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Monday, February 11, 2019

Valentine's Day love: Baking apple cinnamon sweet bread

There is nothing quite like baking for the one you love...that definitely includes Valentine's Day baking!

Bake up a sweet treat for your special someone this year. Instead of buying treats, take your time to make one.

Apple cinnamon sweet bread is the perfect treat to bake...Click here for the easy recipe!

Perfect for dessert, breakfast or brunch, you can't go wrong with this easy recipe.

More easy sweet recipes:

Peanut butter delight recipe

Easy brownie recipe: no mixer required 

Triple chocolate chip espresso cookie recipe

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Pignoli (Pine Nut) Cookies... an old Italian recipe

I have so many "Old Italian" cookie recipes in my collection. These Pignoli (Bin-yall) cookies, I remember fondly from my childhood.

As, New Jersey, Italians, we tend to say things differently than ANYONE else in the country! Pignoli's are a nut, otherwise known as, Pine Nuts. I grew up calling them Bin-yalls and Grandma used them in her meatballs! My sister and myself used to eat them so Grandma started hiding them throughout the house, in a glass bottle. Me and my sister found them one day in the bathroom medicine cabinet and ate the whole jar! Grandma found us and chased us around the house with a wooden spoon threatening to spank us, so what did we do? We hid behind Grandpa's chair and he protected us. Crazy memory, I know...but, those were the good old days.

Here is my Aunt Mary's recipe for these sweet and delicate treats:
  • 1 pound almond paste
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanialla
  • Pignolis, 2 small packs
  • Powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 375*.
Line cookie sheet with non-stick foil.
Break up almond paste.
Mix paste crumbs with sugar and breadcrumbs, using your hands.
Add egg whites and vanilla.
Roll into small balls, about 1 inch each.
Pour pignoli's onto a plate and roll each ball into the nuts.
Place on prepared cookie sheet and flatten with your hand or with the bottom of a glass.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
Sift with powdered sugar.

These cookies are sweet and rich.
More Italian cookie recipes:

Italian spice cookie recipe

Italian love knot cookie recipe

Friday, December 14, 2018

Christmas candy: Peanut butter delights
Every year I used to host a cookie exchange. I would allow cookies or candies to be made to give. This recipe for peanut butter delights was made one year and it was a recipe I liked so much that I have saved it to my collection of favorites!

Peanut butter delight recipe
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 sick margarine
  • 4 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 1/2 cups oats
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

Cook sugar, milk, margarine and cocoa for 1 1/2 minutes after it starts to boil.
Stir while cooking.
Add oats, nuts, raisins, vanilla and peanut butter.
Stir until combined.
Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper and let them cool.
You can place wax paper on cookie sheet and place in fridge to cool faster.
Store in an air tight container.

More Holiday recipes:

Chocolate latte cookie recipe

Holiday punch recipe

Russian tea cake cookie recipe 4 ways

Sunday, December 2, 2018

How to make chocolate latte cookies...

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They will make the perfect accompaniment to any cup of coffee. If you are not a fan of caffeine but enjoy the flavor of coffee, you can use decaffeinated coffee in this recipe.

Chocolate Latte Cookie Recipe
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/8 cup instant coffee (dry granules)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 6 ounces chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350*.
Line 2 cookie sheets with no stick foil.
Cream margarine and sugar together with an electric mixer.
Add eggs and mix until well blended.
In a separate bowl, mix together: flour, cocoa, coffee, baking powder and soda and salt.
Add dry mixture to wet mixture until well combined.
Add in chocolate chips and mix.
Drop onto foil lined pans each one being about tablespoon size. Drop about 2 inches apart.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Will make about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

More cookies:

Butter cookie sticks recipe 

Christmas cookie rules

Russian tea cake cookie recipe

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Christmas cookie rules

Top 10 Christmas cookie rules (taken off the Internet)

If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first cookie is the test and thus calorie free.

If you drink a diet soda after eating your second cookie, it also has no calories because the diet soda cancels out the cookie calories.

If a friend comes over while you are making your Christmas cookies and needs to sample, you must sample with your friend. Because your friend's first cookie is calorie free (see rule #1). It would be rude to let your friend sample alone, and being the friend that you are, makes your cookie calorie free as well.

Any cookie calories consumed while walking around will fall to your feet and eventually fall off as you move. This is due to gravity and the density of the caloric mass.

Any calories consumed during the frosting of the Christmas cookies will be used up because it takes many calories to lick excess frosting from a knife without cutting your tongue.

Cookies colored red or green have very few calories. Red ones have 3 and green ones have 5 - one calorie for each letter. Make more red ones!

Cookies eaten while watching Miracle on 34th Street have no calories because they are part of the entertainment package and not part of one's personal fuel. As always, cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breaking causes calorie leakage.

Any cookies consumed from a plate belonging to someone else has no calories since the calories rightfully belong to the other person and will cling to their plate. We all know how calories like to CLING!

And finally...Any cookies consumed while feeling stressed have no calories because cookies used for medicinal purposes NEVER have calories. It's a rule!

Christmas cookie recipes:

Mounds bite recipe

Holiday truffle recipes

Eggnog crisp recipe

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Guest post: Food blogger Aimee Plesa with Thyme After Thyme Gourmet: Plus, Spiced Cider Recipe

I am featuring fellow food blogger Aimee Plesa author of Thyme After Thyme Gourmet.

Aimee writes a food blog with cooking how to’s and guides. Her recipes come from a variety of places, from cookbooks and magazines to family recipes. She often adds her own special twists to the recipes to make them her own.

Amy is a 45 year old single mother of 4 who lives and works in SW Ohio. She is the kitchen manager for a popular sports bar as well as an independent chef who provides various services including retail and wholesale baking and confectionery, meal prep and culinary classes. She is also a free lance writer who specializes in writing about food, gardening, landscaping and entertainment/sports. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, photographing the local flora and fauna, painting and drawing. She is currently working on her first cookbook with the goal of it becoming a full series.

Recipes from Aimee:

Some people think cider is only for the fall months, but I enjoy it pretty much year round. When the months turn cool, this is one of my favorite pick-me-ups.

Hot Spiced Cider recipe
  • 8 cups apple cider
  • 1 whole cinnamon stick
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into pieces

Combine all ingredients in a large stock pot. Cover and bring to a simmer over medium low heat.Partially remove lid and allow to simmer for 15 minutes to allow flavors to fully develop. Serve hot.

I know a food blog isn't exactly the place to discuss UTI's, but as a woman, I feel the need to share this smoothie recipe with my female readers. It has been pounded into our brains since we were most likely little girls to drink cranberry juice to help ease the suffering associated with this common malady. But if you are anything like me, you can only drink so much juice before you are thoroughly repulsed by even the faintest whiff of cranberry. Try this smoothie instead and see if it works better for you.

Cranberry Smoothie recipe

  • 1 cup fresh apple juice
  • 1 inch piece ginger-root, grated
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon ascorbic acid (Vitamin C powder)
  • 6 ice cubes


Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high speed until smooth. Drink immediately.

Aimee's  Notes

If you don't have fresh apple juice on hand, you can use commercially made juice, just make sure you buy the unsweetened kind.

Blueberries are also supposed to have properties that help fight off UTI's. If this recipe is too "cranberry" for you, use half blueberries and half cranberries.

Disclaimer: All medically related information is intended for general knowledge only and is not a substitute for the advice or treatment for specific medical conditions by a licensed professional. I do not recommend the self-management of health problems. Should you have any health care-related questions, please call or see your physician or other health care provider promptly. You should never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read here.

More drink recipes:

Eggnog...Oh, how we love thee

It's the most cranberry time of the year

Cranberry vodka drink recipe

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Best EVER Sweet Potato Casserole

photo: google images
I know, I know, you see the title, "Best ever sweet potato casserole" all over the internet. But, I can not tell a lie. This is truly the best I have ever had! I make the same exact recipe every year...I never deviate.

I am a firm believer in Boston Markets sweet potato casserole...but this one I love just a smidge more!

Now, here is the question of the this a side or a dessert? It is a great debate. I is a sweet side, so enjoy with dinner!

Best EVER Sweet Potato Casserole

  • 4 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 2 cups crushed corn flake cereal
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup pecan bits
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted

Boil potatoes until tender (or used canned sweet potatoes).
Preheat oven to 400*.
Spray 9x13 baking dish with butter spray.
In an extra large bowl, mash up potatoes then add the remaining casserole ingredients.
Mix together well and pour into prepared baking dish.
In a separate bowl, combine topping ingredients.
Spread topping over casserole.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes...until bubbly.

More great recipes:

Tender turkey breast recipe 

Thanksgiving punch recipe

Easy turkey gravy recipe