Saturday, September 8, 2012

From Scratch, what does from scratch mean Miss Kelly?

It's been just about a year since I quit my last job, assistant manager at TJ Maxx, but everytime I cook I 
think of one of the associates I managed, we'll call her Ingrid...I've changed her name for two reasons:

1. I can't remember it right now

2. Just in case she finds me on fb or blogger...lol

Ingrid and I worked together a lot and I would chat with her about my life outside of TJ Maxx because I couldn't stand working there...anything to separate myself from people thinking the only thing I did was work was well worth it...hah

So, we would discuss cooking, the beach, etc...one day I told her I was so excited I had made lemon bars for the first time..mmmm  I used a box mix the first time, it was decent.  Then, the next week I decided to try it from scratch, my favorite way to cook, and they were AMAZING!! Since then I have adjusted the recipe for lime and organge bars, as well...mmm. 
Anyhow, I told Ingrid of my new found lemon bar recipe from scratch and she didn't understand what I meant by scratch...

"from scratch, what does from scratch mean, Miss Kelly?"

So, I explained and she thought I was something incredible...Hah! Here's the recipe for those that are interested (I have some adjustments that I've done, so msg me and I'll give em to ya)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  •  
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    2. In a medium bowl, blend together softened butter, 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup sugar. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch pan.
    3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden. In another bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Whisk in the eggs and lemon juice. Pour over the baked crust.
    4. Bake for an additional 20 minutes in the preheated oven. The bars will firm up as they cool. For a festive tray, make another pan using limes instead of lemons and adding a drop of green food coloring to give a very pale green. After both pans have cooled, cut into uniform 2 inch squares and arrange in a checker board fashion.

    Nutritional Information open nutritional information

    Amount Per Serving  Calories: 126 | Total Fat: 5.8g | Cholesterol: 37mg


SOOO I am inspired, yet again!! I am going to make a list of other things that I have made by scratch and things I plan to make by scratch:


Things I have made from scratch:

ground meat..i don't trust the stores anymore!
Breadcrumbs
Meatballs
noodles
Pasta sauce
marinara sauce
Lemon Bars
Gnocchi
jam
ice cream
bread
pizza dough

and so much more....

Things I PLAN to make by scratch real soon:

butter
hummus
sausage
more pasta (need to perfect the process)
pickles

my mind is blank...the possibilities are endless..



Summer is over.
the warmth is gone.
long days are numbered
fall is near.
leaves are changing
winds are cooling
snow is coming.
the seasons are changing....