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Cranberry Walnut Cookies

Cranberry Walnut Cookies One stick each salted and unsalted butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2/3 cup packed brown sugar 2 eggs 1 tablespoon thawed orange juice concentrate 1 tablespoon grated orange peel 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour … Continue reading

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Potato Salad

I too was stymied, mystified about how to make potato salad, until I was into my thirties. A friend of mine’s mother gave me the direction I needed, and I have since refined it to a very basic recipe. One … Continue reading

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Sweet Corn Bread

I got this recipe from Land O’ Lakes Cookbook,  now probably thirty years old. 1 C AP flour 1 C corn meal 4 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 T sugar 1 C whipping cream 1/3 C oil 1/3 … Continue reading

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X’s Scalloped Potatoes

So easy. potatoes 2 lbs evenly thinly sliced chopped onion about 1/2 C milk 1 1/2 C flour 1/4 C cubed ham 1/2 C cheddar cheese 1 C bacon 6 slices cooked crumbled (optional) layer taters in greased casserole then … Continue reading

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Southern Lady’s Cobbler

X has made this recipe several times, and it is a favorite of Mrs X. The Southern Lady has made it clear that her stuff is copywrited so X wants no trouble with that type of infringement. Iron Skillet Pineapple … Continue reading

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Sirloin Tips and Mushrooms

This recipe is very close to beef stroganoff that requires sour cream instead of whipping cream. I usually make a double batch 1 1/4 pounds sirloin cut into 1/2″ cubes 3 T butter 1 T veg oil 1 clove garlic, … Continue reading

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Carrot Cake

Don’t let the ‘carrot’ deter you from this delicious cake and frosting. X has had no fewer than two marriage proposals from this recipe. 3 C grated carrots 1 1/2 C veg oil 2 C sugar 4 eggs 2 tsp … Continue reading

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Powdered Sugar Icing

2 cups powdered sugar 3 Tablespoons milk 1 Tablespoon white corn syrup 1 Tablespoon melted butter 1 tsp vanilla extract Mix well. I use a butter knife to mix and a Pyrex 2 Cup pitcher.  You may need to add … Continue reading

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Jubilee Jumbles

This isn’t really a Christmas cookie but many recipients of said cookie appreciate them as gifts. From Betty Crocker. Cream 1 1/2 C brown sugar 1/2 C shortening 1 C dairy sour cream then mix 2 eggs then mix 1 … Continue reading

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Oven Fries

You will need a preheated 400° oven. I use a sheet pan for my fries. I used 4 Russet potatoes this round. Peel and cut into finger sized chunks. In a mixing bowl, put a couple tablespoons of olive oil, … Continue reading

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X’s Guacamole

Guacamole is another side that is personal and everyone has their own recipe. This is mine avocados, how many depends on how much you want to end up with. I got these at Sam’s, six of them for 3 bucks. … Continue reading

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Snowballs

These are favorites of my wife, and since she’s bringing home the bacon, I’ll make the effort and bake these for her. 1 Cup softened butter (2 sticks) 2 1/4 C AP flour 1/2 C powdered sugar 1/2 C chopped … Continue reading

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X’s Standard Kitchen Rules/Laws…or they should be

One rule that we all know but don’t follow is to be sure all your ingredients are at room temperature before mixing; especially eggs and milk. The exception to this would be biscuits. You can put your eggs in a … Continue reading

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Christmas Cookies

I have used this sugar cookie recipe for Christmas cut outs since the eighties. Cream together 2 C sugar 1 C butter, softened then add 2 eggs and blend 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking powder … Continue reading

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Cranberry Bread

This bread is very good. It’s difficult to make. Freezing the cranberries makes it a little easier to deal with them. 1 C cranberries, grated or processed 1 1/4 C sugar 3 C flour 4 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 … Continue reading

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Chilly Today, Hot Tamale

Tamales are by far one of the most labor intensive mexican foods, yet all our hard work is forgotten when we start eating them. They are absolutely delicious with so many varieties, who could resist? This round, I have decided … Continue reading

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Chocolate Walnut Dollars

Great gramma’s recipe blend 1/2 C shortening or softened butter 1 C sugar add 1 egg, blend 2 Tablespoons milk 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted blend 1 tsp baking powder 1 t cinnamon 1 t vanilla blend 2 1/4 C … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Rolls

This recipe is not a task for the faint of heart. The reward is beyond measure, and it is some considerable work. It will take you minimum three hours, and that is if all goes well. Ingredients 7-8 C flour, … Continue reading

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Peanut Clusters

A double boiler is very helpful with this. You will need roasted peanuts about 4 cups (other recipes call for Spanish peanuts. They have skins that come off while stirring…still tastes good) almond bark or vanilla chips about a  pound … Continue reading

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Chocolate Bonbons

A double boiler makes this work much better. Don’t have one? Use a 4 qt saucepan with boiling water, and a metal bowl that fits on top. Blend together 1 can condensed milk 1 stick softened butter then 1 1/2 … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Bread

Tastes like pumpkin pie. blend 3 C sugar 2/3 C oil 1 can pumpkin pie filling 2 eggs and blend 2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp ground cloves 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp … Continue reading

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X’s Ginger Snaps

Historically, ginger snaps are a hard cookie; hence the term snaps attached to the name. This recipe is a soft ginger cookie. Using oil instead of shortening makes the difference. The recipe is for dipped cookie into a melted vanilla … Continue reading

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X’s Chex Party Mix

  X’s official Party Mix Recipe Preheat oven to 250° Put large roaster pan in oven. 12 Tablespoons butter 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 Tablespoon Tabasco sauce 3 tsp seasoned salt (I use McCormick) 9C Corn Chex keeping separate from … Continue reading

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X’s Apple Pie II

Somewhere out there I posted another apple pie recipe. This one is better. The wife bought an apple slicer/corer for me, and I have used it a couple of times. The slices are too fat for pie so I cut … Continue reading

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Cranberry Jello Salad

1 can whole berry cranberry sauce 1 pkg (3 oz) raspberry jello…sugar free is ok 1 8 oz can crushed pineapple 1/4 C chopped celery 1/4 C pecan halves ( I use closer to 1/2 C) Drain pineapple and save … Continue reading

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X’s Pumpkin Pie

X does not do pie crust and is not ashamed to buy the Pillsbury crust in your grocer’s dairy case. A man’s got to know his limitations. For a 10 inch pie 1 15 ounce can of pumpkin 1 bottom … Continue reading

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Azacca Single Hop Pale Ale

Well, there it is. A true beer kit. a 3.15 lb bottle of gold malt extract, a 3.15 lb bottle of pilsen malt extract, some select crushed grains with grain bag, 4 one ounce bags of Azacca pellet hops at … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Another batch of beer

Azacca single hop pale ale. Have i already posted about this one? It seems familiar. Anyway, I was toying around with brewing a Holiday Ale and decided to do this kit instead. It sure looked good. Just under $60 with … Continue reading

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Honey Wheat Bread

4 3/4-5 3/4 C all purpose flour 2 C whole wheat flour 2 pkg dry yeast (4 1/2 tsp) 1/3 C honey 1 C milk 1 C warm water 3 T butter 2 eggs, slightly beaten 1 T salt 1 … Continue reading

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Rum Cake

I got this out of a little pamphlet the local liquor store gave out many years ago. It’s still the best one I’ve used. Use a bundt pan for this. From Bacardi. 1 box yellow cake mix 1 3 3/4 … Continue reading

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Fresh Apple Cake

This recipe calls for the use of a bundt pan. If you don’t have one, go get one and don’t be cheap about it. I’ve had mine for thirty years. It’s worth it to get one that lasts. I haven’t … Continue reading

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Strawberry Bread

I was leery to make this as it was the first and only recipe for fresh fruit bread I have seen (except for my fresh apple cake). 2 C fresh sliced strawberries 3 1/8 C AP flour 2 C sugar … Continue reading

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Dutch Oven Chicken and Rice Casserole

5 bone-in chicken thighs; use what you have oil large onion chopped 1 1/2 C rice uncooked 3 C chicken broth 1 can cream mushroom soup 1 can cream chicken soup 1 large can mushrooms or use 1 1/2 C … Continue reading

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Blue Moon Clone

I am looking at making a clone of Blue Moon; a variation of a style called Belgian Wit. Here’s the recipe and where I got it: 6.6 lbs light wheat extract (syrup) 1 lb Belgian candy sugar 1 lb two … Continue reading

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Black Bean Salsa

So what’s the difference between pico de gallo and salsa? one may ask. As I understand it, pico de gallo is made with fresh ingredients only. Salsa involves one or more ingredients that are cooked. This recipe is a pico … Continue reading

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Salsa Verde and Tomatillos

If you’ve never had fresh made salsa verde from tomatillos, then you’ve missed something. Salsa verde makes a great dip for chips and even an addition to enchilada fillings. Tomatillos are a special variety of tomatos that are grown in … Continue reading

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Chili con Queso

My failsafe cheese dip is as follows: 2lb brick of regular Velveeta: no substitutions 2 cans of undrained Rotel diced tomatoes with green chiles, original…they offer hotter versions 1 can jalapeño bean dip Cut cheese into squares of more or … Continue reading

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Pico de Gallo

The difference between salsa and pico de gallo is that salsa is cooked; pico de gallo is  made from fresh ingredients and stored fresh. My personal recipe for pico de gallo goes more or less like this. 3-4 lbs fresh … Continue reading

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Various Tacos

One of my favorite breakfast foods are tacos. There are more kinds of tacos than I could possible name. Usually, tacos contain two to three ingredients. One of my absolute favorites is guisada tacos. Guisada is basically slow cooked beef … Continue reading

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Sacred Heart Hospital Diet

This recipe was designed for patients who need to lose 10-17 pounds in a week, in preparing for surgery. Supposedly, if you follow this to the letter, it will cleanse your system of impurities. If you maintain it for several … Continue reading

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Onion Soup

This recipe is a supplement to the Sacred Heart Hospital Diet. You will need a large pot; a couple gallon pot will do. 1 head of green cabbage 25-30 green onions 2-3 green bell peppers 2-3 tomatoes 1 bunch celery … Continue reading

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Corn and Cream Cheese

A quick and easy veggie recipe. 1 8 oz brick cream cheese 1/2 – 1 C milk 2 cans corn rinsed and drained Jalapeño (black pepper may be used if you’re squeamish) Chop the jalapeño and combine all ingredients in … Continue reading

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Herb’s Quickie

I got this recipe from my Aunt Gladys. I don’t know who Herb is. This is a quick and easy recipe for a last minute dessert. 3 eggs 1 C sugar 1 C graham cracker crumbs 1 C chopped nuts … Continue reading

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Holiday turkey

I have been putting my turkeys in brine for the past several years with a lot of success. The bird is juicier and has more flavor. I usually cook 20 lb turkeys. You may have to adjust the amounts of … Continue reading

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Chimay White Clone

I have successfully cloned the Chimay Red and Blue. My next attempt will be the Chimay White, known as a Belgian Trippel; or is it Dubbel? Trippel it is Too bad it’s not 5 cents. A bottle this size from … Continue reading

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Blueberry Bread or muffins

All ingredients work better together if they are at room temp. I have not attempted the muffins, but a downward adjustment in baking time would be necessary…probably around eighteen minutes, give or take. 2 C AP flour 1 C sugar … Continue reading

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Crispy Onion Rings

I forgot where I got this recipe. I think it was on You Tube somewhere. I have tried this and these are the crispiest damn onion rings I have ever had. ½ C flour ¼ C cornstarch 2 T instant … Continue reading

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X’s quick brisket

I do have a water smoker, but do not have the time or money to “experiment” with expensive brisket. When X was a single man, I smoked  many a brisket in the water smoker, and it was a little work. … Continue reading

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X’s Peanut Butter Cookies

This recipe, also from the Norwegian ladies cookbook, makes a chewy cookie. 2 sticks butter, softened 2 C peanut butter (I use creamy, use what you like) 2 C white sugar 3/4 C brown sugar 2 eggs 2 T milk … Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

C’mon! Who doesn’t like good old fashioned chocolate chip cookies? This recipe also from the North Dakota cookbook. 1 C shortening or softened butter 3/4 C white sugar 3/4 C brown sugar (packed) 2 eggs 1 tsp hot water 1 … Continue reading

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Homemade Buns

Ahh. Who would argue that fresh homemade bread is a joy unbounded to the olfactory senses as well as the taste buds? I have made many types of yeast bread over the years, and am always willing to try new … Continue reading

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X’s Favorite Brownies

I wasn’t much of a fan of brownies…don’t know why… but I found this recipe, and it’s a hit around here. 3/4 C melted butter 1 1/2 C sugar 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 3 eggs 3/4 C AP flour … Continue reading

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Favorite Banana Bread

I have been baking banana bread for thirty-five years. I have tried many different recipes over the years, and I have now settled in on this one. It has many variations. 3 bananas, mashed 1/2 C oil or softened butter … Continue reading

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Coconut Cake

I got this recipe from Food Network’s Tyler Florence It is baked in 2 cake pans, then they are cut in half creating a 4 layer cake. Rather than type all the recipe, I am going to drop the link. … Continue reading

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Chimay Red Clone

A few years ago, I made a Chimay Red clone. It was so close to the commercial version that only a connoisseur could tell the difference. What is the secret? The yeast. The commercial version of this Belgian abbey beer … Continue reading

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Oven chicken thighs

Preheat your oven to 350°. I use a cookie sheet with a wire rack to allow juices to drain off. Boneless or bone-in; makes no difference. Sprinkle seasoned salt on both sides of your chicken pieces. You can also put … Continue reading

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X’s BBQ Sauce

I’ve used this for over thirty years, and have not changed it. It’s a sweet sauce. 1 8 0z can tomato sauce 1 tomato sauce can filled with catchup 3/4 C brown sugar 1/4 C apple cider vinegar 1 T … Continue reading

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Candy Bon Bons

This recipe requires a double boiler. It makes about 80 candies. It’s a long process so set aside a day for the chilling required for this. 1 can condensed milk 8 oz coconut 1 stick butter 4 cups finely chopped … Continue reading

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Chowder

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Watermelon Wine

The basic recipe for this was gotten from here http://www.thesteelibeam.blogspot.com/2013/11/bartering-bubble-bubble-toil-and-trouble.html I used a couple of watermelons that I had grown up at my dad’s and a couple of cantelopes for my fruit. https://extexanwannabee.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/homebrew-201/ Mine came out very sweet. In hindsight, … Continue reading

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