Friday, November 23, 2012


Yummmm....There is nothing quite like the rich taste of homemade Mac N' Cheese.


(1) 16 oz. Field Day Organic elbow macroni shells or other brand
8 oz.  Velvetta cheese, cubed
3 slices of American cheese
2 oz. Sharp Cheddar cheese, cubed
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup whole milk
Black pepper, coursely ground

Cook macroni shells according manufacturer's directions. Drain. Add butter, cheeses and milk. Stir until well blended and creamy. Sprinkle with black pepper. Serve immediately.

*Variation--- Place Mac n' Cheese in a buttered cassorole dish, then sprinkle bread crumbs  over top. Place in a 350 degree oven until the bread crumbs are toasted. Remove immediately and serve.

**Variation--- To the finished Mac n' Cheese, add cooked ground beef, turkey or chicken that has been cooked with taco seasoning.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Easy Quick Skillet Quiche

Quiche traditionally takes anywhere from 30 to 50 minutes to prepare in the oven, but this Easy Quick Skillet Quiche takes only 15 minutes to prepare and is just scrumptous!

   (4 servings)

8 ounces frozen broccoli florettes
6 large eggs
1/4 medium onion chopped
1/4 chopped red, green or yellow pepper
1/4 teaspoon chopped garlic
1-2 ounces grated mozzarella cheese
dash ground nutmeg
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

In a medium skillet cook the broccoli, onion, peppers and garlic in the olive oil until broccoli is just tender. Add the eggs, salt, pepper and nutmeg, stirring with a spatula until the eggs are incorporated and cooked throughout. Remove pan from the heat. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese over the top of the cooked mixture.  Cover, then let set a couple of minutes until the cheese melts. May be served with toast, bagels,  muffins or fresh fruit.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012


 Pecan is one of my favorite pie's in the whole world! Interestingly, I had never even tasted a Pecan Pie until about 5 years ago. However, after that first bite there was no turning back.... I was addicted!

This recipe comes down from my Aunt's finest old time recipes. It was the first Pecan Pie that I ever baked and the first Pecan Pie that I ever tasted. I have made a couple changes to the original recipe, however,  this an  absolutely devine pie.


4 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups dark corn syrup
1 cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tab. + 1 tsp. melted butter
1 1/2 cups pecan halves
Single uncooked pie crust

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix, roll out pie crust and place in  a pie pan.

Place the pecan halves into the bottom of the crust. Mix all of the pie ingredients in a medium size bowl, then pour into the pie shell. Bake at 375 degrees for 60 minutes.

Let filling set up  by cooling for several hours or overnight before serving. Do Not cover while cooling and Do Not place in refrigerator, to avoid failure of the filling setting properly.

Here is a great video showing how you can  make "Pie Crust the Easy Way".

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Ymmmm..... It's Banana Bread time again. With Banana Bread being one of my most "favorite things",   I've struggled to find just the perfect recipe that I can always count on to bake perfectly inside and out.  This recipe turns out a beautifully baked Banana Bread with just the right amount of moistness on the inside, yet is perfectly baked inside and out.

Have you ever experienced the disappointment of cutting into your freshly baked Banana Bread only to find that it is undercooked on the inside? Most of us have, I know I have had that experience  and it left me very frustrated so I avoided baking it at all for many years.

Several years ago I stumbled upon a Banana Bread recipe in a vintage cookbook. I baked it up and it was very good. However, I felt that it could definately use some improvement. So, I many a few adjustments and also added a few ingredients to come up with this fantastic Banana Bread that I am certain you and your family will enjoy eating with your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, as well as, many other occasions.  Enjoy!


1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup softened butter
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1/3 water
1 1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas (3-4 medium)
1 2/3 cups all-purpose white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
dash of  ground cloves
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease the bottom of an 8 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 2 1/2 inch loaf pan with a little softened butter. Grease only the bottom of the pan being sure to grease the corners. Do not grease the sides of the pan.

In a separate bowl slightly beat the eggs then set aside. In another bowl mix the granulated sugar with the butter. Stir in the eggs and blend well. Add the mashed bananas, blend.  Add the water. Manually beat the mixture for 30 seconds.

Mix well all of the  dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then add it to the moist ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are well incorporated and are moistened. Add the walnuts and stir well again. Pour into a greased loaf pan.

Bake on the center rack of your oven at 350 degrees for 72 minutes. Cool for  5 minutes, then loosen sides of loaf with a knife; remove from pan. Cool completely before slicing.


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