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“A little over a year and a half ago, I received a phone call from my mom. And as we were talking. The subject turned to ‘food’ (imagine that) and she told me about a new recipe she had found that my step-dad, brother in law and I guess my sister as well (I think). She told me the ingredients and how she made it and she just knew the kids would love it. And Guess What….She was RIGHT!”
This recipe is perfect for Breakfast. You can even take it to a pot luck for a dessert. My whole family enjoys this recipe. I make it at least twice a month.
3 (12 ounce) packages refrigerated biscuit dough—(Make sure you get the “CHEAPY” biscuits)
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350º
2. Grease one 9 or 10 inch bundt pan.
3. Mix white sugar and cinnamon in a plastic bag or bowl. Cut biscuits into quarters. I use a Pizza Cutter for this. Makes it quick to cut all the biscuits. Shake or coat 6 to 8 biscuit pieces in the sugar cinnamon mix.
4. Arrange pieces in the bottom of the prepared pan. Continue until all biscuits are coated and placed in pan. If using nuts and raisins, arrange them in and among the biscuit pieces as you go along.
5. In a medium saucepan, melt the margarine with the brown sugar over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute. Pour over the biscuits.
Bake at 350º for 25 to 28 minutes. Let bread cool in pan for 2 minutes, then turn out onto a plate. ( This gets messy) Do not cut! The bread just pulls apart.
Kitchen Gadgets! I am pretty sure most of us have at least some kitchen gadgets. I don’t know what it is about kitchen gadgets. That if I see them around, I just have to have them. I do not know why.
However, I have found a couple (okay, maybe more than a couple) of kitchen gadgets that actually work.
Out of all the kitchen gadgets I have….This one is one of my top 10 favorites. This one does it job. And for a small investment of only $4.99. You just can’t beat it.
My Kitchen Gadget today is a Lettuce knife! Have you ever heard of it? I hadn’t. However, about 6 months ago. I stumbled upon it online.
Did you know that using a regular kitchen knife to cut through lettuce will bruise it. Turn it brown. A lot quicker? I didn’t. If you use a plastic lettuce knife, the browning doesn’t happen!!! Not at all. Even after you store your unused lettuce away in the fridge!
It is also good on Veggies as well. My knife is this on by OXO. It has a good strong nice handle. The knife is long so it cuts through even the biggest heads of lettuce. But be careful, the edges even though they are plastic is sharper than you think.
I give this little gadget 5 Stars! When I ordered it, I wasn’t expecting much….much less than to do it actual job! I was amazed that it did! I will tell you I couldn’t find these in any chain store such as Wal-Mart or Target. I even looked in Kohls.
I purchased mine on Amazon.
It really is worth it. This Knife is perfect for a gift maybe with a Lettuce dryer for newlyweds! It is really useful. I have chopped up Lettuce with it, Sliced Tomatoes with it, even cut a pie with it.
If you don’t have one of these, you need to go out and get one and test it out yourself. I think anyone who cooks will like it.
Cooking or at least knowing the basics of cooking are an important part in any ones life. Particularly, a college students or the bride-to-be.
When I graduated High School, I received a lot of monetary gifts. Which I think is the norm. But now looking back I would have enjoyed receiving a ‘basic’ how to of cooking. For wedding gifts, I only received one Cookbook….I was 20 years old. I could only cook a Turkey and Roast and maybe some mac and cheese. A good Basic cookbook would have served me well….instead I received The Texas Home Cooking cook book.
And there were some ingredients that I had never heard of and didn’t possibly know where to find them. I was so intimidated by it that I put the cookbook away….and to this day almost 15 years later. I have still not opened that cookbook.
My recommendation for the beginner, Intermediate or an expert at cooking (every cook can still learn new tricks and tips).
“The Kitchen Survival Guide”, by Lora Brody
I suggest this book because it is “a hand-holding kitchen primer with 130 recipes to get you started”.
PLUS, she gives great kitchen basics and backgrounds every consumer should know, via these 3 categories:
Setting up and Equipping your kitchen.
Setting up and Stocking Up
Getting Ready to Cook.
Then breaks everything down in easy to understand terms, and also covers such interesting things as:
How to read and understand a recipe.
How to roast and carve a chicken or turkey, and make Gravy!
How to set a table.
How to tell if eggs are fresh.
How to put out a kitchen fire! Now THAT is good to know!!
How to make granola.
WHY grocery lists are important.
How to substitute ingredients.
How to choose a supermarket.
How to make chicken soup just like Mom’s.
Which foods can and can’t be frozen.
How to cook a live lobster.
You can see how valuable these lessons would be to a novice cook. Plus, while many of the recipes are geared towards a youthful palate…pizzas, tacos, lasagna, fruit shakes, and the like…the book then also includes items to spark the education and appreciation of fancier fare, such as chutney dip, butterflied leg of lamb, crustless quiche, and more.
So all in all, I think it is a great first book, and it is a fun reading experience too!
Let’s Get Cookin’!!!!
My very FIRST post on my new recipe blog to start off the NEW YEAR!!!!
I hope you all have a Wonderful New Year ahead of you!
On this blog, I am going to be sharing a mix of things.
- More Recipes with the pictures of the finished product.
- Cookbook reviews.
- Whole recipes with a ‘tutorial’ of pictures in the process of being made
- Cooking and baking tips and tricks. (as well as household tips)
- Cookbook recommendations (this sort of falls in line with the cookbook reviews)
- Anything else that I can come up with to make this a fun, interactive recipe/food blog.
So stay tuned!!! I am really excited for this because one of my favorite past times is to cook and bake. Now, I am no chef. I have been cooking (on my own) for 17 years. The first 2 to 4 years was a learning experience for me. And I am still learning. And I do make mistakes. But that is part of the fun of it. Sometimes, my mistakes lead to a wonderful main meal, dessert or side dish.
I also love to bake and make cookies, chocolate suckers, and candies……those recipes are to come as well. And if you have any suggestions for the blog. Please let me know in a comment! Have I mentioned that I love receiving comments!???
Tomorrow, my blog post will be about the right cookbooks to give bacholers, bachelorettes,college students, anyone learning how to cook.
Let’s Get Cookin’!!!!