Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp
10 servings

4-6 granny smith apples
8 whole graham crackers, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup quick cooking or old fashioned oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup butter, melted

Peel, core and slice apples. Cut apples in half and place in casserole dish. Coarsely chop graham crackers and place in bowl. Add brown sugar, flour, oats and cinnamon; mix well. Melt butter and add dry ingredients; mix well. Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over apples. Cover loosely with aluminum foil. Bake 45 minutes at 350. Uncover and bake an additional 5-10 minutes. Enjoy!

My family loves this Pampered Chef recipe! Our sweet neighbors brought a pan of it to us after my husband's skiing accident last January. I quickly requested the recipe. It will be made often this autumn! :-)

I made this while my family was out at my in-laws' ranch this evening. When they got home, my son walked in the kitchen and said, "Mom - that smells like fall!" ...my thoughts exactly! ;-)

Big Daddy Biscuits

Big Daddy Biscuits
9 biscuits

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1 cup buttermilk (or 1 tablespoon vinegar plus milk to make 1 cup)

Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Gradually stir in milk until dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. Turn out onto a floured surface, and knead 15 to 20 times. Pat dough out to 1 inch thick. Cut biscuits with a cutter dipped in flour. Place biscuits onto an ungreased baking sheet. Place biscuits close and touching - this helps them rise taller! Bake at 350º for 15-20 minutes, or until edges begin to brown. Enjoy!

If you would like to freeze these biscuits before cooking simply place the cut out biscuits on a cookie sheet in the freezer for about two hours.  When biscuits are frozen, remove and place in an air tight freezer bag.  To bake, take out desired number of biscuits and let them thaw on the counter for about 30 minutes.  Then bake at 350º for 15-20 minutes.

Farmhouse Beef Stew

Farmhouse Beef Stew
8 servings

4 potatoes, diced
2 carrots, sliced
1 onion, diced
1 - 1 1/2 pounds stew meat
1/2 cup flour
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup beef broth
1 can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1 can le suer peas

Place potatoes, carrots, and onion in slow cooker. Coat meat in flour. In a skillet, brown meat in oil. Place meat over vegetables. Pour broth into skillet and stir to loosen browned bits; pour over meat and vegetables. Pour tomatoes over all. Season and cook on high for 1 1/2 hours. Turn temperature to low and continue to cook for 7-8 more hours. Combine flour and water; mix until smooth. Add to slow cooker and mix thoroughly. Turn temperature back up to high, add peas, and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Serve with biscuits and enjoy!