Monday, November 15, 2010

Family Style Greek Salad

I can't remember where I found this recipe but we love it!

1/2 C. Olive Oil
1/4 C. red wine vinegar
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. dried oregano

1-2 heads of romaine lettuce chopped to 1 inch pieces
2 med. cucumbers peeled chopped
4 lg tomatoes cut to thin wedges (or we sometimes use 2 boxes of little tomatoes)
1 lg. red onion sliced thin and cut in quarters
12 oz. crumbled fetta cheese
3/4 C. Kalamata olives (i like them pitted but it's your choice)
1/4 C. Lemon Juice

Whisk dressing and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Combine salad ingredients and drizzle with the Lemon Juice
Add dressing to taste! TOSS and EAT!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sue's Chocolate Sauce

This recipe is from my good friend Sue! We made this in Young Women's one night and I was amazed and awed!

1/2 C butter
3 squares unsweetened choc.
2 C sugar
1 C light cream
1/2 C light corn syrup
1 tsp. real vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 bar good quality dark chocolate

Melt butter and the 3 squares unsweetened chocolate on low heat. When completely melted, add sugar, cream, syrup, vanilla, and salt. Turn heat to medium and, stirring constantly, bring to a boil and boil for 1 1/2 minutes. Take off heat and add 1/2 bar of dark chocolate or milk chocolate if you prefer. Serve warm over ice-cream or your finger!

When this is cold, its like the center of a really good warned you should hide this from your kids!!

Janey's Split Pea Soup

This is my almost final product after years of playing with this recipe. I like to buy the bags of split peas at Grocery Outlet and I have taken the recipes on the bags and basically picked them apart and made them better.

First you must beg, borrow or buy a honey baked ham bone...ok I guess another would work, but these are my favorite! A good way to get one or two (freezable by the way) is to hang around the kitchen after a ward dinner where they are serving ham!

Dig out that large crock pot and add:
the ham bone
8 cups of water (more if you like it soupy)
2 C. rinsed split peas

one onion
3 stalks of celery
2 carrots

Saute these for 3 min in about 1 T. Butter and 1/4 t. sage powder, dash of red pepper flakes!
(you can omit this step and just toss in if you prefer but I think it adds a nice flavor)
Add this mixture to the crock pot
Add 2 t. kosher salt, dash of pepper
and lastly, 2 bay leaves
Turn on High or low and get some housework done!

When done, remove the bay leaves and the ham bone remains, you may also need to skim off any fat if your ham had a lot on it!
I like to chop up the meat(only the tender parts) and add back to the soup. I Smoosh up the peas with the back of a spoon cause I like my soup chunky.
You can puree and strain soup for a smooth consistency.
you can add milk...

I will often puree up half of the mixture and add it back in for the smooth/chunky look!

This soup can also be made quicker by simmering for 45 min to an hour on the stove top!

Pictures to follow, I am making this today since I had to make room in the freezer and the ham bone was in my way!