THANKSGIVING – #7

Posted on November 19, 2011. Filed under: Autumn, Candy, Chocolate, Chocolate-Mint, Comfort Foods, Crochet Patterns, Dairy, Desserts, Fun, General Crafts, Kosher Recipe, Munchies, Party Ideas, Snacks, THANKSGIVING, Thanksgiving Crafts, Thanksgiving Prayer, Thanksgiving Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |


The First Thanksgiving

 

We Gather Together Hymn

 

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

 

-Adrianus Valerius
-Theodore Baker (translator)

 

Today’s post is for those who like to craft.  We have to relax somehow and get out of the kitchen, so why not try to relax and have fun making one of these projects.  Notice, I said ONE project.  We still have baking and cooking to do! I have included a crochet pattern for a cornucopia centerpiece, a cute crocheted turkey hot pad, the cutest turkey nut bowl which is on my “must try to make” list, a gorgeous serving platter and a centerpiece that will go perfectly with the table cloth and napkin place cards that you can find at https://atzimmes.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/thanksgiving-3/ .  I even found directions on how to make Pilgrim place cards for those of you who opt not to make the table cloth and napkin place cards.  At the end of the crafting ideas I am attaching an easy recipe for Bavarian Mints.  Hope you enjoy!

 

Thanksgiving Crocheted Cornucopia

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 12/26/2008 – 15:10

Thanksgiving Cornucopia with Indian Corn and squash

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and I always get irritated when the stores seem to just pass it by. This year I am not going to let that happen, all this month I will be posting a different pattern every week so that you can make your very own cornucopia. We will make several different types of squash and a piece of Indian corn. Materials for the cornucopia: Size H hook, 7 inch metal craft ring, 4 oz of any shade of brown yarn & a marker

Row 1: ch 4, 7 dc in 4th ch from hook, join to form a ring Row 2: ch 3 (this does not count as 1st dc) fpdc(front post double crochet) around 1st dc and in remaing 6 dc, join to 1st fpdc. Row 3: ch 3 (this now counts as 1st dc) fpdc around 1st fpdc of previous row, *dc in top of next fpdc, fpdc in same stitch(increase made) repeat from * to * around , join. Row 4: ch 3, *fpdc in 1st fpdc, dc in next dc, around join. Row 5: ch 3, dc in same st, *fpdc around next fpdc, 2 dc in next dc * repeat from * to * around, join. Row 6: ch 3, dc in dc’s, fpdc in fpdc Row 7: ch 3, 2 dc in next dc,* fpdc in next fpdc, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat from * to * around, join Row 8: ch 3, dc in dc’s fpdc in fpdc. Rows 9 – 22: Repeat rows 7 & 8 having one more dc between fpdc(you will be increasing a total of 7 stitches per row) until you have 10 dc between each fpdc. Row 23-24: repeat row 6 Row 25: Place 7 inch craft ring in front of your work (crochet is closes to your body) ch 1, * insert hook into next stitch and under ring, yo (this will go over the top of the ring) pull through stitch, yo pull through both loops on hook*, repeat from * to * all the way around ring, join, ring is now attached to your horn. Edging: ch 1 , *sc in same stitch, trc in next stitch * repeat from * to * around.

Indian Corn

I’m going to tell you how this whole idea came about, I was in Walmart and I happen to pass by the beads and there it was, one little package of #345 Americana Multipony beads. For some reason I suddenly thought those are the colors of Indian corn. Then I went to the yarn to pick up some yellow and there they all were the fall colors and the ideas just flooded my little head. I started out just with the idea of Indian corn and then the rest followed, ok now you know I am not a sane person but honestly this is how most of my ideas come to me at the spur of the moment. Indian Corn 1 package of #345 Americana Multi pony beads 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0220 Cornmeal Size H hook marker I picked out all the reds, oranges, and a few black beads, string them all onto your yarn before we begin, You should have 83 beads but as a safety measure I always string on 2 extra beads just incase. Do not join rounds, use a marker to mark beginning of each row. Ch 2, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Row 1: 1 sc in each sc Row 2: 1 bsc (bead single crochet) in each sc Row 3: 2 bsc in each bsc, total of 6 bsc Row 4 – 14: 1 bsc in each bsc Row 15: *ch 30 sc in next sc repeat from * 5 more times, end off leaving a long tail. Wrap the long tail tightly as possible just above the last bsc row made (this gathers all the ch 30’s to look like the husk)

Striped squash

1 3 inch styrofoam ball or batting for stuffing size I double ended hook 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0391 Artichoke 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0313 Aran starting with artichoke, ch 17, skip 1st chain from hook, pull up a loop in next 16 ch, push all loops down to other side of hook turn. Attach white, remove loops on hook, put loops back on hook turn. Using artichoke remove loops, put loops back on. Continue until you have 17 rows of artichoke and 16 rows of aran. With aran, remove loops off of hook, stretch piece around styrofoam ball , using aran slip stitch to beginning artichoke row, end off aran leaving a long tail. Weave aran through top pull tight to close up end, finish off. End off artichoke leaving a long tail, weave artichoke through opposite end pull tight to close up finish off.

Bumpy Squash

I know that the names of the patterns are not that creative but they are original! 1 3 inch styrofoam ball or batting for stuffing Size I afghan hook 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0368 paddy green Size 10 thread white **1 strand of white size 10 thread and 1 strand of yarn are held together through out*** Row 1:ch 15, work Tunisian simple stitch, Row 2: Pull up next 2 stitches, *work bobble in next stitch as follows: (yo insert hook into next st, yo and draw loop through)3 times, yo and draw loop through 6 loops on hook, booble made. Pull up loop in next 3 stitches, repeat from * to end of row. Row 3: Remove loops Row 4: *work bobble in 1st stitch, pull up a loop in next 3 stitches, repeat from * to end of row. Repeat rows 2 to 4 , 5 times, then repeat row 2 & 3 once. Stretch around Styrofoam ball, sew last row to row 1. Thread a piece of yarn through one end, pull tight, finish off repeat for other end.

Pointy Squash

1 3 inch styrofoam ball or batting for stuffing Batting for stuffing Size H hook 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0368 paddy green 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0245 orange to mark beginning of each round, place marker in last sc of each round. With green, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Row 1: 2 sc in each sc (12 sc) Row 2: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc repeat from * around (18 sc). Row 3: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc repeat from * around (24 sc) Row 4: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc repeat from * around (30 sc) Row 5: *sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc repeat from * around (36 sc). Rows 6 – 8: work even, at end of row 8 attach orange. Row 9: ch 3 (count as 1st dc) dc in remaining 35 sc, join to top of 1st dc. Row 10: ch 3 , dc in next 4 dc, fpdc in next stitch, *dc in next 5 dc, fpdc in next stitch repeat from * around. Row 11: ch 3 , dc in next 2 dc, decrease one dc (yo pull up loop in next dc, yo pull through 2 loops on hook, yo pull up a loop in next dc, yo pull through 2 loops on hook, yo pull through 3 loops on hook) fpdc in next fpdc stitch, *dc in next 3 dc, decrease, fpdc in next fpdc stitch repeat from * around. Insert Styrofoam ball now. Begin to stuff as necessary with batting as you complete the following rows. Row 12: ch 3 , dc in next 3 dc, fpdc in next stitch, *dc in next 4 dc, fpdc in next stitch repeat from * around . Rows 13 – 16: repeat row 11 until there is only 1 dc inbetween fpdc. Rows 17 – 21: ch 3, *fpdc in next fpdc stitch, dc in next dc, repeat from * around. Row 22: Work 1 fpdc in each fpdc. End off leaving a long tail, thread through top pull tight.

Turkey Nut Dish

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“With holiday season upon us, my  favorite thing to do is curl up by the fire place with a cup of hot cocoa nearby and a crochet project that will enhance my table decorations and bring delight to my guests.

 

Not only will the array of goodies offered on the table bring “oohs” and “aahs” from my guests, but my Turkey Nut Dish will add whimsy to any holiday table and prompt squeals of delight from the children as well…”

 

“Add this clever decoration to Thanksgiving dinner by filling this gobbler’s dish with nuts in their shells or other tasty treats!” ~ Beverly Mewhorter

 

Design by Beverly Mewhorter

 

Skill Level

 

Beginner

 

Size

 

5 1/2 inches tall

 

Materials

 

Worsted weight yarn: 2 1/2 ounces brown, 1 1/2 ounces autumn ombre, small amounts of red and orange

Size G/6/4mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge

2 (12mm) wiggle eyes

Fiberfill

1-pound plastic container (3 1/4 inches tall x 4 1/2 inch diameter top opening)

Hot-glue gun

Tapestry needle

Gauge

 

4 sc = 1 inch

Check gauge to save time.

 

Pattern Notes

 

Weave in loose ends as work progresses.

 

Sl st to join each rnd in beg st.

 

Bowl Cover

 

Outer Cover

 

Rnd 1 (RS): With brown, ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join (see Pattern Notes) in top of beg ch-4. (12 dc)

 

Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st as beg ch, 2 dc in each rem dc around, join in top of beg ch. (24 dc)

 

Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st as beg ch, dc in next dc, [2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc] rep around, join in top of beg ch. (36 dc)

 

Rnd 4: Working in back lps for this rnd only, ch 3, dc in each st around, join in top of beg ch.

 

Rnds 5-10: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join in top of beg ch. At the end of Rnd 10, fasten off.

 

Inner Cover

 

Rnds 1-3: Rep Rnds 1-3 of outer cover. (36 dc)

 

Rnds 4-8: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join in top of beg ch. At the end of Rnd 8, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off.

 

Place inner cover inside plastic container and outer cover over outer edge, working through sts Rnds 8 of inner cover and Rnd 10 of outer cover, sew sides tog around top edge.

 

Head

Rnd 1: With brown, ch 2, 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join in beg sc. (8 sc)

 

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join in beg sc. (16 sc)

 

Rnd 3: Ch 1, [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] rep around, join in beg sc. (24 sc)

 

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join in beg sc.

 

Rnds 5-7: Rep Rnd 4.

 

Rnd 8: Ch 1, [sc in next sc, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] rep around, join in beg

sc. (16 sc)

 

Neck

 

Rnds 9-20: Rep Rnd 4. At the end of Rnd 20, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off.

 

Stuff head and neck with fiberfill. Flatten Rnd 20, sew neck opening closed.

Sew head and neck to outer cover over Rnds 5-10.

 

Beak

 

With orange, ch 4, sl st in 4th ch from hook, ch 4, sl st in same 4th ch from hook, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off. Fold beak in half and sew to head over Rnd 7.

 

Wattle

 

With red, [ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook] 6 times (6 bumps), sl st in same ch as 5th bump, fasten off. Sew first bump over beak.

 

Eyes

 

Glue wiggle eyes to face.

 

Wings & Tail Feathers (make 5)

 

Row 1: With autumn, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each rem ch across, turn. (4 sc)

 

Rows 2-11: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.

 

Row 12: Ch 1, [dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] twice, do not turn. (2 sc)

 

Rnd 13: Working around entire outer edge, ch 1, [sc in next st, ch 3] rep around, join in beg sc, fasten off.

 

Sew a wing to each side of outer cover and three tail feathers to back of outer cover.

 


Tom Turkey Hot Pads 

 

Expect to gobble up compliments when you crochet these whimsical hot pads from designer Beverly M., Apache Junction, Arizona. These turkeys are sure to make a return appearance year after year.

Materials Needed (for one):

  • · Worsted-weight yarn—3 ounces of white ( Beverly used Red 
    Heart Soft White yarn); and small amounts each of brown, gold, green, orange, red and yellow
  • · Size J/10 (6mm) crochet hook
  • · Two 7mm glue-on wiggle eyes
  • · Fabric glue
  • · Yarn or tapestry needle
  • · Scissors  

Gauge: Working with two strands of yarn as one, 3 scs and 3 rows = 1 inch. Slight variations in gauge will change the finished size a bit.

Finished Size: Turkey hot pad measures about 8 inches wide x 7 inches high. 

Directions:

HOT PAD: Working with two strands of white yarn as one, ch 21.

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hk and in each remaining ch across, ch 1, turn: 20 scs.

Row 2: Sc in each st across, ch 1, turn: 20 scs.

Rows 3-20: Repeat Row 2: 20 scs.

Ch 10, sl st in last st of Row 20 for hanging loop. Fasten off.

Use yarn or tapestry needle to weave in all loose ends.

TURKEY: Body: Round 1: With brown, ch 4 for first dc, dc in fourth ch from hk 13 times, join with a sl st in top of beginning ch: 14 dcs.

Round 2: Ch 3 for first dc, dc in same st, work 2 dcs in each remaining dc around, join with a sl st in top of beginning ch: 28 dcs. Fasten off.

Head: With brown, ch 4 for first dc, dc in fourth ch from hk 13 times, join with a sl st in top of beginning ch: 14 dcs. Fasten off.

Beak: With gold, ch 2, sl st in second ch from hk. Fasten off. Use yarn or tapestry needle to weave in all loose ends.

Feather: With red, ch 7, sc in second ch from hk and in each remaining ch across, work 2 scs in last ch, sc in each ch along opposite side. Fasten off.

Repeat to make one feather each of orange, yellow and green yarn.

Feet: With gold, ch 4, sl st in fourth ch from hk, ch 4, sl st in fourth ch from hk. Fasten off.

Finishing: Use yarn or tapestry needle to weave in all loose ends.

ASSEMBLY: Referring to photo as a guide, glue body and then head to hot pad. Glue feathers around top outer edge of body and feet to lower edge of body. Glue beak to center of turkey’s head. Glue eyes above beak. Let dry.

ABBREVIATIONS
ch(s) chain(s)
dc(s) double crochet(s)
hk hook
sc(s) single crochet(s)
sl st slip stitch
st(s) stitch(es)

Autumn Plate

 

You can create a plate for all four seasons with this simple laminating technique. Use your imagination and find unique shapes, flat ornaments, ribbons and other embellishments for your plate. A plate decorated in this wayshould always be washed by hand.

Materials


11″ (28cm) clear glass square plate
Paper leaves
Gold micro beads
Liquid laminate
Paper glaze
Scissors
¼ -inch (19mm) wash brush
Plastic cups

Paper Palette


About the papers


The papers used in this project are colored mulberry with the inclusions of mango leaves. The mongo leaves add a rich texture to the paper. They are machine made in Thailand but have a wonderful handmade feel.

1.   Arrange the Leaves


Lay the plate right side up and arrange the leaves under the plate so you can see what they look like. Arrange the leaves so some are going off the edge of the plate. Set the leaves to the side in pattern you want for the plate. Turn the plate upside down (on top of one or two plastic cups, if you like). Brush the back of the plate with liquid laminate and begin to place the leaves face down on the plate.

2.   Adhere the Leaves


Brush the back of the leaves with laminate and smooth with your fingers. Press the corners of the leaves down to form tightly to the shape of the plate.

3. Add the Micro Beads


Trim the leaves that over the edges with scissors. While the liquid laminate is still wet, sprinkle the back of the plate with gold micro beads. Add a bit more laminate if necessary. The bead placement can be fairly random.

4. Apply Liquid Laminate


Brush the excess beads of the back of the leaves. Tear the mulberry papers into random sizes. Apply the laminate directly to the paper pieces before you put them on plate. Use the ¾ -inch (19mm) wash brush to apply laminate. Lay the laminate paper pieces on the back of the plate.

5. Add the Remaining Paper


Continue adding pieces of mulberry paper in random color patterns. Let the papers go over the edges of the plate. When the entire plate is covered, trim the excess papers from the edges. Press the edges of the plate with your finger to ensure the paper is firmly bonded to the glass. Set aside to dry. Brush the back of the plate with generous coat of paper glaze.

 

The Autumn Dish instructions were found at The Holiday Spot website.

 

 Pilgrim Place Card Holders

 

What you’ll need: Permanent color markers, straight wooden clothespin, black pipe cleaner, 1 liter plastic bottle with cap, construction paper, a paper plate, glue, paper plate.

 

How to make: At the top of the clothespin, draw a face using the permanent markers. Color the rest of the clothes pin black. Tie the pipe cleaner just below the “face” to make the arms. With a craft knife, cut the top off a plastic 1-liter bottle, 3 1/4 inches down from the cap and discard the bottom. Remove the bottle cap and color it and the bottle top black. For the pilgrim man, wrap a pipe cleaner around his feet and stand him up in the bottle cap. Cut out and glue on a paper hat and vest. To finish the woman, wrap a pipe cleaner around her waist and fit her into the bottle top. Glue on a paper apron and bonnet. Cut name tags from a paper plate rim and attach them to the pilgrims’ arms.

 

The instructions for the Pilgrim Place Card Holders were found at Mother Nature Network’s website.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece:

Glittered Corn from Martha

Stewart.com

A few organic elements, enlivened with a bit of gilding, evoke fall’s abundance. To make this eye-catching centerpiece, we turned a glass compote into a horn of plenty with glittering Indian corn and squash.

Tools and Materials

  • Dried corn, from Dry Nature Designs, 212-695-8911
  • Craft glue
  • Fine glitter in Florentine Gold, by Martha Stewart Crafts, at Michaels
  • Foam brush
  • Kettle of boiling water

 

Glittered Corn How-To

Pick some ears of dried corn to glitter fully and other ears to do more sparingly, so your arrangement doesn’t go overboard. For the former, coat fully with craft glue and glitter. For the latter, use a foam brush to lightly dab some kernels with craft glue, then apply glitter. 

To soften husks so you can shape the ears when you arrange them, steam over a kettle of boiling water once the glitter has set. Gourds need nothing more than a glittered stem to shine.

To me, mints are an essential part of any dinner party.  They taste good, they aid in digestion, and they freshen your mouth which makes for sweeter post-dinner conversation.  This recipe for Bavarian Mints by kitchenchatter sounds like the perfect mint for our Thanksgiving festivities.

DISCLAIMER:  The above photo is for a similar recipe for Bavarian Mints, but it does not go along with this recipe. ~ Softa123

Bavarian Mints

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By kitchenchatter

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

12 ounces package semi-sweet chocolate chips

12 ounces package milk chocolate chips

1 tablespoon butter

14 ounces can Eagle-Brand-sweetened-condensed milk

3 drops oil of peppermint

1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Melt in top of double boiler. the chips and butter. Remove from heat- add sweetened milk, oil of peppermint and vanilla. Pour into 9×13-inch pan. Cool and cut.

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THANKSGIVING – #6

Posted on November 18, 2011. Filed under: Chocolate-Mint, Coconut, Comfort Foods, Cookies, Cut-Out Cookies, Dairy, Desserts, Kids, Kosher Recipe, Marshmallows, Nuts, Oranges, Paerve, Parve, Peanut Butter, Poetry, Rainy Day Foods, Recipes, Refrigerator Cookies, Rochester, Snacks, THANKSGIVING, Thanksgiving Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |


Baking Cookies
I was warned that this would happen as I stirred the cookie dough.
“Now, if you eat too much of it, a pain inside will grow.”
I didn’t really listen as the ingredients swirled around.
I took a nip to try it; a better taste could not be found!I couldn’t stop! I ate and ate… a spoonful here then there.
Before I knew it, most was gone; the bowl was almost bare.
I looked down at my belly. It stuck out beneath my shirt.
And that is when the pain began, the ache – the awful hurt.“It hurts!” I clutched my tummy as I sat down on the floor.
“Too much!” I cried to everyone. “The cookie dough… no more!”
I moaned as I regretted having taken every bite.
“I should not have eaten all that dough! I know now – you were right!”

There was nothing I could do but wait, the ache would go away.
I knew it must eventually. It couldn’t stay all day.
I sat and waited patiently, and pouted; rubbed my tum.
Then I heard the ding-dong ring… the cookies! They were done!

Well, cookie dough and cookies are two very different things,
For my tummy feels much better once the oven timer rings.
It knows the fix for too much dough is cookies. I am sure.
It doesn’t really make much sense, but b’lieve me it’s the cure!

By Carrie Heyes

Today we are going to begin our holiday baking with a nice selection of cookie recipes.  Make two or three of these to have on hand for those of you who don’t like pies.  It is especially necessary to have cookies on hand if there are children or if you eat your Thanksgiving meal early in the day and then have people stay through for games, movies, or just plain chatting.  What I suggest is make enough to put out a dozen of each cookie and freeze the rest for Christmas, Chanukah, Kawanza or the Winter Solstice.  If you decide to make cut-out cookies, which I recommend, cut some in Thanksgiving shapes and some in other shapes.  Make all the cookies on one day and decorate the next day.  Don’t forget to figure in drying time for decorated cookies.  Do not freeze frosted/decorated cookies.  It is better to freeze cookies unfrosted and frost them two days before you need them.  Let the kids do the frosting and decorating.  It fosters pride in  themselves and relieves you for the more tedious tasks.

DISCLAIMER:  The above photo is not the photo for the following recipe, but looks like the ones that Fran’s cookie recipe makes. ~Softa123

FRAN SCARMANACH’S KRIS KRINGLE COOKIES

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1 cup Butter

2 cups Granulated Sugar

3 Eggs

5 cups All-Purpose Flour

1-1/2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar

1-1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda

1/4 teaspoon Salt

2 tablespoons Milk

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Cream butter.  Add sugar.  Cream well together.  Add eggs, one at a time.  Add flour , cream of tartar, boaking soda, salt, milk and vanilla extract.

Divide dough in half.  Roll out one ball of dough.  Cut with cookie cutters of your choice.  Bake at 450° Fahrenheit for about 7 minutes.

Frost and decorate as desired.

This recipe is for my second favorite cut-out cookies.  Thankfully, I gave this recipe to my step-daughter-in-law, Lisa, who makes them for me every Chanukah/Christmas season.  I always look forward to these cookies, as well as all the others Lisa bakes.  I will post my favorite cut-out cookie recipe when I do the Winter holiday cookie post(s). ~Softa123 aka Marilyn

REAL ORANGE COOKIES

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2-1/2 cups SIFTED Cake Flour

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 cup soft Shortening

1/2 cup Granulated Sugar

2 Eggs

1 tablespoon GRATED Orange Rind

1/2 cup Orange Juice

1/2 cup chopped Filberts, Walnuts or Flaked Coconut (SOFTA123’S aka MARILYN’S NOTE: I use walnuts for this recipe.)

Start heating oven to 400° Fahrenheit.

Sift together flour, salt and baking soda.

Mix shortening with sugar, eggs and orange rind until creamy.  Mix in flour mixture ALTERNATELY with orange juice, then mix in nuts or coconut.

Drop by teaspoonfuls, 2″ apart, onto GREASED cookie sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes OR until golden.

Makes 4 dozen cookies.

This recipe comes from my Good Housekeeping’s Book of Cookies, published in 1958.  I can remember buying this book at Senzel’s Drug Store on Monroe Avenue, Rochester, New York way back when.

These cookies are really good!  ~Softa123 aka Marilyn

Andes Mint Cookies

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1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup butter or margarine

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons water

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 ounces Andes mints

Pecan halves

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, cream sugars and butter or margarine.

2. Add eggs and water. Beat well. Mix flour, baking soda and salt well.  Add gradually to egg mixture. Chill dough overnight (it is important that the dough be well chilled).

3. Wrap each mint completely in cookie dough. Place 2″ apart on lightly greased cookie sheets and put a nut half on top of each cookie.

4. Bake 7-9 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool thoroughly on wire racks.

Foodgeeks.Com: Fruit And Nut Refrigerator Cookies

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Source:  Recipe and Photo by Foodgeek: dorel

Servings: 96 servings

Prep. Time::20

Total Time::30

Ingredients:

2-1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup margarine or butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

1 cup chopped candied cherries or mixed candied fruit

Directions:

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. Cream shortening, butter or margarine and sugar until creamy, add eggs and vanilla and mix thoroughly (I use my electric mixture usually on high power to really whip it up good). Stir flour mixture into creamed mixture. Mix well. Add fruit and nuts. Chill for at least 1/2 hour for easier handling.

Shape dough into smooth rolls about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap in waxed paper or clear wrap and chill overnight or until firm.

When ready to bake:  Slice with sharp knife in 1/4 inch slices. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375°F for 8-10 minutes or until golden.

Comments from dorel :

“This is a great looking cookie on a tray of mixed cookies. Good at Christmas or for bazaars or church fellowships. Or just for cookie lovers everywhere. Don’t know where the recipe came from. I’ve had it for years.”

Nutritional Facts for Fruit and Nut Refrigerator Cookies

Serving Size: 1 (841 g)

Servings Per Recipe: 1

Amount Per Serving

% Daily Value

Calories 43.4

Calories from Fat 22

52%

Total Fat 2.5 g

3%

Saturated Fat 0.5 g

2%

Cholesterol 4.4 mg

1%

Sodium 29.0 mg

1%

Total Carbohydrate 4.6 g

1%

Dietary Fiber 0.1 g

0%

Sugars 2.1 g

8%

Protein 0.5 g

1%

Softa123’s Comment:  Most refrigerator cookie dough can be frozen up to 4 or 6 weeks. Use these tips for freezing:

  • Double-wrap dough in plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn and absorption of odors from your freezer
  • Write the type of cookie dough and the date it was frozen on the outside of the package.
  • When you are ready to bake, simply let the dough defrost in the refrigerator. This will take several hours, so plan ahead.

Mace And Chain Cookies Recipe

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“A friend’s family favorite recipe with a new name…” ~Frisiangirl

Prep:15m Cook:11m Servings:4

Source:  Frisiangirl

* old fashioned cookie

Ingredients:

* 1 C Butter

* 1 C Brown sugar

* 1/2 C sugar

* 1 T. milk

* 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

* 2 eggs

* 1 C. cornflakes

* 3 C. oats

* 1 C. walnuts

* 1 1/2 C. flour

* 1 1/4 tsp. baking soda

* 1 1/2 tsp. mace

* 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

* 1/4 tsp. nutmeg

* 1/8 tsp. cloves

* 4 oz. coconut

* 12 oz. milk chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Cream butter and sugar. Add milk, vanilla and eggs; beat until creamy and smooth.

2. Stir flour, soda and spices together; add to egg mixture.

3. Gently stir in cornflakes, oats, walnuts, coconut and chocolate chips.

4. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet.

5. Bake at 350 11 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet immediately.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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1 cup Shortening

2 Eggs

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup White sugar

1/2 cup Brown sugar

2 cups White flour

1 teaspoon Baking soda

1 teaspoon Baking powder

1/2 teaspoon Salt

2 cups Oatmeal

1. Cream shortening.

2. Add sugars and mix.

3. Add rest of ingredients except chocolate chips and oatmeal and mix.

4. Add oatmeal and chocolate chips and mix.

5. Spoon onto greased cookie sheet.

6. Bake for 10-12 minutes at Bake [at]350

Posted to JEWISH-FOOD digest V97 #310 by BNLImp[at]aol.com (Iara Lewin)

Yellow Cake Mix Cookies

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1 cup Crunchy peanut butter

2 Eggs

1/4 cup Oil

1/3 cup Water

1 package Yellow cake mix

1 package chocolate chips (12 ounce)

Mix all ingredients together then drop by teaspoon on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.

Source:  Randy

 

 

One-Bowl Brownies

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4 squares unsweetened chocolate

3/4 cup Margarine

2 cups Sugar

3 Eggs

1 teaspoon Vanilla

1 cup Flour

1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (optional)

ROCKY ROAD VERSION-

2 cups Miniature marshmallows

1 cup Semi-sweet real chocolate chips

1 cup Coarsely chopped walnuts

PEANUT BUTTER SWIRL VERSION-

 

2/3 cup Peanut butter

Source:  Date: Tue, 11 Jun 1996 21:11:14 -0400 From: Linda Robinson

Heat oven to 350x F.

Microwave chocolate and margarine in large microwavable bowl on high 2 minutes or until margarine is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Stir sugar into melted chocolate mixture. Add eggs and vanilla; stir until completely mixed.

Stir in flour until well blended. Stir in nuts. Spread in greased 13″ x 9″ pan.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs.

Do not overbake.

Cool in pan; cut into squares.

Makes 24 brownies.

ROCKY ROAD ONE-BOWL BROWNIES: Prepare basic one-bowl brownie recipe above. Bake 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. Immediately sprinkle with marshmallows, chocolate chips and walnuts. Continue baking 3-5 minutes until topping begins to melt together. Cool in pan; cut into squares.

PEANUT BUTTER SWIRL ONE-BOWL BROWNIES: Prepare basic one-bowl brownie recipe above, reserving 1 Tbs. of the margarine and 2 Tbs. of the sugar from the original recipe. Prepare as directed. Mix reserved margarine and sugar into 2/3 cup peanut butter. Spoon over uncooked brownie mixture and swirl with knife to marbleize. Bake 30-35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. Cool in pan and cut into squares.

SOURCE:

EAT-L DIGEST 10 JUNE 1996

From the EAT-L recipe list. Downloaded from Glen’s MM Recipe Archive,

One cookie baking hint from Softa123:  Don’t eat all the cookies up by yourself!  Remember to share with friends and family; they taste better that way!

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Posted on October 29, 2011. Filed under: Brownies, Cakes, Cheese, Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Cupcakes, Dairy, Desserts, Halloween, Halloween Krispie Treats, Halloween Munchies, Halloween Pizza, Halloween Recipes, Halloween Snacks, Kids, Kosher Recipe, Marshmallows, My Ramblings, Oranges, Peanut Butter, Pears, Recipes, Snacks, Special Occasion Cake | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


We can find a reference to a stepmother as an evil witch as far back as 1500 BCE in an Egyptian folktale in which a wicked stepmother persecutes her blameless stepson. In the nineteenth century, 345 variations of “Cinderella” were identified in cultures as diverse as China, India, Japan, and France. And the wicked stepmother persists today.[1]

The notion of the word stepmother being descriptive of an intrinsically unkind parent is suggested by peculiar wording in John Gamble’s “An Irish Wake” (1826). He writes of a woman soon to die, who instructs her successor to “be kind to my children.” Gamble writes that the injunction was forgotten and that she “proved a very step-mother.”[2]

The stepmother may be identified with other evils the characters meet. For instance, both the stepmother and the witch in Hansel and Gretel are deeply concerned with food, the stepmother to avoid hunger, the witch with her house built of food and her desire to eat the children, and when the children kill the witch and return home, their stepmother has mysteriously died.[3]

This hostility from the stepmother and tenderness from the true mother has been interpreted in varying ways. A psychological interpretation, by Bruno Bettelheim, describes it as “splitting” the actual mother in an ideal mother and a false mother that contains what the child dislikes in the actual mother. However, historically, many women died in childbirth, their husbands remarried, and the new stepmothers competed with the children of the first marriage for resources; the tales can be interpreted as factual conflicts from history. In some fairy tales, such as The Juniper Tree, the stepmother’s hostility is overtly the desire to secure the inheritance of her children.[4]

In these articles it is acknowledge that in a very few instances in literature throughout the ages do we find good stepmothers.  As a stepmother myself, I have told my stepchildren that I’m the wicked stepmother.  I’m sure at times they believe this to be true.  I think it’s just easier to get mad at a stepmother than with a natural mother.  Even the terms “stepmother” and “natural mother” seem definitive.  Wouldn’t it be kinder to call us stepmothers “second mothers?”  Perhaps it’s time to change our image!  Stepmothers of the world unite!!!

Anyhow, to show my sweet side, here are some recipes for more sweet treats.

Black Magic Pie

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Ingredients

* 42 Oreo cookies

* 2 tablespoons margarine; melted

* 1 quart chocolate ice cream

* 1 pint vanilla ice cream; melted

* 1/2 cup whipped topping

* chocolate fudge sauce

Method

Finely crush 22 cookies. Mix 1-1/4 cup crumbs and margarine; set aside remaining crumbs. Press onto bottom of 9″ pie plate. Stand 14 cookies around edge of plate, pressing lightly into crust. Scoop chocolate ice cream into balls; arrange in prepared crust. Coarsely chop remaining 6 cookies; sprinkle over ice cream scoops. Spread softened vanilla ice cream evenly over cookie layer; freeze 15 minutes. Top with a layer of reserved cookie crumbs, pressing gently into ice cream. Freeze several hours or overnight. To serve, garnish with whipped topping and chocolate sauce.

Brownie Bites With Magic Frosting

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3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa

2/3 cup vegetable oil

2 cups granulated sugar

4 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1-2/3 cups (10-ounce package) REESE’S Peanut Butter Chips OR 1 2/3 cup HERSHEY’S Premier White Chips, divided use 36 pecan halves (optional garnish)

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Place about 40 foil baking cups (2-inches in diameter) on cookie sheets.

2. Stir together cocoa and oil in large bowl until smooth; stir in sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla; stir in flour, baking powder and salt.

3. Stir in 1 cup peanut butter chips, reserving remaining 2/3 cup for frosting. Drop mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls into baking cups.

4. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or just until set and small cracks appear on surface. Remove from oven; immediately place about 6 reserved peanut butter chips on center of each brownie.

Let stand several minutes to soften; swirl melted chips with knife or spatula.

5. Garnish with pecan half, if desired.

Makes about 3 dozen brownies.

Pear Witch Project Recipe

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A Halloween edible craft from Family Fun. However, we might do this on a snow day now.

By seesko

15 min | 15 min prep

SERVES 1

* 1 fresh green pear (makes 2 heads and noses)

* 2 raisins (eyes)

* chocolate chips (1 for wart)

* red apple (mouth)

* canned chocolate frosting

* ice cream, cone (hat)

* soft chocolate cookies, we used an Archway Dutch Cocoa Cookie (hat)

* carrot, and grater (hair)

1. Cut the pear in half lengthwise and remove the core (a parent’s job). Place one pear half on a plate as shown.

2. Slice a piece off the top of the pear, cutting away from the forehead at an angle. Shape that piece into a nose; carve a notch into the witch’s face to hold it, and set it in place.

3. Attach the eyes and wart by carving small circles in the face to hold them.

4. Cut a grin from the red apple.  Carve out an area on the face to hold the grin, and put it in place.

5. To make the hat, use frosting to glue the cone to the cookie. Let the frosting harden a bit, then place the hat on the head.

6. Grate lengths of carrot hair and tuck them underneath the hat.

7. Tip: If your child is too young to handle a knife, cut the nose and mouth and have him assemble the face with frosting.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 (317g)

Recipe makes 1 servings

Calories 99

Calories from Fat 1          (1%)

Amount Per Serving       %DV

Total Fat 0.2g     0%

Saturated Fat 0.0g           0%

Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0g

Trans Fat 0.0g

Cholesterol 0mg               0%

Sodium 1mg       0%

Potassium 205mg             5%

Total Carbohydrate 26.5g             8%

Dietary Fiber 5.2g             20%

Sugars 16.9g

Protein 0.7g        1%

Vitamin A 38mcg              0%

Vitamin B6 0.0mg             2%

Vitamin B12 0.0mcg         0%

Vitamin C 6mg   11%

Vitamin E 0mcg                 2%

Calcium 15mg    1%

Iron 0mg              1%

Witches’ Hats Treats

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3 tablespoons Margarine; or butter

40 large Marshmallows; 10 ounce or 280 g

1/2 cup Peanut butter; 125 ml

6 cups Rice Krispies?; 1.5 liter

1-1/2 cups Semisweet chocolate chips; 375 ml

White decorator icing

Assorted candies

Melt margarine in large micro-wave safe bowl on high for 45 seconds or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat with margarine. Cook on high 1 1/2 minutes or until smooth when stirred, stirring after 45 seconds. Stir in peanut butter. Immediately add cereal; mix lightly until well coated. Press into greased 9×13″pan. Cook chips in small micro-wave safe bowl on high for 2 minutes, or until smooth when stirred, stirring every minute. Spread melted chips on marshmallow and rice cereal mixture. Cool. Cut into tall triangles so that the treats look like witches’ hats. (You may want to leave a thin base along the bottom of the triangle to resemble the brim of a witch’s hat.)

Decorate with decorator icing and candies, if desired.

NOTES : In the picture for these hats they have outlined the hat and brim with white icing and then across the middle draw 2 lines with a little orange square to look like a buckle above the brim.

Recipe by:  The Daily Gleaner – October 97

Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #858 by “Linda G.” on Oct 21,

Servings: 24

Wicked Cupcakes

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From Food Network Kitchens

Recipe categories: Dairy, Buttermilk, Fruit, Coconut, Lemon,

Photo: Wicked Cupcakes Recipe

Rated 4 stars out of 5

Total Time: 2 hr 10 min

Prep 45 min

Inactive 1 hr 0 min

Cook 25 min

Yield: 12 cupcakes, 2 cups frosting

Level: Intermediate

Cupcakes:

1-1/2 ounces fine-quality semisweet chocolate, chopped

1/4 cup prune juice

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

1/3 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky)

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

4 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 tablespoons milk

1 drop food coloring (green), optional

Chocolate wafer cookies

Licorice strips

Toasted coconut

Small candies

Special equipment: 12 (1/2-cup) muffin cups with paper liners

Directions

For the cupcakes:

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 300 degrees F.

Set liners in muffin cups.

Put the chocolate and prune juice in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave on low power, stirring occasionally, until completely melted.

Whisk the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, beat the egg and yolk with an electric hand mixer at high speed until slightly thick and lemon colored, about 3 minutes. Slowly add buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and melted chocolate mixture to eggs, beating until thoroughly combined.

Add the flour mixture and beat until just combined.

Divide the batter among muffin tins, filling them 1/2 of the way. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcakes comes out clean and the tops spring back when pressed gently, about 25 minutes.

Cool the cupcakes in the tin on a rack for 10 minutes then remove from the tin and cool completely.

For the frosting: Beat the butter, peanut butter, and cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar and milk mixing until the frosting is smooth.

Add food coloring as desired. Refrigerate the frosting until firm.

To decorate the cakes:

For the witches hat, score a circle in the middle of a cupcake. Cut a deep cone-like shape with a knife held at an angle. Rotate the cupcake to complete the circle and remove the center. Repeat with all the cupcakes. Generously scoop or pipe enough frosting into the center of each cupcake to fill the hole and to come over the cake to make a face.

Top with a chocolate wafer cookie. Put a dot of frosting in the middle of the wafer cookie and invert the cone shaped piece of cake on top to make a witches hat. Use skinny licorice, toasted coconut or cereal flakes for hair and candies for eyes and/or nose. Refrigerate for up to 30 minutes before serving.

Witch’s Hat Chocolate Cupcakes

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3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 2/3 cups granulated sugar

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa

1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/3 cups water

ORANGE CREAM FILLING (recipe follows)

Heat oven to 350°F. Line muffin cups (2 1/2-inches in diameter) with paper bake cups.

Beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl on high speed of mixer 3 minutes.

Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and baking powder; add alternately with water to butter mixture, beating just until blended.

Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely.

Prepare ORANGE CREAM FILLING.

Cut 1 1/2-inch cone-shaped piece from center of each cupcake; reserve. Fill each cavity with scant tablespoon filling. Place reserved cake pieces on filling, pointed side up. Refrigerate before serving.

Makes 2  1/2 dozen cupcakes.

ORANGE CREAM FILLING:

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 cup marshmallow creme

1 1/4 cups powdered sugar

1/2 to 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange peel

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 to 3 teaspoons orange juice

Red and yellow food color (optional)

Beat butter in small bowl; gradually beat in marshmallow creme. Add powdered sugar, orange peel and vanilla, beating until blended.

Gradually add orange juice and food color, if desired, beating to desired

consistency. Makes about 1 1/3 cups filling.

Witch Hat Cake

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Five layers of round cakes support a pointed ice cream cone to make this Towering witch hat.

Witch Hat Cake

1 (18.25-ounce) package 2-layer white cake mix

Green or orange food coloring (optional)

8 inch wooden skewer

1 rolled sugar ice cream cone

2 (16-ounce) cans chocolate fudge frosting

Halloween candies and/or large yellow and white gumdrops

Grease and flour one 9 x 1 1/2-inch round baking pan and one 9 x 9 x 2-inch square baking pan.

Prepare cake mix according to package directions adding green or orange food coloring to batter, if desired. Bake according to package directions. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks. Trim tops of cakes as necessary to make even thickness. Cut a 5-inch circle,    3 1/2-inch circle, 2 1/2-inch circle, 2-inch circle from the square cake layer. Stuff some of the cake scraps into the ice cream cone to fill. Place a small amount of frosting in the middle of a cake plate.

Place the 9-inch round cake layer on frosting and press gently to secure (this helps hold cake in place while frosting). Place about 1/3 cup of the frosting in the center of cake layer and spread to a 5-inch circle. Place the 5-inch round of cake on top. Spread about 1/4 cup frosting in the center of this cake layer and top with the 3 1/2-inch round of cake. Spread more frosting and add the 2 1/2- and 2-inch cake rounds. Insert an 8-inch wooden skewer down through cake layers for added support. Attach the ice cream cone on top with additional frosting. Frost cake and ice cream cone with remaining frosting (see tip). Decorate as desired with Halloween candies and/or gumdrop moons and stars.

Makes 1 cake (12 servings).

Gumdrop Moons and Stars: Use a rolling pin to roll out gumdrops on sugar-coated waxed paper. Cut out moon and star shapes with hors d-oeurvre cutters. Dip cutters in sugar to prevent sticking.

To spread frosting more easily onto sides of cake: Fill a small resealable plastic bag with about 1 cup frosting. Snip off one corner and pipe frosting onto cake sides. Spread evenly.

ABRACADABRA Hats!

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They are super simple to make; just a can of Crescent rolls, some pizza sauce, a dash of herbs, a few  pepperoni and YUM!

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Posted on October 28, 2011. Filed under: Autumn, Cherries, Chocolate, Comfort Foods, Dairy, Halloween Recipes, Halloween Snacks, Honey, Jello, Kosher Recipe, My Ramblings, Nuts, Party Ideas, Popcorn, Recipes, Rochester, Snacks | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |


A Spooky Night

Last night, I got into bed to take my medications before going to sleep, and as I was sorting out the vials, the lights suddenly went out and it was pitch black.  I picked up the phone to call Rochester Gas & Electric, our local gas company, and even the phone was dead.  Thank G-d for cell phones!  Paul had a small pen light to make his way to his cell phone and I knew that I had put an electric candle on the bookshelves right outside our bedroom door.  So, Paul got out of bed, got his cell and the candle.  We tried to find the switch and it was as fine as a hair pin or a very thin needle.  We kept trying to manipulate it and figured the batteries were dead.  So, I opened up the battery  compartment to find that there we no batteries in it.  Luckily, Paul knew just where to get the batteries…on his chair in the bedroom.  Then he had trouble closing the compartment up.  It’s hard to do everything by yourself.  He was trying to do it one-handed while he held the penlight.  I suggested that he give me a try.  I had him hold the light and, of course, because I did it with two-hands, I got it closed and it worked.

Next we called 411 for the phone number of RG&E.  We attempted that three times to no avail!  So, I suggested we call my mother who does not live in our area.  At that point I figured that it was area –wide.  Luckily, everything was fine at my mom’s house and we asked her to call.  We wanted to make sure that RG&E knew what was happening because it was about 40 degrees when I last checked the temperature at about 6 pm and this was 8:30-9:00ish.  I didn’t want to freeze to death!  Mom told me they would have us back up by 11:00 p.m.  They were true to their word.  I’d say we were up around 10:00 p.m.

To make matters worse, I just woke up and discovered that snow on the skylight in our bathroom!  I haven’t looked out to see what it’s doing now, but I am going to the beauty parlor to have my hair done and I don’t want it to get ruined before I get home!

Now for today’s article, I thought I would make this a hodge –podge of recipes for popcorn balls!  They are much fun to make.

Cinnamon Red Hot Popcorn

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10 cups of air-popped popcorn (1/2 cup unpopped)

1-1/2 cups (7 oz.) coarsely chopped pecans

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

3 tablespoons hot pepper sauce

2 tablespoons honey

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into thin pats

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Yield: 18 cups

Heat oven to 250 degrees. Place popcorn and pecans in 5-quart ovenproof bowl or Dutch oven. Bake 15 minutes.

Combine sugars, corn syrup, pepper sauce and honey in 2-quart saucepan.  Bring to a full boil over medium-high heat, stirring just until sugars dissolve. Boil about 6 to 8 minutes or until soft-crack stage (290 degrees on candy thermometer). Do not stir. Remove from heat.

Gradually add butter and cinnamon to sugar mixture, stirring gently until well blended. Pour over popcorn, tossing to coat evenly. Spread popcorn mixture on greased baking sheets, using two forks. Cool completely. Break into bite-size pieces. Store airtight up to two weeks.

Note: If popcorn mixture sets too quickly, return to oven to re-warm.  Popcorn mixture can be shaped into 3-inch balls while warm, if desired.

Butterfinger Popcorn Balls

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6 cups popped popcorn

3 (2.1-ounce) NESTLE® BUTTERFINGER® Candy Bars, chopped

1/4 cup butter or margarine

3-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

These fun-filled popcorn balls are great to make with the kids before settling in for a night of videos and snuggling.

1. Combine popcorn and chopped Butterfinger in large bowl.

2. Melt butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in marshmallows.

Heat, stirring constantly, until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth.

3. Pour over popcorn mixture; quickly toss to coat well. Spray hands with nonstick cooking spray. Form popcorn mixture into six 3-inch balls. Place on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container.

Makes 6 popcorn balls.

Macbeth's Three Witches

Double Double Toil and Trouble Chocolate Popcorn Balls

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1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup corn syrup

1/4 cup butter or margarine

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

8 cups freshly popped popcorn

1 cup “M&M’s”® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Baking Bits

Combine sugar, corn syrup, butter and cocoa in medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Add popcorn, stirring until evenly coated. Remove from heat. Stir in “M&M’s”® pieces. Cool slightly. Shape into 2” balls.

Yield: 18 balls

Nutritional Information: (Based on 1 ball) Total calories: 160 Fat: 7 g Carbohydrate: 24 g Sugar: 19 g Fiber: 2 g Protein: 1 g Sodium: 75 mg Cholesterol: 5 mg

EASY POPCORN BALLS

6 tbsp. butter

3 c. mini marshmallows

3 tbsp. flavored gelatin (any flavor)

3 qts. unsalted popcorn

butter (for hands)

Melt 6 tablespoons butter in large pan; add marshmallows. Stir until melted. Blend in gelatin. Place the popped corn in a large bowl (give yourself room to stir!), pour the gelatin mixture over the popped corn, and stir.

Butter your hands and form corn into balls. Be sure to work quickly as it gets sticky when it cools down! Vary flavor of gelatin for season; orange – Halloween; red and green – Christmas, etc.

Yields: 8-10 large balls.

Nutella Peanut Balls

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“Popcorn balls are an old-fashioned, easy-to-make homemade treat. They can be made in a variety of ways. You can make a basic popcorn ball and add little Halloween candies like candy corns, or you can make different flavors of popcorn balls like the Nutella popcorn balls in the photo above.

Popcorn balls are the perfect, not-too-sweet or fattening treat for Halloween. They make great treats for coworkers, friends, and family. You can serve them in cupcake liners like I have done here, put them on lollipop sticks, or wrap them in cellophane with pretty bows.”

• 1/2 cup sugar

• 1/2 cup honey

• 3 tablespoons Nutella, or chocolate peanut butter

• 3 tablespoons butter

• 12 cups popped popcorn

• additional butter

• Latex or vinyl gloves (to protect hands from hot, sticky candy while forming

Balls)

Pop popcorn. Combine sugar, honey, Nutella, and butter in a saucepan.  Heat over medium heat until it boils. Cook until mixture reaches hard ball stage, 250 – 266 degrees.

Combine popcorn and hot Nutella mixture in a large bowl. Mix well with a spoon. Butter gloved hands well. Form popcorn balls in hands, pressing popcorn together and squeezing balls so that the popcorn sticks together.

Let cool completely on cookie sheet or in cupcake liners as shown.

Makes 12 popcorn balls.

Trick or Treat Popcorn Balls

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8 cups air-popped popcorn

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/3 cup water

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup orange gumdrops

1/2 cup red gumdrops

1/2 cup yellow gumdrops

Place popped corn in mixing bowl; set aside.

In small saucepan, over medium-high heat, bring sugar, corn syrup, water, margarine, and salt to boil. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Cook, without stirring, for ten minutes or until reaches hard-ball stage of 254 degrees F on candy thermometer. Remove from heat.

Wearing oven mitts to shield against splatters, carefully stir in vanilla extract. Pour over popped corn; using prepared spoon, toss until well coated. Stir in gumdrops.

Wearing rubber gloves, form into 2-inch balls; let cool on baking sheet.

286 Calories; 1g Fat (2% calories from fat); 1g Protein; 71g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 135mg Sodium

Halloween Popcorn Balls

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In Diana’s Recipe Book

Servings: 24

Ingredients:

20 cups popped popcorn

1-1/2 cups light-colored corn syrup

1-1/2 cups sugar

1 7-ounce jar marshmallow creme

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups candy-coated milk chocolate pieces or candy-coated peanut butter-flavored pieces

Instructions:

Remove all unpopped kernels from popped popcorn. Place popcorn in a buttered 17x12x2-inch baking pan or roasting pan. Keep popcorn warm in a 300 degree F (150 C) oven while preparing marshmallow mixture.

In a large saucepan bring corn syrup and sugar to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in marshmallow creme, butter, and vanilla until combined.

Pour marshmallow mixture over hot popcorn; stir gently to coat. Cool until popcorn mixture can be handled easily. Stir in candies. With damp hands, quickly shape mixture into 3-inch-diameter balls. Wrap each popcorn ball in plastic wrap. Store at room temperature up to 1 week.

Makes 24 popcorn balls.

Variations: Popcorn Cake: Turn popcorn mixture into a buttered 10-inch tube pan. Press gently into pan with spatula or damp hands. Let stand about 30 minutes; remove and slice like cake.

To Present This As a Gift: You will need a white glass bowl with lip, glass paint pens in black, orange, green, and silver.

Wash and dry the bowl. Avoid touching the areas to be painted. Paint “Halloween” around the rim of the bowl, drawing pumpkins for the Os and between each word as desired. Let dry. Bake the painted glassware in oven if instructed by the paint manufacturer. Let cool.

Also Try This: Use Halloween stickers in place of painted jack-o’-lanterns.

Source: DianasDesserts.com Date: October 14, 2003

Sweet Popcorn Balls

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From Country Living

“We make this wholesome popcorn treat with an eclectic mix of dried fruit for concentrated bursts of fruit flavor.”  ~Charles Schiller

Ingredients

12 cup(s) popped popcorn

3 cup(s) mixed dried fruit such as golden raisins, cherries, and chopped apricots and figs

1-1/4 Cup(s) granulated sugar

3/4 cup(s) brown sugar

1 cup(s) corn syrup

1/2 cup(s) water

Directions

Toss popcorn and dried fruit together in a large, lightly oiled, heatproof bowl.

Oil 2 waxed paper-lined baking pans and a long metal fork. Set aside.

Bring sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, and water to a boil over medium-high heat in a medium saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer.

Reduce heat to medium and cook until mixture reaches 260 degrees F.

Carefully pour the syrup over the popcorn mixture. Stir with the fork to distribute. Let sit for 1 to 2 minutes.

With well-oiled hands, form 3-inch balls, place on pans, and cool completely.

Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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HALLOWEEN FUN #6

Posted on October 21, 2011. Filed under: Autumn, Candy, Cheese, Comfort Foods, Dairy, Desserts, Dinner/Supper, Fudge, Ghost Stories, Halloween, Halloween Recipes, Kosher Recipe, Meat, My Ramblings, Recipes, Rochester, Snacks, Stew, Vegetables | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


So, what else do we need for a ghostly themed Halloween party?  What else!  Ghost stories, especially if you have a fireplace and know how to use it!  Before I put the stories from the internet on, or the links, I have to tell you a favorite Halloween memory of mine.

Autumn at The Genesee Country Village

There is a great restored 19th-century village in Mumford, New York which is about 40 miles from my house.  It is called “The Genesee Country Village and Museum.”  When we first moved into our house we took out yearly memberships to the Museum and every year they would have a Halloween themed day.  I think it was our second year in the house; we invited some friends of ours with kids to join us for a fun-filled day at the Genesee Country Museum.  In total, there were 14 of us.  They kids had a ball and we adults had one watching them.  They were allowed to go trick or treating within the museum, thus giving them a head start on everyone who didn’t go to the Museum.  Oh, everyone had to wear costumes, including adults, if they wanted a treat.  Then they had set up in a large barn structure, bobbing for apples and donuts on a string.  You could buy a pumpkin there for the kids to paint.  Every so often you would see the headless horseman go by.  Then they had a ghost story time.  This was done in the school house, if I remember correctly.  Anyhow, they told a story about a woodcutter whose wife had died and he remarried.  His kids were very afraid of their step-mother and they had heard tales that she would take children into the woods, kill them and then she would chop up them up and cook them in a stew and call it “veal” stew.  If anyone recognizes this story and can tell it better, please email me or post a reply to this article!  Anyhow, you get the picture.  I laughed to myself as I had invited everyone back to our house for dinner.  Everyone knew I was a step-mother.  And guess what I had cooking in my crock pot for dinner that night!…Veal Stew!…I thought it would be perfect for a chilly autumn day and when I got home I thought it was perfect in light of the ghost story we had all heard…not one of the kids touched it!  LOL…I forgot what I served them instead.  I probably served hot dogs.  But even the kids who knew me best, Fernando and Nicholas, would not touch it!  LOL!  Please share your Halloween stories with us!  Just reply to this post!

Trick or Treats at the Genesee Country Village

The most famous ghost story in our area is The White Lady.  I saw her just once when I was in my 20s and my two best friends at that time, Estelle and Joyce, and I were driving to Sodus Point to go bar-hopping.  I was driving.  When we reached the Durand Eastman Park area, I slammed on the bricks as I thought I saw something cross the path of the car and look at us.  I told the girls what I had seen.  They saw it too.  I had never heard the legend at that point, so Joyce told Estelle and I that it was The White Lady and she told us the tale.  Here is a version of it that I found on the internet that sounds like the tale I was told that night.   I am working on illustrating a version of “The Headless Horseman” that I found on the internet.  When I am finished, I will post it as a downloadable file for you.  I will also put some links to other ghost stories that I found that I thought were good for your enjoyment and at the end of those, I will post some Halloween fudge recipes because I am craving some fudge!  Of course, I will also post my recipe for veal stew!

White Lady

A New York Ghost Story

retold by  S. E. Schlosser

In the early 1800s, the White Lady and her daughter were supposed to have lived on the land where the Durand Eastman Park — part of Irondequoit and Rochester — now stands. One day, the daughter disappeared. Convinced that the girl had been raped and murdered by a local farmer, the mother searched the marshy lands day after day, trying to discover where her child’s body was buried. She took with her two German shepherd dogs to aid in her search, but she never found a trace of her daughter. Finally, in her grief, the mother threw herself off a cliff into Lake Ontario and died. Her dogs pined for their mistress and shortly joined her in the grave.

After death, the mother’s spirit returned to continue the search for her child. People say that on foggy nights, the White Lady rises from the small Durand Lake which faces Lake Ontario. She is accompanied by her dogs and together they roam through the Durand Eastman Park, still searching for her missing daughter.

The White Lady is not a friendly spirit. She dislikes men and often seeks vengeance against the males visiting the park on her daughter’s behalf. There have been reports of the White Lady chasing men into the lake, shaking their cars, and making their lives miserable until they leave the park. She has never touched any females accompanying these unfortunate fellows.

SOFTA123’S NOTE:  I hadn’t heard about the dogs.  That is interesting.   I didn’t see any dogs, just The White Lady.

Source:  http://americanfolklore.net/  – I suggest going there for more great ghost tales!  Very comprehensive website for ghost stories!

Other Links for Ghost Stores: 

http://www.ghoststories.ws/

http://themoonlitroad.com/

http://theshadowlands.net/ghost/

http://www.halloweenishere.com/ghost_stories.html

http://www.horrormasters.com/

Double, Double Toil and Trouble! Bubble Bubble, Stew Bubble!

Mom’s and Marilyn’s Stew

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Course | Main Meals

Serves:  6

Ingredients:

1 cup Heinz Tomato Ketchup

1 pound Baby Carrots

3 large stalks of Celery

4 medium Parsnips

4 medium Onions

6 large Potatoes

3 drops Tabasco Sauce

3 drops Hot Pepper Sauce

2 drops Worcestershire Sauce

2 Bay Leaves (SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE:  2 large Bay Leaves.  After the stew is cooked discard the bay leaves before serving.)

2 cups Frozen Green Peas

2 medium Green Peppers

3 pounds uncooked cubed Lean Beef OR Veal

1/8 cup wine

Instructions:

Wash, peel and cut up all veggies except peas and green peppers (Cut the veggies about same size as your stew meat). Place in soup pot. Add cubed beef (stew meat) to soup pot.   Add the bay leaves.

In a 12 ounce glass, put 1 cup of Ketchup, a few dashes of Tabasco Sauce and a few dashes of Hot Sauce. If you like, add a splash of wine (or up to 1/8 cup). Fill rest of glass to almost top with water. Stir then pour over everything in pot.

Bring to a boil then cook on low for at least 2 hours covered. Add green peas and green peppers last 1/2 hr. of cooking.

SOFTA123’S AKA MARILY’S NOTES:

I’ve been making this recipe since I was 8 years old and it’s a family favorite and original from my Mom. You can use veal stew meat instead of beef if you wish, which is my Halloween Dinner tradition which has a great story behind it.  (The story I just told you.)

Halloween Fudge

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For an easy spin on a Halloween-theme, this yummy cream cheese and white Chocolate fudge is tinted pumpkin-orange.

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar (about 4 cups)

1 (12-ounce) package white chocolate chips, melted

1 cup toasted chopped nuts

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

8 drops yellow food coloring

4 drops red food coloring

Line an 8-inch square pan with foil, grease with butter; set aside. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until well blended after each addition. Add melted white chocolate, nuts, vanilla and food colorings; mix well. Spread into prepared pan. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

Cut into 48 squares. Makes 24 servings.

Halloween Gravel Fudge Candy

Halloween Gravel (Fudge Candy)

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By NorthwestGal on September 07, 2008

Photo by SweetsLady

Prep Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 2 hrs 30 mins

Serves: 80, Yield: 2.25 pounds

About This Recipe

“I got this recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens website. I placed the fudge “rock” candies in a crystal centerpiece, and then scattered a few pastic Spiders for a quick Halloween decoration. I didn’t eat the candy myself, but my kids said they were pretty good (and they were gone in a matter of hours, so they must have been pretty good). Even if you don’t eat them, these are a handy treat to use for enhancing your Halloween decorating.

Cooking time includes Minimum chilling time.

The recipe makes about 2 1/4 pounds of candy, or about 80 rock-shaped fudge candies.”

Ingredients:

3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

14 ounces sweetened condensed milk

2 tablespoons butter

1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1 dash salt

2 cups miniature marshmallows

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa, power ( for coating)

1/2 cup powdered sugar ( for coating)

1 -2 cup crushed chocolate cookies (optional)

Directions:

Line a 9×9-inch pan with foil; set aside.

In a medium saucepan, stir chips, canned milk, butter, vanilla and salt together over medium heat until melted. Remove pan from heat; stir in marshmallows just until blended. Spread mixture in foiled pan. With a thin metal spatula, swirl marshmallows through fudge until marshmallows are mostly melted. Cover and chill about 2 hours or until firm.

After adequately chilled, scoop pieces of fudge with a small spoon and shape into small rocks. (The fudge will be sticky). Roll some of the fudge “rocks” in cocoa powder mixture and some in powdered sugar and store rock candy in airtight container for up to 3 days.

For a spooky graveyard scene, spread chocolate cookie crumbs on a platter. Arrange the rock candy on top, to resemble rocks in soil.

Nutrition Facts Serving Size: 1 (14 g) Servings Per Recipe: 80

Amount Per Serving% Daily Value

Calories 57.0 Calories from Fat 2442%Amount Per Serving% Daily Value Total Fat 2.6g4%Saturated Fat 1.6g8%Cholesterol 4mg0%Sugars 7.6g Sodium 12.1mg0%Total Carbohydrate 8.7g2%Dietary Fiber 0.5g2%Sugars 7.6 g30%Protein 0.7g1%

Halloween Layered Fudge

Halloween Layered Fudge

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Here’s an easy and foolproof fudge recipe that screams “Halloween!” thanks to the brown and orange colors. You can also try making the fudge with mango flavoring.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

64 Servings

Prep: 15 min. + chilling

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon butter

2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk, divided

8 ounces white candy coating

1/4 teaspoon orange extract

2 to 4 drops orange paste food coloring

Directions:

Line an 8-in. square pan with foil; butter foil and set aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate chips and 1 cup milk on high for 30 seconds; stir. Repeat until mixture is smooth. Pour into prepared pan. Chill for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt candy coating with remaining milk; stir until smooth. Stir in extract and food coloring. Spread over chocolate layer. Chill for 1 hour or until firm.

Using foil, remove fudge from pan. Cut into 1-in. squares.

Yield: about 2 pounds.

This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE:  I would use a couple of drops of Orange Candy Oil for the flavoring instead of Orange Extract.

 

Pumpkin Fudge

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Submitted By: Ginger

Photo By: angelaBBf

Servings: 36

“Using the same method as is used in making traditional fudge, pumpkin is substituted for chocolate in this seasonal recipe for a corn syrup based treat.”

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups white sugar

1 cup milk

3 tablespoons light corn syrup

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Butter or grease one 8×8 inch pan.

In a 3 quart saucepan, mix together sugar, milk, corn syrup, pumpkin and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium and continue boiling. Do not stir.

When mixture registers 232 degrees F (110 degrees C) on candy  thermometer, or forms a soft ball when dropped into cold water, remove pan from heat. Stir in pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, butter and nuts.

Cool to lukewarm (110 degrees F or 43 degrees C on candy thermometer).

Beat mixture until it is very thick and loses some of its gloss.

Quickly pour into a greased eight-inch pan. When firm cut into 36 squares.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 36 Calories: 108 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 3.8g Cholesterol: 7mg Sodium: 46mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 18.8g Dietary Fiber: 0.2g Protein: 0.5g

Pumpkin Fudge 2

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3 cups sugar

3/4 cup butter

1 can evaporated milk (2/3 cup) (5-1/3-ounce)

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 package butterscotch-flavored pieces (12-ounce) (2 cups)

1 jar marshmallow creme (7-ounce)

1 cup chopped pecans

1 teaspoon vanilla

Butter a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. In a heavy 2-quart saucepan, combine sugar, butter, evaporated milk, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat. Boil over medium-low heat till mixture registers 234° (soft-ball stage) on a candy thermometer, stirring constantly (should take about 25 minutes).

Remove from heat and stir in butterscotch pieces till melted. Add marshmallow creme, nuts and vanilla. Mix till well combined. Pour mixture into prepared pan, spreading evenly. Cool at room temperature.

Cut into squares. Wrap tightly and store in refrigerator.

Makes 3 1/4pounds.

Now this sounds boolicious!

Spooky Fudge Treats Recipe

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Ready in: 2-5 hrs

Difficulty: 2 (1=easiest : hardest=5)

Serves/Makes: 36

INGREDIENTS:

18 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 can (14 ounce size) sweetened condensed milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

**Topping***

Flaked coconut

Sprinkles

Assorted candies

PREPARATION:

In heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt chips with sweetened condensed milk. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.

Chill 2 hours or until firm. Roll into balls or Halloween shapes and decorate. Chill 1 hour or until firm. Store tightly covered.

For Pumpkin: Roll fudge in orange sprinkles, carve out face designs. Use green jelly candy for leaves.

For Cool Cat: Use taffy cut into triangles for ears. Red hot candies for eyes and nose. Sprinkles for mouth. Finish with licorice pieces for whiskers.

For Scary Ghost: Roll fudge in flaked white coconut. Add candy eyes.

For Spider: Roll big and smaller pieces of fudge into body/head shapes. Add red hots for eyes and mouth. Use licorice pieces for legs. Top with sprinkles on head and body.

NUTRITION: 104 calories, 5 grams fat, 15 grams carbohydrates, 1 grams protein per treat.

This recipe is low in sodium.

makes 36

Recipe ID: 65368

SUBMITTED BY: f1sh1962

Servings: 36

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HALLOWEEN FUN #4

Posted on October 19, 2011. Filed under: Cookies, Dairy, Desserts, General Crafts, Halloween, Halloween Outdoor Decorations, Halloween Recipes, Kids, My Ramblings, Party Ideas, Recipes, Snacks | Tags: , , , , , , , |


Ok, back to Halloween, but before I do, I want to wish everyone a Gut Yom Tov!  We got great news last night, after a couple of years out of work, my step-daughter got a job.  We are all thrilled for her!  Shows you what perseverance can do!  Never give up!  So, Mazel Tov, Rhona!

I am continuing out ghost theme with our outdoor decorations.  I tried to find decorations to make as cheaply as possible and as easy as possible.  I will be decorating with my store-bought years ago decorations.  I know it won’t be as cool as these, but time is short.  I need to do lots of things, including going to Election Inspector School in about an hour.

BOO!


Flying Monsters Of Ghosts

If you have trees in your front yard, or something where you can hang mannequins, this Halloween decoration will look fantastic, and it will be pretty cheap to make it. You will need to buy the scariest costume mask you can find. It must be one of the rubber masks, with the complete head. Fill it with newspaper, cotton, or whatever material you have at hand. For the body you will use fabric, and here is where you can let your imagination fly. You find at Wal-Mart pieces of black or white fabric pretty cheap, what you have to do is break them to make them look old and dirty. To make them look as a gown, you only have to make the form and secure it with headpins. I use a cloth hanger to introduce the round part on the mask, and attach it to the fabric, making the gown take its shape. All that you have to do now is to hang the flying monster of ghost in a tree or in one wall of the house, the wind will move it.

A variation of this Halloween decoration can be made with little plastic skulls, small pieces of fabric and some yarn for the hair. We don’t need to use hangers for these, we only need to attach the fabric to the skulls with safety pins and hang them in trees’ branches.

Source:  Associated Content.com

Have A Safe Halloween!

Spirit Jugs

Total Time Needed:  1 Hour

Stationed on a walkway or porch, these homemade lanterns will extend a ghostly greeting and good-bye to all your holiday visitors.

Materials:

Clean plastic gallon milk jugs

Black permanent marker

Craft knife

String of 50 clear low-wattage holiday lights

Instructions:

Draw ghost eyes and mouths on the jugs. Tip: Leave the caps on while you do this, so the jugs don’t dent.

Use the craft knife to cut a half-dollar-size hole in the back of each jug (a parent’s job).

Arrange the ghosts near each other and string the lights between them, stuffing several bulbs into each of the jugs.

Source:  http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/spirit-jugs-673388/

Zombie Nights

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You’ll need; Cardboard, old shoes, gray paint, black paint, fake skeleton hands or gloves.

Make a gravestone out of the cardboard, paint gravestone gray then write a name etc. on the stone with the black paint.

Cut the old shoes in half the short way.

If you’ve got gloves, stuff the gloves.  Set the tombstone, hands, and 1/2 shoes so it looks like something is trying to get out of the ground.

Source:  Submitted by:  Kellee, 12, of Minnesota on  A Girl’s World.com

Faceless Ghost

Faceless Ghost

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“I saw this ghost in a catalog called Grand Inroad. They called there for purchase decoration  the faceless specter. It runs for $80. We made ours for about $7. “

Take a milk jug and cut out part of one side. With the jug’s spout up, add a large nut tied to a string, so the ghost will hang. Get some padding and cheesecloth and dip the cheesecloth in liquid starch. Now surround the jug with the cheesecloth, being sure to leave the hole in the milk jug  showing. This will later be his face.

Use some PVC pipe, and joints to form the arms. We cut holes in the milk jugsand glued the PVC into place. We used 2 small skeleton hands we got off some Halloween glasses. But any that are small will do. Glue these into the PVC.

Once the starch has dried and made the fabric solid, you can cover the opening of the milk jug, that forms the face, with paper and spray paint the inside of the milk jug black. You can do this before you add the cheesecloth too if you prefer. Now you have saved $73 and made a very neat prop.

Source:  motomom.tripod.com

(King’s Home Halloween Decorating Ideas)

And here is a sweet treat idea for today:

 

 

These are so bootiful that they look good enough to eat!

 

Coconut Ghost Treats™

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Submitted By: Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies®

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Ready In: 40 Minutes

Servings: 12

“The little goblins at your house will love these ghostly delights.”

INGREDIENTS:

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 (10 ounce) package regular

Marshmallows

6 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies

12 wooden ice cream sticks

Flaked coconut

Canned frosting or decorating gel

Assorted candies

DIRECTIONS:

In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated. Using 1/2-cup measuring cup coated with cooking spray, divide warm cereal mixture into portions. Using buttered hands shape each portion into ghost shape. Decorate with coconut, frosting and/or candies. Best if served the same day .

FOOTNOTES: MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary. Note For best results, use fresh marshmallows. 1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow creme can be substituted for marshmallows. Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended. Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container. To freeze, place in single layer on wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 12 Calories: 348 Amount Per Serving

Total Fat: 12.1g

Cholesterol: 8mg

Sodium: 254mg

Amount Per Serving

Total Carbs: 61.4g

Dietary Fiber: 0.7g

Protein: 1.9g

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Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

Posted on October 18, 2011. Filed under: Cakes, Cheese, Cherries, Dairy, Desserts, Dinner/Supper, Ethnic Recipe, Jewish, Kosher Recipe, Menu, My Ramblings, Oranges, Pineapple, Recipes, Scottish Recipes, Shimi Atzaret Recipes, Shmini Atzaret, Side Dish, Simchat Torah, Simchot Torah Recipes, Soup, Sour Cream | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |



Did you know that Simchat Torah is actually a ceremony during Shemini Atzeret?  I didn’t, or at least I didn’t remember it.  Most people I know simply refer to the upcoming holiday as Simchat Torah.  Shemini Atzeret is a two-day holiday, beginning on October 21, 2011 (don’t forget, Jewish holidays are not celebrated on the same date on the Gregorian calendar as other non-Jewish holidays do) and ending on October 23, 2011.  We celebrate Simchat Torah immediately following the end of Succot.  The word “simcha” means “joy, celebration, rejoicing” in English.  So, on Simchat Torah, we are rejoicing over the Torah (the Five Books of Moses).  This is because on Simchat Torah we complete our reading of the Torah and we begin it all over again.

Many things happen in our celebration of the Torah, we eat, and eat, and eat.  We say Yizkor, which I explained in my Yom Kippur article.  We add a blessing for rain.  This is the only time that we give a Torah  an  aiiyah  (aliyah has two meanings,  1) a high honor; 2) immigrating to Israel.  In this case it means “a high honor”).  This is the only time that we have three Torahs out during a Torah service.  And this is the only time when we take all the Torahs out and we dance with the Torahs and sing joyous songs.  The children get a Jewish Flag on a stick and an apple and they parade around waving their flags and holding their apples.  It is a great celebration and a lot of fun.

The traditional dish of Shemini Atzeret is stuffed cabbage.  Although Paul loves it, you won’t find this dish in my house!  I can’t stand the smell of the cabbage cooking, let alone eat it…yuk!  But this is a menu  that I can live with and yes, I’ll post a recipe for stuffed cabbage also.

Shemini Atzeret Menu  With A Scottish Bent To It

Wine for Kiddish (blessing)

Challah (not a round one) for Hamotzi

Carrot Soup With Honey And Ginger*

Paula’s Mozzarella and Tomato Salad*

Scottish Baked Brown Trout*

Peas

Dairy Noodle Kugel*

Caledonian Cream*

Iced Cherry Cake*

Carrot Soup With Honey And Ginger Recipe

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This is a Scottish soup recipe.

Ingredients:

10 cups water

1-1/2 cups butter

3 medium onions, peeled and thinly sliced

2 tablespoons grated ginger root

12 turns of freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoons sea salt

3 pounds carrots, peeled and shredded

Juice of 1/3 small lemon

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon quality honey

GARNISH:

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup chives

Directions:

Place a large Dutch oven on the stove with 10 cups of water. Bring water to a boil and keep it warm on the stove top.

In a separate stockpot, add butter and onions and cook over medium-high heat until the onions turn translucent. Add the ginger to the pot. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the shredded carrots to the stock pot and mix well to combine the ingredients. Squeeze in the juice from the lemon and pour in the honey. Stir the mixture well to blend.

Pour in the 10 cups of hot water and cook the soup on a gentle, rolling boil for 45 minutes. When the soup is cooked and the carrots are tender, transfer the soup into a food processor in batches and puree until smooth. Dish the soup out into individual serving bowls and add a little cream to each bowl, running it through with a butter knife or spatula. Garnish with the chives.

Yield: 10 servings

Graphic Source:  Acclaim Clipart

Paula’s Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

Recipe courtesy Paula Lambert, The Cheese Lover’s Cookbook and Guide, Simon & Schuster, 2000

 

Total Time:  10 min

Prep:  10 min

Yield:  4 servings

Level:  Easy

 

Ingredients

 

2 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick

8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced 1/4-inch thick

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

8 fresh basil leaves

 

 

 

Directions

Arrange the tomato and mozzarella slices on a platter or individual salad plates, overlapping the slices and fanning them out like a deck of cards.

Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.

Drizzle with the oil.

Garnish with the basil: Cut it into very thin slices or tear into bits and sprinkle on top or leave the leaves whole and tuck them here and there between the mozzarella and tomato slices. Serve immediately.

Scottish Baked Brown Trout

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“Trout, freshly caught from the river, is a dependable dish to have in Scottish restaurants, especially in the Highlands. In this recipe the fish cooks in its own juices, with baking foil keeping it moist. Quantities below are for four people.”

Ingredients:

Four half pound (250g) trout

4 tablespoons dry vermouth

2 tablespoons olive oil

Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

4 sprigs of fresh herbs (dill, fennel, chives or parsley)

1 lemon

Method:

Pre-heat oven at 450F (230C or Gas Mark 8).

Clean the trout if required, remove the scales and fins and wipe with kitchen paper. Season the inside of the trout with salt and pepper and insert the herbs.

Cut four pieces of kitchen foil into oval shapes which are long enough to take the fish plus an extra 3″ (7cm) foil. Brush the foil with olive oil and place each trout in the centre. Brush the outside of the fish with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and pour a tablespoon of vermouth over each fish.

Pull the foil up to make a boat shape for the fish and pleat over the top to totally enclose the fish, making sure it is pinched together. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a pre-heated oven at 450F (230C or Gas Mark 8) for 8 to 10 minutes. The time will vary, depending on how plump the fish are. Check by opening up foil and examining the flesh at the thickest part. There should be no opaqueness or pinkness. The fish can be served in the foil with fresh vegetables.

SOFTA’S DISCLAIMER:  This photo is not a photo of this recipe.  It is a Photo I found on the internet that looks similar.

 

  

Dairy Noodle Kugel

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Ingredients:

8 ounces fine egg noodles

1/4 pound butter, melted

4 eggs, beaten

2 teaspoons vanilla

3/4 cup sugar

16 ounces cottage cheese

16 ounces sour cream

1 can crushed pineapple

Topping

1 sleeve graham crackers, crushed

Cinnamon and sugar to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 330 degrees F.

Cook noodles and drain.

Beat eggs and sugar until light. Add melted butter and vanilla. Add cottage cheese and sour cream. Add noodles and mix well.

Put in greased 9×13 pan. Mix crushed graham crackers with sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over top.

Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour.

Photo Source:  All-Free Download.com

Caledonian Cream

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Here is a refreshing dessert which uses marmalade which is a popular ingredient in Scottish cooking since its invention in Dundee in 1797.

Ingredients for the cream:

4 ounces cream cheese (about half a cup)

4 fluid ounces double cream (about half a cup)

1 tablespoon marmalade (thick, bitter marmalade is

suggested but use what you have on hand)

2 tablespoons brandy or rum

2 teaspoons lemon juice

Sugar to taste

Ingredients for base:

4 oranges, segmented and the pith removed

Method:

Blend all the ingredients for the cream in a liquidizer  till smooth.  (SOFTA123’S NOTE:  what the Scottish people call a liquidizer is what we Americans call a blender.)

Place the oranges in four long-stemmed glasses and, if you want, add a teaspoon of brandy (or rum) to these. Add the cream on top.

Garnish with some orange zest (boil for a few minutes in water to  reduce the bitterness).

Serve chilled.

Servings: 4

Iced Cherry Cake

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Cherry cake, with icing on top, is one of the mainstays of Scottish home baking  tearooms.

Ingredients:

8 ounces (250g/One and a quarter cups in North America) self-raising flour

(all-purpose flour with baking powder)

8 ounces (250g/one cup) margarine

8 ounces (250g/one and a quarter cups) caster sugar (fine granulated sugar)

4 eggs (medium)

8 ounces (250g/one cup) glacé cherries

8 ounces (250g/one and a quarter cups) icing sugar (frosting)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 (or slightly higher if not an electric fan assisted oven) and line a baking tray (8″ x 12″ x 1½” or 20cm x 30cm x 5cm) with parchment paper.

Wash, dry and chop up the cherries to remove the glacé coating (but retaining some as quarter  cherries to decorate the top later).  If you coat them in some flour it will stop them sinking to the bottom of the cake.

Cream the margarine and sugar together thoroughly until light and fluffy (to help the cake rise with the trapped air). Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until smooth.

Stir in the flour and then add the cherries. Spread evenly into the tin and bake in the middle of the oven for about 40 minutes. Allow to cool in the tin.

Add a little water at a time to the icing sugar (frosting) until it has a consistency which coats the back of a metal spoon without running off.

Remove the cake from the tin and spread the icing sugar evenly on top.

Decorate with quartered cherries.

SOFTA123’S NOTE:  The next recipe, the recipe for stuffed cabbage, does not go along with the above menu as the stuffed cabbage recipe is for a meat meal and the menu is for a dairy meal.

Holishkes (Stuffed Cabbage)

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By Sharon Lebewohl and Rena Bulkin

The Second Avenue Deli Cookbook

The Second Avenue Deli

Recipe Reviews (43)

User rating 88 % would make it again

Main ingredients: Cabbage, Vegetable, Citrus, Onion, Egg, Rice, Garlic, Tomato

Cuisine – Jewish

Dietary considerations – Kosher

Yield: Makes 7 pieces

Ingredients:

Stuffing:

1-1/2 pounds chopmeat (SOFTA123’S NOTE: ground beef, ground veal or ground turkey is fine to use in this recipe.)

3/4 cup uncooked white rice

1 cup finely chopped onion

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon finely chopped or crushed fresh garlic

2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Sauce:

2 cups plain tomato sauce

1-1/2 cups finely chopped onion

1/2 orange, chopped with peel into 1/2-inch pieces; remove pits

2/3 lemon, chopped with peel into 1/2-inch pieces; remove pits

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white vinegar

2 cups water

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1 large lightweight young green cabbage

1 medium green cabbage. You’ll need 4 cups (if you don’t have enough, supplement with leftovers from the large cabbage).

Preparation:

In a large bowl, combine all the stuffing ingredients. Stir them with a fork, then mix thoroughly with your hands. Cover and refrigerate.

In another bowl, thoroughly mix all sauce ingredients. Cover and refrigerate.

Fill a very large stockpot three-quarters full with water and bring to a rapid boil. While bringing the water to a boil, use a thin, sharp knife to make deep cuts around the core of the large cabbage (cut into the cabbage in a circle about 1/4 inch out from the core). Lift out the core, making a hole about 2 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches deep. This is a bit difficult — persevere.

Set out a baking tray neat the stove. Stick a long cooking fork into the core hole of the large cabbage, and plunge it (carefully, so you don’t splash yourself) into the pot of rapidly boiling water. The outer leaves will begin to fall off. Leave them in the boiling water for a few minutes until they’re limp and flexible enough for stuffing; then take them out one at a time, and place them on the baking tray. Try not to tear the leaves. When all the leaves are on the tray, transfer it into the sink and pour the boiling water from the pot over them. Wash the leaves carefully in cold water. With a small, sharp knife, trim off the tough outer spines and discard them.

Find your largest leaves, and set them out on a plate. Set out all other leaves on another plate. One at a time, line each large leaf with another large leaf or two smaller leaves. (The idea is to strengthen your cabbage wrapping so that the stuffing stays securely inside during cooking. Be sure to align the spines of inner and outer leaves.) Stuff with 3/4 cup of the meat-rice mixture, roll very tightly along the spine, and close both sides by tucking them in with your fingers. The spine should be vertical in the center of tour roll.

Stir the 4 cups of chopped cabbage into the sauce. Pour 3/4 inch of the sauce into a large, wide-bottomed stockpot. Arrange the cabbage rolls carefully on top of the sauce, and pour the remainder of the sauce over them to cover. Cover pot and simmer for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Serve with boiled potatoes and a vegetable.

Paul and I wish everyone at Gut Yom Tov!


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HALLOWEEN FUN #3

Posted on October 16, 2011. Filed under: Appetizers, Cakes, Cheese, Cherries, Chocolate, Comfort Foods, Dairy, Desserts, Fondue, Freebie, Giveaways, Halloween, Halloween Pizza, Menu, Party Ideas, Pizza, Recipes, Snacks, Special Occasion Cake | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


Before I begin today’s article on Halloween, I want to take a few minutes to let you know about the new links I have posted under my blogroll.  I know you will like them!

Jereme’s Kitchen –  This is a great site for recipes written with a great sense of humor.  If you like to laugh, this is the site to go to, hands down!

Savory Simple – This website has some gorgeous photos and same wonderful autumn recipes.  What I like most is her cooking lessons such as Salad 101.  This site you definitely want to visit!

Hungry Happenings – This is the definitive site in cooking creativity.  Do not miss it! I may get lost in it, there is so many of Beth’s creations that I want to try out!  Check out her Black Cat Cheese Ball recipe in this post!

Today we are going to concentrate on our menu.  My give away for today is a printable copy of the menu that you see pictured here.  You can put it in a frame, cut it out, glue it to cardboard and make an easel back on the cardboard or reduce the size and put several around the table and/or the house.  Here is the link for the original that I made as an 8×8” graphic:  http://www.4shared.com/photo/RRsHnwXw/Menu_1.html

And here are all the recipes for you.  Hope you enjoy!

APPETIZERS

Better make at least two batches of this pizza recipe!

 

Candy Corn By The Slice

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YIELD Makes 8 slices

INGREDIENTS

1 package (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust dough

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

1/3 cup pizza sauce

PREPARATION:

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Spray 13-inch round pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Fit pizza dough into pan, shaping as needed. Sprinkle mozzarella in 4-inch circle in center of pizza dough.

Using 1 cup cheese, sprinkle 3-inch ring of Cheddar around center circle; spoon pizza sauce over Cheddar cheese. Create 1-1/2-inch border around edge of pizza with remaining 1 cup Cheddar cheese.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until edge is lightly browned and cheese is melted and bubbling. Cut into wedges.

Black Cat Cheese Ball

Black Cat Cheese Ball

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Serves 12-18

Ingredients:

8 oz. softened cream cheese, divided

4 oz. shredded Havarti cheese

4 oz. shredded Gruyere cheese

3 roasted red peppers, drained, patted dry and seeds removed

1 small clove of garlic, minced

2 oz. blue corn tortilla chips

1 black olive

Crackers

Special Equipment Needed:

Food processor

Plastic wrap

Disposable pastry bag or heavy duty zip top bag

Instructions:

In food processor, combine 7 oz. cream cheese, Havarti cheese, Gruyere cheese, roasted red peppers, and garlic. Pulse until creamy and smooth. You will need 1 heaping teaspoon of this cheese for the cat’s nose.

Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed. Place the remaining cheese mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap. Use the plastic wrap to mold the cheese mixture into a flattened ball.

Reserve two whole blue corn tortilla chips for the cat’s ears. Place remaining chips in the cleaned food processor bowl and pulse to fine crumbs. Pour onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Set cheese ball round size down on crumbs. Use the plastic wrap to press the crumbs all over the surface of the cheese ball. Set cheese ball on a serving platter.

Put remaining 1 oz. cream cheese into pastry bag or zip top bag. Snip off the tip of the bag. Pipe three whiskers onto cat’s face. Remove the reserved cheese mixture from the refrigerator and mold it into a triangular shape for the nose; place in the middle of the cat’s face, on top of the middle of the whiskers.

To create the eyes I suggest you scoop out the crushed tortilla chips and a bit of the cheese ball in two circles above the nose. Pipe cream cheese into these holes. Smooth it out into a nice circle. Cut olive in half and lay on top of the eyes for pupils.

Press the two reserved blue corn tortilla chips into top of head for ears.

Refrigerate until needed. Let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before serving with crackers.

I'd serve this in plastic pumpkins!

Critter Munch

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1-1/2 cups animal cracker cookies

1/2 (6-ounce) package cheddar or any flavor goldfish crackers (1 1/2 cup)

1 cup dried tart cherries

1 cup plain candy-coated chocolate pieces

1 cup honey roasted peanuts

Put animal crackers, goldfish crackers, dried cherries, M & Ms and peanuts in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Store in a tightly covered container at room temperature.

Makes 6 cups.

BEVERAGES

Leave it to Martha Stewart and her crew to design this spooky Halloween drink!


Pina Ghoulada

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“A frothy drink is tempting enough, but one served in a red-rimmed glass is  Particularly enticing to monsters who drink blood. Corn syrup with food coloring tinges the classic pina colada with a devilish sweetness. Dip the rim of each glass into the red mixture, spinning slowly to coat. Turn glasses upright; the red liquid will drip slightly, then set. Pour drinks, and serve.

Drinkers’ lips may be stained pink, much like those of a sated vampire.”


Martha Stewart Living Special Issues, 2000

Serves 10 to 12

Ingredients

FOR THE “BLOOD”

3 tablespoons corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon red food coloring

FOR THE DRINK

20 ounces pineapple juice

1 can (15 ounces) cream of coconut

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 cup orange juice

10 ounces good-quality rum


Directions

Pour the corn syrup in a shallow bowl. Dip a toothpick into the food coloring, and stir a very small amount into the syrup to combine. Hold a glass by the stem, dip rim into the syrup mixture, and turn glass, coating entire rim. Turn the glass upright, allowing mixture to drip down sides. Dip the remaining glasses. Set aside.

Whisk together drink ingredients. Place 2 1/2 cups ice in a blender, and add 1 cup drink mixture. Blend until smooth; add more pineapple juice if mixture is too thick. Repeat with remaining ice and mixture. Carefully pour into prepared glasses; serve.

SOURCE:  Martha Stewart.com

A Exclusive Drink for Adult Ghosts Only!



GHOSTINIS

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PREP TIME: 5 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup SMALL Ice Cubes OR Shaved Ice

1/2 cup Vanilla Vodka

1/2 cup Whipping Cream

1/4 cup White Chocolate-Flavored Liqueur

1/4 cup Hazelnut-Flavored Liqueur

Directions:

Place ice in martini shaker or pitcher.

Add remaining ingredients; shake OR stir until blended.

Pour into 4 (3-oz.) CHILLED STEMMED Glasses, STRAINING OUT ICE.

MAKE AHEAD TIP:  For a party, quadruple this dessert drink recipe and refrigerate in a pitcher until ready to serve.  Chill the glasses in the freezer.

Nutritional Information:  Per Serving

Serving Size:   about 1/2 cup

Calories  350

Total Fat  11 g (Saturated Fat 7 g)

Sodium  11 mg

Total Carbohydrates  31 g (Dietary Fiber 1 g)

Protein  1 g

Exchanges:  2 Other Carbohydrates, 2 Fat

Carbohydrate Choices:  2

Source:  Pillsbury’s Easy Halloween Treats, Cupcakes & More Cookbook 2011.


Servings: 4

I think the non-alcoholic crowd would love this drink! I know I would!



CANDY CORN SMOOTHIES

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PREP TIME: 20 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 pint (2 cups) Coconut Sorbet; slightly softened

6  tbsps. Milk

1 pint (2 cups) Orange Sherbet; slightly softened

1 pint (2 cups) Lemon Sorbet; slightly softened

4 drops Yellow Food Color

Candy Corn; if desired

1.  In blender, place coconut sorbet and 2 tbsps. of the milk.  COVER; blend on HIGH speed 30-60 seconds OR until smooth.  Divide evenly among 8 glasses.  PLACE GLASSES IN FREEZER.

2.  RINSE blender.  In blender, place orange sherbet and 2 tbsps. milk. COVER; blend on HIGH speed 30-60 seconds OR until smooth.  Pour over coconut mixture in glasses, dividing evenly.  RETURN GLASSES TO FREEZER.

3.  RINSE blender.  In blender, place lemon sorbet, yellow food color and remaining 2 tbsps. milk.  COVER; blend on HIGH speed 30-60 seconds OR until smooth.  Pour over orange mixture in glasses, dividing evenly.

Garnish with candy corn.

SERVE OR FREEZE UNTIL SERVING TIME.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:  Per Serving

Calories  189

Total Fat  4.5 g (Saturated Fat 3.5 g)

Sodium  51 mg

Total Carbohydrates  36 g (Dietary Fiber 0.5 g)

Protein  1 g

EXCHANGES:  2 Other Carbohydrates, 1/2 Fat

CARBOHYDRATE CHOICES:  2

Source:  Pillsbury’s Easy Halloween Treats, Cupcakes & More Cookbook 2011.

Servings: 8

DESSERTS

Fondues always help parties be more fun!

GHOSTS AT THE WATERING HOLE

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YIELD:   Makes about 2 cups (12 servings)

INGREDIENTS

1 package (12 ounces) chocolate chips

1/2 cup whipping cream

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

1 tablespoon butter

Pinch salt

Marshmallows

PREPARATION:

Combine chocolate chips, cream, corn syrup, butter and salt in small saucepan. Heat over low heat until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Pour into fondue pot; set over low heat. Place marshmallows in serving bowl. Serve with fondue forks for dipping.

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A Cake That Befits All Elegant Ghostly Feasts

GHOST CAKE

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“For a perfect centerpiece at your next Halloween party, try making this cake. Guests will think it is more cute then scary with its decorative ghost on Top!”—Doree Tateoka, Salt Lake City, Utah

8 Servings

Prep: 3 hours Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

1 package (18-1/4 ounces) white cake mix

2 eggs

1-1/3 cups water

FROSTING:

3-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 tablespoon meringue powder

1 cup shortening

3 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract

1 package (24 ounces) plain ready-to-use rolled fondant

Orange, black, red, brown and green paste food coloring

Additional clear vanilla extract

Directions

PREHEAT oven at 350° F.

GREASE AND FLOUR two 6″ round baking pans.

In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs and water; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour 2-1/4 cups batter into each of two greased and floured 6-in. round baking pans (discard remaining batter). Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For frosting, in a large bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar and meringue powder. In a large bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer, combine the shortening, water and vanilla. Beat in sugar mixture (mixture will be stiff).

Using a serrated knife, level tops of cakes.

Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread with 3/4 cup frosting. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread 1-1/2 cups frosting over top and sides of cake.

Cut fondant block in half lengthwise so that one half is slightly larger than the other. Tint the larger half orange; set aside a small amount of orange fondant for pumpkins. Cover fondant with plastic wrap when not in use.

On a clean work surface, roll out remaining orange fondant into a 14-in. circle. Slide an icing knife between fondant and work surface to loosen; transfer to cake. Smooth top and sides of cake. Trim any overlapping fondant with a pizza cutter.

For ghost: Form a 2-1/4 in. tall cone from white fondant; attach to cake with additional vanilla. Roll a 1/2-in. cube of fondant into a 6-in. circle. Drape over cone. Tint a small amount of fondant black.

Form three small dots; attach to face of ghost.

For pumpkins, leaves and tendrils: Tint reserved orange fondant a darker shade of orange with red coloring. Using dark orange and/or white fondant, form five pumpkins; add imprint lines with a veining tool or toothpick.

For stems, tint a very small amount of white fondant brown. Shape into stems; attach to pumpkins using vanilla. Tint a 1-in. cube of white fondant green. Roll out; cut five leaves with a 1-1/4-in. leaf-shaped cookie cutter.

For tendrils, using a pizza cutter cut remaining portion into thin strips. Carefully wrap strips around toothpicks; set aside to dry.

To finish cake: Carefully remove tendrils from toothpicks and attach to pumpkins using vanilla. Attach pumpkins and leaves to cake.

Using shell pastry tip #18 and remaining frosting, pipe shell border along bottom edge of cake.

Yield: 8 servings.

Editor’s Note: Meringue powder and fondant are available from Wilton Industries. Call 1-800/794-5866 or visit http://www.wilton.com.

Nutrition Facts: 1 slice equals

920 calories, 34 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 48 mg cholesterol, 397 mg sodium, 148 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Source:   Taste of Home

CLIP ART “Ghost In A Cemetery” is from a great website called “Halloween Clipart.Com.”   Click on the graphic for a link to their website.  They said if I didn’t link back they would haunt me!  Ouch!

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SUKKOT

Posted on October 13, 2011. Filed under: Brownies, Cheese, Cherries, Chocolate, Cookies, Cupcakes, Dairy, Desserts, Dinner/Supper, Ethnic Recipe, Family, Fish, Honey, Jello, Jewish, Kosher Recipe, Lemons, Menu, My Ramblings, Pears, Pineapple, Recipes, Sukkot, Sukkot Recipes, Traditions, Tried and True Recipe, Vegetables, Vegetarian | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


The holiday of Sukkot begins on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei. Known in rabbinic literature as Ha-Chag–“the holiday”–the themes of Sukkot are clearly of high importance in Jewish theology.  Sadly, many Jews, including myself, really don’t celebrate it.  Perhaps we have a festive meal and perhaps we are lucky enough to be invited to eat dinner in a sukkah (open air booth) built by a friend or family member.  Or perhaps our synagogue has a communal meal to celebrate that we can take part in.  In part it is the fault of our school system here in the U.S.  In part it is the fault of today’s world.  And in part, it is the fault of our parents and/or of us.  We have to take so much time off for Rosh  Hashanah and Yom Kippur that we tell ourselves (and it is probably not far from the truth) that we will be fired if we take too much time off from our jobs, even if it is for religious reasons.  At one time employers may have been more sympathetic to our needs, but not any longer.  Our children are allowed to miss only so many days a year and here in the North that means we have to plan missed snow days.  Don’t forget that kids get sick, especially during the winter, as we adults also do.  Doctor appointments, dental appointments, “tummy ache” days, they all add up.  So how can we allow our children to take time off?  Even if we did insist they take the time off, how are they ever going to catch back up with the other kids, let alone bypass them in the race for college scholarships, let alone college admittance?  So our observance of Sukkot, the most beautiful of our holidays, and one of the most important of our holidays takes a back burner to the secular world and our secular lives.  I am glad to say that more and more people that I know do take the time to build their own personal sukkahs and take the time to celebrate.  Last year Paul and I were invited to our Cousin Susan’s sukkah along with many other people.  Susan is the hostess with the moistest and her sukkah and sukkah party were no exception.  This year we have been invited to our good friends’ The Sterns, sukkah for an intimate family dinner.  We are hoping that the weather will be with us so we can at least do the ceremonial part of the meal in the sukkah, if not have our entire meal out there beneath the stars.  I know in Kingston, my step-son-in-law and grandson are helping to build their synagogue’s sukkah and will be celebrating there with the temple family.  My mom will be going to my Aunt’s house or my cousin’s house.

The symbolism of the sukkah is a strong reminder of the dwellings of the biblical Israelites as they wandered in the desert for 40 years after the exodus from Egypt. In this manner, these temporary dwellings return us to a different time in our development and remind us of our journey to nationhood.  That answers the question “is Judaism” a nation?  Yes, in part it is.

Another symbolic definition of the sukkah is that it binds us to G-d as we recall our dependence on him for our daily needs and we celebrate all that he does for us.  We are commanded to be joyous during the whole holiday period (7 days) of Sukkot. We are told that it is a worse sin to be sad during this period than to have a sip of water on Yom Kippur.  I had no idea until I started writing this article of just how important Sukkot is in Judaism.

People take great pride in decorating their sukkah, but it is always decorated with fruits and greenery to remind us that Sukkot is a harvest holiday.  I went rummaging through the Net to find some pictures of the coolest sukkahs.  Here are some I think gives you an idea of the different types of sukkahs you can find.

This is a very basic sukkah.  I found it at the Mont Clair Jewish Organization’s website.

This picture is of a pre-fab sukkah that you can purchase.  I found this picture at Tzvee’s Talmudic Blog.

This is a great example of a sukkah decorated with fruits and greens.  Click on the photo to go to HWPS Organization’s website.

This is my favorite.  I love that it is decorated with colorful paper chains like the ones I made as a child in addition to the fruit and grains.  I was very impressed with the article on Sukkot that this photo was a part of.  Click on to the website after you finish reading my article.  This sukkah, I think is in Israel.  The website is called “Israelity.com.”

“There is also a commandment in the Torah for each person to take the fruit of a “goodly tree,” later interpreted as a fruit called an etrog (citron). Along with this fruit, one must collect certain tree branches and rejoice before God. We therefore take a palm branch and connect to it myrtle twigs and willow branches. There are beautiful narratives in rabbinic literature that discuss the symbolic images of the etrog and lulav (as the combination of the palm, myrtle, and willow is collectively known). They include parallels to the Jewish matriarchs and patriarchs as well as to the body and soul of each individual Jew.”[1]

There are other themes but my typing time is running out and I do want to share a Succot Menu and recipes with you.  For more information, click on the footnote and read the article where I found most of my information.  This menu is for a buffet meal.  The recipes are included for menu items that have an asterisk at the end of the name of the item.

DISCLAIMER:  The only photos that look like the recipes they go with are the Mandel Bread and the Russian Tea Cookies and the mini cupcakes.  Where I could, for the graphics, I attached links to them.

Just click on the picture.

SUCCOT MENU

Raisin Challah for the Blessing

Wine for the Blessing

Tossed Salad with Pomegranate Seeds

Smoked White Fish Salad purchased from a Kosher Deli or a grocery store that carries it

Egg Salad OR Deviled Eggs

Crackers

Aunt Hushie’s Salmon Balls served with Rice*

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna*

Luchshen Kugel*

Molded Fruit Salad*

Al Fuchsman’s Mandel Bread (cookies)*

Chewy Brownies*

Russian Tea Cookies*

Mini Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Chip Icing*

Coffee, Tea, Fruit Punch or Soft Drinks, Water

Aunt Hushie’s Salmon Balls

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1 pound Salmon plus liquid

1 small Onion; grated

1 small Carrot; grated

2 Eggs; beaten

1/2 cup Matzah Meal OR Corn Flake Crumbs

Salt

Pepper

Dash of Nutmeg

MUSHROOM SAUCE:

1 Onion; diced and browned

1/2 cup diced, cooked Carrots & liquid

1 small can Mushrooms & Liquid

1/8 teaspoon Ginger

1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg

Salt

Pepper

3/4 cup Ketchup

3/4 cup Water

Mix salmon & liquid, small onion, small carrot, 2 eggs, matzah meal, salt, pepper and dash of nutmeg together and allow to set for 10 mins.

With WET hands, form into small balls (golf size balls), roll in crumbs and fry quickly.  Drain on paper towels.

SAUCE:

Mix together all sauce ingredients. Pour sauce into GREASED baking pan.  Place patties on sauce and heat in 350 degree oven UNCOVERED for 20-30 mins.

This is a wonderful recipe for brunches and luncheons. We have made many times and always get raves.  This was first made for us by my Aunt Hushie and it was Helen Schiller’s recipe (a friend of my Aunt’s) from my older edition of Rochester Hadassah Cookbook.  Please note that Aunt Hushie taught me to make this recipe in the large disposable aluminum 9×13-inch pans.  If you place the patties by the markings on the side of the pan, it works perfectly.  Also note that whenever my Aunt or I have made this recipe, we usually triple it.  I’ve made it for showers and other special occasions, so I think it is perfect for a dairy meal for Sukkot. ~Marilyn aka Softa123

 

 

 

Fruit Noodle Kugel          

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1 (16 ounce) package broad egg noodles

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1/2-1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 pound butter

2 grated Winesap apples

2 grated pears

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2-1 c. white raisins

Cook noodles in boiling salted water 25-30 minutes. Strain and rinse with cold water. Add butter to noodles and mix until melted. Add sugar,eggs, cinnamon, fruits, juices and raisins. Mix gently. Pour intogreased 9 x 13 x 2 inch Pyrex dish. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 to 2hours, depending upon crustiness desired. Serve warm or cold.

Softa123’s aka Marilyn’s Note:  I have not tried this recipe yet, but I think it sounds perfect for Sukkot as it features pears in addition to the normal apples and raisins.  Also, what is nice about this recipe is that it is parve, so it can be eaten with either a dairy or a meat meal.

 

 

 

 

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

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By: preciousmom

PRECIOUS MOM’S NOTE:  “My first try with a vegetarian lasagna.”

Prep Time: 50 Min

Cook Time: 45 Min

Ready In: 1 Hr 35 Min

Servings: 9

Ingredients

1 pound eggplant, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds

1/2 pound medium fresh mushrooms cut into 1/4 inch slices

3 small zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices

1 onion, chopped

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 (15 ounce) container reduced-fat ricotta cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 eggs, beaten

1 (26 ounce) jar meatless spaghetti sauce

1 can of Italian diced tomatoes

12 no-boil lasagna noodles

2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

3 tablespoons minced fresh basil

Directions

Line two 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans with foil.  Place all vegetables (except onions) in a zip lock back with the oil, salt and pepper. Shake the bag to make sure everything is coated and let sit for 5 minutes.

Place eggplant and mushrooms on a pan. Place the zucchini on the second pan. Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes. Turn vegetables over. Bake 15 minutes longer. Remove eggplant, onions and mushrooms.

Bake zucchini 5-10 minutes longer or until edges are browned.

Sauté onion in a skillet with olive oil. Add in the tomatoes and spaghetti sauce. Let sit for about 5 minutes.

In a bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese and egg substitute. Spread about 1/4 cup pasta sauce in a 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray.

Layer with four lasagna noodles (noodles will overlap slightly), half of ricotta cheese mixture, half of vegetables, a third of pasta sauce and 2/3 cup mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with half of basil. Repeat layers. Top with the remaining noodles and pasta sauce.

Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until edges are bubblyand cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

Molded Fruit Salad          

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1 pkg. lemon Jell-O

1 c. hot water

1/2 c. creamy cottage cheese

1/2 c. broken walnut meats

1/2 c. maraschino cherries, quartered

1 c. crushed pineapple, well drained

1 c. heavy cream, whipped

Dissolve gelatin in hot water; chill until partially set. Fold in cottage cheese, whipped cream, walnuts, cherries, and pineapple. Pour into pan and chill until firm. Cut in squares and serve on lettuce.

Al Fuchsman's Mandel Bread

 

Al Fuchsman’s Mandel Bread

Source:  The Washington Post, November 28, 2007

  • • Cuisine: Eastern European
  • • Course: Dessert, Snack

Summary:

“Many cultures and cuisines have their own version of this crisp bread that is eaten as a cookie. Dotty Fuchsman says her husband’s is “world famous” because they have taken it to England and Israel.
The mandel bread can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks; the Fuchsmans prefer to wrap it well and freeze it for up to 2 months.”

Makes 64 to 100 slices/cookies

Ingredients:

• 1 cup canola oil, plus more for greasing the baking sheets (optional)

• 5 cups bread flour

• 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal

• 1 cup sugar

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 2 teaspoons baking powder

• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1 cup whole raw unsalted almonds, cut into 3 pieces per nut

• 3/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins

• 5 large egg whites, plus 1 whole egg

• 2 teaspoons almond extract

• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

• 1/3 cup water

• Juice of 1 medium lemon or lime (2 to 3 tablespoons)

• Cinnamon-sugar mixture, for sprinkling

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a large rimmed baking sheet with canola oil or nonstick cooking oil spray.

Combine the bread flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, almonds and dried cranberries or raisins in a large bowl.

Combine the egg whites, egg and oil in a separate bowl; blend well. Add the almond and vanilla extracts, water and citrus juice. Add to the bowl of dry ingredients; mix and knead the dough until it achieves the consistency of putty. Divide the dough into 4 equal portions and form them into bars on the baking sheet, roughly 3 inches by 12 inches by 3/4 inches thick, spaced apart so they do not touch. Bake for about 20 minutes, and then transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes; the bars will be warm and slightly set.

Meanwhile, position an oven rack 4 to 5 inches from the top broiling element and preheat the broiler. Have ready 2 large, same-size baking sheets.

Use a very sharp knife to cut the bars into 1/2-inch or 3/4-inch slices; there should be about 16 to 25 slices per bar. Working in batches, lay the bars flat on a baking sheet (about 36 should fit snugly on 1 sheet) and sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Toast under the broiler for 5 to 8 minutes or until the edges are brown and the sugar has melted. Remove from the oven and carefully place a second baking sheet on top of the toasted slices. Use oven mitts to hold the sheets together and carefully flip over; remove the top baking sheet so that the untoasted second sides of the slices are exposed. Sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture and return to broil for 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer the slices to a wire rack to cool thoroughly; the slices should be crisp.

Original Recipe Source:

From Annandale resident Al Fuchsman.

Nutritional Information:

66 calories, 3g fat, 0g saturated fat, 2mg cholesterol, 35mg sodium, 8g carbohydrates, 0g dietary fiber, n/a sugar, 1g protein.

I love brownies...all kinds of brownies!

Chewy Brownies

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Ingredients:

6 medium eggs, beaten

3 cups of sugar

2-1/4 cups of flour

1 cup of melted margarine

6 tablespoons of cocoa

2 teaspoons of vanilla

1-1/2 teaspoons of salt

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1 large packet of walnuts, broken

Preparation Instructions:

Combine the melted margarine, cocoa, and the sugar.  Add the six beaten eggs.

Mix together the flour, salt and baking powder and add to other mixture.  Add the vanilla and broken walnuts.

Bake in a greased and floured 18*12 inch jelly roll pan at 375°F (190°C) for 20 minutes.

Russian Tea Cookies...Yummy in my tummy!

Russian Tea Cookies

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1/2 cup Vegetable Shortening

2 cups Flour

4 tablespoons Sugar

1/2 cup Butter OR Margarine

2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

1-1/2 cups Nuts; ground

Confectionary Sugar

Cream shortening, margarine and sugar. Add vanilla extract, flour and nuts. Form little balls of dough with teaspoon of batter. Place on UNGREASED cookie sheets.

Bake 30 minutes at 300 degrees. After cooling for 15 minutes, roll balls in confectionery sugar.

Makes 4 1/2 dozen cookies.

SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE:  These are delicious and addictive!!  I  first made this recipe for my eldest nephew, Dov’s, Bar Mitzvah. That was About 15 years ago if I did the math correctly, and I’ve been making them ever since.  I do suggest doubling the recipe.  You won’t regret it!  This is one of my all-time favorite cookies!  Recipe came from the “Rochester Hadassah Cookbook.”

 

I have to try this recipe, don't you?

Mini Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Chip Icing

 

“Simple, two ingredient recipe”.

 

1 box spice cake mix
1 15 oz. can pure pumpkin

Mix both ingredients together thoroughly and fill mini cupcake liners almost to the top. These cupcakes will not rise that much and will not shape naturally. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, checking with the toothpick test.

For the icing:

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 – 3 cups powdered sugar, as needed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. cinnamon
4 oz. Hershey’s cinnamon chips, melted and cooled

Whip the butter on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, scraping the bowl when necessary. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the powdered sugar. Once all of the powdered sugar is incorporated, increase the speed to medium-high and add the vanilla, honey, and cinnamon mixing until incorporated. Add the melted cinnamon chips and whip at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping the bowl as needed. Then, ice the cupcakes!

Sprinkle with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.

Source: http://www.sprinklemassacre.com/2011/10/06/mini-pumpkin-spice-cupcakes/

NOTE FROM SOFTA123:  I apologize for not posting this article sooner but real life interrupted.  I hope that this will not happen again, but I know better than to say never!


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CAKE OR PIE?

Posted on October 11, 2011. Filed under: Betty Crocker Recipe, Birthday Cake, Cakes, Chocolate, Desserts, MINT, My Ramblings, Recipes, Special Occasion Cake, Tried and True Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


Cake or Pie?

Are you a cake or a pie lover?  For me it’s a hard choice as I like both, but if I had to choose, I would choose cake.  I especially love chocolate cake and chocolate fudge frosting.  I love the taste of chocolate and chocolate together.  But now I’m surprised that I said that because my favorite flavor combination is chocolate mint.  I love anything chocolate mint but then again I do love anything chocolate-chocolate.

The reason I chose cake over pie is that I really am not crazy about pie crusts; even graham cracker crusts just don’t do it for me.  But, I do love pie fillings, especially lemon meringue and apple.

The wonderful thing about cakes is the combinations for each type of cake seem endless.  I’m always finding new cake recipes on the net.  But let’s see how many types of cakes I can think of…

  1. Basic Yellow Cake
  2. Basic White Cake
  3. Basic Chocolate Cake
  4.  Sponge Cake
  5. Chiffon Cake
  6. Passover Yellow Cake
  7. Passover Chocolate Cake
  8. Passover Sponge Cake
  9. Passover Chiffon Cake
  10. Angel Food Cake
  11. Bundt Cake
  12. Pound Cake
  13. Coffee Cake
  14. Depression Cake
  15. Flourless Chocolate Cake
  16. Fruit Cake
  17. Hot Milk Cake
  18. Gingerbread
  19. Red Velvet Cake
  20. Cheesecake
  21. Cupcakes

Twenty-one varieties and that’s not with the sub-categories or variations on each type of cake!  That makes the mind boggle.  We have to remember that different countries have different types of cakes I haven’t listed here, and many I just don’t know about. And here I am, on a fast so I can have blood work done before I go to the doctor tomorrow.  I must be nuts!!!

I would do a cake a day recipe, but there are already so many blogs and websites with that theme, that I won’t bother.  I will post cake recipes from time to time though, when I came across one that sounds really good or one I hadn’t known about before.  Sometimes I’ll post one of my tried and true cake recipes.

Of all the cakes I’ve ever made (and I really don’t bake that much otherwise I’d put on way too much weight!!) my favorites are a chocolate mint layer cake, black forest torte (cake), Passover banana sponge cake, apple cake, spice cake and chocolate cherry cake.  What kind of cake(s) is your favorite kind?

Since cakes and pies is today’s theme, here is a recipe for my favorite cake:

Just wait till you try this awesome cake! It's the perfect cake!

Dark Chocolate Mint Cake

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1 package (18.5 ounce) Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix

1 package (7.2 ounce) Fluffy White Frosting Mix

1/4 teaspoon Peppermint Extract

Few drops Green Food Coloring

Chocolate Leaves

CHOCOLATE LEAVES:

1 dozen Clean, Pesticide-Free Leaves of various sizes & shapes

1 square (1 ounce) Semisweet Chocolate OR 1/4 cup Semisweet Chocolate Pieces WITH 1/2 teaspoon Butter

“A delightful combination of colors and flavors. Our darkest chocolate cake is swirled with a delicate mint-green frosting, then gloriously garnished with chocolate leaves.”

Bake cake in layer pans as directed on pkg. Cool.

Prepare frosting mix as directed on pkg. except–thoroughly blend in peppermint extract

and tint w/green food coloring. Fill and frost cake. Decorate with chocolate Leaves.

CHOCOLATE LEAVES:

Wash and dry 1 doz. leaves of various sizes & shapes.  Melt 1 sq. (1 oz.) Semisweet Chocolate OR 1/4 cup Semisweet Chocolate Pieces WITH 1/2 tsp. butter.

Paint chocolate onto backs of leaves, spreading chocolate about 1/8″ thick and just to edges. Freeze until very firm. Quickly peel off real leaves and arrange the chocolate leaves on cake.

This is my VERY favorite cake. It’s fast easy and delicious!  The recipe and photo come from Betty Crocker’s Hostess Cookbook.  The first time I made this recipe was on July 23, 1976 for a Sigma Phi sorority meeting.  ~Marilyn aka Softa123

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