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In Purrrsuit of Flavours Hop

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It’ FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month and oh boy oh boy oh boy it’s time to share a recipe IN PURRRSUIT OF FLAVOURS with Da Phenny and Chef Shoko!    This month’s theme is DOUGH.   So many yummy things come from a good dough project.    I guess that would make ME a “dough boy” since I’m going to be sharing the recipe right??????    Although since NEXT Saturday the 16th is Armed Forces Day, I’ll show you a photo of a monument in honor of a REAL Dough Boy from World War I !

Now – where was I – oh yes.   About to share a recipe.   My recipe involving making a dough is really my Mom’s famous recipe for Biscotti…………she makes the BESTEST biscotti although she hasn’t made it in a while………flour is in short supply around here thanks to “THE VIRUS” but here’s her recipe anyway.    Hope you try it.    Take it away Mom!

Pam’s Biscotti Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups flour

3/4-1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teasp. vanilla extract (note:  If I am making almond biscotti – just adding some almonds to the mix – I use almond extract instead of vanilla extract)

5 oz. package dried fruit (can be more or less as you like – our FAVORITE is cranberries)

3 large eggs

1 stick butter – melted

DIRECTIONS:

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees……….use large cookie sheet (ungreased).   Mom lines her cookie sheet with parchment but that’s not necessary.

In large mixing bowl, combine sugar and melted butter……..then with hand mixer add one egg at a time and beat well.   Add the vanilla extract to that mix and set aside.    In second mixing bowl, combine three cups flour and one tablespoon baking powder.  Mix well.    Put the butter mixture into the flour/baking powder and mix well.    Batter will be STIFF.    Add fruit or nuts (you can add more or less than I’ve shown in the recipe – it’s totally to your taste…..sometimes I add a LOT more fruit or nuts than one 5 oz. package!).     Mix well.

On floured surface, divide the dough into three equal portions.    Shape each portion into round “loaf” about 9-10 inches long.   Transfer each loaf onto cookie sheet and flatten with your hand until each loaf is about three inches wide and about 3/4 inch thick.    Separate each flattened loaf by at least an inch on the cookie sheet – more if your cookie sheet is large enough!

Bake in oven for 18-20 minutes until light golden color………remove and cool for ten minutes on cookie sheet.    After cooling, transfer loaves to large cutting board and using very sharp knife, cut the loaves on a diagonal into pieces about an inch wide.   Cutting on the diagonal will give you “longer” biscotti.   Note:  Try to make one, swift cut for each piece because the cookies are pretty delicate at this point – don’t use a “sawing” motion or they will break up.    Put cut pieces back on the cookie sheet cut side down.  They can be crowded on the cookie sheet – no need to leave space between.    There will be room for all three loaves of cut biscotti on one cookie sheet!     Put back in hot oven for 10 minutes, remove from oven and carefully turn pieces over to expose other side – then back in the oven they go for another 10 minutes.   Keep an eye on them –  you don’t want them to burn but you want them to be browned up a bit.    Almost every time I make these I either have to add a minute or less (don’t ask me why – maybe my oven?!).

Let finished biscotti cool on the cookie sheet.    They are delicious warm AND if you want to, you can easily make a chocolate sauce (melted chocolate) to dip one end of each piece into and allow them to dry if you like your biscotti like that.

 

Thanks Mom!  I hope some of the Hop participants try making this – it’s just so darn yummy and Dad loves dunking it in his coffee in the morning.   So Phenny and Shoko that wraps it up for Teddy and Mom’s contribution to your monthly HOP!    Thanks for having it – everyone is going to wind up with lots of new recipes to try.   No matter WHAT kind of Chef you might be!!

 

Hugs, Teddy 

SHOPPING Reminder!

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Getting Ready To Shop?

This is just a bit of a reminder that we (One Spoiled Cat) are going to be hosting Bacon’s SHOPPING AROUND THE WORLD again this month……………Shopping Day will be Friday, September 29th this month AND what we’re going to be sharing recipes/prices for is one of our most-est favorite-est things (at least it’s certainly our humans’ most faves) – do you remember what it is????

DESSERTS!

Yep!   That’s right – on the 29th you will write your Shopping Around The World Post and give everyone a recipe for a delightful dessert you know and love and that the rest of us can try out!    Part of the deal is giving not just the RECIPE and instructions, but also to tell us what PRICE you paid for all the ingredients.   That way we can either GIGGLE or CRY at the difference in prices where all of us live in the world and do our shopping!    It’s fun to see!   Trust me.

So, make sure and remind your humans because the 29th will be here before you know.   REMEMBER TO  LINK YOUR SHOPPING BLOG POST TO OUR PAL BACON AT PIGLOVE because he loves to read recipes – AND after all, he’s the KING OF SHOPPING anyway – we’re just substitutes!    Next month it will be back in his capable hooves.

Desserts – far as the eye can see!   Speaking of SEEING – SEE you on the 29th.

HELP!!!!!!! I can’t get UP!!!!

Love, Teddy

Shopping Around The World

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Let’s Go Shopping!

Hi All!   Teddy here, and I’m hosting Shopping Around The World for my buddy Bacon and his Mom this month and I picked for our monthly recipe the wonderful world of……….

SNACKS!

That’s right – we all have a favorite snack that we grab to accompany us to the sofa when we watch the old TV at night, or a movie, or just to sit and munch when dinner is too much and starving is no fun!   So, this month we’re sharing something we love to snack on.   Here’s what you need to do to participate in this monthly fun.    Give us your recipe, including the price you paid for each of the ingredients and maybe a photo of it too – and we all have a blast visiting each other to get new recipes AND to see what things cost in other places then our own grocery store.  You will be amazed how the same item can vary by a LOT of $$$$ from place to place!     Don’t forget to LINK to Bacon’s Blog today so he knows you’re participating – the badge above goes right to his blog.

Here’s our contribution……………………………

My Mom and Dad absolutely LOVE this snack – usually in the cold weather but really ANY old time it’s yummy.

Chili Cheese Dip

Ingredients:

1/2 medium onion – chopped (Onion:  $0.16 each)

1 teaspoon oil (on hand)

1 clove garlic minced (Garlic: $0.59 each)

1  15 oz. can chili (no beans) (Chili: $2.69)

1 cup salsa (Salsa: 16 oz. $2.49)

1 3 oz. package cream cheese (Mom buys 8 oz. and uses half of it – 8 oz. costs $2.39)

1 can (2-1/4 oz.) sliced ripe olives drained (Olives: $1.29)

 

Saute onions in oil – add garlic and transfer to crockpot.   Add chili, salsa, cream cheese, and olives.   Cook on LOW for four hours – stirring occasionally.    By the way, Mom mashes up her cream cheese before it goes in the crockpot but you DO NOT HAVE TO – it kind of “melts” into the rest of the ingredients as it cooks!     Serve with chips or WHATEVER………it’s delicious (so says Mom anyway).

We are going to host AGAIN next month – Shopping Around The World will be on Friday, September 29th so put that on your calendar NOW while you’re thinking about it!    What will our item of the month be??????

DESSERT!  Oh boy!

Yep – we’ll share our FAVORITE dessert recipe – my Mom says it’s been done before but who cares – everyone loves dessert right?  Right!    So we’ll be seeing you next month on Shopping Day too.

Happy Eating and Happy Shopping

Mom?   Is bacon a dessert??????

Love, Teddy

Pre-Teasing AND A Reminder……….

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Let The Pre-Teasing BEGIN!

Yes indeedy – time for Pre-Tease Class to begin……..are you all settled in your seats?

YESSIR!

Assistant Prof Teddy and I want to get you all prepared for tomorrow’s Teaser challenge – it’s going to be a toughie I think but you know and I know that when I say that – usually someone gets it in the first five minutes (!!) – so just be aware that it MIGHT be tough for some.    Here are the rules of the game:

  1.   Don’t resort to GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH……why?   Well, because it’s a whole lot more fun if nobody uses the easy way out and everybody uses their BRAINS to figure it out that’s why!
  2.   To win, you have to guess the correct TOWN/CITY/VILLAGE as well as the correct State (if USA) or Country (if not USA)!

See?  Not a lot of rules – just don’t cheat and be complete.   Say – that sounds like a “jingle” !

“Don’t Cheat And Be Complete”

HAHAHA…..I like it!

The other thing to remember is that whoever is the first to make a comment of any kind on tomorrow’s Teaser post will win a FIRST COMMENTER BADGE!   This one in fact:

Then of course you might be lucky enough to be the FIRST RIGHT GUESSER, or a RIGHT GUESSER, or even if you’re wrong you get a GREENIE for your time and trouble!

Now last week if you recall, Csilla received TWO awards – she was FIRST COMMENTER and FIRST RIGHT GUESSER………………..you wouldn’t want her to win AGAIN this week right?   So be on the ball………and while you do NOT know when the post will go live (because it’s never the same time from week to week!) you can keep an eye or an ear on your computer or phone or pad or WHATEVA!    So you could conceivably WIN something!    WOO HOO!

Alright, alright…..calm down….whatever you do don’t lose control!

Now for a little extra inspiration this morning, how about a little dose of SUZIE?   Sometimes it’s just what the doctor ordered (or should I say psychiatrist?!) !

A cheery good morning
Then comes the Teaser with no warning!
No time to even think
Or make yourself a drink
Just go with your gut feeling
Though your brain may be reeling
Have some caffeine to be alert
Wake up slowly so it doesn’t hurt!
Then come here and do your best
Get here first before the rest
A special cheer I’ll do for the winner
Maybe Miss D will make you dinner?
See you tomorrow bright and early
I’ll be here looking cute and GIRLY!

Alright Suzie!   I’m sure all of our students will be here working hard to figure things out tomorrow……………….getting a special cheer on TEASER TELL ALL Wednesday because they were FIRST just has to be terribly tempting for everyone.

I’m also told that in fact Miss Dingleberry is going to be bringing cookies and milk from the cafeteria for all of us tomorrow.   Home baked cookies and nice COLD milk.    Can’t beat that with a stick right?

Don’t worry – we’ll have plenty of napkins handy.

Assistant Prof Teddy and I will see you tomorrow Class!

NOW FOR A REMINDER!!!!

As you probably remember, this month AND in September as well, Angel Sammy and I are hosting Shopping Around The World for Bacon and his Mom.   They are up to their eyeballs with “stuff” and need a “time out” from the shopping fun so asked us to fill in!

We invite you to join us on THURSDAY, AUGUST 31st for SHOPPING AROUND THE WORLD – right here on our blog – but you will still LINK to Bacon’s blog HERE.     What is the theme for this month????

SNACKS!  

What does that mean?   It means when you want a little something different than ripping open a bag of chips at night as you watch TV or even if people stop by unexpectedly and you need to make something yummy and QUICK – WHAT IS THAT??????   A special dip?   A plate of gourmet cheeses?   Whacked up fruit with some kind of sweet yogurt/honey sauce?   Yep – watching TV with a bag of chips on your tummy is fine and dandy (and Mom and Dad do that too sometimes!) but then there’s other times when that just doesn’t “MAKE IT”……….so please share your recipe for a special snack you like OK?    If you can show us a photo of it – GRAND…………but one thing we ask you ALL to do is tell us what this fabulous snack of yours COSTS to make?   Tell us the recipe with ingredients and the cost of each thing.    It’s a “SHOW AND TELL OF FOOD” !!!    So I’ll see you Friday right???

See you in the grocery store aisles!!

Love, Teddy

Another “Double Blog Post” Day!

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Two For The Prize Of One!

WHAT A DEAL!

We have two posts to do today – we’re helping Bacon at PigLove out with the Shopping Around The World monthly post he does – by hosting for him so we’ll have THAT post as well as the usual Friendly Fill-Ins post which is co-hosted by McGuffy’s Reader and 15andMeowing!

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First up – Friendly Fill-Ins!   You can click McGuffy’s Reader link above if you’d like to join up – just go there and use the linky tool to include your blog post in the fun OR just visit everyone else’s posts!    This week we let our Mom fill in……….aren’t we nice to SHARE????   Take it away Mom!   Her answers are in RED!

1. I wish Muu Muus (super baggy Hawaiian style dresses!) would come back in style.
2. I always have little packets of Kleenex in my purse ( or wallet for men).
3. I think that I am just a LITTLE freaked out by the fact I’m turning SEVENTY this year!.
4. Rudeness  is a pet peeve of mine.
YAY MOM!    Well done……………if someone asked me what a Muu Muu was I think I’d say it was a pair of cows but that’s just me (har har har).
Now on with the next part of our double blog today which is (drum roll please):

Shopping Around The World!

SHOPPINGAROUNDTHEWORLD

This month’s assignment was to do a main course dish which contained no MEAT, FISH or CHICKEN……………..so I’m gonna tell you about Mom’s fave – slow cooker Mac and Cheese!

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Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni   (16 oz. box $1.39)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted (16 oz. $5.49)
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided  (16 oz. $2.99)
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk (12 oz. $1.49)
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted (1 can $1.89)
  • 1 cup 2% milk (128 oz. $2.69)
  • 2 large eggs, beaten  (1 doz. $1.15)
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika  (on hand already!)

Directions

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker; add butter. In a large bowl, mix 3 cups cheese, evaporated milk, condensed soup, 2% milk and eggs. Pour over macaroni mixture; stir to combine. Cook, covered, on low 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until a thermometer reads at least 160°.
  2. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cook, covered, on low 15-20 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with paprika. Yield: 10 servings.

Mom whacks this whole recipe in half sometimes but then again you know what?   This is one DY-NO-MITE leftover dish too………..so making a whole pile of it at once is dandy – you can have it AGAIN a few nights later!!!!  WOO HOO!!!!

There you have it – a double poster today!

Bacon will be hosting his Shopping Blog again next month!

Happy Friday from the “DYNAMIC DUO”

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