Homemade White Bread

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I love this white bred recipe! I make this bread all the time for ourselves and as gifts for family and friends. This bread does slice well for sandwiches, but I really enjoy it as is, with butter, or as french toast. Sweet but not too sweet, this bread is a real treat. This recipe makes 2 loafs, and this bread is good frozen for 6 months.

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What You Will Need

  • 6 Cups Flour
  • 2 Cups Warm Water (110 F)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Yeast
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Oil
  • 2 Bread Pans
  • Non-Stick Spray
  • Mixing Bowl

Directions

1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, water, yeast, sugar and oil. Stir until a smooth supple ball forms, dough will be sticky. Coat bowl and dough lightly with oil, then let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

2. Grease the bread pans. Punch down dough and divide in half. Form into a loaf shape and place into the pan. Heat oven to 350 F, and let bread rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour until loaf is 3/4 up the pan. Bake for 30 minutes, and let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

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Apple Crisp

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Apple Crisp is an easy dessert and tastes amazing along with some vanilla ice cream. I’ve made apple crisp several times and I find that every time it’s to use up all the extra apples I have. We buy from a local farmer who likes to sell in bulk, so we end up buying in bulk! If apple crisp can’t use up your apples, apple sauce can, or even an apple cake. I didn’t get any picture of this apple crisp finished baking since I served it at for an after church lunch, however, it was a big hit and tasted great. This recipe makes 6-8 adult sized servings. How long your apple crisp lasts will depend on the state of your apples. I made this apple crisp when my apples were very close to bad, so it only lasted about 5 days, but for fresh and firmer apples you will get 7-10 days.

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What You Will Need

  • 4-6 Cups Apples, Peeled, Cored, and Sliced
  • 2/3 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Oats
  • 1/3 Cup Butter, Melted
  • 3/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 7×11 Casserole Dish
  • Aluminum Foil (Optional)
  • Medium Mixing Bowl

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375 F. Prepare your apples and line the bottom of the casserole dish. In the mixing bowl, add butter and spices. Mix together, then add flour, oats, and brown sugar. Mix until everything is evenly coated and combined.

2. Pour the mixture over the apples in an even layer. then bake for 30 minutes or until apples are tender. If serving after a meal, cover with foil and reduce heat to 200 F to keep warm before serving.

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Fried Rice

Fried Rice is so easy and can be made in so many different ways. This fried rice has a little bit of everything. I used up the remaining ingredients from the hot pot, but I also added new flavors. Fried rice is a great way to use leftovers and still be able to feed your family. For this recipe, I used two meats, sliced venison steak and diced bacon. I cooked my bacon before adding it to the dish, so I did have to add a bit of bacon fat just to keep everything from burning. As for veggies, I used a bit of everything. I used sliced mushrooms, sliced water chestnuts, diced cabbage, sliced carrot, sliced onion, and diced bell pepper. I also used 6-8 cups of rice in this dish and it was still very flavorful. If your really wanted to feed a crowd and stretch the dish, you could easily use 10-12 cups of cooked rice. This recipe makes 8 adult sized servings.

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What You’ll Need

  • 1/2 lb Sliced Steak/Venison
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Bacon
  • Sliced/Diced Veggies
  • 1 Cup Stock
  • 1 Clove Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Tbsp Ginger paste
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Fish Sauce
  • 6 Cups Cooked Rice
  • Large Wok
  • Oil/Bacon Fat, As Needed

Directions

  1. Begin by heating the wok over medium high heat. Once it’s hot, add your steak and bacon. Once your meats are both browned, add your veggies, and stir fry until your meat begins getting a nice maillard crust on it, add about 1/2 Tbsp of oil at a time if needed it during this time. Then add tha stock and remaining seasoning until stock comes to a boil.

2. Once the stock is boiling, add your cooked rice. Make sure the rice is fully broken up and everything is coated. Cook rice for 2-3 minutes, then serve.

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Hot Pot

Hot pot is a very popular dish all across Asia. It includes making a tasty, and sometimes spicy, broth and cooking prepared items in the boiling broth. Hot pot is eaten usually in a group, it does take a while to eat, and does take a good amount of prep time, but hot pot makes great food and a fun experience. First you need a good broth/stock. You can make your own by simmering bones for 4-6 hours, or you can used pre-made broth/stock, either way works. You’ll need some veggies, usually whatever you have. I highly recommend potatoes because they were very good. Mushrooms are a classic addition, and so is cabbage or bok choy. A thin sliced meat is a classic additions, and some bacon cut into thirds provided that. We also had hot pot the next night and was able to cook 1/2 inch strips of venison too! Frozen dumplings aren’t as common, but taste great in the hot pot, and to serve, having one or two varieties of dipping sauce was very nice. The spread above was enough food for 8 servings.

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What You’ll Need

Broth

  • 1/4 Finely Diced Onion
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Pork Belly
  • 8 Cups Broth/Stock of Choice
    • I made 8 cups of pork stock, then added 2 chicken Bouillons and a sazon goya MSG Packet
  • 2 Garlic Cloves Finely Minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp Ginger Paste

Dipping Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Fish Sauce

Other Ingredients

  • Peeled and Thin Sliced Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Sliced Carrots
  • 1 Inch Celery Sticks
  • 1 Can Sliced Water Chestnuts, Strained
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Cabbage
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Bell Peppers
  • 8 Oz Sliced Mushrooms
  • 8 Frozen Dumplings
  • 1 lb Bacon Cut into Thirds
  • Packets of Ramen Noodles, For Just the Noodles

Equipment

  • Serving Plated and Bowls
  • Small Bowls for Dipping Sauce
  • A Bowl for Each Person
  • Fork/Chop Sticks and Slotted Spoon for Each Person
  • Hot Plate/ Rice Cooker
  • Dutch Oven/ Large Pot for Broth
  • Separate Utensils for Any Raw Meat

Directions

  1. First make a flavorful broth. I started by boiling 10 cups of water with 2 lbs of pork bones for 5 hours. I started the broth by sauteing the onions with the diced pork belly. Once the onions were soft and the pork belly mostly rendered, I strained the broth through a sieve into the pot with the onion. I then added the minced garlic and ginger, and brought that to a boil.

2. Next, mix together the ingredients for the sauce. The measurements above are for one portion, I made two for our meal, but one shared would suffice for 2 people. Place in a small bowl for dipping. Then prep and plate your ingredients. Presentation is important with this meal. Add a hotplate in the middle and add the pot of broth, heat until it is heated thoroughly.

3. Cooking with the hot pot is rather easy. First, always start with the veggies and dumplings. Raw Meat is cooked on their own after, and finally, noodles are eaten at the end. Soft greens like spinach only need 5 seconds before they can be removed. Otherwise, all veggies can be added to the pot and eaten as they are found. Potatoes may take 2-3 minutes to soften before they are soft enough, and same goes for carrots and celery. You can add frozen dumplings at any point, just wait for them to rise to show they are heated enough. Bacon cooks in about 1 minute, and sliced venison was done in 4 minutes. Noodles only take about 2 minutes to be ready. You can eat ingredients straight from the hot pot, or transfer them to your personal bowl before chowing down.

Pork Loin with Honey Mustard Glaze

This weekend I was able to cook up the last of the pork loin roast I prepared. For our last meal, I sliced off a couple more pork chops and prepared some honey mustard sauce to top. Simply mix together the sauce and coat the chops, bake then serve. We had these over spinach and the glaze made a delicious sauce for the spinach too. This recipe makes 2-3 servings, but can be easily altered as needed.

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What You’ll Need

  • 1 Slice of Pork Loin Roast or 3 Medium Pork Chops
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Mustard
  • Small Bowl
  • Baking Pan Lined with Foil

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Place the pork on the foil lined sheet. Mix together remaining ingredients in the small bowl. Coat each side of the pork with the sauce.

2. Place the pork in the oven. Bake raw pork for 25-30 minutes or cooked pork for 15-20 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 165 F. Top cooked pork with any remaining sauce, then serve right away.

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