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Maybe there won’t be marriage, maybe there won’t be sex, but by God there will be dancing!

What a great line from “My best friend’s wedding.”

Has life got you down?

Are you waiting and hoping for better days?

You think you’ve got it hard?

Where is your soulmate?

Why is your family so freakin’ dysfunctional?

Are holidays more like “Fight Club” then a joyous gathering of friends and family?

Where are those children you have been dreaming about for years or worse still why does your ex have them half of the day?

That lump in your breast that needs checking, is it cancer?

That bill you can’t pay this month or next?

The relationship you realize was never going to work to begin with?

The woman you can never do enough for to please?

You are a writer, an artist, a person bursting with creativity,

will  the world never see???

Are you dropping on your knees these days and wondering… why am I here at all?

You are not alone.

There is an old parable friends, and I do mean friends, because when I write this blog I know those of you who are reading it are just regular people like me.

Just doing the best you can in your life.

Anyway..old parable…

God heard the world crying over their hard lives.

All their myriad of problems.

He said,”Okay folks, here is the deal, everyone pack up all your cares and woes into big Hefty garbage bags and take them to the big football stadium at the edge of the city.

Then put those bags in the field, just pile them up there.”

Everyone did as the Lord said and sat on the bleachers looking at the mountain of their problems in life.

“Okay,”said the Lord,”Now everyone can choose any bag they want to take home with them and leave your own problems for someone else to take.”

Well what do you suppose the people did?

Everyone ran down to field and grabbed their own bag to take back home!

You never know what the next person is dealing with in life and your own problems and cares in life are tailor made for you.

Pick up your bag and take one step at a time.

And if it feels to heavy,

let God help you carry it.

There’s a good lesson here.

Now me,

believe me there is plenty I don’t blog about,

problems like we all have,

I  keep in my own four walls.

 I’ll be damned if they get the best of me.

So things might be tough,

life not easy,

but turn the music on anyway,

and dance.

For your own self,

if for no other reason,

dance!

…and as my mother used to say…

“Let the world spin itself today.”

Delicious Cranberry Sauce With or Without Grand Marnier

3 ingredients plus 1 optional. You will need 1 bag of fresh cranberries.(BTW you can buy them in bulk now that they are in season and freeze them with the same cooking results) 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of orange juice and optionally 1/4 cup of Grand Marnier.

Nothing complements a turkey dinner as nicely as cranberry sauce.

The sweet tart combination with a bite of succulent turkey is oh so good!

So here is my favorite way to prepare it.

Easy as pie as usual.

“You will need one cup of orange juice”

Put one cup of orange juice into a pot then add in one cup of sugar.

Bring the orange juice and the sugar to a a boil briefly to dissolve the sugar then add in the cranberries.

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Let Cranberries sugar and orange juice simmer for 10 minutes. You will hear cranberries pop. After 10 minutes you can add in 1/4 cup of Grand Marnier if you like. The sauce will be syrupy but when cool will jell.

This is a much loved recipe for it’s great taste.

Ease of preparation and (wait for it) you can make it ahead by several days and it keeps beautifully in the refrigerater.

Happy Thanksgiving Day WP’s.

Watch for the turkey recipe Thursday.

The bad boy is brining away already.

This is gmom and baby Hoo and Cujo the dog sending out cranberry peace to all the blogger cooks out there.

Peace out.

Easy Pizza Recipe

This post goes out to Littlequeenjay who lives far far away and doesn’t get good results from her current pizza recipe.

Here ya go girl!
http://losingtheplotinnortherncyprus.wordpress.com/

Be sure to visit her blog she is awesome!!!!

This pizza recipe is so much tastier (and cheaper) then any take out pizza or frozen store bought.

It doesn’t require a lot of time and can be done in under 2 hours including dough rising.


Ingredients:

– 2 cups warm water

– 2 packet of yeast

– 2 tablespoons sugar

Put water, yeast and sugar into a mixing bowl.

When yeast begins to foam like this….

When yeast foams this is called proofing the yeast. You want to see this as it demonstrates that the yeast is active. If it doesn't foam after several minutes it may be old yeast or the water may have been hot and killed the yeast. Start over.

add in:

– 2 teaspoons salt

– 1 egg

– 1/2 stick of softened or melted margarine or butter

– 7 cups of flour

Mix all ingredients.

Knead briefly.

Cover dough with a tea towel and set aside to rise.

Dough has been kneaded and is ready to rise.Leave it for at least 30 minutes.

Prepare your favorite pizza sauce and toppings.

We used portabello mushrooms and garlic.

For sauce I used 1 can of tomato paste(16 oz) plus 1 can of water.

1/2 cup of sugar

1/4 cup olive oil

2 teaspoons kosher salt

2 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon oregano

After 1/2 an hour or up to an hour or more take your dough and punch it down as it will have risen.

Punch dough down after it has been left to rise and knead for a couple of minutes. Then spread it out in your greased cookie sheet or pizza pan.

Knead it for a couple of minutes.

Spread it on a cookie sheet or pizza pan.

Spread sauce and toppings on pizza dough.

After the dough has been pressed into the pizza pan. Spread the sauce and add the toppings and cheese.

Sprinkle on cheese.

I used cheddar.

Bake at 375 F for 20-30 minutes checking frequently for desired doneness.

Pizza with Portabello mushroom and minced garlic with cheddar cheese ready for the oven

We like ours a little burnt on the edges and very crisp.

Rose home just in time to take the pizza out. There is just a good feeling in a home when you come in after a day of school and work and someone has thought enough of you to make something good to eat. Little gal dug right in!


This is a very simple and delicious pizza recipe.

If you are short on time and don’t want to make your own dough check out Trader Joe’s pizza dough for .99 cents in the refrigerater case. It comes in herb flavour and whole wheat beside plain white dough.
It’s not bad and in a pinch makes a good pizza.

One slice left for any midnight snacker. Don't worry I squirreled away a big piece for my boy Bart. You know where he is. Out collecting oil. Won't be home till the wee hours. There will be pizza a cold beer and warm bed waiting for the boy.

Enjoy WP kids eat pizza today turkey day is coming!!!!

Our turkey is already brining in the fridge.

It’s the only way to make a turkey!

Put a cup of salt, a cup of sugar and a generous handful of spices into a big pot with some water. Bring to a boil. Let cool completely. Put your defrosted turkey in and add enough water so turkey is submerged. Put in fridge. It can sit for 3-4 days until you cook it. You won’t taste a better turkey where every bit is eaten. Will post recipe later.

Turkey sits in the brine in the refrigerater for several days before cooking.

This is gmom ,Hoo and Cujo sending love out there to all you good folks.

Peace out.

Hoo and Cujo

You Don’t Have To Be A Pastry Chef To Make Linzer Cookies!(5 Ingredients!)

Linzer cookies are a classic holiday dessert cookie.

They are delicate, crisp, buttery cookies with a jelly filling.

Enjoy this simple version of a European treat and your family will be

wowed and thanking you.

It’s the bakery cookie you love to look at and can’t stop eating with it’s tempting not too sweet, melt in your mouth crumb, to the sticky chew of the filling.

This cookie begs for a cup of Earl Grey.

When our babes were little, Hubby and I would hide the Linzers until the kids were asleep and eat them slowly by ourselves. They were too good to be stuffed into little mouths.

When the kids got older they learned to help make them with me and earned the privilege of eating the fruits of their labor.

But old habits die hard.

Little Hoo gets a tea biscuit while I savor a Linzer.

Someday Hoo-bear….

The elegant and delicious Linzer cookie

Tayna’s Linzer Cookies
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1 cup of butter or margarine

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

1 cup confectionary sugar

2 cups flour

Jam or jelly flavor of your choice

Directions:

Put room temperature butter, vanilla, sugar and flour in a food processor.

Pulse until all ingredients are combined.


Mixture will form a sticky ball in bowl of food processor.

Put this dough into the refrigerator for one hour or until you are ready to make the cookies.

Roll the dough out on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness.

You will need to flour the top of the dough as well as the rolling pin.

This is a delicate cookie dough and sticks easily so don’t hesitate to toss the flour at it to keep it from sticking and tearing.

Using a cookie cutter or shot glass cut out cookie shapes.

Make a small hole in half of the cookies.

Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet in a 350 F oven for 10 minutes.

Allow to cool completely before transferring to your work surface.

Put one scant teaspoon of jam or jelly on each of the whole cookie rounds.

(The ones without the center cutouts.)

Take a cookie with a center hole and put it on top of the jelly pressing gently.

You can finish your cookie with a dusting of confectionary sugar.

…and there you have it!

Your beautiful Linzer cookies ready for a holiday table or any occasion.

This is gmom and Cujo, and Hoo- dee- doo, wishing all the WPer’s out there
a happy Thanksgiving.

May God bless you all and keep you safe.

In The Morning My House Looks Like The Bar Scene From Star Wars. (Recipe For Breakfast Bars)

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It’s 3 a.m.

I hear the front door open and close.

Work boots pass over head.

Then a chair scrapes the floor.

Bart‘s home.

He stocking foots it to the laundry room where he strips off his oily work clothes.

I hear the shower go on….off.

He heads to bed for a few brief hours of sleep,  with the tv on.

I slip back into a semi-sleep until Hoo wakes at 6.

I hear Hoo’s bottle hit the floor around 6:30.

The signal he is up and ready for company.

This morning the kitchen looks like the bar scene from “Star Wars”.

It’s a busy day in the biofuel business.

Everyone is on deck.

The center of the constellation is the bossman.

My husband.

The most interesting, constantly evolving  person I know.

He drinks a coffee and nurses a morning headache but always keeps an upbeat attitude.

He sits in the dining room and reads the Wall Street Journal.

Bart rolls out of bed bare-chested in pajama pants and heads for the coffee.

He’s eats a big breakfast.

Eggs and steak or 3 grill cheeses.

Jonesy  knocks at the door ever polite, our fix it man, only 22 like Bart.

All smiles,

happy to make it for breakfast.

He eats whatever I put in front of him.

Genady, the Russian worker is smoking outside.

He never comes in the house.

I’ve stopped trying to get him to come in and instead let Bart take food out to him.

I wave and say “Morning” to him but all he says with his big smile is,

“Nice day,nice day”.

10 years in America and still no speakee English, yeah right!

Edward Norton‘s diatribe from “25th Hour” passes through my head when I see Genady and I wonder if he’s done time and that’s why he won’t come inside.

The last of the motley crew is Aldy, young and shy, and always stinking of trap grease.

I question Bart,

“Are you pouring oil over his head? How is he getting so filthy?”

“Aldy go change your clothes and take a shower man!”

He does and comes back with his thick hair slicked back.

Much better.

We are cornering the market on Tide and Oxyclean.

So another day begins as they all pile out to the trucks.

Genady and Bart lingering over coffee and a cigarette by their truck.

Waving to Hoo who stands by the screen door waving and calling to them.

I pick him up.

Come on big boy.

Time to get dressed.

These breakfast bars although not healthy enough to replace a well-balanced breakfast are good enough in a pinch or for those who won’t eat breakfast.

They make a great mid-morning snack too.

As you adjust the recipe to suit your own tastes just be aware that the recipe does not do well with flax or flax-seed or with drier cereals like chex.

Have a great week WP kids.

Be safe out there.

If you see an oil truck on the B’more streets be kind to them.

They are my boys!

Breakfast Bars

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2 cups brown sugar  

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup butter

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 and 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 and 1/2 cup rolled oats

1 and 1/2 cup raisins

1 cup chocolate chips

6 cups Honey Nut Cheerios

1.Preheat oven to 375 F

2. In a large bowl mix the sugar, peanut butter, water, vanilla, and eggs.

Combine the flour, baking soda and salt.

Mix into the batter.

Mix in oats, raisins, chocolate chips.

Bars unbaked by the 1/2 to 3/4 cupfuls on the bake sheet

Carefully stir in the cereal.

Drop 1/2 cupfuls of batter onto ungreased cookie sheet leaving space between bars.

3. Bake for 12-14 minutes until bars are browned at edges.

Let cool completely on cookie sheet before moving to storage bags.

Terrific Breakfast Bars with Coffee

This is gmom, Cujo and family,

Peace out.

 

Cujo not allowed in the kitchen with so many people underfoot

Mulligatawny Soup From The Soup Nazi

Woke up this morning feeling the Fall in the air.
Cold outside.
Cujo didn’t stay out long.
Did his business and came back inside.
Still recovering from hand surgery so no work for me,
Just another day to play with Hoo and Cujo on the floor.

How about some soup?????

Mulligatawny Soup

Remember on Seinfeld?

The Soup Nazi???

If you have ever wondered what Mulligatawny soup was….

well then here you go!


Mulligatawny Soup
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1/2 cup chopped onion

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 carrot, diced

1/4 cup butter

1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder

4 cups chicken broth

1/2 apple, cored and chopped

1/4 cup white rice

1 skinless, boneless chicken breast half – cut into cubes

salt to taste

ground black pepper to taste

1 pinch dried thyme

1/2 cup heavy cream, heated

Directions:
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1.Saute onions, celery, carrot, and butter in a large soup pot.

Add flour and curry, and cook 5 more minutes.

Add chicken stock, mix well, and bring to a boil.

Simmer about 1/2 hour.

2.Add apple, rice, chicken, salt, pepper, and thyme.

Simmer 15-20 minutes, or until rice is done.

3.When serving, add hot cream.

If you keep a kosher kitchen as I do you can substitute Margarine for the butter and leave out the cream altogether.

Enjoy WP kids.

Cujo and gmom and Hoo are playing inside on this cloudy Baltimore day.

Hoo working on a mango pit

Plank Cooking – Salmon With Mango is Outrageous!

Plank cooking elevates simple dishes from the simply delicious to the sublime.

It is by definition cooking your food on a cedar plank.

You can buy the plank at a high end store like Williams Sonoma (4 planks for under $20) or from a good lumbar store and having them cut “untreated” cedar wood into pieces that will fit on the grate of your grill or your oven.

My son, The Chef, feels that you can attain similar results on the grill by tossing a few cedar wood chips into your coals while cooking.

I disagree.

I have found that apple or cedar burning in the coals will impart a woody flavor to meat or fish whereas plank cooking is much more subtle.

The cooking method is very simple.

You soak the plank in water for 2 hours or over nite.

Season your fish, meat, poultry or vegetables and lay them on the plank.

Put the plank on your grill or in your oven and cook as you normally would.

In the grill the plank will blacken on the edges and you will need to discard it after 1-2 uses.

Using it in the oven affords it a longer life.

I love using the plank with this salmon recipe.

It was inspired by a wordpress blog that has since dissapeared.

2 gals who posted recipes with music?

I have changed the recipe up quite a bit but want to give them some cred.

Salmon/Mango on the plank:

1 – Cedar Plank

1 – Salmon Filet 2-4 pounds

1 – mango peeled and cut into thin slices

1 – thinly sliced orange

1/4 – cup butter

1/4 – cup honey

1/8 – cup brown sugar

2 – tablespoons lemon juice

2 – teaspoons ginger

2 – teaspoons siracha or chili paste

DIRECTIONS:

Put the plank into a baking pan.

Lay orange slices all over the cedar plank.

Lay the Salmon on the orange slices.

Put this aside.

IN A SMALL SAUCE PAN:

Warm up the butter, honey, brown sugar and spices until well mixed.

Spoon half of mixture over the salmon.

Layer the mango all over the salmon.

Spoon the rest of the sugar/spice mixture over the salmon.

Bake on 350 F for 10 minutes per inch of fish or until thickest part of fish flakes easily.

Turn oven up to broil for last 2-4 minutes to brown edges and carmelize mangos.

Enjoy this yummy dish.

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