stoltzfus goodies

February 22, 2011

Stoltzfus Iced Tea
5 regular Lipton tea bags
1 mint tea bag
4 cups water
1 1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice

Microwave the first 3 ingredients in a microwaveable container for 4 minutes. Let sit for at least 1 hour (maximum 24 hours). Pour iced tea into 1-gallon pitcher and stir in sugar and lemon juice. Refrigerate until chilled.

Stoltzfus Dinner Rolls
3 1/4 c water (warm enough so you can put your finger in it without it being too hot – a little warmer than lukewarm)
2 1/2 T yeast
12-13 c flour, divided (bread flour preferred or at least 1/2 bread flour)
1 c butter or margarine
1 c sugar
1 T salt
3 eggs

Put yeast in water and stir.  Microwave butter until just melted, whisk in eggs, then add sugar and salt.  Pour this into yeast/water mixture and stir.  Stir in 6 c. of flour until smooth.  Stir in remaining flour until soft and not sticky.  Knead until smooth.  Allow to rise at least 1 hour until about doubled in size.  Knead again then cut in small pieces and put into little rolls, then into pans.  Probably makes about 9 dozen or more.

Esther’s Poppyseed Salad Dressing

Salad ingredients:
Feta cheese
Fruit, such as apples/oranges, if desired.

Dressing ingredients:
1 t salt
1/4 c honey
1/2 c sugar
1 T poppy seed
1/4 c vinegar
1 c oil
1 t mustard

This is quite a lot of dressing, probably enough to cover salad for at least 50 people.

i personally have not tried these recipes, but i have tasted the dinner rolls and the iced tea and both are phenomenal. i can’t wait to make the dinner rolls and iced tea myself. i’m not a fan of sweet salad dressings, so i’m not sure that i’ll be making the salad dressing anytime soon.

[edit] my mom made the rolls recently and they are just as good (if not better) when i had them at sm’s wedding. and i made the iced tea too. i doubled the recipe and kept the sugar down to 1 cup for the 8 cups of water instead of doubling it to 2 2/3 cups. delicious ! summer, please get here soon ! you showed your head last week, but this week it looks like you’ll be gone for a while…

spice for life

February 22, 2011

Seven Layer Casserole aka Spanish Rice

yields 6-8 servings       prep time: 15 minutes       cook time: 30 minutes

1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped green peppers
1 clove garlic minced
1 15-oz can whole kernel corn
2 8-oz cans tomato sauce (or 1 16-oz can of diced [drained] tomatoes)
1 1/2 t. chili powder
1/2 t. cumin
1 t. salt
4 cups cooked rice

Brown ground beef until brown.  Pour away grease.  Add onion, garlic and green pepper and saute until tender.  Add tomato sauce (or tomatoes), corn, and rice.  Add chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.  Pour into greased casserole dish, cover, and bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

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seafood all the way

February 22, 2011

New England Clam Chowder

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 45 Minutes
Servings: 8

“Potatoes, half and half, bacon, and clams. This is the New England chowder of your childhood. Easy to make, ready in less than half an hour, a great dinner standby.”

4 slices bacon, diced
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 1/2 cups water
4 cups peeled and cubed potatoes
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
ground black pepper to taste
3 cups half-and-half
3 tablespoons butter
3 (10 ounce) cans minced clams
2 tablespoons of flour


1. Place diced bacon in large stock pot over medium-high heat. Cook until almost crisp; add onions, and cook 5 minutes. Add butter and flour, creating a roux. Stir in water and clam juice from 1 can of clams and potatoes, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and cook covered for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender.
2. Pour in half-and-half and bring to a boil. Stir clams and all of the clam liquid into the soup. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until heated through. Allow to simmer for a few minutes. Add dried parsley for added taste.


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apple huh?

February 22, 2011

Amish Apple Grunt

1/2 c sugar
2 T butter
1 egg
1 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 c sliced apples (3 or 4 apples – not fuji or red delicious)
1/2 c sour milk or buttermilk (or 1/2 T vinegar, pour enough milk for 1/2 c)
1/2 tsp vanilla
6 T brown sugar
1 1/2 T flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1-1/2 T butter


Cream sugar and butter together; add eggs and mix. Blend flour, salt and baking powder together and add to mixture. Mix milk and vanilla; mix all together. Add apple slices and pour batter into a buttered baking dish. In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and butter, mixing until crumb texture; sprinkle over apple batter. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Serve hot with rich milk, Half and Half or a scoop of ice cream. Makes 4 generous servings.


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good eats

February 22, 2011

let the deeeliciousness begin !

i wanted to have a place where i could keep all my good recipes just in case my house burned down or we suffered a flash flood, so i figured the interweb(el)s is a good a place as any to do just that. and i wanted to document my cooking habits during my stint as a (new) wife, so here we go !