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Yummy bread [Jan. 6th, 2005|11:14 am]
Sweet Little Chef
[Current Mood |cheerfulcheerful]

Last night I made Oatmeal Molasses Bread. It was pretty easy to make and boy did it make some yummy toast this morning!

I took pictures and when I get home I'll post them along with the recipe :o)
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ICE CREAM!!! [Dec. 25th, 2004|05:16 pm]
Sweet Little Chef
[Current Mood |cheerfulcheerful]

For Christmas, I got a Cuisinart Ice Cream Machine.

Today I made the recipe in the book that came with it for vanilla ice cream (the kind you have to cook first). It's setting up in the freezer right now.

So who's got some good ice cream or sorbet recipes for me? I'm dying to make some good stuff with it and I'd REALLY like a recipe for soy ice cream if anyone's got one!

Recipes anyone?

Edit: I found a few... but since I really do like using tried and true recipes, I'd love some of the one's you've got!

Vegan Soy Ice Cream
HungryMonster.com Ice Cream Recipes (549 of them!!)
VeganChef.com has a few different ones.
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Nifty! [Nov. 17th, 2004|11:49 am]
Sweet Little Chef
[Current Mood |amusedamused]

I'm sitting here browsing through The Vegetarian Family Cookbook by Nava Atlas and under a section for snacks, I came across this:

Paper Bag Popcorn: Did you know that all popcorn is microwavable? If you buy your own organic popcorn kernels in bluk, it's not only much more economical, but you you control how much salt (if any) goes on, and you avoid preservatives and hydrogenated fats. Here's how: Simply put 1/4 cup unpopped kernels in a lunch-sized brown paper bag. Fold the top over and secure with a couple pieces of tape. Microwave on high for about 2 minutes, until you no longer hear any popping. Transfer to a large bowl and sprinkle with salt to taste. If you'd like, drizzle a small amount of melted non-hydrogenated margarine on the popcorn and stir well.

There's also some recipes for "Make Your Own Flavored Popcorn" - Chili-Spiced Popcorn, Popcorn Parmesan, Peanut Caramel Corn, and Almod-Maple Popcorn.

Just thought I'd share!! The other day I wanted some popcorn and being to lazy to pop the kernels on the stove for regular popcorn, I popped this toffee stuff in the microwave. I was craving salty and ended up with sweet. YUCK. I'll have to remember this for next time!
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Veggie Bars!! [Oct. 22nd, 2004|03:05 pm]
Sweet Little Chef
[Current Mood |hungryhungry]

I've been craving these for weeks now and I'm finally going to make some this weekend. Thought I'd post the recipe for now and once I make them I'll post the pictures that go with it.

Veggie Bars

1 to 2 pkgs Pillsbury croissant rolls
1 cup mayonnaise
1 8oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1 pkg Hidden Valley Ranch dressing/dip mix
2 to 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 to 1 ½ cups broccoli, finely chopped
1 to 1 ½ cups cauliflower, finely chopped
1 medium to large tomato, finely chopped

Note: How much croissant rolls you need depends on the size of your baking sheet. Use more cheese or veggies if desired.

Directions:
Open croissant rolls and press flat into baking sheet, making sure there are no gaps - basically you are making on big croissant sheet. Bake as directed on package. Cool completely before doing anything else!

Combine mayonnaise, softened cream cheese, and ranch mix. Blend well. (The mixture will be lumpy but does set up after being chilled.) Spread mixture over croissants evenly. Sprinkle broccoli, cauliflower, and tomato over mixture evenly. Cover completely with cheese.

Let chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Best if chilled overnight. Once chilled, cut and serve. Enjoy!
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Meringues! [Sep. 7th, 2004|09:10 pm]
Sweet Little Chef
[Current Mood |cheerfulcheerful]

For the wonderful folks of LJ, I made meringues as part of the cookiesforlj "project."  Of course, you know when I cook or bake, I take pictures and post the recipe.  So here it is!

According to the recipe you should yield 24.  I doubled the recipe when I made these and got about 50, so it depends how big you make them.

Meringues

4 egg whites
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract (optional) (or any other extract you want)
a few drops food coloring (optional)

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies (aka "Toad Turds") [Sep. 6th, 2004|11:08 am]
Sweet Little Chef
[Current Mood |cheerfulcheerful]

These have to be some of my very favorite cookies and I'm not one for chocolate!  To me, they really aren't that chocolatey, just sweet.  My dad used to always call these "Toad Turds" whenever me or my mom would make them, so to this day, that's what I usually call them and when looking for a recipe, I actually tried finding it under that name.  Needless to say, that didn't work!  I did find the recipe I was looking for in my "Box-O-Recipe Cards" that I have.  Anyhow... on with the recipe and pictures!

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies (aka "Toad Turds")
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk (I used soy and it works just as good)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups rolled oats (may also use the quick cooking kind, but doing so makes the texture different)

Also, have wax paper handy to drop the cookies on.

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New York Style Cheesecake [Sep. 5th, 2004|12:49 am]
Sweet Little Chef
[Current Mood |calmcalm]

This was a wonderful cheesecake, though I thought it was missing something (not sure what!).  One day, though, I will be able to make my grandma's recipe, which has to be the best cheesecake I've ever had (I need to find the right adjustments for my oven that runs a bit on the warm side).  This recipe can also be found on the Kraft Food website, here.

New York Style Cheesecake
1 cup graham cracker crumbs (I used cinnamon graham crackers)
3 Tbsp. sugar
3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
5 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 cup sour cream
4 eggs

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Peanut Butter and Jelly bread [Aug. 15th, 2004|11:30 am]
Sweet Little Chef
[Current Mood |fullfull]

Vegweb.com has become one of my favorite sites.  I found a recipe for Peanut Butter and Jelly bread that is made in a bread machine (you can find it here).

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bread

1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup jelly
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar (I used Sugar in the Raw)
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoon active yeast

Put the ingredients in the bread maker according to your manafacturer (if you have Breadman, add ingredients straight down the list, water being the first ingredient added and the yeast being last).  Select sweet (or basic) setting, with light crust.  Let the bread machine do the rest of the work for you, remove from pan, slice and enjoy!

I did notice one problem.  During the 2nd and 3rd kneeding cycles, my machine nearly walked off of the counter!  So if you decided to make this, I'd recommed being around for the whloe time the machine is doing the work just to make sure nothing a happens.

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Vegetarian Lasagna [Aug. 1st, 2004|09:55 pm]
Sweet Little Chef
[Current Mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

These recipes come from How it all vegan! by Tanya Barnard & Sarah Kramer. Today we have: Classic Spinach Lasagna and Traditional Tomato Sauce.... Enjoy!

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Old-Fashioned Pound Cake [Jul. 26th, 2004|09:20 am]
Sweet Little Chef
[Current Mood |fullfull]

I made this one yesterday at the request of Rogers (one of the guys I work with). He asked me for a "plain cake" and said pound cake was pretty much the same thing where he comes from (the Caribbean). I found this to be a bit dry, but he liked it.

Old-Fashioned Pound Cake

2 cups (4 sticks) butter
4 cups sifted confectioners sugar
6 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
4 cups sifted cake flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

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