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December 2011
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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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Czech Inspired Pork Loin Roast w/ Roasted Carrots:

Roast pork is the national dish of the Czech Republic (and loved all over central Europe) and in honor of their beloved leader Vaclav Havel who died over the weekend I made a Czech inspired pork roast last night.  It is not the most traditional roast (which has caraway seeds as its main spice and served with sauerkraut and dumplings) this one is based on other variations I have seen with a wee bit of a twist.  Being a Czech boy, I really love this roast!  I miss my dad’s potato dumplings though (another topic for another day) [edit – potato

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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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