Egg Scramble and Bashed Potatoes

Breakfast for dinner! Its a classic choice for a reason.

RECIPE: Egg Scramble and Bashed Potatoes
Makes 2 Servings 

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Cast iron pans
Cutting Board

Little Potatoes
Malt Vinegar
Garlic Powder
Green Peppers
Cheddar Cheese


In a bowl, microwave the potatoes in a bowl until cooked through or bake them in an oven.
2) Chop broccoli, green peppers, onion, and ham into pieces.
3) Melt a bit of butter in a pan, and begin cooking the vegetables. When cooked a bit, add the ham.

4) Get the other pan very hot and melt some butter or oil. Bash the baked potatoes into the pan so that they splatter even more than smashed potatoes. Let fry, and then flip.
5) In a bowl, crack eggs and then pour over the veggies and ham. Stir to mix and scramble.
6) Add a bit of black pepper and shredded cheddar cheese to the eggs.
7) Splash Malt vinegar and sprinkle garlic powder over the potatoes.
8) Serve warm with a glass of milk.



Autumn Apple Chicken Dip

I like to experiment. This one didn’t come out to bad. It was tasty and edible, but it could definitely be improved. It was a nice alternative to buffalo chicken dip, and it definitely has more of an autumn taste.

RECIPE: Autumn Apple Chicken Dip
Makes 4 Meal Servings or many Appetizer Servings

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Cast iron pan
Cutting Board

Canned Chicken
Cream Cheese
Carrot Greens
Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
All Spice

Core and chop two tart apples. Put in a cast iron pan and start cooking over medium low heat.
2) Once apples are softened, chop and add a handful or two of carrot greens.
3) Drain and add the can of chicken, stirring well.
4) Sprinkle with cloves and all spice.
5) Stir in one block of cream cheese.
6) Shred the cheddar cheese and stir it in, with a little left over to melt on top if you wish.
7) Keep warm in an oven until ready to serve. 2016-10-14-17-26-14

Serve with cucumber sticks or crackers, or whatever you prefer with your dip. I liked the crackers best! Also, the spices may not given this dip the prettiest of colors, but no one can accuse this dip of being bland!

No Bake Bars

No bake cookies is one of those basic recipes that everyone has made at one time or another. This is a slightly more complex version than the usual 3 ingredients, but I think they are better in taste! Try them out and let me know if you think they are worth the effort. I also make these in bar shapes because they are easier to freeze and snack on without over indulging.

RECIPE: No Bake Bars
Makes 25 Servings

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Baking Sheet
Wax Paper

2 Cups Sugar
1 Stick Margarine
1/2 Cup Milk
3 Cups Old Fashion Oatmeal
1/3 Cup Coco Powder
1 Big Scoop Peanut Butter

In a pot, over medium low heat, melt margarine. Stir in sugar, a dash of vanilla, and milk.
2) Add coco powder and peanut butter.
3) Remove from heat and stir in oatmeal.
4) Spread over wax paper covered baking sheet, and then freeze.
5) Slice and serve! Best with a mug of milk! IMG_2678.JPG





This is a two serving slice of delicious no bakes. I love keeping them frozen because when its 86 degrees outside in October, you need a frozen cookie to cool down!

Chili Mac and Cheese

I love using leftovers to elevate basic foods. My fiance wasn’t feeling well earlier this week, so I decided to make him a bit of boxed mac and cheese. I just couldn’t leave it alone though, and decided to use the leftover chili from the hot dogs to kick it up a notch. Best decision ever! The apple flavor infused into the chili add to mac and cheese was beyond comfort food.

RECIPE: Chili Mac and Cheese
Makes 3 Servings


Boxed Mac and Cheese
Leftover Chili

Begin cooking the boxed pasta in a pot with water. When done, drain it.
2) Add only a splash of milk and 1 T of butter. Stir until melted and mix.
3) Add powdered cheese, and then the rest of the leftover chili.
4) Stir until everything is evenly incorporated.

Granola Bar II

I decided to try a new variation of granola bars that skipped the honey and brown sugar since the others were a little too sweet. I must say I miss the honey taste, but they are definitely less sweet! These aren’t bad, but I am still on the search for the best granola bar recipe for my tastes.

RECIPE: Granola Bar II
Makes 12 Servings

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9 x 9 Baking Pan
Oven heated to 325 Degrees

2 Cups Oatmeal
1/2 Cup Wheat Germ
1/2 Cup Enriched Farina
1 Cup Raisins
1 t Cinnamon
1 t Cloves
14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk

In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients.
2) Press the mixture into a greased 9×9 baking sheet.
3) Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes or until browned.
4) Cool and then slice into granola bar sizes.

Apple Cider Donuts


I’m not a morning person. But I’ll wake up for these donuts!

When I was a kid, we used to pick apples at an orchard that served homemade apple cider donuts. Those donuts hold a soft spot in my memories of childhood autumns. When I saw a recipe for them in Food and Wine magazine, I knew I had to try to make these.

I made one or two slight adjustments to the recipe based on what we had in our cabinet.  The results were fantastic! It made soo many donuts. My office and my neighbors all loved them, and some even complained that they were so delicious that it completely ruined their diets. (Not my fault they ate over 3 donuts each!)

This recipe takes a pretty long time to make, so be sure to read the recipe carefully before starting.

RECIPE: Apple Cider Donuts 
Makes Way too Many Servings

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Large Pot
Rolling Pin
2 Bowls
Baking Sheet
Measuring Utensils
Plastic Wrap
Round Cookie Cutters
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1 1/4 Cup Apple Cider
4 Tablespoons Margarine
5+ Cups Flour
1 Cup Carnation Evaporated Milk
2 Cups Sugar
2 Large Eggs
1 T Vanilla
1 T Baking Powder
2 t Salt
1 t Baking Soda
Canola Oil
1 T Cinnamon
2 t Cloves

In a small sauce pan, combine 1/4 cup apple cider and margarine. Bring to a boil over moderate heat. 2016-10-16-20-25-05
2) Add a heaping 1/4 cup of flour and stir constantly until a paste forms. Move into a small bowl or measuring cup and chill for 2 hours.
3) In a blender, combine the chilled mixture,  evaporated milk, 1 cup sugar, eggs, vanilla, and 1 cup cider. Blend until smooth.
4) Pour blended mixture into a bowl and stir in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until a sticky dough is formed (4 1/2 + cups).
5) Cover a baking sheet with plastic wrap, cover in dough, wrap in plastic and refrigerator for 4 hours.
6) Pour oil into a pan until about an inch deep. Begin heating on medium high heat.
7) Sprinkle flour on the counter, plop dough on it, sprinkle with flour on top. Roll until 1/2 inch thick.
8) Use two round cookie cutters to cut out donuts, and then the donuts’ holes.
9) In a bowl, mix together 1 cup sugar, cinnamon, and cloves.
10) Drop cut dough into oil until it begins to brown, then flip. When done frying drop straight into sugar and shake!
11) Lay out donuts on cooling rack (or eat one or two donut holes warm).



Apple Walnut Pie

We had another get together with neighbors and I decided to bring a pie! The dough is the extra I froze from the Sweet Potato Pie recipe, and it thawed out beautifully. I only wish the leaf cut outs on the top crust came out better than they did!

RECIPE: Apple Walnut Pie 
Makes 8 Servings

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Cutting Board
Pie Pan
Rolling Pin
Oven heated to 375 degrees

Pie Dough
4 Apples

Slice apples and put in a pot with a half teaspoon of ginger, cloves, and allspice. Add a teaspoon of cinnamon.
2) Stir and let cook until the apples are soft and a puddle of juice is on the bottom. Add chopped walnuts.
3) Roll out the pie dough and cover the bottom of the pie dish.

4) Fill the pie crust with the cooked apples and chopped walnuts. In the pot of juices, stir in a little bit of cornstarch and let it thicken. Pour over the apples.
5) Roll out more dough for a top crust.
6) Bake for 30 minutes or so until the pie dough becomes brown and beautiful. If you want to add another layer, sprinkle with a bit of sugar 5-10 minutes before you remove the pie from the oven.

Cider Chili Dogs

I read an article about a winery that paired Riesling wines with loaded hot dogs. We decided that was enough of an excuse to make amazing chili dogs and for me to drink a nice bottle of wine! Okay, I like any excuse to drink a nice Riesling, but homemade chili dogs also are always fun.

RECIPE: Cider Chili Dogs
Makes 4 Servings

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Cutting Board

Hot Dogs
2 Bottles Hard Cider
Tomato Paste
Cherry Tomatoes
Ground Beef
Chili Powder
Cayenne Pepper
Cheddar Cheese
Hot Dog Buns

Chop 3 cloves of garlic and a medium onion. Toss into a pot with 2 bottles of hard cider.
2) Cut the ends of the hot dog in an x pattern and drop into the pot.
3) Slowly simmer for a few hours.

4) Remove hot dogs from cider and put on a plate in the fridge.
5) Begin to boil off cider, leaving the onions, garlic, and a bit of liquid. Add 8 oz of ground beef, letting it cook in the cider mixture.
6) Add sliced cherry tomatoes, tomato paste, chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, and cumin.

7) Stir and cook until a nice thick delicious chili.
8) Slice extra sharp cheddar cheese nice and thin.
9) Cook hot dogs and toast buns on a hot grill.
10) Lay cheddar cheese on the toasted buns and then top with a hot dog.
11) Spoon the chili over the hot dogs and serve with a nice glass of wine.

There will be extra chili and hot dogs to enjoy for lunches for the week!

Glazed Pork Dinner

Pepper Jelly has a bunch of uses. We decided to crack open one of the jars of the strawberry pepper jelly and the result was beyond delicious. Here is our recipe for an amazing balanced dinner. Heck, this plate looks better than the government my plate plan cause its half vegetables!

RECIPE: Glazed Pork Dinner
Makes 2 Servings

Cutting Board

Tsar Dust Spice Mix
Pork Butt
Strawberry Pepper Jelly

Slice zucchini and onion, layer in a foil packet. Sprinkle with tsar dust, seal and shake.
2) Place foil packet on the grill.

3) Place pork butt on the grill and brush with strawberry pepper jelly.
4) Flip and brush with strawberry pepper jelly some more. More sure its a nice glaze as its grilled.
5) Once its done, serve the vegetables, carve up the pork and serve.

img_2565The glaze was beyond belief good. The sweet and spicy balanced out perfectly with the grilled flavor. Ten out of ten will make again!

Hot Pepper Jelly: Two Ways

Do you like peanut butter and jelly? Ever had it with strawberry pepper jelly? Well you will need to make this recipe just to try it. Here are our recipes for strawberry pepper jelly and regular pepper jelly.

RECIPE: Strawberry Pepper Jelly
Makes 12 4 oz jars, 12 half pints, 2 pints

Cutting Board
Potato Masher
Canner and Supplies
Food Processor

8 Lbs Strawberries
10 Cups Sugar
Lemon Juice

Cut the tops off of the jalapenos and toss them into the food processor. Process into tiny pieces.
2) In a pot, smash strawberries with the potatoes masher bit by bit. Stir in the 10 cups of sugar and a heavy dash of lemon juice.
3) Stir in the jalapenos and bring to a boil and let thicken.
4) Remove from heat, pour in pectin, stir, and bring to a boil for another minute or two.
5) Ladle into jars and process in a water for 12 minutes.

RECIPE: Pepper Jelly
Makes 13 Four oz Jars

Cutting Board
Canner and Supplies
Food Processor

3/4 Lb Jalapenos
1 Cup Vinegar
6 Cups Sugar
1 Green Pepper


Cut the tops off of the jalapenos and green pepper. Toss them into the food processor. Process into little chunks.
2) In a pot, mix together the vinegar and  sugar.
3) Stir in the jalapenos and bring to a boil and let thicken.
4) Remove from heat, pour in pectin, stir, and bring to a boil for another minute..
5) Ladle into 4 oz jars and process for 12 minutes.