better ‘n brownies

Yesterday was a blustery, cold day here. And what better way to celebrate such a day than with cookies? Chocolate- chocolate chip cookies! What else?  These are… Better ‘n Brownies Preheat the oven to 355° F. Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter (room temperature) 1/2 cup Crisco 1 cup light brown sugar (packed) 1 cup white sugar…

hamburger buns

Tonight it’s burgers for supper.  And, that means homemade hamburger buns. Wonderful, and so easy 1 cup warm water 1 egg 2 Tablespoons butter 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour 1/4 cup sugar 2 teaspoons salt 3 teaspoons active dry yeast Dissolve the yeast & 1 Tablespoon of the sugar in 1/3 of the warm water.…

baking cookies

dont’ mess with perfection

If it ain’t broke…. Well…you know the rest. Don’t try to fix perfection. There are lots of recipes in my cookbook. A few of ’em are considered perfection by those who enjoy home made treats. Nana’s famous Chocolate chip cookies head the list. But I’ve been watching The Food Network quite a bit lately and so…

cabbage burgers today

Kraut Runza We’ve been making these forever. In Colorado’s German-Russian communities they’re known as Cabbage Pockets, Beroks, Cabbage Buns or Krautburgers. In California they appear on bakery menus as Bierocks. My husband’s family, who immigrated to eastern Colorado from near Frank, Russia at the turn of the last century calls them Kraut Runza. It helps if you hold…

Ready for Pie?

the best carmel sauce

Today was cool – finally, temps have been 10 to 15 degrees above average all fall – and D was BORED! It rained in the night so working in the garden was out…What to do? What to do? “Irish, will you make a pie crust? And I’ll do another apple pie.” When he’s in cooking…

the best apple pie

As I told you earlier, we don’t go out too often. When we do, Tahoe Joe’s Steak House is a choice we enjoy, especially during the winter when they offer an exceptional apple pie a la mode with hot bourbon sauce. Yummy…! And expensive. Lately D’s been working on perfecting THE Best Homemade Apple Pie. As…

the best pie crust

Crust for D’s better’n Joe’s Apple Pie We don’t indulge in dinner out too often. When we do, Tahoe Joe’s Steak House is a choice we enjoy, especially in winter when they offer an exceptional apple pie a la mode with hot bourbon sauce. Yummy! Lately D’s been perfecting THE Best Apple Pie.  It’s way…

easy bread

easy as stir, rise, bake! Recently we’ve been seeing ads on TV for a new bread mix ‘now on your grocer’s shelves’. The ads looked very intriguing. So…we bought one! And we got a very nice box – with a packet of active dry yeast,  a packet containing 1 tablespoon of sugar and, last but…

Nana’s biscotti

This morning my mouth  wanted Biscotti for breakfast!  Guess what?  No Biscotti in the freezer.  That means I’m gonna have to bake!  I haven’t baked Biscotti for months, even though Laurie asked me to post the recipe months ago!  Okay – let’s just kill two with one here: I get my craving satisfied and Laurie gets her how to:…

chocolate cake

This morning I opened a new jar of mayonnaise and it reminded me of two things we really enjoy eating. So…since this weekend is Mother’s Day – and since I’m a mother, without a celebration, unless I make my own – I decided to indulge my sweet tooth and make an old fashioned Chocolate Cake.…

grandma’s rye bread

Papa D has been working to perfect a recipe for his Grandma’s German Rye Bread ever since we started cooking together back in the late Seventies.  He has baked one version after another; one recipe after another, only to be disappointed in the flavor.  He’s tried adding molasses, brown sugar, whole caraway seeds, ground caraway…