Ina’s Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Ina's roasted buttrnut squash salad

A good salad make me happy… very happy!  This is a good one.  Butternut squash has not shown itself on our menus here at our house very often.  I do house  “somewhat” of a picky eater.  I do love this butternut squash soup. It’s good enough to drink with a straw.  And this Roasted butternut squash may not make it to your table.  You can’t help but nibble on it right out of the oven!  So when I was perusing my cookbooks looking for a salad for my upcoming book club I found this perfect salad to serve with this soup.

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Slice and Bake Oatmeal Cookies with Black Walnuts

 

oatmeal with black walnuts

As a child I loved spending days with my grandparents.  They lived on a huge farm and I pretty much got run of the place.  It was a child’s paradise!  I even got to take some of the animals home as pets.  I had a beautiful Bantam rooster that I brought home.  The rooster did not stay home long though.  He fell in love with a hen across the road from us.  When the weather was good I played under the China Berry tree in the front yard or walked to the creek to pick blackberries.  Out back was a big metal container where my grandfather crushed sugar cane for syrup.  Sometimes you could find me there or in the barn with all the hay.  It was the perfect place for kids and I have many fond memories.

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Stuffed Hamburger-Cabbage Buns

cabbage rolls

I just love this recipe!  It’s made with pizza dough.  Now who is not going to like it ?  Right?  It can be made ahead and frozen.    I use my made from scratch pizza dough recipe, but you can use frozen dough or buy dough from your local pizzeria.   Any way these are really special!

I googled the recipe to see if I would be lucky enough to find it because I cannot remember where I got the recipe.   I’ve been using it for years.  There are plenty of recipes that are similar to this one.  Most of them make a huge amount using 3 pounds of pizza dough.  I cannot imagine making that many rolls.  WOW!  In fact this recipe could make 16 rolls which is the perfect size.  I usually make 8 rolls because I’m just too lazy!  Continue reading

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Hearty Italian Soup

Hearty Italian SoupA couple of months ago Southern Living posted 10 or 12 soup recipes that we all should have in our freezer when we don’t have time to cook or  we just don’t feel like it.   Then like magic we can just pull it out and presto dinner is served.  I have started cooking them now that the temperature is cooler.  Ha!  It was 80 on Christmas , but  I am a soup lover no matter what season of the year and no matter what the temperature is outside. I have made this particular soup 4 times and it has not made it to my freezer yet!   We love it!  It is full of flavor and packed with some really good stuff.  I guess I’m going to be forced to go out and buy a larger pan so that I can double the recipe.  I think that will be the only way to have some of this good stuff land in my freezer.

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Tunnel of Fudge Cake

Tunnel of fudge

This cake has made it back around the block!  Back in the day it was one of the most popular cakes around.  I have made and eaten my share.  Just the other week it came across my inbox from The New York Times, but it’s a little different from the original.  In the 1960’s this cake won 2nd place in the Pillsbury Bake-Off.  How did it not win first????   Anyway, its most famous ingredient was a box of Pillsbury Chocolate frosting.  When Pillsbury stopped producing the frosting there was an outcry from all the Tunnel of Fudge lovers so Pillsbury enlisted the help of a chemist-baker to come up with a Tunnel of Fudge from scratch.  In my book it is a 1st prize winner.

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Southwestern Brisket in the Slow Cooker

 

Brisket

I’ll be dreaming about this recipe for months.  I have been searching for the recipe  for years.  I love the brisket. There are so many possibilities with this recipe.  In the next couple of months you are going to see several recipes that I am testing to find the perfect brisket.  This one could be THE ONE!  When you make it you’re going to think it is just too easy to be good, but it is THAT good!   I saw it on Smitten years ago and pulled it out when I was cleaning my freezer and lo and behold found a 6 lb brisket.  I know that’s a lot of brisket but the two of us ate every bite and slurped every drop of broth wanting more.  Now here is a recipe that you can put in the slow cooker a couple of days before Christmas and you can feed the hungry for many times.  In fact you have to make this at least a day before serving it since it takes about 10 -12 hours to cook .   A must do step is to store the meat separated from the broth.  It will make it easy to skim the fat from the broth and  you will be surprised at how little will be to skim.   So get your cooking on for the holiday season with this brisket. It is as good as my favorite restaurants or better because you have all the control!  Enjoy!

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Homemade Parmesan Croutons

Homemade Croutons

Here is a way to amp up your next salad or soup with these wonderful homemade Parmesan Croutons.  Oh my Gosh!  Crunchy bread seasoned with Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper it’s the best ever.    I could not believe how easy they were and how good the result was.  Next time you are making  a salad try these and see what everyone says.  I can bet it is “wow these are great!”

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Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

Now after last week’s Thanksgiving feast we all need a good salad.   You need it because this salad is fabulous, easy and just what your scales ordered.  Anna introduced this particular Caesar salad to me years ago.  It’s great as a side dish or add your favorite chicken, fish, or grilled steak on top and it is a crowd pleaser.  It was one of my Thanksgiving side dishes this year.  I made homemade croutons that I will share later.  They were great, but forgot to take a picture of them alone.   Now without further ado let’s get it going –  my favorite Caesar Salad from Anna and myself to you!

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Pecan Buttermilk Fudge

Buttermilk fudge

I cannot make candy ! My husband loves divinity and I have never had any luck with it.   When I bought my Kitchenaid mixer I had this idea of grandeur thinking that with a new mixer that I could now make divinity.  After three attempts in one day I just gave up.  I’m just not a candy maker.  When I saw this recipe in Bon Appetit all my failures from making candy  just disappeared from my memory.  I can do this.    It looked so delicious. It can’t be that difficult.   Finally for me success at making the best Fudge ever!   This is a great candy for the holidays.  Use it for gifts or just eat it all yourself.   To top it off it is really easy.  You’ll just need a candy thermometer.

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Carrot Cake

 

Carrot Cake

I saw this cake in Cook’s Illustrated a couple of years ago and was so intrigued with the method of putting it together.  I just had to try it because it makes serving cake so easy and the cake is so beautiful.  You could do this with any of your favorite cakes.  I can see it done with maybe a yellow cake with a beautiful fudge frosting or what about a coconut cake for the holidays?  The only problem that I had with this method is getting it out of the pan without tearing the layers. Only because I did not have large cooling racks.  If you have those then you are good to go.  If you don’t  I’ve  got that one covered for you.   Freeze the cake in the pan after it cools about 10 minutes.   After about an hour or when the cake is good and firm.  Place  a cutting board or a large cookie sheet over the frozen cake and turn it out.  Remove the parchment paper and cut into 4 equal pieces.  Then you are ready to frost it up.

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