal before settling down for the evening.  

So what did I do with those prepped potatoes?

Yes, I nuked them! But you guessed that from the title of this article.

Anyway, since potatoes come in difference sizes, below is my list for nuking your own hot potatoes in as little as possible. Don’t forget to puncture the potatoes with a fork on all four sides 2 to 3 times to vent and avoid exploring; also turn each potato once. Microwave the small potatoes on setting 7, and the larger ones on high.

As potatoes comes different sizes, so do microwave. Therefore, this tip is for microwaves in range of 900 to 1200 watts.

  • Jumbo/King - microwave for 10 to 12 minutes
  • Large - microwave for 8 ½ - 9 1/2 minutes
  • Medium - 8 -9 minutes
  • Small - 6 -71/2 minutes. You know that these are the runts in the bag.
For steaming smaller potatoes, like golden butter or small simply red potatoes

  • Wash the potatoes

  • Place in a microwave streaming pan, like the one pictured below for 15-20 minutes, or use your steamer pot – electric or stovetop.   

Additional tip: The great thing about microwaving potatoes is that you can make quick and easy twice baked potatoes by nuking them.  First preheat the oven or toaster oven on broil. Then nuke the potatoes. While the oven is still heating, spoon out the potatoes meat from it skin into a mixing bowl. Mix in your ingredients, and transfer back into the skins. Place potatoes on a cookie sheet or baking rack and brown for 2 to 3 minutes or until desire brownness is reached.

Also, try a little pizza seasonings on your baked potatoes.

And, that’s it! An easy way to have your baked potatoes in no time.

Enjoy.

Until next time,

Chow,

Darlings

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Evelyn’s Air Fryer Yellow Cornbread

Hello, Darlings

For those of you that like your cornbread a little more sweeten and buttery, I have a couple of ingredients updates in the notes below.

Enjoy!

Original post:

Hello, Darlings

After my air fryer recipe using “Martha White® Self-Rising Enriched White Corn Meal Mix” with egg whites and rice milk was a hit. I decided to try baking yellow cornbread in a similar fashion.

 It worked! 

Using a standard yellow cornbread recipe, I was able to convert it down to size for use in my six inch baking pan and my air fryer (Big Boss).

The hardest part of this was waiting 5 minutes to let it cool before tasting it. It is delicious. It looks white in the photos but it is yellow. It just the lighting.


 
 

Evelyn’s Air Fryer Yellow Cornbread

Ingredients

  • ¾  cup yellow cornmeal
  • ½  cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4   tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4  teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3/4  cup rice milk
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 320 degrees F
  2. Add vegetable oil to your six inch round pan and roll around to coat sides and place in preheated air fryer. Do not remove.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add the  egg whites and rice milk. Mix well.
  4. Pour the batter into the preheated pan.
  5. Air fry for 15 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick placed in the center of cornbread comes out clean.
  6. Remove from air fryer and Let cool or, warm serve.

 Notes: To sweeten and add a buttery taste to this yellow cornbread recipe increase the sugar by one (1) teaspoon and substitute the vegetable oil out for 2 pads of melted butter.

Enjoy!

 

Written by Widescreen Online Review Plus

Like with my other Air Fryer recipe, this recipe is also good for people who must watch their cholesterol levels and gluten intake.

Enjoy!

Until next time,

Chow,

     Darlings

Download a copy of Evelyn’s Air Fryer Yellow Cornbread , Evelyn's Air Fried Cornbread,

and Evelyn’s Air Fryer Yellow Cornbread UPDATE PDFs.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Florida at Night

 Hello, Darlings

It's  been awhile, I know . However, I have been busy with other things, like major dental work. I can't say that it's my favorite thing. In face, dental work is no wheres near my favorite thing to do. After years of neglect, it has become a must, and because of the extent of dental work I must endure to regain my beautiful smile, I highly encourage anyone thinking of putting off their annual dental care, to think again. God, if I could turn back time

Nevertheless, tonight, as I was considering going out into the garden to water it, I decided to see if the weather was clear.

Check out this video, because this is what I saw.


 Well, after viewing this, I decided to water the garden on another night. This is one night that Paul Dellegatto at Fox 13 would probably say, if  all possible stay in.

Until next time,

Chow,

     Darlings

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Our Air Fryer Pork Chops

 Hello, Darlings

Below is my recipe for air fryer pork chops. With this recipe you can cook chops in half the time than when baking or on a stove top. I also added that for those of you who must limit your sugar intake that you can use reduced or sugar free maple syrup as a substitute for the pure maple syrup.

 

Air Fryer Pork Chops

Ingredients

·       3-4 Boneless Pork Chops (Thick Cut)

·       Salt

·       Ground Black Pepper

·       Apple pie or Pumpkin seasoning

·       ¼ cup Maple syrup (pure, reduce or sugar free)

·       1 tablespoon Butter favored margarine

 

Directions

  1. In mixing bowl season pork chops with salt, pepper; apple pie seasoning.  Microwave butter favored margarine with maple syrup for 45 second in glass measuring cup
  2. Pour over pork chop and flip chops until cool enough to add to large plastic zip lock bag; turn bag to cover chops with maple syrup mixture.
  3. Place bag in refrigerator for 20 minutes or overnight.

4.     Meanwhile, coat the air fryer with regular cooking spray and preheat at 360o F for 5 minutes.

5.     While air fryer is heating take pre-coated pork chop and place them on air fryer rack to drain. Reserve maple syrup mixture in bag to coat and retain moisture in the chops during cooking.

6.     Then place the pork chops in the air fryer and cook for 4 minutes. Use the Reserve maple syrup mixture as necessary.

7.     Carefully flip the pork chops and cook for an additional 4 minutes or until done.

8.     Serve with your choice of sides, and enjoy.

 

Note:


1.       For pork chops less than 2 inches, reduce air frying time by half. Check for doneness.

2.       Likewise, from chops 4 inches or more increase air frying time and check for doneness.

3.       De-bone chops with bones if desired either before or after air frying.

Until next time,

     Chow!

Download the PDF.

Widescreen Online Review Plus