Monday, September 8, 2014

Coverleaf Rolls Fresh from your Kitchen

I love bread.

I love bread.  I love rolls, I love butter.

I really love homemade bread.

I especially love the home bread that I found in here.  Below I will share a basic recipe that I'll share some additional recipes over the next couple of weeks to use with it.

Here is What you Need:

1 package of active yeast
1/4 cup of warm water
1 cup of milk, scalded (at least 82 degrees)
1/4 cup of sugar
1/3 cup shortening (I used the Crisco sticks)
1 teaspoon of salt
3 1/2 cups of sifted flour
1 egg
1/2 cup shredded Asiago cheese

Here is What to do:

Add warm water to the yeast and let it foam

Combine the warm milk with sugar, shortening and salt, cool.  Add to this mixture 1 1/2 cups of flour, mix well.  Gradually add in the remaining flour until a dough starts to form.  Grease entire surface of the dough and let rise for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  I always over mine with a clean kitchen towel.

Once the dough has risen, on a clean floured surface roll out dough to a think 1/2 inch dough.

Grease 2 12 cup cupcake tins.

Break off and roll dough into 1 inch balls, add three to each section of the tin.

Top each section with shredded cheese.

Bake at 400 for about 12 to 15 mins.

Makes about 18 rolls.

Next time...cinnamon rolls....


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Strange Weekend

I have had the strangest weekend.

I mean not really a bad weekend, not really good and filled with strange events.

It all started on Friday afternoon.  It was a normal afternoon, I had spent the morning working in my office and I was in my bedroom, sitting in my favorite chair (Max was curled up behind the chair between it and the wall) I was half watching "Kitchen Nightmares" and half sleeping.  I started to hear the beginning of a store outside and so I looked out the window and it was dark.  My hallway was so dark, that I almost need to turn on the light.

We have alot of trees in our yard.  So I was thinking that maybe I should move car in the garage.  I was soaked by the time I got back in the house.  Then the lights start flashing and my phone starts alerting.  I grabbed kitty and we retreated to our 1st floor bathroom to ride it out.  See we have alot of glass on our first floor and the bathroom is the only room with a door.  It was not fun.  Then I came out to see this.

The trees in our neighbor's yard were completely shredded.  They were so lucky that the house had no  damage.  All it did was halfway block the main driveway.  All was good, the storm had passed everything was good.  Until the cable went out that night.  I had just finally finished The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story, which is really terrible.  No TV, no cable, no phone until Saturday afternoon - and the internet didn't come back up until this morning.  This is my own personal version of hell.

Then I went to the grocery store and learned that 108,000 people didn't have power, alot of them in my area.  The grocery store had lost power to and was in the process of clearing out all the fresh/frozen items and re-stocking.  Add to that all the people crushing the ice guys it was a mess.

Saturday night my Buckeyes lost.

Sunday morning, I slammed my index finger in the sliding glass patio door.  It hurts to type.

One bright spot is that I had the time to finish the book Wild. Which is a wonderful read and I cannot wait to see the movie and reading it I believe that Reese Witherspoon is the right actress to play Cheryl.    

I have alot of deadlines to meet today and alot to catch up on, hope that you are having a better weekend!


Friday, August 29, 2014

Buckeye Blossoms

We are starting the my favorite season...College Football season!!  

In honor of that I have reworked one of our favorite family snacks to be alittle more Buckeye friendly.  I follow the Hershey's recipe for these, here is the link, and the recipe is below.  

Here is What you Need:

48 Hershey's Kisses
1/2 cup shortening, I use butter
3/4 cup peanut butter (use crunchy for alittle kick)
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
2 TBSP of milk
1 tsp vanilla extract 
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
red and silver colored decorative sugars

Here is How to do it:

Start by preheating the oven to 375.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.  

In another large bowl.  Cream together the shortening, peanut butter, white sugar, and the brown sugar.  Next add the egg, milk and vanilla, mix well.  Gradually add the flour mixture until well mixed.  

Mix together the red and silver colored sugars.

Roll the batter into one inch balls, roll the balls in the colored sugars, and place on a cookie sheet.  Place in the oven for 8 to 10 mins.

While the cookies are in the oven, unwrap the kisses.

Once the cookies come out of the oven, place a kiss in the middle of each.