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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Shrimp Dip

This is a very simple dip that has great flavor. My friend Jacque shared this with me. Serve with snack crackers.


1 4-1/2 oz can tiny shrimp or 4 oz of frozen salad shrimp
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3 green onions, chopped- tops and all
1 cup mayonnaise

Drain canned shrimp and mash with a fork. If using frozen, thaw and chop finely in a food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and chill until serving. If you don't have green onions, use about 1/4 cup chopped onion.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Coconut Diamonds

If you love coconut and nuts, this is a bar that was just made for you.
It is a 2-step bar. That means you partially bake the crust and add another layer and finish baking.

Preheat your oven to 350 degree F.
You will need a 9x9 square pan.


6 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour

2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Cream together butter,1/4 cup sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir in 1 cup flour and pat into your baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes til lightly browned.
While the crust is baking, mix the top layer.
Beat the eggs lightly and add the vanilla and brown sugar. Blend well. Add the 2 Tablespoons flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir in the coconut and walnuts.
When the baked layer is done, pour the coconut mixture over the top.
Bake for 20 more minutes or til toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle.
Cool and cut into diamonds.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cereal - Peanut Bars

These are so very yummy. I have had them with and without the chocolate chips and they are great either way.
If you love peanut butter and cereal bars, you are gonna love these.

You will need to butter a 9x9 square pan.


1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup light, or golden, brown sugar
dash salt
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups Rice Krispies
1 cup corn flakes, slightly crushed
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a large pan combine the corn syrup, brown sugar, and a dash salt. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the peanut butter. When it is blended in stir in the vanilla and both cereals. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Press the whole thing into the buttered pan.
Chill for 1 hour and cut into bars.
Store in the fridge.

Serves about 16.

Homemade popsicles

My mother made these ever since I can remember and I make them for my daughter.
They are extremely flavorful.
This will make from 16-20 popsicles approximately.

You can buy popsicle containers or you can buy dixie cups and when popsicles are slightly frozen stick wooden sticks in them. The sticks I mean are the ones from popsicles or fudge bars you buy or the kind you get for making caramel apples.


1 small package jello
1 package unweetened kool-aid
1 cup sugar
2 cups boiling water
2 cups cold water.

Make sure the kool-aid and jello are the same flavor. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir til dissolved. Pour into dixie cups or popsicle containers.
They should be frozen firm in about 4 hours. If adding sticks to dixie cups, do that after about an hour and a half.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Raisin Bread

This raisin bread recipe is an old family recipe.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven.
3 greased 8"x4" loaf pans


2 cups warm milk
1 Tablespoon dry yeast
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup margarine or butter
2 eggs
5 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups raisins
Approximately 6 cups flour

Proof yeast in bowl with warm milk. Let stand 5-10 minutes til frothy.
Mix sugar, butter, eggs salt, and cinnamon in separate bowl and than pour into yeast mix. Stir well. Add raisins and flour. I like to mix the raisins with about 3 cups of flour and add it together. Stir that and gradually add the rest of the flour. When it gets to thick to stir, now it it time to knead the dough. Add flour as needed. Do not add too much flour over 6 cups even if it seems to take it. It will not bake right. Knead for about 5 minutes. Put in greased bowl and cover. Let rise for an hour or two. Punch down and make loaves. Put in pans and let rise again. The second rise takes about 45 minutes.
Bake for 25-30 minutes. If you like you can bake for 35 minutes, but no longer.
Turn out of pans immediately.

Lemon Cookies

These are really good. You can bake them a little longer to make them crispy, or take out sooner for softer cookies.

Preheat oven to 375 degree F.
ungreased cookie sheet


1 cup butter, shortening, or a mix of the two
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1-1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
3 cups flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder

Cream the butter and sugar. Mix in eggs and lemon extract. Gradually stir in flour and baking powder.
The dough will be stiff.
Roll into balls, put on cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.
You should get about 3 dozen.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Fresh Salsa

It is that time of year for many of us. Time to start thinking about making that first batch of fresh salsa.
There is nothing to it.

2 medium size ripe tomatoes
1 small white onion- You will need about 1/4 cup.
3-5 Serrano peppers- You can substitute jalapenos to get the same heat.
1 large clove garlic
A dozen or so sprigs of fresh cilantro
1-1/2 teaspoon lime juice
3/4 teaspoon salt

To prepare the onion, chop finely and put in a strainer and rinse under cold water.
Chop all the vegetables as finely as you can get them. Scoop into a bowl and add the lime juice and salt.
Stir and let meld for a few minutes before eating.

Chocolate Frosting for Chocolate Cookies

Here is the recipe for the frosting for the chocolate drop cookies.

2 squares unsweetened chocolate
2 Tablespoons margarine or butter
3 Tablespoons water
About 2 cups powdered sugar

Heat the chocolate and margarine over low heat until melted. Take off the heat. Stir in water and powdered sugar until smooth and spreadable.
Frost the cookies.
If you have cocoa powder, but not chocolate squares you can substitute. You will need 6 Tablespoons of cocoa powder and 2 Tablespoons of shortening or cooking oil.

Chocolate Drop Cookies

These are very soft and fluffy cookies. My husband says they are like little chocolate cakes.
You can frost them, but I never do. I will include the frosting recipe if you do want to frost them.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cookie sheets, ungreased


1 cup sugar
2/3 cup margarine or butter
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1-3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix sugar, margarine, water, vanilla, egg, and cocoa powder. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt.
Using a teaspoon or cookie scoop, drop dough onto cookie sheets.
Bake for 8-10 minutes until almost no indentation remains when you touch a cookie. Remove from cookie sheet right away and let cool before frosting, if you are doing so.

What's In a Tablespoon? Cooking Measurements

When you are cooking and you want to double the recipe or you are substituting, this guide can help you out.

What's In a Tablespoon? Cooking Measurements

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Ground Turkey Casserole

This is a great dish, especially on a rainy or cool day.
It is my daughter's favorite.
Originally it was made using ground beef, but I use ground turkey most of the time.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Uses a 2 quart casserole dish


1 (10-1/4 oz.) can condensed cream of celery soup
1 (10-1/4 oz.) can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 (10-1/4 oz.) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 lb ground turkey or ground beef
1 large chopped onion
1/2 cup minute rice soaked in 1-1/2 cups warm water for 1/2 hour. Or cook 1/2 cup long grain white rice in 1 cup water for 15 minutes until water is absorbed.
salt and pepper are optional.

Brown the ground meat with the onion. In the casserole dish mix the meat, rice, and soups. Season with salt and pepper if you wish.
Cover the casserole and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover the casserole and bake for 30 minutes more.

Serves 6.

Using low fat soup works wonderful in this.

Rhubarb Shortcake

We are in the depths of rhubarb season. It is not easy finding rhubarb recipes, so I thought I'd share one today.
My mom has made this every year for as long as I can remember.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease an 8" or 9" square pan.


1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 cup sour milk or buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
A pinch of salt
A dash of nutmeg
2 cups rhubarb

Mix sugar and sour milk. Add baking soda and salt. Stir. Add flour and rhubarb and mix well. Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle with the nutmeg.
Bake for 30 minutes, until it tests done with a toothpick inserted in the middle.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Cinnamon Bread

This is a very simple quick bread to make. The great taste of cinnamon is swirled throughout.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease an 8"x4" loaf pan.


1 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk or sour milk
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar

Mix the 1/2 cup sugar and 1 Tablespoon cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
Mix the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl.
Alternate batter and cinnamon/sugar mixture in loaf pan. Make a few layers.
Bake for 50-60 minutes. Test for donenes with a toothpick inserted in the middle.
Let it rest for 5 minutes in the pan before loosening and turning out.