How many times do I hear myself say, "where is that big orange binder?" or "has anyone seen that big orange binder?" The big orange binder has been accumulating recipes, kinspiration & original recipe cards tucked into plastic sleeves for my entire-almost-forty year existence. "The Big Orange Binder" is an organization attempt. It's a recipe with a story neatly packaged in a place where I'll always be able to find the ever-elusive . . . Big Orange Binder.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Twists

1 pkg refrigerated pie crust
1 egg white
3 tbsp heavy whipping cream
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon

Oven to 400
Unroll crusts, press flat.
Cut strips about 1/2 inch wide.
Whisk egg white and cream; brush over strips
In small bowl, combine sugar & cinnamon; sprinkle over top; twist & bake for 8-9 minutes.

Challah Bread

2 1/2 cups warm milk
1/3 cup honey
2 envelopes yeast
1/2 cup vegetable oil
5 eggs, divided
1 tbsp salt
9-10 cups flour
1 tbsp water

French Bread

2 1/2 cups warm water
2 envelopes of dry yeast
2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp salt
7-8 cups flour
a sprinkle of cornmeal

Streusel Topping

Good for anything!

Makes about 1 cup

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 tsp apple pie spice

Combine ingredients in small bowl

Sally's Southwestern Black Bean Salad

4 servings (but feel free to adjust)

DRESSING:  1/2 c. chopped cilantro leaves (I used celery leaves 'cause I hate cilantro)
                      1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil (use a really good one for this)
                      2 T. freshly-squeezed lime juice
                      2-3 dashes (or more) Tabasco sauce
SALAD:             *4 c. chopped romaine lettuce
                          *2 avocados, peeled and diced
                          *1 c. chopped cherry tomatoes
                       2 c. fresh, frozen or canned and drained corn kernels
                       2 15-oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained
                       3/4 c. grated pepper jack cheese
                       kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste
     * add at last minute
DIRECTIONS: In a small bowl or cruet, whisk together dressing ingredients; set aside.
                         In a large serving bowl, mix other ingredients and add dressing; mix well.
                         Season with salt and pepper; serve and enjoy !!