Everyone should be thrilled by this. I am.
So. Because I'm in the mood.
Recipes! Failsafe! These are recipes that are completely idiot proof they are so easy. I mean, I can make them without messing them up.
Sand Tarts, from the Helen Corbitt Cookbook.
1/2 lb butter
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 c sifted cake flour (all-purpose or bread is fine too)
1 c chopped pecans
1 tsp vanilla
more powdered sugar for rolling
Cream butter, add sugar. Stir. Add flour, nuts, and vanilla. Roll into small balls, one inch in circumference, Bake at 325 for twenty minutes or until light brown. Roll in powdered sugar while warm.
Variations: You can use any nut. I almost powder nuts when making this, because I don't like cookies with nuts. Experiments with walnuts and peanuts have proven successful.
Seven Layer Cookies from Christmas Cookies by Oxford House
1/4 plus 1 tbs of butter or margarine
1 and 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs
1 c flaked coconut
1 c semisweet chocolate morsels
1 c butterscotch morsels
1 c chopped pecans
1 15 oz can sweetened condensed milk
Place butter in nine inch square baking pan an dbake a 325 until melted. Remove from oven. Layer graham crackers, etc in order above. DO NOT STIR. spread condensed milk evenly over top. Bake at 325 for thirty minutes. Cut into 1and 1/2 inch squares and remove to wire racks to cool.
Coda: Ignore the cutting before cool. Tried it, for me, it did not work. Use Pam or cooking spay after butter to make easier to remove things from pan after cooking or you will be terrifed how hard it is to get cooked condensed milk/layer mix off sides of pan. Substitute any chips you want. Ignore pecans if desired. Graham cracker crumbs can be nearly powdered if one forgets to say, turn off the food processor in time.
Peanut Butter Blossoms (no idea WHERE this came from. Small piece of notebook paper in bottom of recipe box)
1 c sugar
1 c brown sugar
1 c butter
1 c peanut butter
1/4 c milk
2 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 c flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
extra sugar for rolling (NOT POWDERED)
2 bags of Hershey's Kisses.
Cream butter and sugars. Add in eggs. Add peanut butter. Add milk. Mix dry ingredients or sift them together. Add gradually. Roll into balls. Roll in sugar. Bake at 375 for ten to twelve minutes. Remove from oven, unwrap Hershey's Kisses, press into center. Let cool. Or eat immediately. Your choice.
Variations: Does this NEED any?
Forgotten Cookies from Christmas Cookies by Oxford House
2 egg whites
dash of salt
2/3 c sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 six ounce package of semisweet chocolate morsels
1 c chopped pecans
preheat oven to 350. Beat egg whites until they beg for mercy at room temp in a large mixing bowl until foamy. Add salt. Gradually add sugar, 2 tbs at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold in vanilla, morsels and pecans.
Drop mixture by heaping tsp 2 inches apart onto aluminum foil lined cookie sheet. Place in oven, turn off heat immediately. DO NOT OPEN oven door for 12 HOURS. Gently remove cookies fromaluminum to cool on wire racks. Store in airtight containers.
Variations: Use your preference for chips. Ignore nuts if desired. Interesting results with half chocolate, half other kind of chips.
And for those in need of a cookbook for people who don't stock every kind of everything in creation. (hating Joy of Cooking)
Helen Corbitt's Cookbook.
It's not in print anymore as far as I know, so whenever my grandmother see one at a used book store or garage sale, she buys it. Simple, easy to make, no really, recipes. Strangely, when she says you probably have the ingredients as leftovers, she's usually right.
My mother's is full of notes, since my grandmother tried everything and gave it as a gift to my mom on her wedding day. Mine's just getting started. *G* I work in pencil since I'm not as confident in some of my choices. Especially recommended are the Beef Deutsch and the Beef Stroganoff, which as far as I can tell are basically the same thing, one starting off with cooked meat and the other not, along with some vegetable variations. I usually combine them to get the sour cream sauce right. You really can't go wrong with green peppers, pimentos, and mushrooms. I also make the sour cream sauce separately before adding. It just thickens better that way.
Hmm. Wow, this was a useless entry, wasn't it? Still, it can never hurt to share the recipe blitz.
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My email is behind again, because I'm procrastinating it big time. I'm still wired, since I had to be up most of the night to listen for Small Niece, since sister and her fiancee were needed somewhere else for the night, and I was too tired last night to risk sleeping and not being able to wake up if she needed me. Oh the coffee. Oh the shopping I still have to do. Oh my to-do list frightens me.
Oh, poor buggery, who I was AIMing last night until my computer crashed. Sorry, babe. I was in too--uncertain--a mood to get back on.
But! Firefly pilot tonight!
I moved most of the rest of my webpage to illuminated text, though the links haven't been corrected for the stylesheets or pretty much anything else. Just a little more to go. Plus, it keeps denying me permissions for bizarre reasons. *shakes head*