Month: November 2016

Aunt Margaret’s Dilly Bread

Not sure why this is called Aunt Margaret’s Dilly Bread, I don’t have an Aunt Margaret, but here is what I know – my mom made this every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas and it is delicious!!  I now make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas and everyone LOVES it!!   It is so incredibly easy to prepare and it always turns out great.


  • Combine 1 package of dry yeast and 2 tbls. sugar in 1/4 c. lukewarm water.  Let sit until bubbly – 5 to 10 minutes.
  • While waiting for yeast to activate, combine the following ingredients:
    • 1 c. cottage cheese – room temperature
    • 1 tbls. minced onion – I used dried
    • 1 tbls. butter – room temperature
    • 2 tsp. dill seed
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
    • 1 egg
  • Mix together until combined.  Add yeast mixture and combine.
  • Add 2 1/2 cups of flour and mix

Put in a bread pan and let rise in a warm area for 2 hours.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

Serve warm with butter!  Yummy!


Sweet Potato Casserole

I HATE sweet potatoes, but apparently I make that best sweet potato casserole ever made.  I wouldn’t know because I have never tried it!!  When I first started making it, it was way too sweet.  With my husband’s help I altered my original recipe to make it what it is today.  Instead of the traditional marshmallow topping, which my husband HATES, this has a crumbly, nutty topping. We celebrate Thanksgiving Day with our dear friends and I am required to bring this every year!!


3 cups mashed sweet potatoes, fresh or canned (I always use canned)
1/2 c. white sugar
1/3 c. melted butter
1/2 t. cinnamon (Saigon cinnamon is my favorite)
1 t. vanilla
2 eggs

2/3 c. flour
1 c. brown sugar  (I like dk. brown, but this is to your taste)
2 c. pecans
2/3 c. melted butter

Beat sweet potatoes, sugar, butter, cinnamon, vanilla and eggs.  They should be the consistency of brownie mix.  Try to get all of the lumps out of the sweet potatoes.  Pour into a buttered, 9X13 baking dish.

For the topping, stir dry ingredients together.  Add the melted butter & stir.  Spread on top of the sweet potato layer.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.  Serve warm!


Apple Cranberry Pie

I have been making this pie for years!  There are homes I’m not allowed to enter if I don’t have this pie with me.  I buy pie plates at Goodwill so that I can just leave the plate.  Sometimes I get them back, sometimes I don’t – it just doesn’t matter!!  I love cooking and baking for my friends.


You will need pastry for a 9″ two-crust pie.  You can buy the frozen pie crust, but trust me when I tell you pie crust is SO easy to make.  Here is the recipe I use and it has never let me down.


2 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 c. cold butter, cut into pieces

Combine the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of the food processor and give it a quick pulse to blend the ingredients. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture is crumbly.  Add 6 tbsp. ice cold water and pulse until mixed.  Divide the dough in half, shape each half into a ball and flatten to a disc. Wrap each disc in plastic wrap and let the dough rest for 30 minutes to relax the gluten.


3/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
4 c. sliced Granny Smith apples
2. cranberries – whole
2 T. butter

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine sugars, flour & cinnamon.  Add fruit and mix well.  Pour into a pastry lined pie plate.  Dot the tops with butter.  Cover with pastry and cut slits in the top crust.  Seal the edges.  I like to use tiny cookie cutters to cut holiday themed  designs out of left over pie crust and decorate the edges of the pie.  Brush an egg wash over the crust and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  (I use a pie shield on the edges of the pie for the first 30 minutes of baking.  Keeps the edges from getting too brown.)


Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.


“Go To” Dinner

We all have that one dinner that is our “Go To” dinner.  Mine is parmesan/breaded chicken breasts and orzo & rice pilaf.  Add a salad to that and you have a great dinner that is quick and easy to prepare.  My family never complains when I make this meal.  This is also the meal I make to take to friends when they need meals.  Again, never any complaints.

Crispy Baked Chicken

3/4 c. bread crumbs or panko
1/4 c. grated parmesan
3 T. butter
1 egg, beaten
3 chicken breasts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Grease baking pan.

Melt butter in microwave and add bread crumbs and parmesan.

Dip chicken in the beaten egg, then dredge in bread crumb/parmesan mixture.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until done.  Will depend on the thickness of your chicken.


Orzo & Rice Pilaf

2 T. butter
1/4 c. orzo
1 very small white onion, minced
3/4 c. white rice
1 can chicken broth
1/8 tsp. black pepper, or to taste

In a 2-quart saucepan, melt butter.  Add orzo & cook, stirring occasionally until orzo is browned.  Add onion & cook until onion is soft.  About 5 minutes.

Add rice & pepper, stirring to coat.  Add broth and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes.  Rice should be soft and fluffy.


Cookies for Garrus & Tali

Because my sweet Garrus has issues with his food, I try to make treats for my puppies.  They love these biscuits!  All of the ingredients are good for dogs and the pumpkin is great for their tummies!  I store mine in the freezer because these biscuits tend to mold quickly – no preservatives!!  Garrus & Tali don’t mind at all that their treats are frozen!

I hope your dogs will love them as much as mine do!


Treats for My Puppies

4 eggs
1 can pumpkin
4 tablespoons dry milk
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
5 cups brown rice flour
2 teaspoon dried parsley

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin. Stir in dry milk, sea salt, and dried parsley. Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough. Turn out onto floured surface and if dough is still rough, briefly knead and press to combine.  This dough is very sticky, so you will need to keep flouring your surface and rolling pin.


Roll dough between 1/4 – 1/2″ and cut out with a cute cookie cutter.  I use a bone. Place shapes on cookie sheet, no greasing or paper necessary. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely.