Easy Tiramisu

1 package lady fingers
1/3 c. strong black coffee
2 c. mascarpone cheese
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

Layer of cookies.
Drizzle coffee.
Layer of cheese/sugar.
Layer of cookies.
Drizzle coffee.
Layer of cheese/sugar.
Chill one hour.
Sprinkle with cocoa/cinnamon.


Kentucky Derby Pie

2 eggs, beaten
2 c. pecans, chopped
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. bourbon
1 c. chocolate chips
1 regular pastry pie crust

Mix it up and bake a 350ºF for 45 minutes.

Excellent with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Libby’s Amazing Crab Dip

2 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese
1 8-oz. carton sour cream
2 6-oz. cans crab meat
16 oz. shredded Colby/Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 c. chopped green onion

Allow cream cheese to soften. Add all ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Pour into a baking dish and bake at 350ºF for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

She brings this to work covered dish events and we eat it with tortilla chips or crackers. She said that where ever she got the recipe recommended it over baked potatoes.

Cheesey Chicken

I got this recipe from my first mother-in-law.

Place a couple of boneless chicken breasts (or 4 thighs or a breast and 2 thighs) in the bottom of a casserole dish. Combine 2 cups of grated cheddar cheese with 1 large can of cream of mushroom soup or 1 small can of cream of mushroom soup and 1 small can of cream of chicken soup. Bake at 350ºF for an hour. Serve over rice.

Frankly, I liked the sauce that came out of that over the rice better than I liked the chicken. Maybe I should try just combining COM with cheese and see what happens.

Coca-Cola Cake

I thought I had lost this recipe.  It is bad for you in so many ways and I don’t even care.

2 c. flour
2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. marshmallows
1/2 c. shortening
1/2 c. butter
3 Tbsp. cocoa
1 c. Coca-cola
1/2 c. buttermilk
1 tsp. soda
2 eggs (beaten)

Sift flour and sugar; stir in marshmallows. Melt shortening with cocoa and Coke. Bring to boil. Add flour mixture. Stir in buttermilk, soda and egg. Bake in greased tube pan at 350 F for 45 minutes. Cool in pan.

1/2 c. margarine
3 Ts. cocoa
6 Tbsp. cola
1 lb. 10X sugar
1 c. nuts (optional)

Put margarine, cocoa and Coke in saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat; add sugar and nuts. Spread on cake.

Patti’s Cheese Wafers

2 cups plain flour (or half whole wheat/ half white) 
1 teaspoon salt 
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I add more like 1/2 tsp.) 
1/4 lb butter (1 stick, slightly soft but not warm ) 
1 lb grated sharp cheese (I like NY extra sharp) 
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Mix dry ingredients. Cut in butter with pastry blender until consistency of coarse corn meal. Add cheese and mix until the dough will stick together. Roll into logs about 2″ in diameter, cover with wax paper and freeze until almost solid.

Preheat oven to 400º F

Slice dough into 1/8″ wafers, bake in oven for 10 minutes until slightly brown on edges.

Pickled Beets

Recipe from a friend: 

3-4 pounds beets
1 1/2 cups of balsamic vinegar
2 or 3 cloves of garlic.

Bake the whole, washed, beets in a (I forgot to look at this, but
this is about the only temperature my oven knows) 350º oven until done-
-longer than you think, an hour or a little more.  On a cookie sheet
or a broiler rack.

Towards the end of this time reduce the 1 1/2 cups of vinegar on top
of the stove down to 3/4 of a cup.  Keep watching it.  Too much below
that and you end up with burning carbon.  It's pretty nasty, and
Balsamic Vinegar is too expensive to waste.

Peel and chop the slightly cooled beets, put into a bowl, add (and
toss with) the still-hot vinegar and finely chopped garlic.

Pungent and wonderful.