Monthly Archive: December 2015

Happy New Year!

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No recipes, just a heartfelt wish to you. Thanks for visiting  my blog this year. Lots of friendships made through these visits! And my hope is that each of you have a new year filled with family, friends, food, health and peace. Here’s a few photos from 2015.  You  know  how low tech I am so I …

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Three layer peppermint bark

  THREE LAYER PEPPERMINT BARK FROM BON APPETIT We made this in cooking school for a gifts from the kitchen class and it was a hit. Here’s the recipe in its entirety and it is quite detailed. I’ve adapted it only slightly. 5 bars, approx 3.5 oz, ea. (about `17 – 17-5 oz) good-quality white …

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Erin’s last minute gifts in a jar (and can!)

For many years I’ve been teaching, in my annual gifts from the kitchen class, gifts in a jar. But my neighbor, Erin Phillips, did me one better. Not only will you find easy and totable gifts in a jar on her website Phillipsfarmbatavia, check out her Grandma Bettie’s pumpkin bread in a coffee can. (That’s …

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Two recipes for make-ahead mashed potatoes

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes w/Make Ahead Gravy OK so I’ve put these separately on the site before, but I’m putting them on again, this time together for Jane and others who’ve requested them. Either are really good! Not your ordinary make ahead mashed potatoes Different from other do ahead mashed potato recipes I’ve shared since …

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Sous chef elves and Bunco Jumble snack mix

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Just  had to share this photo (again for some of you) of Betty Howell and Pam Monk at Living Spaces Design in Batavia during a recent class on gifts from the kitchen. This was at the beginning of class. By the time class ended, we were all 3 tired little elves. But the food was …

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It’s a soup & sandwich day

French Onion Soup with GruyereWinter Minestrone Well, not exactly, today anyway. I’ll be teaching a Soup & Sandwich Classics – New Twists on Old Favorites Class at Jungle  Jims here in Fairfield, Ohio on Tues., Jan 12 at 6:00. I’ll be making Ciabiatta grinders to go with the Minestrone, Gruyere baguettes for the Onion bisque. …

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Mom’s spaghetti sauce

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I had a craving for my mom’s spaghetti sauce today. She made it with tomato paste, garlic, oil, salt & pepper & hobbit (basil) if she had some. It was a simple sauce and we either ate it plain over spaghetti on Fridays or had spareribs with it. She’d fry the spareribs until brown, then …

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Magi and Baby Jesus: Gifts of Star of Wonder Cookies

Star of Wonder Cookies

THE MAGI AND BABY JESUS The passage in Matthew 2:11 says that the magi came to His “HOUSE”, which leads us to believe that they came after the birth and when Mary and Joseph were settled in Bethlehem. So who were the magi? Where did they come from? They were called wise men, and developed …

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Photo of finished York Peppermint Patties clone

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Watch me make peppermint bark on Fox 19 Cincinnati tomorrow at 9:50 AM

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I’ll be with my pals Dan Wells and Jessica Brown making this crunchy, addictive white chocolate peppermint bark. Tune in tomorrow morning!  

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