Mini Raspberry Vanilla Cakes

My friend, Jane, made the most delicious cake that she would cut in half and fill with jam. This recipe was inspired by her! To me, the texture (due to the beans) is between regular cake and angel food cake. I think it’s especially delicious topped with a pudding-cream filling and fresh strawberries (in non-emergency times, of course) In emergencies we’ll just have to make due with jam and buttercream frosting! –Mellyn Continue reading

My Favorite Muffins

Jams, jellies and preserves — I like them all! I especially like their versatility. This week I’ll share with you some of our favorite main dishes that sport jam as a main ingredient, along with some of our comfort-food favorites! –Mellyn

From Grace B.

When I was engaged, some friends threw a “Kitchen” Shower for me. Each person who came, brought an item to use in the kitchen, along with a favorite recipe. These recipes have been among my favorites over the years. Tried and true, they helped make my first attempts in the kitchen successful. My family loves Grace’s favorite muffins, and they’re just as good for dinner as they are for breakfast! Grace says you can make these muffins plain or hide jam in the middle for a sweet surprise. I often leave the jam on top because it looks so pretty…and because I’m lazy! Thanks for sharing your favorite muffins, Grace! –Mellyn

Yield: 12 muffins

  • 2 tablespoons egg powder or 1 fresh egg
  • 3 tablespoons water — omit if using fresh eggs
  • 1/2 cup water — If using fresh milk, omit and use 1/2 cup milk instead
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk powder –omit if using fresh milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6-12 teaspoons jelly or jam
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Prepare 12 medium muffin cups.
  3. Whisk egg powder into water or beat egg; stir in remaining liquid ingredients.
  4. Mix in dry ingredients just until flour is moistened. Batter should be lumpy.
  5. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.
  6. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from pan.
  7. For surprise muffins, drop 1 teaspoon of jelly or jam into each one before baking! (I use about 1/2 teaspoon.)

 

 

African Chicken Peanut Soup

–Adapted from a Cooking Light recipe shared with us by Debbie C.

I’m just amazed at how versatile basic ingredients can be! By changing a few of the spices, basic beans and rice become something reminiscent of African cuisine?! I wasn’t sure how the kiddos would react to this one. Surprisingly, both Picky Boy and Little Girl ate it without complaining! Continue reading

Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

From Julie L.

If you find yourself in the mood for cinnamon rolls, but without the time for a yeast dough, try these baking powder biscuits for a delicious alternative. –MellynYield 18-20 biscuits

Biscuits:

 

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup raisins
  • cinnamon
  1. Mix the dry ingredients together.
  2. Cut the shortening into the dry mixture.
  3. Mix the vinegar and milk.
  4. Pour the milk and vinegar mixture into the dry mixture.
  5. Using a fork, mix until it is all the same consistency.
  6. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
  7. Lightly flour the surface where you are going to roll out the dough.
  8. Grease a jelly roll pan.
  9. Heat your oven to 375 degrees.
  10. On the floured surface, roll the dough into a rectangle about 11 X 14 inches.
  11. On the rectangle, spread butter and sugar. Dust with cinnamon and sprinkle with raisins. The ingredients in this part of the recipe are very forgiving. You can increase or decrease according to your preferences. For instance, Mellyn doesn’t like raisins so I make some of them without raisins for her.
  12. Starting with the long edge of the rectangle, roll it into a log shape.
  13. With a thin bladed knife, cut into about 1 inch rounds and place them on the greased jelly roll pan.
  14. Cook 12-15 minutes.
  15. Drizzle hot biscuits with glaze recipe below and serve warm!
Glaze:
  • 2 c powdered sugar
  • ¼ c water
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • Dash of salt
  1. Mix all ingredients together.

 

Dad’s Oatmeal Cake

From Julie L.

Oatmeal cake was my dad’s favorite — and after sampling it a few times in preparation for this post, my whole family understands why. You just can’t get a much richer dessert than this one!  Try the frosting as an ice cream topping or just eat it by the spoonful. It’s pretty hard to resist. Talk about decadent! –Mellyn

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Green Beans with “Meatballs” and Gravy

Canned green beans are a staple in my food storage pantry. They heat up quickly on the stove top or in the microwave and add some fiber, Vitamin A and variety to my storage. Our family chooses to use fresh veggies most of the time, but canned green beans are still easy to rotate. I just add a bowl to the table to be eaten alongside our steamed carrots or salad. I also really like them cold –straight from the can.

In my opinion, these tasty “meatballs” are nothing short of miraculous! I was astonished at the taste and actually prefer them to real meatballs. We tried them in several different sauces that we’ll share over the next few months, but this easy white “gravy” was an immediate hit! Picky Boy, who has texture issues, didn’t love them, but the rest of the kids gobbled them up! Give them a try on your family and let me know how it goes! –Mellyn Yield: 44 meatballs

  • 3 cups cooked pinto beans
  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 5 teaspoons beef bouillon
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 10.5-ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 15-ounce cans green beans (to serve on the side!)
  1. Mash pinto beans using a fork or potato masher.
  2. Add cooked rice, onion powder and beef bouillon.
  3. Mix well and shape into meatballs. I use a medium cookie scoop.
  4. Heat oil and add meatballs. Turn until all sides are golden brown.
  5. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel to soak up any excess.
  6. Combine cream of mushroom soup and milk, and bring to a simmer.
  7. Add meatballs, and let them simmer in the gravy for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Serve with green beans on the side.

 

 

 

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

This recipe is adapted from one I received at a “kitchen” wedding shower. It has always been one of our favorites! It tastes best if you make it the day before; giving the flavors more time to blend. You can also dress it up by keeping the tortillas whole and rolling the chicken mixture into enchiladas. If you do this, I’d recommend reserving about 1/2 of the soup mixture and adding chicken to the other half. Fill your tortillas with the chicken mixture and pour the reserved “soup” mixture over the top before baking.

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Rich Navy Bean Soup

This recipe came together after I saw a picture of a white navy bean soup with corn in it. Creamy and delicious, this hearty soup makes a super satisfying lunch or dinner. Try it with real bacon bits sprinkled on top, too! –Mellyn

Yield: 7 cups

  • 3 tablespoons white bean flour*
  • 1/4 cup flour — (optional, add it if you’d like a thicker soup)
  • 2 tablespoons dry milk powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 15-ounce cans white beans, drained and rinsed — or 1 cup of dry beans cooked to yield about 3 cups beans
  • 1 15-ounce can corn, undrained
  • 1 4-ounce can diced green chiles
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 7.6-ounce can table cream
  1. Whisk bean flour, flour, dry milk powder, garlic, onion, salt and pepper into water until smooth.
  2. Bring to a boil. Boil and stir for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add cumin, white beans, corn and diced green chiles and heat until near boiling.
  4. Stir in parmesan cheese and table cream. Heat until dissolved and warm, but DON’T boil it or the cream will curdle!
*I can’t guarantee a good substitution for this since I’ve never made it any other way, but you could try 3/4 cup canned navy beans blended with liquid or try 4 tablespoons of butter and whisk the flour into it until it’s bubbly, adding the other dry ingredients after the 2 1/2 cups of water.