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No Eggs? No Problem!

19 Aug

Necessity is the mother of all altered recipes, I’ve learned.  As I have stated before, I am lazy.  I enjoy baking and cooking new things, but HATE to have to leave the house to get anything I’m out of.  Case-in-point, yesterday the boys were napping (as they are now) and I couldn’t sleep because the little boy had his feet in my face and the big boy was snoring.  So, I figured I would make something.  I looked in the pantry and saw we had oatmeal, I knew I had just purchased flour, chocolate-chip oatmeal cookies it was.  I even got so far as to mix the dry ingredients and add in the milk (almond in this house), after creaming butter and sugar, when I realized I didn’t have any eggs.  I know, I know, how could I be so lazy as to not even have eggs.  Believe me, I have gotten numerous scoldings from my baker-sister regarding a lack of stocking my pantry with basics.  THAT is a whole other post, though.
Anyway, I thought, “You need to use your Almond Milk before it goes bad so just add a bit more to the mix.”  Seemed like a substantial thought at the time.  So, I did.  This is what turned out:

Look good, huh?!  My son woke up from his nap, just in time to see the m&ms and was more than excited.  I even had the second half of the batch, uncooked, in the bowl.  With no eggs, I had no problems letting him taste a big ol’ spoonful of the concoction.  The reaction?  “MMMMMMM!”  Now, if that doesn’t say they are good, I don’t know what does.  The texture is obviously different from traditional oatmeal cookies, but by using the almond milk I almost made a sort of oatmeal cookie bar.  I can’t explain it, you would just have to try it!

With no further ado:

Amber’s No-Egg Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies

  • 1/4 cup butter, margarine or butter substitute (for my vegan buds)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (THIS is our favorite brand)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups quick cook oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, m&ms, or carob pieces

Cream butter and sugars, stir in milk and vanilla until mixed well.  Add dry ingredients,  except for oats and chocolate, until incorporated well.  Stir in oats and chocolate.  Spoon heaping TBSP onto parchment lined cookie sheets and bake at 350* for approximately 12 minutes.  Cookies should cool a couple minutes before removing them from the cookie sheet.  Transfer to wire rack and let cool completely.  Cookies will “firm up” upon cooling.  Store in airtight container.  Yield: 1.5 doz cookies

 

 

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I want candy

7 Apr

I have always been impressed with those who are able to make candied anything: nuts, fruit, hard, soft, etc., etc.  I have been successful in making melted chocolate candies and even made a few batches of marshmallows one Christmas.  So, when I saw this recipe, I jumped on it, hoping that I would find another candy I could easily make with few ingredients and no need to heat sugar to a particular temperature.

One thing I did not really think about was the average relative humidity in Florida…a MILLION %.  Okay, not really, but it is anywhere from 10-20% higher in the Orlando area compared to Dallas.  BUT, the oddest thing is my grandmother’s home in East Texas is very close to Shreveport, LA.  In doing a bit of research, I did find that the relative humidity of that area is very similar to ours.  So, in theory, the only thing that would make much of a difference in recipes would be out altitude.  To make a long story longer, this recipe did not really turn out all that great in the end.

If you live in a northern or western state where it’s commonly dry, then this should be a good recipe for you!

Before I begin, this is a very time consuming process.  It requires boiling, boiling, cooking down, and then letting everything cool and dry.

Candied Citrus Peel

  • 2 medium oranges
  • 2 medium lemons
  • 1 medium grapefruit
  • Boiling water (2 @ 8 cups each)- boil peel in this
  • another 1.5 cups water (use in recipe)
  • 1.75 cups sugar (plus another 1-2 cups for later)
  • 1/2 cup lite corn syrup
  • 1 pkg (3oz) lemon flavor gelatin

With a sharp knife, score and peel fruits into quarters; pull away from pulp (save fruit for another day’s salad). *side note: oranges are very pithy…peel as much of it away as you can*  With the sharp knife, cut peel into long, thin strips.  Heat peels and 8 cups of water in a large kettle over high heat to boiling; boil for 15 minutes; drain peels in colander and rinse.  With 8 more cups of hot water, boil peels 15 minutes (again); drain.  In same kettle over high heat, add 1.5 cups water, sugar, and corn syrup; heat until boiling and sugar dissolves, stir frequently.  Gently stir in peels.  Reduce heat to med-low and cook until most of syrup has been absorbed, about 40-50 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat; gently stir in gelatin until dissolved; cool 10 minutes.  Mixture will be thick and sticky.  Onto wax paper, place 1 cup of sugar; lightly roll a few pieces in sugar.  Continue and add more sugar if necessary.  Place the sugar coated peels in a single layer on wire racks overnight or about 12 hours.  Store in tightly covered container up to two weeks.

Mine looked like this after they dried.  My son really liked the lemon peels, I think because I hadn’t really trimmed enough of the pith from the oranges.  I also forgot to use a grapefruit.  These would have made it to work with my husband except that I left the container on top of the stove and there is a vent from the oven that made all of the peels get all melty and drippy (if those are actually terms).  So, I ended up having to toss them.

I think I would also add limes to the mix in the future.

Grandma’s Notes: 4/3/99- Made strawberry pie for April (1st one I ever made); also made a chocolate pie.  We had a birthday party for April.  She got so many nice gifts.  Today, a lot of wind and rain.  THANK YOU LORD FOR LOVING ME WITH ALL MY IMPERFECTIONS.  HELP ME TO IMPROVE.  PRAISE YOUR NAME, NO STORM HERE.

Pear Honey

31 Dec

Let me just say how awesome the trips to the stores were today!  Knowing that I was embarking on unmarked territory in the Horton-Miller kitchen was the coolest feeling ever.  I even looked forward to driving to the south end of the county in order to get canning jars.  No, Walmart doesn’t have them (they are seasonal here), Hobby Lobby is a solid 45 minutes away, and I enjoy going to Ace Hardware.  In fact, I had not been to one since moving from Texas!

So…about the shopping…When I picked out my Ball jars, I knew that many of the future recipes call for quart sized ones.  So, that’s what I got today.  Although, in retrospect, I should have opted for the pint or jam/jelly jars to spread this recipe out farther.  No biggie.  You live and you learn.  As for the produce and other ingredients, I chose to get them at Publix because of the variety and freshness.

Pretty, huh?  As the process progressed, the concoction became a beautiful amber-honey color.  From left to right you see the raw ingredients, pears and pineapple with lime zest, sugar added, & on the heat

Oh, and as a side note, to the novice canners of the world: I made the mistake of sterilizing my jars in the dishwasher and not timing the cooking and drying very well.  So, I had to call for reinforcements to come get the jars out, just as they were going into the “dry” cycle of the dishwasher.  No biggie though, hubby grabbed the jars and put them on the counter (on a towel) and I poured, very carefully, the hot liquid into a 4-cup Measuring cup and then into the jars.

I ended up with 2 1/2 quarts of THIS:

I’m thinking about finding a recipe for some good, old-fashioned biscuits to pour this over…perhaps some vanilla bean ice cream instead.  All I know is that come January 1st (the date of the recipe)…someone is going to have something yummy in their tummy!  Stay tuned for the accompanying recipe for New Year’s Day!