Sunday, September 29, 2013

sugar cookie bars

This recipe is courtesy of my used-to-be next-door neighbor and always-will-be friend, Aubrey.  I'm not sure where she got it, or if it was her original creation.  Either way, it's delicious and worked out great- even with the toss-it-all-in-at-once approach I used.  Top it with orange frosting and spooky sprinkles, and it's the perfect Halloween treat!  Here is the recipe I used.  Note: This recipe also makes great sugar cookies, just bake for less time (10ish min).  I also froze individual cookie dough balls (on a sheet cake pan, then transferred them to a ziploc once they were solid), and they froze and thawed etc. really well!

RECIPE: Sugar Cookie Bars

1 c sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp milk

2 1/4 c flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 c shortening
1/4 c butter

Preheat oven to 375F. Add the first set of ingredients into a mixer (or large bowl).  Mix. Then add the second set of ingredients.  Mix until dough forms but not too much after.  Pack into a (greased) 9x13 cake pan.  Then bake at 375F for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through and golden.  Let cool, then frost/cut/eat! :)

Monday, September 23, 2013

red enchiladas

New Mexico, sometimes I miss you like crazy. Eating these enchiladas with a side of frijoles was one of those times. Mmm. ¡Viva Nuevo México!

RECIPE: Red Enchiladas

Yield: Two 8x8 pans*
*One will feed a family of 4-5 easily. Freeze or share the second pan! Two in one; hooray! 

1 lb ground beef
1 onion, diced
1 lg can red enchilada sauce
2 c shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese (opt)
10-12 corn tortillas

Brown beef with onion. Drain. Add a bit of the enchilada sauce to the meat.

In a 9x13 pan (or two 8x8s), put down a little sauce. Then fill tortillas and roll, placing the rolls in the pan(s) next. Once the rolled enchiladas are packed in, pour on the remaining sauce. Top with shredded cheese(s). 

Bake at 400F for 15 min or until cheese is melted. Serve warm, and enjoy!

Note: Serve with pinto beans (Rinse and drain, then add s&p and garlic powder, a bit of water, and nuke for 2 minutes... easy!) and top with sour cream. Yum!