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.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Egg Drop Soup


Hmm.  I wonder if my kids will like this???  Review pending. 

3 cups of chicken broth 
1 tsp salt (eek . . why?? with chicken broth) 
dash of white pepper (or not) 
1 medium scallion 
2 eggs slightly beaten  

Heat broth, salt & pepper to boiling in a big ole pan.   Stir scallions into the eggs.  Pour egg mixture into the broth, stirring constantly to shred the eggs.  Hmm.  I think I'll give it a try :) 

Basic Cheesecake


crust of your choosing, or no crust . . . . 

teeny bit of lemon rind
2 tsp vanilla extract
½ pint heavy cream 
3 large eggs
2 tbsp cornstarch 
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 lb cream cheese @ room temp

Mix all ingredients until smooth; pour into crust or tartlets and bake until slightly brown @ edges; be careful not to overcook!   One large cheesecake bakes for apporx 1 hour, so adjust times down according to size. 

BBQ PULLED CHICKEN A LA CROCK POT

BBQ Pulled Chicken in the Crock Pot

1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
1 4 oz can of chopped green chills
3 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tsp honey
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp worcestershire
2 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp ground chipotle chili
½ tsp salt
2 ½ lbs of boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat
1 small onion
1 clove of garlic (or not ) chopped

5 hours on low or until chicken can be pulled apart

Monday, September 8, 2014

Cheesy Potato Casserole

6 medium taters
8 oz small curd cottage
8 oz french onion dip
salt
pepper
shredded cheese

350.  Make mashed potatoes with JUST the taters.  Mash 'em.  Add cottage and french onion dip.  That goes into a baker.  Bake until  heated through.  The last 10minutes, add cheese and cook again until bubbly and hot.

I haven't tried this one.  I was drawn by the title, turned off by the ingredients and am left determined to try it and form my own opinion.