Sue’s Brownies

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 13x9x2 pan

Melt 2 sticks butter with 3/4 cup cocoa in the microwave, about 2 minutes. Add 2 cups of sugar, stir well – I use a whisk. Add 4 eggs, stir some more. Add 1 tbsp of vanilla, stir some more. Add 1 1/4 cup of flour and 1 tsp. Baking powder (Or self rising flour) and stir some more.

Switch to a spatula and mix on about a cup of chocolate chips. And nuts of you like. Turn into the pan.

Bake for about 30 minutes.

For peanut butter swirls, drop teaspoons of peanut butter around on the top and swirl with a knife before baking.


Pickled Okra

1 pint jar packed tight with small, whole okra
Boiling vinegar
1 Tbsp red pepper flakes

Stuff a clean jar with whole okra, dump in the red pepper flakes, cover with boiling vinegar, screw on a clean, new canning lid. Flip it over so the heat from the vinegar seals the jar.

I have been reminded that a little garlic, whole or sliced, is a nice addition.

I think I waited a week before I tried the first jar and they were lovely.

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.

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.

Baba ganoush 

I love baba ghanoush. Have everything except the eggplant….

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Baba ganoush is a healthy delicious dip,eaten all over then Middle East, turkey,Greece and even here in the US it’s very popular for good reason …..ITS SO TASTY! It’s a roasted, blended eggplant.

My husband loves it and he says I make the best baba ganoush in the world, witch is a heck of a compliant coming from him because he is the worlds most picky eater! Lol but seriously I am very proud of my baba ganoush and I hope you give it a try!

1 large eggplant or 2 small eggplants

1⁄4 cup tahini

3 garlic cloves, minced

1⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

1⁄4 cup kalamata olives or black olives if you can’t find kalamata

Salt to taste
Let’s get started

Start charcoal grill

Preheat an oven to 375°F

Poke the eggplant…

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

From Amanda:

Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip

8 oz cream cheese,
1/2 cup blue cheese dressing,
1/2 cup Frank’s Sauce,
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles,
2 10-oz cans chicken breast chunks (or some shredded chicken),
celery and/or crackers.

Heat oven to 350ºF. Mix softened cream cheese, dressing, sauce and crumbles. Stir in chicken. Bake 20 mins until hot and bubbly. Stir before serving.

Sandy’s variation:

I have relied on a very similar version of this many times….use ranch dressing and instead of blue cheese use mozzarella or mild cheddar shredded, sprinkle more over top and heat in crockpot….really good with celery or plain pita chips.

Martini Eggs

This is a variation on Deviled Eggs from my friend, Jan.

6 hard-cooked eggs
5 Tbsp. mayo
1 1/2 tsp vodka
1 1/2 T juice from a jar of green olives
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
salt and black pepper (lots of pepper is good),
slices of green olive for garnish.

Mash the yolks in a bowl with all the ingredients, except s&p. Taste, then season. Fill the whites, top with olive slice.