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Cherokee Fry Bread

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My family is from all over. I’m literally a mixed mutt. Most of us are these days. My mom’s family are Cherokee. My dad’s family has Cherokee too, but most of it comes from my mom’s side. Most of the time my great grandmother said she was black dutch. This is because most times back in those days, you didn’t want to be associated with being any type of black or native American. Native American’s that lived outside of the reservation usually said they were white if they could get away with it, or if they couldn’t, they’d claim black dutch. It’s better than being an Indian in their minds. People treated you differently. I recently learned to make fry bread. It’s not something I grew up with, unless I was in Cherokee. This recipe is pretty authentic. It could have been changed over the years, but I know not of this. I received it from someone I know on the reservation.

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup water

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup instant dry milk

2 cups shortening

Add all the dry ingredients. Add water until a soft ball forms. In your deep frying pan heat shortening until flour bubbles. Pull off a palm sized mound of dough. Roll into a ball. Flatten into a disk shape. Cook until brown. Turn with tongs.

 

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Poor man garlic bread

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I know this sounds funny….But I do know all of you have had this experience before. You either have left over hot dog buns, left over hamburger buns, or….you forgot the stupid garlic bread at the store! On this night, I forgot the garlic bread. Husband and I were standing in the kitchen and he goes, Heather, you forgot the garlic bread! I replied “Oh dear husband, have no fear! We have hamburger buns.” He rolled his eyes and went to the living room.

Bread, of any nature

1/4-1/2 teaspoon Garlic

3 Tablespoons of butter

Parmesan cheese

Parsley

Mix butter and garlic. Spread on the bread. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and parsley. Bake on 350 until the butter is melted and bread is toasty.

 

Bread

Cinnamon Bread

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We used to have this when I was little. This is definitely an inexpensive meal. Usually I’d beg for it all the time, but usually I received this because we were almost out of food. All it requires is such a small amount of things, which all of these things are things we usually always had. It’s still a favorite of mine.

All you need is a few simple ingredients:

butter

sugar

cinnamon

 bread.

First spread butter on your bread. Don’t be too stingy, but don’t over do it either. Next you add sugar. I actually don’t add a lot to mine. Maybe about half a spoonful. Next you sprinkle on some cinnamon. Again I’m not a huge cinnamon fan, so I’m not one to add a ton on there. Next your going to put it in your oven at 350 degrees and you only do this until your butter is melted. Generally, I take mine out when it’s lightly toasted on the bottom, but if you prefer it more toasty, leave it in. It wont hurt nothing.

Bread

Banana Bread

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My son LOVES banana bread. I never put nuts in mine because I have an allergy. What I usually do is change it up a bit. Sometimes I do put chocolate chips in it. Sometimes I do not. It really depends on what I have on hand.  I have made French toast with it before and the kids loved it. This can be a snack for after school too. My littlest one likes to do that with his. You’ll love this recipe.

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 ripe bananas

2 eggs

1/3 cup oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chopped nuts, optional

1/2 cup chocolate chips, optional

Put bananas in a bowl and smash them with a fork. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla and mix. Separately, add all dry ingredients to a bowl. Add the dry to liquid and mix. Pour into a bread pan and cook in a preheated 350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes until done.

Bread, Uncategorized

Cheesy Garlic Bread

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I love garlic bread. The smell, the buttery, garlicy goodness. Even the smell is amazing. I really love this recipe and I use it whenever I make pasta. You should give this a try. It’s really good.

One loaf of Italian or French bread

Parsley

1/2-3/4 cup Butter

2 teaspoons Minced Garlic

2 cups Italian Cheese

Cut bread in half. Mix butter and garlic. Spread mixture onto bread. Spread cheese over bread. Sprinkle with Parsley. Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted and bread is toasty.

Beef, Bread, Uncategorized

Salisbury Steak and Bread

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My mother found this recipe in an unknown magazine. I really wish I know which one, because if the other recipes are as good as this one, man oh mannnnn I’d be in serious trouble.  I would be bigger than a house.

When I was little we didn’t have stuff like this. My mother wasn’t the best cook, but she was a decent cook. She did try to make meals exciting. The one thing I can say that I totally admire about my mother is that she would cook every night for me. She would make sure that whatever we had she could turn it into something. Every night we sat down as a family. When she gave me this recipe it really did take me back. I feel lucky to have a mom who tried her best to make our family come together. Even if it was for 30 minutes a day.

Meat:
1.25 lbs ground beef
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Sauce:
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon garlic
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cups beef broth
1/4 cup red cooking wine
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Combine meat, parsley, onion, salt and pepper. Divide into portions.Place 2 tablespoons flour in a dish and dredge meat in flour. Reserve 1 tablespoon flour. Sauté in oil for 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove from pan. Add onions and sugar to pan. Sauté for five minutes.Stir in garlic and tomato paste until browned, about one minute. Sprinkle mix with remaining flour. Cook for one minute.Stir in wine, broth, salt, and thyme. Return meat to ban and bring sauce to boil. Reduce and cover. Simmer for ten minutes or until meat is thoroughly cooked.

Bread:

1 loaf of Italian bread

one package Swiss cheese

2 teaspoons garlic

5 tablespoons butter

parsley

parmesan cheese

mix butter, parsley, and garlic in bowl. Spread butter mixture over bread. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Add a half a piece of Swiss cheese to each piece of bread.  Bake until cheese is bubbly.

Bread

Irish Soda Bread

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This is one of my favorites. I love raisins. Usually I make this bread on Saint Patrick’s Day. However, I do love to make this anytime of the year. It’s just so good. I just can’t resist it. It’s best right when it comes out of the oven with a little butter slathered on it. Yummm!

Every time I make this this break my little guy likes to help. He’ll knead it and add stuff to the dough. I love that it’s an opportunity for us to bond and spend time together.  It’s so important that we spend time with our children and teach them how to live life when they are older.

4 C all purpose flour

1/4 C sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 1/4 C buttermilk

1/4 C canola oil

1 C raisins

Mix in a large bowl flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a second bowl combine buttermilk, eggs, and canola oil. In the bowl of flour mix make a well in the center and pour in the buttermilk mixture. Add raisins and begin to stir to combine. Cut an x in the top of the bread and bake. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and done through.