One Shot Wonders! Recipe

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One Shot Wonders!

Susan Cutler

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@suak

I just came across these ideas and hints..in one of my old recipe books. I had handwritten these on paper-maybe, I should become more organized because I used to use many of these but they just went by the wayside..Here's to renewing interesting ideas!

I have collected them over the years - some are fun and helpful..see for yourself!


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Ingredients

BAVARIAN COFFEE:

1 oz
coffee liqueur
1/2 oz
peppermint schnapps
1 c
hot coffee, your choice
whipped cream

QUICK COFFEE PICKUP:

cinnamon stick or peppermint stick, add to each cup before serving
hot coffee

BETTER BUTTER:

fresh herbs, chopped, mix into butter
butter, softened - serve with hot rolls or bread

POMEGRANATE PANACHE:

pomegranate seeds, add to any salad for festive look and gourmet touch and oh so healthy

SMOOTHIE SAILING:

eggnog
chopped fruit, any kind
ice - mix altogether for smoothie deliciousness

SUNDAE BEST:

top eggnog ice cream with
orange flavored liqueur.
garnish with toasted sliced almonds

DRESSED FOR SUCCESS:

1 bottle
salad dressing, add something fresh as
*bit finely chopped jalapeno to ranch dressing
*chopped parsley to vinaigrette
*chopped green pepper to thousand island
*finely chopped green onion tops to french or catalina

Directions Step-By-Step

1
HOMEMADE GRAVY FLAVOR:
Add a bit of defatted turkey drippings to bottled gravy or use as some of the liquid for packaged gravy mix to get homemade flavor without homemade gravy.

THE CUTTING EDGE:
To cut candied fruit, marshmallows or other gooey ingredient, dip your knife or shears in flour every few cuts. Or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

TURKEY REDUX:
Don't toss that turkey carcass. Put it in an huge pot of water with 3 chopped carrots, 1 chopped onion, 1 chopped celery stalk, a few bay leaves and peppercorns, and simmer for 2 hours. Strain and use in recipes calling for chicken stock.

SCENT OF A TURKEY:
A turkey absorbs flavor from the inside out, so fill the cavity with fresh, unpeeled oranges (halved), salt, pepper and fresh thyme. The result: flesh that's nicely scented throughout.
2
NO MORE TEARS:
Don't cry over chopped onions. Hold a piece of white bread between your front teeth to keep the tears at bay. A more high tech - and even sillier looking -solution is to wear a diver's mask that has no ventilation holes.

BRUSH UP:
Make an herbal basting brush for turkey by tying a bundle of mixed fresh herbs around a wooden spoon.

MUSH ADO:
Casserole dishes should be slightly undercooked if they are to be frozen. The cooking will be completed when the dish is reheated.

THINK THIN:
*When making dressing, substitute chicken stock for half or more of the melted butter or margarine. Skip the nuts and add chopped celery or fresh water chestnuts for crunch.
*Substitute evaporated skim milk for half the milk in gravy or potatoes.
*Substitute Better Buds for half the butter or margarine in mashed potatoes. Or, use Wilton's butter extract.
*Thicken gravy with cornstarch instead of flour and drippings. Use 1 Tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 Tablespoons water per cup of broth.
3
LOWER FAT CREAM CHEESE ICING:
In a mixing bowl, combine 2 egg whites, 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar and 2 Tablespoons softened light cream cheese. Beat ingredients until smooth. Adjust consistency by adding a few drops of skim m ilk, if necessary. Keep refrigerated and consume the same day. Enough for a 2 layer or 9x13 inch cake.
4
THE MANSION'S PEPPER MIXTURE:
Combine 1 cup ground black pepper, 1/3 cup ground white pepper and 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cayenne pepper. Store in an airtight container in a cool place. Use to season red meats and game, or in recipes that call for plain pepper. Or, pack in shaker for giving.

CHEESE LACE WAFERS:
Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Cut 1 (12 oz) package of Monterey Jack cheese with jalapenos into 1/2 inch cubes. Lightly coat a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Place 6 cubes at a time on the sheet, about 6 inches apart. Bake for 3-5 minutes, watching carefully. The cheese will melt and bubble up; when the bubbling stops, the wafers are ready. Remove immediately with a spatula to a rack covered with paper towels. Makes about 48 wafers.

ROASTED CHERRY TOMATOES:
Toss 24 cherry tomatoes (with stalks still n place) in olive oil, salt and pepper, then spread on cookie sheet. Roast for 30 minutes at 375F degrees. Serve with Brie cheese that has been softened to room temperature.

EASY EGGNOG:
Spoon a half gallon of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt into a punch bowl. Add a quart of eggnog; stir in 1/2 to 3/4 cup Bourbon. Makes 2 quarts.

GOURMET FROM THE PANTRY:
Toss cooked fettuccine (red and green if you can get it) with melted butter and dill weed. Top with a dollop of caviar. Inexpensive stuff off the shelf will do for emergencies. Serve with Champagne.

EASY DECORATING ICING:
Combine 3/4 cup to 1 cup confectioners' sugar and 4 Tablespoons condensed milk. Stir until a soft smooth paste forms. Separate icing into small bowls and stir a drip or two of food coloring into each, depending on desired shade. Use at once to decorate Christmas cookies. Spread or pipe using a pastry bag. Makes 1 cup.
5
SPIRITED HARD SAUCE:
1 stick (4 ounces) softened butter until fluffy. Gradually beat in 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, then 1/3 cup brandy, bourbon or rum. Beat in alcohol 1 Tablespoon at a time to make a sauce the consistency of very heavy cream. Serve over plum pudding, fruit cake, bread pudding, pecan or pumpkin pie.

HORSERADISH SAUCE:
Mix 2 cups sour cream, 4 Tablespoons horseradish, salt and white pepper to taste. Serve with roast beef.

SALAD SAVY:
Throw raisins, mandarin orange sections and slivered almonds or roasted pecans into a plain green salad. Toss with your favorite dressing or a mixture of low fat ranch dressing, slightly diluted with balsamic vinegar.

GLAZED MINT YAMS:
Melt 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine. Place in a blender. With motor running, add 1 cup fresh mint leaves and process until mint is chopped fine. With motor running, add 1 cup dark brown sugar and process until smooth. Pour over 6 to 8 yams, cooked and cut into chunks, or a large can of yams, drained. Heat in saucepan until boiling, cover and let sit for 20 minutes. Also good over cooked mini- carrots. Makes 8 servings.

VANILLA SUGAR:
Place a vanilla bean in a jar or crock filled with white sugar. Set aside for at least 2 weeks. Use in baking and drinks. The sugar can be replenished up to three times.

CLOVE SUGAR:
Instead of a vanilla bean, use a dozen whole cloves.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Non-Edibles
Hashtags: #hints, #ideas