Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sweet and Sour Sauce

•1/3 cup white or rice vinegar (Note: rice vinegar gives better results)
•4 tablespoons brown sugar
•1 tablespoon ketchup
•1 teaspoon soy sauce
•2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with 4 teaspoons water

Mix the vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, and soy sauce together and bring to a boil in a small pot. Mix together the cornstarch and water, add to the other ingredients and stir to thicken.

(If desired, you can add 1 green pepper, cut into chunks, and pineapple chunks as desired after adding the cornstarch. For a thicker sauce, increase the cornstarch to 4 teaspoons while keeping the water constant.)

Asian Dipping Sauce

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
3 cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
2 teaspoons sesame oil

1. Whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, honey, garlic, ginger, sesame seeds, sesame oil in a bowl.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Creamy Caramel Apple Dip

3/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
8 oz. cream cheese
apple slices

Mix the first four ingredients together until creamy. Serve with apple slices.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Quick Apple Turnovers

Quick Apple Turnovers

(makes 16)

2 cans crescent rolls
2 large apples (granny smith) peeled and cut into 8 pieces each
Separate dough into triangles--place apple wedges on large end and roll up
Place on a buttered 9x13 baking dish

Mix together:
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 sticks of butter melted
1 tsp vanilla

Pour over rolls:
Take 8 ounces of lemon/lime soda and pour around edges ONLY
Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 for 40 minutes

Can easily cut recipe in half and use an 8x8 baking dish. Delicious!

Joan Crooks

Monday, October 3, 2011

Pasta in Meaty Tomato Cream Sauce

Servings: 8

1 lb ground beef
3/4 lb mild and/or hot ground Italian sausage
2 medium onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jar (26 oz) tomato and basil pasta sauce
1 can (14.5 oz) sliced peeled tomatoes with liquid
1 ½ Tbsp dried basil
1/4 c chopped fresh basil
1 c heavy cream
fresh mushrooms
1 lb pasta of choice, cooked al dente

Brown meat and onions in a large skillet. Drain off excess fat.

Transfer to a crock pot. Stir in next 4 ingredients. Cover and cook on HIGH heat setting 4-4 ½ hours, adding fresh mushrooms toward the end of cooking time, if desired. Stir in fresh basil and cream. Spoon the sauce over the cooked pasta and toss. Serve at once.

Easy and delicious!