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Dec 19 15

Lillian’s Date Drop Cookies

by Lori

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I found this recipe today just as I was about to begin my holiday cookie baking. It was hand written on a small piece of notebook paper tucked in the Betty Crocker Cooky Book Ken’s Great Aunt Dee had given me a couple of years ago. The book had belonged to her mother, Lillian.
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Nov 29 15

Ada’s Apricot Pie

by Lori

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Ada was Ken’s great great grandmother, and she is fondly remembered for her love of pies. This pie recipe of Ada’s was given to me by Ken’s mom, in a family recipe book she created for me several Christmases ago. I was still learning to cook and bake at the time, and remember vividly how intimidated I felt when I first read one of the pie recipes in this book. The first step was simply, “Make pie crust,” with no instructions as to how. I had no clue where to start.

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Nov 29 15

Connie’s Pie Crust

by Lori

2 cups flour
1 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt

Instructions:
Mix together flour and salt. Cut in shortening. Stir in milk. Separate into two piles, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill before rolling.

Makes two crusts.

Nov 29 15

Roddie’s Pie Crust

by Lori

1 cup lard
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
ice water (about 1/2 cup)

Instructions:
Mix together flour and salt. Cut in lard. Stir in water. Separate into two piles, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill before rolling.

Makes two crusts.

Nov 29 15

Ada’s Pie Crust

by Lori

1# lard (or 2 cups)
1/4# Imperial (or 1/2 cup unsalted butter)
5 cups flour
salt (about 1 teaspoon)
ice water (about 1/2 cup)

Instructions:
Mix together flour and salt. Cut in lard and butter. Stir in water. Separate into two piles, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill before rolling.

Makes four crusts.

Oct 28 15

Cinnamon Apple Galette with Caramel Topping

by Lori

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What do you when you have a bag of apples, a craving for apple pie, and no pie pan? You make a galette! This simple, rustic dessert is the perfect treat in the fall when apples are in season. It also comes in handy when you are on vacation, and you don’t have access to a pie pan.

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Mar 16 14

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake With Cinnamon Pudding Filling

by Lori

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Nothing says happy birthday better than a cake baked from scratch. For my dad’s birthday a couple of weeks ago, I decided to make him this two-layer chocolate cake with a cinnamon pudding filling.
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Feb 16 14

Cherry Orange Mini Cheesecakes

by Lori

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Now you can eat an entire cheesecake and not feel guilty. Make these mini cherry orange cheesecakes baked in muffin tins for portion control! There is just one problem with this recipe though. The creamy cheesecake and sweet/tart cherry orange topping are so delicious, it is hard to stop with just one.
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Nov 19 13

Maple Syrup Cookies

by Lori

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The other weekend, I had the option of raking or baking. I chose baking maple cookies instead of raking maple leaves.

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Nov 3 13

White House Cookbook Apple Dumplings

by Lori

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These apple dumplings are like an apple pie and a cinnamon roll rolled into one, and are perfect for breakfast or dessert. Plus the recipe is from the White House Cookbook, so it’s fit for serving to distinguished dinner guests – from presidents to your friends and family.

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