• 19Sep

    With the recent advent of autumn in my area, I am really getting into the mood for fall food.  I am going to share some of my favorite autumn recipes this week.  Today’s recipe is for friendship tea.  A jar of mix tied with a ribbon with the recipe attached makes a fantastic hostess gift for those holiday get togethers, and a crock pot full of hot friendship tea is a festive drink for holiday gatherings.

    Friendship Tea

    1 cup tang
    ¼ tsp cloves
    ½ tsp cinnamon
    ½ cup instant unsweetened lemon flavored tea (Nestea makes it)

    Add approx 1-2 tbsp of mix per mug of hot water. 

    This recipe makes up a small amount; double or triple recipe for sufficient yield.

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  • 14Jul

    Ear of CornOne of the things I like best about living in the Midwest is all of the fresh produce available here in the summer. When I drive between towns I pass fields of corn, alfalfa, soy beans, horseradish, tomatoes, watermelon, etc. There are many roadside farm stands that sell freshly picked locally grown produce – everything from corn to berries and peaches. Sweet corn is one of my absolute favorites. Since I grew up eating this freshly picked, I do not care for frozen or canned corn. Today I stopped and picked up half a dozen (but they gave me 7) ears of fresh sweet white corn, onion, portabella mushroom cap, and a quart of blackberries. We will have hamburger with grilled onions and mushrooms for dinner with sweet corn and salad, followed by blackberry cobbler for dessert tonight. I am going to make a smaller version of this Blackberry Cobbler (minus the nectarines). I made it last summer and it was very good. It goes very well with vanilla ice cream. Mmmmm…I cannot wait. I get hungry just thinking about it!

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  • 30Jun

    Tammy is hosting a cookie recipe swap and I have decided to participate. 

    These are my favorite cookies of all time.  It took me a couple of years to develop and perfect my super secret cookie recipe, and I have never given it out before.  Bon Apetit! 

    WARNING:  You cannot eat just one of these, so baker beware!

    Heather’s Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies 

    ¾ c. butter, softened.
    2 c. brown sugar
    1 banana
    1 egg
    ½ tsp vanilla
    1 c. white flour
    1 c. wheat flour
    1 c. Quaker old fashioned oats
    2 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp ginger
    ½ tsp salt
    1 c. semi sweet chips
    1 c. pecans

    Cream butter and sugar.  Add banana, egg, and vanilla. Blend well.  In a separate bowl, mix flour, oats, baking powder, ginger, and salt.  Then add to creamed mixture.  Add chips and pecans.

    Drop by rounded tablespoon (I prefer Pampered Chef’s medium scoop – you get consistent and perfect cookies with no messy fingers) onto baking stone (preferred) or greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 10-12 min.  Cool on wire rack.  Makes 4 dozen.
     

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