Monthly Archive: December 2017

EASY BAKED SWISS AND CRANBERRY DIP: SO GOOD!!!

Baked Swiss Cranberry Spread

BAKED SWISS AND CRANBERRY DIP: SO EASY AND SO GOOD!!!   No kidding, once you taste this super easy appetizer, it will become a favorite! Mix together 1 large tub whipped cream cheese, 12 oz. size Approximately 1/2 of 18 oz. jar apricot preserves (see note) 8 oz. shredded Swiss cheese 1 bag Craisins, about …

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Maggie Hoerst’s Heirloom Gingerbread Cutouts with Buttercream Frosting

Maggie's Gingerbread Cutouts

Maggie Hoerst’s Gingerbread Cutouts Maggie’s gingerbread cutouts, comes from daughter-in-law Jessie’s family. They are a treasured cookie from daughter-in-law Jessie’s Mom, Maggie Hoerst’s family. Jess and her sister, Lottie, make these every year with Maggie. If you’re looking for a tender, flavorful gingerbread cookie, you have to make this. What’s your favorite holiday memory or …

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Shortbread Sugar Cookies that keep their shape

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                                                       No fail shortbread cutouts  ’Tis the season for sure to bake cookies, especially holiday cutouts that you decorate.  Here’s the perfect cut out cookie and oh so tender too!     No fail shortbread cutouts  I can tell you this dough, due to its high butter content, really stays tender no matter how …

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You asked for the recipe: BonBonerie’s raisin scones

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  Part of what I do for you is seek out recipes you’ve asked for. Sometimes they’re heirloom recipes you want to recreate, sometimes they’re recipes I’ve shared which you’ve misplaced. Often, like Cincinnati’s BonBonerie’s famous scones, are treats you’ve enjoyed at restaurants. Sharon Butler, co-owner of this lovely and popular O’Bryonville café, graciously shared …

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Kentucky Bourbon Balls Recipes a Tradition

Creamy Kentucky Bourbon Balls

  I had a request for a Kentucky bourbon ball recipe, so decided to share 2 of my favorites. The first has a real creamy center and the other has vanilla wafers or graham crackers as an ingredient. A nice hostess gift to take, or to add to your buffet dessert table!   Creamy  Kentucky …

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How to Make Edible Peppermint Tray

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Last year the kids and I made life saver candy cane ornaments. This year we’ll be making peppermint trays. All the rage now – make any size!   Preheat oven to 350. Arrange starlight mints on parchment lined cookie sheet. (I use my ancient, heavy duty cookie sheet). Bake until they look l like they’re …

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Loaded/Twice Baked Potato Casserole “Side Dish” of the Year

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 Loaded Baked Potato Casserole      My friend, Carolyn Grieme, a N Ky reader, served this at her home when she entertained us and other friends. (Carolyn found it online).  It was so good and I think this potato casserole would be a perfect side to a holiday meal. I adapted it only slightly. This …

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How to Prepare Dry Cured Country Ham: It’s All About Soaking!

Baked Country Ham studded with Cloves Beverly C. lost  her instructions from me about preparing a salt cured ham. Here’s how I do it – I follow Smithfield’s instructions for any salt cured ham, and here they are, with my notes added in parentheses and italics: When preparing an uncooked country ham, it must be …

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Five Fabulous Fudge Recipes for Giving: No Thermometer Needed!

5 Fast and Fabulous Fudge Recipes including Rocky Road, Candy Cane, White Chocolate Almond Cranberry and More Old fashioned peanut butter fudge My old-fashioned peanut butter fudge recipe is a perennial favorite during the holidays. My sisters and I make batches of this easy peanut butter fudge to give away.  But we don’t stop there. …

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Can Chickens & Wild Birds Eat Cranberries? Yes! Cranberry Nut Scratch Wreath Treat

It’s COLD here on my little patch of heaven! And my “girls”/chickens are feelin’ the chill. So I can’t wait to make this cranberry nut scratch wreath that colleague Lisa Steele shared in Countryside Magazine. Great for wild birds, too! Here’s the article: Lisa Steele • December 11, 2017   It’s the holidays and cranberries are everywhere. …

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