Thursday, April 23, 2009

Spring has sprung. With the coming of spring, new life abounds. Here is a picture of some of our new babies.

In my Cookie jar this week I have one of my favorite cookies. When my oldest son comes home from college, he requests these to take back and share with his roommate. He claims he shares them with his roommate (lol). We brand cattle at five different locations each year. Luch is served for 10 to 15 people at each location. These are a good cookie to pack in my coolers to take along.

Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 cups oats
1 2/3 cup butterscotch chips

Beat butter and sugars in large bowl until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla, blend thoroughly. Stir together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in oats and butterscotch chips. Mix well. Drop by tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Makes approx. 4 dozen.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Every now and then I come across a great buy. This time, our local grocery store came through. We live outside of a small town of approximately 2000 people. So, yes, there is only one grocery store. One of their specials this week was a 10 lb. bag of chicken quarters for $2.99. The bag contains 10 to 12 leg/thigh quarters. Wow! This is how I use chicken quarters:

Baked Chicken Quarters

10 lbs. chicken quarters
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup all purpose flour
4 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place half of butter or margarine in each of two 13 x 9 x 2 baking pans. Place pans in oven to preheat until butter is melted. while pans are preheating, mix flour, paprika, salt and pepper. Dip chicken in flour mixture, coating evenly. Take pans out of oven, place chicken, skin side down, in melted butter. Bake for approximately 25 minutes. Turn chicken over. Bake an additional 25 to 30 minutes until chicken tests done. This serves 10 to 12, one full quarter per person. This recipe can easily be halved for 5 to 6 servings.

Cost: Less than 50 cents per serving.