Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Oatmeal choc chip cookies

This is my new favourite cookie recipe. I used to have a picture but I can't find it. You should probably thank me.

1/2 cup rolled oats, regular or quick
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 eggs
2 cups (1 bag) choc chips

Preheat over to 350'f.
Cover baking sheets with foil.
Blend oats until finely ground.
Combine oats, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.

In another bowl cream butter, sugars, vanilla and lemon juice.
Add eggs and beat until fluffy.

Stir flour mixture into egg mixture.
Blend well.
Add chocolate chips and mix well.
Scoop dough into balls and place on baking sheet.

Bake until lightly browned 16-18 minutes.
Transfer to cooling rack and cool completely.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Penne alla Betsy alla Laura

This recipe is a Pioneer Woman recipe modified. It can be found on page 188 of her cookbook or here.

1 pound penne pasta
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped - 1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 cups tomato sauce (14.5 ounces)
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped parsley
6 basil leaves, cut in chiffonade

Cook penne until al dente. Drain and set aside.
Heat oil and butter in sauce pan.
Add onion and garlic. Saute until onion is translucent.
Add chicken stock and simmer.
Pour in tomato sauce and stir.
Reduce heat.
Pour in cream and stir.
Add basil and parsley. Stir.
Add cooked pasta and stir gently.
Add more broth if too thick.
Season well.
You can add shrimp, chicken, bacon, sausage or olives. Dress it up, dress it down. Sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top... YUM!