Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Another cooking class = Another party

Flowers 'n Such's 30th Anniversary Party on March 4th was the first party for March. As you can see Flowers 'n Such provided the Fat Sisters with a gorgeous presentation for our own "yummy" food. Congratulations to Deb & Bob Lewis!!!

On March 6th we moved on to party #2 at Rockin' R Ranch for Liz Adair's (Tudy) Publishing Party. We also sold a number of our cookbooks there as well as serving up our famous refreshments.

Sorry that Deb missed this one

Party #3 was the cooking class held on March 14 at the Packard's. We learned about making wheat bread and homemade chicken noodle soup. We ground our wheat and make homemade noodles.

Cody Norberg sampling the hot bread
with homemade jam. Yum!

Cody busy cutting the homemade
noodles with a pizza cutter.
(We made him earn his dinner.)

Allison Ralphs, Joyce Packard, Jennie Jefferies
Can you tell we had fun?

I still haven't gotten into the blogging business as you can see by the weekly blog becoming a monthly blog. We are just too busy partying as you can see from the pictures. (Thanks to Stacy Guthrie for a little private blog tutoring.)

We had another successful cooking class for the cousins, aunts, etc. We make homemade wheat bread with an emphasis on how to shape the loaves. (Actually there was more emphasis on eating the bread as soon as it came out of the oven.)

We also learned how to make homemade chicken noodle soup with homemade chicken stock and homemade noodles.

The recipes are in the cookbook but it always seems to be helpful to see a demonstration and have questions and doubts answered.

Hopefully everyone learned a few new helpful tips as well as enjoying the soup and bread.

Ten members of our Cooking Class March 14, 2009.

Our goal is share some new recipes from time to time that you can add to your cookbook.

I have made this recipe twice and enjoyed it both times. It is a glorified homemade macaroni and cheese.

Shell Macaroni & Cheese

1 lb. medium shell macaroni
(cooked according to directions on package)
1 lb. (2 cups) cottage cheese
1 egg beaten
8 oz. (1 cup) sour cream
1 lb. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
Salt & pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together and place in a 9x13 (or equivalent) baking dish. Sprinkle top with paprika, cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

I'm sure you could use other shapes of pasta but I have only made it with the medium shells. It is extremely "cheesy" with a whole pound of cheese. It is good being "cheesy" but I think you could decrease it some and it would still be yummy. If you are being creative try some other varieties and combinations of cheeses.

One time I accidently put in 2 cups of sour cream and it was still very tasty and good.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Rockin R

The Fat Sisters have two exciting catering and book selling experiences coming up the first week of March.

The first event will be the 30th Anniversary celebration of Flowers 'n Such on March 4th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Mesa Store. We will be serving lots of the old favorite goodies that we served for so many years at their Annual Christmas Open House.

Come on over on Wednesday, March 4 between 4:00 & 8:00 and help Deb and Bob celebrate their 30 years in business.

Our second event will be two days later on Friday, March 6 from 7:00 to 9:30 at Rockin' R Ranch. Read the details on the invitation below. Our family friend Liz Adair has just published another book and this is her publishing party. The Fat Sisters are going to provide many of our favorite goodies and treats and will be selling our book as well.

Mark your calendars and come party with "The Fat Sisters" on March 4th and March 6th.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

First post by the "Fat Sisters"

Here goes! The first post by the "Fat Sisters."

Our idea is to post something on a weekly basis about meal planning, menus, recipes, or something else. We are always open to ideas and suggestions about what you would like to learn about.

From time to time we hope to have more cooking classes also. The one in January was a blast!


In order to get more fruit into your daily diet an easy thing to do is cut up some fruit in a bowl with any menu. Cut up a pear, an apple, peach, orange, grape clusters, kiwi, pineapple, melons, whatever is in season. You'll be surprised that everyone will usually take a piece of the fresh fruit.

We have recently received out 5th order of cookbooks and with each order we have made a few minor (some major) corrections, so for those of you who have a book from the original order we decided we should let you know of the errors that we have found so far.

If any of you have found any other errors please let us know.

Page 36 – Potato Salad
At the end of the instructions (or under the title) add Serves 25-30.

Page 43 – Scalloped Potatoes Simple Method:
At the end of the 4th line change 3 cans of milk to about 2 cans of milk

Page 61 – Chicken Pot Pie
In list of ingredients change 1 can cream of chicken soup to 2 cans cream of chicken soup

Page 61 – Shepherd’s Pie
In second line of instructions change casserole dish to 9x13 or equivalent casserole dish.

Page 95 – Buttermilk Syrup
In list of ingredients change 1 c. butter to ½ c. butter

Page 122 – Fool Proof Brownies
Under ingredients for 12x17 inch pan change 2 ¼ c. butter to 2 c. butter
Under frosting ingredients change 3 c. powdered sugar to 4 c. powdered sugar

Page 147 – Chocolate Frosting
Under list of ingredients change 3 c. powdered sugar to 4 c. powdered sugar

Page 194 – Gingerbread House Recipe & Pattern
Change SIDE-Cut 2 to ROOF-Cut 2

Page 195 Royal Icing
Change ROOF-Cut 2 to SIDE-Cut 2

Page 29 Aleen’s Cooked Fruit Salad
Change 2 tsp. salt to ½ tsp. salt

Page 150 Wheaties Oatmeal Cookies
Change 1 Tbsp. baking powder to 1 tsp. baking powder

Page 152 Ginger Snaps
Change 1 ¼ c. shortening to 2 ¼

The Ginger Snap recipe is a triple recipe and makes oodles of cookies so you may want to cut it in thirds for a normal size cookie recipe.

¾ c. shortening (don’t substitute margarine or butter)
1 c. sugar
1 egg
3 Tbsp. light molasses
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. soda
2 c. flour

Page 131 Banana Cream Pudding
Change second ingredient from 2 lb. pkg. instant vanilla pudding to 2 lg. pkg. instant vanilla pudding.

Page 176 Alfredo Sauce (Made with Cream Cheese)
Change ¾ can canned milk (about 1 1/8 c.) to
1 c. milk
Change 1 c. grated Parmesan cheese to 1 to 1 1/2 c. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
Add at the end of directions: Makes 8 servings.

Page 5. Green Salsa
In first sentence of mixing instructions it should read: If using whole tomatillos, drain off liquid and mix all ingredients in blender or food processor.

Page 29. Aleen’s Cooked Fruit Salad
Change 2 tsp. salt to ½ tsp. salt

Page 100. Blueberry Muffins
At the end of the directions add: Makes 24 muffins.

Page 150. Wheaties Oatmeal Cookies
Change 1 Tbsp. baking powder to 1 tsp. baking powder

Page 129. Pumpkin Roll
Add 1 c. sugar to list of ingredients