Gingersnaps with Pumpkin dip

One of my families favorite fall treats is gingersnaps.  The combination of cinnamon, cloves , molasses and ginger just screams Autumn.  These are not like the hard as a rock gingersnaps you might have had out of a box once or twice.  Instead these little gems are soft and chewy with a sprinkle of sugar on top.  Warm out of the oven they will knock your socks off, but if you pair them with my pumpkin dip, well that just takes them to a whole different level!! Gingersnaps 2/3 cup shortening 1 egg 2 cups flour 1 tsp. ginger 2 tsp. baking soda 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup molasses 1 tsp. cinnamon 3/4 tsp. cloves 1/4 tsp. salt Mix the shortening and the sugar; add egg and molasses.  Next add the sifted flour and dry ingredients.  Mix them all together and then chill your dough for about 1 hour.  Roll…

10 things to do with Apples!

Fall means apples.  So here are some fun things to do with all those delicious apples you just picked! Apple sauce Peel and slice about 4 lbs. of apples. Simmer, partially covered, with 3 tablespoons of sugar, 1 cup of water and a pinch of salt until soft about 30 minutes.  Put through a food mill if you have one or if you don’t you can just mash it all up with a potato masher like I do.  If you’d like you can sprinkle in some cinnamon or nutmeg and stir in 2 tablespoons of butter. You can also make herbed applesauce by adding in some rosemary, sage and thyme before cooking. For spiced applesauce replace the sugar with 1/4 cup of brown sugar and add allspice, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, as much as you think would taste good, before cooking. 2.  Apple pancakes in a pan Whisk together…

Corn, Corn and more sweet corn!

It’s always great to know someone that has a garden with tons of sweet golden corn.  It’s even better when that someone happens to be your son-in-laws father.  After spending the day with my grandson, my son-in-law sent me home with a big box of freshly picked butter and sugar corn from his dad.  I was very excited to say the least as I drove home thinking of all the yummy things I would be making with it.  Of course we had some that night simply cooked the usual way in my largest pot filled with boiling water.  It was so good you didn’t even need to add anything.  No butter, no salt, nothing. I had 3 pieces.  The next morning I pulled out my recipe books and got right to work.  It was a beautiful crisp day so I knew that corn chowder would have to be on the…

Peanut Butter Frosting

Today is a special occasion at the compound.  Our son that was away in basic training with the army just came home.  He turned 20 in August but for him it was just another day doing drills, running miles and having target practice. My Birthday Boy!! So the family has gathered here today for a belated birthday and welcome home celebration.  I made his favorite cake.  Yellow cake with peanut butter frosting.  It seems to be a family tradition, my most requested birthday cake.  The cake itself may change from vanilla to chocolate but the frosting always remains the same.  Gotta have that peanut butter! Peanut Butter Frosting 6 ounces of cream cheese, softened 2/3 cup of peanut butter 1/4 cup of milk 1 tsp. vanilla 3 cups of confectioners sugar In a large mixing bowl combine cream cheese and peanut butter mixing until smooth.  Add the vanilla and mix.…

Rustic heirloom tomato and basil tart

Yesterday was our wedding anniversary.  29 years, more than half my life.  We spent the day helping our oldest son and his family move some furniture.  When we came home we were both tired and I didn’t feel like cooking a really big dinner but at the same time I did want to make something special to celebrate the occasion.  I took one look at my windowsill loaded with tomatoes ripening and knew immediately what I would do. Tomatoes soaking up some sun There is nothing simpler then a fresh tomato tart and yet there is something about it that makes it look and taste like you slaved all day.  It would be the perfect way to enjoy our anniversary along with a bottle of Pinot Noir.  Rustic, delicious and oh so easy. Rustic heirloom tomato and basil tart pie crust for 1-8″ pie 2 cups of ricotta cheese 2…