Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Seasoned Green Beans

I was looking through my recipe box tonight to find a vegetable to serve at dinner tonight and came across this recipe. I don't know why I haven't made these in forever because they are so easy and so good!!  Just the right amount of flavor to enhance the beans.

Seasoned Green Beans
3 1/2 C fresh or frozen green beans (approx. 1 lb.)  I used frozen, uncut but you can use cut green beans as well.
2 T butter or margarine, melted
1/4-1/2 t seasoned salt (Lawry's)
1/4-1/2 t chili powder
1/8 t garlic powder
1/8 t onion powder

Place beans in a steamer basket; place in saucepan over 1" of water.  Bring to a boil; cover and steam for 8-10 mins, or until crisp tender.  In a small bowl, combine the butter & seasonings.  Drain beans; add butter mixture and toss to coat.

Serves 4

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Spice Cookies

These are simply amazing!  They are the perfect blend of spices, chocolate, and cranberries.  My stack of cookies kept decreasing because my husband kept swiping them!  These taste great warm from the oven.  I know the list of ingredients looks long, but don't be dismayed.

Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Spice Cookies
1 & 1/2 C all-purpose flour
1 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1/2 t kosher salt (can use as much as 1 t)
2 t cinnamon
1/2 t allspice
3/4 C shortening
3/4 C brown sugar
3/4 C white sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla extract
1 & 1/2 C whole oats
1 & 1/2 C dried cranberries
1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350ยบ. 
Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and allspice in medium bowl.  Set aside. 
In mixing bowl, cream together shortening and sugars until fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla and combine well. 
Add flour mixture a little bit at a time and stir until just combined.
Add oats, cranberries and chocolate chips and blend well.  (I do all this in the mixer.)

Using a regular spoon (soup or cereal size), drop dough onto cookie sheet.  Dough is a bit "wet" so you might want to use parchment paper on your cookie sheets and use 2 spoons rather than get your hands all messy.

Bake 12-14 mins or until light brown.  Remove to cooling rack.  Cool completely & store in air-tight container.

**The original recipe stated to use a 1/4 cup scoop to drop dough on the cookie sheet.  I don't like large cookies, so I use a regular spoon.