16 02, 2015

Chocolate Chip and Pecan Meringue Cookies

2023-03-02T17:57:11+00:00Cooking Blog, Recipes|

Ingredients 2 egg whites 2/3 cup sugar 1 cup pecans, chopped 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 2-3 Tbsp. raspberry juice (optional) Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form and they glisten Gradually add the sugar and continue beating the egg whites until the sugar is incorporated Add ...[ get the full recipe ]

8 02, 2015

Chocolate Sugar Cookies (or plain, if you prefer)


I made both the plain and chocolate versions of these cookies for Valentine's day.  The nutmeg makes these cookies special, so don't forget it, and while the icing is optional, it sure is good!  Enjoy! Cookie Ingredients 2 1/4 cups flour 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/4 cup butter, room temperature 1/4 cup shortening ...[ get the full recipe ]

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 ]

11 01, 2015

Fruit Salad (Salad or Dessert?)—Updating A Family Tradition


I have always loved my family's fruit salad, but maybe that is because it is as much dessert as salad, and you know how much I love dessert.  This salad was always, and I mean always, on our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner tables, but I love it any time of year.  Even though I will always ...[ get the full recipe ]

3 01, 2015

Homemade Granola with Nuts, Dried Fruit, and Chocolate Chips!


This recipe results in granola with lots of small pieces and a few larger chunks.  It is intended as a snack mix or crunchy topping for oatmeal, yogurt and fruit or ice cream, so there is a high ratio of nuts to oats in this recipe.  Here's to a healthy and homemade New Year! ...[ get the full recipe ]

30 12, 2014

Cheddar Cheese Wafers (aka Cheddar Cheese Crackers)


These wafers are also known as Cheddar Cheese Shortbread. They are great for parties and make excellent gifts. Ingredients 1 cup flour 1 stick butter (8 Tbsp.) 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper 5 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated (about 1 1/2 cups)---sharp white cheddar works ...[ get the full recipe ]

23 12, 2014

Perfect Pie Crust Recipe


Servings:   This recipe makes two pie crusts. Ingredients (shown in the yellow dish) 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter 1/4 cup vegetable shortening* 3/4 tsp. salt 5-7 Tbsp. ice cold water Variations:  You can replace the 1/4 cup vegetable shortening with 1/4 cup of any of the following ingredients:  1/4 cup ...[ get the full recipe ]

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