Sunday, October 31, 2010

Baked Tortellini

I first found a recipe for baked tortellini about three years ago.  Since then I have modified and changed the original into this one.  If you are in the mood for good old comfort food, this is one you need to try!  Don't let the many steps scare you off.  You won't regret it!

1 pounds chicken (cooked and shredded)
1 TBS beef bouillon
1 TBS chicken bouillon
1 tsp dried onion flakes
1 1/2 pounds cheese tortellini (dry or fresh)
1 quart Alfredo sauce (recipe below)
1 TBS olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup frozen peas
3/4 cup dried bread crumbs
1/4 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
3 TBS melted butter

I start by cooking my chicken.  I like to boil my chicken for this recipe.  Place your chicken breast in a sauce pan and cover with water.  Let the water come to a boil and skim off the white foam from the top of the water.  Then add the beef bouillon, chicken bouillon and dried onion.  Cover, turn to low and simmer for about 30-40 minutes.  Once done remove form water, shred the chicken and set aside.

I have used several different types of tortellini.  My favorite is fresh, cheese filled, spinach tortellini.  Whatever you can find will be fine as long as it is cheese filled.  Cook the pasta according to the packaging.  30 second before it is done pour the frozen peas directly into the pasta water.  Then drain with the pasta.

1 quart heavy cream
1 cube of butter
1 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp pepper

About 10 minutes before the chicken is done start the Alfredo sauce.  In a saute pan melt the butter.  While continually stirring, slowly add the cream. (You will want to have your cream be room temperature or it will turn your butter hard and won't mix well)  Then add your Parmesan cheese and pepper.  Stir until the cheese is completely melted.  

In a small saute pan heat the olive oil,  add the onions and garlic and saute for about 3-5 minutes.  Add the sauteed onions and garlic into the Alfredo sauce.

In a large bowl combine the pasta, Alfredo mixture, chicken and peas.  Pour into a 9x13 pan.  

In a small microwaveable safe bowl melt 3 TBS of butter.  Add the bread crumbs and 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.  Sprinkle over the top of the tortellini and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.        

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

French Bread

I love this bread.  It is not as crunchy on the outside as a normal french bread but I like my bread more soft. I use this bread recipe for almost everything.  This makes great french toast and garlic bread.  I hope you enjoy!

2 TBS yeast
3/4 cup warm water
1/2 tsp sugar

In a mixer combine 2 2/3 cup warm water, 1 TBS salt, 1/4 cup sugar and 3 TBS melted butter.  Than add the yeast mixture and mix well.  Then add 9-10 cups of bread flour.  Let rise for 1 hour or until doubled.  Form into 2 french bread loaves and place on a greased cookie sheet.  Top with an egg wash (1 egg and 1 TBS water beaten).  Let rise until double.  Bake on 400 degrees until golden brown about 15-20 minutes.  

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mocha Mitts has been added to our holiday gift guide

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Love Deliveries has been added to our holiday gift guide!

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I am so excited to announce that Love Deliveries has joined our holiday gift guide.  We will also be doing a review/giveaway on this shop!  Click on the link below and take a look around.  

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Teton Cocoa at BRC's and Florence's Chocolates!

For all those followers living in the Southeast Idaho region, Teton Cocoa is excited to announce that our cocoa is going to be sold at BRC's Frozen Custard and Florence's Chocolates.  You will be able to buy our delicious flavors by the cup at BRC's and you can purchase our packages in the candy shop!  Thanks for all your support!

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

This recipe was passed down from my husbands grandmother, to his mother and then onto me.  I have to be careful when I make these because I can't stop eating them and I am not exaggerating! 

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
3 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Cream together the butter and shortening until fluffy.  Add the granulated sugar and the brown sugar and mix together well.  Then add the rest of the ingredients.  Using a medium cookie scoop drop onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 7-9 on 350 degrees.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

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Steamed Turkey Wontons

These wontons are super easy to make and are also low in calories and fat.  They can be great as appetizers or they can be combined with fried rice to make a meal!

1/2 lb. lean ground turkey
1 egg
2 TBS soy sauce
1 tsp grated fresh ginger root
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 TBS plain dry bread crumbs
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
16 wonton wrappers

1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 TBS soy sauce
1 tsp freshly grated ginger root
1 tsp sesame oil
1 garlic clove, pressed

For the wontons, combine turkey, egg, soy sauce, bread crumbs, garlic, ginger root and cayenne pepper in a bowl.  Using a small scoop, place a scoop of turkey mixture on the wonton wrapper.  Lightly brush the edges of the wonton with water.  Fold the wonton over and seal. Place in a steamer and cook covered for 5-7 minutes.  

For the sauce, combine all the ingredients and mix well.  When wontons are done serve immediately with dipping sauce.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Pineapple Zucchini Bread

I got this recipe from a wonderful lady I just met.  I had never had pineapple in my zucchini bread and loved it.  So, I thought I would share it!    

3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
3 eggs
1 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 large can crushed pineapple (well drained)
2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup chopped pecans

Mix all ingredients together in a mixer on low speed until well blended.  Grease pans well with shortening and flour.  Fill pans 2/3rd full and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  If you are doing mini loaves you will want to start checking your bread at 35 minutes.  This recipe is great and can even be done in a bundt pan.  It is super yummy fresh out of the oven with butter.  I hope you love it as much as I did!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Participants in our Holiday Gift Guide

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Vegetable Lasagna

1 package lasagna noodles
8 oz. frozen spinach (thawed and well drained)
1 TBS olive oil
1 small zucchini, sliced
1 small yellow squash, sliced
5 mushrooms, sliced
1 large container of ricotta cheese
1 egg
3/4 cup fresh Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
2 TBS fresh basil
2 tsp. fresh oregano
3 TBS softened butter
1 quart of your favorite spaghetti sauce

Cook the lasagna noodles according to the package.  Make sure you do not over cook. 

In a bowl combine ricotta cheese, egg, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, 1 TBS basil, 1 tsp oregano and spinach. (Drain as much water as you can out of the spinach.  I take a paper towel and blot it until it is dry.  If you do not do this your lasagna will be runny!) Set aside.

In a saute pan put the olive oil.  When the oil is hot saute the squash and zucchini for about 3-5 minutes.  Then add mushrooms and saute for another 3 minutes.  Then add the spaghetti sauce and warm through.  Set aside.

Once the noodles are done, drain and rinse with cool water.  In a 9x13 pan spread 1/2 cup of the spaghetti mixture.  Then put down a layer of the lasagna noodles.  Followed by a layer of the cheese mixture and then start over with the spaghetti sauce.  Finish the top layer with the lasagna noodles and top with the remaining spaghetti sauce.  Then top with the remaining Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, basil and oregano.  Once this is drop small pieces of butter over the top of the lasagna.  This makes the cheese topping really yummy. Cover with tinfoil and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.  Remove the tinfoil and bake uncovered for another 15 minutes.  Let sit for at least 20 minutes.  If you don't do this your lasagna will fall apart.  

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


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Monday, October 18, 2010

Lemon Bars

I am not a huge fan of lemon bars but these are by far my favorite!  It has a rich buttery crust with just the right amount of lemon.  I hope you like them!

 1 cup flour
1 stick butter softened
1/2 c powdered sugar

2 cups granulated sugar
3 tsp lemon zest
3 TBSP lemon juice
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 eggs
powdered sugar for garnish

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix flour, butter and powdered sugar with a pastry cutter until it forms peas size pieces.  Press the flour mixture into an ungreased 9x13 pan. Bake for 20 minutes. While crust is baking beat remaining ingredients on high speed for 3 min or until light and fluffy.  Once the crust is done pour the lemon mixture over the hot crust and bake 25-30 minutes or until it is golden brown. Cool and then dust with powdered sugar.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Berry Salad

This is the easiest salad you will ever make!  It is a family favorite at my husbands family reunions. Enjoy!

1 large package instant vanilla pudding
32 oz vanilla yogurt
16 oz whipped cream
48 oz. mixed berries (no strawberries)

Mix the vanilla pudding, yogurt, and whipped cream together.  Fold in frozen or fresh berries and voila!  If you use frozen berries make at least one hour ahead of time so that berries have time to thaw.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Halloween Cookies 4 Kids

It is a tradition in our family to make Halloween sugar cookies each year. It has become one of the many highlights of this time of year. This recipe is my mothers and it is by far my favorite. I have tried numerous sugar cookie recipes and always come back to this one. These cookies are stiff enough to frost but are still really soft to eat. Then we make a frosting glaze instead of normal frosting. This helps alls your goodies to stick when you are decorating. Plus, they are delicious!

1 cup butter

1 1/2 cup sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

3 1/2 cups sifted flour

2 tsp cream of tartar

1 tsp soda

1/2 tsp salt

Cream butter and then add sugar gradually until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla. In a separate bowl sift dry ingredients together and then add gradually to the creamed mixture. Chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.

On a well floured surface roll dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into shapes. Bake on and ungreased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Cool slightly on cookie sheet and the remove to a cooling rack.


In a saucepan melt 1 cube butter over medium heat. Remove from stove top and add a pinch of salt, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp almond extract, 3-5 TBS of canned milk and 1 pound of powdered sugar. Color frosting and have fun decorating!!

***As your glaze cools it will stiffen. If it gets too stiff to decorate heat over low heat. If you get it too hot it will ruin the icing***

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Halloween Decorations

I found some really cute Halloween decorations on etsy today and thought I would pass them along.  I have yet to get out my Halloween decor and my kids are going crazy.  I think that will be our Saturday project tomorrow!  


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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are my husbands all time favorite cookie.  They take a little more time so when he gets them they are truly a treat.  There is something about chocolate and peanut butter that makes my mouth water. YUMMO!  This recipe makes A LOT of cookies.  So you may want to half it!

2 cups butter
1/4 cup shortening
2 cups baking cocoa
1 cup chocolate syrup
1/2 cup peanut butter
6 eggs
5 cups sugar
5 tsp vanilla
5 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter softened
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla
11 cups of powdered sugar

In a saucepan melt butter over low heat.  Remove from heat and stir in the cocoa, chocolate syrup and peanut butter until it is smooth. Set aside and cool.

In a large mixing bowl beat eggs and sugar until lemon colored.  Beat in the chocolate mixture and vanilla.  Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl and slowly add to the chocolate mixture.  Using a small or medium cookie scoop drop onto an ungreased baking sheet 2 inches apart.  Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until surface starts to crack.  Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.

In another mixing bowl, beat butter and peanut butter until smooth.  Beat in milk and vanilla. Gradually add powdered sugar.  Spread on the bottom half of a cookie and top with a remaining cookie, making a sandwich.  

*** These cookies are recommended to be served with a large cold glass of milk***

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