Sunday, December 21, 2014

December 21--The Candy Man

Remember I told you--I was not a candy maker!  That job goes to my hubby who makes all the best fudge, pralines and sometimes caramels.  You are guaranteed a good batch of candy when he takes a turn at the stove (little secret--he doesn't cook anything else that's good!)
Can't read the recipe??  It's mimeographed!  Do you remember those machines?
 
Here is his recipe for Pralines--the best!  This recipe comes from Ellendale, LA
 
1 1/2 C white sugar, 3/4 C brown sugar (packed), 1/2 stick butter, 1/2 C evaporated milk, 1 tsp. vanilla, 2 C whole pecans, pinch of salt and the secret ingredient--1 tsp white Karo syrup!
 
Cook sugars, salt and milk until it comes to a rolling boil.  Add butter and let remain on heat until butter has completely melted.  Remove from heat.  Beat until it begins to thicken.  Add nuts and vanilla.  Drop by teaspoon on wax paper.  If it gets too hard to drop, return to heat and remelt.
Yummy--good for the tummy!
 
 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

December 20--EGGNOG!

  Let's have a cup of eggnog!   
  
Here's our recipe for this delicious drink: 
Eggnog is not my favorite drink by a long shot!  Everyone else in the family loves it!  They drink it with a little fresh ground nutmeg on top.  They drink it with a dash of rum!  They drink it with their cookies!  They drink it right out of the pitcher!
This recipe comes from our OLD
Hubby makes it every year--he can certainly make up a good batch or two for the holidays.  And you can tell from the photo above he set something down on the recipe--ah, memories go a long ways!

Friday, December 19, 2014

December 19--Want Some Crunch?

If you like a little crunch in your cheese--make up these delightful little yummy goodies!
of course, we don't call it oleo anymore--
let's use butter--delicious creamy butter!
 
Crunch, Crunch, Crunch!
Thanks friend who gave me this recipe 37 years ago!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

December 18--A week Away From Christmas

 
One week away from Christmas Celebration!
This recipe brings you the Cheese Ball!
So delicious--best to keep under wraps for several days before spreading on bread or crackers.
 
The above recipe is easy to prepare and ages well in the refrigerator just in case company comes knocking!
 
Our all time favorite cheese ball is a cheese log--made with
Velveeta Cheese (can you believe how expensive this product has become?!!)  you can use half brick or the whole thing.
Several cloves of minced garlic--how much garlic do you like?
chopped pecans--how nutty do you want to be?
and thoroughly mix!!
Get in there with your hands--messy, but your hands are the best mixer.
Shape into logs--small logs, long logs, medium logs--your choice ( I know, so many decisions to make!)
now, take out that chili powder, sprinkle on plastic wrap and roll your log in the chili powder--cover that log good.  Wrap tightly, refrigerate and wait--at least five days.  The longer the flavors marry, the tastier it is.
ready to serve, unwrap, set out crackers and wait for the compliments!
Way beyond good! and the easiest you could make!!
 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December 17--Cole's Brownies

 
I've forgotten who Cole is or was--
but his recipe for brownies is the best by far!
 
Of course, today we have all sorts of boxed mixes that are right up there with
Cole's brownies
Try this simple recipe and see if you don't think Cole had the right idea!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December 16--More Party Favorites

Okay--here comes another old standby--If I need a dip for veggies, this is the one I resort too!
Bright fresh veggies surround this tasty dip.  As you can see, I've scratched out "Accent"--it was one ingredient that we used many moons ago.
And why use Kraft Mayo?  Don't have the foggiest--maybe, it was the only one we could get or maybe, this recipe came from Kraft
 

Monday, December 15, 2014

December 15--Shrimp Makes Appearance

When I use this timeless recipe, I give many thanks to Helen--what a great cook and I'm thankful she would share her recipes with me
This was the most delicious shrimp mold you could ever serve to your guests.
Can you tell how much I've used this index card? 
 
Enjoy!