Shotglass Shortbread Cookies


Some nuns did a kindness for me, and I wanted to thank them with a little gift. A shortbread cookie recipe I'd recently gotten from my dear Mother-in-Law seemed to perfectly meet the case. She cuts them in a star shape, and they are thin, light and melt-in-your-mouth good.After searching the kitchen for an hour looking for an old cookie cutter, my husband reminded me that I'd done one of my periodic sweeps, where anything I determine to have been unused for too long gets tossed or donated … [Read more...]

Simple Supper for a busy day

Thanks to Reader Dick. Love the recipes, and the videosPollo Arrosto by AllessandroIngredients 1 whole chicken 1200 grams (42.32 oz) 2 Rosemary sprigs 2 - 3 Cloves of garlic Extra virgin olive oil Salt and black pepperPlace salt, pepper, garlic cloves previously crushed with your hands and the sprig of Rosemary into the cavity of the chicken. Place the chicken in the roasting pan and season on both sides with salt, and black pepper, add 1 clove of garlic previously crushed, rosemary, and … [Read more...]

Quiche St. Pierre

"Perhaps it would be a good thing if every Christian, certainly if every priest, could dream once in his life that he were pope, and wake from that nightmare in a sweat of agony." -- Fr. Ronald KnoxToday being the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, (which, as one wag notes doesn't look too comfy) I have decided that for supper we will have a salad and some homemade Quiche St. Pierre.Honoring the Chair of St. Peter with Quiche St. Pierre is something I just made up this afternoon. Because I … [Read more...]

Turnips & Carrots: Irish as it gets

Last year, I was out of ideas for vegetables, and blegged a few recipes.Then Gabriel Malor at Ace got into the mix and we had a lot of fun with folks exchanging recipes. Let's try that again!This year Gabriel is giving us another one for the sweet tooth, and I've already put the ingredients on my list. Check out his Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip! It's a dessert I think my littlest nieces will love (it's fun to dip cookies!) and it's nutritious, too. Got yer Beta-Carotene, yer protein, … [Read more...]

Jose Cuervo Tequila Cookies

Thanks to reader Dick, who has certainly got me curious about these, and I needed something new to bring for Thanksgiving!Tequila Cookies, Wheeeeee!1 cup of water 1 tsp baking soda 1 cup of sugar 1 tsp salt 1 cup or brown sugar 4 large eggs 1 cup nuts 2 cups of dried fruit 1 bottle Jose Cuervo TequilaSample the Cuervo to check quality.Take a large bowl, check the Cuervo again, to be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink.Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup … [Read more...]

Depression Recipes with Clara

I love this lady. I love the fact that in her 90's she is still cooking and taking on new challenges. Look at how comfortable she seems before a video camera! And check out her website and wares.We all should be so ripe and ready when we are in our 90's!Here Clara, then age 91, (look at her beautiful, unlined skin!) is making Pasta with Peas, what people in my family used to call "Italian Soul Food." She relates stories about bootleggers, too, so while the pasta is cooking, you get a … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pianogirl sent this recipe to me a few years ago. I used it for one of Buster's Eagle fund raisers, and people went berserk for it. With good reason. It's incredibly delicious. I made it a few months ago, because we really love pumpkin around here, and one of my husband's friends made a pig of himself and insisted on having the recipe. Enjoy.Pianogirl’s Pumpkin Bread PuddingNote: This makes enough to fill a 9" square pan...I always double the recipe & put it in a 9X13 pan. [I don't a … [Read more...]

Jan meets Ree Drummond

So, you know Ree Drummond, right?She's the dastardly woman with the great web site, the waist-busting recipes and the the great cookbook that is out just in time for Christmas?The woman you want to hate, because she cooks stuff like chocolate truffles with sea salt and looks like this?One wants to hate her, and yet...and yet...Jan has met her at a book-signing, and well...she sounds like a living doll:...finally, there we were at the table!Ree is everything you think she would be – s … [Read more...]

Ree Drummond's Cookbook is here!

It's not fair that this young woman can cook this sort of food and still look like that.This weekend, I had a houseful over, and I decided -since the brother-in-law who never eats beef was not scheduled to attend- that I would break with the constant pasta-and-poultry routine around here (okay, I did make two pounds of penne ala vodka for the second course) I would make Ree's Rib Eye, Onions and Bleu Cheese recipe. Aside from being lip-smacking delish, being able to cook the main entree on … [Read more...]

My FIL now hates Ree Drummond

My Mother-in-Law and my Father-in-Law are living saints. They are people who never have a bad word to say about anyone; they're the first ones to go running to help someone in need, and usually, they'll bring food when they do it. They're Italian that way.They don't hate anyone. Dad, especially, is incapable of hating anyone. He receives everyone with gentle (and gentlemanly) good grace and acceptance. He never raises his voice. He smiles sweetly and allows a person to be who he or she … [Read more...]