Ta-ta… For Now

Hello, fellow bakers, readers, and chefs! This semester has been very fun learning about the recipes and styles of cooking & baking of families of our past.

This new year, I am taking on a healthy, clean-eating  experience, and unfortunately, this doesn’t include mashed potatoes and brownies 🙂 So, for now, I will be taking a break from posting.

This experience was a blast and I am sure I will be posting new recipes every once and a while!

Adieu! Mwah!

Raisin Squares

The first thing that my brother asked when I popped these out of the oven and told him what they were, was, “Soooo… it’s not chocolate?” No, my dear brother. It’s better than chocolate. 😉


Raisin Squares

Ingredients:

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  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup seedless raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • OPTIONAL:
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa
  • nuts

Directions:

1.Cream butter and sugar.
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2. Add eggs and beat thoroughly.
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3. In a separate container, mix flour and salt.
4. Add flour mix to first mixture.
5. Add raisins, vanilla, and additional goodies.
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6. Mix thoroughly.
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7. Pour into a shallow, well-oiled baking pan.
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8. Bake in oven at 370 degrees for about 35-40 minutes or until brown.
(Tip from my mama: stick a fork, knife, or chopstick in the middle of the pan. If it comes out clean, the desert is ready!)
9. Pull out of the oven and when cooled, cut into squares.
10. Make sure everyone has a piece!

Browneeeeeees

Seriously guys, these brownies were the absolute easiest dish I have ever made!

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Chocolate Chip brownies

Ingredients:

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  • 3/4 cups chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  •  1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions:

1.Melt butter and 1/2 cup of chocolate.

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2. Beat egg yolks until light.

3. Add sugar, salt, flour, and chocolate/butter mixture.

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4. Mix thoroughly.

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5. Pour into a well-oiled pan.

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6. Bake in 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.

7. Cool, cut, and delight in your chocolate goodness!

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Cream of Corn Soup

No, not chicken, but corn soup for the soul ❤ Today felt like the first day of fall. Or however much of a fall season Hawaii can get. Breezy wind, chills running up and down your arms, school, and soup! This was the easiest soup I’ve ever made!


Cream of Corn Soup

Ingredients:

  • IMG_23331 Tablespoon minced onion
  • 3 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped celery leaves
  • 2 cups scalded milk
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup corn
  • salt
  • pepper

Directions:

1.Brown onions and celery leaves in butter.

2. Add flour and mix.

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3. Add milk slowly, constantly stirring,

4. Add water and stir.

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5. Add corn.

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6. Season to taste.

7. Serve with a smile!

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Chicken a la King

This is exactly what I did NOT want to happen… Getting really excited the first couple of weeks, but then kind of fizzle out. Y’all know what I mean?

Oh well. What’s done is done.

On a better note, I am excited to share this very simple and easy recipe-fit-for-a-King with y’all! My family loved this scrumptious dish and you will too!


Chicken a la King

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cups medium white sauce
  • about 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • salt
  • pepper

Directions:

1.Brown mushrooms in butter.

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2. Combine mushrooms and chicken, and green onion.

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3. Season highly.

4. Add white sauce.

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5. Pair with wilted greens, sweet corn, or on top of pasta and enjoy!

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Medium White Sauce

Whenever I prepare a sauce, any sauce, I feel like a sous chef!

There are four types of white sauces-thin, medium, thick, and very thick. A Medium white sauce is usually paired with creamed and scalloped foods. I first used this recipe with my Chicken a la King dish.


Medium White Sauce

Ingredients:

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  • 1 cup scalded milk
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

1. Combine butter and flour.

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2. Add milk slowly, stirring constantly.

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3. Add salt and a few grains of pepper.

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Lemon Cookies

“Sometimes me thinks,

‘What is a friend?’

And then me say,

‘Friend is someone to share the last cookie with!'”

~Cookie Monster, Sesame Street


Lemon Cookies

Ingredients:

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  • 3/8 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 zested lemon rind
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour

(Since I didn’t have cake flour at the time I substituted a mix of all-purpose flour and cornstarch using this tip.)

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

1.Cream butter and sugar.IMG_2261

2. Add beaten egg.

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3. Juice lemon.

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4. Zest lemon rind.

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5. Add lemon rind and juice to mixture.

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6. Combine cake flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

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7. Add flour mix to lemon mix.

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8. Scoop onto cookie sheet with parchment paper.

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9. Bake in oven (425 degrees F) for 10-12 minutes.

10. Write a letter, do some school, finish a puzzle, or just sit by the oven and smell the lemon-y goodness while the cookies are baking.

11. Pull the cookies out of the oven and place the sheet directly on a rack to cool.

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12. Take a bite. You’ve earned it!

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Tomato Soup For The Soul

            I love soups. ❤ They are so comforting, homey, and fantastic for rainy days during the fall season!


Tomato Soup

Ingredients:
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  • 2 cupped canned tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon minced onion
  • 1/2 bay leaf
  • 1 clove
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups of milk
  • salt and pepper to season

Directions:

1.Combine tomatoes, bay leaf, onion, and clove.
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2. Cover. Simmer for 10 minutes.
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3. Rub through sieve.
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Although I really wanted to use my blender for this step, I followed through with the WHOLE recipe and hand pressed the tomatoes through the sieve. I was pretty proud of myself at the end.

4. Combine the melted butter and flour in a separate container.

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5. Add paste to the tomato puree.

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6. Let simmer for 5 minutes.

7. Add the cold milk, slowly.

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8. Heat to boiling.

9. Season to taste.

10. Smile as you sip! 🙂

Indian Pudding

Indian pudding. When I first chose this as my first dish, I had no idea what I would be making.  When I pulled the finished dish out of the oven, all I could think of was scooping out a piece and divulging in the divine goodness!


Pudding

Ingredients:

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  • 1/2 cup corn meal
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup molasses (I used substituted the same amount of molasses for maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • (optional) 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 4 cups scalded milk

Directions:

1.Combine corn-meal, flour, molasses, sugar, egg, salt, ginger, and cinnamon.IMG_21352. Beat thoroughly.

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3. Add scalded milk, stirring slowly.

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4. (optional) Add raisins.

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5. Pour into a well-oiled baking dish.
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6. Bake in oven at 325 Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
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7. Take out of the oven and stir. Then put the dish back in the oven for 30 more minutes.

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8. When finished, take out of the oven and pour the lemon sauce over the pudding.IMG_2164

9. Enjoy!


Lemon Sauce

Ingredients:

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  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

Directions:

1. Heat molasses to boiling, stirring constantly.

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2. Melt butter in molasses.

3. Boil for 1 minute.

4. Add the lemon juice.

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5. Mix thoroughly.

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Welcome!

Hello family, friends, and esteemed guests! Today, I have embarked on a journey through time. In Salem, Oregon, there are many shops where vintage items are bought and sold. Last week, I found this great find at one of said shops: a 1930-40s cookbook! The Searchlight Recipe Book is full of simple, delightful, and mouth-watering dishes that I cannot wait to share with you all! Recipe Book

I am starting this blog as a school class(I am homeschooled 🙂 ), but I hope it does not just end there! Twice a week, I will take a recipe, create the dish, and share the experiment with you, so you may delight in it for yourselves!

Are you ready? I am!