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Mac and Cheese (Béchamel Cheese Sauce)

I had a hankering for some homemade goodness of the cheesy verity so I made Mac and cheese!  I knew Shae wouldn’t eat it if it was regular macaroni so I made it with the whole wheat stuff because it is so much healthier for you /end sarcasm.  Feel free to make it with regular macaroni if you prefer.  I went the direction for a béchamel cream sauce as my base (some make a custard base) to make my cheese sauce and boy was it good!

Don’t get scared off by the fancy French term, béchamel is just a white

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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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Eggplant Breaded & Baked Served with Vodka Sauce

Preheat Oven to 450

 

1/2 cup fine crushed Wheat Chex

1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used a combination of Pecorino Romano, Monterey Jack and Sharp Cheddar).

generous amounts of Salt and Pepper

1/4 teaspoon Cayenne

1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg

2 tablespoons each chopped Fresh Sage and Marjoram

Mix all the above together, set aside.

 

Course Chopped Fresh Sage and Marjoram

 

Dry Ingredients Mixed Together for Breading

 

Scrub and clean one medium size Eggplant. Slice into 1/2 to 3/4 inch pieces.

 

Eggplant Pieces ready for Breading and Baking

 

Now beat two eggs

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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!!!

 

BUBBBANANA BREAD

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

Embellishments

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

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Great Simple Steak, Butter Mushrooms, and Thyme Grilled Potatoes

After some consideration I feel this post should be about the whole meal and not just the side that I had intended to be.  I am a big fan of a big ol’ juicy steak on the grill and I am a bit of a purest when it comes to my steak.  The philosophy I use is DO NOT FUCK WITH THE GOODNESS THAT IS STEAK, simpler is better when it comes to this sacred cow as it were.

First off I start with a good quality cut, my favorites are Rib Eye, Club, Kansas City or New York

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