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Apple Pie School Project

Apple Pie School Project

Introduction Another apple pie, except this one we did for two reasons.  It’s one of the lessons for the kid’s home life course and we’re visiting a friend tomorrow and figured it would be good to bring them a pie.  We followed the same recipe as our “Award Winning Apple Pie” this time. I did the coring, peeling and slicing of the apples.  Ariana did most of the other work, from gathering the ingredients to mixing everything together to assembling…

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Pizza for a School Project

Pizza for a School Project

Introduction This post is a school project in making pizza for the kids.  The assignment was to do some comparison shopping on items from various local grocery stores.  My kids regularly shop with me and know that not only do I look for good prices, but also take into account time and gas required to shop.  I’ve explained to them that it doesn’t make much sense to spend more in gas to drive to another store to save a few…

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Maple Cinnamon Cheesecake with Apple Crisp Topping

Maple Cinnamon Cheesecake with Apple Crisp Topping

Now is the time of year I start baking things to test out for going onto the Thanksgiving Day table.  Today’s test is a cheesecake, but not just any cheesecake.  This one has a cinnamon graham cracker crust, maple syrup/cinnamon cake with an apple crisp topping. The Crust 2 packages Honeymaid Cinnamon Graham Crackers 1 1/2 Sticks Butter Melted Put the graham crackers into a food processor and pulse until you have a good combination of fine crumbs and larger…

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A Major Award for Apple Pie

A Major Award for Apple Pie

Yesterday I entered a homemade apple pie in the Albatwich (Al-ba-twitch) festival in Columbia, PA, put on by the Columbia Creative Factory.  It was a tight competition when the judges needed to find another judge to settle a tie breaker between 2nd and 3rd Place.  After much discussion and several tastings, I was eventually declared the first place winner.  With that comes all the honors and privileges of being a local Apple Pie Contest Winner. The winning pie was actually…

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Handmade Kitchen Mallet

Handmade Kitchen Mallet

If you do a lot of cooking like I do, I’m sure you know the importance of having a good heavy kitchen mallet.  Unfortunately what I’ve seen available in stores lately in the way of mallets just don’t seem to work.  They’re too light, with a long handle to make up for the weight.  They don’t have a large enough surface area, meaning it takes a lot of hits to get the meat flattened. I happened to have a pile…

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Home Made Ice Cream

Home Made Ice Cream

I was watching an episode of Triple D the other night and got a hankerin’ to venture into Home Made Ice Cream.  I have an old 1 Gallon ice cream maker that my mom bought when we were kids.  Probably from someplace like Monkey Wards (Montgomery Wards).  It’s probably 30+ years old and possibly traveled back and forth across the country, twice. First thing I wanted to make was the old standby of chocolate.  Everyone loves chocolate ice cream.  I…

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Canning Beef Broth

Canning Beef Broth

We recently realized that our supply of various broths we keep on hand was getting low.  I normally keep a supply of beef broth, chicken and pork, although the pork, I feel, isn’t as necessary since pork and chicken broth are almost identical in taste.  I did one of my weekly shopping trips to Stauffer’s and picked up 12lbs of frozen marrow bones. As soon as I got them home I set the oven to 350F and laid them in…

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Beef Meatloaf, it’s what’s for dinner

Beef Meatloaf, it’s what’s for dinner

Probably like a lot of people of my age, you grew having beef meatloaf for dinner.  Seems that it has fallen out of favor with a lot of families over the years, but I still like it.  We’ve made turkey meatloaf with feta cheese and sun dried tomatoes, which my wife likes, but my favorite is still the classic beef meatloaf.  I look forward to having meatloaf sammiches with homemade Bread & Butter pickles with cheese for lunch the days…

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Homemade Bread

Homemade Bread

Making bread at home is something that took me a bit of practice to get right.  After a couple of failures, I’ve found that I can whip up a loaf of various  kinds of bread without much trouble. Whole Wheat is probably the most challenging to get just right.  My kids won’t eat regular white bread for sammiches as we don’t buy it.  I’ve been eating whole wheat for about 25 years, so that’s all we ever have in the…

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Spice Cupboard

Spice Cupboard

As the chief cook and bottle washer, I found that having a tidy spice cupboard handy.  For the longest time my spice cupboard was a mess, but I finally broke down and got it  designed the way that it’s useful. I started off with getting a pair of Rubbermaid Pull Down Spice Racks from our local big blue box store.  They fit perfectly in the cupboard and with the stadium seating design I could easily organize most everything.  I decided…

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