Sausage Cheese Balls

February 26, 2011

During Christmas break, I took a little road trip on a RV to Tennessee, where my grandparents live. While on the road my dad’s girlfriend made some sausage balls. They were the size a pretty good sized cookie. They didn’t turn out all that great. Later on at my grandparents house, I had a small marble sized sausage balls. Even though they had to be reheated, they were very good. I couldn’t stop eating them.

Later on I discovered that my grandma gave my dads girlfriend the recipe, so these both came from the same recipe.  They both used the same ingredients but my grandmas came out better. Maybe it was grandmas special touch.

I got the recipe from my grandma before I went back home, so that I could make these delicious sausage balls myself. I finally got around to making these sausage balls. on the recipe it even indicates to create marble sized balls. So, now I have come to the conclusion that the size of the sausage balls is very important.

The recipe is very easy to do. You will need 1Ib of sausage the kind in the tube that is not precooked or pre shaped. You will also need Bisquick mix, 3 cups and cheddar cheese shredded, I bought it pre shredded You will need to put a whole package or 2 cups of it in the mix. You need to put it all into a large bowl and mix it by hand together. All the ingredients need to be very well mixed expecially the sausage. Pre heat the stove to 350.  Next will come the most time consuming part. You will need to roll small marble sized balls and place them on the cookie sheet. You need to keep it in the stove until they turn a light brown, this will not take long at all. Then you pull them out and they are done. I rotated cookie sheets because it did not take long I had some that were done before I was done making all the mix into balls.

 

 

Whip together a meal!

February 17, 2011

Have you ever been low on money and hungry? Or just didn’t feel like going out to eat or grocery shopping? In times like these you need to find something you can quickly put together from things you may have in your cabinet.

First look in your cabinet for things you may have that could be combined to create a meal. I usually have rice or pasta in my cabinet. Most people always have bread or eggs. I also have canned vegetables. These are all things that can be used and combined to make a nice little meal.

Take the pasta or rice and combine it with any vegetables you may have laying around. If you have some sauce or meat, you should add it to the mix. If not go through your spice rack and add some butter with some of those sauces.

You can get creative with other things you may have in your cabinet that I do not have in mine. You could use other left overs and combine it with some of these items. But before calling it done, I would taste it to make sure it is good. If you don’t you may go to eat your food and discover it is nasty or bland. For me if I’ve decided I am done cooking and it doesn’t take right instead of fixing it, I tend to just don’t bother and don’t eat it.

Making the Bread

February 13, 2011

You can make bread with and without a bread machine. I am fortunate enough that I received one, a while back. This being said, the ingredients I will be using will be a little different than if you make it by hand, without a bread machine.

When making bread every ingredient you use matters. If you use bread flour it will make better bread with more protein, but however all purpose flour will work for most recipes. However, you should not use cake flour, the protein is not high enough. I found a simple bread machine receipe and I will be going over the ingredients. This recipe is very simple, that I found on allrecipes.com(http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/best-bread-machine-bread/Detail.aspx). For the most part all you are doing is putting all the ingredients together in the bread machine pan and letting the bread machine do all the hard work.

First you will need to buy the ingredients. Some of the ingredients you may already have in your house like white sugar, vegetable oil,and salt. You are also going to need a package of bread machine yeast. You will need to make sure the yeast is fresh. You are also going to need warm water(110 degrees F/ 45 degreed C). The waters temperature is very important, and should us a thermometer especially since it will be my first time making the bread. As I mentioned before, bread flour will give you more protein and a better bread. I also mentioned that all purpose flour can be used for some recipes, however this is not one of those. Since I do not have bread flour, I will need to purchase some at the store.

Now all I need to do is make sure I have a clean bread pan. Then add the warm water, sugar and one bread package yeast. Wait 10 minutes so that it can dissolve and foam. Then add the rest of the ingredients to the yeast; 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, teaspoon of salt and three cups of bread flour. Press the bread setting and press Start. The bread machine will do all the work. When it is done, I will have a new loaf of homemade bread. I can then let it cool, cut it up and have a slice. Last thing to remember is to, wash the bread pan to get all the bread crumbs off.

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package bread machine yeast
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

 

Directions

  1. Place the water, sugar and yeast in the pan of the bread machine. Let the yeast dissolve and foam for 10 minutes. Add the oil, flour and salt to the yeast. Select Basic or White Bread setting, and press Start.

 

 

http://busycooks.about.com/od/howtobake/a/bread101.htm

Using a bread machine

February 7, 2011

A while back I got a Williams Sonoma Bread Machine from Freecycle. I have not touched it since I placed it on my counter in my kitchen. Since I have no idea how to use it, I think it is about time to figure it out.  From what I have gathered using a bread machine is the same as if you were to do it all by hand. Since I have not made bread by hand, I will be starting from the beginning.

First thing I should do is clean the bread machine. Don’t want any dirty or dusty bread. First what I need to do is take the pan out and wash it.Normally, I would need to make sure that any bread crumbs have been removed using a cloth wet with water and soap. Under no circumstances should any sharp or metal objects should be used. The pan is coated with non-stick and hard objects will scratch off the non stick. The paddle will also need to be soaked in soap water and cleaned before using. Clean the rest of the inside and maybe the outside of the bread machine with a wet cloth.

Every bread machine has different settings. Figuring out what things my bread machine can do will become beneficiary later. Since the bread machine does all the hard work for me I need to figure out what will go inside the bread machine. With the bread machine I will be able to add dry ingredients together and let the machine mix and cook the bread.

When using a bread machine you will need to know what kind of yeast you are using so that you can set the time correctly. Bread machine yeast and rapid-rise yeast are made for the bread machine since they become active faster. Bread machine yeast can be mixed with dry ingredients while Active Yeast must be dissolved in water first. To determine if your active-yeast is still usable you must proof it. To do so you will need to get a bowl and put 1 cup of warm water that is 110 degrees F. Then you will need to add 2 teaspoons of sugar and stir it to dissolve. You will then need to sprinkle 2 and half teaspoons of yeast on top. Let it sit for a few minutes then stir until dissolved. The bowl will need to be covered with plastic wrap and set in a warm, draft- free place. After 5-10 minutes if the top does not turn creamy or foamy then there is no activity and should be thrown away and replaced with new yeast.

Cleaning:

http://www.ehow.com/how_2329724_clean-bread-maker.html

getting Started:

http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5405354_do-bread-makers-work.html

Reciepe:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Basic-Sourdough-Bread/Detail.aspx