Category Archives: My Muse

Inspiration from my mentors. Friends, family, acquaintances – each life is a gift shared with you. Honor them, keep them in mind, remember them often and share their lives with your children and grandchildren by telling stories, sharing their recipes, baking their favorites. This keeps them all alive in your memories whether you see them every month, every day, and even when they pass on. Life is not permanent.

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie.  All my childhood memories of Pumpkin Pie are from Thanksgiving. My Mom loved to bake.  Today, that is easy to say, I mean I have the help of my Kitchenaid mixer, my Breadmaker which I use mostly to … Continue reading

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Eggs Portugal a Savory Bread Pudding

Jackie made this breakfast dish for us a few times. I asked her for the recipe. As she got a little older Jon took over the kitchen and always made great scrambled eggs and of course, lots of bacon. I … Continue reading

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Coq Au Vin

My sister-in-law once said she loved Coq Au Vin. I had never made it, but the thought was stored until the other day. The time was now. So, I put this together. Husband Dennis loved, loved, loved it! Since all … Continue reading

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Ground Beef or Lamb and Parmesan Ravioli

Ingredients: ½ lb Ground Beef or Lamb 3 oz Parmesan Cheese ¼ Onion finely minced 2 – 3 cloves Garlic minced 1 Egg Fresh Oregano Fresh Parsley Fresh Mint (great if you are using lamb) Fresh grated ginger Chop and … Continue reading

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Apricot Pineapple Walnut Conserve

Not too long ago, I put out the word that I wanted the recipes or the favorite foods that everyone remembered growing up. My husband’s brother Jon asked if I had the recipe for his mom’s Apricot jam and he … Continue reading

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Mom’s White Bread

MOTHER’S BEST HOMEMADE WHITE BREAD 5 Cups scalded milk (or 5 Cups warm water with 25 Tablespoons instant dry milk–then you don’t need to scald it) 6 Tablespoons sugar 1 Tablespoon yeast 1/2 Cup warm water 6 Tablespoons shortening, melted … Continue reading

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Zucchini Bread

3 eggs well beaten 1 1/2 cups sugar 3 tsp vanilla 1 cup oil 2 cups shredded zucchini 3 cups all purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 3 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp baking soda 1 cup chopped … Continue reading

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Rustic Peach Tart

So what could my mom do with her canned peaches? Everything or nothing, they were always great.  This tart is equally good with tart apples, pears, plums, or berries, apricots or yes – peaches.  Even combining fruits would be great.   The … Continue reading

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Chewy Popcorn Balls

In preparation for Halloween night, my mom would gather us and we would make popcorn balls to hand out for goodies. 1 cup sugar 1 cup light corn syrup (or 1 cup maple syrup) 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 … Continue reading

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Aunt Nett’s Shrimp and Potato Salad

Ingredients: 10 large potatoes 2 cups mayonnaise (Do NOT use fat free or low fat) 1 (6 ounce) can shrimp, drained well and flaked (you can also use thawed frozen shrimp or freshly boil shrimp) 2 celery ribs, minced fine … Continue reading

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