Saturday, December 19, 2015

Grandma Esther's Danish Butter Cookies


3/4 lb butter
2-1/2 cups sugar
4 cups flour
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1-1/2 tsp almond extract


  • Beat egg, butter, and extract together. 
  • In a separate bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cream of tartar, and baking soda. 
  • Cut the two mixtures together.  The mixture will be dry and in small pea sized pieces.  
  • Roll into two logs, wrap in wax paper, and chill overnight.  
  • Slice into thin slices and bake in a 350* oven until golden brown.  
Optional:  top each cookie with 1/2 of an almond before baking.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Breakfast Casserole


1lb ground pork breakfast sausage
3C shredded cheddar cheese (divided)
2C milk
4 eggs
2 lbs tater tots
Season Salt


1. Preheat oven to 350*F, and spray a 9"x13" cooking spray.
2. Brown sausage, and sprinkle into bottom of pan.  Top with ~2C of the cheese.
3. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, and spices (to taste).  Pour over the sausage and cheese.  Top with tater tots, and sprinkle the remaining cheese over all. (May be covered and refrigerated overnight at this stage.)
4. Bake in preheated oven for 35-45 minutes, until bubbly and golden brown on top.  Cool 5-10 minutes before serving.  

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Lemon Curd


3 lemons
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 pound salted butter, room temperature
4  eggs
1/2 cup lemon juice (3 to 4 lemons)
1/8 teaspoon table salt


Using a peeler or zester, remove the zest of 3 lemons. Process sugar and zest in a food processor until well combined and zest is in tiny bits.

Using a stand mixer, cream the butter and beat in the sugar and lemon mixture. Add the eggs, blending well between each addition, and then add the lemon juice and salt. Continue to mix until combined and fluffy.

Pour the mixture into a saucepan and cook over low heat until thickened (about 10 minutes), stirring constantly.  Remove from the heat.  Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl.  Pour into containers and refrigerate.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

One Pot Garlic Pasta


2 tsp Olive Oil
4 cloves Garlic, minced
2 TBSP Butter
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Freshly-Ground Pepper
3 C. Chicken Broth (more, if needed)
8 oz Pasta (I used egg noodles, hollow pasta like spaghetti would be delish)
1.5 C. Shredded Parmesan Cheese
3/4 C. 1/2 & 1/2
Optional:  1/2 pound shredded chicken (mine was smoked), or other protein, as desired.


  • Saute garlic in olive oil.  Add butter, salt, and pepper. 
  • Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Add pasta (and chicken, if using) and cook until desired texture (I cooked the egg noodles for approximately eight minutes). If necessary, add more broth to prevent noodles from sticking to the pan. 
  • Add the 1/2 & 1/2, stir.  Add the cheese, stir.  Simmer until sauce is thickened slightly.  
  • Enjoy!