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Caramel Corn

Caramel Corn, the year around snack

Julia Ann’s Caramel Corn

Caramel Corn

An all-time family treat at any time. A big bowl to gather around and share the sweet crispy carameled corn with friends, family and co-workers.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 -5 quarts
Calories: 828kcal
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 5-6 quarts of unsalted popped corn put into a lightly greased large pan.
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200 F.
  • Combine all ingredients except baking soda into a heavy 4 quart sauce pan.
  • Stir lightly to blend.
  • Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Stir.
  • Remove pan from the heat.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.
  • It will bubble up and turn a lighter color, stir to blend.
  • Pour over the popped corn, stir to coat the popcorn.
  • Put into the oven, remove every 15 minutes to stir the mixture to coat with the syrup.
  • Remove from the oven, let cook, store in air tight container

Nutrition

Calories: 828kcal | Carbohydrates: 108g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 573mg | Potassium: 160mg | Sugar: 107g | Vitamin A: 1418IU | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 1mg

I used an old cast iron kettle from a pressure cooker. It was great until the handle would not hold steady. I had to go to modern steel kettle, To me, not the same. However I know several friend that use the microwave to fix this Caramel Corn. Too set in my ways to change. However you do it: enjoy with friends and family. That the real reason for Caramel Corn.

One of my favorite Holiday fixings: Caramel Corn for the family, friends and co-workers. If you don’t have a specialty consider Caramel Corn with the buttery, brown sugar covering.

Enjoy the sweet crunchy treat of Julia Ann’s Caramel Corn

To make your Caramel Corn extra special, add so goodies to it: such as peanuts, and almonds while mixing the hot caramel sauce. After it cools and is broken up into pieces, add dried cranberries, or other fruit of your tastes. Best to make 2 recipes of the Caramel Corn as it does not last long.

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Sesame Cookies, The Dipping Cookie

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Always ready for a cookie to have and share.  Sesame Cookies were a surprising good crisp and crunchy cookie, great for dunking in coffee, cocoa and tea. They are perfect for dipping because the cookie absorbs the liquid, softens and holds together to be eaten without falling into your cup.

  Sesame Cookies, The Dipping Cookie

The Dipping Cookie into cup of coffee

Sesame Cooking, The Dipping Cookies

and re-dipping cookie into coffee

and re-dipping….

This is not my recipe, it is from Cooking Light’s Quick Baking Special.  I had not tried them until I realized I had some tahini left over from making hummus and also some roasted sesame oil.  When cooking I want to use all ingredients completely and not discard the littlest left over. Sesame Cookies  did not sound appealing – no chocolate – though looked very tasty.  And they were very tasty!  Soon called for another batch of cookies.

Smaller plate of Sesame Cookies

Disappearing Sesame Cookies

Sesame Cookies, cookies with roasted sesame seed paste and oil.

Sesame Cookies

A crisp and crunchy cookies with a great nutty flavor great to dip into your coffee or cocoa for a snack or break time.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 dozen
Author: Cooking Light, Quick Baking

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup tahini roasted sesame seed paste
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon light-colored corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat over to 375 F.
  • Combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, soda and salt, blend with a whisk.
  • Set dry ingredients aside.
  • Place brown sugar, tahini and oil in a large bowl.
  • Bead with mixer at medium speed until well blended.
  • Add syrup, vanilla extract and egg; beat well.
  • Gradually add flour mixture to the sugar mixture, beating at low speed just until combined.
  • Lightly coat hands with cooking spray. Shape dough into 36 balls (about 1 inch each).
  • Place granulated sugar in a shallow bowl.
  • Roll dough balls in granulated sugar.
  • Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  • Flatted balls with bottom of aa glass.
  • Bake 375 F for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Cool on pans 2 minutes; remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Recipe taken from Cooking Light: Quick Baking Special pp 52-53. 2010.

 

While I followed the recipe exactly, or meant to, I inadvertently added 2 tablespoons of vanilla instead of 2 teaspoons.  Interruptions can be a disaster, however I was not going to stop at that; so  with 2 tablespoons of vanilla, I finished and baked the cookies.  They were such tasty, nutty flavored cookies, almost like a hint of peanut butter. As quoted from Cooking Light, “A touch of corn syrup and cornstarch ensures crispness.”  The tahini gives the Sesame Cookies a subtle nutty flavor. 

3 Sesame Cookies on plate

You can’t eat just one Sesame Cookie

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Oatmeal Coconut Crispies

Oatmeal Coconut Crispies

 


Oatmeal Coconut Crispies

Oatmeal Coconut Crispies

Making Refrigerator Cookies.

Oatmeal Coconut Crispies

The Oatmeal Coconut Crispies are a refrigerator cookie.  The dough is softer;  it is formed into “logs” about 2 inches in diameter, wrapped  in wax paper and refrigerated for several hours or overnight.  When ready to bake,  the log dough is cut into 1/4 inch slices and baked. Refrigerator cookies have a rich flavor, lightly browned, uniform thin slices and a crisp, crunchy texture. This recipe is  from the original Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book, 1963

How-To Make Refrigerator Cookies

Wrapping Cookie Dough Logs

Wrapping Cookie Dough Logs


Slicing Cookie Dough

Slicing Cookie Dough Log in 1/4 Slices


Oatmeal Coconut Crispies ready to bake

Oatmeal Coconut Crispies ready to bake

The Oatmeal Coconut Crispies are good cookies to freeze for later.  Baked cookies can be stored frozen for 9-12  months.  Having baked cookies  on hand in the freezer is handy to have available whenever there is a request to furnish cookies for a special event, tea, drop-in visitors or spoil your co-workers.  I have never kept a bag of cookies that long!

Oatmeal Coconut Crispies

Oatmeal Coconut Crispies

The Valentine Sweet Sugar Cookies  and the Shamrock Cookies were rolled cookies.  After mixing the dough, it was refrigerated for a few hours, then rolled at room temperature and cut out with cookie cutter, baked and iced.  Using a cookie cutter makes the same size and shape, depending how thick they are cut will vary the texture from soft to crisp.  They are baked until lightly browned and have a rich delicate flavor.

Valentine Sugar Cookies

Valentine Sugar Cookies


Shamrock Sugar Cookies

Shamrock Sugar Cookies

Oatmeal Coconut Crispies
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Oatmeal Coconut Crispies

A refrigerator crispy cookie with favorite flavors of oatmeal and coconut, a good cookie to serve and freeze for later.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 dozen
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup flaked coconut

Instructions

  • Into large mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugars.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla, cream until fluffy.
  • Into smaller bowl, measure the flour by dipping method.
  • Add the soda and salt, whisk to blend.
  • Stir into the shortening mixture.
  • Blend in the oats and coconut. The dough will be soft.
  • Divide the dough in half.
  • Form the dough into logs with a 2 inch diameter.
  • Wrap in wax paper, refrigerate overnight.
  • Heat over to 400 F.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper or light grease pans.
  • Cut the log into 1/4 inch slices.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes until lightly browned.
  • The cookies do spread, allow 2 inches between cookies.

Notes

This is adapted from Betty Crocker's Cooky Book, 1963.

 

Cookies are such a handy snack.  The only trouble is it can be too handy to nibble on  all day.  “I just ate one …… at a time.”  Haven’t you heard that from your children, or yet, your own thoughts. 

Suggestions for more cookies:

 

Olive Oil Coconut Sugar Cookies

Olive Oil Coconut Sugar Cookies                                  Olive Oil Coconut Sugar Cookies

Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

Loaded Oatmeal Cookies                                                 Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

Grand Canyon Hermit Cookies

Grand Canyon Hermit Cookies                                             Grand Canyon Hermit Cookies

Visit these sites: Simply Recipes,   Sally’s Baking Addiction,   Shugary Sweets

 

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Cauliflower Vegetable Pizza

Cauliflower becomes an “in” vegetable.Cauliflower Pizza_852

It is interesting to see how vegetables that have gone unnoticed are now the trend.  Kale and collard greens are two that come to mind.  Cauliflower is another vegetable now seen with mashed potatoes, or mashed as a side dish, roasting  and stir-frying are  additional ways of cooking cauliflower. New recipes and preparations teaches us how versatile cauliflower can be.  Vegan and vegetarian diets have made a big difference in the way we eat and choose foods.  Also having world-wide food communities expands  the traditional thinking.

Friday Nights:  Pizza Night!

Vegeie Pizza_280Friday night has long been a pizza night at our house.  Traditionally it was ground beef or ground turkey, cheeses, mushrooms and onions. You know the pizza!  I began trying different vegetables which was usually zucchini, tomatoes, black olives, mushrooms and onions.  Recently I decided to try cauliflower, of course I added cheeses, mushrooms and onion and other stables of a pizza. I get limited in my own adventurousness.

 

I had  a small bag of semolina flour in the freezer I had gotten for pasta.  I thought it was time to be using it up.  I used semolina flour and all-purpose flour for the crust.  I was not impressed with this crust.  It was thinner and crispier than my wheat and all-purpose flour dough.  The pizza dough recipe I usually use makes a thicker bread-like crust. I have given the recipe for my regular Pizza Dough.

 

Cauliflower Vegetable Pizza

By the time  I was done dressing up the Cauliflower Vegetable Pizza you could not see the cauliflower.

Baked Cauliflower Vegetable Pizza

Baked Cauliflower Vegetable Pizza                                                                                                                                                     

Cauliflower Vegetable Pizza

Versatile cauliflower is used as the base for a pizza. Serve it as an appetizer, snack or start a Pizza night.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time1 hr 3 mins
Course: Pizza
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 slices
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • PIZZA DOUGH
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast room temperature
  • 1 cup of water at 105-113F
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour or 2 cups all-purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • Extra flour for rolling out the crust.
  • FILLING
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1-2 cups cauliflower 1/4 inch slices and small florets.
  • 1 red pepper 1/4 inch slices or rings
  • 1/4 cup onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 cup crimini mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup Pecorino-Romano cheese
  • Chopped parsley
  • Red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • PIZZA DOUGH
  • Put water in a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle with the yeast.
  • Add the honey and olive oil, stir and let set until the mixture becomes foamy on top.
  • Add the flour and stir until thick dough and sticky.
  • Pour our on a floured bread board and knead until smooth and elastic.
  • Roll into a ball, put the dough into a greased bowl and let set for 30-45 minutes, until double.
  • Roll out into a pizza pan.
  • Preheat oven to 425 F.
  • FILLING:
  • Spread tomato sauce over the pizza dough.
  • Sprinkle the 1 cup of mozzarella cheese evenly over sauce.
  • Lay the cauliflower slices and florets evenly on top of the cheese.
  • Spread with the onion and garlic.
  • Spread the mushroom slices evenly on top.
  • Add the cheeses.
  • Add chopped parsley and red pepper flakes to taste

Notes

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CAULIFLOWER BENEFITS

1 cup of cauliflower has 29 calories.
Cauliflower is high in Vitamin C
Vitamin K provides anti-inflammatory benefits.
Inhibits tumor growth
Boosts the immune system.
The fiber content  provides digestive system support.

CHOOSING THE BEST CAULIFLOWER AND PREPARATION

Select creamy white, clean and solid clusters of florets.
Leaves protect the head of cauliflower and will be fresher.
Size is not related to the quality, choose what you need.
Store in the refrigerator in a paper or plastic bag, it will be good up to a week.
Store the head of cauliflower stem down to prevent moisture forming in the floret clusters.
The florets are most often eaten, the stem and leaves are edible too, or add to soup stock.
Sauteing in water, vegetable or chicken broth is healthiest way of cooking.

YOU MIGHT LIKE……

eating well.com – Healthy Cauliflower Recipes and Cooking Tips

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Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

The air is cooler, the leaves have that rustling sound and it is quieter. The fields of green are no of longer green corn stalks or green soybeans.  The horizon is a golden and amber of fall.  Soon we will remember what  James Whitcomb Riley wrote, “The frost is on the punkin”.

Indiana Pumpkin Patch

 Pumpkin becomes the vegetable in the dessert buffet. It is delicious with a cream cheese spread.  I selected my  reliable Pumpkin Bread recipe that was received in a elementary school bazaar.  It had to be goo.

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

Another favorite pumpkin dessert is Libby’s Pumpkin Roll recipe..  It is easy to make this extra special dessert with the canned pumpkin with the cream cheese filling. 

 I still prefer to buy my pumpkin in a can. Children or grandchildren are not available to enjoy the fun of jack-0-lanterns.  Remember when Halloween was a one day event.  Now it is as festive with decorations and tree lights like Christmas. 

Pumpkins and Mums

Pumpkins and Mums

Another favorite dessert in the Midwest is persimmon cake,  bread, pudding, cookies and some places have persimmon ice cream!  Our family favorite, American Persimmon Cake uses the small Midwest persimmons.

Enjoy a slice of fall:  Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

A moist dessert bread to enjoy with your coffee or tea. Share the recipe and a loaf at the next church or school bazaar.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 loaves
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Grease and flour 2- 9 x 5 loaf pans, or put greased parchment paper on the bottom.
  • In a large mixing bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients.
  • Add the eggs, oil, water and pumpkin.
  • Mix until very smooth.
  • Pour into the prepared loaf pans.
  • Bake at 350 F for 1 hour.

Notes

While bread is still very warm, wrap in plastic wrap and let cook completely. Bread tastes better after setting at room temperature 24 hours. This freezes well....Julia Ann and cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® Spices, bring you great recipes, outstanding herbs and spices for your cooking experience. ©2007-2019 Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery® cookbookinabox® “Reg. U.S. Pat. & Trdmk. Off.” Reg. “Trade-marks Canadian Intellectual Property Office. “ Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery® cookbookinabox® .All rights reserved.

 

This makes 2  large loaves of Pumpkin Bread,  it can easily be frozen, or given away in a bazaar.

Loaves of Pumpkin Bread

Loaves of Pumpkin Bread

I received a pumpkin recipe that is making me to ‘think outside of the box’ of desserts.  jenreviews sent a tantalizing recipe for using pumpkin as a spaghetti sauce.         

Fresh Sage Whole Wheat Sage Spaghetti with Creamy Pumpkin … www.igotthatfire.com/freshsage-whole-wheatsageFresh Sage Whole Wheat Sage Spaghetti with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce and Crispy Presunto Source: ( Jen Reviews ) The go-to food in my home, like many others I assume, is a plateful of spaghetti.

Once Upon a Chef– Pumpkin Bread

Simply Recipes — Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie

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