Mexican Wedding Cookies

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Apparently these are Cookies Of Many Names, because they’re also called Sandies (although in that case there is often something in the middle of them) and Russian Tea Cakes. Are there any others I should know about? 😛

I had a couple different recipes given to me for these, and I kinda combined elements of each one (yeah, I know, I’m notorious for this…). The result was uber delicious, most definitely melt-in-your-mouth goodness. I experimented with a few by putting some chocolate chips in the middle, but for once I think I actually prefer the cookie without the chocolate in it!

*gasp*

Mexican Wedding Cookies

1 cu butter, softened
1/2 cu powdered sugar
2 t vanilla extract
-or-
(1 t vanilla extract
AND
1 t almond extract)
2 cu all-purpose flour
1 cu finely chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, or pecans…I used pecans because it’s what I had in the nut drawer)

1) blend together flour and powdered sugar, add vanilla/ almond extract
2) sift in flour; mix in nuts
3) for best results allow to chill minimum of 1 hour (I did 1/2 hr because I was impatient and they turned out fine)
4) pre-heat oven to 350
5) roll/press dough into small spheres and place on ungreased cookie sheet
6) bake ~15 min (the tops won’t turn brown, however the bottoms will, so you may want to start checking them after 12 minutes or so)
7) allow to cool completely, then roll cookies in additional powdered sugar
8) just TRY to stop eating them

Edit: I knew while typing this out that for some reason “small spheres” wasn’t quite the lingo I was searching for. I was, in fact, looking for “small balls”, but my brain seems to have lost some (which might explain why I was looking?).

At least the math and engineering people can appreciate spheres?

BBQ Chicken, Strawberry Spinach Salad, and Veggie Kabewers

This, my friends, was my Very First Grilling Experience. As such there’s more than one picture, because I feel this is an important step in my cooking ventures. I have long been intimidated by grills, but after watching the Dearliest operate the propane grill a couple times, I felt like giving it a go.

I am now a fan of grilling. Next grilling attempt will involve salmon and a cedar plank.

Yum.

BBQ Chicken Round #1

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This was the first batch, marinated for several hours in the following marinade.

Ginger Teriyaki Marinade

1/3 cu soy sauce
1/3 cu water
3 T rice vinegar (white or apple cider works too)
2 t garlic, minced
1 T ginger, minced
sugar or honey to taste

1) combine all in bowl; refrigerate until ready to use

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BBQ Chicken Round #2

Grilling with veggie kabewers. I basted the second batch of chicken with a homemade honey BBQ sauce. It was really. Really. Good.

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Honey BBQ Sauce

1 cu honey
1/2 cu molasses
3 T ketchup
1/8 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t paprika
1/4 t fresh ginger (or dry equiv)
1/2 t salt
1/8 t black pepper
1/8 t dry oregano
1/4 t minced garlic (or dry equiv)
2 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T prepared mustard
1 t liquid smoke
2 t white vinegar (apple cider would work too)

1) combine all in blender and blend until smooth; refrigerate until ready to use

* For tonight’s dinner I made a half batch and it liberally basted 2 breasts and 5 drumsticks with plenty left over for future use.

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Veggie Kabewers

Waiting to be brushed with garlic butter before grilling.

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Garlic Butter

1/2 cu (1 stick) butter
1/2 t garlic powder (or fresh equiv)
1/4 t salt
1/8 t pepper

1) place all in microwave safe dish or small saucepan and heat until butter is melted

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

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Easy enough. Spinach. Strawberries. Feta cheese. Absolutely wonderful with Balsamic Vinaigerette Dressing. One of my favorite summer salads.


Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

3/4 cu olive oil
1/2 cu Balsamic vinegar
1/2 t salt
1/8 t pepper
1/2 t dry oregano
1/2 t dry basil
1/2 t dry ground mustard

1) combine all ingredients, shake/stir well before each use