Make 4 Loaves of Whole Wheat Batter Bread

Make 4 Loaves of  Whole Wheat Batter Bread
By using SAF Perfect Rise Yeast you can crank out 4 gorgeous loaves of whole wheat bread. I made one for me, my parents, and 1 for my brother and then my friend Ron. Amazingly it didn't take long!

Chicken Enchilada Pie

Chicken Enchilada Pie
The one I will make will be somewhat different than this one.

Impossibly Easy Spinach-Parmesan Pie

Impossibly Easy Spinach-Parmesan Pie
This is one of my fav's and so easy and good for you!

Awesome Lemon Chicken Recipe

Lemon Chicken This is a great recipe from my friends at Simply Recipes! Try it and I know you'll think it is great as all the others who have tried it! Polly Motzko

Polly Motzko's Awesome Orange Almond Biscotti

  • Polly Motzko's Awesome Almond Orange Biscotti....
  • * 1 cup sugar
  • * 6 tablespoons margarine or butter
  • * 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • * 2 eggs or ½ cup egg substitute (I always use the egg substitute and it comes out great.)
  • * 3-½ cups original Bisquick
  • * 1 cup ground almonds
  • * A handful or so of ground almonds to dust the top with
  1. Directions
  2. 1. 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat sugar, margarine and orange peel in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy and well blended. Beat in eggs or egg substitute, stir in Bisquick and almonds.
  3. 2. 2. Place dough on surface sprinkled with some Bisquick; gently roll in Bisquick to coat. Shape into a ball; gently knead about 10 times or so until dough holds together, nuts are distributed and it doesn’t feel tacky any more.
  4. 3. 3. Divide dough in half and then shape into 2 10 x 3 loaves. Place on an ungreased baking sheet-I swear by silicone baking sheets and pans-things baked on and in them come out great with no greasing whatsoever!!
  5. 4. 4. Bake about 20 minutes or until very light brown and the center is cooked. Cook on the baking sheet for 15 minutes then cut each loaf into slices about ¾ inch wide with a very sharp knife. Very carefully put each slice on its side and bake again the slices for about 30 minutes or until the tops are browned. Turn them on the other side and bake again for another 15 or so minutes until browned and to the texture you want. I like mine browned and more dry and crisp to go with coffee, homemade cocoa or whatever you would serve at your house.
  6. 5. 5. Cool completely about 30 minutes and enjoy!
  7. 6. NOTE: (I keep mine in the freezer so they stay fresh. They have a high fat content but very good in this or in pasta!)
  8. 7. Tips: Use a very sharp knife to cut the biscotti, preferably one that fits across the width of the biscotti you made. Do not use a butter knife as it can break up the tops of the biscotti. (It happened to me so I know!) Let the biscotti cool on the sheet as a log or logs and when it is not quite completely cooled off begin the slicing process. If, for any reason, the tops start to break of the logs then either bake the logs a little bit more and then when the logs feel firm throughout then slice.
  9. 8. If you let the finished sliced biscotti cool on the baking pan the residual heat will bake them more and firm them up, making for a cookie that has a bit more stability and less crumbly.
  10. Enjoy!
  11. Polly Motzko
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Cooking Techniques #1: Standard Breading Techniques with Chef Ed Schenk

Thursday, February 04, 2010

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I had the joy of meeting Ed Schenk on Food Buzz the first day I was on it! At that time, my basic cooking blog was in place, and I was looking for people who had an expertise in a particular area-of which Ed has many. We talked back and forth and then, as creative people do, I simply asked him if he would like to do a cameo appearance on my blog entitled, Cooking Techniques, and he agreed, very happily.

Chef Schenk is a 4 star chef who has a method of making Beef Burgundy that I want him to share with me one day. That is what started the idea for the Cooking Technique Segments on my blog.

I want my blog to be like a program on TV or a really good magazine with different features, if you will, where the best of the best all share their knowledge, expertise, culinary tid-bits and now how.

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“I am a classically trained Chef with 20 years experience. After success as a Chef I went to work for a major corporation as a Manager of Food Service. As a Chef I have received good notices from The Detroit News and The Metro Times and have been interviewed for and had recipes printed in Restaurants and Institutions and Food Management magazines. I also was a corporate trainer for 3 1/2 years and taught a production seminar. Currently I am writing the food blog Detroit Eats and can be reached at For more information, please visit”:


Cooking Techniques #1: Breading Success With Ed Schenk

One of the most useful techniques used in the kitchen is Standard Breading Procedure. It is called this because the same techniques are used in a large variety of recipes including Chicken Parmesan, breaded fish, Mozzarella sticks and fried green tomatoes. Standard breading procedure consists of three components, flour (seasoned), egg and milk mixture and breadcrumb. The idea is that the flour will stick to the food being breaded. The food is then dipped in the egg and milk mixture and sticks to the flour. Finally, the food is the dredged in the breadcrumbs. One of the fine points if this procedure is the use of both hands in the process. For me this means that my left hand (my “wet” hand) moves the food into the flour to be coated, then into the egg mix and then into the breadcrumb mixture. This is where my right hand (dry hand) will coat the food with the breadcrumbs thoroughly. The reason this is important is that if the right hand (dry hand) becomes wet the breadcrumbs will stick to your hand and your food will not be coated properly. By the same token, if your left hand gets coated with flour, then the egg will not stick (if this happens just wash and dry your hands and continue). Furthermore, if you are not comfortable working from left to right, just switch your station around and work right to left.

From Left to right Flour Egg mix breadcrumb

Within this framework, there are a number of things that can be done to spice up the process. I have added cheese and herbs to the breadcrumbs or used crushed tortilla chip instead of breadcrumbs. I have also used instant potato flakes instead of breadcrumbs for fish. There are also Panko (Japanese) breadcrumbs that are available in almost every supermarket these days. Once breaded the food should be allowed to sit for about 10 minutes to allow a “glue to form that bond the flour, egg mix and breadcrumb together before cooking. At this point, your food can also be individually frozen. This allows you to prep ahead of your meal. At the appropriate time, just remove from the freezer and cook.

One of the points that are important in cooking foods that are breaded is to make sure not to over brown your coating. For me this means either sealing my breading in a pan with some oil or “flash frying” in my deep fryer (there are many fine home models on the market these days) until I get the desired light brown color. I actually take my foods out a little lighter than I want them do to the fact that they will keep browning after being seared. Also, it is important to not overfill your fryer or your oil temperature will drop and your coating will not set. Because many of the items, I prepare this way are somewhat larger (chicken or fish) than a slice of zucchini or tomato, I prefer to finish these foods on a sheet pan in the oven. This way I get a great color without burning the breading before the food is actually cooked. I“flash fried" these items one or 2 at a time. They will still finish well in the oven even if they have been pre-fried.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and will try some of the techniques discussed. If anyone has questions I can be contacted at Detroit Eats

Till next time...


Thanks so much Ed for offering this very informative lesson on Breading and how to turn out great breaded dishes. I am so glad that I had the opportunity in meeting you and sharing your expertise!


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Polly Motzko’s Christmas Eve Stew 2009

By Paulette Le Pore Motzko, Copyright December 2010

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I realized that after the soup was on the last leg of simmering on the stove, that I stayed with the festive theme of green in the zucchini and the red grape tomatoes…really looked great and tasted even better. I was just cooking with what I had on hand. I would have used the wine called for in the original but I couldn’t get the wine bottle open! I laugh about this one, because I ran out of so many things I thought I had and kept improvising, but it made it almost better than the original! Through being creative and using new ways with what I had in my pantry, “Christmas Eve Stew” was born! I served this with my new Italian Cream Biscuits with Mozzarella for my parents who were very appreciative.

Greatly Adapted from Burgundy Beef Stew on website. You can see the original framework that I created my version from at:


lb beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces


All-purpose flour-or enough flour in a bowl for dredging the meat you have

1 can

Cream of Mushroom soup plus enough water to cover meat and vegetables


Tablespoons Emeril La Gasse’s Basic Seasoning-deepens the color and flavor

1 1/4

teaspoons salt


Pack Knorr Au Jus Mix-really gives a good, rich flavor to the roux mixture mixed with the beef juices

¼ cup

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 lb.

Frozen carrot slices-no need to thaw-they will cook as the stew simmers


Very small zucchini, sliced with a mandoline


Small, uniformly sized red potatoes-using a mandolin to get nice thin slices

1 cup

Grape tomatoes-added the last hour of cooking-use tomatoes that are not mushy but slightly firm

2 cups

Pearl onions-parboiled and peeled (I would use frozen if I had to do again because peeling these are very time consuming!)



In very large Emeril La Gasse stockpot or better yet-non-stick large skillet-heat the extra virgin olive oil and then add the meat, that has had all the fat removed and then dredged in a little all purpose flour-to the pan.

Brown until the juices of the meat are locked in and you actually see a browned look on the meat.


Add all the vegetables, except the grape tomatoes, to the pot and cover with a mixture of the cream of mushroom soup-full strength-and water….enough to cover all the meat and vegetables.

Once you get the meat and vegetables to a simmer, then add the Knor Au Jus seasoning package. It was an emergency substitute but it came out really great!


Reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 1 hour 30 minutes or until beef is tender.


Add 2 Tablespoons of the Emeril La Gasse basic seasoning mix or you could probably add any one of his and it would be good. That is the only one I have…right now anyhow. This seasoning really made the stew.


Piccolini & Cheese with Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Created January 2010 by Paulette Le Pore Motzko (Polly Motzko)


12 oz. 2% Velveeta cheese, cut into small cubes

I weighed mine on a small kitchen scale

2 cups mini piccolini pasta wheels-these are great because they cook in only 7 minutes!

1/3 cup half and half

Half of a 1 pound bag of Fiesta Vegetables or your choice of veggies-steamed in the microwave in the bag for 1 minute.

2 cups of Black bean and corn salsa-I used Wal-Mart Blend, which was great and half the price of most brands.


Microwave the cheese and half and half until the cheese melts, which will vary depending on the wattage of your microwave. Just melt it in a microwave safe very large dish-like a 9 x 13 square.

By melting it in the dish, you are eliminating the step of cleaning out a saucepan and waiting much longer to do it over the stove. The microwave excels at doing sauces and you can melt it in the pan that the cooked pasta will go into.

By putting it in a large, flat dish, it will be easier to mix the sauce throughout evenly too.

After the 7 minutes cook time, drain the cooked pasta and then add it to the melted cheese sauce.

Then, stir in the black bean and corn salsa until blended throughout and then stir in the cooked veggies.

This is a much lower fat version of the Macaroni & Cheese we all grew up with. I like using the Velveeta verses making a roux and white sauce mixture, then adding the shredded cheese to it.

I had never seen the 2% Velveeta and it saves a substantial amount of fat by using it, and with the other flavors and ingredients you’ll not only be eating more vegetables, which we should all do, but you will get full faster-eating less overall.

You can vary the salsa to any of the thousands that there are out there.

One of my favorites is Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Salsa-and it would be great in this dish too.

Enjoy! My parents loved this dish and this lasted 2 days around my house!

Pastitsio-12 Servings

Out of the Recipe Collection of Paulette Le Pore Motzko

The Complete Book of Greek Cooking by The Recipe Club of Saint Paul’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Pastitsio is a layered pasta casserole that is extremely popular because it uses simple, basic ingredients.


4 Tablespoons butter

½ cup all-purpose flour

1 cups hot milk

2 egg yolks


4 cups milk

4 eggs

½ cup all-purpose flour


1-1/2 cups chopped onion

2 pounds ground beef

4 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons Italian tomatoes, chopped

1 cup tomato sauce

1 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 tablespoon fresh oregano

Dash of ground cinnamon

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1-1/4 pounds tubular pasta like ziti #2

½ cup breadcrumbs

1 cup grated kefalotiri or Parmesan cheese

Prepare the sauce:

Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in flour and cook until mixture turns golden. Gradually stir in hot milk and cook, stirring, until sauce is smooth and hot. In a small bowl, beat egg yolks, and then briskly stir in 1 cup of hot milk mixture. Pour egg milk mixture into remaining sauce. Stir and remove from heat without cooking the eggs.

Prepare thick sauce:

Heat milk to a simmer and set aside. In a bowl, beat eggs with flour. Gradually stir hot milk into egg mixture. Return to saucepan and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is quite thick. Do not boil after eggs have been added.

Brown chopped onions and meat in butter. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, spices, and seasonings. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, or until liquid has been absorbed. Cool.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook pasta according to package directions, and drain. Sprinkle breadcrumbs into a buttered 11 x 14 x 2-inch baking pan. Place a layer of pasta in the baking pan, then add half the thin cream sauce. Add meat. Sprinkle with ¼ cup grated cheese. Add another layer of pasta and sprinkle with ¼ cup cheese. Cover with remaining thin cream sauce. Spread thick cream sauce over the top and sprinkle with remaining ½ cup cheese. Bake for 1 hour, or until golden.

Let stand 15 minutes to cool, and cut into squares. (Note that you cannot cut the Pastitsio easily unless you cool it for 15 minutes.) When ready to serve, reheat in hot oven.

NOTE: This dish can be prepared a day in advance, adding the thick cream sauce just before baking the dish.


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  1. I did it! Practice and persistence pays of once again! I just added Echo which is a way that my readers can communicate with each other! In order for you to talk to your friends though you need to become a member on here.

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  4. 1/2 cup of Vanilla Sugar

    1 package 18-1/4 ounce Lemon Cake Mix
    1/3 cup water
    1.4 cup butter flavor shortening
    1 egg
    up to 1 tablespoon lemon peel-or even none at all for a more subtle flavor

    Optional dried cherries or other dried fruit of your choice.

    Cut in butter flavor shortening into lemon cake mix with a pastry blender and then add the egg and water and lemon peel, if used, and dried fruits, if used.

    Preheat Oven to 350 degrees and take a large baking sheet and line with either aluminum foil or a silicone pan liner and then slightly grease with some non-stick spray like Wolfgang Puck's. (Pam leaves a yellow color and off taste whereas the Wolfgang Pucks does not.) You can also simply just smear a light film of canola oil on the silicone sheet to insure that the cookies don't stick.

    Take a small cookie dough scoop-holds about 2 tablespoons of dough-and then sqeeze out in a bowl filled with some of the Vanilla Sugar. (If you don't have Vanilla Sugar) plain granulated sugar can be used instead and even confectioner's sugar can be used, but the cookies will have a different appearance.

    Bake for about 8 minutes or until set but not browned. Take the pans out and put on thermal pads-and let the cookies sit on the sheet for about 5 minutes. They will keep firming up the longer they sit.

  5. If you would prefer other flavors of the drop cookie, two other favorites of mine are:

    Chocolate Land Cookies:

    1/2 cup Powdered Sugar to roll the cookie dough balls in before baking
    1 package Devil's Food Cake Mix 18.1/4 ounce
    1/4 cup butter flavor shortening
    1 egg
    1/3 cup water
    1 cup or more of mini chocolate chips

    Roll into about 2 tablespoon full balls in the powdered sugar and then on a slightly greased cookie sheet lined with your choice of aluminum foil or silicone baking sheet

    Bake for about 8 minutes, or until done but not overly browned. Let cool on cookie sheet and they will continue to cook on the sheet and firm up, if needed.


    1 package butter flavor cake mix
    1/3 cup water
    1/4 cup butter flavor shortening
    1 egg
    1 cup or more of Ghiradelli Chocolate chips

    Bake for about 8 minutes and then cool on sheet.

    Oven temperature is 350 degrees

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