Friday, May 30, 2014

Phriday phood catch up

As promised...two for the price of one!  Of course, the cost of one is to listen to my lament.  Remember that tooth post?  Well, it seems that I was still having pain, so in a pique of curiosity, I stuck my finger in the extraction site and found something hard and sharp.  Since it is Friday, my dentist is gone, but the angel of mercy with whom he works has agreed to come in and check it out this afternoon.  Until then, it's Advil and keep my dang hands out of my mouth!  Of course, cooking and eating will make it better, especially if they're my favorite foods,  so here you go!  Enjoy and know how much you are loved!

Butter and cream scones
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbs. baking powder
11 Tbs. chilled unsalted butter cut into small pieces
3/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. heavy cream
granulated sugar for sprinkling
(Can add fruit or other flavorings as desired.  In fact, my espoused likes them with Reese's Pieces!)

Blend flour, sugar, and baking powder in food processor.  Add butter, cutting in by pulsing until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Remove from processor and place in large bowl.  Make a well in the center and add the cream.  Using a fork, stir until just moist.  Place dough on floured surface and gently knead until smooth, about 6-8 times.  Divide dough in half.  Pat each portion into a 3/4 inch think round.  Cut each round into 6 wedges (as if cutting a pie).  Place the wedges on a lightly creased baking sheet, about an inch apart.  Brush tops with remaining 2 Tbs. of cream and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake at 400 degrees until light brown, about 18 minutes.  Remove to wire rack and cool as long as you can stand it.  Slather with butter and/or jelly and smile!

Hot Cheese Dip
1 8 oz brick of cream cheese
1 cup fresh parmesan, shredded
1 cup finely chopped onions
1/4 cup mayonnaise

Combine all ingredients.  Place in a prepared casserole (sprayed with vegetable oil) and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Serve with crackers, bread, or anything you wish.  Makes an excellent addition to any sandwich!  There are few guarantees in life.  Serve this and you WILL be a hit!

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