Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Augason Farms - Part 2: Biscuits

I need to report on the Biscuit Mix that Augason Farms sent me a while ago. I found my pictures, so I am ready to report!
I wanted to make biscuits and gravy. It took me no time at all (hardly) to prepare the "top secret" dough recipe they have printed on the side of the can. You just add water and baking powder to the mix and stir it up. The consistency was easy to get and they rolled out very nicely as you can see here. I even used my best biscuit cutter (a small glass). =)Biscuits

 Here they are - thrown onto a baking sheet.
 My baby was so excited he watched them bake the ENTIRE time they were in the oven!
 Here they are just fresh out of the oven. Aren't they beautiful - and golden brown, no less!
 I didn't fold them over during the dough stage to create an easy open after they were baked, but they still split nicely. The biscuits weren't dry and crumbly, they had a wonderful consistency! And I ate a few by themselves - nothing on them - and the flavor was very good - how a buttermilk biscuit should taste!
 We spiced things up with a little sausage gravy:
 And here is the plate full of food: biscuits and gravy with eggs on the side. It was a wonderful meal!
Result: Easy to make, tastes great and I will continue to use the biscuit mix from Augason Farms.

Freeze Dried Chicken

I posted a while ago about the Freeze Dried Chicken going into Hawaiian Haystacks. I've done that several times and still love how fast and easy it is! The hardest part is cooking rice and that isn't very hard.
I tried this pizza a little while ago (and just found the pictures again) and thought I'd share with you... since I did this a while ago, my memory is a little sketchy. I remember very well that it tasted good and was a fabulous meal, but I can't remember all my toppings.

I made a chicken pizza. I was running low on other meats, so I decided to try the Augason Farms Freeze Dried Chicken.
First, I rehydrated it: (little chicken, little water, let it soak up the water for at least one minute.)

 Here it is almost soaked up:
 Add chicken to my pizza on top of regular pizza sauce:
 Add other toppings: mushrooms, cheese, bacon bits? I can't remember what else... sorry.
I obviously tried a piece before I remembered to take a "final" picture. I just remember it was very good. I'll probably do it again!

Result: I'm still impressed with Augason Freeze Dried Chicken Chunks. Check it out!Freeze Dried Chicken

Monday, September 12, 2011

Any Old Bottle of Fruit Cake Recipe

I've been meaning to share this recipe for a while, but never remembered to find it at the same time I wanted to blog. This is a great recipe when your fruit turns a little brown in the bottle and you don't really want to eat it. I still need to make it, but I wanted to post it before it got lost again.

Here goes:
Any Old Bottle of Fruit Cake
1 quart fruit
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil (or you can use 1/2 cup applesauce and 1/2 cup oil)
4 cups flour
4 teaspoons soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Pour entire bottle of fruit into blender and blend until smooth. Mix all dry ingredients together into a mixer bowl. Add blended fruit and oil to dry mix, mix until fairly smooth.   (IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are in a hurry and decide to just add everything to the blender and mix until smooth - this will work most of the time. However, if you are using rhubarb as your bottle of fruit, please note that rhubarb and baking soda do not mix well together, they cause explosions and will create a large mess in your kitchen!)

You may also add 2 cup raisins and/or 1 cup nuts.

Bake in a 9 x 13 (greased) cake pan at 375 for 55-60 minutes.

It is served best with cream cheese frosting or a caramel frosting (see below)!  =)  Enjoy!

Caramel Frosting:
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup light cream or milk.

Barely bring mixture to a boil on the stove, then take off heat. Gradually stir in 2 cups of powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. (YUMMY!!)

p.s. I've eaten it, but not made it. When I do, I'll be sure to post pictures!!


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