Archive for August, 2016

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies

Serves: Makes 16

Time: 20 mins

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Mixing

Per my children’s careful instructions I am test driving various desserts for their lunches (When asked what he wanted for lunch at school my son immediately whipped out a choice of dessert items he’s carefully planning, no other actual meal item need be added.) To ramp up for school I made a batch of perfect for lunchboxes chocolate chip cookies. However, I goofed and didn’t use enough flour when making the cookies causing them to spread. This actually turned out to be a happy accident because the day we toured the school/playground it was 89 degrees in the shade and by the time we got home we were both dripping. These thinner cookies made the perfect ice cream sandwich cookie which was a great antidote to the unbearable heat. One last summer dessert before school and fall arrive again.

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Creamy Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Creamy Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Serves: 2-?

Time: 10 minutes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Dressing Mixer

It’s easy to make, would taste transcendent with bacon bits (oh yes, bacon) and makes a great, fast side dish to bring to a party. It’s also super simple which makes me love it right there. One thing to keep in mind is that, if you like a lot of dressing, you can double the dressing and it just makes the whole thing creamier still. Also, if you store it until the next day (and it stores well) the cucumbers give up a lot of their juice and dilute the sauce. Bring on summer. The salad is ready. Who needs lettuce leaves?

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Amish Fry Pies

Amish Fry Pies

Serves: Makes 10

Time: 1 hour +Chilling

Kid Friendly Tasks: Pie Filler

I decided to make my own traditional fry pies, without all of the junk but with the lovely fresh raspberries. This was my first attempt and they turned out beautifully. First I made the dough and set it aside to chill. Then I made the pie filling (I ended up with about a cup extra which I just refrigerated to use as jam. Is there really a difference between pie filling and jam? I think not, not for berries anyway.) Finally I rolled them out and fried them, dipping them in icing when they started to cool. Oh these were really good, well worth the trouble of setting up the fryer, and rolling and filling. They were so good that even two days later when we ate the last fry pie, it was still yummy, if slightly stale.

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Pizza Sauce

Pizza Sauce

Serves: Enough for 2 pizzas

Time: 5 mins

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Spices

I like this sauce because it’s the exact right amount for two pizzas. You can also make it with the basic ingredients you already have on hand and it requires no cooking before you dump it directly onto the pizza. As you can see, I don’t even waste a bowl making mine. I just mix all of the ingredients right in the can, spread onto the pizza and you’re done. I do have a great recipe that I’ll post some time for a true, cooked pizza sauce that’s really fantastic, much better than this one when they are side by side. However, I next to never make that sauce. It just requires more forward planning than I’m capable of at the moment.

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