Monday, November 30, 2015

Steamed Cranberry Pudding

Traditional Christmas Recipe 

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 cups whole cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Dissolve the baking soda in hot water.
Add sugar and molasses, mixing well.
Mix in cranberries and flour.
Pour into a greased 6-cup steamer mold.
Place mold in steamer, cover pot.
Cook over medium heat for 1 1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
Loosen the edges, and cool on a wire rack in the mold.
Serve with hard sauce.

Hard Sauce
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Make the hard sauce just before serving:  
Heat butter, cream, sugar and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium heat. 
Cook stirring constantly until heated through and smooth.

Cost of pudding $3.20
Cost of Hard Sauce $2.00
Total cost $5.20

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Pecan Pie

A easy recipe for pecan pie. Comes out prefect every time.

  • 1 cup light or dark corn syrup
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans
  • 1 unbaked deep-dish pie crust

Mix corn syrup, eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla together.
Stir in pecans.
Pour into prepared pie crust.
Bake in a preheated oven for 60 minutes or until center reaches 200 degrees.
Cool three hours before serving.

$6.34  8 servings 

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Pineapple Bread

A moist sweet bread recipe bursting with tropical flavors. Plus it so easy to make, just stir and bake.

3 eggs, beaten
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple, in it own juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups self-rising flour
1 cup chopped walnuts

Mix together eggs, sugar, oil, pineapple and vanilla.
Add flour, mixing until combined.
Stir in nuts.
Divide the batter equally into two loaf pans.
Bake in a preheated 325-degree oven for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cost to make 2 loaves $5.60.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

French Onion Dip

French onion dip is a creamy, decadent recipe that is easy to make.  Perfect with chips or crisp vegetables for dipping.


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 sweet onions, chopped
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Add oil to a large skillet. Saute onions on low until brown and caramelized, about 35 minutes.
Cool onions.
Mix together remaining ingredients, blending well.
Add cooled onions.
Chill at least one hour before serving.


For a creamier dip, puree after adding onions.
For super crisp vegetables, cut and store in ice water, drain before serving.

Little Smokies Cocktail Sausage

A easy recipe for a man-pleasing football snack.

  • 1/2 cup grape jelly
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1 12-ounce package cocktail sausage

Melt jelly and cocktail sauce together in a small saucepan.
Add sausage.
Simmer on low one hour.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Spinach Tea Sandwiches

A excellent tea sandwich recipe that is sure to please.

Spinach Tea Sandwiches
  • 1 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach, cooked
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 packet Knorr Vegetable dry soup mix
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon pimiento, minced
  • very thin sliced bread

Cool spinach and squeeze dry.
Mix together all ingredients except bread.
Chill for at least 2 hours.
Spread filling on one slice of bread, top with another slice.
Make desired number to sandwiches.
Remove outside crust with serrated knife.
Cut into desired shapes.


Freeze bread five hours before making sandwiches. The crust will cut much neater from the bread.
Make sandwiches the night before.
Refrigerate in an air-tight container covered with a sheet of wax paper and a damp paper towel.  This will prevent them from drying out.
Pepperidge Farm very thin sliced bread makes the best tea sandwiches.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Tintoretto Cocktail

Only two ingredients for a Tintoretto cocktail.   Ancient Egyptians regarded the pomegranate as a symbol of prosperity.

  • 6 ounces pomegranate juice, chilled
  • 16 ounces Processo or other sparkling wine, chilled

Pour pomegranate juice into champagne flute.
Pour chill wine over juice.