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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

YBR~Your Best Recipe~Foodie Roundup premiered today with thanks going to Nancy at http://www.spiciefoodie.com/ who hosts this food blog lovers event not only at the end of the year but each month of the year as well. Each month you can submit a recipe of your own from that months recipes and then at the end of the year roundup you can submit your favorite recipe from the whole year to be spotlighted along with all the other food bloggers yearly submission.
You don't want to miss seeing all of these great recipes in one place....go to http://www.spiciefoodie.com/ and check them all out! You will be so glad that you did.

Sunday, December 25, 2011


How can I possibly explain how wonderfully delicious these cookies are without you having taken just one bite? Impossible maybe, but I'll try, try, try. 
Butter, sugar, powdered sugar, oil, eggs, almond extract, flour, whole wheat flour, almonds, almond brickle chips....more sugar. There now, did that help?
2 sticks butter~softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 big eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 cups coarsely chopped almonds
1 (6 oz.) package almond brickle chips
 Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy, gradually add 1 cup sugar and powdered sugar, beating well. Add oil, eggs, and almond extract; beat well.
Combine flours, baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar; add to butter mixture, beating well. Stir in almonds and almond brickle chips. 
Shape cookie dough into 3-inch balls; roll in additional sugar. Place 5-inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten cookies in a criss-cross pattern with a fork dipped in sugar. Baked at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire racks, and let cool completely.
Yield: 3 1/2 dozen

"I guarantee you that these cookies will literally melt in your mouth!"~Adele Forbes

Sunday, December 4, 2011


In my eyes this is the most delicious macaroni and cheese recipe out there. We are talking caramelized onions, saltine crackers, white Cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese and a beautiful creamy sauce. One taste and you will be hooked for life!

1 (8 oz.) pkg. large elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons butter
2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon sugar
1 (16 oz.) block white Cheddar cheese~shredded
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
32 Saltine crackers~finely crushed and divided
6 large eggs
4 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons melted butter

Prepare macaroni according to package directions; drain well and set aside.
Melt the 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sliced onions and sugar. Cook, stirring often, 20 minutes or until thoroughly caramelized til golden.
Layer half  each of cooked macaroni, onions, cheeses, and cracker crumbs in a lightly greased 13X9-inch baking dish. Layer with remaining macaroni, onions, and cheeses.
Whisk together eggs and next 3 ingredients; pour over macaroni mixture.
Stir together remaining half of cracker crumbs, and 2 more tablespoons melted butter. Sprinkle evenly over macaroni mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until golden brown and set. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. 
8 to 10 servings
"It is highly possible that this is the best macaroni and cheese on the entire planet!"~Adele Forbes


I love lamb....baaa...it flicks my trigger, especially when paired with my friend Revonda's hot pepper jelly. Small lamb chops are perfect fare for the grill. The recipe is very simple~just brush them with olive oil and salt and pepper both sides them throw them on a hot grill and cook just until they have grill marks and are a perfect medium-rare~3 to 4 minutes each side, no more. Pair with some rosemary roasted potatoes and some boiled cabbage. You will be so glad that you did!

"Adele had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb, Adele had a little lamb....and cooked it's chops on the grill."~me