Monthly Archives: September 2012

Perfect Playdough

I volunteered to make playdough for my son’s Kindergarten class, and I was super surprised at the results of this recipe!  I have seen, but never made, homemade playdough before and I always thought it looked too sticky or too grainy. This recipe is neither of those things…it truly is perfect playdough!  I did the microwave method and I only cooked it for 2 minutes.  I stirred it every 30 seconds. I also used liquid food colouring, but next time I think I will try the Kool Aid.

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 Tbsp oil
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp Cream of tartar
Kool aid

Microwave Method:
Mix dry ingredients together.  Add the food coloring or Kool aid to the water and then add the oil.  Mix dry and wet together and microwave on high for 1 minute or more, stir and microwave longer if necessary. Let cool, then seal in an airtight container.
Teacher’s note: I microwave for three minutes all together.  Remember, microwaves vary in strength.  The playdough becomes somewhat translucent when ready.

Traditional Method:
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it forms a ball.  Remove and knead a few times.  Let cool, then seal in an airtight container.

Will last approx. 1 month, depending on amount and time. 

Like Red Lobster’s cheese-garlic biscuits

This recipe is taken from the Winnipeg Free Press “Recipe Swap Favorites” by Iiana Simon.  I have made this recipe many times and I find that you need parchment paper or else the biscuits will stick to an ungreased cookie sheet.  I use 1/2 tsp of garlic powder, and I use just less then the 1/4 cup of melted butter.

2 cups Bisquick Baking Mix
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted
1/4 tsp garlic powder

1. Mix Bisquick, milk and cheese until soft dough forms; beat vigorously 30 seconds.  Drop dough by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake in 450F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.  Mix margarine or butter and garlic powder; brush over warm biscuits before removing from cookie sheet.  Serve warm.

Makes 10-12 biscuits.