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August 2018
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Gingerbread Cookies

Yes, I truly used a total of 12 pounds of butter in all the Holiday Cookies I made this year! I double or even triple each of the recipes I am posting here. I never like the consumeristic take over of our culture. At the Holidays and anytime of year really. So I bake tons of treats and oh are you lucky if you live close enough to receive a box of buttery goodness!


Gingerbread Cookies (Bears)

(this recipe is from the Brer Rabbit Molasses Bottle, but I have adulterated it with extra spices etc…)

Put into a

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16 Pounds of Butter Later,,, (I bake Holiday Cookies)

coming soon,,,

Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping

Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Topping *

1 1/2 cups water

1 1/2 cups milk

2 cup uncooked oats, quick cooking (not instant) or rolled

3 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2  teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

2 stick (8 oz) butter — softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed light brown sugar

4 large eggs

2 teaspoon vanilla extract


8 tablespoons butter, melted

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

4 tablespoons milk

2/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Bring water and milk to

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Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Spinach

Ah,,, Baked Macaroni & Cheese,,, another of those items I love to cook, and often do. The recipe changes every time I make Mac & Cheese. Depending on what I have in the house.

Start by bringing a huge pot of water to a swift boil. Now Salt to taste, this is one of few times I am liberal with the amount of Salt I use. Dump in 16 oz. of Elbow Macaroni (you can use other Pasta shapes, I do some times, however Elbow Macaroni is classic!) Cook your pasta about 7 or 8 minutes. The package will

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Warm Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Feta

This is a nice Autumn dish, serve it with Caraway Rye Bread to make a meal, or as a side dish!


Start by Medium Hard Boiling Six Eggs. Cool and remove shell. Cut eggs into 1/3’s and set aside.


The Sprouts!


Now rinse and remove outer skins and cut into 1/3’s about one pound of Brussel Sprouts.

Sweet Red Bell Pepper and White Onion.


Now cut up one large – ish White Onion and one Red Bell Pepper. Cut into pieces. You can use any combination of various colored Peppers, Onions, Shallots, etc…

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Beef Lemon Basil w/ Sautéed Carrots, Zucchini and Mushrooms

A cacophony of flavors that are bright and as spicy hot as you want but this meal still holds a sense of lightness and delicateness that wowed the taste buds.  An ode to a stir-fry for sure and could be easily served with rice or risotto, long noodles of some sort. 

1 lb. chuck roast cubed or cut then 4 carrots cut thin on the bias 1 zucchini cubed up Hand full or so of fresh cramini mushrooms (buttons) chopped same size as zucchini 2 cloves of garlic minced 3 Tbls. fresh basil julienned* (small but long ribbons) half

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Unlike Previously In this Holding my breath Makes me dizzy I fall to the floor Seize break sweat Pale and cold my Hand cannot hold Yours If you are not there No one is My tongue swells Hard of notion Stars sparkle in my Eyes Heart beating fast Crush chest and ribs Abdomen pains me Wanting it all to Stop I am the victor In one more day I am the prizewinner In one more night Of restless sleep Early sun rises Taunts Lack of cohesion I do not dream Anymore In its stead Gather grains and hulls Mash

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