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Homemade Marshmallow Cream – A small batch


1 cup of mini marshmallows (or 10 large)
1 teaspoon corn syrup (or simple syrup)

Melt the marshmallows in a double boiler over low heat
when the marshmallows begin to melt and are still a little lumpy and sticky, add the corn or simple syrup
stir until smooth in texture

Transfer to a storage container while still warm

This recipe doubles, and even triples, perfectly.


November 26, 2016 at 6:11 pm Leave a comment

Apple Pie

Filling 6 cups thinly sliced apples, approximately 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons minute tapioca (or flour) 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 cup dried fruit or nuts Pie dough for a d…

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November 26, 2016 at 6:08 pm Leave a comment

Refried Beans – A small batch


So much better than the ready-made kind.

2 slices bacon, diced
1 small onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can pinto beans, don’t drain
salt and pepper

In a frying pan, saute bacon
when well browned, remove from pan, leaving the fat
add onion and garlic to the fat
cook until just golden brown
add the can of beans with the liquid, mix well
cook covered for 5 – 7 minutes

Mash to desired consistency with a potato masher
add a splash of water to thin
cover and cook for 5 more minutes
mash the beans a bit more
season to taste

November 20, 2016 at 9:16 pm Leave a comment

Meat Loaf – A small batch


1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. ground pork
1/4 cup grated onion
1 clove garlic, grated
1/4 cup bread crumbs (fresh or dried)
1 egg, beaten
salt and pepper
1/4 cup ketchup + 2 tablespoons reserved for glazing
1 tablespoon mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
a splash of Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce

Preheat the oven to 375°F

Saute the onions and garlic until translucent

Combine all the ingredients, except the reserved ketchup, in a large bowl

Place the meat mixture on a rimmed baking sheet, that is foil-lined and greased
form into a loaf (I don’t like using a loaf pan, because the meat loaf just swims in its own grease while cooking)

Bake for 30 minutes
spread the top of the meat loaf with the remaining ketchup
and bake at 400°F for an additional 15 minutes to brown the top

Remove from the oven and let rest for a bit before serving

November 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

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