Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Raisen Cream Pie

This is a family favorite. Mmmm... Rich and creamy, I promise you wont be disappointed! Try it!
1 Cup Raisins
1 1/2 Cup water

Rinse and drain raisins; boil slowly in water 10 min.

3/4 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. cornstarch

Blend; stir into boiling raisins; cook and stir until clear and thick. Remove from heat.

1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp butter
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Stir in; turn into prepared pie crust and cover with top pastry. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool. Cut and serve with Whipped Cream.

Sweet Potato (Yam) Casserole

4 Beauregard Sweet Potatoes
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt.
2 eggs

2 cups chopped pecans
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup flour

Cooking instructions:

Peal sweet potatoes, steam or bake until soft. Mash potatoes and mix in remaining filling ingredients. Place in casserole dish.

Meaure topping ingredients in Ziploc bag (butter must be melted). Shake well to combine.
Add to casserole top and bake at 400 for 20 minutes.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ceviche de Camaron (Shrimp Ceviche)

This is a pretty simple recipe for ceviche, but very tasty! When I was little we lived in the coast so we always got to enjoy really good sea food dishes, this one was of course one of my favorites. I remember my dad once made it with "marlin" also known as sword fish, it was so long ago I don't remember the taste...I just remember I liked. Anyway, this dish is marinated and cooked using lime juice (no heat needed) and typically served over tostadas or in cocktail bowls. There are many variations, so this is one of many.
2 lbs Shrimp: peeled, washed and chopped in smaller pieces
1 Red onion: chopped
4-5 tomatoes: finely diced
2-3 cucumbers: chopped
limes (you'll need lots)
salt and pepper
Clamato: Tomato cocktail...see note below
crab meat

In a bowl combine the shrimp, onion and lime juice. You will need to let this marinate/cook for several hours. The smaller the shrimp, the faster it will cook. You will know when it's ready because the shrimp will change color to an orangie tone (I think you can see on the picture below, pieces that have a different color).
Mix cucumber and tomatoes together, and when the shrimp is ready add that whole mixture to the mix.Add salt and pepper to taste. You can also add diced avocado at this point or just add some to the served ceviche at the end. You might want to let it sit for a bit longer just so that the tomatoes and cucumbers can soak up some of the flavor. Serve over tostadasI have a friend who likes to add tomato cocktail to hers to make it more soupy and to get some more tomato and clam taste to it. Either way is good.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Sugar Cookies

I first tried these cookies a couple years ago during a potluck at work. They were so good, I had to get the recipe. My co-worker was so nice that she shared her mother's recipe with me! Yay! So much time has passed and I just barely made them for the first time. They are delicious, I can't believe I hadn't made them before....ok maybe I know why...cause they are so good, you eat them right away.
p.s. The day I made them...I realized I didn't have any sour cream so I used strawberry yougurt. They turned out great, so you can make them with either sour cream or yougurt. Also, I halved the recipe and I ended up making like 4 dozen cookies.


2 C sugar

1 C butter

3 eggs

Mixed: 1 C sour cream and 1tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

5-6 C flour

Mix everything together except for flour...that's last. Add 5-6C flour (dough should be sticky, not dry). Roll out on floured counter with a floured rolling pin until it’s about ¼” thick. Be gentle with the dough when rolling it out, you can “bruise” it--and try not to handle it too much, it makes the dough tough. (I usually cut out my shapes and set the scraps to the side until the end—then I gently mush all the scraps together at the end and do another batch. It helps keep the dough fresh and soft for the first 3 or 4 batches.)

Bake at 350 for 8-10 min. Cookies will be slightly brown on the bottom.

Butter Cream Frosting:

1 stick softened butter

2 or 3C powdered sugar

A little bit of milk

1tsp or so of vanilla

Mix. Add powdered sugar as needed.