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Getting Back to Baking!
Old 12-08-2015, 08:34 AM
 
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Last week I dug out my grandmothers recipe for a dense raisin loaf and made a few. I forgot how good it was! I gave away a couple and plan to make more. When we were first married forty years ago, I used to make lots of them as gifts, since we couldn't afford to buy things!
This week I'm going to make Cathedral cookies or as I call them-Stained Glass Window cookies. You just melt chocolate chips with butter, add chopped walnuts and a bag of colored mini marshmallows. If you use white marshmallows you won't get the same effect. You form the mixture into two logs on wax paper. After they are cold in the fridge, you slice them. They look like little stained glass windows. They taste like marshmallow Easter bunnies
Both of those things are very holiday-ish!
And finally-after watching Valeri Bertinelli on her food network show make granola, I made a batch for my son. Sooo easy and he loves it!
I used dried apricots, but the next batch will have dried cranberries!


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I love to bake
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I used to make Cathedral cookies, but mine were sugar cookies cut out with empty spaces in them. I crushed Life savers of different colors into those spaces and then baked. They really did look like stained glass windows.

I make my granola with dried cranberries or dried cherries. So good yet less expensive than store bought.
This weekend I will be joining my daughter and grandson to decorate cookies with 10 little friends. It will be the first time I can join them because I retired. Retirement is great!
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:36 AM
 
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I used to bake all sorts of different cookies and made candy for Christmas. I'd take them to work and put them out for staff. I haven't been able to do much baking due to my oven being out of level the past several years...long story about a floor being put in. Anyway, this year I can't because I don't even have a stove. Hopefully the kitchen will be done by the end of the year, though. Maybe I can bake for New Year's Day.
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but if you have a stove, not a wall oven, there are little "feet" under it that can be adjusted to make the oven level.

When I had my wall oven installed it was delivered before it was installed. I put a post it on it and reminded them that it must be level and I meant that a level must be put inside on the rack and read before the final installation. That was about the only thing I was a witch about.
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I have all my ingredients and a few days stuck at home to bake. Just had a PDT light treatment on my face and have to stay out of any sunlight for at least 48 hours. I am making three kinds of cookies plus a chocolate chip pie. It will be good to get it done ahead!


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Old 12-08-2015, 02:48 PM
 
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I'm looking forward to Christmas baking. I treated myself to a new Kitchen Stand Mixer and want to see how it stands up to cookie batter.
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Can I come over and be your taste tester? Sounds like you are having a fun, and delicious time!

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Old 12-08-2015, 06:52 PM
 
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I've got all of the ingredients and recipes out for my cookies... now to find the time!!
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Would you share the recipe/quantities for your Stained Glass Window cookies. I remember them from years ago. I think it would be fun to make them with my grandson.
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You all are so inspiring. My DS comes home from University of Chicago for 3 weeks on Thursday and I'm planning to whip up a batch of some of his favorites. Put on some Christmas music, make a pot of tea and roll out the dough!



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I have to bake cookies for a cookie swap at the museum. I think I'll take time to make a few more batches of different kinds and freeze the dough so I can make just a few at a time.

I was thinking of baking cookies to take to the neighbors as a Christmas gift. I just need to find some pretty containers to put them in. Maybe I'll stop at the dollar store when I go to the bank today...or the party store tomorrow--Chinese take out containers would be perfect! I can line them with pretty tissue paper and put a bow on top--voila!

Now, what kinds to make?

-dried cherry/dark chocolate chip/walnut
-chocolate orange cardamom
-soft molasses? or gingerbread?
-spritz
-pfeffernusse

That will be my job on Thursday and Friday. I guess I'd better stock up on supplies at the grocery store on Thursday morning!
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Not quite baking, but....
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Good morning to all- I don't do any baking as such- that is up to my wife, and she doesn't want me in her kitchen for any reason except to load the dirty dishes and start them around. But, I do have my Big Green Egg griller/smoker outside, and I put a big pork shoulder in a few days ago- a nice make it up as I go dry rub, some oak smoking wood, and seven hours later, a fine bit of pulled pork for sandwiches. We've just about finished up that smoked shoulder.
And the best part? I take the rind and the bones out of the smoked shoulder when it's done, and I put them in a big pot with soaked pinto beans, and all day long the house smells so good with cooking slowly beans.
Then I fire up the Big Green Egg again- get it really hot- say 500+ degrees, and put on my old black iron corn bread skillet with cornbread. 20 minutes or so later- golden cornbread with a touch of smoke flavor.
Not much better in my opinion than beans and cornbread.
Good day to all- Ed
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Old 12-09-2015, 06:45 AM
 
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Cornbread counts as baking Sounds like a great meal!
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I am STARVING right now!
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Between reading about the pork, beans & cornbread and the yummy Christmas cookies, I think I'd better run to the kitchen for a snack. I haven't started baking yet, but I need to think about it. Ever since I retired I always have baked up a variety of goodies to give to friends and neighbors. It is lovely to have the time to do something special. I'm subbing now, but plan to block out the week before Christmas!
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Sounds yummy!
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I'm going to Ed's house for the main dish, then to everyone else's house for dessert!

It all sounds delicious! I will be making brownies for a community event later this week. Maybe some Christmas cookies as well now that you have all inspired me to get started.
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Rubytunes...sounds like a progressive dinner to me!

You all can come to my house for some appetizers and a cocktail or glass of wine first!
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I have my ingredients all bought and ready to bake Christmas cookies (a Snickerdoodle recipe) and fudge (some plain fudge and some with walnuts).
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I'm headed your way to start on the appetizers!

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Old 12-11-2015, 08:29 AM
 
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Just made the Cathedral cookies which are basically candy And I baked a big batch of cranberry granola for my son.
Productive morning!
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Cranberry Almond Granola
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Cranberry Almond Granola!
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That was a beautiful work of art.... your cranberry almond granola! Your son is so lucky! I would love to have that recipe!
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