Category Archives: Recipes

Chocolate Chili

I know it isn’t time for winter comfort foods, but when I was looking through the first volume of Well Fed, I saw ‘Chocolate Chili‘ and as chocolate’s Number One Fan I had to give it a whirl! One difference I will make is that I will drain the beef after browning it. She doesn’t drain the beef after browning it, and I made it that way. However, even though I used 93/7 hamburger, it still has too much grease in it for my older stomach. But, the taste is amazing!

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Ginger Cookies, Yeast Rolls, Decadent Cake, and Ground Beef…

First of all, what is a holiday without cookies? I posted several cookie recipes on my blog in a previous entry for a Holiday Homeschool Open House post. I hope you will enjoy them.
One recipe that didn’t make that list is my Grandma’s Ginger Cookie recipe. These cookies are awesome and make tons so you will have enough for a cookie exchange, to share with a couple of friends, and to eat yourself! Honest! They take a while to mix up, but they are worth the effort. Below you will find the recipe (there will be some changes shown in parenthesis).
Grandma’s Ginger Cookies
2 pint bottles of molasses (green label Brer Rabbit is best if you can find it)
1 pint country melted lard (Crisco works too)
1 pint buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp ginger
2 tbsp soda
1 cup white sugar
5 pounds flour (you might not need all of this, but it will be close)
Cream sugar and eggs. Add salt, ginger, and soda, mixing well after each addition. Then add lard (shortening), molasses and buttermilk, beating after each. Then add flour a couple of cups at a time until you have a soft sticky dough, flour board. Do not get dough too stiff or cookies will be dry. Roll out dough and cut with juice glass or small cutter
(or you can used gingerbread cookie cutter).
Bake at 350 degrees. Check at 10-12 minutes.
For Thanksgiving this year, I wanted to go more the homemade route (not freezer biscuits for example), so I bought some yeast and wanted to make some homemade rolls. I went online to Bread World. I chose the Classic Dinner Rolls(rapid rise yeast) recipe. Those are some really good rolls!
The other thing I made for Christmas was this awesome Dark and Rich Chocolate-Cranberry Cake. This is one of the most involved desserts I have ever made, but I have to tell you, it was worth it and this is also one of the best desserts I have ever tasted! So go ahead and give it a try!
Lastly, Daniel and I are continuing to work on our website ideas that I mentioned a while back. I recently created the following website: Hamburger Casserole Recipes. With the economy the way it is and people having to tighten their belt, I thought it would be helpful to create a website devoted to ground beef recipes. Go check it out…maybe you will find what you want to have for dinner tonight!

Mincemeat Stuffed Apples

Overwhelmed With Joy is hosting Holiday Cooking, Blogger Style, 3rd Edition.
If you are wanting to try out some new recipes this year to wow your family, be sure to go check it out! And don’t forget to share one of your tried and true recipes with everyone else!
Below, you will find a recipe that my mom passed down to me. Old-fashioned cooking at its yummiest!
Happy Cooking!
Mincemeat Stuffed Apples
Sheila Elaine Lemley Orndorff Galford, my mom
6 baking apples, cored
6 tbsp mincemeat
6 tbsp brown sugar
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Peel upper ¼ of apples
3. Fill each with 1 tbsp mincemeat
4. Sprinkle each with 1 tbsp brown sugar.
5. Pour ½ cup water into baking pan
6. Place apples in pan
7. Bake 45 minutes, baste frequently
8. Serve with whipped cream

A Tiny Fruit That Tricks the Tongue

Have you ever heard someone say Guiness tastes like a chocolate shake? Or how about tabasco that tastes like donut glaze? Vinegar that resembles apple juice?
What, have I gone mad? Nope, but I have been reading about something called a Miracle Fruit that was discovered almost 300 years ago in Africa, but isn’t very well known. This fruit has the ability to make sour things sweet (and to make sweet things almost unbearable to eat).
I am thinking this could be the diet secret of the century! I mean…eat lemons and have them taste sweet…don’t you see? We could eat the berry, then eat a low calorie meal (like a salad) which would suddenly take on a new taste sensation. The berries tricks last for about up to an hour and each berry sells for about $2.00. I think it would be fun just to try out! Perhaps I will get to experience a Flavor tripping party, or maybe I will just order a couple of berries to see!

Here’s What’s Cooking At My House: Heart-Shaped Sandwich Cookies and Chocolate Fudge Cake with Peanut Butter Ganache

Yep, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and love is in the air. And a favorite way to show love is with yummy sweet treats for the sweet people in our lives. So today, I am busy baking. I am making Heart-Shaped Sandwich Cookies (a recipe I got from Family Circle years ago and have made with rave reviews) and Chocolate Fudge Cake with Peanut Butter Ganache (recipe courtesy of Scribbit. My house smells so yummy!

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Chilly weather Calls for Chili

It has been chilly this week and just the right weather for a big old pot of chili. So today, I got up and got pulled out my Fix It and Forget It Cookbook. I wanted to try a different recipe, because it is good to try new things. So I perused some yummy looking recipes and then chose Colleen’s Favorite Chili by Colleen Heatwole of Burton, MI. And it smells so yummy!
Just in case you are feeling like chili, I thought I would share:
2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
1 – 1 1/2 lbs ground beef, browned and drained
2 garlic cloves, minced fine, or 1/2 tsp garlic powder
3/4 cup finely diced green peppers
2 14 1/2 – oz cans diced tomatoes, or 1 quart home-canned tomatoes
30-32 oz beans-kindey, or pinto, or mixture of the two
8-oz can tomato sauce
1/4 tsp beaumonde spice, optional
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp seasoned salt
1 tbsp or more, chili powder
1 tsp dried basil
1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.
2. Cover. Cook on low 8-12 hours, or High 5-6 minutes
1. Add 1 Tbsp brown sugar to mixture before cooking.
2. Put in another 1 lb eans and then decrease ground beef to 1 lb.

New Year’s Quiche (Also Known as After Christmas Quiche)

Back, when BooMama was having her Christmas Tour of Homes, I found a yummy recipe for Christmas Quiche at Annie’s Eyes
And I made that recipe for Christmas breakfast and it was very yummy. I love quiche, but it is one of those things I don’t make very often, truly, I am not sure why.
Anyway, I had ham left from Christmas. I have eaten ham and cheese sandwiches until I though my nose was starting to look a bit like a snout…and don’t get me started on my tail! So what to do with? Well, I could freeze it and use it in green beans, but I don’t make southern style green beans very often. I could make ham salad, but I don’t really care for that…thinking, thinking (smell the smoke?)
New Year’s Quiche was born!
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped pepper (I happened to have some red on hand)
2 tbsp onion
1 cup cream
5 eggs
1 deep shell pie crust
Prepare the pie crust.
Whisk the five eggs, then add in the cream, onion, and pepper in one bowl.
Using another bowl, put in the 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese and a couple of cups of ham (more or less…I didn’t actually measure it.) Mix the cheese and ham up, then put in the prepared pie crust. Pour the egg mixture over top (go slowly with this giving the egg mixture time to sink into the nooks and crannies or else it will run over the side of the crust).
Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees. (I have to say that it took my quiche 1 hour and 5 minutes – not sure what the difference in time is).
This was very YUMMY!

Three More Days to Go…What Are You Doing?

Daniel and the children left about 3 hours ago to brave the holiday throng of last minute shoppers so they could purchase some gifts for their favorite person…ME!
So, you may be wondering what I have been doing with my solitude. Reading a good book? Watching a chick flick? Staring misty-eyed at the Christmas tree? HA! I wish!
I have been up since 7:30. I spent a couple of hours reading the news, catching up with some emails and doing some ‘internal’ work on my blog. Then after a yummy egg and tomato sandwich, I set to work on the cookies that I have been putting off doing…my grandma’s molasses cookies! I love these cookies. They are one of my favorite Christmas cookies, but they take hours to make. The mixing alone can take an hour (for an old slow person like me) because you mix up the liquid ingredients and then you add up to five pounds of flour until the dough is the right consistency (not too sticky to work with, not too stiff so the cookies will e dry). Then there is the rolling and cutting out of the cookies…and with 5 pounds of flour, you know there are a lot of cookies to make! I started on the cookies about 9:30 and finished at 2. But they are soooo yummy!

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Bacon Creation

My husband sent me a link to an interesting cookie the other day. I enjoy trying new combinations of food. For example, I enjoy mustard on french fries and mashed potatoes. I enjoy bacon and peanut butter sandwiches. And I like dill pickle and peanut butter sandwiches (weird sounding I know, and yes, I have only tried them once, but they were suprisingly tasty!).

So, this idea of bacon and chocolate chip cookies has me intrigued. Go check out the recipe and see if it is something you would like to try.

Boo Mama is having a Souptacular Day –

It is cold and the soup is on! Join Boo Mama and other souper moms to get a yummy recipe that will warm your innards and thrill your taste buds!
Melissa’s Vegetable Soup
Melissa Orndorff Davis Markham, I created this
Wyler’s Soup starter (vegetable or beef stew)
1 onion, chopped or diced depending on what you like
1 lb stew beef
1 bag (2 lb) frozen mixed vegetables
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
Garlic and other seasonings to taste
2-3 tbsp oil
First I follow the directions on the soup starter which is to put 6 cups of water into a pot, mix with soup mix and bring to a boil. Then it has to cook for 20 minutes on low with a cover on the pot.
Meanwhile heat oil in a skillet, then add in onions and garlic (the garlic is optional, but I love it. I put in 1 tbsp). Once the onions are starting to soften, add stew meat and brown. Add stew meat, onions and juices into the pot with the soup starter. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and frozen veggies. If you like other seasonings/flavors, add them in.
Then let simmer for 3 hours for the flavor to go through.
I can’t find the Wyler’s mix anymore, so I just follow the other directions and add my own seasonings. DH loves my veggie soup.