Pressure Cooker Beef Stroganoff

  1 large package beef cubes (about 2.5 lbs), fat trimmed off 1 large Spanish onion, cut up 4 cloves garlic, chopped fine 2 small cans mushrooms, stems & pieces, undrained (no salt added) 1 32oz container Swanson unsalted beef stock 1 cup dry white wine…

Sugar Cookies

This sugar cookie variation has 2 distinct characteristics that make it different from most other sugar cookies. The first is that it is made with vegetable oil, rather than butter, margarine, or shortening. If you know anyone on a special diet, perhaps for cholesterol reduction, where…

Peanut Blossoms (aka Peanut Butter Kisses)

  This was always one of my daughter’s favorite cookies. Peanut butter and chocolate combined together. What’s not to love? 1 3/4 cups flour 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup shortening 1/2 cup peanut…

BBQ Sauce (low carb)

1 tsp onion powder 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1 small can (6 oz) tomato paste 1 can (12 oz) diet black cherry soda – Splenda-sweetened preferred* 1/4 cup reduced sugar ketchup (if you can get sugar-free, use that instead) 3 TBS spicy brown mustard 1 TBS…

How to brew loose leaf tea in your drip coffee maker

Equipment & supplies needed: 1 cone style drip coffee maker, 8-cup or larger (flat basket will not work) 1 electric coffee grinder 1 permanent filter, cone style, like this one Loose leaf tea   Grind the tea (a small amount at a time) to the consistency…

Italian Christmas Cookies (knots)

Christmas cookies should be shared with friends and family, and this will make plenty for that purpose. I remember these from when I was growing up. My stepmother’s mom made them every year, but when she died, she kind of took the recipe with her (or…

Banana Bread (fat free)

This is a fantastic recipe to experiment with, changing the bananas to 2 cups of any pureed fruit and adding in additional ground spices, such as cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. I have even done an oatmeal variation where I replaced the bananas with 2 cups…

Moravian Ginger Spice Cookies

I found this recipe in a cookbook, at my local public library, almost 30 years ago. I wish I knew the title of the book, but unfortunately I didn’t write that relevant fact on the piece of paper I copied it to. It seems to be…

Hot Fudge Cake

This cake is on my list of the most awesome cakes, ever. It is baked in it’s own gooey chocolate syrup and is fantastic with ice cream. This is not the kind of cake you bake as a gift for someone that has never had it…

Seasoned Brown Rice (microwave version)

1 cup brown rice (uncooked) 2 TBS butter or margarine 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 can (4 oz) sliced mushrooms, drained 1/2 tsp dried thyme 1/2 tsp rubbed sage 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 2 bouillon cubes (vegetable, chicken, or beef) 1 TBS…

Cooking Rice in Your Microwave Oven

Yes, it is possible to make great tasting rice in your microwave oven. In fact, it’s my preferred method for cooking rice. While it isn’t any faster than on the stove top, it is easier (you don’t have to stir while cooking) and clean up is…

Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Rice

1/2 cup brown rice 2/3 cup parboiled rice 1/4 cup butter or margarine 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 can (4 oz) sliced mushrooms, drained 1 tsp dried thyme leaves, divided 1/2 tsp rubbed sage 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 4 to 6 boneless…