Monday, February 28, 2011

Grandma Josie's Pinch Cookies

6 Eggs Beaten
2 C Sugar
2 C melted Crisco
2 C Milk
1 Whiskey Glass full of Lemon, anisette or Vanilla (3 Tbs)
6 Tsp Baking Powder
9 C Flour

Mix in a large bowl
Put on board and kneed a little
Pinch tsp size piece of dough and drop on wax paper

bake at 350 for 20 mins to a flint brown

cool and cover with butter icing

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Momma Mia

This week I chose a family fav from my side and probably the most requested dinner of my childhood. I'm pretty sure 3 of us 5 kids requested this as our birthday dinner each year in addition of family friends who would request it.

Growing up we alway had home cooked meals, my mom was pretty much suzie home maker. What can I say other than shes amazing. There are so many recipes that she knew by heart. She was big on family dinners together at the table with everyone and anyone. She passed that on to me - a love of family dinners, people you love and care about gathered together away from tv and other distractions focused on food and each other. I love to set a table with the anticipation of the laughter and conversation that will take place once everyone is seated and dinner is on the table. I don't think she knows how many friends she would allow to stay for dinner and what an impact it had on those who didn't have the parental support and traditions she gave us, Thats why friends loved to stay for dinner not just the food but the environment she created. I could go on and on but suffice to say I learned everything I know about cooking and baking from her. She was never afraid to experiment and tried everything at least once, many memories took place in the kitchen!

I've made her Chicken Pot Pie many many times. its super easy and very forgiving. I've cut the recipe in half to make it a better portion when I was single and it was a success. Tonight I used Cream of Mushroom in place of  Cream of Celery because the MR. loves himself some mushrooms. Its a crowd pleaser, very tasty and super easy! I guarantee - once you make it no other pie crust chicken pot pie will satisfy!

Being that this is such an easy recipe there are a few variations I'd like to make - watching the food network, Gilda made individual pot pies and I'd like to attempt that but I don't have the mini dishes so i'll have to invest in them first. I'd also like to mix up the veggies and add in carrots and pea etc. Give it a try - take it, love it and change it!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Momma D's Chicken Pot Pie

4 Chicken Breasts Cooked and diced
2 Cans Cream of Chicken Soup
2 Cans Cream of Celery Soup
2 Cans Cream of Corn soup

Mix together in 9x13 pan

2 Cups Flour
2 Cups Milk
4 Tsp Baking Powder
2 Sticks Melted Butter

Mix together and pour over chicken mixture

Bake Uncovered at 375 for 45 mins or until golden brown

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My Valentine

Valentines day - well when you're married to some one who treats with with love and respect and daily proves his love for you every day feels like Valentines but . . . I had the weekend off so we took some time to celebrate our love a little more than we do on an everyday level.

Saturday we went down to visit my parents, my mom had to work until 5 so we went to a state park and enjoyed the sun shine, fresh air and sentry with a nice long bike ride. Then went back to my parents, took a nap, celebrated my birthday (whoo hoo for a Keurig - thanks Mom&Dad), went out for a nice dinner and a walk around down town. A lovely evening with my amazing parents!

We drove home that night and had a nice slow lazy Sunday morning complete with heart shaped pancakes! Ran some errands made the sauce for the lasagna ( i used ground beef but used turkey last time - cant really tell the difference), went to church and then our for Hibachi which is our Valentine traditions. This year we went to Benihana - it was good but I vote Kobe as my #1 fav thus far.

Monday we both worked but I put the sauce in the crock pot and let it cook all day - so when I got home the house smelled aaa-mazing! and was surprised with Candy and a most beautiful heartfelt card that may have caused me to tear up a little.  I made up the rest of the lasagna set up the table and was all ready for a candle lit dinner with my Valentine when he got home from work - sometimes(most of the time) home made valentines and a night in beat all the fuss and fancy of commercial valentines.

All this to say I had an amazing Valentines but it had nothing to do with the date but everything to do with the Man!

Mom's Lasagna

1 Onion chopped
1 lb ground turkey
1 pkg Sweet Turkey Sausage
1 Jar Pasta Sauce
Brown onion in 2tbs oil add turkey and sausage add pasta sauce and let simmer.

3 Cups small curd Cottage Cheese
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
2 tbs Parsley flakes
2 Eggs beaten
2 tbs Salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Mix together

Layer 2x
Cooked Lasagna noodles
Cheese mixture sauce
Mozzarella cheese

Bake at 375 for 30 mins- let stand 10 mins before cutting.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Is an F+ a real grade? This a big fail for me. which I do NOT take well! I've never gotten an F but the + makes me feel a little better

It all started yesterday when I assembled all my ingredients and made a list of items I needed to pick up. After a bike ride to dinner and the store and then back I started to whip up some of Grams Gob's only to run out of Vanilla - fail #1. My wonderful husband made a quick run to the store to pick some more up while I continued to bake the cookies, half of which burned - fail #2. After the cookies cooled I trimmed off the burnt bottoms and began the icing. I combined the milk and flour as told and put it in the fridge to cool, mixed the rest of the ingredients for the icing and pulled out the milk/flour mixture and added it in and i had . . . SOUP. . . not icing SOUP. Fail #3 After reassessing the recipe and pulling from experience, I gathered that I should have simmered the Milk and flour until it was thick not until it was mixed. So i put the cookies in Tupperware and grabbed my book at went to bed at 9pm - I didn't want to give the Day a chance to get any worse.
I know I am over exaggerating a bit but baking is my thing - it may not always come out pretty but I know how to follow a recipe and it always tastes good, so this was hard for me to take in.

I woke up this morning and made attempt #2 of the Icing. I started with the milk and flour and cooked it until it was thick, placed it in the fridge to cool and started on phase 2 of the recipe. I then added in the milk/flour mixture and beat it but it NEVER got fluffy but it was thick enough to make the cookies stick together and tasted fine to me. So I assembled the cookies and called it a day.

Not sure why I couldn't get this recipe right - it seems easy enough. I admit I did cheat on the Crisco - I always use generic margarine. I've always used it for dinners, cookies, cakes and icing and NEVER had an issue but I suppose that could have been the issue either way the MR. has been warned if he ever wants these again he'd better ask Gram because I wont be attempting them again for a looooong time!

Below are a few pictures to show my progress - at the end I added red food coloring to the icing (figured I couldn't ruin it any more) because its almost VALENTINES DAY!