Roasted Sausages and Grapes

Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds Italian hot sausage 1 1/2 pounds Italian sweet sausage 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 5 to 6 cups (2 pounds) red or green seedless grapes, stems removed 2 to 4 tablespoons dry red wine 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar   Directions Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Parboil the sausages in water to…

Fried Rice

  3 cups cooked white rice (day old or leftover rice works best!) 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil (you can substitute 1 tbsp. sesame oil). 1 cup frozen peas and carrots (or frozen peas and grated fresh carrots). 1 small onion, chopped 1 tsp. salt 2 teaspoons minced garlic 2 eggs, slightly beaten 3-4 Tablespoons low…

Sweet and Sour Pork

  Sweet and Sour Pork Ingredients: Oil, for deep fat frying 2 lbs pork tenderloin (you can also cut up pork steaks; just trim the fat) 1/2 cup flour 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/2 cup cold water 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 egg Sauce 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks (drain but keep…

Meatloaf

Meatloaf 1 1/2 lbs. ground chuck (80% lean) 1 medium (or half of a large) onion, chopped 1 medium (or half of a large) green bell pepper, chopped 1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs (I use my food processor to make crumbs, but you can pinch tiny pieces up with your hands, or use store-bought crumbs….

Tree and Raisin Salad

Tree and Raisin Salad 1 Large head of broccoli 12 strips of bacon—cooked, then broken up into little pieces ½ cup raisins (black or golden) ¼ cup chopped red onion Dressing mix: 1 cup Hellmans mayonnaise ½ cup sugar 2 tbs. Vinegar (taste, if you like more sour, add 10 drops more—do not add another…

Cranberry Salad

Cranberry Salad 1 pkg. fresh cranberries minced (use a food processor or mini-processor – cranberries may be prepared up to 3 days in advance) 2 cups of sugar 1 small can pineapple, juice and all (the small cans, like a tuna can) ½ cup black walnuts 1 pkg. Mini marshmallows 1 pint heavy whipping cream…

Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad Ingredients 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon white sugar 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/8 teaspoon salt 3 apples — peeled, cored, and chopped 1 cup thinly sliced celery 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup raisins  Directions In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sugar, lemon juice, and salt. Stir in the apples, celery,…

Grandma’s Sugar Cookies

Grandma’s sugar cookies Two eggs 1 1/2 cups of sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup of shortening 1/4 cup of milk 3 1/2 cups of flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt Cream shortening and sugar; add in eggs, vanilla, and milk.  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt;…

White Chocolate Chip & Craisin Cookies

White Chocolate Chip & Craisin Cookies Yield: 48 cookies Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar 2 eggs Zest from two oranges 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed) 2 teaspoons vanilla (can substitute almond extract, all, or in part) 3 cups flour 1/4 tsp….

Happy Birthday Dad!

My dad would have been 85 years old today.  He passed away January 21st, 2012.  It will be 2 years next month, and it’s hard to believe it’s been that long. If he was alive today, the family would be having a family dinner to celebrate as we always did. Instead of cake, we’d be…

Welcome!

After several years of managing websites, I’m trying my hand at blogging. I plan to combine some topics that I have interest in. Everything from family trees/histories, to recipes, photography, and maybe even politics thrown in randomly at times There will be links at the top that will lead to pages with the corresponding titles…