Rum/Cinnamon Whipped Cream

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup (½ pint) cold heavy cream 3 tablespoons sugar ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 tablespoon dark rum ½ teaspoon cinnamon DIRECTIONS: Whip the cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. When it starts to thicken, add the sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and rum. Continue to whip until…

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Creamy, yummy, delicious – you’ll wonder why you haven’t been adding pumpkin to your cheesecake all this time. And, may I suggest rewarding yourself with a spellbinding book while you’re enjoying this magical dessert? INGREDIENTS: Crust: 1 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup melted salted…

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…

Butterscotch Pudding

Is there anything yummier than a bowl of butterscotch pudding on a crisp autumn evening? I think not. Here’s what you need for your own little bit of deliciousness. INGREDIENTS: 1-1/2 cups brown sugar, light or dark (Note: dark brown sugar will yield a more golden appearance for the cooked pudding) 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/2…

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…

The Dawn Herald Series

What is better than good food and a gathering of foodies? Good food and a good book! Warren Mueller Presents The Dawn Herald Series Follow the journey of young Tom as he travels into a forgotten land filled with elves and trolls to combat the forces of evil with his sidekick Wini. The mystical Willet…

Lemon Brownies (yes, there is such a thing!)

Oh Em Gee. Lemon Brownies. Where have you been all my life? Here’s the how-to: … Preheat your oven to 350. Mix 1/2 cup salted butter, (one stick), softened, the zest of 1/2 a lemon and 3/4 cup of sugar. Beat until fluffy. Add 2 large eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each…

Hawaiian Style Banana Bread

Hawaiian Style Banana Bread (Courtesy of Dennis Charfauros) INGREDIENTS: 4-6 ripe bananas (2cups) 3 cups all purpose flour 2 cups sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 1 tsp ground cinnamon 3 eggs 3/4 cup veg oil or canola 2tsp imitation vanilla 1 cup crushed pineapple drained DIRECTIONS: In a bowl smash bananas and…

Cocktail Sauce

So easy. So yummy. You’ll wonder why you’ve been buying the bottled prepackaged stuff all these years. I’m just listing the basic ingredients here – the measurements are totally up to your tastes. You will want a 2/1 ratio of ketchup and horseradish sauce (again, more horseradish if you want more kick, a lot less…

Chicken Noodle Soup

Is there anything more comforting than a hearty bowl of chicken noodle soup? I don’t think so. Let your crockpot be your best friend and simmer this lusciousness all day long. Trust me on this. INGREDIENTS: 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts 3-4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced 1/2 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped 2…

BBQ Sauce

I’ve always said that I like my barbecue sauce like I like my men, a little sweet, a little spicy, and a little chunky. For those who dare…. Here’s my recipe: INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion (1 large onion) 1 (or two, if you’re bold) jalapeño peppers, seeded and diced. 1 tablespoon minced…

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

One of my prized recipes is taken from a 1950’s cookbook that belonged to my grandmother. I tweaked it a bit with the addition of crushed pineapple because, hey, who doesn’t like a lot of pineapple in a pineapple upside down cake, right? INGREDIENTS: For the pineapple topping: 1 can of pineapple slices, drained –…

Brats and Beer

Okay, I don’t actually make the beer. BUT, I have developed a kicking beer boil that will transform your ordinary bratwurst into something spectacular… 1 large onion, peeled & thinly sliced 1 clove garlic, crushed bratwursts, pricked with a fork (uncooked, Johnsonville is our favorite) 2 (12 ounce) bottles beer (Expensive brewskis are not a…

Chocolate Cake!

Chocolate Cake! Y’all knew I had to do this one right off the bat, didn’t you? It’s moist, nummy and – almost as easy as a mix (only you can actually pronounce all of the ingredients) For the Cake: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 3/4 teaspoon baking powder…