"At my table, sit with me. I'll pour coffee or some tea. Perhaps we'll share our tears and laughter, and be friends forever after.

Welcome! Come on in, pull up a chair, have a cup of coffee and take a look at recipes from different cookbooks, vintage finds from vintage cupboards and enjoy sharing memories.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Oatmeal Sugar-Spice Crisps

I have collected recipes from the back of boxes and magazines for many years. I have pasted them all in large spirals. Some of the best dishes and desserts have come from these clippings.

Sorry about the bad quality picture..... these cookies are my husband's favorite and for my daughter, I spread the batter onto a cookie sheet and bake the required minutes. After it cools, I break it up as in granola. It is wonderful either in cookie form or granola form.
3/4 cups flour 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 each, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg
1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar 1 large egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Cinnamon sugar:
2 tbs. sugar mixed with 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Heat oven to 350. F. Lightly grease cookie sheet. Mix flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
Beat butter and sugars in a medium bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, then vanilla.
Gradually stir in flour mixture until blended, then oats, raisins, and walnuts.
Drop rounded teaspoonfuls 2 1/2 inches apart onto prepared pan. Flatten each cookie with bottom of glass that has been buttered and dipped into cinnamon sugar mixture.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes until medium brown. Remove to wire rack, cool, and enjoy!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Caramel Popcorn

It's that wonderful time of year again! Goodbye summer and hello to pumpkins, hay bales, and wonderful autumn goodies like this wonderful easy to make caramel corn. I got this recipe from a co-worker when I was a very young teacher at a pre-school. It has been a family favorite ever since.
Preheat oven to 250.F
1 cup butter 2 cups brown sugar
1 cup white karo syrup 1 tsp. baking soda
6 quarts popped corn 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
In large pot, melt butter, brown sugar, salt, and karo syrup. Bring to boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Stir constantly. Take off from heat and add baking soda and vanilla. Mix well. Place popped corn on onto large baking sheet. Pour hot mixture over the popped corn and place in oven for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes. Pour out onto waxed paper to cool and then place in air tight container.
*Pecans or other nuts are wonderful added to this. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

A cookbook project

A while back, I started writing my own cookbook. Not for publishing, but to be passed down to children and grandchildren. It is a book of family favorites that either one or all likes best and what we cook a lot of.
I buy a lot of journals for writing in. I thought this was a lovely journal. It is quite large. I put it away. When I got the idea for writing the cookbook, I knew this would be perfect for the project!
The pages have such a pretty design. I left a few of the first pages blank for the recipe index.

I then write a little about each recipe.... where I found it, what everyone thought when they tried it, who liked it best and so on. Then I carefully write the recipe. I want to make my hand writing is easy to read. I had hoped to have this finished within the year, but realize it will be an ongoing book to be added to as the years pass. Do any of you have your recipes written down for future generations? Perhaps you have a family cookbook published? I would love to hear.