I used to take this soup to school every year for my teacher Holiday luncheon.  It was always a “hit”.  It’s a little fussy, I’ll admit, but worth it. Italian Meatball Recipe 1 1/2 lbs ground beef 3/4 C bread crumbs 1 egg 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1 tsp Italian seasoning 1 tsp oregano 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion powder Combine all meatball ingredients in a medium size bowl and form into 1/2″ meatballs.  In a frying pan, preferably non-stick, saute the meatballs until brown.  You will have to do this in 2-3 batches.  I drain them on paper towel toRead More →

Make your Cookie plate special with decorated Holiday Sugar Cookies.  They can be serious or silly, but everyone will love them and they taste great. Holiday Sugar Cookie Recipe  2 sticks cold butter 1 C granulated sugar 3 C all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 egg 3/4 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp almond extract   Cream butter and sugar together until lightened color appears.  Remember to scrape down the side of the bowl every few minutes as you beat the butter and sugar.  Add the egg and extracts.  Beat again until smooth and fluffy, scraping the bowl again.  Combine the flour and baking powderRead More →

These cookies come from a wonderful book that I cook out of all the time called the Best of Country Cookies from Taste of Home.  This book is full of all the cookie contest winners from a contest that got over 34000 entries!  Every recipe is amazing. Double Decker Brownies Recipes  1 C butter 2 C packed brown sugar 3 eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 C all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp salt 1 C chopped pecans or walnuts 2- 1 oz squares unsweetened chocolate, melted   Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one and a time beating well between each one. Read More →

This is a family favorite!  These shortbread cookies are so tender, they will melt in your mouth, like little clouds of buttery sweet deliciousness.  They are like nothing you have every tasted.  My mom made these every year.  The secret is in the time you beat the ingredients.  Three simple ingredients plus the cherries.  Super simple, but a delight. Whipped Cherry Shortbread Cookies 1/2 C butter – No Substitutions 1/2 C powdered sugar 1 1/2 C flour 1/4 C candied cherries in red and green –  cut in quarters   Combine the three ingredients in a mixer and beat together for 10 minutes on mediumRead More →

This versatile cake can be a coffee cake, a desert, or a square.  Either way you serve it, you will love it’s moist texture and delightful contrast with the tender sweet cake and the tang from the cranberry sauce.  And… it’s pretty! Cranberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake 1/4 C chopped almonds Topping 1/2 C All purpose flour 1/2 C sugar 1/4 C chopped almonds 1/4 C melted butter 1/4 tsp vanilla Coffee Cake 1 C sugar 1/2 C butter, softened 1 tsp vanilla 2 eggs 2 C all purpose flour 1 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1 C lightRead More →

Nothing says “Holidays” like homemade chocolates and candy!  This Chocolate Bark is so easy and absolutely delicious.  The two varieties here are White Chocolate Cranberry and Dark Chocolate Raisin Salted Almond.  You won’t regret the 15 minutes you spend in the kitchen for these two treats! White Chocolate Cranberry Recipe 12 oz White baking chocolate 1 C Dried Cranberried 1 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil or Shortening. Cover a cookie sheet or baking pan with parchment paper.  Spread out the dried cranberries.  Melt the chocolate and oil or shortening over a double boiler.  I just put a bowl (larger than my pot) over a pot ofRead More →

Well…  I have you been poring over cook books and recipes trying to decide what to bake for the holidays; trying to decide if I should do 15 days of Christmas cookies or 10 ways to use Chocolate chips or Count down to Christmas with a recipe everyday?  WOW, the choices are endless…  Then, I thought, what will I do with all of that baking???  Hide it so my Diabetic fiance does not go comatose before we get our tree up! Strategize…. Sell the cookies on Ebay?  OfferUP?  Whatever, I’ll figure it out.  I’m sure there is a senior center pretty close by that wouldRead More →

I like to substitute egg whites for a couple of my whole eggs in my omelettes.  This way I keep all of the great protein and cut down on the fat.  Omelettes are a simple way to have a complete meal in a single dish.  Once you know the technique and use a good non-stick pan, the possibilities are endless only restricted by your imagination. Cheesy Ham Omelette Recipe 1 Whole egg 2 Egg white – Yep, I throw the yokes out or save them for baking – ( will be making lemon curd – so save them) 1/4 C finely diced white onion 1/2Read More →

  This is the easiest salad to make and can be easily done in a low fat and calorie version.  A family favorite that has been on our Thanksgiving and Holiday table for at least 40 years, maybe longer.  I remember my mom making this when I was a teenager in the 70’s.  It’s still good! Ambrosia Salad Recipe 1 Cup of each of the following ingredients: Sour Cream – reduced fat or fat free is fine Coconut – sweetened or unsweetened Miniature Marshmallows Canned, drained Mandarine Orange Segments- I used packed in juice no sugar added Canned, drained Pineapple chunks- I used packed inRead More →

  This chicken Pot Pie recipe is just as delicious with cooked turkey as it is with chicken.  Try this super easy recipe with a deli rotisserie chicken or use left over baked chicken. This is one of my go to recipes for turkey “leftovers”.  If your family is anything like mine, they are delighted to eat Thanksgiving dinner for a second time on Black Friday, but then do not want to even see another turkey dish, let alone hear a “gobble” for another year.  So, I take all of the meat off the carcass and then put a few things like turkey soup andRead More →