Some Things You Should Know

I started this blog a long time ago as when it was "What's Cooking at My house" and before my mad photography skills kicked in and before we went gluten free. With that said you never know what you might find here. There's a little something for everyone I believe. But my hope is to provide more recipes with better photos to tempt your tummy. *smile*

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Mom's Apple Pie

This is THE pie of choice for my Dad. My Mom has been making this pie for my Dad for 55 years and when you've had the same pie for that many years you don't deter from the plan. Ask my best friend Kathy about that LOL.

First make pastry for a 2 crust pie (Recipe for that later or use your favorite or just buy one Debra!)
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
8-9 medium tart apples peeled and sliced thinly
2 TBS. butter

1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare pastry for pie.
2. Mix sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a small bowl.
3. Dot bottom of pastry with 1/2 of butter. Arrange apples in pan. Pile them high as they will cook down while baking.
4. Sprinkle sugar mixture on top of apples and dot with remaining butter.
5. Cover with top pastry and cut 6- 7 slits in it. Pinch the edges together and mark with fork all the way around.
6. Cover edge with 3 inch aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning.
Bake for 40- 50 mins or until crust is brown and juices are bubbling through.
Remove foil last 10 mins. of baking.


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Scalloped Potatoes with Goat cheese

Okay this recipe isn't low fat by any means but for one day a year you can do it. But after making it you may want to make it more than that. Cook at own risk lol!
2 1/2 cups half and half
1 1/2 cups crumbled herbed goat cheese
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
3lbs. favorite potato, thinly sliced

Ingredients may be adjusted to suit your personal needs if wanting a bit more or less.

Just have fun with it. There is room for trial and error in these amounts.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Whisk first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl until well blended.
Arrange 1/3 of the potatoes in your prepared dish, overlapping slightly but covering completely.
Pour 1/3 of cream mixture over potatoes and repeat layers 2 more times.
Baked uncovered until potatoes are tender and browned in spots. Cover near end if browning too quickly. Cook about 1hr 15 mins. to 1 hr and 30 mins.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

My Grandmother's Cranberry Salad

My Mom found me the original recipe of my grandmothers. She made this for every Thanksgiving as far back as I can remember. She passed away at age 94 about 7 years ago. I had found a recipe similar but it wasn't my grandmothers. So my Mom was able to find this one page out of Mamie's cookbook that had this recipe on it. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. I'm excited to actually get to make the "original" this year and even put it in the original glass dish that she would make it in. I dedicate this recipe to my Grandmother Mamie.

1 Package of cranberry gelatin
1 c. of hot water
1 can whole cranberry sauce
1 sm. can crushed pineapple, drained
1 small package of cream cheese 4 oz.
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. finely chopped walnuts

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in fruit and nuts.
Pour half of mixture into your mold or pretty dish. Place in fridge until firm.
Blend cream cheese and sour cream.
Spread over chilled gelatin.
Add remaining gelatin and chill until firm.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Creamed Onions

These are a favorite of ours. It may sound a bit weird but I honestly believe you will love these.

1- 3lb. bag of small sweet or yellow onions (if you can afford the pearl onions it's even better)
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 -1 cup of half and half

Peel onions and cut in half. Place in a pot and fill with water just enough to boil without drying out. Cover with lid and bring to a low boil. Keep a watch out to make sure you don't cook up all your water, you don't want burnt onions. Cook until fork tender.
Drain off excess water and put back over low heat.
Add your butter and stir to melt.
Add enough half and half that you don't quite cover your onions.
Add a bit of salt and pepper to taste.
Heat through and enjoy.

I'll be posting my Grandmother's Cranberry Salad recipe next so be on the lookout!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Thanksgiving Menu 2008

I thought I would go ahead and share my Thanksgiving Menu and some of the recipes I will be posting for the occasion.

Roasted Turkey
Stuffing (Stuffed in the bird)
Scalloped potatoes with Goat Cheese
Seasoned Green Beans
Creamed Onions
Sweet Potato Casserole (The one with the ooey gooey marshmallows on top)
Pumpkin Biscuits
My Grandmother's Cranberry Salad

2 Chocolate Cream
Maple Pecan
Mom's Apple Pie (Dad's Favorite)

Warning: Menu is subject to change without notice! LOL!
This will give you a glimpse of some of the yummy recipes I'll be posting, so be on the lookout!