Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Molasses Cookies

I will never be able to make these cookies as good as my Grandmother. She had been making these since the depression years, so she had a lot of practice. Her cookies were always soft and always perfectly cracked. They looked like a picture from a bakery. She made dozens at a time and kept about 4 dozen constantly on hand for visitors. Remember that they were always soft. I know very few people who even like Molasses, but after eating these cookies, many people changed their mind. I wish you luck and hope yours will turn out that perfect. Here is that special recipe.

3/4 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
1 egg
4 tbsp. molasses
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking soda

In a bowl, creme shortening and sugar. Add in egg, molasses, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Finally, add flour. Refrigerate at least 4 hours. Roll into 1" balls. Roll balls in sugar and place on a cookie sheet. Flatten with fingers and bake in a 350 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and place cookies on a cooling rack or counter until cool.

Multi-layer Salad!

I was in charge of salad this year. I rarely bring salads, so we wanted to find something unusual to bring. We found a few ideas in a book and blended them with what we personally liked. Here is what we came up with.

1 Head of Romaine Lettuce
Grape Tomatoes
Bacon cooked and crumbled
Feta Cheese
Avocado (cubed and sprinkled with lime juice to prevent browning)
3 eggs
Sliced Mushrooms
Italian Seasoning

We cut up the Romaine and added all the other ingredients. Let is sit in the fridge for an hour before serving. Make sure you sprinkle the avocado with lime juice to prevent it from browning. I could barely taste the juice in the salad or the avocado. Add a little pepper for flavor. Yum!

The salad was a hit. I can't say I eat avocado, ever. But, I loved it in this salad. We were suppose to add diced chicken, but we figured it was not the main course and we already had turkey with our meal. Like all salads, you can omit whatever you don't like, but I recommend trying everything. You can always pick out what you don't like.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

November Blog Carnival

Welcome to the November 21, 2007 edition of carnival of party food. A lot of great submissions from everyone this month. Check out the links below for great recipes and holiday food ideas.

Bart Van Honsté presents WinePhabet - A of Amarone posted at Fylloxera, saying, "Learn something more about an astonishing party wine from la bella Italia: Amarone."

Mama Duck presents 13 outdoor birthday food ideas posted at Lil Duck Duck.

Israel Cruz presents Frijoles Charros posted at Authentic Southern Mexican Food.

Trent presents Ten Frugal Tips For A Great Grilling Experience posted at The Simple Dollar, saying, "Ten great money saving tips for tasty, easy barbecuing for your next party."

Meredith Mathews presents Happy Birthday Ice Cream Cone Cupcake Treats! posted at Lemonade Stand.

presents Its all about the amount of wine posted at The best wine blog - new wine posts daily.

James D. Brausch presents Why I'm Not A Vegetarian posted at Weight Loss Dude.

Frugal Fanny presents Thanksgiving on a Budget posted at Frugal Fanny's Everyday Money Saving Tips.

Host Bee presents Turducken posted at Busy Bee Lifestyle.

Tiffany Washko presents Peanut Butter Carob Balls Recipe posted at Natural Family Living Blog.


Katy presents Butternut Squash Toasts posted at sugarlaw, saying, "Delicious, super easy, and requires only a few ingredients. Every time I make it, someone asks me for the recipe!"

Chris presents Snack Idea: Apples and Cinnamon posted at The Healthy Snacks Blog.

Phil B. presents Spicy Hot versus Temperature Hot « Phil for Humanity posted at Phil for Humanity, saying, "When someone tells you that the food is "hot", do you assume temperature hot or spicy hot?"


TherapyDoc presents Hoo-du ya love, Substances, and The Bake Sale posted at Everyone needs therapy, saying, "Here's a warning for the label of your cookie jar."


Stephanie presents Elementary Chef » Blog Archive » Pecan Pie posted at Elementary Chef. I always wanted to know how to make this dish, but haven't tried it yet. I hope to soon.

Summer presents Yummy Pumpkin Pie! posted at Mom Is Teaching. Today is Thanksgiving and I can hardly wait for the Pumpkin Pie.


Heather Juma presents Throw A Fast, Fabulous and Fun Cocktail Party! posted at Girls Who Network Diary.

Main dishes

Annette Berlin presents Easy Pizza Dough posted at Frugal Journey, saying, "Pizza is always a favorite main course at casual parties. Unfortunately, if you have a lot of big eaters, it can get expensive to order take-out. Here's a simple recipe for a do-it-yourself version of pizza dough."

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Potica...A Long Lost Tradition.

I was watching TV the other day and a bakery was making Potica. I grew up with this dessert in my family and at every party all my life. Unfortunately for me, I never gave it a try until I was in college. Now I love it and I don't have the opportunity to eat it anymore.

This is a sweet bread roll, kinda a cross between a cinnamon roll and a bread, with lots and lots of walnuts. There are not a lot of desserts that people will pay $40 for a loaf of it. My Uncle use to sell dozens every year. As I get older, I hope to one day make this dessert myself, but I have a lot to learn before I am ready for that.

A bakery in Minnesota sells them on-line. They are the Italian Bakery. I can't imagine it being the same, but maybe I should give it a try. One patron remarked that, "Once you try it, everyone loves Potica." That is very true. At one social event outsiders huddled around the beer and everyone who knew what we were eating, sat down and begged for a piece. Growing up I thought it looked horrible, but I was so wrong.

As the holidays grow near, I long for those traditions of years past. Hope everyone has a great holiday.

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