Charlie Brown Layered Dessert

Charlie Brown Layered Dessert Ingredients 1 1/4 sticks butter 1 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour Chopped Walnuts or Pecans 2 8 oz. pkgs. Cream Cheese 2 cups Confectioner’s sugar 16 oz. Cool Whip 1 tsp. vanilla 1 large box  + 1 small box instant chocolate pudding 3 1/2 cups milk 9×13 glass casserole/baking pan Preheat…

Buckeyes

Buckeyes (Recipe given to me by Patti Todd) 1 stick of butter, 1 18oz jar peanut butter 1 lb powdered sugar 1 bags semi-sweet chocolate chips ½  bag of milk chocolate chips 12  oz. white almond bark     Mix together first three ingredients, and make into small balls.  Refrigerate for about 2 hours.  …

Turkey Cooked in Cheese Cloth

Turkey Cooked in Cheese Cloth Ingredients One 10 lb. Turkey (neck and gizzards reserved) 2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt (per 10 lbs of bird) 1 Head of Garlic – halved through its equator (optional) 1 1/2 tsp. Thyme 1 Lemon – quartered 1 Onion – peeled and quartered 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) Butter 1 14.5 oz…

Coconut Cream Pie

I have two recipes for coconut cream pie. They are both good.  I’ll post both of them here. The first recipe is a good amount to fill a deep dish pie shell, and the second recipe seems better suited to a “regular” depth pie shell. Pre-bake bake pie shells and allow to cool before making…

American Goulash

This recipe is how my mom used to make Goulash, and I have been making it since I got married nearly 30 years ago (YIKES)!  Actually, I even made it as a teen when my parents were both working, and had it ready for them when they got home.  Over the years, I have tried…

Biscuits (Perfected!)

I used to make biscuits like my mom, which had no recipe.  It was flour, baking powder, salt, bacon fat or some kind of oil, and milk…everything eyeballed and guesstimated. ..no measurements.  They worked, but I was always after a better recipe…I wanted KFC biscuits or McDonalds biscuits. Every time I saw a cooking show…

Eulogy for My Mom

I remember when Kevin and I were young mom would sometimes wish (out loud) that we would call her “mother.” This proclamation would come about after about the one-hundreth time of hearing us yell “mom!” This often happened on those Saturdays or summer days when after being together all the time, Kevin and I would take…

Panzanella

3 tablespoons good olive oil (you’ll end up using more) 1 loaf French bread or Italian bread (the size you get at Wal Mart), cut into 1-inch cubes (original recipe was 6 cups, but we like it with more bread) 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 4 or 5 ripe tomatoes (small like the vine-ripened or roma),…

Hummingbird Cake

  3 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups white sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3 eggs- lightly beaten 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups oil 1 (8 ounce can) crushed pineapple -do not drain 2 cups bananas, mashed or about 3 – 4 large bananas 1 cups pecans,…

Orange Scones

2 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup sugar 1 tbs. baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt Zest from one large orange (1 tbs., or more if desired) 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen or very cold 1/2 cup sour cream (plus 1 tbs.) 1 large egg Sliced almonds (optional) For glaze: 1/2 cup confectioners’…

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Ingredients: 6 green bell peppers, tops cut away and seeds removed 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 finely chopped yellow onion 1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper 1 pound ground beef 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley leaves (optional) 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 cups cooked long…

Fluffy White Frosting

1 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup water 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 dash salt 2 egg whites 1 teaspoon vanilla   Directions: Combine sugar, water, cream of tartar and salt in saucepan. Bring to boiling, stirring until sugar dissolves.  Meanwhile, beat egg whites to soft peaks stage with mixer (a stand mixer with whisk…