Archive for June, 2011
June 18th, 2011
Okay – I know what many of you are thinking -egg and vinegar in a pie crust??? But let me tell you – it makes a simply delicious crust! This is the pie crust I grew up on, and my mom was nothing less than famous for her pies.
I’ve tried a lot of other recipes and I always come back to this one: 1) it’s practically fool-proof, 2) I think the egg and vinegar give the crust a wonderful flavor, and 3) it turns out flakey and tender every time.
So, if you think you can’t make pie crust give this one a try – in under 15 minutes you can make a world of difference in your pie. No fussing with food processors, chilling your shortening, or checking the water temperature! Just a fork and a rolling pin are all the equipment you need.
June 11th, 2011
My kids and I tend to spend most of our summer days at the local pool with friends. I love summer and enjoying the sunshine outside. Sometimes we stay a little longer than we should and we get home and it is already time for dinner. All the staples of this salad are things that are on hand at my house, so I can have dinner ready in a short amount of time for my starving children (swimming all day sure makes for hungry kids).
Chips (we like Doritos but tortilla chips are yummy too)
1 pound hamburger
1 can Ranch Style Beans
Catalina Salad Dressing
June 3rd, 2011
I think the picture here says it all . . . buttery, creamy chocolate frosting just like your mom use to make! This frosting is quick and easy and perfect for cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and peanut butter bars.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
3 1/2 – 4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
Sift together the powdered sugar and cocoa powder.
Cream butter on medium speed. Turn mixer to lowest speed (so powdered sugar doesn’t fly all over you) and add sugar and cocoa – mix until blended. Return to medium speed and add vanilla, and milk. Beat for 2 minutes.
June 3rd, 2011
When I was a freshman in college (which was more than a couple of years ago ) I had a roommate who would make these peanut butter cookies for us all the time – our apartment was famous for them! – it’s been a family favorite of mine ever since.
What’s not to love - that incredible taste of a peanut butter cup in a cookie – plus; easy to make, makes enough for a crowd, and they are always always a big hit!
Perfect for all those family reunions or for all the hungry kids who will soon be hanging out at your house all summer . . .