Does anything have a worse reputation during the holiday season than fruitcake? So now that Christmas is over, what do you do with that dried-up brick made with those candied fruits? I say throw it away, and start perfecting a fruitcake made from fresh or dried fruits instead.
The winter season is upon you. Your somewhat warm days curdle into long cold evenings. A persistent iciness seeps into your home and steels its very warmth, giving you in return an aloofness for this unpleasant season.
Did you know your that local Mid-Continent Public branch is a storehouse of recipes? We are a little like the shelf in Mom's kitchen where the recipes are kept. Remember, it has the Betty Crocker cookbooks and the box with recipes clipped from the newspaper with Mom's favorites?
With the winter snow and wind, I think chili makes a great simple dinner idea to warm the body inside and make the house smell great too. I have my own easy chili recipe that my family loves (listed below). MCPL has many cookbooks featuring soups and chili’s that you might want to try for a new recipe.
When Life Gives You Lemons, Look Up a Good Recipe!
Recently, I have become aware of a parallel universe, one where there are no grains in the diet. It is quite a challenge to learn to cook without any grains—and to learn all the tricks for replacing grain-containing ingredients in favorite recipes.
Let's have a tea party! This year will be my ninth annual Mother's Day tea. I got the idea while searching for a gift for someone that didn't really want anything - my mom. I thought it would be a treat for her to have wonderful food, be waited on, have meaningful conversation, and just plain fun! She absolutely loved it!
My husband’s family had a tradition for many years of making home-made ice cream for birthdays. My mother-in-law (Darlene) faithfully made it from her passed down recipe even for the December birthdays. For many years, we would open presents at Christmas, then the "boys" would go on the porch and churn the ice cream in a crank type freezer. (They said it didn’t taste as good in an electric freezer) It was a bonding time for the boys and a memory shared for all the family.
Here is the recipe for homemade ice cream that has been loved for so many years: