Tuesday, July 28, 2009

most requested recipes and a hair cut

Here's a little collection of recipes- copies of which have been repetitively requested. Even though I would love to take the credit of formulating such flavorful awesomeness, these are not original "Mandy Cliffords".

I hope you enjoy!

Meatball Soup from KSL.com studio5 recipes

* 1 pound ground beef
* ½ cup Parmesan Cheese
* 2 tablespoons chopped onion
* 1 garlic clove, minced
* 2 teaspoons dried basil
* ½ teaspoon salt
* ½ teaspoon pepper
* 1 large egg, lightly beaten
* Soup Ingredients:
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 small-medium onion, chopped
* 1 celery rib, finely chopped
* 1 garlic clove, minced
* 5 cups chicken stock
* 1 can ( 14.5 - 15 ounces) pureed tomatoes (
* 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
* ½ teaspoon salt
* 1/3 cup pasta


Combine meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well. Shape the mixture into 1 inch balls (about 4 dozen). In a skillet over medium-low heat, pour a small amount of vegetable oil. Cook the meatballs for 8-10 minutes turning often to brown all sides until the middles are only slightly pink. Remove from heat and set aside.

Soup Directions: Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium heat, add onion, celery and garlic. Cook 8-10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add chicken stock, tomatoes and spices. Bring soup to a simmer over medium-low heat, then add pasta. When pasta is almost cooked, add meatballs and cook for 3 minutes. Serve with bread sticks. Serves 6.

mandy's 2 cents: just the meatballs themselves are out of this world!!!

Creamy Potato Soup from KSL.com stuido5 recipes

* 3 14 oz cans beef broth
* 1 cup minced onion
* 1 cup chopped celery
* 5 potatoes, peeled and diced
* 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
* 4 cups cream or milk (cream works best)
* ½ cup butter
* ½ cup all-purpose flour
* ¼ cup white cooking wine
* 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
* ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley
* Created Parmesan or cheddar cheese, for garnish


In a large soup pot, bring broth to a boil over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, potatoes, and carrots. Boil, covered, for about 10 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Stir in the cream. In a separate bowl, melt butter in the microwave on high power. Add flour and stir to make a roux. Once roux is mixed well, add slowly to hot soup, stirring vigorously with a wire whisk until roux is gone. Bring to a slow rolling boil over medium heat. Soup will thicken to a nice creamy texture. Add cooking wine, seasoned salt, and parsley. Let simmer for about 20 minutes. Garnish with grated cheese.

Serves 8 to 10

mandy's two cents: I just made this soup with chicken broth instead of beef- and it was amazing!!! I think i like that variation a whole lot better!

Chicken Puffs from Kaulene Kunz (former roommate)

8 oz cream cheese
4 Tb butter (divided)
2 T milk
chives or green onions chopped- to taste
3 chicken breasts (cooked!)
crushed croutons
2 cylinders of croissants
chicken gravy

pre heat: 350

mix cream cheese, milk, 2 Tb butter, chicken, and chives together, unroll each triangle and spoon out chicken mixture into the center- fold up into a relative square* just so the guts aren't coming out. melt the rest of the butter. roll each in the butter and then crushed croutons, bake for 20 minutes pour gravy over top. I like to serve it with rice pilaf or regular rice is good as well.

mandy's 2 cents: I just eyeball the cream cheese-butter-milk-chicken- combo just until it looks like a perfect ratio of each. I also like to poach the chicken (chicken+ water+ a pot- bring to a boil- reduce and simmer with it covered for 5 mins and remove and let sit for 12. remove and let cool)
and to be super technical: * the best way to fold a square from a triangle is to place the dollop of chicken near the base of the right triangle- fold the short side up on it's self toward the 90 degree angle- then fold the long side on it's self toward the 90 degree angle- then pinch the now center slit (the hypotenuse folded on it's self) closed- ta da! nice little package.

and last but defiantly not least:

Bread maker rolls: From Terra Skousen

1 cup and 2 Tbs of hot water
1/4 cup sugar
5-6 tbs of butter
1 egg beaten
1 tsp of salt
3 1/2 cups flour
2 tbs of powdered milk
2 tsp of yeast

add the ingredients respectively in the bread maker. run the machine on the dough cycle. roll out on to a floured surface and use a wide mouth glass or cup to cut out rounds- if you have biscuit cutters- by all means use them! Fold the rounds around bits of the remaining dough. place on a buttered rimed baking sheet- cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 20-30 minutes. bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes. perfection is in the oven! I seriously make these rolls so much- I actually have the ingredients and their proper measurements memorized by heart!

well that's all for today folks- don't forget to watch the video of Tre trying to eat grapes with no hands and him crying during his first haircut (well technically it's not his first- but the other one didn't count cuz it was a failed attempt.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Treson baby!!!

here are some recent pictures for you all!

getting ready for a fun filled afternoon at Lagoon!

Tre's favorite ride- the dadda! ;)

getting ready for the merry-go-round except it was more like the scary-go-round to Treson. he would have loved to run around and play on it with out it turned on

he LOVED the boat!!!!

now for the plane!

Tre's first roller coaster- to say the least- he didn't like it very much

"out of the way!!!"

vrummm vrumm!!!

exhausted after riding the rides

Tre is wearing his cousin's bikini like a hat while he's doing a hula dance

our little fam in front of Multnomh falls in OR

wearing mommy's heels

in a drawer... sigh.....it's hard to keep him out of things

first time feeding himself!