Recipes For Simple Foods

Krishna and the Butter Pot Beef Jerky
About 2 pounds of beef(so far I prefer eye of round)
2/3 cup soy sauce(do not use cheap crap. I use a delicious, low-sodium one. If it doesn't taste like the stuff at a Japanese restaurant, get another kind.)
2/3 cup Worcester sauce
4 or 5 cloves of garlic, mashed
1/8 to 1/4 of an onion, cut into small pieces and mashed
1 to 2 teaspoons peppercorns, cracked
1/4 to 1/3 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons honey
a pinch of sea salt
  1. Cut beef into slices.
  2. Put beef and all ingredients in a ziplock bag in the fridge overnight.
  3. Turn oven on to 150 degrees. Put cookie cooling racks on baking sheets. Put beef on cooling racks. Put everything in oven.
  4. Wait 8 hours, turning as necessary.
  5. When jerky is almost done, take out of oven and leave in open container overnight to get rid of excess moisture.
Rice Pudding
Cooked jasmine rice
  1. Put cooked rice in pan.
  2. Fill with milk to almost cover.
  3. Add honey and spices to taste.
  4. Cook until milk is absorbed, and pudding is thick.
Banana Bread
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup smashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease 8x5x3 pan and dust with flour. Beat eggs and sugar in large bowl until thick and light, about 5 minutes. Mix in smashed bananas, buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt over mixture; beat until just blended. Transfer batter to prepared pan.
  2. Bake bread until golden brown on top and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Turn bread out onto rack and cool.
Joel and Felicia's Pecan Pie
For Crust
1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs from 9 crackers
2 tablespoons sugar (omit if using sugar and cinnamon graham crackers)
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For Filling
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 3/4 cups chopped pecans

Make crust.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a bowl with a fork until combined well, then press mixture evenly onto bottom and up side of a 9-inch glass pie plate.
  3. Bake crust in middle of oven 10 minutes and cool in pie plate on a rack. Leave oven on.

Make filling.

  1. Whisk first 5 ingredients in medium bowl to blend. Mix in 3/4 cup pecans. Pour into crust. Sprinkle with 1 cup pecans.
  2. Bake until pie is set, about 1 hour. Transfer to rack; cool. Serves 8.
Hot Milk Cake
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup hot milk

Beat eggs until light and thick. Slowly add sugar and beat with a spoon 5 minutes or with electric mixer 2 1/2 minutes. Fold sifted dry ingredients into egg-and-sugar mixture all at once. Melt butter in hot milk and add all at once. The folding in of the dry ingredients and milk should take only one minute. Bake in waxed-paper lined 7-inch cake pan in moderate oven (360 degrees) for 30 minutes. For cupcakes, bake in moderately hot oven (375 degrees) for 20 minutes. Makes 1 dozen cupcakes.

Carrot Zucchini Bread
2 1/2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1 cup unsifted whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons melted butter
grated rinds of 1 orange and 1 lemon
1 cup coarsely shredded zucchini
1 cup coarsely shredded carrots

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan.

Mix together flours, baking powder, soda, salt and sugar. Add remaining ingredients. Stir until well blended. Pour into loaf pan and bake for 1 and 1/4 hours or until cake is firm. Cool 5 minutes, then unmold onto a rack. Cool before slicing. Uields one loaf, which serves 10.