Friday, July 29, 2011

Strawberry Hand Pies

Only one hand needed to eat this Strawberry Pie. 
I think that every picnic needs a sweet ending. Some desserts can be a bit messy when packed in the basket. These pies are a neat little package that fits in your hand to eat. Also it can be filled with so many different fillings to fit your tastes. This time I went with strawberries because for some reason I just can't stop baking with them.

 Strawberry Hand Pies
3/4 pound strawberries, chopped
3 Tablespoon sugar
1 refrigerated pie crust (or your fave basic crust)
1 egg, beaten

- Stir together the strawberries with the sugar and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. 
- Roll out the pie crust onto a floured surface. Used a 3" circle cookie cutter, biscuit cutter or mug to cut out 10 circles (or as many as your can fit as an even number). On half of the circles, use a smaller cutter to cut out a shape, or use a knife to cut slits.
- Dip your finger in water and circle around the edge of the pie crust circle with no cuts. Spoon on a tablespoon of the strawberries. Cover with one of the crusts with cuts. Use your finger to seal the edge, by pressing down firmly but not to tear it.
- Brush top lightly with egg. Place on parchment paper or silicone mat. Bake for 15 minutes in preheat 450 degrees F, then lower to 350 degrees F and bake for about 30 more minutes or until tops are golden brown and fillings are bubbly.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Steal the Moon Caramel Corn

This would taste good even on the moon, yes the moon.

Last week I watched my first movie in the park. Despicable Me. I needed something to munch on during the movie, but just salt popcorn didn't sound that good. Caramel corn it was. Having all the ingredients on hand and how quick and easy it is to makes, caramel corn was the best choice. Better than the frozen cookie dough, I could have baked. Plus eating popcorn is what you do at a movie. My friend and I had a great time with the star above us as the little minions stole the screen.

Steal the Moon Carmel Corn
Slight change from All Recipes                                   
3 1/2 quarts plain popped popcorn
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

- Place the popped popcorn into two shallow greased baking pans. I used a cookie sheet that had sides. Set aside.  
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). 
- Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, margarine and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring enough to blend. Once the mixture begins to boil, boil for 5 minutes while stirring constantly.  Be sure to stir!
- Remove from the heat, and stir in the baking soda and vanilla. The mixture will be light and foamy. Immediately pour over the popcorn in the pan, and stir to coat. Don't worry too much at this point about getting all of the corn coated.  
- Bake for 30 minutes, removing the pan, and stirring the caramel around the popcorn every 10 minutes.
- Allow the popcorn to cool slightly in the pan or  line the counter top with waxed paper and dump the corn out onto the waxed paper and separate the pieces. Allow to cool completely, then store in airtight containers or resealable bags. (if it makes it to the containers!) 

    Monday, July 18, 2011

    Lost in Summer Meal Plan

    After being MIA for a couple of weeks,  I am attempting to find myself in summer and make a meal plan. We took a little trip to see my family, the extended family and my parents. My mom found a cabin in the Colorado mountains, so we had a little get away. Even had a bit of a campfire.
    More exciting was that when we were away the Ogden Farmer's market opened for season! We missed opening day, but the second week we made it. There was so much variety, already in the season! My favorites were that we picked up over 2 pounds of cherries and some fresh garlic. We also selected some green beans, zucchini, lettuce, peas, and carrots.
    So with all that local produce, here this Monday Meal Plan. In hope that this week for dinner will not leave me eating just ice cream. Plus a friend from Phoenix will be visiting this weekend!

    Meatless Monday: Salads (because no one really wants to cook)
    Tuesday: Grilled Chicken sandwiches topped with pepper jack cheese, side of green beans.
    Wednesday: Chili Verde (Pork with tomatillo salsa)
    Thursday: Baked Ziti (filled with sausage, cheese, and zucchini)
    Friday: BBQ: Kabobs with a side of rice
    Saturday Dinner: Out to Roosters
    Sunday: Chicken lime tacos