Cheese Scalloped Potatoes

Now autumn is here I find myself craving comfort food.  Potatoes have always been a staple in my household and I remember coming home when I was a child to the smell of scalloped potatoes.  This recipe is hot, hearty and delicious.  Make extra as they’ll go fast.

INGREDIENTS

6 medium potatoes

1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese and old cheddar cheese (mixed)Cheese Scalloped Potatoes

1/4 cup flour

2 cups milk

salt

pepper

shredded sage

DIRECTIONS

Slice potatoes and place a layer in an oven safe dish.

Spoon a layer of flour, salt, pepper, cheese and sage over top.

Repeat layering in dish ending with a cheese layer.

Bake in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until the potatoes are tender and the cheese has melted.

Serve hot.

 

Tomato Jam

I always love the summer/fall season.  All kinds of fresh produce can be found in the stores and farmer’s markets.  Every year I scour the markets for sweet and juicy tomatoes.  I like to use them in salsas, salads, sandwiches and this tomato jam.  Sweet with a bit of a tang this jam is great served on bread or with cheese.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

2 cups cherry tomatoesTomato Jam

2 cups Roma tomatoes

1/4 cup vinegar

1/4 cup water

1 tsp balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

1 tbsp molasses

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground basil

Directions

Place all ingredients in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours until mixture thickens.

Can with your favourite canning method.

Good on Bread Machine Rosemary Bread.

 

Strawberry Lemonade

This variation on lemonade is fun to serve at family outings or for a children’s lemonade stand.

Ingredients

3 cups strawberries

Strawberry Lemonade1/4 cup water

1 cup powdered steevia

1 cup lemon juice

3 cups sparkling water

ice cubes

Heat strawberries, water and Steevia in a large pan and bring to a boil .

Cook for 5 minutes and strain the contents into a pitcher. Cool.

Add lemon juice, sparkling water and ice cubes.

Serve immediately.

Mae’s Shortbread

Mae’s shortbread is a recipe that my mom received from a close friend when I was a kid.  My mom took the recipe and made it into a special treat for holidays.  I remember coming home from school to the smell of this buttery treat close to Christmas.  She’d meticulously cut out shapes of birds, bells and trees.  These days I just roll the dough in a log and cut into disks for when  I need a quick treat for friends and family.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup butter

1/2 cup icing sugarMae's Shortbread

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.  Cream butter and icing sugar and then mix into dry ingredients just until mixed.  Do not over mix dough as it will make the cookies tough.

Use a piece of  parchment paper to roll a cookie log. Chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Remove from fridge and cut in slices.

Bake on an un-greased cookie sheet at 325 degrees Fahrenheit until bottoms are golden brown.

Move to a wire rack and cool before serving.

Try serving these cookies with  Strawberry Lemonade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Coffee Fudge

Chocolate coffee fudge is sweet and decadent.  It goes well in any party platter and packs up for a terrific gift.  The coffee adds an extra depth to the recipe. 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

Chocolate Coffee Fudge1/4 cup + 2 tbsp prepared coffee

1 1/2 cups icing sugar

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup cocoa

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Bring brown sugar, coffee, butter and cocoa to a boil over low heat.  Continue boiling for five minutes then  remove from stove.  Blend in icing sugar and nuts.  Spread mixture in greased  9 x 5 inch loaf pan.  Cool and cut into squares.  Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

Banana Jam Bread Machine Swirls

There’s nothing better on a rainy day than to come home to freshly made buns.  This recipe uses a similar bread dough to cinnamon buns but incorporates mashed bananas for a unique flavour.

Ingredients

2 medium mashed bananas

2 egg whites

1/4 cup milkBANANA JAM SWIRLS

4 tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp butter

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup flax seed meal

2 tsp bread machine yeast

1/4 cup sliced almonds

raspberry jam

Put ingredients except almonds and jam into the bread machine pan.  Mix on dough cycle.

When the cycle is finished remove the dough from the bread machine and let rise covered for 15 minutes.  Roll dough on a floured board into a rectangle.  Spread with jam and almonds.  Roll up in a log and slice into 10 pieces.  Place in a buttered pan and let rise for 1 hour.

Bake at 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 35 to 40 minutes. May be topped with plain icing.

 

Homemade Dessert Pizza

Homemade Dessert PIzzaDessert pizza is becoming more and more popular.  This recipe for dessert pizza is easy to put together but the visual results are impressive.  This dessert is colourful and filled with fresh fruit and tasty vanilla pudding.  It’s sure to please family and friends.

Crust

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup butter

3 egg yolks

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1 twp baking soda

1 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 tsp salt

Cookie Base

Combine sugar, butter, egg yolks and vanilla until creamed.  Add the dry ingredients and blend well.  Transfer to a greased pizza tin or lined muffin tins.  Make sure the crust is not too thick.  Prick crust with fork and then bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 to 15 minutes.  Cool.

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