British Week

I’m always looking for ways to make cooking routine meals more entertaining, so now I have come up with a-country-a-week.  This week is British week, and I am having a blast. Last night I made Beef and Guinness Stew.  Oh, the aroma! Ah, the delectable blending of flavors! Here, briefly, is that recipe: 3-4 lbs stew beef (since…

Day 24–Christmas Eve

Welcome to Christmas Eve!  What a wonderful family day!  I am so excited to have everyone together–husband, sons, mother, sister, best friend.  I don’t know about you, but I will be spending my day cooking, at least until it is time to do the stockings.  Yes, stockings for grown-ups, because as you know I believe…

Day 22–Texas Hash

My mom always made this great beef-noodle casserole called Texas Hash.  It is not what I usually think of as “hash” (a thick concoction of potatoes and vegetables with a little beef thrown in for good measure).  No, this is a beef and noodle casserole where the noodles cook in the juice from the tomatoes. …

Day 15–Caramel Popcorn

Flavored popcorns are all the rage these days, but I was making this one when the primary source of caramel popcorn was Cracker Jack.  It is really delicious, and the caramel is great over ice cream, too. From the Atlanta Junior League cookbook, Atlanta Cooknotes (1982): Caramel Popcorn 2 cups popcorn kernels (I use 3-4 microwave bags)…

Day 12–Cool Whip Pie

Because the brownie recipe was a hit, here’s another one that my family really loves. Cool Whip Pie 1 pkg (4oz) German Sweet Chocolate 1/3 cup milk, divided 4oz cream cheese, softerned 2 tbsp. sugar 2 cups thawed Cool Whip Graham Cracker/ Choc cookie Pie crust Microwave chocolate and 2 tbsp. milk in large microwave…

Day 10–Brownies!

People love my brownies! They are all my father-in-law wants for Hanukkah and his birthday, and I give them freely as Christmas gifts. I give full credit to the recipe, which my husband cut out of a magazine for me many years ago.  They are very rich and dense and chocolaty.  Plan on cutting them into pretty…