Beef and Noodles


This is one of my daughter’s favorite meals.  The flavors go together really well and it’s pretty easy to make.  Just make sure you have all your ingredients ready to go since it cooks fast.


Beef and Noodles

2 quarts boiling water
3 (3 ounce) packages instant ramen noodles, any flavor, discard seasoning
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (I use garlic oil)
12 ounces flank steaks, sliced thin across grain
2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger
12 ounces green beans, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
3 carrots, sliced into matchstick pieces
3 green onions, sliced
1 cup cold water
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 (1 1/8 ounce) package beef bouillon granules
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Pour boiling water over noodles in large bowl. Cover and let stand ~ I just cover the bowl with a plate.

Heat 1 tbsp of oil over med high heat. Add steak and brown on all sides. Add garlic and ginger; cook one minute. Remove meat, garlic and ginger from skillet.

Add remaining 1 tablespoons oil to skillet. Add green beans, carrots and green onions; stir-fry 3 minutes. Whisk together 1 cup cold water, soy sauce, sesame oil, pepper flakes, beef granules (1 packet from the box) and cornstarch in small bowl until smooth. Stir into skillet. Cook, stirring until mix thickens and boils. Lower heat, cover and simmer 1-2 minutes or until veggies are tender crisp.

Drain noodles and add to skillet with reserved meat. Stir well to blend ingredients. Heat noodles through to serve.


Happy Cooking!


Libby’s Super, Super Easy Sugar Cookies


My DD picked out this recipe for me to make years ago and it has become  a family favorite.  Mixed up, it looks like the dough will never cover a 15×10 pan, but keep at it and it will spread over it very nicely.  An offset spreader will help quite a bit. Sometimes I cut them into bars, sometimes into triangles.  They freeze really well.


Libby’s Super, Super Easy Sugar Cookies

3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup oil
1 tablespoon milk
1-2 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla extract
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar (I use colored sugars)

Heat oven to 375º.

In large bowl, beat 3/4 cup sugar, butter, oil, milk, almond (or vanilla) extract and egg until light and fluffy. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt; blend well.

Spread evenly in ungreased 15×10 baking pan; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar.

Bake at 375º for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. Cut into squares or triangles.


Merry Christmas Baking!


Libby’s Shortbread


My DD came home yesterday with a tin of her yummy shortbread.  The cookies are nice and buttery and I think she bakes them in one sheet on a cookie sheet and then cuts them into bars.


Libby’s Shortbread

2 cups butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups flour
colored sugars, optional

Cream butter in a mixing bowl; gradually add sugar and beat well. Add vanilla and beat well. Gradually add flour, mixing until the dough forms a ball.

On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into 1 1/2 inch squares. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and sprinkle with colored sugars if using.

Bake at 325º for 14-18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.

Makes about 6 1/2 dozen cookies.


Happy Cooking!