Sunday, November 30, 2014


Brine, baby, brine! Ya gotta brine that poultry to really give it the super flavor. 

Guy Fieri
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

Thursday, November 27, 2014


Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time to start the Christmas cookies.  This is one of my favorites.  I stumbled on it when I didn't have raisins in the house, but found a bag of craisins instead.  Craisins are dried cranberries and give these cookies a different flavor.  So good.  Every time I make them they are gone in a matter of minutes.


2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3 cups quick cooking or old fashioned oats
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup craisins

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.  In large bowl, beat all ingredients except oats, flour and craisins with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon.  Stir in oats, flour and craisins.

On ungreased cookie sheet, drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart.

Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until light brown.  Immediately remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.

Makes 36 cookies.


Quick-cooking and old-fashioned rolled oats are interchangeable unless recipes call for a specific type. Instant oatmeal products are not the same as quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats and should not be used for baking—you will get gummy or mushy results.

For 3 grams of fat and 95 calories per serving, substitute unsweetened applesauce for the shortening and 1/2 cup fat-free cholesterol-free egg product for the eggs. Increase cinnamon and vanilla to 1 1/2 teaspoons each.

Press dough in ungreased 13x9-inch pan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until light brown. Cool in pan on cooling rack. For 36 bars, cut into 6 rows by 6 rows.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


A couple of days ago I was looking for something to make to use up some tomatoes I had.  No use letting them go bad when I spent so much money for them.  I was reading a cookbook I had gotten out of the library when I came up with this idea.  Oh the inspiration I get to create my own dishes while reading recipes.


Cherry tomatoes cut in half
1 small onion, chopped
2 clove garlic minced
Olive oil
Dried basil
Salt and pepper

Put about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the cherry tomatoes and cook until juices are released (about 2 minutes).  Add the onion, garlic and basil and cook until onion is just transparent.  Remove from heat and add salt and pepper to taste.

You can make as much or as little as you want.  I am thinking it would work with chopped up slicing or beefsteak tomatoes also.  I'm going to try it the next time I make it.

Monday, November 24, 2014


After working with garlic, rub your hands vigorously on your stainless steel sink for 30 seconds before washing them. It will remove the odor.

Gerard Craft
Niche and Taste, St. Louis

Saturday, November 22, 2014


When I was in high school my mom gave me a Betty Crocker cookbook.  Probably a lot of you have or had one.  It is a red binder with lots of recipes divided into sections.

One of my go-to recipes in that book was the sugar cookies.  I have been making them for 40 + years and they have never let me down.  With Christmas coming you know these are going to be one of the varieties I make.


1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (I sometimes use lemon or orange)
1 egg
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Granulated or colored sugar

Mix powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract and egg in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients except granulated sugar. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Heat oven to 375ºF. Lightly grease cookie sheet.

Divide dough in half. Roll each half 1/4 inch thick on lightly floured surface. Cut into desired shapes with 2- to 2 1/2-inch cookie cutters. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Place on cookie sheet.

Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are light brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.

Enjoy while you can.  They won't last long.    

Thursday, November 20, 2014



Never buy boxed brownie mix again! Follow the recipe below and make brownies for approximately .30 a mix!
So simple, so easy. Not just frugal but cuts out the unknown ingredients. 
  1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour
1/3 Cup Cocoa
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Baking Powder

Put mix in plastic bags or mason jars and store in a cool dry place.
  At baking time add:
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 teaspoon Vanilla
  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes in an 8x8 or 9x9 pan. Check after 12-15 minutes of baking and remove when brownies are done.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Sausage Muffins

1 cup of Bisquick

1 lb. cooked sausage, crumbled

4 eggs, beaten

1 cup of shredded Cheddar cheese

Combine the four ingredients.  Spoon into greased muffin pans (or line with paper cups).

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. 

Makes 12 muffins.

 You can use any kind of sausage you would like.  I used breakfast sausage, but sweet Italian sausage or even a hot sausage or turkey sausage would be good.

Because I am allergic to dairy, I used a cheese with no lactose.  It tasted good and no one was the wiser.

YUM! Great for a cold night! Or  morning breakfast!

Sunday, November 16, 2014


After making eggs sunny-side up, deglaze the pan with sherry vinegar, then drizzle the sauce on the eggs to add another dimension to the dish.
Didier Elena
New York City

Sunny Side Up Egg

Thursday, November 13, 2014


 Most people think that making bread is difficult, but it really isn't.  Not if you have the right recipe.  This is an easy recipe that takes a bit of time, but is worth the wait.
2 1/2 tsp. instant yeast
2 cup warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tsp. salt
4 cup flour
2 tsp. chopped rosemary
olive oil

Just put the water and sugar in your mixing bowl and stir well
Add the yeast and stir again
Add two cups of flour and stir well
Then add the other 2 cups of flour and salt and mix well with a wooden spoon
Cover with a damp tea towel and rise in a warm place for an hour or until doubled
Then with oiled hands divide dough into two parts or (make just one bread pan size) and form into buns
Sprinkle top with sea salt and chopped rosemary

Bake in an 375 degree oven for 30 - 35 minutes 
I usually turn this into just one loaf and put it in a good size sprayed bread pan.  If you don't have a bread pan, you can use a pie plate or cake pan.
You can leave out the rosemary and salt if you would like it plain.
Or top it with oats instead.
You can substitute the flour with part whole wheat or 12 grain if desired.


Very yummy!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Asparagus with Poached Egg

A poached egg on a pile of tender steamed asparagus is a fine meal; a shaving of hard aged cheese, such as Parmesan, is an added treat -- and don't forget freshly ground pepper.
Martha Stewart Living, May 2009
  • Yield Serves 4
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and peeled
  • 4 large eggs
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, thinly shaved
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper

  1. Tie asparagus into a bundle using kitchen twine. Place in the basket of an asparagus pot filled with 1 inch water. Cover, and bring water to a boil. Steam asparagus until tender, 2 to 6 minutes.
  2. Fill a large saucepan with 4 inches of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. When water is barely simmering, break 1 egg into a small heatproof bowl. Gently tip bowl, sliding egg carefully into water. Repeat with remaining eggs. Cook until whites are set but yolks are soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer eggs to paper towels, and drain briefly.
  3. Divide asparagus among 4 plates, and top each with an egg. Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with Parmesan, and season with salt and pepper.