a little of each

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Brown Sugar Chewies June 2, 2013

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Thanksgiving 2005, from “Paula Deen and Friends”


¼ cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 egg, beaten
¾ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup pecans, chopped
confectioner’s sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8-inch square pan with vegetable oil cooking spray. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Turn off heat, add brown sugar and stir until smooth. Stir in egg. Sift together flour and baking powder and stir into brown sugar mixture. Add vanilla and pecans. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. When cool, dust top with a sifting of confectioners’ sugar. After cutting into squares remove from pan and store in a plastic container with a tight fitting lid.


Peanut Butter Cookies

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From the Pillsbury Book of Baking.



½ cup sugar

½ brown sugar

½ cup butter, softened

½ cup peanut butter

2 Tbl milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

1 ¾ cup flour

1 tsp baking soda



Cream sugars and butter together. Add peanut butter, milk, vanilla and egg, and mix well. Add in flour and baking soda, and mix well. Use a tablespoon to scoop out the dough onto a cookie sheet. Use a fork dipped in granulated sugar to press hatch-marks in the top of each cookie. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.



Peter’s Cookies

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Dad traditionally makes these around the holidays, but they are perfect any time of the year. He often adds chopped pecans and will make a batch especially for mom who doesn’t like chocolate chips: no chips, extra pecans.

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Since Dad died I’ve made these cookies a few times, and, unintentionally, those few times have been for new moms. After they are baked I realize, Oh, oatmeal is good for nursing mothers!

Alice and I recently baked them for the first time for our family, and when Ken tasted one he said it might be the best cookie he’s ever had, hands down.  Better than Oreos??  Alice loves them because they have two of her favorite foods: oatmeal and brown sugar.


1 cup unsalted butter

1 ½ tsp vanilla

1 egg

½ cup sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 tsp baking soda

2 cups flour

2 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats

6 oz milk chocolate chips



Melt butter, and combine with vanilla and egg. Then mix in both sugars. Add flour and baking soda. Mix well. Add the oats, and mix well. Lastly, blend in chocolate chips. Use a Tablespoon to scoop out the dough onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.


Vanilla and Lime Flan

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½ cup sugar

3 Tbl water



2 cups condensed milk

2 cups whole milk

3 limes, zested

1 vanilla bean

6 eggs



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  To make the caramel, heat together the water and sugar gently over a medium flame until it is golden brown, about 10 minutes, ensuring the mixture does not burn.  Meanwhile pour the condensed milk and whole milk into a pan.  Add the lime zest.  Slice the vanilla pod in half and carefully scrape out the vanilla seeds and add these to the milk mixture.  Simmer the milk slowly for 15 minutes to let the flavors combine.  Once the caramel is ready, pour it into a cake pan and swirl it around to evenly coat the bottom of the pan.  Set aside.  In a bowl, beat the eggs well.  Slowly pour a little of the warm milk, vanilla and lime mixture into the eggs.  Once the eggs are warmed, pour in the rest of the milk.  Pour all of the mixture into the cake pan over the caramel.  Cook the cake pan in a water bath for 45 minutes to an hour.  Once ready, allow to cool and refrigerate overnight.  To serve, gently flip over the flan onto a serving tray.


Lemon Chiffon Pie with Glazed Cranberries

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Peter served this beautiful pie at Thanksgiving in 2003. The fluffy chiffon was a nice change from the traditional pumpkin and pecan pies. Whipped cream is still compulsory.



Nonstick vegetable oil spray

2 cups shortbread cookie crumbs

3 ½ Tbl unsalted butter, melted



¼ cup water

1 ½ tsp unflavored gelatin

4 large eggs, separated

2/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1 tsp grated lemon peel

½ cup chilled whipping cream



½ cup sugar

1/3 cup water

2 cups fresh or frozen whole cranberries (about 8 ounces)

½ cup currant jelly




Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch deep-dish glass pie dish with nonstick spray. Mix cookie crumbs and melted butter in small bowl. Press crumb mixture over bottom and up sides of prepared dish. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Cool on rack.



Place ¼ cup water in small bowl; sprinkle gelatin over. Let stand until gelatin softens, about 10 minutes. Whisk egg yolks, 1/3 cup sugar, lemon juice and lemon peel in top of double boiler to blend. Cook over barely simmering water until custard thickens, whisking frequently, about 6 minutes. Transfer to large bowl. Add gelatin to hot custard; whisk to dissolve. Place over bowl of ice water; stir until cool and thickened but not set, about 12 minutes. Using electric mixer, beat egg whites in another large bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add 1/3 cup sugar; beat until stiff but not dry. Fold egg white mixture into custard in 2 additions. Using electric mixer, beat cream in medium bowl until peaks form. Fold into lemon mixture. Transfer filling to cooled crust. Cover with plastic and chill overnight. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled.



Stir sugar and 1/3 cup water in medium saucepan over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium-high; bring to boil. Add cranberries; cook until half have popped, about 5 minutes. Add jelly; stir until melted. Cool to room temperature. Gently spoon topping over pie. Chill at least 30 minutes to set. (Can be made 4 hours ahead; keep refrigerated.)


Lemon Cheesecake Pies

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From Southern Living, February 2006. Makes two pies.


2 refrigerated pie crusts
2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
1 large egg

Lemon Chess Pie Filling (below)



Fit each pie crust into a 9-inch pieplate. Line pastry with aluminum foil, and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes. Remove weights and foil. Bake 2 more minutes or until golden brown. Cool crusts completely on wire racks. Beat cream cheese, sugar and egg at low speed with electric mixer until smooth. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over both crusts. Spoon Lemon Chess Pie Filling evenly over cream cheese mixture in crusts. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until set, shielding edges to prevent excess browning, if needed. Cool completely on wire racks. Garnish if desired.


Lemon Chess Pie Filling:

2 cups sugar

4 large eggs

¼ cup butter, melted

¼ cup milk

1 Tbl lemon zest

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

1 Tbl all-purpose flour

1 Tbl cornmeal

¼ tsp salt


Whisk together all ingredients. Use filling immediately.


Peter’s Cheesecake

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Peter made this for the first time when Robin hosted a ladies bridge party shortly after moving to St. Petersburg. It wasn’t until the mid-1990s, after attended a baking class at the Disney Institute, that he started to bake in earnest, eventually filling Nana Hazel’s role as Birthday Cake Maker.



1 lb cream cheese

3 eggs

1 cup sugar

¼ tsp. salt

½ tsp. almond extract

½ tsp. vanilla extract

½ pint sour cream



Cream cheese, eggs and sour cream need to be at room temperature. Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add eggs, 2/3 cup sugar, 1/8 tsp. salt and almond extract. Beat until thick and lemon-colored. Pour into buttered 9-inch pie pan. Bake in preheated moderate oven (350 degrees) for 25 minutes. Cool on rack for 20 minutes. Mix together sour cream, 1 ½ tsp. sugar, 1/8 tsp. salt and vanilla; blend well. Spread sour cream mixture on cake. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool and then chill thoroughly.


Freeman Allen’s Carrot Cake

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2 cups flour

2 cups sugar

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1 ¼ cups vegetable oil

3 cups grated carrots

4 eggs

½ cup chopped nuts

2 tsp vanilla

cream cheese frosting



Combine first six ingredients (flour through cinnamon) in a large mixer. Mix until blended, about three to four minutes. Add oil to mixture while mixing. Then add the carrots and the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Stir in nuts and vanilla. Mix well. Pour into greased and floured 9 x 13 pan. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool in pan. Frost with cream cheese frosting.


Cream cheese frosting:

4 oz cream cheese

¼ cup butter

2 cups confectioners sugar


Combine cheese and butter in a small mixer bowl. Beat until light and fluffy. Add confectioners sugar and beat to blend. Use additional sugar if necessary.


Buttermilk Corn Bread March 29, 2013

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This partners perfectly with Mama’s Yummy Chile.



1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

1 cup yellow cornmeal

¼ cup sugar

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

2 eggs

1 cup buttermilk

4 tsp unsalted butter, melted



Combine first five ingredients in a large bowl. In another bowl, mix eggs, buttermilk and butter. Add to dry ingredients and stir until all ingredients are just blended. Take care not to overmix. Pour batter into a greased 9-inch springform pan or deep pie plate. Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for about 25 minutes, until golden around the edges and a cake tester comes out clean. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting in wedges to serve.



1 cup finely chopped pecans

1 cup blueberries

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

1 cup fresh or frozen (thawed) corn kernels

½ cup canned pumpkin puree and ½ cup toasted pine nuts

½ cup diced green chiles, ½ tsp. ground cumin and ½ cup grated jack cheese


Angel Biscuits

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From Southern Living


These are called Angel Biscuits because they are light, fluffy, and taste like heaven when they are warm with butter slathered on them. The first time Peter made them, the biscuits came out of the oven looking like giant lips!



1 package active dry yeast

¼ cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

¾ teaspoon salt

2 Tbl sugar

½ cup shortening

¾ cup buttermilk



Combine yeast and water, let stand five minutes. Combine flour and next four ingredients; cut in shortening with a pastry blender until crumbly. Add yeast mixture and buttermilk, stirring with a fork just until dry ingredients are moistened. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead lightly 10 to 15 times. Roll or pat dough to ¾” thickness; cut with a 2 ½” round biscuit cutter. Place biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85 degrees), free from drafts, for 35 minutes or until doubled in bulk. Bake at 400 for 12-14 minutes or until golden.