Memories and healthy recipes for your dinner table.

Month: December 2008

January’s Website Review: The Happiness Project & My Simpler Life

This month’s website review happens to include two websites; The Happiness Project and My Simpler Life. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT is a memoir written by Gretchen Rubin about her year long adventure as she sets out to test every theory, tip and scientific study on being […]

Almond Crescents with Burnt Butter Icing

Found on Pittsburgh Needs Eated, adapted from America’s Best Lost Recipes. Similar to a bear claw. Makes 2 crescents, each serving 6 Dough: 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour 1 package rapid-rise or instant yeast 1 tsp salt 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut […]

The Good Fortune Tree

Source: Submitted to the Meridian Magazine by Diane Thomas

Don’t take down that Christmas tree yet. Turn it into a fun New Year’s Decoration!

Leftover Christmas tree, undecorated
Balloons, 6″ to 8″
Chinese fortunes or wishes, typed on small pieces of paper
One-dollar bills
String confetti
Happy New Year’s hat

Remove the Christmas ornaments and lights from your tree and replace them with small balloons filled with New Year’s wishes, Chinese fortunes, and dollar bills. Tie the balloons to the tree with ribbon, being careful not to pop them. Finish decorating the tree with string confetti and a Happy New Year’s hat.

As the New Year rings in, guests can pop the balloons and claim the wishes, fortunes, and money inside.

Hamburger Stroganoff

This recipe comes from my Grandmother Lois Jepson. 1/2 c minced onion 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 c butter 1 lb ground beef 2 tbsp flour 2 tsp salt 1/2  tsp pepper 1 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced or 1 (8 oz) can sliced 1 can […]

The Columbia Restaurant Black Bean Soup

Growing up, the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City was one of our favorite places to eat when visiting Tampa. The Cuban sandwiches were to die for and the black bean soup was just as amazing. I have since concocted my own version adapted from the […]

Columbia Cuban Sandwiches

10-inch loaf of Cuban bread
4 thin slices smoked ham
2 thin slices fresh pork ham
2 slices Genoa salami, cut in half
2 slices Swiss cheese
3 sour pickle slices (may also use dill)
Yellow mustard

Slice bread down middle lengthwise. Layer ingredients to cover bottom half of bread in the following order: ham, pork, salami, cheese, and pickles. Spread mustard on top half of bread. Cover bottom half and slice sandwich diagonally. Sandwich may be heated in oven or served at room temperature. If Cuban bread is not available, you may use French bread (baguette type) or Italian bread.

Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie with Maple Whipped Cream

“A cool alternative to traditional pumpkin pie. If you can find pumpkin ice cream, by all means use that. If not, here’s a quick and easy way to make some using vanilla ice cream, good canned pumpkin and lots of wonderful spices. When you first […]

Greens with Goat Cheese, Walnuts and Dried Cranberries

Source: GOOP 3 small cloves garlic, pushed through a press 2 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons real Vermont maple syrup 1/3 red wine vinegar 1 cup extra virgin olive oil coarse sea salt freshly ground black pepper 2 1/2 large heads of endive, washed, […]

Cranberry Chutney

I could never stand the wiggly looking stuff in the bowl. Cranberry chutney takes on a whole new meaning for cranberry sauce. Just make sure to use ripe cranberries.

Source: GOOP
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/3 cup water
4 cups fresh cranberries
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
grated zest of 1 small orange or tangerine

Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan, bring to a boil and add the rest of the ingredients. Turn the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for about ten minutes or until thick. Let the chutney cool before serving. Makes about 2 cups
Use brown sugar in place of the white.

Apple Pear Raisin Syrup

One December several years ago I was making pancakes for the family and realized I did not have any syrup. The spices remind me of Christmas time. 2 small pears, peeled, cored and sliced 1 small apple, peeled, cored and sliced Dash Nutmeg 1 / […]