"Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time." Marthe Troly-Curtin

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Blue Berries and Cream Scones

1/2 cup heavy cream plus additional; for brushing scones
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar plus additional; for sprinkling scones
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon double acting baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons unsalted butter; cold, cut into bits
3/4 cup blueberries; picked over
In a bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of the cream, the egg, and the vanilla. Into a bowl sift together the flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add the butter and blend the mixture until it resembles coarse meal. Gently stir in the blueberries and add the cream mixture with a fork until the mixture forms a sticky but manageable dough. Knead the dough gently on a lightly floured surface for 30 seconds, pat it into a 3/4-inch-thick round, and cut out 12 wedges or, using a 3-inch cutter, cut out rounds. Transfer the wedges to a lightly greased baking sheet, brush them with the additional cream, and sprinkle them with the additional sugar. Bake the scones in the middle of a preheated 400 degree oven for 15 to 18 minutes, or until they are golden.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Chili Powder Dry Rub Brisket

1 each  Two (2) to Three (3) pound beef brisket
1 tablespoon Chili Powder
1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 tablespoon Onion Powder
1 tablespoon Dried Oregano
1 tablespoon ground Mustard
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon Hot Shot pepper flakes
1 teaspoon coarsely ground salt
1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
Mix all ingredients and rub on beef brisket, cover and refrigerate for several hours.  We grilled using the indirect method and smoked using soaked shag bark hickory

 Check out that smoke ring!
 Apparently I can not cut meat straight! 

I made a gravy from the meat juices and served with new potatoes and green beans.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Black Bottom Ovaltine Banana Bread

Nonstick cooking spray
1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 very ripe bananas, mashed well (about 1 1/2 cups)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup OVALTINE Rich Chocolate Mix


PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Spray bottom of 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.

COMBINE whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl.

COMBINE bananas, sugar, butter, yogurt, eggs and vanilla extract in large bowl; stir well. Stir in flour mixture just until moistened. Remove 1 cup of batter and place into separate bowl along with OVALTINE; stir until combined.

SPOON OVALTINE mixture into prepared pan; top with remaining banana batter.

BAKE for 55 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes; transfer to wire rack to cool completely. (Bread can be wrapped in plastic wrap and stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Upside-Down Peach Cake Recipe

Remember these?

Yesterday, they became this..so buttery and rich.  This was my dear Mother in Law's (93 years young) surprise treat of the day.

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 8 servings

3/4 cup butter, softened, divided
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups sliced peeled fresh peaches
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
Nutritional Facts
One piece equals 386 calories, 19 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 75 mg cholesterol, 347 mg sodium, 53 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Melt 1/4 cup butter; pour into an ungreased 9-in. round baking pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Arrange peach slices in single layer over sugar.
In a large bowl, cream sugar and remaining butter until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Spoon over peaches.
Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. Serve warm. Yield: 8 servings.

Originally published as Peach Upside-Down Cake in Light & Tasty February/March 2002, p18

Read more: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/upside-down-peach-cake#ixzz39hlWqq70

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Peach Crisp

Our local feed store makes a trip to Southeastern Missouri every year and brings back a tractor trailer full of these wonderful peaches, watermelon and cantaloupe.. Yesterday was peach day at the feed store.  It has become a social event with a steady stream of pick up trucks lined up for their peaches and everyone catching up with each others live's.  Lots and lots of very happy peachy people.

This box had my name on it!

These babies are teasing me!

Aren't they glorious?

So sweet and juicy... I couldn't wait to get them cooking!

Peach Crisp
6 to 8 peaches pealed and sliced
3/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
 3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Arrange peaches in 8" to 9" round pan.  Combine oats, sugar, flour, nuts and cinnamon: cut into butter.  Sprinkle mixture over peaches.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.  (until crisp fruit is boiling).  
Checking the left overs this morning, there is a ton of excess juice.  The answer to that problem is eat it all!
Serve warm with whipped cream if desired.
I made brown sugar flavored whipped cream.

I took this picture this morning with the left over whipped cream.  It has softened a bunch...

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dutch Potato Salad

Remember back in the "good ole days", before computers..there were typewriters...  Back in the late 1960's my mother's church published their first cookbook.  It is just filled with the coolest recipes of the day.  The front cover is now missing from my copy.. and most of the people that submitted the recipes are also gone.. This book brings back such great memories of a lot of people!

This is a very basic recipe and the results are GREAT!  Enjoy.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Praline Cookies

Oh my gosh..  I am crazy for Praline anything..up to and including ice cream... these cookies should be named "Death by Praline"...

2 dozen cookies


3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup, packed Imperial Sugar Light Brown Sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour*

Praline Frosting
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup Imperial Sugar Light Brown Sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 cup Imperial Sugar Confectioners Powdered Sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt

*Spoon & Sweep method: Use a spoon to fill measuring cup with flour until required amount is obtained. Scooping measuring cup directly into flour bag will firmly pack flour resulting in too much flour required for recipe.


Preheat oven to 350°.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner and set aside.
In bowl of stand mixer cream butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Add in egg and vanilla and mix until smooth, scraping the sides, as necessary.
Mix in baking soda and salt until combined.
Stir in flour until evenly incorporated.
Drop heaping tablespoon sized portions of dough onto lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until edges begin to golden.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Praline Frosting:
In a medium saucepan combine butter, cream, brown sugar and salt over medium heat. Heat mixture until it comes to a boil, stirring frequently. Once it comes to a boil, allow it to boil for one minute and then remove from heat.
Immediately add vanilla and powdered sugar, stirring until smooth. Finally, stir in nuts.
Allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes and then spread on top of the cookies.


Recipe developed for Imperial Sugar by Shelly Jaronsky@CookiesandCups.