Thursday, December 11, 2008

Split Pean and Ham Soup

1 ham bone
1 bag split peas, bring to a boil in water, enough to cover. Let cool and rinse peas
chopped onion, celery, and carrots
pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, 2 bay leaves
1 quart chicken stock

Saute onion, celery, and carrots in olive oil. Add ham bone and chicken stock. Add split peas and seasonings and let cook until peas have cooked well.

Remove bay leaves before serving.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

My Mother-in-laws’s Cranberry Fluff

2 cans (16 oz each) whole berry cranberry sauce
2 cans (20 oz each) crushed pineapple
32 oz (4 half pints) heavy cream
½ bag miniature marshmallows

Drain cranberries and pineapple. Beat heavy cream until stiff. Fold in cranberries, pineapple and miniature marshmallows.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Rye Boat with Dill

1 - 1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 -1/3 cup sour cream
1 pkg. corned beef or chipped beef
2 tablespoons minced onion
2 tablespoons parsley
1 teaspoon beau monde
1 teaspoon dill
2 Loaves rye bread unsliced

Mix all together the day before, cut out middle of bread and serve in bread bowl with bread cubes.

Canoe Crab Dip

2 loaves unsliced Italian bread
1/2 cup mayonnaise
8 oz. Cream cheese
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup crabmeat or shrimp
1 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoons dill

Hollow out bread. Combine mayonnaise, cheese, crab & onion.

Bake at 350 degrees until hot and pour into bread. Serve with bread cubes.

Artichoke Dip

2 cans artichokes, drained
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 tsp. Garlic powder
1/3 cup bread crumbs

Bake at 350 degress for 20-30 minutes (top golden brown.) Let stand for 5 minutes.

Peanut Blossoms

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar, divided
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 dozen chocolate hershey’s kisses

In large bowl, beat shortening, peanut butter, brown sugar & 1/2 cup sugar until light & fluffy. Add egg, milk & vanilla, mix well. Combine flour, baking soda & salt. Add to ingredients. Shape dough into 1” balls, roll in 1/4 c. sugar. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 8 minutes at 375 degrees.. Remove from oven & place a candy in center of each cookie. Press down until cookie cracks. Return to oven & bake 2-3 minutes more. Makes 4-5 dozen. 75 calories each.

Italian Fig Cookies (Cucidati) I use this recipe from now on.


5 pounds flour
1 dozen eggs
4 cups shortening
8-10 tablespoons baking powder
2 1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla
2 cups half and half or milk

Beat eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla together. Mix in a large bowl the flour, baking powder and shortening. Make a well and add other ingredients. Roll out dough into strips. Fill with fig mixture pumped from pastry bag into long rows. Roll over with dough, press to seal edges and cut on diagonal. Bake 10-15 minutes in 375 degree oven.

Filling                                                                     Half Fig Filling Recipe
3 pounds string figs.                                               2 lbs string figs
1/2 #-1 lb raisins                                                     1/4 # golden raisins
2 - 12 oz jars orange marmalade.                             2 - 12 oz jars orange marmalade.
16 oz jar honey.                                                            8 oz honey
1/2 #-1 lb dates.                                                            1/4# dates
1 whole orange including rind.                                    1 whole orange including rind.  
2 cups walnuts, chopped and toasted                          2 cups walnuts, chopped and toasted
1/2 teaspoon black pepper                                         1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves                      2 teaspoons cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves
1 teaspoon salt                                                           1 teaspoon salt

Boil figs and raisins for 5 minutes to soften. Save water in case you need some. Grind dates with whole orange including rind, and fig mixture. Add pepper, cinnamon, salt,  and walnuts last. Add remaining liquid from boiled fig mixture if too dry. Blend well and refrigerate in plastic zip lock bag.

Use pastry bag to pipe filling onto dough. Mixture will keep for a long time.

2 cups confectionery sugar
2 tbsp melted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cream of tartar

Whisk together. Add milk until you get a good consistency. Frosting should be on the thick side.
Sprinkle wet frosting with candy sprinkles and let dry completely before storing in container.


2 pounds ricotta cheese
2 cups flour
6 teaspoons baking powder
4 eggs

Whip ricotta cheese until fluffy. Then add eggs, beat a few seconds together.

Add the sifted flour and baking powder together. Add the sifted flour and baking powder together. Mix well with the ricotta cheese and eggs.

Deep fry in hot vegetable oil until golden brown a tablespoon at a time. Oil temperature should be at 350 degrees.

Mix honey and small amount of hot water. Pour over spienges and sprinkle with toasted sliced almonds and colored sprinkles.

Buckeyes (Sam's favorite)

1 pound confectionary sugar
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 oz. Bag chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening

Line cookie sheet with wax paper. Mix peanut butter, vanilla and confectionery sugar with your hands to form dough. Form into teaspoon size balls. Put on cookie sheet and refrigerate until hard.

Melt chocolate chips and shortening in saucepan on low heat. Do not boil. Stick a toothpick in each ball and dip in chocolate just on the bottom and refrigerate until hard.