Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Duggar's Oven Fries

The book "The Duggars: Twenty and Counting" contains this recipe. It has become one of my simple go to side dishes. It is cheap and easy - the potatos cook quickly in the oven and are a complete hit with the children and my husband! So if you are hard pressed for what to go with your chicken or beef - add this to the plate and your family will cheerfully eat them and be stuffed.

Recipe for Duggar's Oven Fries
  • One potato per person you are serving, sliced lengthwise
  • Olive Oil (I tend to use Vegetable oil since I have more of it on hand)
  • Garlic powder, salt and pepper (or chili pepper if desired)

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Rub the potato with 2 tablespoons of olive oil (or put the oil in a plastic bag and toss with the potato slices). Sprinkle on the seasoning of your choice. Spread the slices on a nonstick baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown and fork tender and voila - golden steak fries! ENJOY!!!!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Puppy Chow

Puppy Chow is a great sweet treat. We tend to make it for parties like for New Year's Eve.


  • 9 cups crispy rice cereal squares or Crispex type cereal
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar


  1. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate; add peanut butter and mix until smooth.
  2. Remove from heat, add cereal and stir until coated.
  3. Pour powdered sugar into large plastic bag, add coated cereal and shake until well coated. Store in airtight container.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Springerli Cookies

These are a traditional German Christmas Cookie. This recipe was my Grandpa George's recipe.

You have to have Springerli molds to make these cookies correctly.

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 4 1/2 cups of cake flour
  • 4 drops of anise oil

1. Beat whole eggs till thick. Add sugar gradually beating well between each addition until all is combined and then beat well for 15 minutes. This makes the finished cookie fine grained and light.

2. Add anise oil and blend.

3. Fold in flour lightly.

4. Roll out the dough about 1/2 inch thick.

5. Flour mold an dcarefully press firmly into dough.

6. Remove mold and cut the cookies along the line of print.

7. Place on a greased cookie sheet.

8. Flour mold each time it is used.

9. Let cookies stand overnight in a cool place to dry.

10. In the morning, place in a moderate oven (375 degrees). In 15 minutes the cookie should be light in color with appearances of having been iced.

Keep cookies in a tight can for 2 to 3 weeks before using to have best flavor. To soften them, put a cut apple in the can a day or two before using. Apple also adds a delightful aroma to the cookies.

Makes about 72 cookies

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Hot Baked Cinnamon Apples

These cinnamon apples taste like a cobbler or pie without the crust.


* 10 apples, cored, peeled and sliced thin
* 2 teaspoons cinnamon
* 1 cup brown sugar
* 2 teaspoons lemon juice (optional)
* 1 dash salt
* 1 dash nutmeg
* fresh whipped cream (optional) or ice cream (optional)


1. Place cut and peeled apples in a mixing bowl and gently mix all the ingredients together.
2. Put apples in a non-stick pan, and cook covered for 45 minutes at 375°F.
3. Stir at least once every 15 minutes.
4. Once they are soft, cook for another few minutes to thicken the cinnamon sauce.
5. I like to put everything into my baking dish and then mix it since there is less to clean up.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Old Fashioned Applesauce Spice Cake

Cake Ingredients
  • 1 package of Spice Cake Mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

  • 1 container of vanilla frosting
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees
  2. Grease and flour 13X9 pan
  3. Combine cake mix, eggs, applesauce, and oil in a large bowl.
  4. Stir in nuts
  5. Pour into pan and bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool
  7. Combine frosting and cinnamon, stir until well blended.
  8. Spread over cooled cake.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Whole Wheat Honey Pizza Dough

  • 4 1/2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Mix yeast, water and honey and let stand 5 min.

Combine flour through cornmeal in a large bowl.

Add liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients, stir up a bit, then add in olive oil. Knead until everything is well combined. If it seems a little dry, you can add a bit more water at this point, but I don’t generally need to.

Cover dough in a bowl with a towel in a warm place for 30 min.

Punch down and roll out dough, add toppings and bake @ 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until done.

Makes enough dough to cover one whole cookie sheet (which is what I do)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Cinnamon Rolls

Cook Time - 30 min
Yield - 12 rolls

• 1/4-ounce package yeast
• 1/2 cup warm water
• 1/2 cup scalded milk
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1/3 cup butter or shortening
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 egg
• 3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour


• 1/2 cup melted butter, plus more for pan
• 3/4 cup sugar, plus more for pan
• 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
• 3/4 cup raisins, walnuts, or pecans, optional


• 4 tablespoons butter
• 2 cups powdered sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 3 to 6 tablespoons hot water


Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. In a large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes. Place in well-greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, usually 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

When doubled in size, punch down dough. Roll out on a floured surface into a 15 by 9-inch rectangle. Spread melted butter all over dough. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough. Sprinkle with walnuts, pecans, or raisins if desired. Beginning at the 15-inch side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices.

Coat the bottom of baking pan with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled, about 45 minutes.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until nicely browned.

Meanwhile, mix butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Add hot water 1 tablespoon at a time until the glaze reaches desired consistency.

Spread over slightly cooled rolls.