Friday, November 26, 2021

Moist Pumpkin Bread

2 cups sugar

4 eggs beaten lightly beaten

3 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 water room temp

1 cup vegetable oil

1 can of pumpkin (16 ounce)

2 teaspoon baking soda

 1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon of allspice 

(you can sub 3/4 cup applesauce +1/4 cup oil instead of 1 cup oil)

Optional Variations:  add a 1/2 of chocolate chips or nuts 

In a large bowl, combine sugar, oil and eggs.  Add pumpkin and mix well.  Combine all dry ingredients, add to the pumpkin alternately with water.

Pour into two greased 9x5 loaf pans.  I usually line bottom with parchment paper which is perfect for removal of removal of bread.  

Bake at 350 for 60-70 minutes until done.

Cool in pans 10 minutes then remove from pans and move to racks.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Pumpkin nut mincemeat Bread


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups Granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup All-Vegetable Shortening
  • 4 large eggs
  • Canned pumpkin 2 cups
  • 1/2 cup Water
Add into a bowl Mincemeat,nuts (Optional)Combine flour,  baking soda, cinnamon and baking powder.  Beat in sugar and shortening in large bowl, until fluffy. Add eggs, pumpkin and water and mix well. Stir in flour mixture, mincemeat and nuts.  

Pour into 2 greased or parchment paper lined at the bottom of pan only. 9x5-inch loaf pans. Bake 55 minutes in preheated 350 oven or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. 
Cool 15 minutes. 
Remove from pans and cook. 


Thanksgiving Mincemeat Pie


  • Pastry dough for 9-inch double-crust pie crust
  • 2 Classic Original Mincemeat
  • 2 apples peeled and cored 
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons Cold water

  • Place oven rack in lowest position in oven. 

  • Heat oven to 375°F.

  • Use 1 Condensed Mincemeat: Crumble 2 packages condensed mincemeat into a medium saucepan. 

  • Add 2 ¼ cups water. 

  • Boil over medium heat and cook for 1 minute. 

  • Add apples to mincemeat mixture and mix together well and let stand to cool completely.

  • Roll out half of pastry dough on floured surface and line 9-inch pie plate, then fill with mincemeat. Roll out remaining pastry dough on floured surface then cover filling with top crust. Seal and flute edges, cut some slits in the center to vent.  Mix egg and 2 tablespoons of water in blended, then brush over crust.

  • BAKE 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and serve.  Serves 8

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted

3 to 4 large sweet potatoes (peeled and cubed)

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

Peeled and cubed sweet potatoes add to a  large pot of water over high heat, lower the heat  simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, 20 minutes. Drain and cool, and mash sweet potatoes.

Whisk the butter, mashed potatoes,milk, brown sugar and almond extract, salt and eggs in a bowl, the add to butter coated baking dish.

Topping for Sweet Potatoes

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup chopped pecans(optional)

Combine flour, brown sugar, butter and salt in a medium bowl until moist and the mixture clumps together. Stir in the pecans. Spread the mixture over the top of the sweet potatoes in an even layer. Bake till set in center and golden. 


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees   Bake 30-35 minutes

Lets talk Turkey

Turkey Per Person

1.25 pounds of turkey per guest

 12-13 pounds feeds a party of 9 to insure leftovers figure 1.5 pounds per person

Turkey cleaning and Preparation and
Thawing your Turkey

Frozen  turkey can take several days to thaw.

Thawing in the fridge: One day of thawing per 4 to 5 pounds of turkey.

Thawing in water bath:  A half hour of thawing per pound of turkey.

Clean a Turkey

Most turkeys come with the neck and giblets inside the bird. 

Remove these and set  aside to cook separately.

Rinse out the cavity of the bird with cold water and salt and then, use paper towels to pat the bird dry, including inside the cavity. 

Turkey Rub

A classic rub made from thyme, garlic powder and salt and pepper works great as a rub.

Temperature to Cook a Turkey

Set oven to 325°F to cook turkey evenly.  Roast 22 to 24 minutes per pound (18 to 20 minutes per pound for unstuffed turkey),

If not a Butterball: brush with butter mixture after 1 hour and again after 1-1/2 hours. Baste with pan juices every hour.

After it's done, allow the bird to rest for at 20 least minutes before carving. 

Stuffed Turkey cooking times

  • For 10- to 12-pound turkey, roast 3¼ hours to 3½ hours.

  • For 12- to 14-pound turkey, roast 3½ to 4 hours.

  • For 14- to 18-pound turkey, roast 4 to 4¼ hours.

  • For 18- to 20-pound turkey, roast 4¼ to 4¾ hours.

  • For 20- to 24-pound turkey, roast 4¾ to 5¼ hours.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Christmas sugar cookies

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup shortening 

1 cup sugar

1 large egg(room temp)

1 teaspoon vanilla 

1 1/4 cups of Flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. 
  2. Cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, 7 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla, in another bowl.  Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda; gbeat into creamed mixture.  Shape dough into 1-in. balls, then roll in sugar. Place on parchment paper lined cookies sheets.  Flatten with bottom of glass. Bake until set 10-12 minutes.
  3.  Move to wire racks to cool.

Friday, November 12, 2021


 Tomato basil Sauce or any Pasta sauce

1 teaspoon pepper

1 beef steak flank 11/2 pounds

1 large eggs

1/2 cup bread crumbs seasoned 

8 ounces of prosciutto  

1 cup of kraft Italian cheese blend

21/2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 tablespoons of red wine

1 teaspoon of sugar

  1. In a  crockpot add pasta sauce and pepper, wine and sugar. Mallet the steak to 1/2-in. thickness.
  2. In a bowl, mix eggs, bread crumbs and spoon onto beef, press it on with the spoon. Layer with prosciutto and cheese. 
  3. Roll the filled steak and tie with kitchen string.
  4. Add to crockpot, and cover meat with sauce from the crockpot. Cover and cook at low temp until beef is tender, 8 hours.
  5. Remove meat once cooked and remove the string. Cut into slices, serve with added sauce from pot.
This can also be cooked with meatballs, and served with pasta.


Sweet Cream Garnish

 3 ounces of soft cream cheese

1/4 cup of milk

2 tablespoons of confectioners sugar

Combine all ingredients until smooth and creamy.

This is great for pies and Pumpkin soups, squash soup

Make your own Croutons

Place bread in a small pan and drizzle with oil and butter. 

Sprinkle with your favorite seasoning and grated cheese, coat well.

Move small pan to stove top and stir over medium heat until lightly toasted about 8-10 minutes until desired golden color.  You can also toast these at 350 in the oven to toast, keep and eye on them and will need to keep turning to toast watching not to burn.

You can use sour bread or Italian of French bread, French Baguette 

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Soup

 1 medium onion

4 thinly sliced carrots

3 tablespoons olive oil

9 cubed cups of fresh pumpkin

3 cans of chicken broth(141/2 ounces)

1 1/2 teaspoons of garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt(optional)

Pinch of pepper

Pinch of nutmeg(optional)

  1. In a large pan or Dutch oven, saute onion,carrots in oil for about 8 minutes. Add cubed pumpkin cook 8 minutes longer. Add chicken broth, garlic powder, salt(optional) pepper and nutmeg (optional) Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium and cover. Let soup simmer until pumpkin is tender, 25-30 minutes.
  2. Let sit to on side and cool slightly. Process in a blender, until smooth. Return all to pan and heat through.
  3. Serve with Croutons, Italian or french Bread and top with sweet cream

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Amaretti Gingerbread Cookies

  • 1 can (8 ounces) almond paste
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 cup pearl or coarse sugar

Preheat oven to 375°
Crumble paste in a food blender, add sugar, baking cocoa and all spices. Blend until well combined. Add egg whites and molasses until smooth.

Drop by tablespoonfuls into pearl sugar, roll to coat.

Place 2 in. apart on parchment paper lined baking sheets.

Bake until set, 10-12 minutes. Do not over cook.
Cool for 1 minute then move to wire racks.
Store in airtight containers.
Makes about 2 doz