Archive for February, 2011

Trust Pauline to find a cookie that has the word “Good” (in other words “Good For You”) in the title.  She stole it from the Milk Calendar 2010.

1-1/2 cups of mixed dried fruit (apples, apricots, raisins, cranberries, peaches pears really anything you like)
1/3 cup ground flax seeds
1 cup milk
1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 1/2 cups of oats
2 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon or ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 egg

1. Position racks in the top and bottom third of oven and preheat to 375 F. Lightly butter 2 large baking sheets or line with parchment paper .
2. Chop dried fruit if using large pieces: stir fruit with flax seeds into milk and set aside.
3. In a bowl combine oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
4. In a large bowl using an electric mixer beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the egg until creamy.  Using a wooden spoon, stir in oat mixture alternately with milk mixture making 3 additions of dry ingredients and 2 of milk.
5.  Drop heaping tablespoons of batter onto prepared baking sheets at least 2 inches apart and flatten lightly.  Bake for about 15 minutes rotating pan half way or until golden brown on the edges and still soft in the middle.
6. Let cool and transfer to cooling rack.
*These freeze well*

*Cooking tip*The make ahead: Drop dough on prepared sheets freeze until firm.  Transfer to air tight container or ziplock bag and place in the freezer for up to 3 months.  Place frozen dough on baking sheet let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.  Bake as directed increasing time to 18 minutes if necessary.


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This comes from Pauline who got it from Idella who took it from Today’s Parent.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I think it’s a hit in the Stekker household.

1 med onion, chopped
1 tbsp butter or olive oil
1 1/4 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast ( usually about three chicken breasts) cut into 1 inch chunks
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 stalk of celery, chopped
2 cups chicken broth
1/3 cup water
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp parsley, chopped (Pauline omits this as her kids will not eat it)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 cups store bought biscuit mix (Pauline uses a package of pillsbury country biscuits that come in a roll)
2 tbsp grated parmesean cheese
1/4 cup of milk

Preheat oven to 400 F.  Grease an 8″ square baking dish ( I use an oval corning ware dish, anything goes). 

In a large pot or dutch oven, cook the onion in the butter or oil over medium high heat until soft, stirring occasionally, about 3 min.  Add the chicken chunks and continue to cook, stirring often, until chicken is opaque-5-7 minutes.  Add the celery, frozen veg and chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium/low heat for about 10 mins or until veg are tender.
In a small measuring cup mix together water, cornstarch and stir into the simmering stew and cook stirring for about 2 mins or until sauce is slightly thickened. Add parsley to season with  salt and pepper.  Transfer to prepared baking dish.
In a small bowl, combine the biscuit mix and parmesean. Stir in the milk and mix well.  *If you use the pillsbury country biscuits. use a sharp knife to slice them in half as they are too thick to cook through otherwise*
Place the biscuits over the top of the stew to cover most of the surface.  Place in the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes or until topping is golden brown or the stew is bubbling.

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This is a family fave from my friend Kate.  I know, a throwback for the 70s, but it got the Adelaide Approval award.  Two helpings!

1 can tuna
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup milk
1 cup uncooked macaroni or mini-shell pasta
3/4 cup chopped onion (I used green onion)
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
Salt, pepper, paprika to taste

Preheat oven to 350.
Mix all ingredients except cheese into a casserole dish.
Bake uncovered for 45 mins.
Sprinkle with cheese and bake for another 15 mins.
Serve with side green salad.

Variations: add broccoli, frozen peas, top with bread crumbs, different types of cheese, chinese noodles – go crazy!

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