Snickerdoodles and Orzo w Spinach and Balsamic are Holiday Faves

Snickerdoodles and a “nice, decadent side dish to serve with beef tenderloin”. These 2 recipe requests popped up this week.  Snickerdoodles are a family favorite from daughter-in-law, Jessie. Such a popular holiday cookie, and homemade is much better than store bought. That’s what Terry, a “loyal” reader said when she asked for a from scratch recipe. The reader who wanted the side dish for beef … Continue reading Snickerdoodles and Orzo w Spinach and Balsamic are Holiday Faves

St. Nicholas Traditions and Chai Tea

Some history about the feast of St. Nicholas. Nicholas, born in a section of Greece which is now part of Turkey, came from wealthy parents who died when he was young. They taught him good Christian values, and he used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. Each night, Nicholas would disguise himself and deliver such items as food, clothing … Continue reading St. Nicholas Traditions and Chai Tea

Mr. Wilson’s Thanksgiving Forecast and Wish

From friend, colleague and garden expert, Ron Wilson. He shares this every year with his radio listeners and readers to his site. Check out his site for more fun musings on Thanksgiving, plus vintage ads that you’ll find amusing! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! THANKSGIVING FORECAST – Turkeys will thaw in the morning, then warm in the oven to an afternoon high near 190 degrees.  The kitchen will … Continue reading Mr. Wilson’s Thanksgiving Forecast and Wish

It’s the Berries – Cranberries, that is!

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without cranberries. And did you know how to tell if they’re ripe? Drop one on the counter – if it bounces, you’re good to go! Here are some treasured cranberry recipes. The first one, baked cranberries, is for Debbie. The others are for those of you who asked for them. And remember this little saying: CONTENTMENT: Is not the fulfillment of … Continue reading It’s the Berries – Cranberries, that is!

My “Clone” Frisch’s Pumpkin Pie

This week Matt Swaim of the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio, talked about cloves. Of course, cloves are an ingredient in pumpkin pie spice. Cloves are mentioned here in the Bible: Chronicles 9:9: When the Queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, she went to him and gave him rare jewels and spices, including cloves. Cloves were a rare spice in Bible days. Cloves … Continue reading My “Clone” Frisch’s Pumpkin Pie

Corn Pudding 2 Ways: Both Yummy!

  Well, I have a confession to make. About corn pudding. I’ve never made one of the most popular recipes, which contains corn muffin mix and sour cream. I make corn pudding with corn from our garden or store bought frozen corn. The recipe contains whipping cream, which makes for a silky smooth custard. It’s not fancy looking but oh so good. That all changed … Continue reading Corn Pudding 2 Ways: Both Yummy!

No-Fail Pie Crust and Holiday Pecan Pie

Take a look at the pecan pie with that pretty collar of whipped cream. I usually dollop whipped cream right in the center of the pie, but my crust broke a bit when I cut it, so I used whipped cream as a culinary “bandaid”. No one knew the difference, and I didn’t mention it. And if your pumpkin pie shrinks a little from the … Continue reading No-Fail Pie Crust and Holiday Pecan Pie