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Spring is coming on quick 
Apr. 18, 2011 2:45 pm 

I am such a dreadful blogger, I am terrible at getting around to posting anything even when I have plenty to talk about! Today's post is inspired by having lots and lots to talk about mainly today's cooking extravaganza :) First off I will give some back-story to why the major cook-athon went on today. If you read my last blog (posted ages ago... ) you may remember that I said I work up in Slave Lake during the summers as a bird bander. Over this winter I have been living with my Dad and every morning for the past couple days I have been looking out the window and seeing more and more robins and juncos and tree sparrows, a sure sign that it is time to join them in their migration and head on north! Unfortunately for my Dad it means he is losing his personal chef ;p So to make his life a little easier and ease the transition of my leaving I decided to make him a plethora of baking and ready-made meals for his freezer.

Last night I took care of the baking, I made some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (my Mother's recipe from when we were growing up, a favorite of my Dad's), Chocolate fudgeys (super easy and crazy delicious and reasonably healthy cookie, I'll put the recipe at the end), Pecan tarts (I just used a basic pecan pie recipe with corn syrup, brown sugar, butter and eggs), Pecan pie cookies (I had some leftover pecan pie filling from the tarts so I added some flour, wheat germ, coconut and rolled oats until it was the right consistancy then baked them at 350 for 10 minutes), and lastly some mint chocolate brownies, I used the recipe MMMMM brownies from this site, I liked it but they ended up being a little more cakey than I like in a brownie. The mint part of them was I had some pastel coloured mint meltaway chips that I sprinkle over the top before baking. The mints melted down nicely and created a wonderful easter coloured minty layer over top of the chocolate brownies.

This morning I woke up early and after some cereal and bird watching I dove right into the cooking! I started off with a little bit of baking that I didn't get around to last night, namely the most important part of easter: hot-crossed buns! Another recipe that my Mom used to make when we were growing up and something that my Dad misses terribly (Check the end for that recipe as well). I followed that up by making a salmon casserole, chicken chili, peppered steak pasta, steak in a mushroom sauce with mashed potato, meatloaf with roasted potato and chicken hurry over rice (check the end for that one). It all totalled out to 28 ready-made meals to get my Dad through the few weeks of night shifts during the mill shut-down.

One more thing that I have been meaning to blog about is a plug for this wonderful blog that I found called the italian dish  http://italiandish.squarespace.com/ I really like this little blog and the recipes are amazing!! Everything I have tried is very very good and the instructions and pictures are beautiful :) I particularily recommend the recipe for roasted vegetable lasagna, simply divine!

And now for the recipes :D

Chocolate fudgeys

1 box devil's food cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup applesauce
1 tbsp melted margarine

Combine all the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix until well blended. Drop by tsp onto a baking sheet lined with parchment. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Makes about 25 cookies.

Hot-crossed buns

4 cups flour (set aside 1 cup)
1 envelope instant yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. each cloves and nutmeg
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup milk
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup margarine
1 egg

1 egg/ 1 tbsp water

1 cup icing sugar

Combine flour, yeast, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and raisins in a large bowl. Heat water, milk, and margarine until hot to the touch. Stir hot liquid into dry ingredients. Mix in 1 egg. Stir in enough of the reserved flour to make a soft dough that doesn't stick to thebowl. Turn out onto a floured board and knead until smooth. Make into buns and space 2" apart on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise 40 min. Mix egg yolk with water and brush over the surface of the buns. Snip an X into each bun. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool. Mix 1 cup of icing sugar with just enough water to make a thick icing and draw and X on the top of each bun with the icing.

Chicken Hurry

8 Chicken thighs or drumsticks, or 4 chicken breasts
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 envelope onion soup mix

Arrange chicken pieces in a casserole dish. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over chicken. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 min- 1 hour or until chicken is done. Delicious over rice or mashed potatoes.

And that is all for now, have a wonderful easter! Next time I post it will be from one of my favorite places back to doing my favorite thing :)
Some rice crispy dinosaur easter eggs :)
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About Me
I have always loved cooking and baking ever since I can remember. I grew up out in the country and the only grocery store was an hour away. We bought everything in bulk and grew a lot of vegetables in the garden and our house was always full of baking, my mom made all our bread and cookies and snacks from scratch and made wonderful meals with wild moose and deer. It taught me to appreciate home cooking and baking and I honestly just don't like most ready made foods, I will always choose to make it myself.
My favorite things to cook
I love baking! I could spend all day baking everything from squares to cookies to pies... The only wish is that I had more occasions to bake for others so that I don't have to eat it all ;p
My favorite family cooking traditions
Any holiday baking with my Mom. Easter was all about making hot crossed buns and it was my job to snip the crosses in and ice them all. Christmas was about lots and lots of gingerbread cookies, a never ending stream of cutting out shapes and then decorating! By the 150th cookie the last thing you want to see is any more frosting, haha.
My cooking triumphs
I made some chicken noodle soup once when I was really sick and man was it good soup.... Haha, I'm serious, it was sooo super good.
My cooking tragedies
Well I have a terrible short term memory and more than one trays of cookies and loaves of bread have fallen victim to me forgetting to set the timer and then getting distracted and leaving...
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