Apple Butter Doughnuts

I ran across this recipe for baked doughnuts this past week. I have already fried doughnuts so this was my first time to bake them so I had to run to the kitchen store to purchase doughnut pans. I also found out that if you fill the pans too full, the hole at the top…

Quick No-Knead Cheese Bread

“Quick” is a relative term when talking about no-knead bread but this is a shorter version than the traditional 12-15 hour no-knead process. This bread comes out with the crusty exterior and soft inside. The cheese adds a nice flavor for Italian food or casseroles. Give it a try and enjoy! Quick Crusty No-Knead Cheese…

Quick Crusty No-Knead Bread

We love no-knead bread made in a hot cast iron pot. It tastes like bread from the bakery with a soft interior with a crunchy crust on the outside. “Quick” is rather a relative term but this method is faster than the traditional no-knead recipes. I have always used the method of mixing the sponge and…

Applesauce Cake

As I was cleaning closets this weekend, I found a box of my mother-in-law’s recipe. My mother-in-law immigrated from Germany after World War I when her aunt, who was already in America sent her a ticket for passage on a boat to America. She eventually married another German immigrant and they settled in the Hudson…

Creamy Turkey Soup

Do you still have leftover Thanksgiving turkey in the freezer? Warm a cold winter’s night with this creamy turkey soup. Creamy Turkey Soup 1/4 cup butter 1 cup chopped green onion 2 cups sliced carrots 1/4 cup flour 5 cups turkey broth, divided (or chicken bouillon) 2 cups milk or 2 cups cream 2 teaspoons…

Cinnamon Rolls

Love the smell of cinnamon rolls baking in the oven? If you enjoy working with yeast dough, here is a great recipe to try. Cinnamon Rolls Dough 1 package dry yeast 1/2 cup warm water 1/2 cup scalded milk 1/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup butter 1 teaspoon salt 1 egg 3 1/2 to 4 cups…

Split Pea Soup

A cold night and a leftover ham bone means one thing for dinner – split pea soup and a pan of cornbread. Hope this recipe helps to keep you warm during the cold winter weather. Split Pea Soup 1 pound dried green split peas 1 ham bone or smoked ham hock 1 small onion, chopped…

Peanut Butter Blossoms

This is a classic cookie recipe that combines the flavor of peanut butter with chocolate. It makes a very pretty addition to any tray of cookies. Peanut Butter Blossoms 1/2 cup shortening 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/8 teaspoon baking soda 1 egg 2…

Mississippi Mud Cake

I was not able to make a photo of the cake until there was only one piece left after a Death By Chocolate snack party at where I work so the photo is not great. Mississippi Mud is a traditional cake in the south and every year a family friend prepares one for my brother…

Chocolate Caramel Cookies

This is a new recipe for me this year for the Christmas cookie tray. They take a little while to make but they are very good with chocolate, caramel and nuts – a great combination! Chocolate Caramel Cookies 1 egg 1 cup all purpose flour 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup…

Habanero Jelly

We had excess habanero peppers at the end of the gardening season. I always enjoy the taste of pepper jelly spread on a cracker with a little cream cheese so decided to make a hot version of pepper jelly with the habaneros. I used around 20 peppers which makes a hot jelly but you can…

Pocket Sandwiches

This is a favorite of my sons. They like more “kick” so add sliced jalapeno peppers on top of the finished product. If you buy Italian sausage in links, slice open the casing to remove the meat and use a spatula to break into small pieces as you brown the meat. Pocket Sandwiches 1 pound…

Blackberry Jam

The blackberries are large and sweet this year and are great when made into jam (Jam has the seeds where jelly only uses the juice). If you have blackberries in your area – use some of them for a sweet, flavorful jam. Enjoy! For detailed directions on canning procedures, check with your local cooperative extension…

Raspberrry and Currant Jelly

My mother-in-law grew red raspberries and red currants. She would combine them for a wonderful jelly that had both the tartness of the currants and sweetness of the raspberries. For years, I have remembered how great her raspberry currant jelly was but although red raspberries are abundant at the local orchard, I did not have…

Plum Cake

The first plums to ripen in our area are small, juicy plums called sugar plums. I went a little crazy at the u-pick orchard and ended up with 19 pounds of sugar plums. The weekend was spent making jelly, jam and here is a new recipe for plum cake. It is a nice combination of…

Sugar Plum Jam

It is jelly/jam making season with an abundance of fresh fruit. After going crazy picking plums, plum jam was definitely on the list of things to do. Our first plum to ripen is a small juicy plum which is called sugar plum. Sugar plums are great plum for jam or jelly or anything where you…

Rustic Blueberry Tart

The blueberries are fresh and abundant at area stands and markets. At the local u-pick, the bushes are loaded with berries and it seems like you can fill a bucket on a single bush. I was looking for a new dessert to make with the berries and combined two recipes I found online. Makes a…

Raspberry Jelly

Raspberries and more raspberries – what a great time of the year when fresh berries are plentiful. Red raspberries make the most beautiful jelly – not to mention how good it tastes. If you have a source for fresh raspberries, save the flavor of summer by using some of them for a wonderful jelly. For…

Black Raspberry Jelly

It is berry season in our area so lots of opportunities for u-pick at the local orchard. The black raspberries do not last very long but they are wonderful while available. I enjoy making jelly and jam for gifts so this year I used some of the extra black raspberries for jelly. So good! For…

Fresh Raspberry Almond Tart

Here is a  great dessert using fresh raspberries. You make a buttery crust in a spring form pan, add a filling that is similar to chess pie filling (eggs and butter), bake and top with fresh raspberries. I did not have a tart pan so used my round spring form pan. A very nice summery…