Author Archives: Vanalee

Soft Pumpkin Gingersnap Cookies

I found the recipe for these yummy cookies at Two Peas and Their Pod. They are so good! Ingredients: ½ cup of butter, at room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling the cookies ½ cup of pumpkin … Continue reading

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Cookie Monster’s Famous Sugar Cookie Dough Recipe

When Ally and James were little we collected a series of Sesame Street books from the grocery store. There was a new one each week for several weeks. At the time I thought this was the best sugar cookie recipe … Continue reading

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Genie Grandma’s Sugar Cookies

So be warned…I have only made this recipe once and they turned out very dry, as in they were little Hockey Pucks! Now, that could be attributed to my poor cooking skills when I was in my twenties or it … Continue reading

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Melinda Colton’s Sugar Cookies

Cream Together: 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup butter 1-8 ounce package cream cheese Add: 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 egg 3 1/2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Chill dough for one hour. … Continue reading

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Toffee Dip for Apples

This is a wonderful fall treat…I love it with apples! Ingredients- 1-8 oz package cream cheese 1/2 package Heath Bits (or you can chop up English Toffee bars instead) 1/4 to 1/2 cup brown sugar (depends on how sweet you … Continue reading

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Greek Panzanella

From “Aunt” Laura– Olive oil 1 small French bread cut into 1-inch cubes (I used La  Brea Rosemary Bread from Costco) Kosher salt 1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and cubed 1 red bell pepper, large diced 1 yellow bell pepper, … Continue reading

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Balsamic Barbecue Sauce

Another yummy recipe from “Aunt” Laura… 1/2 C. balsamic vinegar 3/4 C. ketchup 1/3 C. brown sugar 1 clove garlic, either pressed or minced 1 T. Worcestershire sauce 1 T. dijon mustard 1/2 t. salt 1/2 t. pepper Combine and … Continue reading

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Tri-color Orzo Salad

This salad recipe is from “Aunt” Laura. 1 pound orzo pasta 2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil, plus another 1/4 cup 2 cups fresh arugula, about 3 ounces (I usually use more than that, maybe 3 or 4 cups, and I use … Continue reading

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Apple Pumpkin Muffins

Fall is in the air…somedays! These sound yummy… Ingredients- Muffin batter- 2 1/2 cup flour 2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice or a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves 2 eggs, beaten … Continue reading

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Red, White and Blue Potato Salad

This past weekend we were in Washington for Megan’s wedding. After the ceremony we had a fabulous dinner! Best wedding food ever! Megan and Tyler hired a guy who has a BBQ food truck. Only it’s not really a truck, … Continue reading

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