Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tasty Tuesday Rye Bread, Outback Style!

My son Sam loves the bread at Outback, as do a lot of other people, so I've been experimenting with some recipes. I shall continue tweaking, but this is what I've come up with so far. Though it's not exactly like their bread, (theirs is softer and darker) it's still pretty tasty. I realize that the full experience can only be had if you also spread it with honey butter, but I have thus far managed to resist that temptation. It would be very easy to make--stir a bit of honey into softened butter--but that would make the bread too irresistible, and freshly baked bread is tempting enough on its own. 

Cheryl's Outback Bread


Whisk together in a large bowl and let stand until foamy:

1/2 cup warm water
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 pkg yeast

Then add:

1 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 cup dark molasses
1/4 cup brown sugar (optional) 
1 tbsp salt
3 tbsp cocoa
1/4 cup soft butter
2 cups rye flour

Mix well and stir in:
2 cups all purpose flour

Continue adding more all purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups) as you knead the dough until it is elastic and non-sticky. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover with a damp towel and allow it to rise until doubled in bulk.
Knead the dough again, then form into 2 loaves. Place in greased loaf pans, cover with a damp towel, and allow to rise until doubled in bulk. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes. Remove from pans, slice, and enjoy!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tasty Tuesday Curried Chicken with Apples!

 I've been making variations of this for years, and it's always been a favorite with my guys. Easy and tasty! You can use any kind of rice or apples you like. I prefer Fuji apples 'cause they're so sweet--like today's hunk!

Curried Chicken with Apples

2 boneless, skinless breast halves, cut into bite size pieces
1 large apple, cored, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp curry powder
1 cup milk
1 tbsp flour
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup wild and brown rice mix, cooked according to package directions

Saute onions in olive oil until translucent. Add apples and saute two minutes or so. Lightly season the chicken with salt and pepper, then add to the apples and onions and cook until browned and done all the way through. Whisk flour and curry powder with the milk and add to skillet. Cook until sauce is thickened. Season to taste with more curry powder, salt, and pepper if desired. Serve over rice. Serves 2-3.

Alicia! You're the winner of the PDF of Mistletoe & Menage! Will email it to you sometime today! Congrats and Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tasty Tuesday Crockpot Chex Mix!

Donna sent me this one a while back, and it seems like a good one to have around for the holidays. Enjoy!

CROCKPOT CHEX MIX(Who would have thought?)


  • 4 cups Wheat Chex® cereal
  • 4 cups Cheerios® cereal
  • 3 cups pretzel sticks
  • 1 (12 ounce) can salted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine cereals, pretzels and peanuts. Combine butter, Parmesan cheese, celery salt and seasoned salt; drizzle over cereal mixture and mix well. Cover and cook on low for up to 3 hours, stirring every 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Great treat to bag up for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers.