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Potato Fritters with Crispy Pork Skin

I am serving these as a side with the Pork Picnic Roast/ Skin On. After removing Skin from the slow cooked Pork Roast I julienned the Skin, and cut it into little bits.

Preheat a heavy metal skillet on medium/ medium high heat. Add the bit of Pork Skin and brown. Stir and watch close so they do not burn or scorch. Set the Pork Skin bits aside to cool to room temp.


2 to 3 Cups Mashed Potato.

1 to 2 Cups Flour

1 Egg

Crisp Pork Skin Bits

3 or 4 swirls around the skillet Olive

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Frosted Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Cutouts

This is another one I’ve inherited from my Mother, she’s been baking these for a thousand plus years! She’s aged very well, and doesn’t look anywhere near that! I assume she originally got this recipe from the Philadelphia Cream Cheese Package.

Melt slightly and cream together in a large mix bowl the following;

1 cup Butter

8oz Cream Cheese

1 1/2 cups Sugar

When fully combined beat in;

1 egg

1 tsp Vanilla

1/2 tsp Almond Extract


Butter, Cream Cheese, Sugar, Egg, Vanilla and Almond Extract well Beaten…


Sift together;

3 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour

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Date & Oatmeal Cookie/ Bar

This one is one of my favorites. An Oatmeal crust with Dates between! YUM!

This one is from a recipe my Mother used. Most likely off a container of Quaker Oatmeal!


Put the following ingredients into a medium kettle. Bring to the boil, stirring somewhat frequently.

1 1/2 cups Water

1 1/2 cups chopped Dates

After boil has been reached continue cooking stirring constantly another 5 minutes or so.

After removing from heat stir in 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla

Now set this aside.


The Date Filling.


The Crust.

Put these dry ingredients into a large

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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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oh, BubBanana Bread,,, how do I love thee?

Yup, love, love, love Banana Bread. I think it is actually one of the first things I tried baking, back many years ago, whilst I was just a wee lad…

This is a recipe I created over the years! Enjoy!!!



3 extremely ripe Banana

3/4 Cup Brown Sugar

1/2 Cup Butter

2 Eggs

1 Tablespoon Lemon or Lime Juice

1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla

2 Cups Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg


Start with a large Mix Bowl, use a Potato Masher to mash your Bananas! Add Lemon or Lime Juice to

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Pear and Toasted Walnut Tart

This is a really quick and easy recipe that can be made a hundred different ways! The recipe I’ve altered is my Mom’s Lemon Dream Bar recipe. Start by making a basic Short Bread Crust; 1 Stick Butter (never, never, never use anything other than butter, I will never, never, never talk to you again if you do.) soften butter in microwave for 30 Seconds. Mix in 1 cup Flour, 1/4 cup Powder Sugar and 1/8 teaspoon Salt. Mix until a nice ‘Pastry’ like dough forms.

A Nice 'Pastry' Like Dough

Lightly press dough into a Buttered 8

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Update on Mom's Apple Waldorf Salad

This is a lighter, thus healthier version of a salad my Mom makes for most Holidays. Her version is dressed with Mayonnaise and Heavy Cream. She would also use raisins instead of dates and sometimes add Miniature Marshmallows! I truly loved my Midwest upbringing.

Apple Salad before Dressing


I’ve chopped into bite size pieces two large Red Apples, one Green Apple and about six stalks of Celery Root. I sprinkle over the Apples Lime or an other Citrus Juice, this helps keep the fruit from turning brown.  Add about one cup of Walnut pieces which you have

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