Cherry Pecan Bread

I hadn’t made this recipe in decades…. until today. Nice to know it’s still as yummy as I remember it. How could you possibly go wrong? Maraschino cherries and pecans folded into a rich buttermilk batter. INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup white sugar 2 eggs 1 cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon baking soda 1…

Cheese Pie (Thierrion Kagan)

From one of my awesome FoodiDudes, Thierrion Kagan. I proudly present (and highly recommend) his mama’s heavenly Ricotta Cheese Pie. Beat 4 egg whites – put aside. (save yolks for mixture below). Mix together: 1 lb. container of ricotta cheese ½ lb. margarine 2 cups sugar 4 egg yolks ½ cup flour 2 cups milk…

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Cake-like and not too sweet. They’re equally good plain or frosted! INGREDIENTS: For the Cookies: 1 1/2 cups white sugar 1 cup butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 cup sour cream 5 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda For the Frosting: 1 (8 ounce) package…

Corn Casserole

Tried this the first time on Thanksgiving. I know, I know – never try recipes for the first time on a holiday. But this turned out so yummy that it soared to the top of my “must make for every holiday meal” list. Try it and let me know what you think! INGREDIENTS: Two –…

Kahlua Spiced Pecans

Yummy to munch on anytime, but especially good during the holidays! So, yes – I bought a few too many pecans for the pecan pies I was going to make. Then, I remembered this recipe from many moons ago. Give this happy little snack a try. INGREDIENTS: 4 cups pecan halves 3 tablespoons Kahlua 1/4…

Eggnog French Toast

So, you bought the store brand eggnog before you discovered my delicious Nog of the Egg and now you have this carton of “not-bad-but-not-perfect” nog staring you in the face every time you open the fridge. Is that’s what’s bothering you, Bucky? Never fear – you can make a pretty darned nummy holiday season breakfast…

Thanksgiving Leftovers Meet Egg Rolls (Ham)

So…maybe I cooked a bit much on Thanksgiving. Anyhoo, in addition to the turkey, I had a fridge full of leftover ham and candied yams as well. Thank goodness for my egg roll wrappers and my deep fryer. Make these in time for the weekend football games. Your family will thank you. INGREDIENTS: Leftover ham,…

After Thanksgiving Egg Rolls (Turkey)

So…there I was with a fridge full of leftovers after the big turkey feast. But, I also was armed with egg roll wrappers. Trust me, your leftovers have never had it so good. INGREDIENTS: Leftover turkey, shredded Leftover stuffing Leftover green bean casserole Leftover gravy Egg Roll Wrappers Leftover turkey gravy Oil for deep frying…

Deep Fried Pumpkin and Deep Fried Pecan Pie!

Yes, Virginia – they do exist. You don’t have to wait until the state fair to transform your leftover pumpkin pie into a little bit of heaven here on earth. Here’s what you’ll need: INGREDIENTS: However many slices of pumpkin pie or pecan pie you have leftover. Oil for deep frying 2 cups flour 1…

Pumpkin Pie

I’ve been using this pumpkin pie recipe for-evah – and I think it’s pretty darned decadent… The “secret” is to cook your pumpkin with the spices on the stove before pouring that delectable yummy-ness into your prepared pie crust and baking it to it’s full glory. This has been my go-to holiday pie for decades….

Prime Rib of Beef (The infamous “Math Method”)

There are few things more daunting to the home cook than a prime rib of beef. But it really shouldn’t be. I stumbled on this recipe several years back and I can assure you the most perfect medium-rare roast. Every. Single. Time. INGREDIENTS: 1 Prime rib of beef salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste…

Milky Way Blondies

Blondies are fabulous things, IMHO. This year, anticipating bunches of Trick-or-Treaters, I bought a large bag of the fun-sized Milky Ways. No Trick-or-Treaters. Zero. Zip. Rather than consuming the entire bag of candy bars myself (and, yes, it was a consideration), I decided to use them up in these incredible cookie-bars. I’ve added chocolate chips…

Sour Cream Chive Cheesy Nummy Scalloped Potatoes

Yeah, it’s a lot of words – but it’s also an apt description. I promise, you’ll fall deeply in love with these at your next holiday gathering. INGREDIENTS: 2 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes 1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup chopped shallots 2 tablespoons all purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup milk 3/4 cup heavy…

Nog of the Egg

Wintertime. Holidays. In my hacienda – that calls for…Egg Nog! At the risk of sounding egotistical, this is the best EVER egg nog recipe. Try it. You’ll like it. INGREDIENTS: 6 large eggs, separated. 2 cups milk 1 cup Bourbon 1 cup whipping cream 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 cup Dark Rum…

The cutest little chocolate turkeys – ever!

These are too gosh darned cute, y’all. INGREDIENTS: 1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups) 4 pkg. (4 oz. each) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces, melted DIRECTIONS: MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended. SHAPE into 16 – 18 (1-1/2 inch) balls. Freeze 10…