September 14, 2014

Creamy Skillet Lasagna

The recipe for Creamy Skillet Lasagna has been floating around Pinterest for a while now, and I thought I would give it a try using ingredients I had on hand and make it for my husband.  

My husband is a huge fan of lasagna, and I am not always willing to take the time to make the sauce, boil the noodles and then assembling it.  

I love the recipes that can be adjusted to ingredients your family particularly likes. 

What turned me on to this style of cooking lasagna, is that you cook it in a one pot skillet and it can be ready in less than 30 minutes.  I love the fact that the uncooked noodles are broken up and cooked with the sauce at the same time.  A Win Win recipe!!

Hands down this is one of the best skillet recipes I have ever made.  With classic flavors and cheesy layers, this recipe will be made again and again.  

Hope you get to make this quick classic recipe soon.  Enjoy!

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September 12, 2014

Brown Butter Pumpkin Bread with Vanilla Bean Icing

Have you ever browned butter?  I have just recently been introduced to brown butter from a friend who is well-versed in it.  She came over for a lesson in pie crust making, and I got a lesson in how to make my first brown butter.  

I don't know why for so long I have been intimidated with this magical secret ingredient!  Not anymore!

Brown Butter is when you cook the butter long enough to turn the milk solids and salt particles brown while cooking out any water present giving the most wonderful nutty taste.

Brown Butter Pumpkin Bread will make your fall baking reach a new level.  The smell and depth of flavor are all about fall that means here comes a lot of baking.  

We go through the summer baking less and less and then here comes a cool spell and all I want to do is bake.  Hope you get to bake some of this bread soon.  Enjoy!

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September 6, 2014

Three Ingredient Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe

Did you know that September is National Biscuit Month?  A whole month to celebrate this fluffy tender quick bread that is rolled out and cut or dropped from a spoon.  

Three Ingredient Buttermilk Biscuits are not so much an easy recipe, as much as they are just pure magic!  

This recipe is one that you do not need to practice and practice to get it right.  Biscuits are in the category of quick breads, which means Do Not Over Mix and Do Not Over Bake! 

A simple and easy method!

I have been making buttermilk biscuits for years, starting in Home Economic in the 60's, and have experimented with various recipes using self-rising flour.

The one thing I found is the ratio of the self-rising flour, and the shortening has to be just right.  If you use too much shortening, the biscuits will crumble easily, and if you use too little, they will be tough.

I came about with this recipe, when one day I had a fourth of a cup of shortening left from making pie crust, so I decided to use it with two cups of self-rising flour.  Turns out, it was the perfect balance.

When adding the buttermilk, stir the dough, as little as possible, as well when rolling it out.   Remember this is a quick bread and the less you handle the dough the more tender the biscuits will be.

These biscuits have only these three ingredients, self-rising flour, vegetable shortening, and the star BUTTERMILK! 

This recipe is my go to recipe when I am making biscuits in the mornings for breakfast for my husband and me.  This recipe is just right for the two of us.  If our children and grandchildren are visiting, I can double the recipe easily.

They are so good for breakfast and then have leftovers for lunch with a bowl of stew or even use as toppers on chicken pot pie.  

We spoil ourselves with this perfectly easy and quick recipe.  Hope you get to spoil yourself soon.  Enjoy! 

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September 1, 2014

Apple Recipe Round-Up

It's September and that means apple season!  Apples are by far a favorite around our house.  There are so many ways to use them, appetizers to salads, or main dishes to desserts!

I have gathered up a list of some of our favorites.  Hope you enjoy going through these.  Go ahead and pin some of them when you hover over the picture with the pop up pinterest button.

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