Persimmon and Grapefruit Salad

Thank you to my cooking instructor, Gloria Martin- so many fond memories of attending classes in your living room in Raytown! 1 bunch of watercress (or other fancy greens like frisee, arugula, endive) 4 ripe, bright orange persimmons 4 white or pink grapefruit Wash greens well and spin dry.  Chill.  Save until you are ready [...]

Waldorf Salad a la Hen House

This recipe was clipped from the Kansas City Star, many a moon ago.  It was developed for Price Chopper/Hen House Markets by Bonnie Winston, a famous food stylist for the finest restaurants in KC.  We miss you Bonnie. Thank you for your wonderful gifts of food. 1 1/4 pounds firm crisp red apples (about 3) [...]

Christmas Chestnut Soup with Sage

1 can of cream of celery soup, undiluted 1 can chicken broth 1 can of whole peeled cooked chestnuts in water (unsweetened and drained) 1 teaspoon dried sage pinch of salt 1/3 cup of heavy cream In a large saucepan combine soups, drained chestnuts, sage and salt.  Simmer for 10 minutes. Puree using a hand [...]

Smoky Shrimp Soup

1 large can of chicken broth 2 large baking potatoes, peeled and diced 2 diced onions 1 cup of diced celery Cook these together until tender.  Puree. Add: 1 pound velveeta cheese, cubed (or velveeta with Mexican flavors) 1 large can diced tomatoes 1 large can ro tel tomatoes 4 cups of whole milk, more [...]

Grandma Barbie’s Cherry Cheese Pie

My mom was the best cook in the world.  No, really.  Thanks, Mom, for another great recipe.  Miss you lots. Crust: 1/2 cup margarine or butter 2T sugar 1/4 t salt Cream together and add 1 cup of flour.  Press this crumb mixture into a lightly greased 9" pie pan. Filling: 1 small can of [...]

Harvest Crackers

We love love love this recipe from "The Kitchn" website.  The ingredients scream fall !  Serve with goat cheese spread and some dried apricots along with some bubbly- Yikes! Makes about 12 dozen crisps 1 cup dried cranberries 3/4 cup pecans 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup whole wheat, rye, spelt, or other whole-grain flour [...]

Dressing with a Twist

Allow yourself plenty of time to make this beautiful dressing presentation! Make the Bread        (or use a 1 1/2 pound loaf of frozen bread dough!) 1/2 pkg dry yeast 1/3 cup warm water 1 T sugar 3C all purpose flour 2T butter 1t salt 1 large egg 1/3 cup sour cream 1/3 cup water, room [...]

Cranberry Salsa

No, it's not a dance, but a delicious and healthy take on the old standard jelly-goo stuff (that Papa Steve adores, but oh, well.) 2 bags of cranberries, picked over and washed 1/2 jicama, shredded Juice and zest of 1 lime 1/4 cup orange juice 1/2 cup sugar (or more, to taste) 4 jalapenos, diced [...]

Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

Hey, don't stress!  Why not take the week before Thanksgiving to gather your supplies and make your gravy! It's easy-peasy! Makes about 2 quarts 6 turkey drumsticks, thighs, or wings reserved turkey giblets and reserved turkey neck if you have them 2 carrots, chopped coarse 1 head garlic, halved 2 ribs celery, chopped coarse Vegetable [...]

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