Easy Challah Bread

Recipe by copetenn for All Recipes.com

Yield: 10 Servings

Easy Challah Bread

Photo by copetenn

Ingredients:

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (100 degreesF/40 degrees C)
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 3 1/2 c. all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
  • 1 beaten egg yoke, or more if needed
  • 1 Tbsp. melted butter (optional)

Directions: 

  1. In a large bowl, stir the yeast into the water, and let the mixture stand until a creamy layer forms on top, about 10 minutes. Stir in honey and salt until dissolved, and add the beaten eggs. Mix in the flour, a cupful at a time, until the dough is sticky. Sprinkle the dough with flour, and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
  2. Form the dough into a compact round shape, and place in an oiled bowl. Turn the dough over several times in the bowl to oil the surface of the dough, cover the bowl with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm area until doubled in size, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Punch down the dough, and cut it into 3 equal-sized pieces. Working on a floured surface, roll the small dough pieces into ropes about the thickness of your thumb and about 12 inches long. Ropes should be fatter in the middle and thinner at the ends. Pinch 3 ropes together at the top and braid them. Starting with the strand to the right, move it to the left over the middle strand (that strand becomes the new middle strand.) Take the strand farthest to the left, and move it over the new middle strand. Continue braiding, alternating sides each time, until the loaf is braided, and pinch the ends together and fold them underneath for a neat look.
  4. Place the braided loaf on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and brush the top with beaten egg yolk. (For a softer crust, brush with melted butter instead.)
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  6. Bake the challah in the preheated oven until the top browns to a rich golden color and the loaf sounds hollow when you tap it with a spoon, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack before slicing.

Deviled Ham Eyeball Sandwiches

Recipe courtesy of Jeff Mauro

Yield: 20 “eyeball” sandwiches

Deviled Ham Eyeball Sandwich

Photo by The Food Network©

Ingredients:

  • 20 slices white bread, such as Arnold Brick Oven White Sandwich Bread
  • 2 cups smoked cooked ham, chopped (about 8 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon pickled relish
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco
  • Kosher salt
  • 10 pimento-stuffed green olives, sliced in half
  • Ketchup, for squirting
  • Special equipment: 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter

 

Directions:

  1. Punch out rounds from the bread using a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter. Lay out the rounds on a baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. Add the ham, mayonnaise, honey, mustard, relish, Worcestershire and hot sauce in the bowl of a food processor. Sprinkle with salt and pulse until finely chopped, but still chunky.
  3. Spoon a tablespoon at a time of the ham mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roll each spoonful into round balls. Stuff 1 olive into the center of each ball for eyes.
  4. Lay the balls in the center of the bread rounds. Squirt ketchup around the edges of the bread to mimic veins.
  5. Serve to kids and pray they don’t cry from how scary these are.

 

Popcorn Trail Mix

by Charlyn Fargo for Illinois Farm Bureau Partners

Popcorn Trail Mix

Photo by Jeffrey S. Otto, Food Styling by Mary Carter

Yield: 13 cups
Ingredients:

  • ½ cup popcorn kernels, un-popped
  • 7 cups multigrain cereal, such as Cheerios
  • 2 cups whole almonds, roasted and salted
  • 5 ounces dried cranberries, blueberries or cherries
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup honey

 

Directions:

  1. Using an air popper, pop the popcorn. (It should make about 6 cups.) In a large bowl, mix cereal, almonds and popcorn.
  2. In a separate large bowl, mix butter and honey. Microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until mixture comes to a full boil and butter is melted. Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated.
  3. Stir in cranberries, blueberries or cherries and mix well. Store in airtight container.

 

For more popcorn recipes,  click here on the Farm Flavor.com site. 

Grilled Romaine Panzanella

Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients: 

  • 1 medium heart of romaine lettuce, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 of a loaf ciabatta bread, cut in half horizontally
  • 1tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup grape and/or cherry tomatoes
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup torn fresh basil

Directions:

  1. Brush cut sides of lettuce and bread with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Thread tomatoes onto skewers,* leaving 1/4 inch between each tomato. For a charcoal or gas grill, place lettuce and bread, cut sides down, and tomato skewers on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium heat. Grill for 2 to 4 minutes or until light grill marks appear on lettuce and tomatoes and bread is toasted, removing food from grill as it is done. Coarsely chop lettuce and cut bread into 1-inch pieces. Remove tomatoes from skewers.
  2. For vinaigrette, in a large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon and drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet. Cut up bacon; set aside. If necessary, add enough of the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the reserved drippings to equal 3 tablespoons. Add onion to the reserved drippings; cook until tender, stirring occasionally. Add vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper. Cook about 1 minute more or until reduced slightly, stirring to scrape up crusty browned bits.
  3. In a large bowl combine lettuce, bread, tomatoes, bacon, basil, and cheese. Drizzle with vinaigrette; toss gently to coat. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

From the Test Kitchen
TIP: This recipe can easily be doubled to serve 14 to 16 people.

*TIP: If using wooden skewers, soak in water for at least 30 minutes; drain before using.

Nutrition Facts: 
Per serving: 135 kcal cal., 9 g fat (3 g sat. fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat, 4 g monounsatured fat), 13 mg chol., 245 mg sodium, 8 g carb., 1 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 4 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Potluck Spare Ribs Recipe

Potluck Spareribs

Photo by Taste of Home©

Yield: 12 Servings

Ingredients: 

  • 6 pounds pork spareribs
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

 

Directions: 

  1. Cut ribs into serving-size pieces; place with the meaty side up on racks in two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pans. Cover tightly with foil. Bake at 350° for 1-1/4 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove racks; drain and return ribs to pans. Combine the remaining ingredients; pour over ribs. Bake, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes or until sauce coats ribs, basting occasionally. Ribs can also be grilled over medium-hot heat for the last 30-40 minutes instead of baking.

 

Nutritional Facts
1 serving (1 each) equals 551 calories, 32 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 128 mg cholesterol, 1,065 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 32 g protein.

 

Originally published as Potluck Spareribs in Taste of Home April/May 1996, p37

 

3-Ingredient Holiday Appetizers from BH&G.com

Better Homes & Garden™ offers ideas on appetizers for your holiday party.  For additional recipes and more information, click here at BHG.com.

 

Honey and Goat Cheese Crackers

Ingredients: Crackers + Goat Cheese + Honey
Store-bought rosemary crackers get a party-time facelift with the sweet and tangy topping of honey and goat cheese. Try different cracker flavors to spice up this easy appetizer.

Honey, Goat Cheese crackers
Photo Source: BHG.com

Pear and Blue Cheese Baguette Slices

Ingredients: Blue Cheese + Baguette Slices + Pear Slices

Top grilled baguette slices with sweet pear slices and tangy blue cheese.

PearBlueCheeseBaguette.
Photo Source: BHG.com

Hummus & Cucumber Chips

Ingredients: Potato Chips, Cucumber Slices and Hummus

Replace the bowl of chips and dip with this twist.  Place cucumber and hummus atop salt-and-pepper kettle potato chips to add creamy flavor and a cooler crunch.

Hummus Cucumber Chips
Photo Source: BHG.com

 

 

President’s Dogs

In honor of the American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog Month, below are some famous dog owners and their pets.

James Buchanan, the only bachelor President, was accompanied at all times by Lara, his 170-pound Newfoundland, notable for a huge tail, an incredible attachment to his master, and the habit of lying motionless for hours with one eye open and one eye closed.

Lara, President Buchanan's dog

An illustrated picture of Lara, a male Newfoundland, was published in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly. The dog became a big celebrity.

Abraham Lincoln‘s first dog was Honey, an injured brown and white hound dog he found in a Kentucky cave and nursed back to health.  Five years before being elected, Lincoln’s constant companion was Fido, a floppy-eared, yellow mutt.  His wife did not want Fido tracking mud onto White House carpets and jumping on formal furniture, so Lincoln sadly agreed to leave Fido with friends in Springfield, IL with strict instructions to indulge him.  At the President’s funeral, Fido met with the grieving public, who felt like they touched the President himself by petting his dog.

Theodore Roosevelt was an avid outdoorsman, and his home was filled with many dogs. Skip, a mixed breed adopted on a hunting trip, was his favorite. Skip’s short legs made it hard to keep up with his master on horseback, so the President would scoop him up to ride on the saddle.  Eventually, Skip would jump on the back of Algonquin, the pony belonging to Roosevelt’s 7-year-old son, Archie. It was quite a sight to see a small dog riding a small horse around the White House grounds all by himself!  Although Skip was buried behind the White House, Edith Roosevelt had his casket exhumed and moved to their estate at Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, Long Island, explaining, “Teddy couldn’t bear to leave him there beneath the eyes of Presidents who might care nothing for a little mutt dog.”

Richard Nixon used his daughter Tricia’s black-and-white cocker spaniel named Checkers to improve his public image When it looked like he might be dropped as Eisenhower’s Vice Presidential nominee due to questionable funds and gifts to aid his political career, he responded to these charges in an emotional speech and said the family would NOT return the gift of Checkers: “The kids love the dog, and regardless of what they say about it, we’re gonna keep it!”

Lyndon Johnson loved his dogs: the white collie, Blanco, the terrier, Yuki, and two beagles. Him and Her (who made the cover of Life magazine). President LBJ's beagles, Him and Her, on the cover of Life magazine Lady Bird nixed his plan to bring the dogs to daughter Luci’s White House wedding, but he managed to sneak them in for official family pictures. Pawprints adorned the Johnson Christmas cards right next to LBJ’s signature. However, he damaged his reputation while trying to get the beagles to do tricks for photographers.  LBJ picked up Him by his big, floppy ears and pictures of the yelping dog hanging by its ears appeared in every major newspaper before the day’s end.  Johnson was severely criticized by animal experts and the public, but this didn’t discourage him from letting TV cameras film him and Yuki “singing” in the Oval Office.

Eyebrow raising photo of LBJ picked up his beagle, Him, by the ears

U.S. President Lyndon Johnson received much criticism when reporters photographed him picking up his beagle, Him, by the ears.

Gerald Ford was actually locked out of the White House one night when he took Liberty, his golden retriever, out for a late walk on the south lawn and forgot to alert the Secret Service agents. Picture the President in his nightclothes, standing next to Liberty, pounding on the second-floor door inside the hallway, and having searchlights trained on him and agents pointing guns at him!

Click the following to find out more Presidential Dogs:  Dog Lover Store website