Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Ok all- this one is unbelieveable and unlike my usual recipes a ton of work.  My mom made this when I was growing up and I would look forward to it every year!
So I used 1 pack of rapid rise yeast
6 cups sifted flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 pound butter
3 tbsp sugar
3 eggs
1/2 pint sour cream
1/2 warm milk

Dissolve yeast in warm milk. (120-130 degrees- check individual packs to make sure it isn't too hot)

Add cup of flour- add sour cream and add flour. Then add sugar, butter and eggs and keep on adding flour until its gone.  When it is kneaded well set aside and let rise about 3 times- cover over with towel. (let it rise, beat it down, rise again 3 times). 
The dough is done rising when you stick two fingers about 1/2 in inside and the dough doesn't come back up.
2 1/2 to 3 pounds walnuts- grind nuts fine
2 cups sugar or to taste
3 whole eggs
moisten with 1/2 cup of milk or as much as needed to spread nice so that it is not running.
Once dough has risen 3 times divide into 6 sections and roll out flat. Cover flattened dough with filling and roll. Make sure your dough is thick enough (some of mine were too thin and then broke open during baking- doesn't affect the taste- just the look :) ) Then bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. (Until golden brown)

Allow some time to cool on a cooling rack and enjoy!

Happy Cooking!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Baked Mac and Cheese

Here is yet another mac and cheese recipe! :)This one comes from Cooking Light magazine.  I just added hot sauce to this one for some kick.  Enjoy.

4 1/2 cups (12 oz) uncooked penne
1 carton (12 oz) cottage cheese (we used 16)
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan divided
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
3tbsp panko bread crumbs
1 tbsp minced flat leaf parsley

1)Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2) Cook pasta according to package- drain and place in large bowl.
3) Place cottage cheese in a food processor and process until smooth.  Combine cottage cheese, cheddar, 1/4cup parmesan, salt, and pepper.  Add mixture to pasta and stir well.  Spoon into 11X17 glass or ceramic baking dish.
4) Combine remaining 1/4 cup parmesan, panko (we used extra here too), and parsley in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly over the top.  Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.
5) Preheat broiler- leaving dish in oven.
6) Broil pasta 1 minute or until top is brown.