Friday, December 24, 2010

Peanut Butter Pie

You can make this with a store bought crust...graham cracker, oreo etc..but I get slack for using anything but Chips Ahoy cookies for my crust.  My hub, sons and brothers in law all insist this be at the family functions.  I don't like it...but that's a good thing. If I make things I don't eat, I won't get fat. I used Creamy PB today because I bought a gigantic PB for my kids power shakes.

Peanut Butter Pie

18-25 chips ahoy chocolate chip cookies
1/3 c melted butter

1 8oz package cream cheese
1 C powdered sugar
½ c peanut butter (smooth or chunky, I use chunky)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1½ C cool whip

Crumble cookies to make fine crumbs and combine with melted butter.
Pat firmly and evenly into 9” pie plate and chill in the refrigerator

Beat cream cheese, with an electric mixer until smooth.
Beat in sugar, then peanut butter and vanilla

Fold in cool whip with spatula.

Empty filling into chilled cookie crust

Top with shaved chocolate, chopped peanuts or sprinkles

Place in freezer and freeze for a few hours

Remove from freezer about ½ hour before serving to make cutting easier.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Homemade Eggnog

My mom always made homemade eggnog

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Martha's Shutter Organizer...cute!

Wooden shutters can be just as functional and good-looking indoors as out. This refinished trio hangs on the wall over a hallway console. Their louvers are a perfect (not to mention plentiful) spot to tuck invitations, display artwork, or hang a message pad. Vintage coat hooks also get a new use; they are mounted on a wooden plaque and put to work corralling the daily mail.

Shutter How-To
Wooden shutters come in a variety of shapes and sizes. If using multiples, you'll want them to match in size and style. You'll also need a hammer and brads, medium-grit sandpaper, primer, latex paint, a paintbrush, a level, a pencil, a drill, and mounting hardware appropriate for your wall. If shutters have adjustable louvers, lock them in the "up" position by driving a brad through the tilt bar and into the frame (left). Sand, prime, and paint shutters; let dry. Use level to mark position for middle shutter. Drill pilot holes in shutter and the wall; mount with hardware (we used screws and stainless-steel finish washers for a clean look). Repeat with side panels, butting them snugly against middle shutter.
Coat Hook How-ToPaint or stain a precut plaque, available at crafts stores. Paint hooks to desired color (we chose the same shade of green paint that was used on the shutters to unify the two elements). Secure the hooks side-by-side with 1/2-inch wood screws. Repeat to form additional rows to separate your mail.

Read more at Entryway Organizers - Martha Stewart Home and Garden

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Homemade Lasagna Noodles

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I freakin love homemade pasta!   I made Lasagna yesterday....two days prior made homemade ricotta and had to contain myself from eating that out of the jar as is..its so good.

Make the pasta dough about a half hour before you are going to roll it out and put it in the frige

In the food processor:

3 cups flour (I used AP but have cut it with some Semolina when making it in the past, just didn't have any, and I made due)
4 eggs
1 T kosher salt (I really don't measure this, I just throw some in)
1 T olive oil

Whirl it up...add a few drops of water to make it just wet enough to be able to dump out and knead.  (check it first, it may be wet enough, take the lid off and squeeze it, it looks dryer than it is)

After kneading it for a few mins, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate to make it easy to handle.

Cut a piece off and put a tiny bit of flour on it so it doesn't' stick to the pasta machine. I prefer to roll mine out by hand with this, rather than have a motorized one.  I can control it on my own.

Roll  it on the largest setting...which on mine is the SMALLEST number.  Go through twice, and then keep moving it until you get to setting four. Stop at four for lasagna.  This is perfect thickness.
Lay them out on the counter, its okay if they start to dry some..I usually roll them all out and clean up and take a break while the water is coming to a boil.

Big pot, lots of water, lots of salt in the water....even a drop of oil in it if you want.  Bring to boil.

Slowly add them to the water, one at a time and give them a stir after adding a few...mine did not stick at all, but just to be sure, I did this.
Cook four or five  mins, drain and run under cold water for easy handling...and proceed to make your lasagna as you usually do.
Make some homemade ricotta makes a huge difference...its so much better than store bought and cheap too.  Here is the recipe I use...simple!  I promise!
My son's friend left me this on our refrigerators facebook page..I've had this on the fridge for years and love the notes my kids and their friends leave me.