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Here are some of the recipes I have worked on over the course of the past few years (some perfected, some need a little work).

          

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Steak on the Stove
Garlic Prime Rib
Salt Encrusted Prime Rib
Ground Meat
Beef and Bean Burritos
Steak Fajitas
Spanish Rice
Braised Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Sirloin Tip Roast
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Skillet Lemon Chicken
Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken
Celery Stuffed Roasted Chicken
Baked Chicken Teriyaki
Chicken Parmigiana
Braised Chicken Thighs with Sauerkraut
Honey Curry Baked Chicken
Chicken Black Bean Rice Casserole
Chicken Enchiladas
Five-Spice Chicken
Chicken and Pasta
Thanksgiving Turkey
Sage Sausage Cranberry Stuffing
Pork Schnitzel
Baked Pork Chops
Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin
Red Wine Pork Tenderloin
Slow Cooker Ham
Pork Chop Brine
Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops
Crusted Pork Chops
Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce
Skillet Pork Chop Zucchini
Apple Baked Pork Chops
Katsudon
Okonomiyaki
Beans, Sausage and Rice
Kielbasa and Sauerkraut
Glazed Kielbasa
Penne with Broccoli and Sausage
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Roasted Garlic Tomato Tortellini
Baked Ziti
Shrimp and Beans
Ginger Sea Bass over Wilted Greens
Broiled Tomato Sauce
Gumbo
Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup
Croutons
German Potato Salad
Potato Salad
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potato Casserole
Dauphinoise Potatoes Gratin
Red Potatoes with Cheese
Sliced Baked Red Potatoes
Scalloped Potato Bake
Bratkartoffeln
Mashed Potatoes
Fried Potatoes
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Creamy Brussels Sprouts
Green Beans with Bacon and Onions
Fried Green Tomatoes
Corn N' Bacon
Broccoli Salad
Fried Okra
Green Beans
Mixed Bean Salad
White Asparagus (Spargle)
Roasted Lemon Garlic Broccoli
Stewed Zucchini and Squash
German Red Cabbage
Pizza Bread
Bacon, Apple and Cheese Sandwich
Bacon Bowls
Bacon Swiss Tomato Bites
French Toast
Toad in a Hole
Scrambled Eggs with Chives
Instant Pancakes
Japanese Pancakes
Bacon and Cheese Rolls
Sausage
Biscuits and Gravy
Pasta Quiche
Tomato Sauce
Bechamel Sauce
Veloute
Espagnole Sauce
Hollandaise Sauce
Buffalo Dip
No Bake Cherry Cheesecake
Fried Apple Hand Pies
Lava Cakes
Peanut Butter Oatmeal No Bake Cookies
Chocolate Chip Brownies
Oreo Brownies
Oreo Fudge
Oreo Poke Cake
German Chocolate Brownies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (White)
Soft Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cheesecake Filling
Cream Puffs
Snickerdoodles
Lemon Cookies
Chocolate Fudge
Coconut Pecan Candy
Coconut Cream Pie
Young Coconut Cake
Banana Coconut Cream Pie
Coconut Macaroons
Macarons
Lemon Blueberry Yum Yum
Pumpkin Pie
"Three Layer" Custard Cake
Peanut Butter Cookies
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Snickerdoodle Brownies
Walnut Maple Cookie Bars w/ Butter Cream Frosting
Nutty Cheesecake Squares
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Bars
Pecan Pie Bars with Walnut Shortbread Crust
Raspberry Jam Bites
Mixed Berry Pie Bars
Honey Roasted Pears
Apple Crisp
Pistachio Ambrosia
Dirt Pudding
Whipped Cream Topping
Hard Boiled Eggs
Pork Rub
Pico De Gallo
Salsa
House Seasoning

Total Recipes: 138
 
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Peanut Butter Cookies

The other day I was working on a computer in the CG's Mess and the NCO whose computer it was came in and asked how it was going. I told him it was working slow, but getting there. He asked me if there were too many cookies on the computer......Hmmm, what to do?  Change the subject (because Internet cookies are very small files and don't have anything to do with a slow computer), so I asked him if he had cookies being made (which I happened to know they did because I checked out one of their computers in the back and saw some cookies being made).
 
So, he brought out some peanut butter cookies with macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips. They had the trademark criss-cross top and were very good.
 
So, I set out to make some peanut butter cookies.  This first batch came out OK (and didn't have any of the extras like the macadamia nuts or chips), but I just wanted to get a base.  I am going to continue to work on this recipe to make it better (I like chewy cookies and these were a bit dryer than I normally like), so I'll modify this one until I get the best possible cookie.

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup (half a stick) of butter flavored shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter (I use creamy, but chunky would work)
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg and 1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 1/3 cups white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt

 

Cooking Directions

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cream the shortening, peanut butter, white sugar and brown sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
 
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar and salt.  Join the flour mixture with the creamed ingredients.
 
Use a melon baller or cookie scoop to put these into round cookies and place on the parchment lined cookie sheets.  Using a wet fork, press down on the cookies to make the impressions.  Criss-cross.  Dampen the fork periodically if necessary.
 
Bake for 10 minutes.  Cool on rack.

 

Cooking Notes

The first time I made these they came out good, but I like a moister, chewy cookie. So, after I ate all of them, I set out to make it better. The recipe above reflects the changes I made.  I changed the 1 egg to 1 egg and an additional egg yolk, I added an extra 1/4 cup of brown sugar.  I also reduced the baking powder and cream of tartar from 1/2 teaspoon each to 1/4 teaspoon.
 
So, if you want a cookie that's less moist, subtract the amounts above - but the recipe as posted is much better.

 

Add the fats (shortening and peanut butter)

Add the fats (shortening and peanut butter)

 

Add sugars

Add sugars

 

Cream together the sugars with the fats.

Cream together the sugars with the fats.

 

Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt.

Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt.

 

After beating in the egg and vanilla (not shown), fold in the flour combination.

After beating in the egg and vanilla (not shown), fold in the flour combination.

 

Beat together with hand mixer (I can't wait to get home to my full mixer).

Beat together with hand mixer (I can't wait to get home to my full mixer).

 

Drop on parchment paper covered cookie baking pan.

Drop on parchment paper covered cookie baking pan.

 

Use a fork to make the impression

Use a fork to make the impression

 

On the second batch, I criss-crossed with a second fork impression.

On the second batch, I criss-crossed with a second fork impression.

 

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, then cool on rack

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, then cool on rack

 

Serve

Serve

 

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

 

Larger - softer cookies

When I revamped the recipe, I also wanted to make a bigger cookie, so instead of using a melon baller, I used a larger cookie scoop. These cookies turned out very, very good. These went very quickly and I quickly set out to make another batch.  I was about as proud of these cookies as I have been of any since I started baking.

 

Chewy

Chewy "Wagon Wheel" Peanut Butter Cookies

 

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

 
 
 
          
 
 
 
 
 

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