No Knead Dinner Rolls

This recipe is super easy and tastes fabulous!  Mix it up just like you would a brownie batter, let rise, shape into rolls, let rise again, bake and eat!  This is adapted from a recipe I found online:  http://www.recipetineats.com/soft-no-knead-dinner-rolls/

No Knead Dinner Rolls
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Servings Prep Time
12 rolls 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
18 minutes 2 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
12 rolls 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
18 minutes 2 1/2 hours
No Knead Dinner Rolls
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Servings Prep Time
12 rolls 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
18 minutes 2 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
12 rolls 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
18 minutes 2 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: rolls
Instructions
  1. Combine all dry ingredients. Place water, buttermilk, butter in microwaveable dish and microwave just until lukewarm. Add eggs and whisk into other liquids.
  2. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients. It will resemble the texture of a brownie batter. Spray some plastic wrap with nonstick spray and cover bowl. Set aside to rise for about 1 1/2 hours or until almost tripled in volume.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Sprinkle flour on counter where you will be working. Punch down dough to deflate. Scrape dough onto flour. Work enough flour into dough to form a log shape. Cut into quarters, then cut each quarter into thirds, to get 12 pieces of dough.
  5. Shape into rolls and place on baking sheet as you work. http://www.recipetineats.com/soft-no-knead-dinner-rolls/ has a video for how to shape the rolls. Cover with plastic wrap sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside and let rise for another 35-45 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 390F. Bake rolls for about 18 minutes, or until the rolls are a golden brown and the roll sounds hollow when tapped. Remove rolls from oven and brush with melted butter.
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Handmade Cavatelli Pasta

I am in love with this recipe for cavatelli.  It is a denser noodle than I normally enjoy, but it is relatively small shapes that are much neater for children to eat than the long strands of spaghetti.   It goes extremely well with a hearty marinara sauce with meat.  It is also fun to make.  I made this the first time with our 3 1/2 year old granddaughter and she loved helping with it!  She also loved how they tasted!

The cavatelli can be made up ahead of time and frozen, before boiling, in a single layer on a cookie sheet.  No need to thaw before cooking.

Handmade Cavatelli Pasta
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 45 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 45 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Handmade Cavatelli Pasta
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 45 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 45 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixer bowl. (I used a Kitchen Aid stand mixer, but probably any heavy duty mixer will do.) Mix until ingredients come together to form a ball. It may be necessary to add a little more water, but start with this and check it after it starts to come together. You don't want it too sticky, but you don't want it too dry either. Wrap in plastic wrap and leave on counter for about 30-60 minutes for the gluten to relax.
  2. Divide dough into 4 portions and keep all unworked portions covered with plastic except what you are working with.
  3. Flour your work surface and roll the first portion of dough into a long rope. Keep working on it until it is about 1/2" thick. Use a pastry scraper or knife, cut into somewhat equal lengths of about 1/3-1/2".
  4. Flour your work surface. You can use a sushi rolling mat, a gnocchi board or just onto a cutting board or other work surface. I prefer the sushi rolling mat. I got mine on Amazon for $5. I can place a few pieces on the mat at a time.
  5. Then using a pastry scraper or the back of a knife or even your thumb, press down on the pieces of dough and pull back. The dough will make a roll back on itself to make a cute tube shape.
  6. Continue working the rest of the dough until all of it has been shaped into cavatelli.
  7. You can go either direction on the sushi mat or the gnocchi board to get the pattern you desire. I like going the long way on the sushi mat.
  8. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil and add sea salt liberally. I also added some olive oil to prevent the pasta from sticking together.
  9. Boil the cavatelli for a few minutes, then remove from water.
  10. This is excellent served with a hearty marinara sauce with meat and cheese.
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Easy Homemade Pasta

I was looking through various pasta recipes today, and they were all basically the same:  flour, eggs, salt, some with or without oil or water…  But a comment on one of the recipes really struck me.  It was saying that they prefer this recipe over the one that they were reviewing because it was so much easier to handle.  I decided I needed to give it a try, so I made a batch of noodles as a side dish.  I think these were the best noodles I have ever tasted in my life!  And the dough was indeed very easy to work with.  I am definitely going to make this recipe again!!!

Easy Homemade Pasta
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Easy Homemade Pasta
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in bowl of stand mixer until a ball of dough is formed. Wrap in plastic wrap and set aside for 30-60 minutes. Process with Kitchen Aid pasta attachments. Cook in boiling salted water for 2 minutes.
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Easy Flatbread

This recipe is so quick and easy, it can be made in about half an hour.  We use it in place of bread for sandwiches or just eaten plain.  We are hooked on it!

If you would like the bread to be flatter, you can leave out the baking powder.

Easy Flatbread
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Easy Flatbread
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Optional: If you are using garlic, finely mince garlic and saute briefly in medium hot skillet with some olive oil.
  2. Meanwhile in a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. If you have sauteed garlic or onions to add to the bread, this is a good time to add them. Add yogurt. Add olive oil as needed for a nice soft, easy to use dough.
  3. Heat cast iron griddle or skillet to medium high heat (5 on my gas stove).
  4. Divide dough into 6 portions. Roll each portion into a ball, then roll out flat into a circle, 1/8" thick or less. Brush a little olive oil onto skillet or griddle and add a flatbread. Cook 1 minute on each side, then remove to a dinner plate and keep covered with clean dish towel to keep warm as you finish with the remaining flatbreads.
  5. While it is cooking, you can be rolling out the next flatbread and cook as described above until all are cooked.
Recipe Notes

This would also be good with seeds added to the dough, such as caraway, fennel, sesame, finely chopped sun dried tomatoes, and/or with garlic or onion, minced and sauteed, then added to the flour mixture.  The seeds can be added to the dough, or sprinkled on top of the dough as you are rolling it out into rounds, then use the rolling pin to press them into the dough as you are shaping it.

Although spelt is an ancient form of wheat, it is safe for most people with wheat allergies.  It does, however, contain gluten.  If you know you have a wheat allergy or wheat intolerance, eat at your own discretion.

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Amish Breakfast Casserole

This breakfast casserole uses meat, onions, peppers, potatoes and eggs, along with a generous amount of cheese.  We made a double batch of this for a family vacation and combined sausage, bacon and Canadian bacon for the meats, and used a variety of cheeses, including Swiss, Italian, sharp cheddar, Mexican blend, and more.  It was a huge hit!

Amish Breakfast Casserole
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Amish Breakfast Casserole
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Saute the bacon in a large skillet. When it starts to brown, add sausage, onions, sweet pepper, garlic and jalapenos (if you are using them). Saute until the sausage is fully cooked. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder as it is cooking. Drain fat.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees if baking now.
  3. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, hot sauce (opt.), meat and veggies. Stir in cottage cheese and all but 1/2 cup of cheddar and 1/2 cup of Swiss cheeses. Add beaten eggs.
  4. Grease a 9x13" pan. Spread the mixture into the pan. Top with reserved cheese.
  5. At this point, if you are making this ahead, cover the casserole with foil or plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. About 30 minutes before you will bake it, remove it from the fridge so that it can start to come to room temp. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until all the cheese is melted and bubbling, and the casserole has set up in the middle. Allow the casserole to cool for a few minutes, then cut into pieces and serve.
  7. This is what was left.
Recipe Notes

The original recipe is from www.centercutcook.com/amish-breakfast-casserole/

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Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

These are super easy and chocolatey!  When I take them to get-togethers with other choices of cookies, these always go first!  This is a classic recipe with a lot of variations. But this is the way I make them.

Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
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Servings Prep Time
6 dozen 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 dozen 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
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Servings Prep Time
6 dozen 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 dozen 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: dozen
Instructions
  1. Combine sugar, cocoa, milk, butter and salt in large saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil and cover saucepan for 30 seconds to allow steam to wash sugar crystals down sides of pan. Meanwhile, line cookie sheets with wax paper.
  3. Stir mixture and bring to a boil that can't be stirred down for 1 minute.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth.
  5. Add oats and stir to mix well.
  6. Drop by small cookie scoop onto wax paper. Refrigerate.
Recipe Notes

You can also pour this mixture into a 9" square pan that has been greased, let cool, then cut into squares.

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Italian Meatballs

These are called Italian Meatballs, but they can be made into just about any kind of meatball you want by changing or leaving out the Parmesan cheese.  You can make Swedish Meatballs  http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/swedish-meatballs/, BBQ Meatballs, Sweet & Sour Meatballs, etc.  You can even cut small cubes of mozzarella cheese (or any other kind of cheese) and wrap the meatball mixture around it before baking.  You will want to make a larger meatball for making them this way, though.  Meatballs always make a good dish for a potluck or a party!

Italian Meatballs
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Italian Meatballs
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all ingredients for meatballs with mixer and shape into balls. (I like to make smaller meatballs using a small cookie scoop.) Bake for 15 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt flour with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

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Swedish Meatballs

This is made using my Italian meatballs http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/italian-meatballs/ and my Cream of Mushroom Soup http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/cream-of-mushroom-soup/ .  They are always a big hit at parties!

Swedish Meatballs
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Swedish Meatballs
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Meatballs
Cream of Mushroom Soup
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all ingredients for meatballs with mixer and shape into balls. (I like to make smaller meatballs using a small cookie scoop.) Bake 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the soup. In a Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and cook, covered, just until tender. Add mushrooms and lemon juice. Cook just until mushrooms are tender.
  3. Stir in flour until blended.
  4. Add water, soup base, and pepper. Cook, stirring, frequently, until thickened. Stir in cream.
  5. Add meatballs and warm thoroughly.
  6. Serve with rice or pasta.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt flour with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

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Healthier Buttermilk Pancakes

This recipe came from www.thebusybaker.ca/2015/04/healthy-buttermilk-pancakes.html.  The idea is that the butter and sugar is replaced with mashed banana, which makes it healthier.  They were pretty good, light and fluffy, had a bit of a banana taste, but not too much.  I cut the recipe down because it made a huge batch!

Healthier Buttermilk Pancakes
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Servings Prep Time
8 4-5" pancakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 4-5" pancakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Healthier Buttermilk Pancakes
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Servings Prep Time
8 4-5" pancakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 4-5" pancakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 4-5" pancakes
Instructions
  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  2. Mash banana. Add egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. I just used a fork.
  3. Add banana mixture and buttermilk to flour mixture. Stir everything just until combined.
  4. Heat well seasoned cast iron (or your choice) griddle over medium heat. Add a little butter or oil if necessary. Ladle about 1/2 cup batter at a time onto griddle. When you see some of the bubbles around the edge begin to break, flip the pancakes over. Cook on the other side just until a nice golden brown. Serve immediately!
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt flour with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

Nutrition info for 2 pancakes (1/4 of the batch):

179 calories, 4 g fat, 301 mg potassium, 30 g carb, 2 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 8 g protein

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Baked Chicken Tenders

I make up a bunch of this seasoning mix and store it in an airtight container, so it is really easy to make on a busy day!

Baked Chicken Tenders
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Servings Prep Time
5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Baked Chicken Tenders
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Servings Prep Time
5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in a Ziploc bag with some milk. Let set for at least 20 minutes. Preheat oven to Speedbake 400 degrees. If you do not have a Speedbake, you might want to bump it up to 425.
  2. Place 1/2 stick of butter in a cookie sheet with sides. Melt butter in oven as it is preheating. Make sure there are no dry spots on the pan.
  3. Shake excess milk off of chicken and completely coat each piece with the seasoning mix. You can either shake the chicken in a bag, until coated, or dip each piece in a bowl until coated.
  4. Cook 15 minutes. Turn each piece of chicken and continue cooking for 10 minutes, or until cooked through.
  5. I served mine with broccoli and seasoned brown basmati rice.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt flour with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

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