Friday, February 12, 2010

I Found It!



Last year I found a fabulous noodle recipe, and then I lost it! Don’t you just hate that!!! Those noodles were tender, flavorful and easy to make. I found another recipe not long ago and I made some chicken noodle soup with them , well suffice it to say they were not good. They were rubbery,somewhat tuff and they ruined my soup!! So I started out on a quest to find the perfect noodle recipe. I have done the hard work for you, so here it is.



The Perfect Noodle


2 eggs

3 Tbsp butter melted and cooled

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 1/4 cup  flour

1 tsp salt

(You could add pepper or herbs)


In bowl, mix eggs,butter,whisking well, add all other ingredients and stir together until soft dough forms.

Dust counter with flour and gently knead until smooth (DO NOT over work dough)

Divide dough ball into 3rds and cover the dough you are not working with a damp towel.

Roll one ball of dough out to 1/8 thicknessBlog Pics 053

Then slice noodles into thin strips,Blog Pics 050 Blog Pics 051

What is that cool tool? It is a herb cutter, but I do not use it for that. The blades are spaced just perfect for noodles and pasta! Separate the noodles and put them on a cookies sheet and let them set and dry out some . Repeat with remaining dough. Blog Pics 054

You can make these in advance and dry them or you could freeze them to have on hand.

When ready to use put big pot of water on to boil and put noodles in,stir gently to separate but don’t break them up.

Blog Pics 058 It does not take but maybe 5 minutes for them to cook, check to see if they are tender. Drain in strainer.

So simple so easy!  The possibility of these are endless,add a bit of butter and sprinkle with herbs  and eat as is or  put in soup….You can’t go wrong!

I made chuck steak and cooked in the slow cooker and served over the noodles like stroganoff! Yummy!

Here is the recipe for Steak:


Chuck Steak and Mushroom Gravy


4 pieces of chuck steak

2 cloves garlic (chopped)

1 to 2 cups sliced mushrooms (how much do you like mushrooms?)

1/4 cup flour

2 Tbsp olive oil

salt ,pepper

1 can Beefy mushroom soup

1/2 can of water

1/4 C  Sour Cream (optional)

In large skillet put olive oil and heat over medium heat.

Salt and pepper steak on both sides and dredge in flour on both sides. Place steak in skillet and brown on both sides.

Put meat in slow cookerBlog Pics 041

And sauté mushrooms and garlic  in same skillet as you browed the  meat adding more oil if needed.Blog Pics 040

Place  mushrooms on top of meat and pour soup over Blog Pics 042  top of meat. Using the soup can,fill about 1/2 full and deglaze pan getting all the bits and pieces and pour over everything. Cover and cook for 4 hours on low. When done with fork break up meat into pieces. If desired at this point you may stir in Sour Cream. I did not, but it would have been heavenly. We are trying to cut back on the fat a bit so I left it out.

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I made scones for breakfast this morning,I love scones.  Like the noodles, I went on a quest for the The Best scone recipe. I had a raspberry scone at Starbucks one day and thought, man I need to learn how to make these! What I learned was that all scone recipes are not equal! It is hard work  but some one had to do it. So after much flour and many trials and ten pounds…. This is the Best scone recipe, I can say that because it is the name of the recipe!

So here my friends is the fruits of my labor… I do it for you!


The Best Scones


2 1/4 C flour

1 Tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 Tbsp sugar (plus extra for sprinkling on top)

1 Tbsp orange peel or lemon

1/2 Real butter cold (cut up small)

1 C fruit ( Blue berries,strawberries,raspberries,raisins,cranberries* see note)

1 C plain yogurt

1 Tbsp milk

In food processor place first 7 ingredientsBlog Pics 061 ,(*You will notice in this picture I put my dried cranberries in with the flour ,I did this because I find that the cranberries are a bit big when not chopped up some so ,I let the food processor do the work for me.) Pluse until it has a crumbled texture. Put in yogurt (This morning I used Vanilla yogurt because I accidentally picked it up rather than plain. I added a bit more vanilla to the mix and yum!  ) You will want to be very careful at this point not to over work your dough so on pulse ,do it just until dough comes together.

Blog Pics 064 It will be a little sticky .

Flour your surface, Blog Pics 065

turn out dough,if you want to add fruit do it now . Just kind of pat dough out and put fruit on top and fold over a couple of times to incorporate it in, Then roll out to a disk,Blog Pics 067

about 1/2 inch thick,cut into trianglesBlog Pics 068 And place on parchment lined cookie sheet. Preheat your oven to 425*

Brush with milk ( I have used orange juice ) and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. These are so light and fluffy but delicately crunchy on top. A perfect complement to a cup of coffee or a cup of tea.

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I only baked half of the recipe, I flash froze the other 6 and put in Zip lock bag.   You can defrost and bake as directed . These are great to have in the freezer for snacks or when you find yourself with unexpected company.  I love These combinations,Blueberry and lemon,Orange and Cranberry topped with cinnamon and sugar, Raspberry and lemon. The possibilities are endless! Tell me your favorite combinations!


And finally my Sarah~Noelle Came today! You don’t know what that is? Well check out  my friend Joni Horn’s website out to find out!   Sarah~Noelle

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Well until next time…. Maybe Steve will get lucky and I’ll tackle those English Muffins he asked for??

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