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3 02, 2015

A New Twist on Au Gratin Potatoes (aka Scalloped Potatoes)

2023-03-02T17:58:06+00:00Cooking Blog, Recipes|

I love potatoes, don't you?  Adding cream (or milk) and butter only makes them better.  When I was growing up, I always loved my mom's scalloped potatoes, which I later learned are also called au gratin potatoes.  Mom's version was very simple:  thinly sliced potatoes, milk, butter, salt and pepper.  No cheese.  I have ...[ get the full recipe ]

19 01, 2015

Easy Buttermilk Biscuits

2023-03-02T17:59:07+00:00Cooking Blog, Recipes|

These biscuits can be formed to look like traditional rolled biscuits (top picture) or can be made as drop biscuits (bottom picture). Ingredients 1 cup flour plus extra flour for sprinkling on the work surface 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 1 Tbsp. vegetable shortening, cut into small pieces 1/8 tsp. baking soda 1 ...[ get the full recipe ]

6 01, 2015

Texas Sheet Cake Brownies

2023-01-15T21:43:24+00:00Cooking Blog|

Growing up in Texas, one of my earliest memories of food was a neighbor's amazing chocolate cake with fudge---yes, fudge---icing.  I still remember visiting her when I was three or four and eating two huge pieces of this cake!  She called it 22-minute cake because it is quick and easy to make, but the ...[ get the full recipe ]

6 12, 2014

Recreating Jeff’s Favorite—Coq au Vin

2023-01-17T19:12:35+00:00Cooking Blog|

Jeff asked me if I could make one of his favorite comfort-like foods---Coq au Vin.  I must admit that I love it too, but I probably wouldn't label it a comfort food.  For me, that has to be mac & cheese!  But we will leave my favorite mac & cheese recipe for another day.  ...[ get the full recipe ]

29 11, 2014

Ideas for Holiday Food Gifts – Spice It Up!

2023-01-15T21:47:14+00:00Cooking Blog|

We love receiving food gifts during the Holidays! Cookies, candy, wine, cheese, smoked sausage, name it, you can be certain we will enjoy them. But it is just as much fun to pick out gifts for my family and friends.  My mom has always said you should give gifts you like receiving (in other words, don't ...[ get the full recipe ]

22 11, 2014

Pumpkin Cheesecake—Combining Family Recipes!

2023-01-15T21:47:35+00:00Cooking Blog|

My mom and dad always made two desserts that I love this time of year (fall):  pumpkin pie and cheesecake.  So why not combine these two family traditions into a two-layer version.  It sounded yummy to me, so I started with the pumpkin pie recipe that Mom always used and the cheesecake recipe that ...[ get the full recipe ]

18 11, 2014

Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Salsa Verde

2023-01-15T21:48:13+00:00Cooking Blog|

When I know I have a long day ahead of me, it is great to put something into the slow cooker and know that the house will smell great and dinner will be ready when I get home from work. Recently, pork shoulder roasts were on sale, so I bought one that was about three ...[ get the full recipe ]

5 11, 2014

Mashed Potatoes Baked with Bacon, Cheddar, and Broccoli!

2023-01-15T21:36:16+00:00Cooking Blog|

Don't you just love potatoes?!  If so, you can use this recipe to elevate mashed potatoes to a new level or transform leftovers. Potatoes are one of my all-time favorites foods.  It doesn't really matter how they are prepared---mashed, baked, fried, skins, hash browns, or any other way---they are just a great comforting food!  That ...[ get the full recipe ]

3 11, 2014

Experimenting with Polenta Stuffed Peppers—Amazing!

2023-01-17T16:52:15+00:00Cooking Blog|

I love stuffing jalapenos and mini bell peppers as appetizers.  Usually I use sausage and cheese for the filling, but one day I was out of sausage and saw a log-shaped package of pre-cooked polenta in my refrigerator.  That's when it hit me that it could make a great filling for peppers.  I sliced off the ...[ get the full recipe ]

25 10, 2014

The Best Pumpkin Cupcakes and Pumpkin Muffins

2023-01-15T21:37:38+00:00Cooking Blog|

With fall arriving, and in many parts of the world already here, I started thinking about updating pumpkin recipes.  Pumpkin cupcakes (remember, I like sweets!) and muffins came to mind.  But many of the ones I have had in the past were dense or rather plain.  Why aren't they more like carrot cake, the best ...[ get the full recipe ]

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