Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Zucchini, Black Bean and Rice Skillet

Yummy! You could add a meat to it for a main dish, or it's great as a side.

1 TBS oil                                                                    1 can fire roasted diced    
1 can black beans                                                               tomatoes w/garlic
2 cups sliced zucchini or squash (or both)        ½ cup diced green pepper
1 cup cooked rice                                                    Shredded Cheese

Cook rice beforehand. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini/squash and bell pepper; cook 5 minutes. Add beans, and undrained tomatoes. Add rice and stir well. Sprinkle with cheese.

Buttered Pork Chops

I'm a beginner at pork chops. This was tasty, easy, and all the kids had seconds.

6-8 pork chops
1 cup flour
1 tsp parsley flakes
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp salt
Real salted butter
1/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 350°. In a shallow dish combine flour, parsley flakes, garlic powder, pepper, and salt. Dredge each pork chop in flour mixture and place in 9x13 baking dish. Place water into dish (this will help give a little moisture while baking). Place 1/2 TBSP of butter on each chop. Cook for 35-40 minutes or until no longer pink in the middle.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

White Texas Sheet Cake

1 cup butter
1 cup water
2 cups all-purpose four
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1/4 cup milk
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium saucepan bring butter and water to a boil. Meanwhile, in a large bowl add flour and sugar and mix. Then add in eggs, sour cream, extract, baking soda and salt. Slowly pour in the boiling butter/water mixture. Stir with a spatula until well combined and smooth.  No need to use an electric mixer. Batter will be very thin.

Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Your cake will be flat and not very tall (it's a sheet cake). Cool for about 10 minutes. You still want your cake a little warm when you add the frosting so that it spreads well.

For the frosting: In a large saucepan, combine butter and milk. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, and then stir in the powdered sugar and extract. Stir until smooth and all combined. Spread immediately over warm cake. Decorate cake with sprinkles, if desired.