Well...another week is here and now gone. Weather has been just lovely for me. I know I know, most of y'all don't like the excessive rain. But the rain here in Cave Junction, is soo much nicer then
the hard hitting, like pebbles on your back, like Oklahoma and Texas...and it doesn't hurt you either or is hot when it hits you. It's just soft constant rain. Makes for sleeping under the skylights in my living room very comforting. Haven't figured out the
fireplace yet...but soon enough I will. We are also soo close now to Thanksgiving and more and more each week, I look at all the members that are joining in on my blog...and think, what recipes I can add to my Thanksgiving dinner. Got some good ones. And I
can't wait for Thanksgiving this year. It's going to be so different. But still the same..family gathering together, all the hugs and comforts, gathering around the dinner table and getting caught up on passing times. The difference is this year, I won't be
spending it with my side of the family, and it's a 1st in 19 years, as I'm totally missing them, but I sure do love my inlaw's, so I'll totally have to blog about my holiday as well. Anyway, now about the blog... ;-) Let me introduce The Hidden Treasures blog
for those of you, who are looking for the 1st time.
Hidden Treasures....in our boxes, what we have collected, but soon neglected.
How this got started was, I noticed like a lot of us, collecting recipes in our boxes...making a few here and there...but then after getting over a 1,000 in my box I realized...I've not made that
many. And look at what I saved. So instead of working forward...I went backwards to the beginning and thought...I really should make this or that. And then I started seeing why I saved the recipes. Such abundance of recipes sitting there being neglected..watching
others make the same things but not even touching them...so now's the time to stop the madness and start cheering on the under dogs in my box...
So now every Wednesday, I'll be posting a weekly blog focusing on those poor neglected recipes. If you'd like to join in...go for it. All it requires you to do, is look into your Recipe Box starting from the oldest date in your
box and making those that are sitting in there....pretty simple. Recipes wanted are un-made, and un-reviewed by you. Once you've made your oldest recipe, email me @ (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with your screen-name, a link to your recipe selection, your review, and a photo of your recipe. A photo isn't required but it does help with seeing what you have made...good or bad photo, it doesn't matter. Have your stuff to me by midnight every Tuesday
evening and I'll post a blog the following day. And maybe just maybe, our recipe boxes will be full of recipes we've made and not recipes neglected. It doesn't matter if the recipe is another member's personal recipe or Kitchen Approved. Someone will thank
you. So here's where I start. Mine 1st...and I was a mess with it. But it did turn out right and I have to give props for the help.
So I shall begin, I'm mis7up
I'm at times an absentminded professor in the kitchen...things right in front of my face and I can't see it. ;-) This recipe I did...well I'm mixed with my review. I've had the it in my box since
2008, and I have always wanted to make it...think again...didn't and forgot about it. So to my dismay, I think I'll try the Scented Applesauce~Cinnamon Ornaments, once more...others have had success but it wasn't in my favor this round....for only 2 ingredients,
it was some work.
But also need to say, I was in the ornament mood for the holidays, so I also made Ornament Dough also from Allrecipes as well. Since it wasn't an old recipe, nor has it been my box very long. I
didn't add it to the blog, but will be in a blog coming soon.
My review is as follows:
I'm going to say, this as so so for me. The end result for the 6 ornaments I got out of the batch did great. However equal parts didn't match up for me. I ended up having to use more and more and
more cinnamon to get it to a ball like stage. Then the dough stuck to the counter top, so I put on wax paper..that was a mistake because then it didn't come off the wax paper. So then I used parchment. That seem to help but by this time I was getting flustered.
So I decided to shake cinnamon on the counter top like flour and that helped a lot. But after one small portion and 6 tree cut outs. I gave up. Something is a miss here. I did see someone mentioning glue. And maybe that's it. So I'll try again at a later time.
And they did have a scent.
Next up we have Molly,
She's such a sweetie! Molly is totally hoping to join in more on my blogs, and I hope to see what she's got in store. This Scalloped Potatoes and Onions recipe, she has done has been in her box
a while and I took a gander at it myself after looking at her review because this recipe doesn't use milk and I'm totally interested in that.
Her review is as follows:
Made this as part of mis7up's Hidden Treasures challenge. This recipe has been in my box since 12-29-2010. We really enjoyed this recipe. It was much lighter than your traditional scalloped potatoes
that are made with milk and cheese. I thought the chicken broth added a lot of flavor to this recipe. I did not peel the skins off the potatoes and covered the pan with foil. Baked with foil for 1 hour, uncovered and baked for 30 additional minutes. Perfectly
baked and delicious.
Next up is loves to cook,
Glad to see LTC here on the blog ;-) She's had this popular recipe in her box since, October 2009. She didn't have a photo of this recipe, so I provided an old one from...wow...it's been since November
2008...and I can't believe it's been that long since I've made it...was intended to make it today but it was nice out. And I might add to this post of LTC's, this recipe totally is a top reviewed recipe on allrecipes.com. With just under 2,500 reviews and
over 59 thousand people have this recipe in their box. Not only is the Amish White Bread recipe wonderful, but, as me being an absent-minded professor in the kitchen the day I sent out to make this..I made several batches, one sweet and one not sweet. Either
way you go on this recipe. You have a winner. I guarantee it. It's fabulous!!! And you can count on that. I guess now I need to make it again and get a newer photo up ;-)
Her recipe review is as follows:
This has been a very easy bread to make. Just brushed it for looks with egg yolk wash. Came out lovely and soft and is a great sweet bread! Will go in my bread rotation!
Next up is Jodi,
Hi ya Pal! So glad your in for another recipe round. Jodi's recipe has been in her box since April 2007. And I guess it's about time. Looked at the recipe myself and it does look fairly nice. Not
to worry Jodi, I was able to lighten your photo up some. And not bad, not bad. Another recipe worth making. Her recipe was a Ham Cheddar Chowder and what better timing for it then to make this, it's perfect for the season.
Her recipe review is as follows:
This was pretty good, DH didn't love it but said it was ok. I followed the recipe closely. I used everything it called for plus a couple of additions: I used whole wheat flour for the flour like
I usually do, and I added corn and garlic as other reviews had commented on. I think I expected it to be more flavorful but it could have used a boost for flavor.
Next up is xraybarb (=
And it's about time missy!! =) I've missed ya! I know this gal can cook. I'm glad she joined too! Both recipes she did below, have been in her box since January 2010, and I've been told she's got
many that are listed around the same time in her box waiting to be made. I'm not sure how I feel about the soup recipe she made.... but if she gave it a 4 star it might be worth looking into.
Her reviews for both recipes are as follows:
This was good. Probably better than I expected (= I tweaked it just a bit. Rather than dirty two pans, I toasted the oatmeal in the skillet first, and set aside in a bowl until the end. Then I used olive oil rather than butter,
sauteing the onion first, then adding the garlic when the onion was nearly through (so as to not burn the garlic.) I also added a heaping tbsp of beef bouillon to the soup. I wasn't sure I'd like the"chunks" of tomato in the soup, but I did - though they were
rather large coming out of the can, so I broke them up some with my spatula.
Next up we have Shearone,
She's done a tasty look bar that's been in her recipe box since Nov. 2010, not long, but man does this look great or what. She's done Pecan Pie Bars. I'm thinking these would be a great to do a
pecan pie as a bar. Hers really look like they hold up well in the hands..probably not long in some one's hands but I'm thinking they didn't last long at her house.
Her review as follows:
Yummy Pecan Bars! I wanted a thicker bar so I made in an 9" x 13" pan and allowed more baking time - just make sure the filling only jiggles slightly before removal from oven and allow to cool completely.
I used 1/2 brown sugar and 1/2 white sugar plus 1 T. of bourbon. If you love pecan pie, you would enjoy this. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for all the submissions, good or bad or indifferent, the recipes are finally made and that's a plus. I want to thank all for emailing submissions. And anyone that didn't get on this blog,
will the following Wednesday. Just remember, we are only human ;-) And we humans need food. Lets not neglect these delish recipes and start making them to show others. Even if the recipes are not so great...still submit them...good or bad ;-)