AIMEE FORTNEY'S "THANK A VETERAN" FOOD BASKETS
Our troops and Veterans do so much for us, and the absolute least we can do is say, "Thank you." You can customize food baskets any way that you would like, and it is a great way to say "thank you" to our Veterans for their service! A cheese and wine basket, with some crackers is a great theme, as well as a breakfast basket! For the cheese and wine basket, I like the "Black Box" tetra pack size; it is inexpensive, delicious and perfect for a cheese basket!
AIMEE FORTNEY'S HOMEMADE PANCAKE MIX
If you are looking for a unique Veteran gift idea, tell them "breakfast is on me." Include in a gift bag or gift basket, colorful plates (you can find them for $1 to $2; homemade pancake mix, (decorate a jar with either paint pens or a decorative ribbon); the recipe for the wet ingredients to add and syrup or homemade blackberry sauce!
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
tiny pinch of salt
1 (heaping) Tablespoon sugar
1 to 1 ¼ cups milk*
3 Tablespoons of butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla (or any flavoring that you would like)
1 egg, beaten
In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients with a fork, and stir well to combine. In a separate bowl, add milk, butter, vanilla and egg, then make an indention with your finger in the bowl with dry ingredients. (Like you are digging a hole). Add wet ingredients, mix until combined, then stop. You do not want to over-mix. Lightly grease and heat your pancake griddle. Using a ladle or a small measuring cup, add your batter to the griddle, and cook. (You will see bubbles on the edges and that tells you it is time to flip!) Cook on both sides until lightly browned.
*You may find that you need less milk; you may find that you need more. Once you begin to stir your batter, you will learn each time if you want it thicker or thinner.
AIMEE FORTNEY'S ORANGE-BLACKBERRY SAUCE
This sauce is great for ice cream, pancakes, waffles, pound cake or whatever you desire!
2 cups blackberries
1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar (or sugar substitute)
1/4 cup water
zest from one orange
1 Tablespoon water
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
In a saucepan, place blackberries, sugar and water. Bring to a boil then turn heat down and simmer, stirring occasionally. Stir 1 Tablespoon water and 1 Tablespoon cornstarch together and add to boiling blackberry mixture. When you turn the heat down, add the orange zest. Serve warm over ice cream, pancakes/waffles/pound cake, etc. Store leftovers in a jar or sealed container in your refrigerator.
AIMEE FORTNEY'S LEMON ICE BOX PIE
Graham cracker crust or pretzel crust
For the filling:
2 cans sweetened condensed milk
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
zest from 1 lemon
5 egg yolks
Beat sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, lemon zest and egg yolks together. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, then allow to cool on counter for 45 minutes to an hour. Place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours to set.
Top with homemade whipped cream.
Aimee Jackson Fortney
"Not the Perfect Cook"