Archive for June, 2011

June 18th, 2011

Egg & Vinegar Pie Crust

 

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

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June 11th, 2011

Taco Salad

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).

Taco Salad

Chips (we like Doritos but tortilla chips are yummy too)
1 pound hamburger

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June 3rd, 2011

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

 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

Directions:

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

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June 3rd, 2011

Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Frosting

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 

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