Awesome Sauce

Also known as Red Sauce, Pizza Sauce, and dip for your bread sticks!

Having a garden is GREAT. Having your harvest come in a little at a time SUCKS! Yeah, Yeah I know I was posting all summer that I am hauling in 12-16 lbs every few days, but dang it that is mostly cucumbers and squash! So what’s a girl to do with tomatoes in quantities not worthy of skinning, dicing and canning or freezing? ROAST THEM!! Now I can’t tell you exactly how many of everything you need, not all tomatoes are created equal, but I can give you some estimates. I used this technique multipe times during . . . → Read More: Awesome Sauce

Snicker Doodles

I was given this great book 101 Things to do with a cake mix, while I have only tried a few things one of my absolute favorites is the snickerdoodle recipe. Now I know it’s the Holidays and folks are needing thousands of cookies but since it is just the two of us this is a great recipe as it is QUICK and only produces about 2 dozen cookies. As I sat down to write this post I wondered “Why do they call them snicker doodles there aren’t any snickers in them?” Well a handy dandy BING search took me to the Wikipedia page for snickerdoodles and I wonder no . . . → Read More: Snicker Doodles

“Mexican Wedding Cakes”

Butterballs, Russian Tea Cake

Yesterday I set out to make Mexican Wedding Cakes, I new darn well that they in fact were not Mexican or wedding cakes so why on earth did we call them that? My research on this didn’t bring me any really good answers or even a <blockquote> to enhance the smartness of this page. All I found is that they were call Russian Tea Cakes until about the 1950s when the Mexican Wedding Cake term started being used. The guess is that it was because of our strained relationship with Russia at the time. Hmmm, can anyone say “Freedom Fries”.

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Homemade Marshmallows!

Homemade what? Yes marshmallows. I am not sure what prompted me to try this a few years ago but I am really glad for what ever it was. Now you may think that marshmallows are a daunting task but to be honest it is incredibly easy and doesn’t take long. The worst part of the process is waiting over night for them to set up and dry. This is an excellent gift item for co-workers; Christmas mug from the local department store (99 cents), either home made cocoa mix or a nice individual package (99 cents – $2) and your marshmallows.

Ingredients

3 pouches of non-flavored KNOX gelatin 1 . . . → Read More: Homemade Marshmallows!

Fried Okra

Well this situation started out as really annoying. We planted 5 okra plants because Sam likes it. Then 2 of them died. That leaves us with 3 plants. They are producing but so far not that much. Mind you the plants are as tall as I am. Every time we go to the garden and have a few okra (which is almost every other day) Kerry suggest “WE” fry them and see if they are good. “WE” is such a great term, it means me preparing them and cleaning up the mess. Now I have avoided this by saying there isn’t enough and by pickling them because Kim said . . . → Read More: Fried Okra

Vegetable Titan

It is no seekrit that I watch or listen to rather quite a bit of FoodTV. A lot of times they make things that are too complex, don’t sound that good or are otherwise just not any fun. However one day I was watching Ina from The Barefoot Contessa and she made a vegetable dish that looked like something even KLT would enjoy. Now granted I was working hard and reducing my carb intake so this was a delightful addition to the pretty regular piles of veggies I was eating.

Ingredients

1 medium yellow onion, cut in half and sliced 2 garlic cloves, minced 4-5 medium round potatoes, unpeeled 1 . . . → Read More: Vegetable Titan

Grown up Hot Chocolate

So for the 3rd or 4th time I have made us some rather adult hot chocolate. I have to warn you this is not for the occasional chocolate lover, it’s rich, it’s thick and it contains booze. I believe that after KLT enjoyed a cup the other night he proclaimed that he needed a glass of milk to follow that.

INGREDIENTS So I have tweaked this to get it to make 2 full coffee cups.

Fill 2 coffee mugs with hot water to preheat the cups. Get out your chocolate sprinkles, whipped cream or marshmallows.

In a small ramekin place the following and save for later.

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Tropical Dream Cupcakes

So I had this idea for a cupcake, I had been tinkering with the idea of strawberry cupcakes with Malibu butter cream frosting. I decided that the last time I had a strawberry cupcake it was too strong and fake tasting. Today was the day I decided to come home and give this recipe a try. I have to say I LOVE THEM!!!

Cupcakes

1 Strawberry boxed cake mix 1 c. Pineapple (used crushed in natural juice, I got about 1/4 cup of just juice out and put the fruit in the mini-processor) 1/3c. Oil 3 Eggs

Mix and bake as per box instructions. I didn’t want there . . . → Read More: Tropical Dream Cupcakes

Tammy’s Tips part 1 of 2

I decided it was time I shared some of the greatest things I have ever learned. πŸ™‚

Filmy build up on glassware and plates

Let me start with the dishwasher. Did you stop using your dishwasher because it made all your glasses turn white and crusty? Well let me tell you the solution to this. CLR. Nope it’s that simple. I fill the prewash cup plus some full of CLR, pop the soap packet into the wash cup and check to be sure I have rinse aid. I do this every other wash if not every wash unless there are not many glasses and plates. If you have a big . . . → Read More: Tammy’s Tips part 1 of 2

Lemon Ginger Sorbetto

Last summer I made Lemon Ginger Sorbetto probably for the same reason I am making it now. I needed a lemon and had to buy an entire bag. πŸ˜€ Last year I worked so hard scraping the freezing concoction every 30 minutes while this year I cheated and used the ice cream maker. Gotta love technology. This is a very refreshing and pallet cleansing dish. Even my mom liked it!

Really what you need:

1 Cup Sugar 6 Tbl Honey 3 Cups Water 1 Cup Lemon Juice (about 8, but you can measure and I filled in with the bottled stuff) 2″ peice of ginger

What you need to do:

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