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…

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…

Strawberry Jelly

Berry season has started and the first local berry each year is the strawberry. Drive around on any of the country roads and in front of each farm is usually a card table with baskets of berries and a coffee can or Cool Whip container for the money. I still had jam left over from…

Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing

Fresh spinach paired with bacon grease! Can’t say it is low fat but it is a great salad in spring when spinach is abundant. Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing 1 pound fresh spinach 4 green onions and tops, sliced Coarsely ground black pepper 5 slices bacon, diced (I used 3 slices of thick sliced bacon)…

Easy Cheesecake

When we lived in South Korea and I shopped the Korean markets, it was very difficult to find dairy items. A Danish company had started marketing fresh milk (known as Denmark Milk) but other than yogurt milk, butter and very limited cheese, that was about the extent of dairy products. If I wanted something like…

Apple Cinnamon No Knead Bread

Combine the smell of bread baking and apples baking and you have Apple-Cinnamon No-Knead Bread. Here is a version of the no-knead bread baked in cast iron that includes chopped dried apples, cinnamon and apple cider. More variations on the No-Knead theme can be found here. Apple Cinnamon No-Knead Bread 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour…

Blueberry Pound Cake

The best thing to do during cold weather is bake something good. Sunday afternoon was one of those days and I wanted to do use some of my frozen blueberries from last summer’s days of picking. This recipe uses blueberries with a traditional pound cake yielding a rich buttery blueberry cake. I thawed the frozen…