Monthly Archives: June 2012

Caramel Peach Pie


caramelpeachpieCaramel Peach Pie

This recipe was published in a church cookbook by my sister, Doris Jean, 40 years ago.  I can’t believe I haven’t tried it before now!  My husband and I just gobbled up a piece of this warm pie topped with vanilla ice cream, and it was awesome.  Thank you, sister!!

  • 1 pkg. Pillsbury Ready-made pie crusts, (or use your own favorite recipe)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 large can peaches, drained

Boil brown sugar, syrup, butter and flour until thick.  Place the peaches in an unbaked 9″ pie crust.  Pour mixture over this.  Place strips of pastry over top in lattice effect and bake 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

Makes 9 servings.

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BBQ Chicken Pizza


BBQ Chicken Pizza

This was a really quick and easy meal to fix.  Delicious.

  • 12-inch Italian pizza crust
  • 3 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 c. barbecue sauce
  • 1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

Place pizza crust on 12″ round pizza pan.  Combine chicken and barbecue sauce; spread on pizza crust.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Bake at 450 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cheese melt and crust is crisp.

Serves 4.

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Meatball Stroganoff


Meatball Stroganoff

I had some meatball mixture in my freezer that I wanted to use up, so I thawed it out and whipped up this recipe pretty fast.  I must say, “It’s pretty good!”  This is real comfort food.  (Not that I needed comforting today)  🙂

  • 2 slices high-quality white sandwich bread
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 lb. ground beef
  • 1/4 lb. ground pork
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley or 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 8-oz. pkg. medium egg noodles, cooked

Remove and discard crusts from the bread, then tear the bread into small pieces.  Mash the bread pieces and buttermilk to a smooth paste in a large bowl, using a fork.

Add the beef, pork, Parmesan, parsley, yolk, garlic, salt and pepper to the mashed bread.  Stir the mixture gently until combined and uniform.  Gently form the mixture into 1 1/2-inch round meatballs.

Bring water to boil in a large saucepan and cook noodles.

Heat your oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and brown meatballs in a single layer until nicely browned and cooked through.  Transfer meatballs to a plate leaving all cooking oil and browned bits in pan.

Turn heat down to medium and whisk in the flour.  Cook for a minute and then add the beef broth.  Cook and stir until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.  Stir in sour cream.  Add meatballs and noodles; toss to coat.  Cook and stir until heated through, about 5 minutes.

Serves 4 to 6.

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Foil-Wrapped Baked Salmon


Foiled-Wrapped Baked Salmon

No, we are not camping, but you could easily fix this on your grill if you were camping.  I am not a real big fan of salmon because it can be quite dry, but this was really moist and delicious.  Serve it with a fresh garden salad and French bread.

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 4 tablespoons butter, diced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar, packed

Place each fillet on a piece of aluminum foil.  Top fillets evenly with onion slices, diced butter, lemon slices and brown sugar.  Fold over aluminum foil tightly to make packets; make several holes in top of packets with a fork to allow steam to escape.  Arrange packets on a baking sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes.

Serves 4.

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Lemon Crinkle Cookies


Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Oh my, these are so good you better make a double batch.  They go fast!  Chewy and crisp all at the same time and then the lemon…….Yum!

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray your cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.  (Or use Silpats, if you have them)

In your mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Whip in vanilla, egg, lemon zest, and juice.  Scrape sides and mix again.  Stir in all dry ingredients slowly until just combined,  excluding the powdered sugar.  Scrape sides of the bowl and mix again briefly.

Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate.  Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar.  Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.  (I made mine a little larger and baked them slightly longer.)  Just depends on what size cookie you want.  A smaller one or a larger one.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte (not melty or shiny).  Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Note:  If using a non-stick darker baking tray, reduce baking time by about 2 minutes.

Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies.

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Marinated Chicken Breasts


Marinated Chicken Breasts

My daughter and I have both made this recipe.  She baked hers and I grilled mine.  They were both very good, but hers was moister than mine.  I probably left mine on the grill a little too long, trying to hold supper off for a few minutes while my husband finished up a project.

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons vinegar, like cider, balsamic, or red wine
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons dried herbs, like thyme, oregano, rosemary, or crumbled bay leaf
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons mustard, whole grain or Dijon
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons garlic or onion powder, optional
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast, each about 6 ounces

Put all ingredients except chicken in a large re-sealable plastic bag.  Close the bag and shake to combine all the ingredients.  Open the bag and add the chicken breast.  Close and shake the bag to coat evenly.  (I put frozen chicken breasts in my bag).  Put bag in refrigerator and marinate for 24 hours.

Heat your grill or grill pan.  When hot, place the chicken on the grill and cook for about 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through, 160 degrees.  You can also bake the chicken in a 375 degree oven for 15 minutes, or until cooked through.

Makes 4 servings.

Note:  You may also freeze the marinated chicken for up to two weeks.  When ready to fix, take out of freezer and thaw in refrigerator.

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Just A Few Of My Roses


Belinda’s Dream                   Carefree Wonder                        Colorific

Europeana                                 Heart O’ Gold                      Home Run

Iceberg                                                Julia Child                          Morden Blush

Mother of Pearl                           Pink Knockout                  Queen Elizabeth

Rock & Roll                                         Scentimental                            Showbiz

Sun Flare                                      Sweet Fragrance                  Wild Blue Yonder

Winchester Cathredral                 Ch-Ching

Working On The Rose Garden


After replacing some of my rose bushes that I lost over the winter, I finally got around to getting the mulch on.  But, I needed help.  My three grandsons, Nathan, Josh and Caleb helped and what help they were!!  They really worked hard and did just a beautiful job.  They love helping Grandma, but probably because they get to drive the tractor, which adds to the enjoyment.

Josh planting geraniums.

Nathan and Caleb planting Dianthus.