October 31, 2006
This recipe is so warm and delicious. Everyone will want seconds! Serve it with our Oven Fried Chicken recipe, and you’ll have a wonderful meal.
Chipotle Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
About 10-15 white skinned or yellow skinned potatoes
1 package extra sharp cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon ground chipotle
2 cloves pressed garlic
2 tablespoons green onion
Chop the potatoes into uniform pieces, and boil till soft. No need to peel them. While they cook, grate the cheese. Drain the potatoes, and put back in the pot. Mash them with a masher or whisk, adding milk until the potatoes are the consistency you like. Add the grated cheese, chipotle, crushed garlic, green onion, and salt. Stir. Taste. Adjust.
Put potatoes in a casserole, and top with additional grated cheese. Bake or broil at 350˚ until the top looks delicious.
Happy Pumpkin Day! Looking for a great way to make use of your pumpkin seeds? Elise at Simply Recipes tells us how to toast your seeds! Not only is this festive, but your kids will love this healthy snack.
October 30, 2006
There’s something about fall that sends me into nesting mode! Not only do I feel a sudden need to organize every drawer in my house, but I also crave comfort food.
Last weekend my dad and I decided to cook up a wonderful, warm meal of Oven Fried Chicken and Chipotle Cheddar Mashed Potatoes. Below you will find our favorite Oven Fried Chicken recipe. Not only is this delicious… it is also a healthy alternative to our southern staple, fried chicken.
Perfect Oven Fried Chicken
Chicken breasts (We used boneless, skinless, but we both agree it would have been even better
2 cups Pepperidge Farm stuffing
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
1 clove garlic, chopped
salt & pepper to taste
3 tablespoons parsley
1/4 teaspoon thyme, dried
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
In a medium bowl, combine stuffing, cheese, almonds, garlic, parsley, thyme, and salt & pepper. Pour olive oil in a shallow bowl. Dip the chicken in the oil then cover in the crumb mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
Stay tuned tomorrow for our Chipotle Cheddar Mashed Potatoes. Oh, and don’t forget to enter our contest for your chance o win one of ten FREE Secret Ingredients heirloom cookbooks!
October 27, 2006
Next Friday, November 3, Secret Ingredients will launch a new product line of custom cookbooks- just in time for the Holidays!
Our new Keepsake Cookbooks are the perfect book for any situation- from holiday recipe collections, gifts and wedding favors to family reunion cookbooks. Not only are these books very affordable (starting at $29.95 for only one cookbook!)… they are also adorable.
You will be able to choose from 4 different cover designs and customize the cover. Each book is the size of a postcard (4″ x 6″)- perfect for favors and gifts.
Each Keepsake Cookbook will include the following features:
- With a minimum of only 25 recipes, these books can also accommodate hundreds!
- Customize the cookbook cover with your title and subtitle
- A full-color photograph
- A personalized Dedication Page
- Table of Contents
We know you’ll love these books! Please email me if you have any questions, and be sure to check them out on our website next Friday (Nov.3)!
October 26, 2006
Give an unforgettable gift to your loved ones for Christmas this year: A Secret Ingredients Family Cookbook!
Do you still have time?
Sure! Your Heirloom Cookbook Project will need to be complete by December 4 to ensure delivery in time for the Holidays. To guarantee that you receive your favorite customized choices (Binder and Dividers), go ahead and place your order by clicking the “Checkout” button.
Your cookbook project does not have to be complete to checkout. You may finish your project at your convenience. Simply click the “Cookbook Complete” button when you’re finished, and the Secret Ingredients elves will make your cookbooks and deliver them to you within 14 business days!
Looking for the perfect gift for friends and neighbors? Our new Keepsake Cookbooks will be released on November 3. You may submit as few as 25 recipes or as many as you would like. They are perfect for Holiday gift giving. Stay tuned to our blog for a sneak peak… coming very soon!
October 25, 2006
Recipe Sections are one of the great features included in each Secret Ingredients cookbook project. Because the Secret Ingredients team alphabetizes your recipes for you, we wanted you to be able to link recipes within a recipe. This way recipes that are related to one another won’t be separated when they are alphabetized!
Do you have a cake recipe that contains two parts- one for the cake and one for the icing?
This is the perfect example of when you would use our Recipe Section feature. Here’s another example: My mother always serves Bordelaise Sauce, Horseradish, and Yorkshire Pudding with her favorite roast beef recipe. So, when we made our family cookbook we used Recipe Sections to link the three sides with her original roast beef recipe.
How do you use Secret Ingredients’ Recipe Sections?
- Enter the first section in your “Add Recipe” form. For example, if you have a cake/icing recipe, enter the cake recipe first.
- Instead of clicking “Recipe Complete” after you type your recipe, click “Next Section.”
- Enter the second recipe section. This is when you would enter the fabulous icing recipe for your cake.
- Continue until you have added all recipe sections. Then click “Recipe Complete.”
To review your Recipe Sections, click on “Recipes.” Find your recipe by clicking on its category. You will notice that the recipe sections are listed underneath the first recipe title. Each section can be edited separately. How handy is that!
You do not have to use Recipe Sections if you don’t want to. Enter your recipes exactly as you would like them printed.
Don’t forget about our Heirloom Cookbook contest! Click here to enter for your chance to win a FREE custom cookbook.
October 24, 2006
Our blogger friend Jen, the Domestik Goddess, keeps us up-to-date on the latest and greatest news for our homes each day. Jen also has an incredible collection of family recipes that she posts regularly on her blog.
Jen does an incredible job of giving her readers the story behind her recipes. For example, here is an excerpt from her War Cake recipe:
“Our family often serves this War Cake on Remembrance Day — Veterans Day to our cousins in the USA — as a reminder of what life was like on the home front in the Second World War. But this heavy dark cake is a tasty family favourite. In fact, my sister liked it so well that as a child she always demanded it for her birthday cake!
War cake recipes vary, but they are traditionally butter-less, egg-less, milk-less, and sometimes sugarless, reflecting those difficult days when many “luxury foods” were in short supply and prohibitively expensive, or even under wartime rationing controls.
This particular old recipe comes from the well-worn pages of Grandmother’s own handwritten cookbook. It does call for a bit of butter but substitutes brown sugar for the refined white sugar which was hard to come by in Atlantic Canada. It is well-suited to a topping of boiled frosting or whipped cream, but of course Grammie used to serve it plain.”
Click here to read the recipe.
Not only does her recipe note tell us about her family history and memories, but it also fills us in on world history at the time in which the recipe was created and gives preparation tips. Now that’s a recipe! To read more of Jen’s recipes, check out her recent Recipe Round-Up.
The great thing about writing detailed recipes in your family cookbook is that it will make your children and future generations aware of their family history and the events that shaped past generations. Unlike most heirlooms, family cookbooks are used on a regular basis- not stored away in closets and unused drawers. How fun will it be to share your family history with your children as you make Holiday cookies or a special dessert?!
Do you have a family recipe that has a neat story? Share it with us, and you may win one of ten free heirloom cookbooks! Check out our current contest for more details.
October 22, 2006
Gift wrapping presents doesn’t have to be boring! Here are a few of our favorite tips and tricks: ~ For items 4 x 6 inches and smaller, you can use a sheet of 8.5 x 11, beautifully decorated paper. You can find papers like the one we chose at scrapbooking stores, art stores, and stationery stores. Be sure to choose a paper that bends easily; handmade papers with fibers and plants often crack or separate as they bend. ~ Satin ribbon is an inexpensive, elegant way to dress up your gifts! Satin and grosgrain ribbons can b purchased for very little money, often 99 cents per roll, at craft stores such as JoAnn’s and Michael’s. Ribbons can be used alone on hard-to-wrap gifts, or tied over a beautiful, matching wrapping paper! ~ Making your own wrapping paper is a great project to do with kids, and a wonderful way to get them more involved in the holiday preparations. Choose bright colored butcher paper, and stamp or color onto the paper with sponge stamps, markers, watercolors or crayons. Encourage your kids to fill the whole paper, edge to edge, with their own creative holiday designs! Here at Secret Ingredients, we hope your holidays are bright and festive! For wonderful gift ideas, remember to check out our website. We offer Heirloom and Keepsake custom cookbooks; gifts full of traditions, memories, and holiday cheer.
October 20, 2006
Heat oil on low heat. Add onion and cook until soft. Remove cover; heat to medium and add garlic. Stir in broth, turnips, sweet potatoes, carrot; boil.
Reduce heat to low. Simmer until crisp tender- about 20 minutes. Season. Add celery and chicken. Simmer until chicken is opaque- about 10 minutes. Add herbs last.
October 19, 2006
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Secret Ingredients heirloom cookbooks are the perfect way to share and document old family photographs. Many of our members have restored old family photographs just so they can use them in their cookbook project.
How do you restore old photographs?
If your photographs are faded, scratched, or torn, it is possible to have them fully restored. You will be surprised- sometimes the restored image is even better than the original. Look at this photograph of my grandparents at a high school dance…
My family had this photograph restored by a professional. The original photo had worn edges and significant fading.
Here are some tips to help you restore your old photographs:
- Photocopying does not work. Although it will somewhat flatten any rips or tears, photocopying does not fix color, fading, or scratches.This is an example of a photocopy of an old family photograph. Notice that the image is not sharp and the gray lines at the top of the image were not as dark on the original image.
- Computer software. There are many computer programs that will help you remove scratches, tears, and other imperfections. This software can be expensive and complicated, so if you have savvy friends or family members, ask for their help!
I scanned and enhanced this photo of my grandparents in Adobe Photoshop. I adjusted the color and contrast, patched tears, cropped the image to remove the worn edges, and then applied a sharpen filter.
- Photo Kiosks. If your photo only needs to have the color restored, you can do this from a photo kiosk at your local drugstore, photo shop, or large retailer. At a photo kiosk you can scan your image, adjust the image, and order prints. To read about Kodak’s photo kiosk’s and how to use their features, click here.
- Ask a professional. If your photograph has a lot of damage, it would be worth the expense to have it restored professionally. Call or visit your local photo shops. A professional restoration could cost up to $30, but your family will be very appreciative.
Check out our Purely Organic sample to see how wonderful old family photographs look in a Secret Ingredients cookbook!