Saturday, December 31, 2011

Cream puffs

1 Cup water
1/2 Cup butter
Bring the above ingredients to a rolling boil and add:
1 cup flour -all at once
Stir until dough leaves the side of the pan and forms a ball now add:
4 eggs
Beat them in with an electric mixer-1 egg at a time beating well after each addition.

Directions and Story:  You can drop this dough by Tablespoon on to a UNGREASED cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes-turn the oven to 350 degrees and bake an additional :30 minutes.
OR
You can spread the dough in a 11 X 15 inch pan and bake for 370 degrees for 30 minutes.
Any way you want to serve these, DON"T OPEN THE OVEN DOOR while they are baking.

The little cream puffs can be filled with pudding with whipped cream on top, or they are great filled with chicken salad and served with fresh fruit in the summer.
If you choose to make them spread in a pan, top with:
2 packages instant vanilla pudding
3 cups whole milk
1 3 oz package softened cream cheese

Top the filling with cool whip and drizzle chocolate syrup on top. this should be served right away as the bottom will get soggy and the chocolate will run on to the cool whip and it won't look as nice as when it is first put together.
Story: A very easy dessert that Grandma C made often during the winter months. Grandma I introduced 'Moon dessert"-which is spreading the cream puff dough onto a large pan. this is easier to do, but tastes the same. I have made this often as we always have the ingredients on hand.

Mashed potatoes-overnight

5 pounds potatoes-mashed
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, cubed
1/2 pound butter
1 (16 oz) container sour cream
1/2 - 1 teaspoon onion salt

Directions and story:  Mix together place in a 9 X 13 inch baking dish and refrigerate 24 hours or over night,
Bake in a 350 degree oven until heated through

Story-I have had a hard time preparing good mashed potatoes after meeting on Sundays. We like to have a big Sunday noon meal, and often mashed potatoes would taste wonderful with what we are serving, but ...in 2002 the Fargo Forum published this recipe. I tried it and everyone thought it tasted great. This is a successful make ahead mashed potato recipe.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Bean and Ham Soup

1 Ham bone with some ham attached
1 package navy beans or great northern beans (dried)-rinse several times or until water is clear, remove any discolored beans
1 large onion-chopped
1 clove garlic-chopped
3 stalks of celery-cut in small pieces
3 carrots-peeled and cut in small pieces
5 pepper corns
3 bay leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons salt (this will vary depending on the saltiness of the ham)
ground pepper to taste
1 can Swansons chicken or vegetable broth


Directions and Story: add water and vegetable broth to almost cover ham bone. Simmer on stove in large stock pot. Add onions, garlic, pepper corns, carrots, celery, bay leaves, salt and pepper. After this place beans in kettle with 6 or so cups of water and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low and allow beans to cook on low for 1 to 1 1/2  hours. The beans will be soft. drain the water and add beans to the ham mixture. Allow to simmer for another hour or so or until the soup thickens some. The soup is great the next day.

Story-I have loved home made bean soup, but haven't found a recipe that tastes as good as I think it should. After our 2011 ham Christmas dinner, we experimented with the ham bone and dried beans. This is what we came up with and it seems to taste really pretty good. Good enough to be called a successful recipe!! and earn a place on the blog.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Brownie Goody Bars

1 box (1 lb 2.4 oz) Betty Crocker® Original Supreme Premium brownie mix

Water, vegetable oil and egg called for on brownie mix box

1 cup Betty Crocker® Cream cheese frosting (from 16 oz container)

1/2 cup salted peanuts, coarsely chopped

2 cups crisp rice cereal

2/3 cup creamy peanut butter

1 1/3 cups (8 oz) semisweet chocolate chips

Notes/Story: Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 9-inch square pan with cooking spray or shortening. Make and bake brownies as directed on box. Cool completely. Frost brownies with frosting. Sprinkle frosting with peanuts; refrigerate while making cereal mixture:

Measure cereal into medium bowl; set aside. In 1-quart saucepan, melt peanut butter and chocolate chips over low heat, stirring constantly. Pour over cereal in bowl, stirring until evenly coated. Spread over frosted brownies. Refrigerate 1 hour or until set before cutting. For bars, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Store tightly covered at room temperature or in refrigerator.

I found this recipe on Pinterest and boy they are GOOD. I just about fainted with my first bite. No joke. Good thing I have a plan for these bars and bringing them to work...otherwise they would not last very long around here!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Chicken Tortilla Soup


Chicken Tortilla Soup
from allrecipes

serves ~ 4

3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/2 t olive oil
1/2 t minced garlic
1/4 t ground cumin
4 c water and 4 t chicken bullion (or equivalent broth)
1 pkg frozen corn kernels
1 c chopped onion

  • 1 chopped green pepper
1/2 t chili powder
1 cup chunky salsa
corn tortilla chips
shredded cheddar cheese
sliced avocado

Notes/Story: In a large pot over medium heat, saute the chicken in the oil for 5 minutes. Cut into small pieces. Add the garlic, onion, pepper, and cumin and mix well. Then add the broth, corn, chili powder, and salsa. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes. Break up some tortilla chips into individual bowls and pour soup over chips. Top with cheese and avocado.

A wonderful Mexican restaurant in town serves a really similarly flavored soup -- but it's not quite a hearty. I added an extra chicken breast and veggies to the original recipe to make it more filling...and it is!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Easy Tomato Soup

1 (29 oz) can diced tomatoes (I would probably use crushed next time I make this)
1 (10.5 oz) can chicken broth
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp white sugar
1 Tbsp chopped onion
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 cups cream
sprinkle of pepper

Notes/Story: In a large pot mix tomatoes, chicken broth, butter, sugar, onion, and baking soda. Simmer for 1 hr and sprinkle with black pepper. In double boiler heat cream until hot. Can do this in a regular saucepan but watch so it doesn't scorch. Once heated through, add to tomato soup and serve.
I found this online when I had a craving for homemade tomato soup. Very flavorful!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Wild Rice Casserole

1 Cup Wild Rice (Rinsed and drained)
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 Cup Butter
1 Onion- Chopped
2 Cups Celery- Chopped
1/4 teaspoon sage (If you have it in the house)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
1 can Water
1 can Milk

You can also add:
Water chestnuts
 Mushrooms
Turkey (I use 4 cups cut up turkey or chicken)
Cashews, (sprinkle these on the top of the casserole just before serving)


Directions and Story:
Brown onions and celery in butter, (I use the large cast iron cooking pot for this and add all of the remaining ingredients to the browned onions and celery)
Add remaining spices, wild rice, soup, water, and milk. (Add cater chestnuts-etc if you like)
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 1/2-2 hours or until rice is done.

This was given to me by a friend when I worked in education at Sanford, since we now reside (most of the time) in Minnesota, I thought I should learn more about cooking with Wild rice. This was a successful recipe, everyone very much liked it. I had made something similar with ground beef, but the family reviews weren't as good-The turkey or chicken seem to be the best combination with Wild Rice for our family-anyway.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Boundary Waters Wild Rice Soup

6 T butter
1 small yellow onion, chopped finely
1/2 c all-purpose flour
4 c chicken broth
1 c whipping cream
1/3 c dry sherry or cooking sherry
1 1/2 c cooked wild rice
4 cups sliced, cooked turkey pieces
1/2 tsp white pepper
salt to taste

Notes/Story: Melt butter in a medium pan and add onion. Cook for five minutes until the onion is soft. Stir in flour and cook one minute, stirring often. Add broth and whisk until smooth. Add cream and sherry and heat to a simmer. Add rice, cut up cooked turkey pieces, pepper, and salt.
Simmer gently for five minutes until heated through and slightly thickened.
Makes six, one-cup servings.

Found on Robin's blog. We tried it 11/28/11 and it was very rich and savory.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas Eve Dinner Menu-2011

Pear/lime salad served on a lettuce leaf
Crusty French Bread/butter

Knefla Soup-Oyster crackers
Sliced cheese and sausage
Cherry Salad
Olives, pickles, apple slices
Carrot and celery sticks

Christmas cookies/bars
Plachinda
Hot cider/tea

Potatoes, baked with parmesan

 Ingredients
Small red potatoes
Olive oil
Black pepper

Directions
Wash and clean small red potatoes
Place in casserole container and add water to about to the 1/2  way line on the potatoes
Bake at 375 - 400 degrees for 1 hour


Sprinkle a small amount of olive oil on a cookie sheet
Remove potatoes from the oven and place on a cookie sheet
With the bottom of a glass, (dipped in olive oil) smash each of the potatoes (individually) to about 3/4 of an inch high
Sprinkle with pepper
Place in oven and bake at 425 degrees for about 8 minutes or until the potatoes start to brown slightly

Remove from oven and sprinkle tops with grated Parmesan
Return to 425 degree oven for about 8-10 minutes or until cheese melts and potatoes are slightly browned

Serve with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with chopped chives..

Story-Judy served this at the Thanksgiving dinner 2011. A new and easy way to serve baked potatoes. I made them for a Sunday dinner and it worked well to have them baking while we were at fellowship meeting. We put the finishing touches on the potatoes while the salmon and asparagus baked. The meal was topped off with caramel apple pie...delicious  :)

Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

2 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup orange juice
2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter
1 (8-ounce) cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon flour
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Notes/Story: Put the sugar, cornstarch, orange juice, and blueberries in a small saucepan.Cook over medium heat until it is thickened and has come to a bubble. Take off the heat and set aside.

Put the flour, powdered sugar, and butter in the mixer and mix until it comes together. It will be crumbly. Press into a foil or parchment lined 9×13 pan. Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.

While the crust is cooking, cream together the cream cheese and sugar. Add the Tbsp flour. Add the eggs and vanilla. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the hot crust.

Spoon the reserved blueberries over the cream cheese mixture. Take a knife and swirl the blueberries throughout the cream cheese.

Put the pan back into the 350 degree oven and bake for another 20 minutes or until the bars are set. Let the pan cool on a rack for an hour. Then put the bars back into the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight.

Christmas 2011 Menu

Almond Mandarin Lettuce Salad
Sparkling Duck
Dinner Rolls

Baked Ham
Creamy Scalloped Potatoes
Baked Asparagus
Raspberry Rice Salad
Lefse

Caramel Apple Pie
Ice Cream
Coffee/Tea

Caramel Apple Pie (The best pie I have ever tasted.)

Pie crust for double crust pie
8 peeled and sliced apples
1/2 cup butter
3 Tbsp all purpose flour
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla

Notes/Story: Preheat oven to 350. Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in flour to make a paste. Add water, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cornstarch, and vanilla and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer. Pour 2/3 of caramel sauce over apples and mix well. Reserve 1/3 of sauce for top of pie.

Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples. Place top crust over apples and drizzle the rest of the caramel sauce on top. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hr.

Apple Crisp

Filling:
5 cups chopped, peeled apples
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Topping:
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup quick oats
1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup butter

Notes/Story: Preheat oven to 350. Peel, core, and slice apples and mix filling ingredients in with the apples. Mix well. Pour into 9x13 pan. Mix topping ingredients together until crumbly and sprinkle over apples. Bake for 45 min. Serve with ice cream.

Banana Blueberry Bread

3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
2/3 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
4 mashed bananas
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

Notes/Story: Preheat oven to 350. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in oats. Add oil, eggs, bananas, and blueberries, stirring just until mixed. Divide dough evenly between two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pans lined with parchment paper. Bake about 1 hr and let cool in pan for 10 min.

This is one of the recipes I tried on my extreme bake day, 11/26/11. Very moist and delicious!

Pumpkin Streusel Dessert

1 can (15 oz) solid pack pumpkin
1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 pkg (18.25 oz) yellow cake mix
3/4 cup butter melted

Vanilla ice cream (optional)

Notes/Story: In a mixing bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Transfer to a greased 13x9 inch baking pan. Spinkle with dry cake mix and drizzle with butter.

Bake at 350 for one hour. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

I made this after Thanksgiving 2011. Mom had cut it out of a newspaper to try.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

4 Grain Orange-Flax Muffins

Mix the following ingredients in a large mixing bowl
1 1/2 Cup Oat bran
1 Cup flour
1 Cup flax seed (ground)
1 Cup wheat bran
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a Food processor mix the following ingredients
2 Oranges-peeled, quartered, and seeded
2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon soda

Mix dry ingredients with the orange mixture.

Fold in
1 - 1 1/2 cup raisins (when the kids were little they didn't like raisins added to muffins, so I would grind them up in the food processor and they would blend in with the other ingredients-no one complained)

Spoon into paper lined muffin tins. Bake at 375 degrees  18-20 minutes.

Story; this was a recipe I found when we were trying to cook and bake with healthy ingredients. It is very good tasting, easy to make, and healthy. I made these for after school treats.

Lettuce-Mandarin orange Salad

1/2 Cup sliced almonds
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar


1/2 head lettuce-broken into bite sized pieces
2 medium stalks chipped celery
2 green onions with tops- thinly sliced
1- 11 oz can mandarin oranges-drained

Sweet-sour dressing-Mix ingredients in a jar-to shake dressing until it is well mixed
1/2 cup canola oil
1 Tablespoon snipped parsley (or dried parsley works well, too)
2 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons vinegar
 Dash of pepper

Directions and Story; Cook almonds and sugar over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is melted and almonds are lightly browned and coated. (or easier yet-buy honey roasted almonds-they work great and are easier to use) Break lettuce in pieces and mix with celery and onions. Pour dressing over lettuce mixture, add oranges. mix well. Serve immediately. Sprinkle almonds over salad.

I have used this salad as the first course of a sit down dinner. Often I have served this at our 'Valentine-candle light dinner'. Chill the salad plates and spoon salad onto chilled plates, remove salad plates before serving main meal. It's a nice way to serve a lettuce salad.

Onion Cassserole

7 Cups sweet onions
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup regular or long grain rice
1 cup American cheese
1 cup half and half

Directions and Story:  Saute onions in butter. boil rice in 5 cups water for 5 minutes. Drain well. Shred cheese. Combine all ingredients into a 2 quart casserole. Bake 350 degrees for 30 - 40 minutes.

I made this just to try something different, and to my surprise it was delicious. Everyone liked it, so occasionally when we have many onions in the house-I make this for a Sunday dinner along with a meal of meat and potatoes. A good addition especially during the winter months.

No fail pie crust

4 Cups flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 Large egg
1 3/4 Cup shortening (Not butter or lard)
1/2 Cup water

Directions and Story: Stir together flour, sugar, and salt. Cut in shortening. Beat egg, vinegar, and water until foamy. Add to flour mixture and stir until mixed. Divide dough into five portions. Wrap in plastic wrap and foil and freeze. If used immediately, chill for 1 hour. Scraps may be refrozen and used later. Crust will not get tough.

We used this recipe often it was always predictable that it would be a good crust. It is handy to make this large enough recipe to have some frozen-to make another pie at a later date.

Whipped cream-topping for many desserts

1 pint whipping cream
Powdered sugar
vanilla

Directions-Whip cream with electric hand mixer until it begins to thicken, gradually add 3 or more Tablespoons of powdered sugar (Add that amount that tastes good to you), add 1 teaspoon vanilla.  Beat until thick.... Enjoy

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sopapilla Cheesecake Dessert

3 (8oz) pkges cream cheese, soft
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 (8oz) cans crescent roll dough
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup sliced almonds

Notes/Story: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat the cream cheese with 1 1/2 cups sugar and the vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth. Unroll the cans of crescent roll dough and use a rolling pin to shape the piece into 9x13 inch rectangles. Press one piece into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture into the baking dish, then cover with the remaining piece of crescent dough.

Drizzle the melted butter evenly over the top of the cheesecake. Stir the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar together with the cinnamon in a small bowl, and sprinkle over the cheesecake along with the almonds.

Bake in the preheated oven until the crescent dough has puffed and turned golden brown, about 45 min. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into 12 squares.

I had a piece of this at a work potluck. So good! 10/10 good.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Spud Soup

6 - 8 Idaho baking potatoes, diced  :D
1 c chopped ham
1/2 an onion, finely chopped
3 c water
1 T chicken bullion

3 T butter
3 T flour
2 c milk

Notes/Story: Combine first 5 ingredients in large pot, and simmer until potatoes are tender (around 20 minutes). Make a roux with the next three ingredients: Melt butter in a pan, then whisk in flour gradually until very thick. Continue to whisk as you add the milk; stir for 4-5 minutes until thick. Stir into the soup pot and mix. Serve with shredded cheddar and a few dashes of Tapatio or Tabasco sauce, if you want a bit of spice!

We went through several potato soup recipes before finding this one that's pretty easy, cheap, and REALLY tasty. I usually buy a ham "steak," which is a slice of ham and is just the right amount to use up in the soup. Leftovers are great.

Lincoln Log

Mix with an electric hand mixer;

4 eggs

gradually add;
1 cup sugar

Add alternately-water and flour/baking powder/cocoa/salt ingredients

1/3 cup water

3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Filling:
1 1/2 cup whipping cream-whipped
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 Tablespoons powdered sugar-gradually added to cream as it is being whipped

Directions & story; Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 10 X 15 pan and line with parchment paper (wax paper will work too).
Beat eggs and gradually add sugar. Add a portion of the flour mixture-mix, add some of the water-mix, add the rest of the flour mixture-mix, and add remainder of water and mix.
Pour ingredients into prepared pan and bake until done-(I am thinking about 20 minutes-this is fairly thin)

Prepare a clean kitchen towel by folding to the approximate size of the pan and sprinkling with powdered sugar. Turn cooked chocolate roll on to towel and roll up. Allow to cool rolled in towel.

When ready to serve, unroll carefully and spread on whipped cream. Re-roll and slice pieces about 1 to 1/2 inches wide-or the size you prefer. This can be frosted with chocolate frosting.

I made this in February around Lincoln's birthday-I also made several at one time and served them for Mother's Club during a February meeting. It is the chocolate version of 'jelly roll' Grandma Cay made.

Three Bean Casserole

Brown the following:
1 Pound ground beef
1/2 pound bacon (cut up)
1 Cup chopped onion

1 Cup Ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 can kidney beans (drained)
1 can Lima or butter be beans (drained)
1 can pork and beans (I use Bush beans-do not drain)

Directions & Story; Mix ground beef and bean ingredients together, pour into crock pot and simmer for about 4 hours. This can be also made in the oven, use a casserole container and bake for 1 1/2 hours.

This casserole is a great addition to a buffet luncheon, birthday party or get-together. I often made it in the late summer and fall when we had company for dinner or relatives over for a birthday party. I've used this recipe or a variation of it since the 1990's.

Crunchy chocolate Bars

1 Large package chocolate chips (either semi-sweet or milk chocolate will work)
1 Cup crunchy peanut-butter
1 Large bag miniature marshmallows

Directions & Story; Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in microwave. Melt for a 1/2 a minute at a time as this will burn easily. Stir and melt as needed until melted. Allow to cool slightly and stir in marshmallows, spoon in a 9 X 9 pan- cool or freeze. It works well to double this recipe, too.

Grandma Dean made these every Christmas, They are so delicious and easy to make-good holiday treats to make ahead and store in the freezer until they are ready to enjoy!

Cheesy Potatoes

1 large bag frozen hash browns
1/2 to 1 cup chopped onion, (if I have green onion's they are my first choice-but other onions will work, too)
1 (8 oz) bag of cheddar cheese
1 can cream soup (I usually use either cream of mushroom or cream of chicken) diluted with milk.
1 (15 oz) container of sour cream

Topping
2 cups corn flakes-crushed
1/2 cup butter-melted

Directions & Story; Mix potatoes with cheese, onions, cream soup, milk, and sour cream. Spoon in 9 X 13 pan. Toss crushed cereal in melted butter and spoon on top of potatoes. Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven for :45 to 1 hr or until bubbly. (You can add the topping the last :15 minutes of cooking time and remove the cover for a crisper texture)

This recipe makes a good combination with grilled steak, hamburgers, etc. or goes well with ham-no gravy needed. We've served this often at birthday parties, during the summer and for 4th of July dinners.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Rhubarb Crisp

Crust:
1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup cold butter
1 1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 teaspoon salt

Filling
1 1/4 cup cold water, divided
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
3 cups sliced fresh rhubarb
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions and Story: In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, nuts, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly, Press 3 cups into an ungreased 9 X 13 inch pan-set aside.
Soak rhubarb in 1 cup cold water for 3 minutes; drain (I skipped this and it turned out OK) In a saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in remaining cold water and stir until smooth. Add rhubarb. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for 5 minutes or until thickened. Add vanilla. Spoon over crust; sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Bake 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

I made this several times during the summer - it doesn't stay around long. It's ummmm good warm with Ice cream :)

Chili

Brown the following ingredients
1 to 1 1/2 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped

Add:
2 cans kidney beans - drained (either dark red or light red)
1 can chili beans (Don't drain these)
1 (29 oz) can of whole tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can of diced tomatoes
spices for your taste-red pepper, black pepper, chili powder, etc.

Directions and Story: Mix browned beef and bean/tomato together and pour in crock pot. Cook for approximately 4 hours or until bubbly and hot. Serve with chedder cheese -grated and corn bread.

I make this a couple times a month throughout the winter. A great make ahead meal !!

Special K Bars

1 cup sugar
1 cup white syrup
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups Special K cereal
6 oz pkg chocolate chips
6 oz pkg butterscotch chips
2 Tblsp peanut butter
Notes/Story: Heat sugar and syrup in microwave. Do not boil. Mix in 1 cup peanut butter and blend together. Add cereal and mix. Spread mixture in a buttered 9x13 pan. Melt chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and 2 Tbsp peanut butter. Spread over bars.

Chow Mein Casserole

1 Tablespoon butter
1 cup sliced celery
1/4 cup onion
2 Tablespoons diced green pepper
3/4 of a 5 oz can chow mein noodles
1 or 2 cans of tuna
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 - 1/2 can of milk
pepper and salt to taste
3/4 cup cashews

Directions and Story; Heat oven to 350 degrees, Melt butter and saute celery, onion, and green pepper. Cook and stir until onion is tender. Combine 3/4 can of noodles, vegetables, tuna and pour into casserole dish (about 1 1/2 quart) Top with reserved chow mein noodles. Bake until heated through or about :30 to :45 minutes.

This was a good-last minute, in a hurry, what should we have for dinner- recipe. It can be on the table in less than an hour and tastes good served with a vegetable and roll.

Bladjinda

Dough:
1/2 cup butter
2 cups cream
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
3 teaspoons baking powder
5 cups flour

Mix and roll out dough. cut into 4 inch rounds or squares.

Filling:
3 cups pumpkin
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions and Story; Put one heaping teaspoon/Tablespoon of filling on one side of the cut 'rounds' (I use a small mixing bowl as a guide to cut the rolled dough) fold and pinch the sides together. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees.

We found this recipe in the 'Golden Manor nursing home' cook book from about the late 1980's. The recipe is traditional German cooking. We would make these between Christmas and New Years. This makes a large batch

Steel Cut Oatmeal

with a bit of maple syrup drizzled on top
tweaked from The Food Network
4 servings

1/2 T butter
1 c steel cut oats
3 c boiling water
1/2 c milk
pinch of salt

Toppings as desired (milk/evaporated milk/yogurt/coffee creamer + dried cranberries/ vanilla/cinnamon/brown sugar/peanut butter/banana/apple/maple syrup, and so forth!)

Notes/Story: Melt butter in pan. Add oats and toast for 2-3 minutes (until it starts to smell warm and nutty). Add the water, reduce to simmer for 25 minutes, without stirring. Gently stir in milk, simmer 10 additional minutes. Pinch the salt and throw it in. Top and enjoy. I refrigerate the rest and just heat up my breakfast in the microwave with a bit of extra water the next three days.

I first had steel cut oats when we stayed with Kim and Tyler for special meeting. She said she ate it because it was so healthy and tastier than any other oatmeal. My taste buds agreed, and looking up the nutrition information, it's true -- plus, I use less toppings with steel cut oats than with old fashioned or quick, just because there's already more taste included!

Manicotti

1-8 oz package manicotti
1 Tablespoon oil
1 - 15 oz carton ricotta cheese
1 - 16 oz carton cottage cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Parsley (either fresh or dried)
2 eggs

1 jar spaghetti sauce

Directions and Story; Boil Manicotti according to package directions, add oil to water helps keep manicotti from sticking together.
Mix cheeses, salt, pepper, parsley, and eggs

Drain Manicotti and rinse with cold water. Stuff each manicotti with cheese mixture. Put in a casserole container or cake pan and pour spaghetti sauce around stuffed manicotti, Cover and heat through, maybe about :45 minutes.

I wondered if I should put this in the food blog, because it is on the back of the Manicotti box, and in the Once a month cooking cookbook, It's a very good recipe, easy to make and freezes well, and the what if........The Manicotti manufactures decide to change the recipe on the box?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Pecan Pie Bars

2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup cold butter
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 6 oz package almond brickle chips (Heath)
1 cup chopped pecans

Directions & Story; Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour and sugar, cut in butter until crumble. Press firmly on bottom of 9 X 13 pan, Bake 15 minutes.

Beat egg, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, stir in chips and pecans. Spread evenly over baked crust. Bake for 25 minutes more or until golden brown. Cool-Cut and store in refrigerator or freeze. Enjoy :)

We made these frequently, and served them for graduations and birthday parties. This recipe came from Diane who lived in Lisbon for a short time before moving to Texas. Sarah, her daughter was in Laura's kindergarten class.

Salted Nut Rolls

1 package caramels
1/4 cup evaporated milk

1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 - 2 cups powdered sugar

16 oz jar of peanuts

Directions & Story; Melt caramels and evaporated milk in microwave, add butter and powdered sugar and cool. Drop onto dry roasted peanuts and roll.

Good but messy both to make and eat. This was given to me by Fran, the wife of the real estate agent who sold us our Lisbon house in town.

Amish Sugar Cookies

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup cooking oil
2 eggs4 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tarter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions & Story; Combine first 4 ingredients, beat well. Add eggs, Beat again, Add remaining ingredients and mix will. Drop in small balls of dough on a cookie sheet and flatten slightly with the bottom of a small glass that was dipped in granulated sugar. Bake 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Aunt Eva always had coffee and sugar cookies. Mostly she would roll the cookies and sprinkle them with a little granulated sugar. However, she would occasionally make a drop sugar cookie. I thought it sounded simpler to make and she shared the recipe. This was in 1978. Fellowship meeting was at Eva's and after meeting there was always a plate of sugar cookies for anyone who wanted a cookie.

Company Meat Balls

2 pounds ground beef
1 1/2 cup cracker crumbs (I usually use oatmeal)
1 egg
3 Tablespoons dry onion soup mix
1/2 cup sour cream

1 Cream of Chicken soup
1 can of water

Directions & Story; Roll meatballs in flour and paprika, brown in the oven at 400 degrees. When browned, place in a casserole dish and pour cream of chicken soup and water over meat balls. bake 350 degrees for about :30 minutes.

Dennis invited a new employee over for supper (1984) and I had about an hour's notice before they were coming. I made this recipe along with mashed potatoes. The meatball recipe was from Grandma Cay. Kristin would have been 4 years old :)

Apple Torte

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 egg
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4-1/2 cup chopped nuts
2 1/2 cups finely chopped apples (about 3)

Caramel sauce
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon rum flavor

Directions & Story; Cream butter and sugar, add eggs, and mix. Add dry ingredients, apples and nuts. Put in a well greased pan 10 1/2 X 6 and bake 1 hour at 325 degrees.
Serve with caramel sauce or whipped cream. To make caramel sauce, mix ingredients together and heat slowly until melted and well blended. pour over cut pieces of torte before serving.

Aunt Eva made this very rich dessert. I got the recipe from her in 1967 when I was a Sophomore in high school. It's good when the torte is heated up and the caramel sauce is warm. My aunts Eva and Augusta invited us over almost every Sunday for a very big Sunday dinner-salads, vegetables, desserts, and homemade breads or rolls. Always excellent!!

Pecan Pie Filling

1/2 cup white sugar
3 eggs
2 Tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup dark Karo syrup
1 cup pecans
2 Tablespoons butter

Directions & Story;Mix the above ingredients and pour into ready pie crust. Bake at 425 degrees about 10 minutes. reduce heat to 325 and bake for 25 minutes longer or until filling is set and crust is brown.

Another recipe from Grandma Dean, this was given to me at our wedding shower in 1972. Grandma frequently made pecan pie when I visited there. It was served warmed up with ice cream....Ummmmmm!

Apple Pie Magic

4 cups peeled sliced apples
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup soft butter
1 cup sugar
2 cup flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions & Story; sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over cut apples put in a 10 inch pie pan. Mix butter, sugar, flour, egg and walnuts and pat over apples. Bake 350 degrees for 1 hour or until apples are tender.

This recipe came from Grandma Dean. We were invited there for dinner-during the holidays and this was served for dessert. They lived in the Condo on Ontario Lane - 1998

Amish Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Frosting

Rolls:
2/3 cup sugar + 2 tsp sugar, divided
1 cup warm water
2 pkgs yeast (0.25oz) pkts
4 beaten eggs
2/3 cup melted butter
1 tsp salt
1 cup homemade mashed potatoes
6 cups bread flour
Filling:
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp cinnamon
6 Tbsp melted butter
Frosting:
1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Notes/Story: 1) Mix 2 tsp sugar, warm water, and yeast. Lets stand 5 min.
2) Mix together the rest of the roll ingredients in a large bowl and add the yeast mixture gently. Cover dough and let rise 2 hrs.
3) While dough is rising, mix together brown sugar and cinnamon. Once the dough has risen, roll out dough in a rectangular shape to about 1/4 inch thickness. Spread with the melted butter and brown sugar and cinnamon mixture. Roll up and cut into 1" slices. Place slices 1" apart on a baking sheet greased with melted butter. Let rise for 1 hr and 15 min. Bake at 350 for 20-25 min.
4) For frosting, melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Blend in the brown sugar and salt. Cook on low for 2 min. Stir constantly. Add milk. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Let cool and add powdered sugar. Spread over rolls when rolls cool.
I made this after Thanksgiving 2010 since there was leftover mashed potatoes. These were delicious and couldn't even tell there were mashed potatoes in the rolls.

Peanut Blossoms

1 3/4 cup flour
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 unbeaten egg
2 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Small bowl with granulated sugar for rolling cookie dough
Candy kisses

Method & Story;Cream butter, peanut butter, sugars and add egg and milk. blend in dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. shape into teaspoons and roll into balls, roll in sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 375 degrees for 8 minutes, Remove from oven and place a solid milk chocolate candy kiss on top. Pressing down so the cookie cracks on the top. Return to the oven and bake 2 -5 minutes longer.
Grandma Dean made these every holiday season. She would send a box of goodies back with us when we were there over Christmas, usually that 'goodies' tray would contain some of these cookies along with the fudge.

Chocolate Turtles

1/2 cup butter-melted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs well beaten
6 Tablespoons cocoa
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon vanilla

Frosting
Powdered sugar
butter
cocoa (unsweetened)
water - just enough to spread frosting

top with a 1/2 a walnut (optional)

Method & Story;combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Heat regular waffle iron and drop a teaspoon of dough on each section of the iron. close cover and bake 50 - 60 seconds. do not over bake. Lift off with a fork, cool on cooling rack.

Grandma Cay would make these around holiday time in the winter. They are quick and fun to make. The walnut on the top makes them a little more festive, you could decorate them with other ideas, too.

Morning Glory Muffins

1/2 cup oil
3 eggs
1/2 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla

2 1/2 cups grated carrots
2 grated apples
1/2 cup raisins

2 cups flour (can divide this between whole wheat and all purpose flour)
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt.

Method & Story;Grate carrots, apples, and raisins in food processor. (I processed the raisins because some folks didn't like to eat raisins in the muffins.....?? Mix all ingredients together and spoon into muffin tins bake 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until done. These freeze well.

We started making these muffins in 1993 and made them regularly for several years. They are healthy, taste good, and are easy to store in the freezer.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Mix the following together in a 9 X 13 cake pan and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes
2 cups salted pretzels-crushed
1/2 cup butter-melted
3 Tablespoons sugar

Blend together and spoon on COOLED pretzel crust
1 8 oz whipped topping
1 8 oz cream cheese-softened

Add jello to hot water - mix- add frozen strawberries - cool and let this begin to set-pour over cream cheese layer
1 large package strawberry jello
2 cups hot water
2 cups frozen strawberries

Refrigerate until set and ready to serve
Story;This was a salad Betty served, and one of Chelsey's favorite salad/dessert

Highway Patrol Hot Dish

1 1/2 pounds ground beef-browned
1 can tomato soup
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
5 or 6 medium potatoes, sliced
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1 can milk
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 small chopped onion
1 pkg pepperoni

Method and Story;Brown ground beef and onion. Mix in soups, milk, oregano, pepper, and sugar. Add sliced potatoes, place in greased 9 X 13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until potatoes are soft. Top with pepperoni and bake 5 minutes longer. Top with Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese is melted.

This recipe I've used when we have extra people for a meal, it makes a large casserole and uses ingredients that we usually have on hand. The recipe came from Kandi's recipe file in the St. Aloysius Cookbook.

Dorito Hot Dish

2 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion-chopped
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can cream of onion or mushroom soup
1 can enchilada sauce (mild)
1 bag Dorito chips
Shredded cheese
Ripe olives

Method & Story;Line 9 X 13 inch pan with Broken Doritos chips. Brown hamburger with onion and seasonings of salt and pepper. Add soups. Add enchilada sauce. Pour this mixture over chips. Sprinkle with cheese, olives and the remainder of the broken Doritos chips. Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until heated through.

This recipe was in a cook book that a friend was instrumental in compiling as a part of a fund raiser. I have often made this as it is quick and and everyone seems to like the flavor.

Cherry Berry on a Cloud

Meringue:
6 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter
1 3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Filling:
2-3 oz packages cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-8oz container whipped topping
2 cups miniature marshmallows

Topping
! can cherry pie filling
2 cups fresh strawberries OR you can use 1-16 oz package frozen strawberries.

Method & Story;for meringue: Beat egg whites, cream of tarter, and salt until frothy. Gradually add sugar, beating until it forms stiff peaks. (may take 10 to 15 minutes. Spread in a greased 9 X 13 pan. Bake 275 degrees for 60 minutes. Turn off oven and leave pan in oven 12 hours or overnight.

Filling-Mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla, fold in whipped topping and miniature marshmallows. Spread over meringue when it comes out of the oven and refrigerate this for another 12 hours.

Topping-top with cherry pie filling with strawberries. (I usually just use the cherry pie filling)

This spectacular dessert was served at Mothers Club. We each took turns bringing a dessert for after the meeting. By far this was the most memorable dessert served. We made it at our house, and it was wonderful. Elizabeth immediately thought this was the best dessert ever!

Cherry Salad

1 can cherry pie filling
1 8 oz carton whipped topping
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 can crushed pineapple
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Method & Story;Mix together sweetened condensed milk, pineapple, and cherry pie filling, add pecans (optional) and fold in whipped topping. I honestly don't remember where or when we started making this salad, but it has been a favorite!! I try to have the ingredients on hand, as Laura likes to make this when she is home

Rice and Raspberry Salad

2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup rice
3 cups milk
1 cup sugar
2 small packages frozen raspberries
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 8 0z container whipped topping

Method & story; In a large saucepan, add salt to water, Boil rice in this water until thick, Drain and rinse. Add milk and sugar to rice, boil at low temperature stirring often until thick. COOL.
Drain raspberries and in a small saucepan cook raspberry juice and cornstarch u ntil thick. Add raspberries and cook again until thick. COOL. Add whipped topping to cooked and cooled rice. Starting with rice mixture and ending with raspberry mixture, layer the ingredients in a glass bowl.
This recipe is from my good friend, Kandi, Her Mother made this and it was a hit with Laura. It is a very pretty salad at Christmas time and again at our annual Valentine Dinner.

Fluffy Pancakes

3/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp vinegar
1 cup flour
2 Tbsp white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
2 Tbsp butter, melted
Notes/Story: Combine milk and vinegar in medium bowl and set aside for 5 min. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking sode, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into 'soured' milk. Pour flour mixture into wet ingredients and whisk. Pour on hot griddle.
This recipe I found online and had the highest rating. I'm not suprised. These pancakes are very good.

Chocolate Ganache Frosting

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups heavy cream
2 tsp vanilla

Notes/Story: Place chocolate chips in a large bowl. Pour the cream into a saucepan and bring to a boil. As soon as the cream boils up to the top of the pan, quickly remove it from the heat and pour it over the chocolate chips. Let stand for a minute or two then stir with a whisk until smooth. Stir in the vanilla until well blended. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface and allow to cool at room temperature.

I'm not sure about that last sentence, because when I made it, I poured it directly on a chocolate cake. This frosting is very rich, creamy, and smooth. So good!

Broccoli & Garlic Penne Pasta

1 # Penne cook according to directions
2 heads chopped broccoli (Boil 2 minutes)
3/4 cup olive oil
10 cloves of garlic (chopped (Yes, 10 cloves)
Black pepper
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Red onion-chopped
Feta cheese

Also consider adding-Fresh parsley, Red pepper flakes, Red/yellow/green peppers, and sausage cut in 1/2 inch slices.

Method & Story;Lightly brown onion and garlic cloves in olive oil, (if you want to add peppers and sausage that's OK too) add slightly cooked Broccoli and cool for an additional 2 minutes. Add butter and cooked pasta, cook for an additional 3 - 4 minutes. I use the electric fry pan.
Serve sprinkled with Feta cheese and or Parmesan.
Be sure not to over cook the garlic, though.......
This recipe was on Robin's blog - summer of 2011, Chelsey made a variation of this during her vacation and it was so good. I added the sausage and some peppers to the mix - it was pretty and tasty, too. One of my favorite new casseroles.

French Bread Pizza

1 loaf unsliced French bread
3 cups spaghetti sauce
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
3 oz pepperoni slices (1/2 a package)

Method & Story; Slice French bread in half lengthwise. Layer sauce, Parmesan, pepperoni and mozzarella cheese on each half. Broil on baking sheet until mozzarella is melted, cut into serving sized pieces.
Another very good, easy recipe from the Once a Month Cooking cook book from the summer of 1996.

Heavenly Chicken

1 10 oz package frozen, chopped spinach (I use fresh spinach)
1/2 cup sliced green onions
4 Tablespoons butter
4 Tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1 cup soda cracker crumbs
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
8 boneless chicken breast halves-skinned (About 3 3/4 pounds)
1 cup cooked, cubed ham

Method & story;
In small saucepan, ma,e white sauce, saute' onions in butter-stir in flour and add milk. cook over low heat stirring constantly until bubbly and begins to thicken.
Combine cracker crumbs and Parmesan, dip chicken breast halves into crumb mixture to lightly coat. Arrange breast halves in 9 X 13 pan.
Stir spinach and ham into white sauce. spoon sauce over chicken breasts. Allow to cool, cover and freeze. this can be baked and served, too.
On our way to International Music Camp, we stopped in Bismarck to pick up Heidi, when we arrived Becky had supper ready for us, she had started 'Once a Month cooking' and was able to pull this ready made meal out of the freezer. This was a hit with Elizabeth, we bought the book and twice completed a months worth of meals from the Once a Month Cookbook by Wilson & Lagerborg (1992). all of the meals we made that summer from the book were successful. Elizabeth purchased an updated version this summer (2011).

Percolator Punch (Cider)

1 quart apple cider
1 pint cranberry juice
1 pint orange juice

1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon whole allspice
1 teaspoon whole cloves
3 sticks of cinnamon

Method & Story;We purchased a lot from an elderly couple and had our new house moved to the location in the south east side of Casselton (1975). We were invited over for a light lunch and Florence served this 'percolator punch'. It was made as you would coffee. I've used a coffee maker that is a percolator, but I think it would work equally well heated on the stove and remove the spices just before serving. Our nice friendly neighbor was confined to a wheelchair and always had a smile.

Punch

1 jug red tempko
1 can frozen lemonade
1 bottle (large) squirt soda

Method and Story; We were invited to one of Kristin's classmates graduation party (1999). This punch was served, and it was so tasty we soon called Nancy for the recipe. Very easy, mix the tempko and lemonade together, and add the squirt when ready to serve. Very pretty, too.

Chex Mix

3/4 box rice chex
3/4 box corn chex
8 oz of pretzels
1 can mixed nuts
8 oz of M & M's

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup white syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring
dash of salt
1 teaspoon soda

Method & Story;Dump rice and corn chex in brown paper bag. Soften butter and combine butter, syrup, brown sugar and microwave on high 2 minutes.
Remove, stir, microwave on high for 2 more minutes. Add vanilla and almond flavoring, salt and baking soda, stir well. Pour over rice and corn chex in brown paper bag....shake and roll to coat mixture

Microwave mixture in a closed paper bag 1 1/2 minutes. Remove, shake and roll bag. Microwave for another 1 1/2 minutes, shake and roll for 1 minute. Add pretzels and mixed nuts shake and roll.
Cool before adding M & M's

Danaka made this delicious snack when we visited them. Kristin was invited to a get together, and we went to spend some time with Danaka and her family. Easy to make, little clean up and very good.

Caramel corn

Boil for 2 minutes-no more than 5 minutes

1 cup brown sugar
1 stick of butter (1/2 a cup)
1/2 cup white syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt

Remove from heat and add
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Add to a brown paper bag
4 to 5 quarts popped pop corn
pour caramel mixture on top of pop corn

Close by folding over paper bag
Cook in microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes
remove and shake bag
cook for another 1 1/2 minutes
remove and shake bag
cook for :20 seconds

Pour out in large container and cool

Story; Sheila brought this to holiday get together. It is easy and clean up is quick.

4 Layer Dessert

1st Layer-combine, pat into 9 X 13 inch cake pan, bake 350 degrees for 15 minutes-COOL
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 chopped nuts

2nd Layer-Mix with an electric hand mixer
1 8 oz pkg cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup whipped topping

3rd Layer-Mix together
2 pkg instant pudding (any flavor-I often use pistachio)
3 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

4th Layer
whipped topping
chopped walnuts or pecans

Story; I originally received this recipe in 1976 from Grandma Dean. I often made this in the spring, and usually served it after Easter dinner. It is equally good using chocolate pudding. This dessert can be made the day before, but doesn't keep for long-because it is so good.

Pecan Delight

1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 cup fruit cocktail

1/2 cup walnuts or pecans
1/4 cup brown sugar

Method & Story;Mix all ingredients with an electric hand mixer. Place in a 9 X 9 cake pan, sprinkle with the brown sugar and chopped nuts. Bake 325 for :45 minutes or until done.
Serve with whipped cream.
The recipe was given to me in 1972 by Marion, Grandpa E's cousin. She is an excellent cook and cooked from scratch food at the school for years. This dessert is very easy and good, I made it during the winter- it is delicious when served warm with the whipped cream.

Moon Cake

Boil the following
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter

Add flour all at once and stir until it forms a ball
1 cup flour

Add the following one at a time and beat with a hand mixer after each addition
4 eggs

Topping
8 oz cream cheese (stir to remove lumps and gradually add pudding)
2 packages of instant vanilla pudding
3 1/2 cup milk (beat with electric hand mixer after adding milk

cool whip

chocolate topping

Method & Story;Spread on a 11 X 15 cookie sheet Bake 375 degrees for 30 minutes, don't open the oven door during baking. When cool add pudding and cream cheese mixture, top with cool whip, and drizzle chocolate over cool whip.
For years I used a recipe similar to this and dropped the dough into a cookie sheet. They were cream puffs as I would add vanilla pudding to the inside. Grandma Dean made the cream puff recipe easier by using a cookie sheet and spreading the dough out. I've made this if we have had unexpected company, as most of the ingredients are in the pantry/refrigerator. the down side of this dessert is that is doesn't keep long when it is assembled because the crust gets soggy, so I usually put the topping on-only the area that would be served right away.

Peanut Buster Parfait

Boil the following for 8 minutes and COOL!!
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk (1 can)
2/3 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter
Add vanilla after boiling the above
1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups Spanish Peanuts                                               

Crust;
1 package hydrox cookies
1/3 cup soft butter

Middle layer
1/2 gal vanilla ice cream

Method & Story; Mix crust and place in 9 X 13 inch cake pan. Boil fudge topping (cooled). Assemble dessert-Crust, Ice Cream, Peanuts, Fudge topping. Freeze :)
Sheila brought this to a pot luck dinner in 2000 at the Long Lake house. Everyone totally enjoyed this dessert. A rich, super good dessert that is made ahead of time and frozen-it's easy to serve.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Easy Salad

1 package lemon pudding -cook as directed and cool completely

Add
1 can drained mandarin oranges
1 can drained seedless grapes
1 can drained chunk pineapple
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 container cool whip

Method & Story;Cook pudding, cool, add fruit and fold in whipped topping. I received this recipe from a friend in college in 1972. It is easy and good and goes with most meals.

Cottage Cheese Salad

1 container cottage cheese (small curd)
1 pkg orange jello
2 cans mandarin oranges (well drained)
1 container cool whip

Method & Story;Sprinkle jello over cottage cheese and mix well, add mandarin oranges. Fold in whipped topping. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
I received this recipe in 1972. We made it often as part of Sunday dinner, or for birthday parties, or whenever we thought about it.

Cabbage Slaw

1/2 cup vinegar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup salad oil
1/2 cup sugar

Method & Story; Boil 3 minutes and pour over chopped cabbage while hot. Toss cabbage and add green pepper, carrots and onions. (Now we can buy the cabbage salad mix) Refrigerate
Grandma Dean often made this to go along with a meal. This recipe was also used for the Streeter Buffalo supper.

Cookie Salad

1 Cup buttermilk
1 8 oz container of cool whip
1 can mandarin oranges-drained
1 can crushed pineapple with juice
1 package vanilla instant pudding (dry)

Method & Story;FOLD together buttermilk, oranges, pineapple and pudding. FOLD in cool whip. Just before serving Crush 10 Keebler fudge stripe cookies and FOLD into salad. Crush an additional 6 cookies and sprinkle on top. This salad will get watery if it is stirred-remember to fold ingredients.
Sheila brought this to a pot luck birthday party for Uncle Bob's in Milnor several years ago.

Cheerio Bars

1 package butterscotch pudding (not instant)
1 cup light karo syrup
2/3 cup peanut butter
4 cups Cheerios

Method & Story;Melt pudding and karo syrup in microwave. Add peanut butter and mix with Cheerios. cool and cut into bars. I've used a 9 X 9 inch pan for these bars.
These were served at Kristin's 4-H meeting, they are a nice change to the usual cereal bars. We've made them often.

Hoosier Bars

Sift together
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream together
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 egg yolks
3 Tablespoons cold water
1 teaspoon vanilla

Chocolate chips

Beat together-until firm peaks form
2 Egg whites
3/4 cup brown sugar

Method & Story;Combine all ingredients thoroughly and spreas in a greased 9 X 13 inch pan. Top with a layer of chocolate chips. Spread the egg white/brown sugar mixture on top of chocolate chips and bake 30 - 35 minutes in a 325 oven.
Grandma Cay made these often in the summer to take out to lunch in the field. When neighbors would stop by, or neighbor kids would ride horse over there would always be bars ready to eat. Grandma would freeze these also, they are good cold.

Individual Microwave Scramble

1 egg
1/4 cup egg beater (any flavor) or another egg
2 Tbsp milk
salt and pepper
2 Tbsp light chedder cheese

Notes/Story: Mix egg, egg beater, milk and salt and pepper in microwavable mug. Microwave on high 45 seconds. Stir. Microwave another 45 seconds (may need to a few seconds more). Stir and add cheese.

I found this online this fall. I make this sometimes after I come home from work. Very good with the southwestern egg beaters!

7 Layer Bars

1 stick of butter
2 cups graham crackers
1 cup coconut
6 oz chocolate chips
6 oz butterscotch chips
chopped walnuts or pecans
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Method & Story;Pat graham crackers and butter mixture into cake pan and layer the remaining ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
This recipe or some variation of it has been used for years. I received the recipe in 1973 from a friend in college. Very easy-but expensive to make. This freezes well.

Triple Chocolate Brownies

1 box chocolate cake mix
1 box instant chocolate pudding
12 oz package chocolate chips
2 cups milk

Method & Story;Mix all ingredients together, bake in greased standard size jelly roll pan at 350 for 25 - 30 minutes. Very rich and so chocolatey!
this was one of the last new recipes Grandma Cay made, she would often bake them and bring them over for Sunday dinner, or when we had a birthday party. she was in her upper 80's and early 90's when she found and made this recipe.

Chocolate Revel Bars

1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour                                                                                 
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups oatmeal

Melt the following in microwave;
12 oz pkg chocolate chips
1 can (15 oz) sweetened condensed milk
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla

Method & Story;Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and vanilla, add flour, soda, salt, and oatmeal. put 1/2 of mixture in bottom of large (jelly roll pan) top with chocolate mixture that has melted in microwave.
Top with remaining dough and bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
Grandma Cay made these often and kept some on hand in the freezer when unexpected company arrived for lunch. We often baked these bars as they usually turned out and everyone loved them.

Krumkake

1/4 cup crisco
1/4 cup butter
Melt the above ingredients and cool

3 eggs-slightly beaten
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
vanilla or almond flavoring

mix together and drip by tablespoon on krumkake iron, and roll to form krumkake
Story;this is the recipe that seems to turn out every time. Grandma Cay got this recipe from Adeline, Betty's mother-it is the same recipe Jill Bogart uses. Aunt Eva made Krumkake for Alvin's and Hjalmer's for Christmas every year. She would send a huge cardboard box with goodies and Grandma Cay would store them in the cool entry by the basement. It would be a treat to have these cookies at lunch and for dessert.

Pumpkin Bars

1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
4 eggs

2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 can pumpkin (15 oz)

Method & Story;Mix with hand mixer and bake 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Use a large -jelly roll pan to bake these bars. I have yet to have them done within the 35 minutes. Be sure to test them, they most likely will have to bake longer (several minutes in fact)
Frost with 1 (3 oz) cream cheese, 1 teaspoon almond flavoring, 2 cups powdered sugar add enough cream to make the frosting spreadable. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth and frost bars. Sprinkle with chopped nuts.
Both Grandma Dean and Grandma Cay made these pumpkin bars in the fall of the year, they are easy and good and can be frozen.

Apple Bars

1 Cup shortening
2 1/2 cups flour
2 egg yolks-fill with milk to make 2/3 cups
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 salt

2 egg whites-beaten to form peaks

Roll out above dough and place 1/2 of the dough on the bottom of a jelly roll pan. Cover with beaten egg white.

Filling
6 cups sliced apples
1 1/2 cups sugar
cinnamon to taste

Use remainder of dough-roll out and place on top of apples, brush top of bars with remaining beaten egg whites. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until apples are tender. Cool and frost with powdered sugar frosting.

Story; This was served for years at the Streeter Buffalo supper, a community fund raiser. Grandma Dean would often make them and donate these for the dessert. I've made them in place of pie because it serves more people and the crust is fairly easy to handle. They are time consuming to make, but very very good to eat!!

Double Crumble Chocolate Bars

1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup flour
2 Tablespoons cocoa
1/4 cup baking powder
1/4 cup salt
1/2 cup nuts (optional)

2 cups miniature marshmallows

1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cup Rice Krispies

Method & Story; Cream butter and sugar, beat in eggs and vanilla, add and mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt, and nuts. Spread in greased 9 X 13 inch pan and bake 350 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes.
Spread marshmallows evenly on top and bake 3 minutes longer or until marshmellows are soft. Cool
Combine chocolate chips and peanut butter, cook in microwave until chips are melted, add cereal, mix and spread over COOLED marshmallows. Chill and cut into bars.
Grandma Dean made these in 1981. they freeze well, and we have made them often.

Popcorn Cake

16 cups pop corn
1/2 cup peanuts
M & M candy

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 pkg marshmallows

Method & Story; Melt butter, oil and marshmallows in microwave; add popcorn, peanuts and candy. press in a 9 inch tube pan until set.
Dianne often brought this to holiday parties. Use Christmas M & M candies makes it festive. We made it for the piano recitals, and it would be one of the first goodies plate to be empty. We didn't get to bring any home!

Caramel Layer Bars

1 pkg (14 oz) Caramel candy
1/3 cup evaporated milk
Melt the above in the microwave

1 pkg German Chocolate cake mix
3/4 cup melted butter
2/3 cup evaporated milk
Mix above 3 together.
Chocolate chips

Method & Story; Press 1/2 of the dough in a 9 X 13 inch pan Bake for 6 minutes at 350 degrees
When this comes out of the oven, sprinkle with chocolate chips and spread caramel mixture over top. Crumble remaining dough over caramel/chip mixture and return to the oven for 15 - 18 minutes.
This is one of the bar recipes Grandma Cay and Grandma Dean would make, it Freezes very well and is delicious!!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup crisco
1 1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp hot water
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
3 1/2 cup flour
1 pkg chocolate chips
12 oz flaked coconut
2 cups oatmeal
Notes/Story: Mix butter, crisco, and sugars first. Add rest of ingredients. Bake at 375 for 11-12 min. This makes a lot of cookies! They were very good but a little dry. Less flour? Oatmeal?

I found this on a bulletin board at work.

Oatmeal Banana Cupcakes

3/4 cup honey
1/2 Cup butter
2 eggs
3 bananas (mashed-1 cup)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup oatmeal
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda

Method & Story; Mix together and bake in cupcake tins 350 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes.
Eva made these often and they are easy and good. If I don't have enough banana's for banana bread, I often make these.

Master pancake/waffle mix

6 1/2 Cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 Cup soy Flour
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 Cup instant dry milk
1/3 Cup baking powder
2 1/2 Cups Wheat Germ

Pancakes-Add
I egg
1 Cup butter milk or milk
3 Tablespoon of oil
1 1/2 master mix

Waffles
2 eggs
1 1/2 Cup milk
3 Tablespoons oil
1 1/4 Cup master mix

Story; For several years when the girls were young we had this Master Mix made up. It was easy to add the additional ingredients when we were ready to make pancakes or waffles. It was healthy and easy to prepare. We added blueberries, or strawberries and served it with whipped cream and REAL maple syrup.

Oven French Toast

1 large loaf French Bread
8 large eggs
2 cups milk
2 cups half and half
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Topping:
3/4 cup softened butter
1 3/4 cup brown sugar
3 Tablespoons dark corn syrup
1 - 1 1/2 chopped pecans or walnuts

Method & Story; Butter or spray 9 X 13 pan. Fill with bread slices to within 1/2 of an inch of the top and set aside. In blender, mix eggs, milk, half and half, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
Pour mixture over bread slices. Refrigerate covered over night. Make topping by combining all the topping ingredients. Set aside until time to bake toast. Spread topping over toast
Bake 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until puffy and golden.
I used (1) 9 X 13 inch pan and (1) 9 X 9 inch pan, because the first time I made it ...it ran over in the oven. I also learned to separate the egg mixture into 1/2 and blend it at separate times because it ran over in my blender when I mixed it altogether. This recipe is from Dianne and easy to mix up Saturday night and serve on Sunday for noon brunch or lunch with fruit.

Banana Bread

2 Tablespoons butter
1 Cup sugar
1 egg beaten
2 Tablespoons sour milk

2 Cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cup bananas
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Method and Story; Mix in order and bake 1 hour (350-375 degrees) I usually line the bread pan with was paper or parchment paper for ease in removing the bread.
This is Grandma Dean's recipe, It is a never fail banana bread recipe. She would often have this warm from the oven with butter.

Pumpkin Pie Milk Shake

15 oz canned pumpkin
2 cups milk
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup Splenda (or sugar)
2 cups frozen Cool Whip
Notes/Story: Blend all ingredients in blender. Serves 4.

Just made this for the first time today! I used Splenda and didn't taste too bad actually.

Caramel for Rolls

1 cup ice cream ( softened)
1 stick butter (softened)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar

Method & Story; Mix together and place in the bottom of 2 9X13 inch pans, if you like ALOT of caramel, use the above recipe for 1 pan of caramel rolls. Add frozen cinnamon rolls and let rise over night and bake in the morning.
On our many trips to Grand Forks, we would often stop at Grand Forks grocery and buy in bulk a box of 100 plus frozen cinnamon rolls. In the evening, mix together this recipe and add the rolls and have delicious caramel rolls in the morning. When we didn't make this Elizabeth and Chelsey decided to make their individual rolls, they down sized the recipe and put 1 roll in a 'grabit bowl' and baked it in the morning. Wow, it smelled great cooking in the oven in the morning!!

White Lasagna

2 Cups diced cooked chicken
1 chopped onion
1 clove chopped garlic
3 Tablespoon fresh parsley (or parsley from the spice cabinet)
2 jars Alfredo pasta sauce (16 oz-each)
uncooked lasagna noodles
1 container ricotta cheese (15 oz) or small curd cottage cheese (2 cups)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)

Method & Story; cook chicken, Heat oven to 350 degrees, cook and drain noodles
While noodles are cooking, mix ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, oregano and parsley
Spread 1/2 of Alfredo sauce on a 9 X 13 inch baking dish and top with noodles, cheese mixture, and mozzarella cheese, Repeat until ingredients are gone, end with mozzarella cheese. Cover and bake 30 minutes or until heated through, uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes.
Elizabeth found this recipe, it is excellent and easy to make....we aren't sure how many points it has-though???

Beef Rice Casserole

1 pound ground beef (Brown)
1 chopped onion

In large casserole container add

1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green peppers
1/2 - 3/4 cup uncooked rice
1 can mushrooms (stems and pieces)
1 can bean sprouts
1 can water chestnuts

Method & Story; Mix browned ground beef and soup and vegetable mixture together in a greased casserole container, cover and bake 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until rice is done cooking. Top with crushed corn flakes or wheat flakes and bake an additional 15 minutes uncovered.
Grandma Iszler made a similar casserole. I've added some additional ingredients to the basic recipe-such as the bean sprouts and water chestnuts. Another version of the recipe was handed down from Gertie Evanson, Grandpa Evanson's mother to Grandma Cay. This casserole was easy to take to the field during harvest or haying, and a staple during the winter months. We have this every couple of months, and it makes great left overs.

Lasagna

1 box Lasagna noodles-cooked according to directions on box

1 pound ground beef
1 chopped onion
Brown beef and onion

Add to beef
1 package spaghetti sauce mix
1 can tomato sauce (15 oz. can)

Mix
2 cups cottage cheese
1 egg
1 Tablespoon parsley

1 package grated mozzarella cheese (16 oz. pkg)

Method and Story: cook noodles, brown beef and onion, mix cottage cheese and egg.
Layer noodles, beef, cottage cheese, and mozzarella cheese. Continue to layer until all of the ingredients are gone. Bake 350 degrees until heated through.
this recipe was given to me when we lived in Casselton. I have made it often, as it is a great make ahead recipe. Make it on Saturday night and serve it Sunday noon along with a lettuce salad, french bread, carrot sticks and a dessert. This also freeze well and can be made ahead of time and frozen.

Creamy Sweet Potatoes

5 # Sweet Potatoes (use the canned sweet potatoes)
4 eggs-lightly beaten
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup butter softened
1 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Salt to taste

Method & Story;Beat the above ingredients with hand mixer and pour into a 3 quart casserole
Bake 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes, Top with miniature marshmallows for the last 5-10 minutes of baking time. We've served this at Thanksgiving for many years, also Christmas. It serves 10 - 12 people and is good warmed up the next day.

Porcupine Meat Balls

1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup uncooked rice
1 egg
onion grated-to taste
1/4 cup tomato juice
1 teaspoon salt

Mix the above ingredients and form into meat balls

Sauce-Brown the vegetables and add the soup mixture
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup minced onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
2 cans tomato soup
1.5 cans water
4 Tablespoons lemon juice
4 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 Teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
Mix, heat, and simmer for 5 minutes.

Method; Cover meat balls with sauce and bake 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours
Story; Grandma Cay served this for the Sheldon Lions club in the early 1970's. At that time only the men were allowed to be members of the Lions club and the wives served the monthly meals. During one of the turns, Grandma and another lady served the porcupine meatballs. they were asked how long it took them to put the stick the rice into the meatballs. This recipe takes a while to make, but is wonderful served with mashed potatoes.

Tuna Roll

1 recipe of baking powder biscuit mix (I have Bisquick on hand)

Roll the baking powder biscuit dough as you would for cinnamon rolls

1 chopped onion-browned in butter
2 cans tuna, packed in water

1 can cream of mushroom soup
3/4 can of milk

Method & Story;
roll out baking powder biscuit dough about 1/2 to 3/4 inch think and the size of a jelly roll pan.
Cover with onion/tuna mixture and roll up as you would cinnamon rolls. Cut about 1 1/2 inch thick and place in cake pan. Bake in oven 350 degrees until lightly browned.
Serve with warmed cream of mushroom soup mixture.
I have made this recipe beginning in 1994, it's very good as the ingredients are in the pantry and it's a different way to serve tuna. If I have unexpected company, this has worked well for lunch

Chili

1.5 pounds of ground beef-browned
1 chopped onion
1 chopped green pepper

2 cans kidney beans (15 oz)
1 can chili beans (15 oz)
1 large can whole tomatoes (28 oz)

Method; Brown beef, onion, and pepper. Add to crock pot along with beans and tomatoes. If it needs additional moisture, add a small can of tomato sauce, or a can of diced tomatoes.
Story; I first made this recipe in 1972, as it was given to me by a teacher in the first school we taught in, Tuttle, ND. It is easy and tastes very good sprinkled with chedder cheese and served with corn bread. This recipe works well started in the morning and served later in the day, hot from the crock pot.

Apple Pizza

5-7 Apples (peeled and sliced)

Combine and set aside:
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Combine till crumbly and set aside:
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter

Notes/Stories: Make crust for a 2 crust pie. Put into pizza pan and crimp edges. Arrange apples on crust, sprinkle cinnamon and sugar mixture on top. Next, sprinkle flour and sugar mixture on top of that. Bake for 20-25 min at 450 degrees.

Beci made this for a cross country pig-out.

THE BEST soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe

1 1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cup butter, soft
2 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
4 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 pkg chocolate chips

Mix all. Bake at 375 degrees 8-10 min or until edges are golden. Do not overbake.

This is from a Pillsbury cookie book and has been made several times.

Homemade Peppermint Oreos

2 boxes devil's food cake mix
4 eggs
2/3 cups vegetable oil

Frosting:
1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, soft
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp peppermint extract

Notes/Stories: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with wax paper. In a large bowl combine cake mixes, eggs, and oil with a mixer. Batter is stiff. Pinch off pieces of batter and roll into 1 inch balls. Place one inch apart on prepared cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Bake 8-10 min. Remove immediately from the cookie sheets and cool.

In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese and butter until completely blended. Gradually add the powdered sugar and peppermint and mix until the icing is smooth. Spread 1/2 of the cookies with icing and top with remaining cookies. Store in refrigerator.

Made this recipe for work and an ugly sweater christmas party in 2010.

Molasses Sugar Cookies

3/4 cup butter, soft
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
Notes/Stories: Mix butter and 1 cup sugar until creamy. Add molasses and egg, beating until well blended. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves and ginger. Add to molasses mixture; mix well. Cover and chill. Form dough into 1 inch balls. Roll each in sugar, place on cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 6-8 min.

This is from the molasses bottle label. So good! Made this for Thanksgiving 2010.

Vegetable Soup (Weight Watchers)

2 med garlic cloves (minced)
1 med onion, diced
2 med carrots, diced
1 med sweet red pepper, diced
1 med stalk celery, diced
2 small zucchini, diced
2 cup cabbage, shredded
2 cups Swiss chard, chopped
2 cups cauliflower, small florets
2 cups broccoli, small florets
2 tsp thyme, fresh, chopped
6 cups vegetable broth
2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp lemon juice

Notes/Stories: Put garlic, vegetables, thyme, and broth into a large soup pot. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to low and simmer, partly covered, about 10 min. Stir in parsley or chives; season to taste with salt and pepper and lemon juice. Makes about 1 cup per serving.

Kate and I used to make this soup during college. It made a lot so we'd store it in the fridge and have leftovers.

Hot Hamburger Dip

1 lb hamburger
1 20oz jar salsa
1 can fiesta nacho cheese soup
1 small can chopped black olives
1 8oz pkg cream cheese
1 tsp horseradish (optional)
1 tsp minced onion
salt and pepper

Notes/Stories: Brown hamburger and onion. Add salt and pepper. Drain. Add cream cheese and fiesta nacho cheese soup. Heat until melted. Add salsa, black olives, and horseradish. Place all in crock pot to keep warm.

We brought this to one of many piano recitals. Delicious with the scoops version of tortilla chips.