Thursday, September 3, 2020

Heirloom Recipes: Georgia's Oatmeal Cake & Mom's Ginger Cookies

Hello Friends! 

Today I am sharing two sweet recipes handed down in our family 
for generations...

I'm lucky to come from a long line of fabulous cooks...

both the women and men in my family have specialties they have perfected and tweaked over the years... and as it turns out, they are a generous bunch, taking the time to teach the kids and grandkids over the years and share their recipes...

My favorite recipes... are the vintage ones.

These are the best kind of recipe, the hand-written kind... 
the recipes written on delicate paper recipe cards, 
yellowed from time, authored by those we cherish.  

The recipes are undeniably delicious and the 
memories that accompany these sweet recipes are priceless.  

A little wooden recipe box holds so much inside,
 not only the recipes but...the memories of a lifetime, 
baked as holiday meals, family reunion potluck dishes,
 and the comforting casseroles we take to friends in their time of need... 
The recipes boxes that sit on so many kitchen counters, 
hold the food memories that we treasure.  
I am particularly fond of the recipe cards that are tattered from wear,
 dotted with drips and kitchen spatters having been a well-loved recipe.  

Much like my old rag dolls, you can tell which ones received the most love...
 the most loved recipe cards bear the marks of regular use, 
and can signal a winning dish.

The glorious smells of the kitchen can tell me exactly what season it is...
 whether its a bubbling pot of vegetable soup or the undeniable scent
 of Thanksgiving baking in the oven... 
we all have food memories that take us back in time
 to places and people who have meant so much to us.  

I was recently given the recipe collection belonging to my grandmother...
My grandmother and I have spent many an afternoon
 talking about the parties she hosted and the 
friends that shared their recipes and the happy times they spent sharing delicious food... 
 The fun of reminiscing lets us remember dear family friends.

My grandma said to me just last night, "Remembering these recipes bring
the memories to life and we get to relive those happy times all over again."

 Oh, what fun it has been to read through the ingredients and to see the popularity of dishes thought the decades; the long lost deviled ham logs of the 1960's to the microwave fudge of the 1980's... it's a parade of recipes and memories all rolled into one.  

I am so excited to share my grandmother's cake and mother's cookie recipe on Fox19 today... they will both be watching and what a thrill to see these tried and true family favorites live on, hoping to find a place on other kitchen tables and to be loved by families, like yours.  
Please enjoy these family heirloom recipes and here's hoping they make their way into your very own recipe box.  



Get the recipes here:

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Candy Pumpkins and a Winning Pumpkin Cake Recipe

Are you ready for a little pumpkin fun?

I certainly am...and from the looks of things out my window...fall is right around the corner.  

My son was watching the hummingbirds visit the feeder yesterday... as he watched, a small gust of wind whirled through the backyard, and a cascade of light yellow leaves began to fall to the ground from our maple tree... He exclaimed "What is happening??  Why is our tree losing leaves?? It's still summertime....!"  I reminded him September is here... and fall is coming... 

He wasn't thrilled.  The summer comes in goes in a hurry these days.

But guess what??  

I am thrilled!  I'm bringing out the welcome-wagon for my very favorite season... it's quite literally on our doorstep. {Disclaimer: I may say the same about every season, I tend to be equally excited about the new possibilities of each season}

Right now, today, it is officially pumpkin season... at least that what it says on my calendar.

I'm here for the pumpkins and the cozy firepit nights, I'm here for the leaves, and the caramel apples... the hayrides, and the bright blue crisp autumn skies...I'm here for all of the gorgeous fall days that are right around the corner.

One of the cutest pumpkins of the season... will be the ones I make!

How can that be you might think??

Today, I'm sharing the how-to for these super-cute candy pumpkins.

These little edible cuties, are a surefire way to add a little fall flair to you desserts... thinking ahead to Thanksgiving...these little pumpkins make darling toppers for cakes and pies.  

Speaking of cake... I am including the recipe here for one of the BEST fall desserts I've ever tasted, my two-time, Best-of-Show winning: pumpkin cake.  It's truly delicious, and the perfect make-ahead dessert... 

The secret about this cake... Yes, there is a secret: It tastes better after a day resting in the refrigerator!!  What an amazing trick for this cake, to create magic all on its own...while you are freed up to do other things.  I love a cake that's not too fussy, don't you??

Below is the handy How-To Guide for making candy pumpkins:

What you'll need:

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Tomato Pie

Is your garden overflowing with tomatoes??  

Mine garden is... full of tomatoes!  Usually, this time of year we head to the shore...just as my first tomatoes are really looking beautiful... and so many times in the past, I knew the deer were just waiting in the woods-- watching for me to leave so they could get my tomatoes while I was away on vacation... but this year (silver-lining- alert) I am here for the tomatoes.  I am here for the BLTs, and the salsa...  I am here for the tomatoes.

Is there anything better than a warm homegrown tomato??  --Maybe this tomato pie... 

The deer don't know why I'm cutting into their summer haul of my vine-ripened tomatoes.... but I am making it my business to harvest all that I can... more tomatoes=more tomato pie.  

I have the perfect tomato pie recipe for you...especially if you have too many tomatoes, just like me.

I made this pie last summer for the first time and I fell in love.  It's easy, and it makes such a great dinner in the summer.

Enjoy.  If you have a favorite tomato variety...let me know in the comments...I love trying new kinds.  Have you had a Green Zebra??  Those little green tomatoes are just wonderful too!!


Peach and Blackberry Bramble Pie

I am no stranger to U-pick farms... and once I get started picking berries, or cherries, or apples,... I cannot stop...
So, you can imagine that I need a collection of great recipes to use up all the seasonal fruits and vegetables that I'm picking!

Behold this amazing pie...using the best peaches of the season and also the most delicious blackberries too.

We ventured out to a nearby farm early in the morning last week to pick blackberries... it was worth getting up early.  The farm is a beautiful slice of heaven...right in our own neck of the woods.
So...with my new basket of blackberries overflowing...I found it to be perfect timing that I was alerted to a virtual pie contest.  How perfect.   Fair season is canceled this year...but virtual fair season...that's something I can do!!  I got busy and whipped up this sweet little peach and blackberry pie...complete with a honey crumb-top and a pastry crust... it was like a slice of summer on a plate.  The folks at Jeni's Ice Cream agreed it was a "peach" of a pie and deserved some recognition too!!  Thanks so much for the pie-love Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams...I love ya right back!
For you, the recipe... be sure to get some ice cream in the house...the vanilla ice cream with the warm peaches and sweet berries made it feel extra special.  We could all use a "little extra special" in our lives these days...  this pie is the extra we all need. Enjoy.