Friday, November 21, 2014

Grandma's Candied Yams

"These Candied Yams are a must at our Thanksgiving Dinner.  It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without them.  They are the perfect amount of golden sweetness and would be a delicious addition to your holiday dinner!" 

4-5 Yams
1/2 cup or 1 stick of butter
2 cups packed brown sugar

Peel yams and cut into large chunks.  Place in a large stock pot and cover with water.  Bring to a boil and cook until fork-tender.  Drain.  Return to the pan and add stick of butter and brown sugar.  Heat on medium heat until butter melts and brown sugar dissolves. Continue to cook until sauce thickens and becomes syrupy.  Enjoy!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

"Don't you just love old-fashioned recipes?  I do!  They are always delicious, made with simple ingredients and have a way of bringing back special memories when you eat them.  These cookies are a perfect example of that.  They are chewy, sweet and just like the old fashioned ones, only YUMMIER with just a hint of nutmeg.  Bake some today and then pour yourself a big glass of milk and sit back and enjoy your special memories!"
Makes about 2 dozen cookies
1/2 cup or 1 stick of butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups flour
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar.  Add flour, egg, vanilla, baking soda and cream of tartar.  Mix until well combined.  (The mixture will appear crumbly, but will come together when you form it with your hands.)  Form into balls by rolling about 1 Tablespoon of dough in between the palms of your hands.  Roll balls in Pumpkin Pie Spice Sugar (recipe follows). 
Pumpkin Pie Spice Sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice    
In a small bowl, combine sugar and pumpkin pie spice.  Roll balls of cookie dough in sugar mixture until completely covered.  Place cookies 2 inches apart on non-stick cookie sheets.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10-11 minutes or until edges are golden brown. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Chicken Noodle Soup

2-3 medium carrots, sliced
1 medium onion, diced
3 stalks celery, sliced
1 Tablespoon McCormick or Weber Roasted Garlic & Herb Seasoning
Salt and pepper, desired amount
3-(32 ounce) containers of chicken stock or broth
1-(12 ounce) package of egg noodles
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken (I just use shredded deli rotisserie chicken.)
1 cup water
1-( .87 ounce) packet of chicken gravy mix
1-(14.5 ounce) can of diced tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano, undrained

In a large stockpot, heat 1 Tablespoon of canola oil.  Add carrots, onion, celery, Roasted Garlic & Herb Seasoning, salt and pepper and saute for 15 minutes to soften vegetables.  Add stock/broth and bring to a boil.  Stir in noodles and cook for 12-15 minutes or until noodles are tender.  Add chicken, water, gravy packet and tomatoes and heat through.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Pumpkin Cheesecake

"This cheesecake would be a delicious alternative to pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving!"

2 cups gingersnap crumbs
3 Tablespoons butter, melted

Combine crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom and about one inch up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and top with filling.

2-(8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees.  With an electric mixer on medium speed mix cream cheese and sugar until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each one. Add canned pumpkin, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice. Mix well. Pour over crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack. Refrigerate for approximately 4 hours before removing rim of springform pan. When ready to serve, remove rim of pan and slice. Top with whipped cream.  ENJOY!!!

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