bookmark_borderSANDRA’S INDIVIDUAL PEACH COBBLERS IN JARS

Another of my recipes I’ve modified for serving at a single setting,
as in its whole form goes south when refrigerated should there be leftovers.
All my recipes (as each are kitchen-tested) take many modifications until perfected.
These individual desserts are cute, decadent and comforting

to serve during those cold winter months…

Yield: Four (1/2-pint or 8-oz) Mason Jars
Prep: 15 Mins.
Bake: 40 Mins.
INGREDIENTS
Cobbler Batter:
–Dry:
3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
–Wet:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup milk
1 medium egg
Filling:
1 (24-oz. jar) sliced peaches (from Costco), drained and roughly chopped
–(reserving 1/3 cup of liquid)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
METHOD
Preheat oven to 350F.
Rub four 1/2-pint glass Mason jars with Mazola oil and set aside, along with a foil-lined baking sheet to place them on while baking.
Cobbler Batter:
In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. In another small bowl, whisk together wet ingredients. Add the wet to the dry ingredients in the medium bowl; stir to combine, and set aside.
Filling:
Add peaches to a medium bowl and sprinkle the flour and sugar on top. Stir until all of the peaches are well coated and flour has thoroughly been incorporated. Add the vanilla extract, cinnamon and ginger; mix to combine.
Pour one-quarter of batter into each prepared jar, and spread evenly over bottom. Spoon one-quarter of peach mixture over batter in each jar. Place in pre-heated oven, and bake until cobblers are set, about 40 minutes, turning half way for even cooking. Remove from oven; let cool slightly. Serve warm in jars. ~ Enjoy!

bookmark_borderSANDRA’S QUICK ASIAN VEGETABLE STIR-FRY WITH NOODLES

There are times when I have a craving for Asian food,
and this quick entree fits the bill perfectly…

Servings: 4 to 6
Prep: 10 Mins.

Cook: 10 Mins.
INGREDIENTS
Noodles:
8 oz’s (half a box) thin spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package directions
Pre-steam broccoli:
2 cups fresh broccoli florets, cut smaller
–(Pre-steam on high for 3 minutes in a covered microwave-able bowl with 2 TBs water)
Vegetables:
2 tablespoons Mazola oil
2 cups pre-steamed (above) broccoli florets, drain water beforehand
1 small yellow onion, julienned
1/2 red bell pepper, julienned
1/2 orange bell pepper, julienned
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
–2 green onions, white and green parts sliced on the diagonal (added last)
Sauce:
1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon rice vinegar (unseasoned)
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
3/4 cup low-sodium beef broth
Garnish:
1 TB roughly chopped fresh cilantro
METHOD
Prep all stir-fry ingredients, including pre-steaming broccoli in microwave, and mixing the sauce in a small bowl, prior to making stir-fry; set all aside.
Begin cooking noodles, according to package directions.
Heat a large stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat; add oil. When hot, stir-fry pre-steamed broccoli, onion, bell peppers, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes for 7-9 minutes until broccoli is crisp-tender. Stir in sliced green onions.
Whisk the sauce, then add to the skillet. Cook, while stir-frying for 2 minutes.  Add hot noodles to the skillet, toss, using tongs, to combine.
Transfer stir-fry to a serving platter, garnish with fresh cilantro and serve family style. ~ Enjoy!

bookmark_borderSANDRA’S ALASKA INSTANT POT VENISON (deer) ROAST

So easy and quick to put together, with an end result of no game-taste,

including fall-apart tender meat, and superbly delicious!!

Serves: 8-10
Prep: 15 Mins.

Cook: 80 Minutes
Pressure build/release: 40 Minutes
INGREDIENTS
2 Tbsp Mazola oil
5 lb venison roast, thawed and trimmed of excess fat and sinew (deer fat is not pleasant to the palette)
3 cups low-sodium beef broth
2 pkgs brown gravy mix
1 Tbsp worcestershire
1 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp distilled vinegar
SEASONINGS

1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp pepper
METHOD
Set Instant Pot to sauté and when hot add olive oil. Sear meat on all sides.  Remove to plate.
To pot, add beef stock, gravy packages, worcestershire, soy sauce, and vinegar. Whisk together, while scraping bottom of pot to get any stuck on pieces off the bottom to prevent burning. Place trivet back on bottom of pot.
Add meat back to pot. Place cover on instant pot, and turn top knob to sealing.
Cook on Manual high pressure 80 minutes. Natural release pressure for 20 minutes, then turn to venting to release any remaining pressure.
Open instant pot; remove meat for carving, adding as much liquid as you desire to keep meat moist (I use about 1 cup).  You can cube meat for soups/stews/chili, shred for French Dip sandwiches with horse radish-mayo or tacos or enchiladas or add bbq sauce for shredded beef sandwiches on hamburger rolls, etc. 
Save any remaining stock (should yield about 3 cups) in an airtight Mason Jar(s) for future use as an Au Jus, or for soups/stews after cooling to room temperature, cover, then store in refrigerator. ~ Enjoy!

bookmark_borderSANDRA’S SOURDOUGH TWISTED BAGUETTES

Oh, the aroma of freshly baked bread loaves!!!!!

These sourdough twisted baguettes are absolutely divine…

Yield: 2 twisted baguettes
Prep: 15 – 20 Mins.

Rising: (Appx 2 – 2-1/2 hrs total)
Bake: 20 Mins.
INGREDIENTS
1 cup lukewarm water
1 cup sourdough starter, unfed
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon honey
2 teaspoons instant yeast
–1 egg lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for glaze
METHOD
In the bowl of the stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine water, starter, and 1-1/4 cups of flour, mixing until smooth.
Mix in the salt, honey, and instant yeast, then the additional 1 cup of flour. Mix until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, On low (#2), let machine knead the dough for 7 minutes in the stand mixer.
Transfer dough to a oiled bowl (also, oil top of dough ball) to rise, covered with plastic wrap, for about 1 to 1-1/2 hours, or until doubled in size.
Gently deflate dough, and divide it into four pieces. Knead each slightly on an oiled work surface to remove excess air bubbles. Shape each piece into a 14″ long rope, and twist two together to form baguette; pinching ends and tucking them under. Repeat with other two ropes.
Place two twisted loaves, at least 3″ apart, on a silpat- or parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover the loaves with lightly sprayed plastic wrap, and let them rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size. Near the end of the rising time (about 15 minutes remaining), preheat oven to 450F.
Gently brush the risen loaves with egg-water glaze.
Bake loaves for 20 minutes, turning half way for even baking. (Loaves are perfectly cooked when an internal temp reaches 190F on an instant-read thermometer.)
Remove loaves from oven, transfer to a baking rack. Cover with a clean kitchen towel to completely cool before slicing or storing. ~ Enjoy!

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Here is my newest recipe using one of these baguettes:

bookmark_borderSANDRA’S ALASKA HEARTY FALL VEGETABLE LASAGNA (Downsized)

You’ll never miss the meat with this hearty veggie lasagna,
it’s full-flavored and scrumptious,
especially when served with sides of
warm and crispy garlic bread
and a garden salad tossed with a freshly made vinaigrette…

Servings: (4-6)
Prep: 20 Mins.
Bale: 1 hour
INGREDIENTS
White Sauce
1-1/2 cup 2% low-fat small curd cottage cheese
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan, plus more for topping
1 large egg, beaten
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon dry onion granules
2 tablespoons freshly julienned basil (from my garden)
1 teaspoon dry Italian herb blend
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pasta
10 Curly Edged dry pasta noodles, broke in half and cooked according to pkg directions (only for 12 minutes)
–drain, then pull apart using tongs to cool slightly
Sautéed Vegetable mixture
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
4 mini bell peppers: 2 orange, 2 red, diced (from my garden)
1/4 yellow onion, diced
2 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise, then sliced into 1/4″ half moons
1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
Pinch of kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Shredded Cheese Mixture
2 cups shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded Italian blend cheese
Marinara
4 cups marinara sauce (either your favorite store bought, or my homemade recipe; CLICK LINK)
METHOD
Preheat oven to 350F. Set aside an 8×8″ square glass baking dish, including a baking sheet to set it on top of while baking (to prevent potential spillage).
In a medium bowl, combine all of the white sauce ingredients; set aside.
Prepare the pasta, as directed above.
In a large non-stick skillet, add the olive oil and heat to medium-high heat. Add all the ingredients and sauté for 7 to 9 minutes, just until the onions are translucent but not browned. Remove from heat to slightly cool.
To arrange the lasagna, add enough marinara to cover bottom of baking dish.  Lay a layer of lasagna noodles, overlapping slightly to cover marinara.  Add enough marinara to cover noodle layer.  Add 1/3 of the sauce mixture, 1/3 of the cheeses, and 1/3 of the vegetable mixture. Repeat laying from the noodles in the opposite direction 1 more time.
To finish, topping off, add the final layer of the vegetable mixture, the remaining cheeses, then top by drizzling 4 strips of marinara across the top (as in photo), then sprinkle the marinara strips with parmesan.
Bake for 40 minutes covered, topped with parchment then foil, for 40 minutes. Uncover (save the parchment and foil to store in frig later if you have leftovers), then continue baking for 20 minutes until top cheesy portions turn golden brown and delicious. Let stand, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes to set prior portioning out and serving.~ Enjoy!

bookmark_borderSANDRA’S EASY ONE-PAN CHICKEN THIGH and RICE CREOLE BAKE

First, I sear the chicken thighs, then add all the other ingredients,
cover and bake for 50 minutes = absolute perfection with crispy, moist chicken
and heavenly seasoned rice!
Servings: 3-4
Prep: 5 Mins.
Cook  10 Mins.
Bake: 50 Mins.
Rest: 10 Mins.
INGREDIENTS
Spice blend (divided):
2 teaspoons Creole seasoning (I use Tony Chachere’s in the green container)
1 teaspoon Lawry’s seasoning salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
Chicken:
3-4 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs, (mine are from Costco the 3-pack tends to come with 3/4 thighs)
1/2 of above spice blend mixture (reserve other 1/2 for rice, below)
1 teaspoon Mazola oil
Plus, 1 tablespoon Mazola oil for searing
Rice:
1 cup raw Calrose rice (short-grain)
Remaining 1/2 of spice mixture
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon lemon juice
METHOD
Preheat oven to 400F. Place an ovenproof medium-size stainless steel skillet, with lid, aside.
Add all the spice blend ingredients onto a paper plate, then whisk to combine; set aside.
Place the skillet (see photo) over high heat on stovetop with 2 tablespoons of Mazola oil.
Meanwhile, pat chicken thighs dry with paper towel, including using kitchen shears to cut any excess fat without disturbing skin on under-side.  Place prepared thighs in a medium bowl.  Add half the spice mixture and drizzle with 1 teaspoon Mazola oil, then gently rub spices into both sides to coat evenly.
Place chicken skin-side down using tongs into hot skillet, while sliding back and forth initially when doing so to prevent sticking. Sear for 4 minutes on skin-side down, turn over then do the same on the under-side for 4 more minutes. Remove seared chicken thighs to a paper plate and set aside; drain grease from pan while reserving drippings.
Reduce heat under pan to medium-high and add the raw rice and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the other 1/2 of the reserved spice mixture, ketchup, Worcestershire, and lemon juice; sauté for 30 seconds.
Deglaze pan with chicken stock while scraping bottom with a wooden spoon.  Using tongs, place the seared chicken thighs back into pan atop the rice, skin-side up.  Cover, then bake, undisturbed, for 50 minutes.
Remove pan from oven, leaving covered, and let rest for 10 minutes for chicken juices to redistribute. ~ Enjoy!

bookmark_borderSANDRA’S MORNING ALASKA WHOLE-WHEAT SOURDOUGH BREAD LOAF

This is a 1-hour initial rise ~ No stand-mixer required:

The longer the initial dough ball rise,
the stronger the sourdough flavor becomes
(e.g., 1-hour vs a 9-12 hour rise time)…

Yield: (1 loaf)

Prep: 7 Mins.
Total rising time: 1-2 hours
Bake: 35 Mins.
INGREDIENTS
Proof:
1-1/2 cups lukewarm water
1 teaspoon active yeast (not rapid or instant)
1 tablespoon light agave (or honey)
Sponge:
1/2 cup ripe (fed) sourdough starter
Dry:
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 -1/2 cups Whole-Wheat Flour (I use King Arthur)
1-1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
–2 teaspoons Mazola oil
(For top and bottom of dough ball, so it doesn’t stick or form crust while rising)
–2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
(For brushing top of loaf through mid-baking time, and post-baking time if you desire a more-tender and golden brown crust)
METHOD
Add to a small glass/plastic bowl, the lukewarm water, yeast, and agave; stir to combine. Let proof for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a medium glass/plastic bowl, add the flours, kosher salt, and sponge. Once the yeast mixture has proofed, add it to this mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon to combine. The dough will look rough and shaggy. Use clean hands to shape into a ball.
Place 2 tablespoons Mazola oil into a separate medium/glass bowl. Place the dough ball into the oiled bowl, swirling it around to coat; turn over and swirl a bit more. Spray bottom of plastic wrap and cover bowl. Place in a warm, non-draft area and let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled. (Save plastic wrap.)
Spray a loaf pan and set aside.
Lightly oil working surface (not flour), and knead dough for 5-10 minutes, just until smooth and dough bounces back when depressed with your thumb.  Roll into a loaf shape, and place in prepared pan. Cover with reserved plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, 15 minutes prior to final rise, preheat oven to 375F.
After loaf has fully risen, spray a sharp knife with oil and cut a 1/2″ slit lengthwise across the top of loaf.
Bake for 15 minutes, and note which direction you take pan out of oven, turn pan and brush top of loaf with melted butter then return to oven to continue baking an additional 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 192F.

Remove from oven, leaving loaf in pan and place, uncovered, on rack to cool for 5 minutes. Remove loaf from pan and place upright on rack, cover with clean kitchen towel and allow to completely cool before slicing.  


Wrap loosely in plastic wrap to store at room temperature up to 2 days. ~ Enjoy!

bookmark_borderSANDRA’S OVERNIGHT ALASKA SOURDOUGH BREAD LOAF

This is a 9-hour initial rise ~ No stand-mixer required:

The longer the initial dough ball rise,
the stronger the sourdough flavor becomes
(e.g., 1-hour vs a 9-12 hour rise time)…
Yield: (1 loaf)
Prep: 7 Mins.
Total rising time: 9-12 hours
Bake 35 Mins.
INGREDIENTS
 
Proof:
1-1/2 cups lukewarm water
1 teaspoon active yeast (not rapid or instant)
1 tablespoon light agave (or honey)
Sponge:
1/2 cup ripe (fed) sourdough starter
Dry:
3-1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
–2 teaspoons Mazola oil
(For top and bottom of dough ball, so it doesn’t stick or form crust while rising)
–2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
(For brushing top of loaf through mid-baking time, and post-baking time if you desire a more-tender and golden brown crust)
METHOD
Add to a small glass/plastic bowl, the lukewarm water, yeast, and agave; stir to combine. Let proof for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a medium glass/plastic bowl, add the flour, kosher salt, and sponge. Once the yeast mixture has proofed, add it to this mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon to combine. The dough will look rough and shaggy. Using clean hands, shape into a ball.
Place 2 tablespoons Mazola oil into a separate medium/glass bowl. Place the dough ball into the bowl, swirling it around to coat; turn over and swirl a bit more. Spray bottom of plastic wrap and cover bowl. Place in a warm, non-draft area and let rise overnight for 9-12 hours…the longer the rise time, the more sourdough flavor you’ll achieve. (Save plastic wrap.)
Spray a loaf pan and set aside.
Lightly oil working surface (not flour), and knead dough for 3-5 minutes, just until smooth and dough bounces back when depressed with your thumb.  Roll into a loaf shape, and place in prepared pan. Cover with reserved plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, 15 minutes prior to final rise, preheat oven to 375F.
After loaf has fully risen, spray a sharp knife with oil and cut a 1/2″ slit lengthwise across the top of loaf.

Bake for 15 minutes, and note which direction you take pan out of oven, turn pan and brush top of loaf with melted butter then return to oven to continue baking an additional 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 192F.

Remove from oven, leaving loaf in pan and place, uncovered, on rack to cool for 5 minutes. Remove loaf from pan and place upright on rack, cover with clean kitchen towel and allow to completely cool before slicing.  



Wrap loosely in plastic wrap to store at room temperature up to 2 days. ~ Enjoy!

bookmark_borderSANDRA’S QUICK HOMEMADE SAUERKRAUT with CARROTS

 Absolutely the freshest and best tasting sauerkraut,
in my humble opinion,
which is great on venison or moose Reuben grilled sandwiches

or Smoked Brat hot dogs…

Yield: (3 cups)

Prep: 5 Mins. (more time if shredding your own veggies)
Cook: 45 Mins.
Store: Refrigerated up to 2 wks
INGREDIENTS
1 (16-oz. pkg) Organic Shredded Cabbage and Carrots
–or 1/2 head of medium-size green cabbage thinly sliced into shreds and 1 shredded carrot on large holes of box grater–
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
3/4 cup water
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon whole caraway seeds
METHOD
Add all the ingredients to a non-reactive Dutch Oven (or heavy-bottom stainless steel pot).  Stir, and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low to a gentle simmer, cover, and cook for 45 minutes, while occasionally stirring.
Let sauerkraut cool completely.  Spoon into a glass quart-size wide-mouth Mason jar, cover with a plastic lid (not metal), and store up to 2 weeks in refrigerator. ~ Enjoy!