Vodka Sauce Recipe

Ooh my this is delicious.  We modified a very basic recipe and this may have truly been the best pasta sauce we’ve ever made!  If you don’t want to add in the vodka, you can leave it out, but truly, you cannot even taste it.

Vodka Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (28oz)
  • 1/2-1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups spinach, washed and stems removed
  • 1 cup sliced portobello mushrooms
  • 1 cup cream

Instructions

  1. Saute onion in butter, until softened
  2. Pour in vodka, cook for 10 minutes
  3. Add in fresh tomatoes, canned tomatoes, mushrooms, broth, salt, and pepper
  4. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally
  5. Stir in spinach and cream
  6. Cook an additional 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally
  7. Serve over cooked pasta
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Belgian Waffle Recipe

Love Belgian waffles and today was a great day to make them for breakfast!

 

Belgian Waffle Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1⁄2 cup vegetableoil
  • 2 cups milk

Instructions

  1. Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl-this makes lightly flutffier waffles!
  2. Separate the eggs.In small bowl, beat the egg whites until stuff
  3. Mix together the egg yolks, milk and oil
  4. Add to dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Fold in beaten egg whites.
  6. Pour in greased, heated waffle iron
  7. Cook until ready
  8. Serve immediately
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Cheesy Garlic Roll Recipe

I am partial to garlic bread, having worked at a famous Italian restaurant in St Louis for many years..  So when I make my own bread – I load it up with garlic sometimes as it reminds me of my teenage years!

 

Cheesy Garlic Roll Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 Tbs sugar
  • 2 Tbs nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbs fresh grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Place first 7 ingredients in bread maker, in order given.
  2. Set bread maker to dough cycle.
  3. When complete, remove from pan
  4. Gently roll out dough into large 24" rope
  5. Cut into 24 even pieces
  6. Roll each into small ball
  7. Place in greased pan
  8. Combine butter and garlic
  9. Spread over roll dough
  10. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese
  11. Cover, let rise for 45 minutes
  12. Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned
  13. Remove, cut apart
  14. Serve immediately
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Cinnamon Frosting Recipe

I whipped up a spice cake today and wanted something *different* for the frosting. OMG this frosting is fabulous!  It’s not overly sweet and the cinnamon flavor is just wonderful!

Cinnamon Frosting Recipe

Ingredients

  • 16 oz powdered sugar, (1 box)
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 egg white
  • dash salt
  • 3 Tbs milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Sift powdered sugar and cinnamon into a bowl
  2. Remove 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar/cinnamon and place in a large bowl. Add in melted butter. Beat until well blended. Add in egg white and dash of salt. Beat well.
  3. Mix in remaining cinnamon sugar mixture.
  4. Add in milk and vanilla.
  5. Beat well - you may have to add more milk to get to desired consistency.
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Candied Pecan Recipe

This recipe is SO easy and was such a hit!  I highly recommend it!

Candied Pecan Recipe

Ingredients

  • 12-16 ounces shelled, whole or halved pecans
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250
  2. Mix sugar, cinnamon and salt in small bowl
  3. Spread large baking sheet with foil or parchment paper
  4. Whisk egg white until foamy, add water, continue to whisk so mixture remains foamy
  5. Mix in pecans
  6. Add in sugar-cinnamon mixture
  7. Stir until well coated
  8. Pour onto prepared pan, spread out evenly
  9. Bake 1 hour at 250, stirring every 15 minutes
  10. Allow to cool
  11. Store tightly covered, up to 1 week.
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Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe

I love caramel sauce.  It’s just the best.  Drizzle it on apple pie, put it on ice cream, throw it on top of brownies, just to name a few great yummy ways to eat caramel sauce!

This recipe may look daunting but I promise you it isn’t!  I tried my candy thermometer (given by my good friend) and the temperature gauge didn’t even go high enough!  It’s easy to watch and take off when it starts to turn dark amber.  So easy!

Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbs light corn syrup
  • 1 cup heavy cream, warmred
  • 4 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. In LARGE saucepan (yes it must be large or it will bubble over and create a HUGE mess!)
  2. stir together the sugar, 1/2 cup water, and the corn syrup. This sounds crazy, but take a pastry brush and dip in water and brush all sugar crystals that are on the sides of the pan down into the mixture. Heat to boiling on medium high, DO NOT STIR! Takes about 3-4 minutes to bring to a boil. Continue to boil until mixture turns dark amber brown - maybe 12 minutes. On a candy thermometer, this is about 320-340 degrees.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and VERY quickly add the 1 cup warmed heavy cream. The mixture will bubble all over creation (hence using a LARGE sauce pan!) Add the 4 Tbs softened unsalted butter as well. Whisk until smooth.
  4. Cool slightly, Stir in vanilla extract and salt.
  5. Pour into small glass containers, cool completely.
  6. Seal well.
  7. Will keep 1 month at room temp or 2 months refrigerated.
  8. Reheat in microwave before using!
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Bourbon Apple Pie Recipe

Ooh there’s nothing like apple pie at this time of the year – well, really at ANY time of the year!  This recipe is DELICIOUS!

Bourbon Apple Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 pie crusts (homemade or store bought!)
  • 4 pounds assorted apples
  • 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 Tbs bourbon
  • 5 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • coarse sugar

Instructions

  1. Peel and core the apples, slice into 1/4 slices. Place in a large bowl,sprinkle with lemon juice and 1/4 cup bourbon. Melt 2 Tbs butter in large skillet, place half the apples into the skillet. Sprinkle with half the granulated sugar Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a simmer. Reduce to medium, cook another 6-7 minutes or until the apples begin to soften. Transfer to a bowl. Melt 2 Tbs butter and do some process with the other half of the apples. Add the 2nd batch of apples to bowl, sprinkle with cinnamon and ginger. Cool completely.
  2. Place one pie crust in a lightly greased 9" pie plate. Press edges up against the sides. Place cooled apples into the crust. Dot with remaining 1 Tbs of butter, cut into small pieces. Pour the tablespoon of bourbon over the apples as well. Place other crust over top, pressing to seal. and crimping edges. Cut slits in to to allow steam to escape. Brush the crust with the beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  3. Put a baking sheet on bottom rack of oven. Preheat oven to 400. Place the pie on the preheated baking sheet. Bake until crust is golden, about 65-70 minutes. Cool at least 2 hours before serving.
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