Bran Bread

With the snow falling and more in the forecast, I had the afternoon off from work yesterday.  So what better way to spend a snow day than watching the birds at the feeders and baking bread? I pulled out an old recipe booklet that I have had since I was in high school –  Fleischmann’s…

Cream Cheese Breakfast Cake

This is a yummy sweet treat for breakfast or to use as a dessert. Crescent rolls are used on the bottom and top of a cream cheese filling with cinnamon/sugar and nuts sprinkled over the top. When I want it for breakfast, I usually prepare it a day ahead and refrigerate until time to cook,…

Cinnamon-Sugar Pecans

Here are some pecans with a cinnamon-sugar coating – great addition to holiday treats. Cinnamon-Sugar Pecans 1/2 cup granulated sugar 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 egg white 1 pound large pecan halves 1. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, lightly beat egg…

Fruit Cake

I am not a fruit cake eater but it is something that my husband and brother enjoy so after many years of no fruitcake, I decided to make it again this year. This is my grandmother’s recipe and has a cake-like texture. Feel free to make substitutions in fruits and amounts. Mamma Franklin never had…

Tutti-Fruitti Cookies (Lady Baltimore Cookies)

This is a recipe that one of my cousins developed when she was in high school. She won a national cooking contest with the recipe and as I remember the prize was a new stove. The recipe uses a filling similar to the Lady Baltimore Cake between two buttery cookies. I usually cut the recipe…

Chocolate Peppermint Patty Cookies

This is a recipe given to me by a co-worker. A great chocolate cookie with a mint candy surprise in the middle… You can either use the whole peppermint patty in the cookie or use just half of the patty. Chocolate Peppermint Patty Cookies 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon…

Raspberry Coconut Cookies

A great cookie to have at Christmas or anytime during the year… Raspberry Coconut Cookies 3/4 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup flaked coconut 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt Filling 1/4 cup butter, softened 2/4 cup powdered sugar 2 teaspoons milk…

Mississippi Mud Cookies

Mississippi Mud Cakes are popular in the South – a rich chocolate sheet cake with chocolate chips, nuts and marshmallows. This is a cookie recipe that uses the same basic ingredients to make a chewy chocolate cookie. Good at Christmas or anytime of the year. Mississippi Mud Cookies 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels 1/2 cup…

Stollen (German Christmas Bread)

Stollen was a Christmas staple for my German mother-in-law. I continue to make stollen yearly for my husband which he enjoys with a generous dollop of butter and a cup of coffee. The recipe below makes two large loaves. Rather than two large loaves, I divide the dough into four parts and make three smaller…

Russian Tea Cake Cookies (Raspberry Pinwheels)

This is a recipe that my German mother-in-law always made at Christmas. I have no idea where it got the name of “Russian Tea Cakes” but is absolutely my favorite cookie – a rich dough formed into a pinwheel with raspberry jelly, nuts and cinnamon on the inside.  Use parchment paper on the cookie sheets…

Cream Cheese Dainties

Another one of my Christmas cookies. The cream cheese makes a very delicate cookie with a hint of almond flavor and I love the green and red candied cherries – looks wonderful on your cookie tray. Cream Cheese Dainties 1/2 cup butter 1 3-ounce package cream cheese (softened) 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon almond extract…

Sugar (Cut-Out) Cookies

We moved to Pennsylvania almost 40 years ago and I discovered that the local tradition at Christmas is making a wide variety of cookies. Where I grew up in south Arkansas, we would make pies and cakes but I did not know about the Christmas cookie tradition. However, I gladly embraced the Christmas cookie tradition…

Multigrain Bread

While most people think of the day after Thanksgiving as Black Friday, for me it is “Cook the Carcass Day.”  After enjoying the turkey on Thanksgiving Day, Friday means pulling the extra meat from the bones, placing the carcass in a big pot along with water, celery, onions and cooking for several hours. The result…

Making Pies in Jars

I first heard about baking pies in canning jars through a blog post from my local orchard. With a freezer full of summer fruit picking,  and some empty jelly jars, I decided to give it a try.  I searched online for additional information and found great directions at Our Best Bites. I headed to the…

Simple Apple Dumplings

Since I live in an area where apple dumplings are taken fairly seriously with apple dumpling festivals and apple dumpling queens, I hesitate to call this recipe apple dumplings since it is not the traditional apple and crust. This is a recipe I got at a family reunion and like a lot of “family reunion…

Apple Coffee Cake

I have been away from the blog for awhile as the business of work, summer gardening and general activity took precedence. Now it is September and in our area September means fresh apples from the many local orchards. I love the smell of apples baking and am always looking for a new baked good using…

Blueberry Coffee Cake

It will be another month or two before our local blueberries are ready. But while we wait for our local berries, here is a recipe that uses fresh blueberries (or you can use frozen berries) that is good as a dessert or as a coffee bread. Blueberry Coffee Cake 1 large egg 1/2 cup milk…

Cinnamon Nut No-Knead Bread

I have been totally involved with planting and weeding when not at work for the past month – thankfully spring finally arrived, although we have a frost warning tonight! Here is a post I started in January but never got around to publishing. Enjoy! This makes a great breakfast or snack variation of the no-knead…

Steel Cut Oats No – Knead Bread

One of my favorite no-knead variations…. This version of no-knead bread uses steel cut oats in the dough to yield bread that is denser than the traditional no-knead bread. It is a great choice to use with a slice of cheese or a bowl of soup. Steel  Cut Oats No-Knead Bread 2 1/4 cup all…

Chocolate Nut Cherry No Knead Bread

Yet another variation of the no-knead bread baked in cast iron at high heat… This version uses cocoa to add a chocolate flavor. I also added some sugar to make it a little sweet and chopped nuts and dried cherries. For my first loaf, I used two tablespoons of cocoa which yielded a mild chocolate…