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November 30, 2017

If you are looking for a fall or holiday candy bar that is homemade, look no further!  These pecan bars are absolutely delicious.  It's hard to resist caramel, chocolate, and pecans.  Also, the crust is a delicious shortbread that compliments the other flavors perfectly!  I got this wonderful recipe from the 2000 issue of Land O Lakes: Top 50

I've made these bars multiple times, and I can say with certainty that with a few simple ingredients you will have a mouthwatering treat.  If you make these bars for friends and family, be prepared to get recipe requests.  With Christmas soon to be upon us and holiday baking soon to begin, make sure to have these yummy bars on the baking list.  They most definitely will delight!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

Pecans are the stars of this cookie bar, but by all means, have fun and try a different nut or combination of nuts.

Preparation time is 30 minutes.  Baking time is 18 to 22 minutes.

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November 17, 2017

I love these cookies!  They are soft and sweet.  When the autumn weather begins to have that chill in the air, these cookies are a must on my baking list!  With real maple syrup and a dash of maple extract, they have a wonderful autumn taste.  The spices enhance the flavor and add to how yummy they are.  If you are looking for a new cookie recipe for your fall baking, I highly recommend these spiced maple cookies.  My family and friends absolutely love them!  I'm sure yours will too.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

With most cookie recipes, I like to add the flour to the creamed butter mixture in two to three batches at a time to ensure all the ingredients are mixed well.

As a way for the cookies to have a nice look to them, refrigerate the cookie dough for an hour before baking.  This is an optional step.  The cookies can be baked right away, but I prefer the way they look when I've refrigerated the cookie dough.

Always keep a close watch on your cookies while baking!...

October 26, 2017

This is a delicious and lovely fall cake that features pears.  Upside-down cakes are wonderful, because they are very easy to make and at the same time look like they were made by a master chef.  One of the ingredients that sets this cake apart is the addition of cardamom.  If you have never used cardamom in a recipe before, I encourage you to give this recipe a chance as the cardamom in it is subtle but really enhances the flavor of the cake.  If you love pears and the taste of fall spices, give this yummy pear upside-down cake a try!

Bon Appetit

Preparation time is 30 minutes.  Total time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 Bartlett pears; peeled, cored, and sliced into medium-sized segments

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 1/2 cup (1 stic...

October 12, 2017

These wonderful cookies are a perfect holiday treat!  They are sweet with a subtle ginger flavor.  The spices add to the flavor and compliment the ginger in the cookies.  The dark brown sugar and molasses in these little gems add depth and richness to the taste.  I found this recipe in People magazine from the kitchen of Dominique Ansel, a pastry chef in New York City.  If you are looking for a light and sweet flavored ginger cookie this autumn, I highly recommend this recipe!

Bon Appetit

Tips:

If you prefer a stronger ginger flavor, try adding 3 teaspoons of finely grated fresh ginger.

These cookies are a soft cookie...not crisp.

They freeze great!  I put the baked, completely cooked cookies in gallon size freezer bags.  They should be good up to a month.

Preparation time is 20 minutes.  Total time is 40 minutes.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger

  • 1 1/2 tea...

October 3, 2017

This terrific recipe comes from the Sept./Oct. 2017 issue of Midwest Living magazine.  Nothing celebrates October like bratwurst, and this recipe is a perfect way to welcome autumn.  It was an added bonus that this recipe calls for quite a bit of sage, as I have sage growing in my garden.  The sage butter that is spooned over the dish makes it savory heaven.  I know I will be making this wonderful meal for years to come, and I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I do.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

You can substitute turkey bratwurst for the pork bratwurst.  Make sure you buy the uncooked variety.

When browning the butter, keep a careful eye on it.  Butter will burn!  You want a nice brown color, and the color of the butter changes fast.

Preparation time is 20 minutes.  Total time is 1 hour.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 1 small green cabbage (1 1/2 pounds), cut in 8 wedges through core

  • 1 1/4 pounds fingerling pot...

September 28, 2017

Autumn is here, and that means pumpkin!  These muffins are a real treat with your morning coffee.  They are loaded with fresh apples and flavored with pumpkin spice.  They also have a wonderful streusel topping that gives an added sweetness to these muffins.  This is a recipe that has been around in my collection for many years, so I have baked these muffins many times.  These pumpkin apple streusel muffins are a delight to eat, and I hope you and your family will enjoy!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

When baking (unless otherwise noted) it's always good to rotate your baked goods halfway though the baking time.

Preparation time is 20 minutes.  Bake time is 22 to 24 minutes.  Total time is 45 minutes.

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Ingredients for Muffins:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 1/4 cup 100% pure pumpkin (from 15 ounce can)

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/4 cup...

September 26, 2017

Butternut squash is a favorite autumn vegetable that is especially tasty in soups.  I found this lovely recipe in the September 2009 issue of Southern Living magazine, and I really like the Tex-Mex flavors to this bisque.  If you are a fan of Tex-Mex or if you are looking for something different when it comes to traditional squash soup, I encourage you to give this delightful bisque a try.  Topped with crunchy vegetable chips for added flavor and great presentation, your friends and family will warm up to this Tex-Mex treat!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

It is not recommended that you use fat free half and half.  For the best results when making this bisque, please use regular half and half.

Soup may also be processed with a hand-held blender directly in the Dutch oven (a heavy 6 quart pot).

Preparation time is 15 minutes.  Cook time is 30 minutes.  Cool time is 15 minutes.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 medium-size sweet onion, chopped

  • 2 garlic clove...

September 21, 2017

Pumpkin lattes are one of the things I love about autumn.  American coffee lovers look forward to this seasonal treat each year.  I found this recipe in the September 26, 2016 issue of People magazine.  The recipe is by Jeni Brittan Bauer.  You can save some serious money by making these lattes at home as well as impress friends and family with your barista coffee house talent.  With the falling leaves and crisp autumn nip in the air, you now have a good excuse to indulge your sweet tooth with caramel pumpkin spice lattes.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

If you live in a part of the world that does not have pumpkin flavored ice cream, you don't need to worry!  You can use a rich vanilla ice cream (or whatever you ice cream you think might work) and make your own pumpkin-pie spice by mixing the following spices together: 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger.

Latte preparation time is 5 minutes.  Whip cream p...

September 12, 2017

I made this flavorful dish for the first time last week.  It was so delicious that I had to include the recipe in my blog.  I found this gem in the May 2017 edition of Southern Living Magazine.  The one pound of multicolored sweet peppers really caught my eye.  You see...I have a garden full of sweet peppers, and I am constantly looking for ways to use them in recipes.  This recipe is yummy and also lets me use peppers from my garden.  As a bonus, I also love pasta.  It seemed the perfect recipe for me.  I hope you enjoy it just as much as I do!

Bon Appetit!

Preparation time is 20 minutes.  Total time is 40 minutes.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound uncooked orecchiette pasta

  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage, casings removed

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

  • 1 pound multicolored sweet baby bell peppers, thinly sliced crosswise

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 garl...

September 8, 2017

I have been making this pie for over 25 years.  I believe that I clipped this recipe from a magazine in the late 80s.  I don't remember which magazine now.  I wrote down the history of this classic apple pie, because I thought it was really interesting and special.

"This old-fashioned apple-pie recipe won the 1987 Grand Prize in Salem Cross Inn's Annual Beehive Oven bake-off.  Creators Lillie Bothwell (102 years old) and Louise Waid (106 years old), both residents of the Quaboag Nursing Home, credit their success to years of experience.  They placed in the year before and decided not to enter in 1988 in order to give the younger folks a chance."

I've tweaked this recipe a little bit over the years to my tastes and every time that I serve it to people they tell me it is the best apple pie they ever had.  I hope you enjoy this pie as much as my family has over the years, and I hope that it becomes a centerpiece in your baking as much as it has in mine.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

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