Tater Tots, Truffles, and Turkeys

November 24, 2020

Tater Tots, Truffles, and Turkeys

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Pausing from Thanksgiving Day preparations with a hot cup of soothing tea.

I take a moment out from my Thanksgiving Day preparations to give a big shout out to you, my readers.  I am thankful, during this Thanksgiving week, for your readership, kind comments, and support!   Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

Tater Tots

Tater Tots (…or as Sue Heck calls them on one of my favorite sitcoms, The Middle,
Potato Rounds :o)) are the star of this dish that I share with you today.  
Loaded Buffalo Chicken Tots hail from a brand new cookbook by Ashley Craft, called 
The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook. This copycat recipe was inspired by a popular menu item from The Friar’s Nook at the Walt Disney World‘s, Magic Kingdom.

The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook, by Ashley Craft.
Available from Amazon, Target, and other retailers.

This fun cookbook is overflowing with 100 Disneyesque recipes, including how to
whip (pun alert, as in Dole Whip. hee hee) up everything from Disney’s Beignets to Butterfinger Cupcakes to Dole Whip. This is sure to be one cookbook that will be pulled from my bookshelf often and used frequently!  I may have to try out all of the recipes!  :o)

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This cookbook’s recipe for Loaded Buffalo Chicken Tots jumped out at me while perused its contents, begging to be attempted first. This recipe was a yummy success, and it is a keeper!  The trick to this creation is to make sure that the tots done to a wonderful crispiness.  I used Ore-Ida Golden Crispy Crowns rather than tater tots, as the crowns have a bit more crispness to them, and besides, I rarely follow any recipe “to a T”.  :o).

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I used Golden Crispy Rounds in place of Tater Tots in this recipe.

Other changes that I made
I did not have blue cheese crumbles, so I did not use them this time, 
and I subbed green onions for the celery, which gave this dish an added kick of flavor. 

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Items needed for Loaded Buffalo Chicken Tots

The Recipe

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Loaded Buffalo Chicken Tots

Ingredients

1 (32 ounce) package frozen Tater Tots
(I used a 30 ounce package of  Ore-Ida Golden Crispy Crowns)

2 cup shredded cooked Chicken breast

2 or more Tablespoons Frank’s Red Hot (buffalo)sauce

3-6 Tablespoons Blue Cheese Dressing
(I like Ken’s Steakhouse Lite, but
Bolthouse Farms Yogurt works well, too, when cutting calories.)

3-6 Tablespoons Blue Cheese crumbles

2-4 small-medium stalks Celery, trimmed and diced
(I skipped these.)

1-3 Green onions, sliced
(My addition to this Disney treat.)

Directions

Bake Tater Tots (or Crispy Crowns) according to package instructions. 
While baking, stir 2-3 throughout cooking tots, for even browning and crispiness,
making sure that the tots are cooked totally and to desired crispiness.
(This may take a bit longer than package instructions suggest.)

When tots are done, place on serving plate, or divide among three medium (serving) bowls.
Set aside.

In large bowl, toss shredded chicken with Frank’s Red Hot.
Top baked Tots with 1/3 buffalo chicken mix.
Drizzle blue cheese dressing over the top.
Garnish each bowl with a sprinkle of blue cheese crumbles and celery/green onions.

Enjoy!

Annette’s Note-This could easily be made with shredded rotisserie chicken in place of the shredded chicken breast.

Truffles

Martese’s (Date) Truffles

My daughter, Martese, recently shared this recipe with me.  It makes a yummy “not too sweet” chocolate truffle using natural sugar/dates.  I now share this recipe with you.  :o)

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I enjoy a these delicious “Not too sweet!” truffles.

 Below, are photos of Martese creating these sweet treats.  I did some calculations, and for those of you WW (Weight Watchers) people out there, I figure two of these truffles are 7 points, with just one truffle equalling 4 points.

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What you’ll need 
Note my daughter’s adorable dog Pongo in the background.  :o)

Medium cookie scoop

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The finishing touch, a roll in coconut, for these Date Truffles. 

The Recipe

Martese’s Date Truffles

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INGREDIENTS:

20-22 Dates, pitted

6 Tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut, plus additional
shredded coconut for rolling

2 Tablespoon coconut oil

1/2 cup cocoa powder

Dash of salt

DIRECTIONS:

In a small bowl filled with warm water, adding pitted dates to soak for 30-40 minutes.

Add 6 Tablespoons shredded coconut and coconut oil to food processor.
Process for about 1 minute to combine together.

Drain dates and add dates to the coconut mix in the food processor.
Process another minute, or till thick paste begins to form.

Add cocoa powder and salt to food processor mixture.
Process again till thoroughly combined.

Using medium cookie scoop, scoop out mixture and roll out with greased hand (baking spray works), into 1/2 inch truffles.

Roll in shredded coconut.

Store in covered container in the refrigerator.
(I like eating these chilled.)

Makes approximately one dozen truffles.

Enjoy!

Turkeys

Cooking with Gammy

Sprinkle Apple Graham

A fun “grand” (grandchild) snack enjoyed a couple of years ago, was this Sprinkle Apple Graham.  This was an easy no-cook creation.

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Ingredients

Graham crackers

Apple

Smooth peanut butter

Sprinkles

Directions

Slice apples horizontally.

Using a small cookie cutter, cut out the center of the apples slice.

Spread peanut butter over a square section of graham cracker.

Place apple slice on top of graham cracker.

Carefully place sprinkles in the cut-out center.

Enjoy!

Annette’s Note-I am guessing that the peanut butter in this snack could easily be replaced with frosting, cream cheese, a thick caramel sauce, or marshmallow fluff.

Nutter Butter Turkeys

Another no-bake snack from 2018, and enjoyed by the grands, were these cute Nutter Butter Turkeys.  The original idea came from here.

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Ingredients

 

Nutter Butter cookies

 

 Golden Oreos, or another vanilla sandwich cookie

 

White frosting

 

m & m’s

 

Candy corn

 

Directions

Open up a sandwich cookie.  
Use the half of cookie that has the filling on it to place 4 candy corn on for feathers.
 Use extra white frosting, if necessary, to hold together.

Using frosting as “glue”, place m&m’s for eyes and a candy corn for a beak, using photo above as a guide.
Use frosting to attach feather portion to back of Nutter Butter.

Enjoy!

Made Me Smile :o)
Sharing things that put a smile on my face, recently. 

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The bicycle stand at the public library. :o)

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Deer sighting on a foggy morning.

 
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Autumn colors

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My daughter’s cute kitty relaxes. :o)

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A “blast from the past” photo that I recently unearthed of my eldest (son) and me.  :o)
1986?

Check out My earlier Tater Tot Related Posts 

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Minnesota nice=A Very Nice Family Reunion, July 2018, here.

Happily Eating My Way Through the Minnesota State Fair, September 2017, here.

Hot, Hot, Hot! (Minnesota Hot Dish that is!), September 2019, here

May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!

Thank you for reading,  and 
Happy Thanksgiving!

 

I’m Annette Stuff

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Tater Tots done right in Minnesota!  :o)
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Christmas Movies in November?!

November 14, 2020

Christmas Movies in November ?!

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Enjoying a beautiful autumn day in November.

 

Which Christmas Movie “Camp” describes you?

A. I never watch Christmas movies before Thanksgiving dinner has been
gobbled” up. (Yes, that was my lame attempt at a pun.) 
OR
B.  As soon as the last strains of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown have played out on Halloween night, I have those Christmas flicks playing on my TV.

If you have followed my blog over the past seven years, you know that I have rigidly adhered to the “creed” of  Camp A, never allowing a Christmas film to play on my TV until Thanksgiving night.  That is, until this year!
My dear readers, 2020 has changed my outlook on the Christmas movie viewing debate!!!
I need some Christmas movies in my life, and NOW! 
In fact, as I type this, I have my White Christmas dvd playing in the background. :o)

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A blog photo from December 2013.
See this Christmas movie-related post, Counting the Days till Christmas, here

If you, too, wish to begin your Christmas movie viewing a bit earlier this year, check out the following blog posts for some fun holiday movie suggestions.

It’s Christmas Time! Enjoy These Often-Missed Yuletide Movies,
December 2017, here.

Christmas in Black and White, December 2014, here.

 

Thanksgiving Meal Favorites

 

It has pleased God in some comfortable measure to bless us
with the fruits of the earth.

Plymouth Colony
Records 1668

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It is tradition for this pair of pilgrims to grace my table each Thanksgiving season. :o)
Photo from my November 2017 blog post.
You can view this blog post, here.

Thanksgiving is almost upon us.  I generally serve a similar menu each year.  Below are the recipes for two of my family’s favorite sides.  
To see my complete Thanksgiving menu, go here.

Green Bean Casserole 

 Green Bean Casserole is a staple of many a Thanksgiving dinner each year, and mine is no exception. It has become tradition to use my commemorative Green Bean Casserole dish from 2005 (put out by Campbell’s soup) to prepare this dish.
Although, the recipe is printed on the inside of this dish, my recipe varies just a bit from the original.  You can find my recipe below.

To read about the history of the Green Bean Casserole, go here.

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This Green Bean Casserole dish comes out at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Classic Green Bean Casserole

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INGREDIENTS:

2 cans (10 ¾ can) Cream of Mushroom Soup)

½ cup milk

scant 1 teaspoon soy sauce-optional

Dash of pepper

4 cups cooked green beans (I use frozen green beans.) 

1 (2.8 ounce) can French fried onion rings

PAM cooking spray

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

In small casserole, spray with PAM.

Combine soup, milk, soy sauce, and pepper.

Stir in green beans.

Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees, until hot.

Top with can of onions, and bake 5 more minutes.

Makes 6-8 servings

Note-If preparing this the day ahead, do not put the onions on top until the next day (during the final 5 minutes of baking), and place in the refrigerator.  Due to being cold from being in the refrigerator, this might require additional baking time.

Sweet Potato Pie

This Sweet Potato Pie (It is actually made with yams.) is another tasty side dish that my family enjoys each year.  In fact, for a couple family members, this dish is their favorite item on the Thanksgiving menu!  The recipe is below.

Sweet Potato Pie

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INGREDIENTS:

3 cups/ 1 large can of Yams in light syrup, drained

½ cup white sugar

½ cup butter, melted

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp. vanilla

1/3 cup milk

Topping:

1/3 cup melted butter

1 cup light brown sugar

½ cup flour

1 cup chopped pecans

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mash yams.Mix in next five ingredients: sugar, melted butter, beaten eggs, vanilla, and milk.

Put in greased 13 x 9 casserole.

Mix together topping ingredients of butter, brown sugar, flour, and pecans.

Sprinkle evenly on top of sweet potato mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Serves 8-12

Note-This can be prepared and baked the day before.  Reheat on Thanksgiving Day in the oven until hot.

To view my complete Thanksgiving menu, go here.

Cooking with Gammy

Turkey “Bellybuttons”

My grandchildren enjoyed making AND eating these turkey “bellybuttons” that we made in honor of Thanksgiving.  They are simple to make and yummy to eat.

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Find the “bellybutton” recipe, here.

Cookie Turkeys

These turkey cookies were a favorite of my four kiddos, and now I enjoy making them with my grandchildren!

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  I used Lindt Lindor chocolate and white chocolte truffles for the body when making these recently. 
The recipe for these turkeys is, here.

Donut Mayflowers

I love the simplicity of these Donut Mayflowers, and besides, they taste good!  I/Gammy forgot to buy the fruit roll-ups/fruit by the foot for the flags, so we improvised by using construction paper.

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For a photo of Donut Mayflowers with edible flags and instructions on how to make them, go here.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

It was a rainy day.  The grands (grandchildren) were disappointed that they could not go outside and play, so…when all else fails, bake chocolate chip cookies!  :o). We had a lot of baking fun!

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Find the recipe for these, my favorite chocolate chip cookies, here.

 

Made Me Smile :o)
Sharing things that put a smile on my face. 

On My Walks 

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This cute pilgrim turkey decorates a neighbor’s front yard.

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Even more turkeys grace this front yard.
(You could say that there are a few turkeys in my neighborhood.  :o))

 

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Vivid blue skies are dotted with cotton candy clouds.  

 
 
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 A picturesque view of the countryside is a feast for the eyes.

 

Enjoy These Previous Thanksgiving/November posts.

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My newest Thanksgiving decoration that I picked up last year.  :o)
Photo taken November 2020

Annette’s Thanksgiving, 2013, here.
(My favorite Thanksgiving-related movies and tv shows.)

Let’s Talk Turkey, November 2019, here.
(My annual Thanksgiving menu)

Pumpkin Pie from Scratch, You Say?!, 2016, here.
(My Thanksgiving Day menu, and the recipe for Pumpkin Pie)

Happy Thanksgiving, 2014, here.
(My recipes for Thanksgiving Day breakfast.)

Cookbook love and Loving that Thanksgiving Dressing!, 2017, here.
(Recipe for Thanksgiving Dressing/stuffing, and another photo of
Mayflowerdonuts. )

Autumn is the Mellow Time of Year?!, 2014, here.
(Recipe for yummy Thanksgiving “Trash”)

Is Thanksgiving Over Already?!, 2015, here.
(Recipe for Fresh Candied Cranberries

Autumn, the Comfy Cozy Time of Year2017, here.
(Recipe for Crockpot Turkey Breast)

A Fun, Day After Thanksgiving, Visit to the National Air and Space Museum, 2016, here.
(Recipe for Turkey Casserole)

Free Thanksgiving Printable, 2013, here.
(“As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” from WKRP in Cincinnati
)

 

May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!

Thank you for reading, and
Happy Thanksgiving!

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A blast, I mean turkey, from the past.  :o)
From November 7, 2014, a Thanksgiving blog post. 
 View it,here.




 

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Apple Cider Donuts, High School Memories, and Voting

November 1, 2020

Apple Cider Donuts, High School Memories, and Voting

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Anticipating the goodness that says fall; an apple cider donut

I know, I know…
What could apple cider donuts, high school memories, and voting possibly have in common?  Well…nothing, really, and there is no seamless way to weave these three diverse topics into one cohesive blog post.  With that being said, I just wanted to chat about all of these things with you today. So, it is a “Fruit basket upset” (Do you remember that game?) of topics that greet you ahead.  :o).

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Do you remember the child’s game “Fruit Basket Upset”?

Why not, take a couple of relaxing minutes out of your day, grab a cup of tea/coffee,
and read along with me?

Here we go…

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Grab a cup of tea/coffee, and read along with me.

Apple Cider Donuts

Nothing says autumn like the sweet bite of an apple cider donut! YUM!  And the best apple cider donut that I have ever eaten was found at an apple orchard in northeast Ohio.

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This is the jewel of Apple Cider Donuts.
October 2014

 I had hoped to share that recipe for these apple jewels with you here.
( I acquired the recipe from the orchard owner, a few years ago.) But, after attempting to make these donuts on three separate occasions, I can not recommend this recipe. All three of my donut attempts were subpar.

And, unfortunately, the apple cider donuts that I purchased the other day from my local grocer’s bakery, were equally disappointing. (That is the donut that I hold in the photo above.)

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My favorite apple cider donut sits next to an equally delicious apple cider slushie.
August 2011

 Maybe the secret to creating a delectable apple cider donut comes from the magic of being created on apple orchard premisses?  Oh well…

 

High School Memories

 Baked Alaska

Another recipe for which I had high hopes, but ended up in the
“I won’t be sharing this recipe with my readers.” category,
was for Baked Alaska.  I had volunteered to test out this opulent dessert for my
British penpal, Jenny’s, new, upcoming Murder She Wrote Cookbook.  

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Jenny is currently working on writing a Murder She Wrote Cookbook.
Jenny’s blog,  Silver Screen Suppers, is filled with movie star recipes!  
You can take a peek, here.

Let’s back up a minute.  I need to start from the beginning…  

You see, Baked Alaska and I have somewhat of a history.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… (to borrow from Star Wars),
I was in a high school home ec class.  For some reason our teacher thought it would be a good idea for a class of high school students to make Baked Alaska for one of our cooking projects.  

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For some reason our teacher thought it would be a good idea for a class of
high school students to make Baked Alaska!
(I am the cook on the far right, in that high school home ec class. 1973?)

If you are not familiar with Baked Alaska, it is essentially a sponge cake, layered with a dome of hard-frozen ice cream, and sealed with a coating of meringue.  This meringue-coated dome is then thrust into a hot oven, just long enough to cook and brown the meringue.  It is a recipe, a recipe for disaster!  

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Meringue in the making

Needless to say, my meringue that high school day must have not totally sealed in the ice cream.  When I checked my baked creation toasting in the oven, my Baked Alaska was more like an errant iceberg that had floated out into the ocean and melted.  My oven was filled with a massive mess of melted ice cream.  My teacher was not amused. 
But in my defense, did she really think that not one of her students would meet with such a disaster?! What could she have been thinking?! As I remember, it took me quite some time to rid the oven of every last remnant of my molten Baked Alaska mishap, but the memory lingers on.  :o)

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A recipe from that high school home ec class.

Thinking older, but wiser would prevail this time, I believed that this was an opportunity to redeem myself from that long ago Baked Alaska disaster, I told Penpal Jenny that I would attempt the Baked Alaska on her list.  It did not melt all over the place this time around (as evidenced by the photo below), but I do not believe that it was worth all of the work.  I think a slice of cake, ala mode, with a dollop of whipped cream, would have been better, and easier. So, I will not share this recipe, either.  

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My Baked Alaska attempt did not melt all over the place, this time around.


Miss Teen-ager Pageant 

Thinking back to high school, and ahead to next week’s Voting Day, the patriotic part of me is reminded of the time, in 1974, that my friend, Karla, and I entered our state’s Miss Teen-ager Pageant.  (Did you notice how I segued my way to this next topic, sort of?) 

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The program from my Miss Teen-ager Pageant.

All contestants were asked to write a short essay on the topic “What’s Right About America”.  With the help of our high school English teacher, Karla and I worked diligently to construct the perfect patriotic essay.

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My second place trophy for the essay contest.

It was a fun pageant week-end, and although neither of us won the state’s pageant, Karla and I did place first and second in the essay portion!  :o)

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Karla was the happy winner of the essay competition.

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I proudly hold my second place trophy for my essay.

Voting

A reminder to vote on Tuesday, if you have not already done so.  
I bought this inexpensive “VOTE” necklace to commemorate the occasion.  :o)
Michelle Obama wore a similar “VOTE” necklace, although much more upscale,
a few months back, and now knock-offs can be found everywhere (Think Amazon.)!

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My ( inexpensive knock-off) Michelle Obama “VOTE” necklace, 
purchased in honor of November 3rd, Voting Day.

For the next few days, I will be tuning into a few of my favorite “Voting Day movies”.
  Included on the list is Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). Why?, you ask.  Because it was on an election night in the 1970’s, that I first saw this film, thanks to PBS.  It has been a favorite of mine ever since!

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 I first saw Meet Me in St. Louis, thanks to PBS, on election night in the 1970’s.

Other films on the list include Kisses for My President (1964), The Farmer’s Daughter (1947),  Dave(1993) PG-13 and currently on HBOMax, and My Fellow American’s (1996) PG-13.  You can find more information about my Voting Day film suggestions, here.
Happy Voting Day!

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Remember to vote on Tuesday. 

Cooking with Gammy

Birds’ nests

Cardinals were th object of study on “bird day” with the “grands” (grandchildren) when we made these chocolate birds’ nests.  This no-bake treat was a hit! (These are also sometimes called “Haystacks”.)

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Ingredients

1 (11 ounce) bag chocolate chips
(I use Ghirardelli 60%.)

1 (11 ounce) bag butterscotch chips

2-3 ounces Chinese/chow mein noodles

Regular m & m’s

Directions

Prepare a large cookie sheet by covering with wax paper.

Melt chips slowly in microwave, about 30-45 seconds at a time.

Stir in Chinese noodles.

Using a cookie scoop, or spoon, drop blob onto wax paper,
shaping into bird nest shape by hollowing out center.

Place m & m’s onto “nest” for eggs.

Put in the refrigerator to set.
(I store these in the refrigerator.)

Princess Wands

These princess wands were a big hit to make and eat on this Gammy Day.
A big bonus is that this was a healthy treat, too!

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Jumbo shish kabob skewers

Star- shaped Watermelon
Cut out stars with cookie cutter

Green grapes

Strawberries

Blueberries

Directions

Place cleaned fruit carefully onto Shish kabob skewers.

Princess Pretzels

Also popular with the grandchild crowd, were these princess pretzels.  :o)

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Ingredients

White baking chips, or almond bark

Small pretzels

Pink sprinkles

Directions

Place wax paper onto baking sheet.

Melt white baking chips, or almond bark slowly in microwave.

Dip pretzels in melted white chocolate.

Place on wax papered baking sheet.

Lightly coat with pink sprinkles.

Place in refrigerator to set.

      Caramel Corn

Caramel corn and autumn seem to go hand -in -hand.  
I have been using this recipe for years,
including when I used to teach a preschool parent and child cooking class.  
This recipe never disappoints, and my grandchildren agree. :o)

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Recipe

For this caramel corn recipe go to my previous post, here.

Made Me Smile :o)
Sharing things that put a smile on my face. :o)

Enjoying Autumn Walks

An array of colorful trees great me on my daily walks, plus a few other surprises along the way.

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Golden leaf-filled trees line the street behind me.

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Red leaves frame this tranquil autumn view.

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This street is lined in orange and gold.

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I spotted these cute painted rocks while walking, too.
According to a Martha Stewart article, painted rocks like these,
are “a nationwide scavenger hunt meant to promote positivity and kindness. …”
Read the article about them, here.

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This Halloween lawn display made me giggle.
It reminded me of the tombstones displayed at 
Walt Disney World‘s Haunted Mansion.
To see a photo of the Haunted Mansion, go here.

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A neighbor is happily getting their Covid Candy Chute ready for Halloween night.

Out and About

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This masked jack o-lantern was hanging out to remind everyone to wear their masks.

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A new cereal on the grocery shelves!
Guessing it might not be that great for your dental work. haha

Previous Related Posts 

Movies to Vote By

Movies to Vote By, November 2016, here.
Need a few fun movie flicks to get you through election night? 
Or how about a presidential endorsed cookie recipe?  
This blog post is for you!

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Time to Make Some Caramel Corn!

Time to Make Some Caramel Corn! , October 2015, here.
My tried and true caramel corn recipe is here! 
This is the same recipe that we used (above) in the “Cooking with Gammy” section. :o)
Warning
, once you start munching on this yumminess, it is difficult to stop!  :o)

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Dracula!

Dracula!, October 2015, here.
It was fun seeing the original Dracula for the first time, and on the big screen,
and it provided a good excuse to gobble up some popcorn! :o)

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Autumn is the Mellow Time of Year

Autumn is the Mellow Time of Year, November 2014, here.
A scenic photo montage of scenes from my 2014 autumn.

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O-H-I-O

O-H-I-O, February 2016, here.
Northeast Ohio, including the recipe for The Lodge at Geneva’s delicious
Breakfast Pinched Redskin Potatoes

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Swapping Recipes Across the Big Pond

Swapping Recipes Across the Big PondMay 2020, here.
Testing out some recipes for my cookbook writing, blogging, fun penpal from England.

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May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!
Thank you for reading!

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IMG_5116This pair of scarecrows remind neighbors to “Wear your mask!”
when around others in public.  :O)

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Happy October!

October 8, 2020

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                                                             Enjoying an autumn walk.
(Okay, so to be honest, I actually took this selfie in late September.  :o))
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Happy October!

I bring you today’s blog post from the vantage point of my back deck, soaking up the splendor of this glorious autumn afternoon. I love fall, don’t you?  Why not pour yourself
a cup of tea/coffee (I love me some Barry’s Irish tea!), find yourself a cozy spot, and spend the next few minutes “chatting” with me about some of the fun stuff that makes autumn so awesome? 

From my back deck, I enjoy the glorious autumn afternoon.
My special It’s a Small World Cup is filled with my favorite
Barry’s Irish Tea. 😮

Spiderweb Brownies!!!!

I know, I know….if you regularly read my blog, you know that I have been in brownie mode, (…not ala mode, hee hee) as of late.  Having tried Oprah’s favorite brownie in my last post, and Katharine Hepburn’s brownie recipe in the post before that, I came to the conclusion that I still prefer the Ghirardelli mix variety (shown below).

I am a fan of brownies made from this Ghirardelli mix .

 But I had one more brownie recipe in my culinary bag of tricks. I just had to give this recipe a try for Halloween; that being the Spiderweb Brownie. (I found this recipe on Pinterest.  You can see the original recipe, here.) Let me tell you, this brownie is a good one, with, or without the cream cheese topping! This recipe is a keeper!

This recipe is a keeper!

 I felt a bit of a failure, though, in my presentation. Nailed it?  NOT!  My brownie’s cream cheese topping resembled a toxic spill more than a spiderweb, but fortunately that did not affect how deliciously rich and chocolatey it tasted.

A spiderweb?  Not so much. :o)

Most of the ingredients for the recipe are items that I usually have around, which makes this recipe a dangerous temptation when the craving for chocolate hits.  :o)

The ingredients mix up into a thick batter, and would be good as just brownies.  But the addition of the cream cheese top (the spider web) adds an additional bit of yumminess to this already delicious creation.

The batter is quite thick.

The Recipe

Spiderweb Brownies 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups sugar

3/4 cup  flour

3/4 cup cocoa powder

3/4 cup ( 1 1/2 sticks) (salted) butter

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
(I used Ghirardelli )

3 ounces cream cheese, softened
(I used the light variety)

1/4 cup  sugar

2 tablespoons milk

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325°F.
Grease an 8″ round cake pan.
Spread a little sugar on the bottom of the pan.

Melt 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter.
Allow to cool, setting aside.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together
1 1/2 cups sugar, 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup cocoa powder,
and 3/4 teaspoon salt.
Mix well.

Whisk in 3 eggs into the cooled melted butter until well blended.
Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir, by hand,
just until combined.
The batter will be thick.

Gently fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
Spread batter into the prepared pan.
Set aside.

Prepare the cream cheese mixture-
combine 3 ounces of softened cream cheese with 1/4 cup sugar and
2 tablespoons milk in a mixing bowl.
Using the whisk attachment, whip the cream cheese mixture until smooth and soft. (I used my hand blender with whisk attachment.)

Cut a small hole into the bottom corner of a quart sized plastic baggie, or use a decorator bag., and  scoop the cream cheese mixture into the bag. I used a small piping tip, but the hole in the corner of the bag should work well too. Pipe thin circles from the middle to the outside of the brownie batter.

Next, pipe thin lines from the middle of the pan out to the edge and across the circles, gently dragging the tip of the bag through the cream cheese circles as you go. Make these lines all the way around the pan.

Bake at 325°F for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck into the center comes out with dry crumbs on it.
Remove from the oven and let cool in pan for about 30 minutes.
Before removing from the pan, run a butter knife around the edge, gently lifting as you go to loosen from the bottom of the pan as well.
Gently turn out onto a parchment lined surface and invert onto a cooling rack so the spiderweb is facing up.
Allow to cool completely.
Enjoy!

Cooking with Gammy

Acorns (or D0ugh NUTS)

When “studying” squirrels on Gammy Day, these cute little “acorns” were the perfect accompanying snack to create!

Ingredients

Donut holes
(I used Entenmann’s Glazed Donut Pop’ems.)

Chocolate frosting
(I used Duncan Hines dark chocolate in the plastic tub.)

Mini chocolate chips

Stick pretzels-broken into thirds

Directions

Dip the top of the donut hole in chocolate frosting, or frost with a knife.

Dip/roll frosted end into the mini chocolate chips to coat.

Push in the 1/3 pretzel stick into the middle of the chocolate chip end, for a stem.

                                            2-3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins were another of my grandchildren’s kid-approved recipes.
(A friend of mine had suggested these, an old Weight Watcher recipe.)
Upon discussing these with my four grand girls, they excitedly shared that they had
recently enjoyed pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips from a local bakery.
So…this 2-ingredient recipe, became the 3-ingredient recipe that you see below.  :o)

Ingredients

1 Spice cake mix (about 15-18 ounces), any brand

1 small (15 ounce) can pumpkin

1/2-1 cup, or more, chocolate chips (optional)
( I use Ghirardelli dark chocolate)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Line a mini muffin pan with mini cupcake liners.
Spray with cooking spray.

Mix together the cake mix and the pumpkin with a spoon.
Stir in chocolate chips, if desired.
(We also placed one chocolate chip on top of each muffin prior to baking.)

Bake about 8 minutes, until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean.

Place muffins on wire rack to cool.

Owl Cookie Faces

The “study” of owls with my preschool granddaughters was made complete with the addition of these cute little owl faces that they created.  :o)

3 Chips Ahoy! cookies 
4 Oreo cookies
Canned frosting (I used Duncan Hines)
2 m&m’s
1 candy corn

Directions

Place 3 Chip Ahoy! cookies on a plate with two on top and one underneath,
placing the cookies top-down. (Refer to photos above.)
(Allowing the smooth flat part of the cookie, face up, for frosting.)

Frost all three cookies on the smooth flat side.

Twist apart two Oreos.  Using the half of the cookie with the cream, place
the Oreos onto two the frosted Chip Ahoy! cookies.
(Eat the remaining half of the Oreos. :o))

Place one m&m/eye in the center of the cream of each Oreo.

Place the candy corn/beak, point down, in the center of the bottom frosted cookie.

Made Me Smile :o)
Sharing things that put a smile on my face. :o)

Autumn Colors

My friend, Caralee, snapped this beautiful fall photo in her native Minnesota.
Thank you, Caralee, for allowing me to share it!

Happy Mail 

I received this nice surprise, in the form of this cute Murder She Wrote postcard, in the mail this week, from my British “pen pal”. :o). Jenny is currently working on a cookbook based on the classic TV show, Murder She Wrote.
You can read about the talented Ms. Jenny here and here.

In My Neighborhood

What fun it is to see my neighborhood all decked out for Halloween! :o)
In keeping with the Halloween theme, there are even some very old and very real tombstones. 

Frankenstein guards my neighbor’s front door.

A nod to Disney’s A Nightmare Before Christmas graces this neighbor’s lawn.

A mummy keeps watch over the neighborhood from this window.

Six very old tombstones go mostly unnoticed in my neighborhood.

                      I have been known to wave at “Ruth” as I pass by on my daily walk.  :o)

Mickey Mouse Jack-o-Lanterns
I love pulling out my Mickey Mouse jack-o-lantern trio each October!
They really do make me smile!  :o)

Related Posts
Halloween/October and Brownie Recipes from Previous Posts

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Halloween, Not-too Scary, Movie Watching FunOctober 2019, here.

Trick or Treat!, October 2018, here.

October!, October 2018, here.

Autumn in October: Young Frankenstein, a Not-So-Scary Halloween, and Pumpkin Cake…, October 2016, here.

A Halloween Movie/TV Show, October 2016, here.

Dracula!, October 2015, here.

Time to Make Some Carmel Corn!, October 2015, here.

Happy-Not-So-Very-Scary-Halloween, October 2013, here.

Fat Witch Brownies

Fat Witch Brownies, September 2020, here.
The recipe for Oprah’s pick for her favorite brownie is here, courtesy of this brownie-filled New York bakery.

Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies

Katharine Hepburn’s (Movie Star)BrowniesAugust 2020, here.
A recipe from the star herself.  These brownies are chocolate deliciousness.

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Cape Cod Brownies

Lobsters and Clam Chowder and Birthday Cakes, Oh My!, May 2019, here.
This recipe is similar to the Katharine Hepburn recipe (above),
except Hepburn’s uses unsalted butter and 1/2 cup cocoa,
instead of the regular butter and 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate
that are called for in this Cape Cod variety.

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Brownie Hearts

Love and Chocolate, February 2018, here.
A heart-shaped cookie cutter help turn these brownies into a tasty Valentine treat.

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Ghirardelli Brownies with Aunt Liz’s Glossy Chocolate Frosting

Chicken and Dumplings & Ma and Pa Kettle, September 2014, here.This post includes my aunt’s recipe for the perfect brownie frosting.

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May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!
Thank you for reading!

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I giggled when I stumbled upon this nod to Star Trek on a recent walk.  :O)

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Fat Witch Brownies

September 15, 2020

Fat Witch Brownies

My copy of the Fat Witch Brownies cookbook
The fun British sign in the background always makes me smile.  :o)


Brownies!  Seems that I have had brownies on the brain, lately! :o).  My previous
post, in August, explored the delicious chocolate brownie creation of classic film legend, Katharine Hepburn, here.  Today, I share with you, yet, another brownie recipe. This one, a favorite of Oprah‘s, is called the Fat Witch Brownie , and it hails from the Fat Witch Bakery in New York.
(Check out my post on Oprah’s pick for the best crab cake, here.)

In 2017, I enjoyed Oprah’s favorite crab cake.  Yum!
You can read about that taste test experience, here.

I baked up this Fat Witch batch with the highest of hopes.  Although chocolatey, I still found that my brownie allegiance lies with the Ghirardelli variety.
(I use the Ghirardelli mix, as it results in the taste and texture of the “from scratch” brownie, but can be whipped up in mere minutes .)  If you care to give the Fat Witch brownie a try, the recipe is below. 

The Recipe

Scope out your pantry, and I am guessing that you may already have most of the  ingredients needed for this recipe. I did, except for the unsalted butter.
A 9 x 9 baking pan is needed for baking these.

Fat Witch Brownies
Oprah’s Favorite Brownies

Ingredients 

14 Tablespoons (1 +3/4 sticks) unsalted butter

1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons (Ghirardelli 60% cocoa) bittersweet chocolate chips

1+1/4 cup sugar

4 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla 

1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons unbleached flour

Pinch/Dash of salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease 9 x 9 inch baking dish with butter, and dust with flour, tapping out the excess.

Melt butter and chocolate slowly in microwave, or in small saucepan over low heat.
Stir frequently.
Set aside.  Let cool.

Cream sugar, eggs, and vanilla together.
Add cooled chocolate/butter mixture, mixing well, until blended.

Measure flour and salt.  Sift together directly in to the chocolate mixture.
Mix batter gently, just until no trace of dry ingredients remain.
Do not over-mix.

Spread batter evenly in the prepared baking pan.

Bake for 33 minutes, or till a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, or with only crumbs, not batter, on it.

Remove from oven.  Cool on rack for one hour.

Cut just before serving.

Makes about 12 brownies.

Cooking with Gammy

This antique plug-in toy oven was a precursor of the Easy Bake Oven. :o)

Like many of you, I have been blessed with wonderful (children and) grandchildren.  I love passing on the joy of cooking to my “grands”.  Here are a couple of kid-approved recipes that I have enjoyed using (below), that you can share with your own family members.

Oreo Ice Cream Dessert

This recipe came from one of my fourth grade students many years ago.
It is a keeper.  You will find the recipe on this earlier blog post, here.

Easy S’mores

When some of my “grands” wanted to make s’mores at my house.
Their mother (my smart daughter in-law) suggested this easy recipe!

Ingredients

2 Keebler Fudge Stripes cookies

1 large marshmallow

Directions

Place one Keebler Fudge Stripes cookie, chocolate side up.
Place one large marshmallow on top of the cookie.
Place the other cookie, chocolate side down, on top of the marshmallow.
Microwave about 12 seconds in the microwave, or until the marshmallow is melted.

Made Me Smile :o)
Sharing things that put a smile on my face. :o)

Teacher Smiles

 While on my morning walk, I wave to my neighbor, Katya,
as she teaches her students virtually from home.

Nature Walk

What an enjoyable time with a dear friend, as we
(at a social distance)
chatted and strolled through a pretty garden filled with native plantings.

Pretty purple posies in the native garden.

Baseball

Okay, my family are true Cleveland Indian fans,
but when my friend, Karla, sent me the link to join her Detroit Tigers
(her husband is the Tiger’s chaplain) on Sunday night for Home Plate,
I decided to take a peek.  What an encouraging hour. :o)
Click on the on the arrow above.
For previous Home Plate events, click here.

Other Related Posts, including Brownie Recipes from Previous Posts

 I would love to hear your brownie assessment,
if you give any of these recipes (below) a try!

Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies

Katharine Hepburn’s (Movie Star)BrowniesAugust 2020, here.
A recipe from the star herself.  These brownies are chocolate deliciousness.

Cape Cod Brownies

Lobsters and Clam Chowder and Birthday Cakes, Oh My!, May 2019, here.
This recipe is similar to the Katharine Hepburn recipe (above),
except Hepburn’s uses unsalted butter and 1/2 cup cocoa,
instead of the regular butter and 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate
that are called for in this Cape Cod variety.

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Brownie Hearts

Love and Chocolate, February 2018, here.
A heart-shaped cookie cutter help turn these brownies into a tasty Valentine treat.

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Ghirardelli Brownies with Aunt Liz’s Glossy Chocolate Frosting

Chicken and Dumplings & Ma and Pa Kettle, September 2014, here.
This post includes my aunt’s recipe for the perfect brownie frosting.

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May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!
Thank you for reading!

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I love it when my grandchildren fill my driveway with their
whimsical chalk drawings.  :o)

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Katharine Hepburn’s (Movie Star) Brownies

 

August 22, 2020

Katharine Hepburn’s (Movie Star) Brownies

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Wearing my movie star “shades” in honor of the fudgy, chocolatey
Katharine Hepburn Brownie.

Chocolate brownies and classic movie stars have the leads in today’s blog post.  What’s not to like about this tantalizing duo, right? Today’s brownie recipe originated with screen legend, Katharine Hepburn. But before we find ourselves surrounded by these brownies of chocolate yumminess, please, allow me to regale you with a story of old…

Hooray for Hollywood!

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I loved the historic Hollywood Costume exhibition in Los Angeles,
presented by the Academy and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum,
February 2015

Read more about this fun-filled mother/daughter L.A. trip, here,
and see a brief glimpse of the glittering Hollywood Costume exhibit, here.

Do you remember the first movie that you ever saw in a theatre?  I do!
I was five, and spending the week with my grandparents. They took me to see Disney’s
Son of Flubber (1963) [the sequel to The Absent-minded Professor (1961)], starring
Fred MacMurray.  I was completely carried away by this family sci-fi fantasy, complete with Flubbergas and crazy college football players.  Thus, began my love of the movies (and television), especially the classic variety.

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My first movie viewing in a theatre was of Disney’s
Son of Flubber (1963), starring Fred MacMurray.
(Isn’t Charlie, the dog, cute?)

As a child, I came to love the glamour and beauty of the actors and actresses upon the screen, clad in various costumes, shown in an array of locales, and accompanied by magical stories. I became enamored with Hollywood’s charm.  My young self (We are talking around second grade, here.) was also drawn to the amazingly good looks of many of the leading men in the movies/TV, and resulted in my first childhood crushes.  Batman/Adam West, Gilligan’s Island’s The Professor/ Russell Johnson, and Elvis Presley caught my young eye. To this day, I love classic movie and TV, and am still a fan of the trio above. :o)

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My early childhood crushes were Batman/Adam West,
Gilligan Island’s The Professor/
Russell Johnson, and Elvis Presley.
(See the “Elvis” at the bottom of this post.)

Katharine Hepburn in the Movies

One of the undisputed queens of classic movies is Katharine Hepburn.  Do you have a favorite Katharine Hepburn film?  If you are not familiar with Katharine Hepburn’s work, I suggest the following four films:

Desk Set (1957)
Philadelphia Story (1940)
Adam’s Rib (1949)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)

I am partial to comedies, and lighter-fare, and all four of these classics are enjoyably entertaining. (The second and third on this list, are currently streaming on HBO Max.)
If you decide to watch one of these movie gems, let me know what you think in the comments!

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My four favorite Katharine Hepburn films.

 

Katharine Hepburn in the Kitchen

According to a PBS article, here, Katharine Hepburn’s brownie recipe originally appeared in a 2003 article in the New York Times.  The recipe comes from a family friend, who had once presented Hepburn with a batch of their own brownies.  Upon tasting them, the star remarked that the gifted brownies were made with too much flour, and proceeded to give the friend her own brownie recipe.  That recipe is below.

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Today’s brownie recipe comes from screen legend, Katharine Hepburn.

Recipe

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Katharine Hepburn’s (Movie Star) Brownies

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Ingredients

½ cup unsweetened cocoa

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
(I used salted, because that is what I had.)

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon vanilla

Pinch of salt

1 cup roughly chopped walnuts or pecans
(I used about 1/4 cup chopped pecans.)

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Butter an 8-inch square pan.

Melt butter with the cocoa in a heavy saucepan over medium-low,
whisking constantly till blended.

Remove from heat and stir in the sugar.
Whisk in the eggs and vanilla.

Stir in flour, salt and pecans. Mix well.

Pour into a buttered 8-inch square baking pan. (Mine is glass.)

Bake at 325 degrees for about 35-40 minutes till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool completely and cut into squares.

Makes about 12 brownies.

Enjoy!

Fresh From the Oven

As much as I enjoyed Katharine Hepburn’s brownies, and the various others that I have made over the years (see those below), my favorite brownies continue to be
Ghirardelli’s Dark Chocolate Brownies.  I have baked these from scratch in the past,
but to be honest, the mix-made brownies tastes just as good as those made from scratch, and are a whole lot easier.  I top these brownies with a half batch of my
Aunt Liz’s Glossy Chocolate Frosting.  The recipe for this frosting is
here.

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I love these brownies!

 

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My favorite brownies continue to be these
Ghirardelli’s Dark Chocolate Brownies.

 

Made Me Smile :o)

Sharing things that have put a smile on my face. :o)

One of the many joys of being a grandparent/gammy are the occasional portraits that they create of you!  :o)

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I love these portraits that my granddaughters created!!!

 

Other Related Posts, including Brownie Recipes from Previous Posts

 

Meeting Dick Van Dyke

Thank you, Dick Van Dyke!, July 2013, here.
Read my childhood story about getting Dick Van Dyke’s autograph.

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Cape Cod Brownies 

Lobsters and Clam Chowder and Birthday Cakes, Oh My!, May 2019, here.
This recipe is similar to the Katharine Hepburn recipe (above),
except Hepburn’s uses unsalted butter and 1/2 cup cocoa,
instead of the regular butter and 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate
that are called for in this Cape Cod variety.

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Brownie Hearts

Love and Chocolate, February 2018, here.
A heart-shaped cookie cutter help turn these brownies into a tasty Valentine treat.

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Ghirardelli Brownies with Aunt Liz’s Glossy Chocolate Frosting

Chicken and Dumplings & Ma and Pa Kettle, September 2014, here.
This post includes my aunt’s recipe for the perfect brownie frosting.

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May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!
Thank you for reading!

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or you can “search” a topic in the Archives sections, in the upper right-hand side.
I have been blogging since 2013, so there are plenty of posts to choose from!

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Just like archaeologist Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark), I recently “excavated” this concert ticket from a box of personal memorabilia.

Read more about that memorable concert, and Elvis, here.

 

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Rice Krispie Treats, The All-American Snack

 

Made Me Smile :o)

Sharing, with you, a few things that made me smile over the past few weeks. :o)

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LOVE!

Bursting at the seems here, to share this happy news!  Our youngest son and his girlfriend surprised us with a phone call the other night, announcing their engagement!  :o). He and his fiancé graduated from high school in the same class, but only began dating a couple of years ago. The wedding is scheduled for next year. :o)

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The LOVE sculpture, by Robert Indiana
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
May 2018
To see a few more of this garden’s sculptures, check out my 2015 blog post, here.

The Three Musketeers

This cute trio of furry friends peer out my son’s front window.

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Thanks to my son’s fiancé for this sharing this sweet photo. :o)

Peanut Butter Cups

I was tickled when my friend, Michelle, sent me this photo of her Peanut Butter Cups made from the recipe seen in my last blog post.  It is always brings a smile to my face when my readers enjoy one of my recipes!  Michelle’s peanut butter cups look so pretty! (She says that their pretty shape is thanks to her silicon muffin tin from Target.)
Don’t you love her serving tray?!

Thanks for sharing, Michelle!

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For this Peanut Butter Cup recipe, go here.

 

Enjoy These Past 4th of July Posts

A Yankee Doodle Hilton Head Family Reunion, July 2019, here.
This post is a “photo album” of our family get-together in Hilton Head.

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Minnesota nice=a very nice family reunion, July 2018, here.
This post is a “photo album” of our family get-together in Minnesota.

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Summers Musings, August 2018, here.
More 4th of July photos in this post.

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4th of July!, July 2013, here.
This blog post features three recipe for 4th of July:
Fried Chicken, Potato Salad, and Easy Oreo Dessert.

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Thank you for reading!
May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!
Happy 4th of July!

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A patriotic fruit tray for breakfast on July 4, 2019.
Happy 4th of July!

 

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Christmas Cheer!

May 27, 2020

Christmas Cheer!

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In honor of Christmas, I share this quick goodie/recipe with you.
Two-ingredient Peanut Butter Cup, served up on my grandmother’s special “Christmas Plate”.  :o)

Merry Christmas to you, my friends!
I know!  I know!  Yes, my calendar DOES read May 27, but my heart longs for some good ol’ Christmas cheer right now!

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 Our Local Christmas Tree Lot
December 2013

Apparently, I am not alone in feeling that the world needs a dose of Christmas spirit these days. Recent news articles have focused Christmas lights decorating houses this spring, adding a note of happiness to this unusual (Covid-19) time.
(Read about the Christmas lights, here, and here.)

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The National Christmas Tree
December 2008

Rather than decorating my own house in Christmas splendor this spring,  I, instead, have been putting on a few classic Christmas movies to add to my Christmas joy.  (To be honest, it is just an excuse to break out a few of my Christmas favorites, a bit early.  :o))

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A few of my Christmas DVD’s, ready for spring viewing.
By the way, Turner Classic Movies is showing the Christmas classic 
It Happened on 5th Avenue, starring Don DeFore,
on Thursday, May 28 at 9:30 am EST.

 

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Copy/screen shot and print this free Christmas printable.
A Charlie Brown Christmas

It’s Gonna Be a Hot, Hot Christmas!

Just one listen of the peppy and catchy “It’s Gonna Be a Hot, Hot Christmas”, and you will be in the Christmas frame of mind, no matter what the time of year!  When I contacted my friend Lisa about sharing her Christmas music video in this blog, she gave me her blessing, remarking, “We need a little Christmas!” Give it a look by clicking on the photo below, and you’re sure to be smiling and singing the rest of the day!  :o) (Thanks, Lisa!)

“It’s Gonna Be a Hot, Hot Christmas”
Performed by Lisa Donahey
From her Holiday Album “Christmas in Our Soul.”
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE LISA’S ALBUM —
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/lisadonahey3

(Two-ingredient) Peanut Butter Cups

This recipe is a recent acquisition to my recipe “box”.  My son in-law created this chocolatey recipe!  This chocolate treat is sure to be added to my Christmas goodie list this year, as it is easy and yummy, requiring only two ingredients: chocolate chips and peanut butter!

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This chocolate treat requires only two ingredients:
chocolate chips and peanut butter!

I used a mini-muffin tins for my peanut butter cups.  For the peanut butter filling, I used a small scoop (18/10?), that is about one inch across.

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I used a mini-muffin pan for my peanut butter cups.  
For the peanut butter filling, I used a small scoop.

Making my first batch of these yummies, I did not have any mini-cupcake liners, which made releasing them from the muffin tins a challenge.  I highly recommend using the mini-cupcake liners!

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Use mini-cupcake liners when preparing these peanut butter cups.

 

Recipe

(Two-ingredient) Peanut Butter Cups

Makes about 6

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Ingredients

Approx. 1 (heaping cup), Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips, 60% cocoa
(Other varieties may be used, if desired)

Approx. 1/2 cup, Peanut butter
I use natural, and the chunky variety.

(You can make your own peanut butter, here.)

Directions

Place mini-cupcake liners into mini-muffin tins.

Melt chocolate chips in microwave.
( 30 second intervals, stirring after each 30 seconds.)

Place enough melted chocolate on the bottom of the mini-cupcake liner,
to amply cover the bottom.

Place a small scoop of peanut butter in center of the melted chocolate.

Cover the peanut butter with chocolate,
making sure that the peanut butter is completely covered.

Place in refrigerator until set, about an hour.

Remove peanut butter cups from tin.

Enjoy!

Made Me Smile :o)

Here are a few smile-worthy items that caught my eye,
and I am sharing these smiles with you! :o)

Computer Kitty

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Meet my Instagram friend’s cute and cuddly kitty, W. Schmidt.
He even has own Instagram!
@schmidtty_the_kitty

Gentleman Farmer

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My eldest son harvested these colorful banana peppers from his
backyard garden last week.

A Morning Visitor

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Looking out my back window, the other morning,
I spied this pretty visitor two-doors down.

See These Christmas (and other) Posts from Years Past!

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Counting the Days Till Christmas, 2013, here.
(This blog post features Christmas movies, and my recipe for yummy
Peanut Clusters).

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Christmas in Black and White, 2014, here.
(This blog post shares my favorite Christmas-related movies,
and my recipe for Christmas Eve Stew.)

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Procrastination and Merry Christmas!, 2015, here.
(This blog post includes my write-up for “Miracle on 34th Street”).

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A “Christmas Story” Christmas, 2016, here.
(This blog post features my write-up for “The Christmas Story”, the “A Christmas Story” Museum’s acquisition of Ralphie’s rifle, and my recipe for Christmas Trash).

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It’s Christmas Time!  Enjoy These Often-missed Yuletide Movies, 2017, here.
(This blog post shares more favorite Christmas-related movies.)

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What’s Slumgullion?!, 2018, here.
(This blog post has my recipe for S
lumgullion“, a dish featured in the
Christmas film, “It Happened on 5th Avenue”).

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Growing Up in Disneyland:  A Conversation with author, Ron DeFore, 2019, here.
(This blog post discusses the lives of actor Don Defore (Star of the film “It Happened on 5th Avenue) and his son, Ron DeFore, and includes a recipe for Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbecue Sauce of Frontierland, Disneyland.)

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Happy Bacon, Happy New Year!, 2018, here
(This blog post shares my New Year’s Eve movie picks, and the recipe for
Million Dollar Bacon.)

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Peanut Butter and Elvis, 2014, here.
(This blog posts includes instructions for making peanut butter at home.)

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Looking for something upbeat to read?

I have been blogging for seven years, and have over 150 positive posts available to read!
Check them out in the archives section on the right-hand side of I’m Annette, here.

Keep Staying Safe, Keep Social Distancing,
and Keep Washing Those Hands!

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Various junior chalk artists decorate driveways in my neighborhood.
Note the “Stay Safe” message in the top photo. :o)

Thank you for reading!
May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!
Stay safe, and Merry Christmas! :o)

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I’m Annette Stuff

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Look for my next post on, or around,
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These Irises are currently in full-bloom in my flowerbed. :o)

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Did Someone Say Chocolate Chip Cookies?!

May 12, 2020

Did Someone Say Chocolate Chip Cookies?!

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Ready to try out a homemade Hilton’s Double Tree‘s Chocolate Chip Cookie

Thank you, Ruth Wakefield!
Thank you for one of America’s greatest, and tastiest, inventions: the yummy, -ooey, gooey chocolate chip cookie!  You made the world a much sweeter place! (Yes,
that was a pun.)
Read more about the creation of the chocolate chip cookie, here and  here.

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Ruth Wakefield made the world a sweeter place!
(This heart-shaped chocolate chipper was made with my grandmother’s recipe, here.

As hard as it is to believe,  I have actually met several individuals who do not embrace my enthusiasm for the delectable chocolate chip cookie!  I know, who are these people, and from what planet have they arrived?!

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Who are these people who do not like chocolate chip cookies,
and from what planet have they arrived?!
Photo courtesy of my son.  Thanks!

My love of chocolate chip cookies can be traced back to my earliest of years.  I remember my mom, a great cook, mixing up that yummy batter, allowing me to lick the bowl (before the threat of salmonella loomed so large), and then enjoying the finished product afterwards, fresh out of the oven with a glass of cold milk.

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My mom, my earliest supplier of yummy chocolate chip cookies,
observes my youthful equestrian skills.
1961?

My grandma, another great cook, also figures into my personal chocolate chip cookie history, always having a repurposed family-sized coffee can filled with her homemade chocolate chip gems, stored in her chest-style deep freeze on the service porch.
(These were often served with a cup of piping hot tea.)
To this day, I prefer my chocolate chip cookies cold (or even slightly frozen) with the chocolate morsels in a cool, solid-state, encased in a chewy cookie.
(I enjoy most of my chocolate cold: chocolate chips, chocolate bars, chocolate candy…)

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My grandma and grandpa on their beloved Iowa farm.
1985?

I have baked numerous chocolate chip recipes over the years, including
the Nestle’s Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie,
Laura Bush’s Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies,
my sister’s Iowa Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies,
and various friend’s chocolate chip cookie recipes.
I also made many feeble attempts at recreating
Walt Disney World’s Epcot, The Land, Farmers Market Chocolate Chip Cookies, where the dough is shaped into “log” form, chilled, and then cut into slices before baking.  These NEVER ever turned out!  :o(
While all were yummy, except the latter, I always find my way back to
my grandma’s chocolate chip cookie recipe (here).
BUT when I saw that the Hilton Double Tree had finally decided to share the recipe for their iconic chocolate chip cookie with the public, I just had to give it a try!

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I remember WDW’s Epcot The Land, Farmers Market Chocolate Chip Cookies as being very good, but my attempt at recreating this recipe at home has never had positive results.  :o(

 

Hilton’s Double Tree‘s Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

A warm chocolate chip cookie can’t solve everything,
but it can bring a moment of comfort and happiness.

Shawn McAteer

Senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton

Warm chocolate chip cookies are a trademark of Hilton’s Double Tree hotels, greatly appreciated (and devoured) by guests upon their arrival.  Their recipe had been a carefully guarded secret until last month.  In the spirit of goodwill, during these Covid-19 times, Hilton Double Tree has shared their recipe for the first time, stating, “We hope families enjoy the fun of baking together during their time at home.”.  Thank you, Hilton Double Tree!  I just baked these goodies , and they are yummy (especially after a little cooling time in the refrigerator)!

I prepared this recipe fairly closely to how it was written, minus the walnuts.  My changes are written in parentheses.

You can find the original recipe here.

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My Hilton’s Double Tree‘s Chocolate Chip Cookie


Let’s Bake Cookies!

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I keep the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies on hand,
so when the mood hits…
Hilton’s Double Treerecipe requires a new ingredient, lemon juice!

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Freshly made Hilton’s Double Tree‘s Chocolate Chip Cookies! Yum!

 

Recipe

Hilton DoubleTree Signature Cookie Recipe

https://newsroom.hilton.com/static-doubletree-reveals-cookie-recipe.htm

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Makes 26 cookies

Ingredients

½ pound butter, softened (2 sticks)

¾ cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

¾ cup packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 ¼ cups flour

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Pinch cinnamon
(very small pinch)

2 2/3 cups Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips
(I used Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips, 60% cocoa)

1 3/4 cups chopped walnuts
(I skipped these)

Directions

Preheat oven to 300°F.

Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes.

Add eggs, vanilla and lemon juice, blending with mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, then medium speed for about 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy, scraping down bowl.

With mixer on low speed, add flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, blending for about 45 seconds.
Don’t overmix.

Remove bowl from mixer and stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.

Portion dough with a scoop (about 3 tablespoons) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart.

(Preheat oven to 300°F, if you have not already done so.)
Bake for 20 to 23 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and center is still soft.

Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet for about 1 hour.

Cook’s note:
You can freeze the unbaked cookies, and there’s no need to thaw.
Preheat oven to 300°F and place frozen cookies on parchment paper-lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
Bake until edges are golden brown and center is still soft.

Annette’s Notes-
These were good!

Enjoy!

Made Me Smile :o)

Here are a few items that made me smile this week.
I love sharing these smiles with you. :o)

Baby Manatees

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Manatee photo taken at Walt Disney World
April 2019

I melted when I recently saw this short video, from 2019, about the caring of rescued baby manatees. Awww….  See it, here.

Does anyone else immediately start humming the Veggie Tales’ Silly Song, “Endangered Love” aka Barbara Manatee (2000) when thinking about manatees? :o)  Watch that, here.

Irises

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This past week my favorite flower, the Iris, has begun to brilliantly bloom in my yard, and in the neighborhood.

 

Previous Cookie-Related Blog Posts

Chocolate Chip Cookies (2013), here.

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A New Stove and Disney Peanut Butter Cookies (2016), here.

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The Flavors of Fall (2018), here.

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The Leaning Tower of Eggplant (2019), here.

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Stay in, stay safe and keep washing those hands!

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You may be climbing the walls (or the screen door, like this athletic kitty)
to get out of the house, but remember that we are all staying home to keep safe
and to keep others safe. :o)

Thank you for reading!
May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!
Stay safe,

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A purple Allium blooms in my flower garden.

 

 

 

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Swapping Recipes Across “The Big Pond”

May 1, 2020

Swapping Recipes Across “The Big Pond”

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Sampling my Johnny Depp Tuna Sandwich.
Read about my Union Jack cap, purchased in London, here.

I love recipes!  I even read cookbooks just for fun!  I also have a penchant for watching light-hearted classic movies, and enjoy reading about the actors who star in them.  Thus explains my connection with my online blogging “pen pal”, Jenny, who lives across the “big pond”(That’s the Atlantic Ocean.) in England. :o)

My “Pen pal”

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Jenny poses with her star-studded cookbook,  Cooking with Columbo,
published in 2018.
Read my 2018 guest blog post about Jenny, here.

Jenny is a happy whirlwind of activity.  She is currently in the process of authoring not just one, but two new cookbooks!  One cookbook features the recipes of the cast and guest stars of the mystery crime drama, Murder She Wrote (1984-1996), starring
Angela Lansbury. 

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Jenny’s recent photo featuring her pair of cute Murder She Wrote  cups.

Jenny is also co-authoring a cookbook with Peter Fuller entitled,
The Vincent Price Co*Star Cookbook, featuring 100 movie star recipes and
50 Vincent Price films.

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Jenny’s photo (above) encourages readers (including you) to join her taste tests.
Testing information for the Vincent Price cookbook, here
Testing information for the Murder She Wrote cookbook, here.

The Wedding

In addition to her busy schedule, last month Jenny got married!  Despite the obstacles that the recent COVID-19 presented to her nuptials, it looks like that it was a beautiful day.

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The Wedding Couple
March 20, 2020
See more photos of Jenny’s wedding, here.

On Jenny’s blog silverscreensuppers.com, she invites her blog followers to assist in testing out recipes for her upcoming cookbooks. I decided that I was up for the challenge. To celebrate Jenny’s recent wedding, I volunteered to cook and test out three recipes. :o).  I feel honored that she mentioned me in her blog email (see below).

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Test Cooking

Elliott Gould’s Western Omelet Supreme

Who doesn’t love a good omelet?  Mash star Elliot Gould’s omelet, filled with ham, cheese, and veggies, does not disappoint. I did substitute some items that I already had in my pantry and fridge, and made a few minor cooking changes.  My changes are noted in the parentheses.

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Gather the ingredients needed for Elliott Gould’s Western Omelet Supreme.

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Add cheese on half of the cooked omelet just prior to folding in half.

Recipe

Elliott Gould’s Western Omelet Supreme

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Ingredients

1/2 cup scallion, chopped
(I used yellow onion)

1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
( I used red bell pepper)

5 Tablespoons butter

1 cup canned corn, drained
(I used all of a 8.5 ounce can)

3/4 cup ham, diced
(I used an entire 8 oz. package of Hormel Natural Choice Honey Deli Ham)

8 eggs

1/2 cup milk
(I used skim milk)

1/2 teaspoon salt
(I used much less)

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
(I used less)

soft cheese [mozzarella or American]-optional
(I used cheddar)

2 large beefsteak tomatoes
(I did not use these)

French bread loaf, cut in thick slices
(I did not use this)

Directions

  1.  Brown onion and bell pepper in butter:
    add corn and ham.
    Keep turning with spatula:  Browning lightly.
  2. Remove to warm place (save for step #5).  Save skillet.
  3. Beat together eggs, milk, salt and pepper.
  4. Using same skillet as above, heat skillet:
    pour in egg mixture.
  5. As soon as eggs start to set, spread the ham-vegetable mixture on top.
    (Put on lid while cooking.)
    (Watch carefully.  Beware of getting the bottom too done.)
    (Once cooked, I added cheese, to the top of half of the omelet.)
  6. Loosen edge of eggs with spatula and carefully fold omelet in half.
    Slide onto serving platter.
    (I would recommend scooting the platter, or a plate, under the omelet to remove it from the pan.)

Note:  If skillet is not large enough for 8 eggs, divide egg and vegetable mixtures in half and use two skillets.
Vegetables can be varied, adding chopped tomatoes, diced boiled potatoes, or peas.

Enjoy!

Top Gunn Quick Margarita Chicken
(I call this “Peter Gunn Chicken”)

To be honest, I am not sure that I have ever seen an episode of the TV classic
Peter Gunn (1958-1961) , starring Craig Stevens.  But that Henry Mancini theme song is indelibly imprinted on my brain; the result of hearing this catchy tune performed by various high school bands at numerous high school school athletics over my lifetime. Listen to the Peter Gunn theme at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oysMt8iL9UE.  Warning, upon hearing this little ditty, you may not be able to to get it out of your head! :o)

My hubby and I enjoyed this Craig Steven’s recipe for Quick Margarita Chicken.  Again, I did substitute some items that I already had in my pantry and fridge. My changes are noted in the parentheses.  Although, the original recipe calls for cooking this in the microwave, I believe that putting this in the oven would work better, and have written this recipe accordingly.

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Top Gunn Quick Margarita Chicken ingredients

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Top Gunn Quick Margarita Chicken just out of the oven.

Recipe

Top Gunn Quick Margarita Chicken

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Ingredients

2 Tablespoons corn oil
(I used vegetable oil)

2 Tablespoons lime juice
(I used Nellie & Joes Famous Key West Lime Juice)

1 teaspoon honey

4 boneless, skinless (thin) chicken breast halves
(I cut mine horizontally, as they were thick)

1 cup finely crushed tortilla chips

1-14.5 ounce can mild salsa
(I used half of a 1 lb. 8 oz bottle of medium, thick & chunky salsa)

 

1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese 
(I used about 1 cup of cheddar)

Cilantro springs
( I did not use this)

Lime wedges

(Rice, or Riced Cauliflower, I used the latter)

(PAM cooking spray)

Directions

(Preheat oven to 350 degrees.)

Mix the first three ingredients together: corn oil, lime juice, honey.

Brush the chicken breasts with the three-ingredient mixture,
then roll in tortilla chip crumbs to coat.

Spray baking dish with cooking spray, and arrange chicken in single layer in baking dish.

Annette’s Guesstimate on baking this,
as I followed the microwave directions when preparing this.

Bake in oven, uncovered at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes, making sure that the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

Pour warmed salsa over chicken, and top with shredded cheese.

Once cheese has melted, remove from oven.

Serve over prepared rice, or cooked riced cauliflower.

 (I had some leftover fried onions in a package, so I sprinkled those on top when serving.) 

Annette’s notes-Next time I may used a flavored tortilla chip, like Doritos, for added flavor.

Enjoy!

Tuna Fish and Corn?!

A couple of years ago, a Rolling Stones Magazine article on Johnny Depp included a mention of Depp’s love for “tuna fish and corn sandwiches“.  As odd as that may sound to my American palate, this combo is quite popular in Britian (Depp was dining on this sandwich combo in London, at the time.).  Another English fave that leaves American’s scratching their heads is beans on toast for breakfast!

 

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An English fave that leaves American’s s scratching their heads is beans on toast for breakfast. I tried them, but was not a fan.  I loved the mushrooms, though!
England, September 2013

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A pirate (and Johnny Depp look-alike) posed with me in 2011 for this photo.  Savannah’s The Pirate’s House restaurant.
April 2011

Johnny Depp Tuna Fish and Corn Sandwich,
(Using Vincent Price’s Mexican Creamed Corn),
AKA “
The Johnny Depp Tuna Sandwich”

When choosing this recipe to test, I thought that a tuna fish sandwich sounded fun.  I was a bit taken aback when the recipe arrived, instructing my to use Vincent Price’s Mexican Creamed Corn as part of the ingredients. But you know what?  It was good! Really!

I did substitute some items that I already had in my pantry and fridge, and I made a smaller batch of the corn.  My changes are noted in the parentheses.

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The ingredients that I used in my Johnny Depp Tuna Sandwich.

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Cooking up Vincent Price’s Mexican Creamed Corn.

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Not having any bread on hand, I used tasty Dare’s Whole Grain Crackers.

Recipe

Johnny Depp Tuna Fish and Corn Sandwich,
Using Vincent Price’s Mexican Creamed Corn

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Ingredients

For Mexican Creamed Corn

4 Tablespoons butter
(1 Tablespoon)

1 medim onion, chopped
(1/4 onion)

1 clove of garlic, crushed
(I did not use any)

8 ears of fresh corn on the cob, and cut off corn
(I used 2-15.25 oz cans of whole kernel corn)

4 chillies poblanos, thinly sliced
(I did not use any)

1/2 teaspoon salt
(I used a sprinkle)

3/4 cup Swiss or Muenster cheese, diced
( I used a heaping 1/4 cup of Swiss)

To Assemble

1 Package tuna
( I used Tuna Creations Hot Buffalo Style, because that is what I had)

Small amount of Corn mixture

1-2 Tablespoon Light Mayonnaise

Salt-optional

Freshly Ground Pepper

Bread, or Crackers

Directions 

Melt butter in a large saucepan.
Add onion and garlic and sauce until onion is lightly browned.
Then, add corn kernels, the chillies, salt, and cheese.

Cover with tea towel (making sure that it does not touch burner),
and cook over low heat , stirring occasionally for 30 minutes.

Assemble

Mix tuna, Mexican creamed corn, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper.
Spread on bread, or crackers.

Enjoy!

Made Me Smile :o)

Here are a few items that made me smile this week.
I love sharing these smiles with you. :o)

Birthdays and Donuts

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Birthdays and donuts are two of life’s little pleasures! :o)
My grand daughter’s third birthday.

Dozing Doggie

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My daughter’s dog actually sleeps this way!!!!!  :o)

Previous Related Blog Posts

Be My Guest, My Guest Blogger, That Is! (2018), here.

A February Day-Trip to Savannah, (2020), here.

April fools! (2020), here.

Yippee-Ki-Yi-Yppie-Kai-Yay, A Tasty Way To-Celebrate Cowboy Day and A Cowboy-Cookbook Give Away, (2018), here.

Summer’s Musings, (2018), here.

A Bonanza of a Recipe, (2019), here.

 

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