Friday, October 30, 2015

Cheese Straws

1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 t. salt
1 stick butter
1/2 block - 8 oz. sharp cheese (at least 2 cups)
1/4 t. cayenne pepper (if you want a little spice--or omit)

Grate the cheese - I use a food processor, then change to a cutting blade and add all ingredients into the food processor.  Usually, the butter is cut into tablespoons and added on top.  Process until it makes one big lump.  On wax paper, using a rolling pin, roll out dough until the desired thickness is achieved.  Cut into strips and put on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray, or use shortening to coat the pan. Cook at 350˚ for 15 minutes.  Goes really well with vegetable soup; cool and store excess cheese straws for another day.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Basic Muffins
1 egg
1/2 c milk
1/4 c oil, melted shortening, or melted butter
Mix together.

1  1/2 c flour
1/2 c sugar
2 t baking powder
1 t salt
Mix together.
Mix wet and dry ingredients. Spray pan.
Bake in muffin pan for 20 minutes at 400˚.

Blueberry Muffins

Rinse and drain 1 c blueberries.  Mix with 2 T sugar.
Add wet and dry ingredients together and stir gently. 
Fold in sugared blueberries.

Apple Muffins
Make muffins above, except blend 1/2 t. cinnamon with dry ingredients.
 Add 1 c grated raw tart apple with butter or shortening.  Bake 25 min.
Top with mix of 1.2 c brown sugar, 1.3 c broken nuts and 1/2 t. cinnamon.

Banana Nut Muffins
Make muffins above except add 2 mashed bananas and 1/2 to 1 c chopped
nuts.  Bake 20 min. at 400˚.

Cranberry-Orange Muffins
1 c cranberries, halved
1/2 c sugar
1 egg
1 c milk
2 T melted butter
1 T grated orange rind
2 c flour
3 t. baking powder
2 T sugar
1 t salt
Combine cranberries and 1/2 c sugar. Let stand while mixing batter and add
to batter at the end. Bake at 400˚ for 20-25 min.

Pumpkin Muffins
1 egg
1/2 c milk
1/2 c mashed cooked pumpkin
1/4 c melted butter
1  1/2 c flour
1/2 c sugar
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
Bake at 400˚ for 18-20 minutes.  
Beat egg and stir in milk, pumpkin and melted butter.  Mix dry ingredients.
Mix dry and wet ingredients together, just until moistened.  Sprinkle 1/4 t sugar over each muffin.

Oatmeal Muffins
1 c rolled oats
1 c buttermilk or soured milk
1/3 c melted butter
1/2 c brown sugar
1 egg
1 c flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t soda
1 t salt.
Heat over to 400˚ mix oats in milk and set aside.  Mix melted butter, sugar and egg.  Mix dry ingredients; stir into wet ingredients.  Bake for 20-25 min.

Country Breakfast Muffins
1 egg
1 c sour cream
2 T sugar
1 T melted butter
1  1/2 c flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t soda
1/2 t salt
Beat egg; Blend in cream, sugar and melted butter.  Blend dry ingredients and add to wet ingredients.  Bake 20 min at 400˚.

I've used these recipes for 45 years and they are quick, easy, and good for a family breakfast.