Pistachio Chicken Strips

Here is an easy recipe using chicken breasts with a crunchy coating of chopped pistachio nuts mixed with curry powder. Easy to mix and bake and ready in 20 minutes! Pistachio Chicken Strips 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders 1/4 cup chopped pistachios 1 tablespoons toasted bread crumbs 1/2 teaspoon curry powder Cooking spray…

Apple Pocket Pies

This recipe uses crescent roll dough to create a crusty pocket for an on-the-go apple pie. The original recipe used frozen pizza dough  for the crust but I did not have any available and did have two packages of crescent roll dough in the refrigerator.  Crust, apples, sugar and cinnamon — definitely the makings of…

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…

Jam and Jelly Jars

I grew up living in the country and active in 4-H Club and had a lot of experience with canning various fruits and vegetables. Over the years of married life, I have done some canning here and there when we have had a garden or fruit. This past summer I spent a lot of time…

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…

Cathedral Window Candy

I found this recipe while in high school and we starting making it at Christmas since it makes such a pretty addition to the Christmas desserts. My original recipe used a double boiler (remember those?) to melt the chocolate pieces and butter. But now the microwave has taken the place of the double boiler for…

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…

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…

Broccoli Slaw

With the beautiful weather, we are taking advantage of the grill for many of our evening meals. Looking for something to go with our pork kebobs, I remembered broccoli slaw. It is easy to prepare ahead of time and provides a crunchy and chewing contrast to the grilled meat. I enjoy a little “tang” in…