Tag Archives: Butter

Orange Biscuits

I am always happy when I find* a recipe that makes entertaining a little bit easier.  These orange biscuits fit the bill, they can even be prepared the night before and then cooked when you need them.  A morning coffee date doesn’t get much easier (or tastier) than this.



1/4 cup Butter

1/2 cup freshly squeezed Orange Juice (about 2 oranges)

1/2 cup Sugar

2 teaspoons Orange Zest


1/4 cup cold Butter, cut into small pieces

2 cups Flour

2 teaspoons baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Salt

3/4 cup Milk

1 1/2 tablespoons melted Butter

Cinnamon Sugar:

1/4 cup Sugar

1 to 2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon

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Pac Man Cookies

Every summer we would travel from Wyoming where I grew up to Michigan where my maternal grandparents have a house on Lake Michigan. While the beach was definitely the best thing about the trip, Pac Man cookies from the local bakery came in a close second.  I loved the cookies so much that my mom made her own version so that I could have them year round.  The base is a simple sugar cookie recipe, one that can be used to make any shape cookie you would like to eat; but you have to admit Pac Man shaped is just too fun to pass up.


Sugar Cookies:

1 cup Butter, softened

2 Eggs

1 cup Sugar

3 cups Flour

1 teaspoon Salt

1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder


1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar

1 tablespoon Lemon Juice or 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

3 to 4 tablespoons Milk


1 (1.69 ounce) package Plain M&M’s

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Horseradish Smashed Yukon Gold Potatoes

Horseradish goes well with so many things and potatoes are no exception. The addition of a little of this often overlooked condiment will give your potatoes a definite wow factor.  It’s a great way to get a whole lot of bang for very little buck.  Who says a side dish can’t be the star of the show?


2 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes

4 tablespoons Butter, cut into pieces

3/4 cup Whole Milk

2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons Salt, divided

2 tablespoons Chives, minced

2 tablespoons Prepared Horseradish

1/2 teaspoon Pepper, coarsely ground

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Candy Cane Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies

These cookies were my favorite childhood Christmas cookie, and I still make them every year.  My mom was given the recipe by my Godmother, but she thinks the origin is a Betty Crocker children’s cookbook.  They are basically a shortbread-style cookie with a little bit of a peppermint kick.  And while there is a bit of work involved in forming them, it’s nothing a couple of eager kitchen elves can’t handle; make them a family baking project.  With a light and buttery texture, subtle flavor and whimsical presentation, they are sure to become one of your family’s favorites, too.


1 cup Butter (2 sticks), softened

1 cup Powdered Sugar

1 Egg

2 1/2 cups Flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons Peppermint Extract

1/2 teaspoon Red Food Coloring

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Sea Salt Caramels

Sea Salt Caramels

I think I may have mentioned before my absolute love of the combination of sweet and salty in food.  Salted caramels are one of the best integrations of the two flavors.  They make for a perfect single serving indulgence, the problem is stopping after one…

This recipe is adapted from Epicurious


1 cup heavy cream

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1 teaspoon fleur de sel, plus more for sprinkling

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/4 cup light corn syrup

1/4 cup water

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Mac ‘n’ Cheese

The Mac that Smiles Back

I thought this unique topping for mac ‘n’ cheese from the Garden Grill Restaurant at Walt Disney World was just the cutest thing I’d ever seen. I had to imitate it and add it to my own kid friendly recipe for macaroni and cheese. The addition of Goldfish crackers makes for the perfect presentation for both the young and the young at heart. I hope this meal brings some smiles to your kitchen table.


Goldfish Topping:

1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs

1 1/3 cup Parmesan Flavored Goldfish, divided

1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated

2 tablespoons Butter, melted

Macaroni and Cheese:

1/2 pound Shell Pasta (or whatever shape you prefer)

6 quarts Water

2 tablespoons Butter

1/2 cup White Onion, finely diced

1 clove Garlic, minced

3 tablespoons Flour

1 pint Whole Milk

1 heaping cup Sharp White Cheddar (4 ounces by weight), grated

3/4 cup Gruyere, grated

1/4 cup Parmesan, grated

1/2 teaspoon Mustard Powder

1 1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/4 teaspoon Pepper

Dash of Nutmeg

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Harvest Festival Cookies


Harvest Festival Cookies


1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup of crisco (you can use all butter if you so desire)

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup tightly packed brown sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour

2 cups of rolled oats (not quick oats)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup pecan pieces (you could substitute walnuts for a more earthy taste)

3/4 cup craisins

1/2 cup brandy or bourbon (such as Jack Daniels), optional.

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