Friday, December 13, 2013

Scarbrough Family Cookbook - Link Available

It's no secret. I'm behind on posting.  The cookbooks are finished and gifted to mom and sisters.  Milkbooks was a bit of a disaster and I will not be using them again...EVER.  But the books are completed (started in August and shipping each time took a month).  Just recently I noticed I left off the Mother/Daughter Tea Punch and my cheese straws take 15 minutes and NOT 30 minutes to bake (incorrect on my recipe card).  Sooooo please keep that in mind.  Also, much to Jill's dismay, only one picture of her made it into the cookbook.  How did that happen?!

Good news! I can share my book with you by providing a simple link.  If you would like a PDF let me know and I can send it your way for use on an iPad etc.  Here are some picture sneak peaks...

Scarbrough Family Recipes 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Engagement (woohoo) Update

For the few people who follow my blog, there is a reason I have been absent.  The family cookbooks are complete (post regarding that at a later date).  But most importantly, I am engaged!

With that comes not only a wedding to plan but a cross-country move to Idaho.  Perhaps you will see more potato recipes on here in the future.   One thing is for sure.  I must get my fill of southern food...pronto.  My mission is to learn how to recreate the Palmetto pimento cheese.  I live on it.  (Ok, maybe moving away from that is not a bad thing.)

Since this website started as a way for me to keep track of recipes and I cannot seem to find anything I store in email, I thought I might make a list for myself.  This list will be "go-tos" of what I can cook when Hunter and I are hungry and planning meals.  So forgive me.  This part is more for my own personal use!

Beef Patties and Mushrooms
Shrimp Chowder
Chinese Stir Fry (Aprons recipe)
French Toast (breakfast)
Pork Tenderloin and veggies
Shrimp and Grits
Spaghetti and Meatballs (if in freezer or ground beef)
Spinach Pasta Bake
Taco Soup
Tomato Rigatoni
Pot Roast
Chicken and Rice

I am sure I will look back on this one day and laugh.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Baking up a Storm

I haven't been posting because...I have been too busy cooking/baking!  (Why is it desserts photograph SO MUCH better than everything else?)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Diane's Blondies

I first had these blondies around the holidays when I was with the Hodges.  Their family friend, Diane, made them for the family.  Immediately they became my favorite treat.  Hunter and I made them while I was visiting Boise. I attempted to halve the recipe.  I failed (and wouldnt recommend). I also made them with butterscotch which she suggested could be added.  Mine were no where as good as hers.

I was so disappointed I came back and made them multiple times.  I gave them to neighbors, families and friends.  Hunter came back in town and I made them with him but this time I didn't cook them long enough (we were meeting friends and I became impatient).  I've never been with Hunter when these came out successful but I've made them so many times.  They are so simple.  So very simple there is no need to pull out your mixer.

The recipe:

2 sticks butter (or margarine)
1 lb (box) light brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 c. all purpose flour
2 large eggs
1 c. pecans (even for Hunter who doesn't like nuts)
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix by hand.
Melt butter; add brown sugar and blend well.
Add baking powder, salt and vanilla; stir well.
Stir in flour; batter will be stiff. 
Crack eggs in small bowl; beat well; add to batter; stir. 
Add nuts and chips.

Bake @350 in greased 9x12 pan. 
Batter may have to be spread to edge of pan but it will also spread as it bakes.
Bake until top begins to get golden brown; blondies pull away from pan (45ish minutes). Makes about 2 dozen.

Photo credit tonight goes to HTH (brought to you via Boise).  I wish he could email me the actual finished product.

Please note Hunter's engineer ingenuity.  It's a make shift cooling rack! 

Banana Muffins

Let me explain the difference between banana bread and banana muffins.  There is a difference.  First off, this recipe is best in muffin form while the bread recipe is better as a loaf.  Banana muffins are sticky sweet.  They have more banana flavor (because of more actual banana and less flour).  This recipe was SO very popular with my childhood friends.  In fact, one friend would request them every time she came over.

I didn't freeze bananas until this year and now I wonder how I went without.  It's so much more convenient.  They don't look beautiful when they thaw (they turn black on the outside and become all juicy on the inside).  I may even say it makes the baked goods more moist. 

Maw's Refrigerator Cookies (Shortbread Cookies)

The family recipe book assembly is still underway!  It's reminding me of some of my FAVORITE recipes from childhood.  These shortbread cookies Maw (Mom's mother) made for us.  She would sprinkle them with colored crystal sugars.  The bonus about this can keep them in log form (see below) in the refrigerator for a week!  And for a girl who absolutely loves chocolate - I can tell you these rank up there!

Mine were a little brown.  Keep your eyes on them!  I am not going to write out the steps because I did what was written on the recipe card.  This is one of Maw's recipe cards.  You can tell because she always used her cursive typewriter. I love it!

Note:  It is easier to make the logs actually square.  I wrapped mine in parchment paper!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Maw's Banana Bread

Maw's Banana Bread

I had to triple check to be sure I had not posted this recipe before.  This was THE first recipe I knew by heart and I remember making it long before college.  I still have not found a better banana bread.  According to the rate it disappeared this morning at work, I am not the only fan!

I've decided for many of these recipes I am going to skip boring pictures.  I can only take shots of the mixer and batter so many times before they all start looking the same, even for me!

I love this recipe card.  Mom must have covered it in contact paper to preserve it.  It's had a lot of use!

This is my secret.  I now only use frozen bananas.  The thought used to give me the heebie jeebies.  But after I tried it a couple years ago, it works out well.  They mash so much easier, provide more liquid, and are so very convenient!  (On a side note, I freeze the bread often once its baked and it is also wonderful.  I have 3 small baking pans that I used last time to try to limit myself!)

It took me 2 years to go through the huge tub of crisco you see in this picture.  It was embarrassingly large.  I ran into this the other day and figured it is worth a try.  So far, it is a wonderful substitute.  If anything, it makes me feel better!

The batter still ranks in my top 5 batters of all-time.  Nuts are optional but with Hunter gone, they are a necessity in my book. I love them.

I used bread flour this time and it never seems to rise enough but I wanted to finish the bag.  Basic all-purpose is my first choice!

And here we have a photo of my favorite way to enjoy the bread.  Ok, second favorite way.  My favorite is the toaster!