I can not cook, but I have used all these recipes at home without fail. I also wanted my offspring to have a collection of family recipes since mom and dad passed away before their time enough to enjoy grandchildren. Most of these recipes are probably borrowed from somewhere at one time or another. Feel free to modify them at your own risk. Adult supervision is required.

Popcorn frittata:

Pop enough popcorn to fill a skillet
6 to 8 large eggs (depending on the size of the skillet.)
Hand full of favorite shredded cheese
Your favorite spices

Combine egg, spices, cheese, and popcorn as you would French toast. Grease pan well. Pour mixture into pan. cook and flip until done. One the mixture is semi solid, you can section it to make flipping easier.

Popcorn

popcorn kernels (varies on the size of the pot)
3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or your favorite oil.
spices

Take a stew pot and put oil in bottom of the pot. Pour enough uncooked popcorn to cover the bottom 1/3 to 1/2 cup with kernels depending on how deep the pot is. Put on high heat and shake till popping stops. Take off the heat. Add spices butter and whatever while the popcorn is hot. Sometimes I use popcorn as breakfast cereal, so I only add sugar if that. popcorn with milk and fruit is awesome for breakfast. You can make the popcorn the night before and just leave it in the fridge.

Biscuits:

2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup oil
3/4 cup butter milk.

preheat oven to 425 – 450 degrees Farenheit.
mix up all ingredients. it does not have to be perfect but ten, twelve, or so many times stirring with a sturdy spoon to get things combined. put some flour on the work area. pour out the dough in the work surface. flatten and spread out dough to desired biscuit thickness. Yes there will still rise some. Cut with cookie cutter or clean regular vegetable can with both ends missing. Pop them on a cookie sheet. when oven is ready. put in biscuits and watch kind of close they will cook fairly fast in about ten minutes. Remove them when the tops are brown.

Cream gravy:
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup butter or oil
1 1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper as needed

Using medium heated pan add flour and oil. mike and stir till bubbles are rising. Add milk. Stir until the liquid thickens. Add salt and pepper as required. Put thickened mixture on biscuits or chick fried steak.

Pancakes:
1 cup flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup oil or butter more for greasing the pan.

preheat pan to just past medium to high.
add oil in pan. mix up ingredients like the biscuits. use a spoon to drop batter in pan to just smaller than the size you like they will expand. when bubble come up from bater in pan and bottoms of pancakes are brown. Flip each individual pancake in the pan. Flip occasionally till
cakes are done. when done remove to serving plater.

Pancake syrup:

2 cups sugar (at least 1/2 brown or add molasses as needed.
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup corn syrup (I usually omit the corn syrup.)
1 cup water.

heat water till boiling. stir in sugar and the vanilla. boil for several minutes. take off heat and put the liquid in a heat proof covered container. refrigerate or pour over pancakes.

Basic bread recipe though our varies a bit. you could use the same method to make foccacia and or pizza dough. It taste ten times better than any non-Italian pizzeria.

Bread recipe

Peanut butter:
Grind (toasted or un-toasted) peanuts (without the shells) and slowly add olive (or your favorite salad oil to your favorite consistency. It will thicken while in the fridge and will stay that way as long as it is kept chilled. sometimes we add spices and herbs to the mixture. Garlic peanut butter is awesome.

Jelly:
Take a can of fruit (or fresh fruit) such as peaches, drain off extra liquid, grind up and then spread. I usually pour the liquid in a glass and have a refreshing drink.

Cheese:
You can add other cultures to make swiss cheese and etc. But that means you have to wait for the cheese to age. We have variations on this too.

See http://www.instructables.com for mozzerella and ricotta.

Mayo: add garlic for Italian mayo. (You may want to pasteurize the eggs first by boiling them for 2 minutes.) Ours varies from this but that is the gist of it.

Mayo
See http://www.metacafe.com and http://www.youtube.com for others.

Polenta:

Take the leftover whey from the cheese you make, stir in your cornmeal with your favorite spices/herb, and then boil the concoction till the corms becomes flowery like.

Crazy dessert:

Take an ice cream maker that will hold about a gallon, add six cups or so of apple sauce (the original recipe used six large bananas that were frozen and re-thawed), three forths cup of light corn syrup and one plus one half cups cream (evaporated milk will do in a pinch) . Mix till frozen or volume fills the ice cream container. I gaurantee you it will, if you have a good one. Though mine is a Rival that I bought on sale for ten dollars at a local retail store that was discontinuing it.

Pizza Alfredo

pizza dough
while sauce (but add extra cheese in place of soft of the cream to make it thicker)
poached chicken
spices

precook pizza dough at 500 degrees in a preheated oven till almost done (less than ten minutes) Take the thicker white sauce, spices, and poached chicken and top the pizza. cook a few more minutes in the oven till done. Just a couple of minutes. Keep youe eye on it.

Fettucine Alfredo: Take the cooked noodles and combine with the warm sauce. Give it time for everything to congeal. Then serve.

Trenette: (eggless pasta)

1 cup flour + some for dusting
1/3 cup warm water
1 tablespoon cooking oil
salt to taste.

Mix all the ingredients until a good elastic dough forms. let rest for a while. Start water boiling Cut into four parts. One at a time spread out each dough section as thin as you can. then dust dough as you go along so it does not get sticky. then re dust with flour to make sure it will not stick. roll up pasta like a cinnamon roll and cut about 1/2 inch think perpendicular to the roll. Unroll strips and put into boiling water. Should only take a few minutes to cook.

Pasta: (you may want to do this ahead of time and no pasta machine required) Take one egg, two teaspoons water, one teaspoon oil, one cup flour, a bit of salt and combine. knead and add flour till you have a dough. Let rest in the fridge for an hour or so. After letting the dough rest, start the water (about a gallon) boiling for the pasta, the more water the better but use a large pot. Take the rested dough and add flour to the dough just enough so that is not sticky. roll the dough out till it is thin enough for your tastes. re-flour the dough again do it is not sticky. Roll up the dough like a cinnamon roll. Take a knife and cut the dough perpendicular so that when you unroll the dough, you have a bunch of long strips. When the water is boiling, throw in the pasta to cook for something under ten minutes.

White Sauce: Take a skillet and pour in a cup of cream (evaporated milk will do in a pinch) take a cup of the cheese you made earlier, one stick of butter, and generously add black pepper and garlic powder. Heat until everything is just combined into one mixture.

Cheesecake:

1 1/4 cup graham crackers. ( you could also use cookies, but I use pulverized biscuits)
1/4 cup sugar (could use brown sugar instead)
1/4 cup melted butter (1/2 stick butter)

mix and press into baking dish 9 inch round or a bit bigger to be crust.

2 (8 ounce packages) cream cheese
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 can pie filling

Beat with mixer until viscous and pour over crust. Bake in preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes or until light brown on edges. Let cool completely in fridge and then top with a fruit filling.

Quick Turkey Stew

1 pound plus package ground turkey.
1 can 26 ounce cheap spaghetti sauce (usually make my own from scratch)
1 can 29 ounce mixed vegetables
1 each green, yellow, and red peppers (just what ever is available).
several cloves garlic
1/2 to 1 full onion
1 small can mushrooms
2 cup leftover kidney beans, rice, or whatever other starchy beans. (I will use cooked lentils)
2 tablespoons homemade pancake syrup.
spices

In a large pot, brown turkey meat. pulverize onion, garlic, and peppers. add to turky once browned. Add the mixed vegetables, spaghetti sauce, pancake syrup, and mushrooms. Mix completely. You may want to add 1 to 2 cups of water to thin it out. turn up heat till mixture is boiling. Cut off heat and leave pot on stove for a good while. All the flavors will have a chance to meld. Tastes even better reheated after being overnight in the fridge.

Piadina/piadia’s

1 cup flour
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon oil
1 pinch salt
1 teaspoon baking soda (optional)
1 teaspoon baking powder (optional)

Mix into a dough. Let rest. Cut into four parts. use rolling pin to spread out into a thin round disk like form. Put on a screaming hot cast iron pan until toasted on each side. if you add the soda and powder, they will puff up. Fold and add cooked meat, salad, sour cream, lentils, or whatever. You can also stack two together and put cheese and what ever in between for a super thin sandwich or appetizer. Very Roman.

Only just a few for now. Microwave quickies for the next time we do geek recipes.

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