Saturday, January 24, 2015

Easy Oil Pie Crust

This is the easiest pie crust I have found.

2 cups flour
1/2 cup oil minus a tablespoon
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoon icy cold water.
 Wax paper
Rolling pin

Place 2 cups of flour, salt and sugar in bowl. Mix well.

Measure 1/2 cup of oil minus 1 tablespoon.
Add water in a small bowl, with some ice cubes to get it icy cold.
Measure out 5 tablespoons of icy cold water into the oil. Do not blend allow the oil to rise to the top.

Pour into flour mixture all at once.

Using butter knife to mix, it will come together quickly.

Do not over mix, it should look like this.

Place between 2 pieces of wax paper, roll out.

Finish the decorative touches. This crust needs to bake at 375 degrees. It will seem tough when it first comes out of the oven. Once it cools it will tenderize and be very flaky. 

Electric Pressure Cooker Chicken and Dumpling Recipe

2 chicken breasts chopped  into bite size pieces 
2 large carrots chopped
1 medium onion chopped
1 bunch green onions chopped
2 celery stalks chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon butter
8 cups water

Dumpling recipe makes 8 to 10
3 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk

Place butter in pressure cooker with setting on brown.  Saute green onions, onion, celery, and carrots. Remove from cooker, add chicken pieces, and brown. Return all ingredients back to the pressure cooker, plus 8 cups of water. Cook for 30 minutes in pressure cooker. 

For dumplings place flour, and salt in a different bowl mix well. Add butter with wire blender mix thoroughly until  flour mixture is small pea size. Add milk. The mixture will be sticky drop into cooked soup, by letting pressure cooker valve release pressure before opening. Set pressure cooker back to brown. Drop the dumpling in soup with lid off.  Cook with lid off for 10 minutes. 

Curly Knitted Scarf

My beautiful daughter-in-law is modeling the curly knitted scarf.  It's  a very decorative accessory, very easy to knit for beginners.

Knitting needle size 4
Yarn your choice I used chenille 1 skein

Cast on 14 stitches.

Row 1    knit first row all the way across

Row 2    knit the first 6 stitches

Row 3    turn back and knit to the end

Row 4    knit to the 5th stitch.

Row 5    turn back, and knit back to the end

Row 6    knit to the 4th stitch

Row 7    turn back, and knit back to the end

Row 8    knit to the 3rd stitch

Row 9    turn back, and knit back to the end

Row 10  knit to the 2nd stitch

Row 11  turn back and knit back to the end

Row 12  knit 14 stitches all the way across

Row 13  Repeat rows 2 to 12 continue to desired length. Bind off.

Gingerbread Cookies


This is a very good recipe, I also use it for making my gingerbread house.

2 sticks of butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
4 teaspoons cinnamon
4 teaspoons ginger
1 1/2 teaspoon grounded cloves
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 salt
2 eggs
1 cup molasses
6 cups flour
1 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Cream butter, brown sugar together, add eggs, and molasses beat until fluffy.

In a separate  bowl sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, black pepper, cloves, ginger,  and cinnamon. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the creamed ingredients stirring by hand. Do not use your mixer for it will toughen the cookies. Divide the dough in half, cover in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a well floured board, roll out each portion of dough to 3/8 inch thickness, keeping the other dough refrigerated until use. Cut with cookie cutters and place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake about 8 minutes. Let cool one minute before removing to wire rack to cool completely. Decorate as desire have fun with it.