Shortcut Key Lime Pie

Looking for an easy desire to put on the table which doesn’t require much stovetop or cooktop time? Well, here you go.  In fact, if you heat the water in the microwave, you needn’t touch the stove or oven.   This recipe is handy year-round, but especially so in the warm weather of summer.

Total Time

  • 2 hours, 20 minutes

Preparation Time

  • Twenty minutes

Refrigeration Time

  • Two Hours

Ingredients

  • 1 carton (8 ounces) fat-free whipped topping
  • 1 purchased or prepared graham cracker crust
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 cartons (6 ounces each) Key lime yogurt
  • 1 package (0.3 ounces) sugar-free lime gelatin

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the gelatin and boiling water to gelatin.
  • Stir gelatin about two minutes until gelatin is completely dissolved.
  •  Whisk in yogurt.
  • Gently fold in whipped topping.
  • Pour into crust.
  • Level and smooth out filling.
  • Refrigerate, covered, until set, about 2 hours.
  • Garnish, if desire
  • Cut and serve cold.

Servings

  • This recipe makes eight servings

Corn Bread Dinner Rolls Recipe

What dinner table is and better for being grace graced with some fresh bread. These dinner rolls are tasty and allow your family and guests to help themselves. Additionally, they make an excellent side dish for holiday meals.

Corn Bread Dinner Roll Ingredients

  • 1 cups of milk
  • 2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon of instant yeast, dissolve in warm water
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt (optional)
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

Corn Bread Dinner Roll Directions

  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat simmer the milk for 2 minutes.
  • Add the cornmeal and continue cooking and mixing until the mixture is thickened. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  • Once cooled add the mixture into a bowl, add the yeast, the canola oil, and the honey.
  • Mix well to combine everything.
  • Add the salt and 2 eggs. Mix again.
  • Little by little add the flour until a soft dough forms.
  • Knead the dough for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the dough to a greased bowl and cover.
  • Reserve for about 3 hours so that the dough will double in size.
  • Make 12 little balls and place each roll on a baking sheet cover with parchment paper.
  • Place the rolls in a warm place ( a closed oven with the light on for example )let them rise again for about 1 hour.      
  • Preheat the oven to 375 ˚F. 
  • In a small bowl add 1 egg and mix with a fork.
  • Brush the top of the rolls with egg and sprinkle cornmeal.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Prep time :

  • 20 minutes

Cook Time

  • 20 minutes

Waiting Time

  •  4 hours

Serving

  •  This recipe makes about 12 servings

Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are a nice and decorative way to add color and flavor to any table.  Not only are they tasty and relatively easy to prepare, but I find them a handy way to use up the mini jam and jelly jars, which tend to arrive in the holiday food gift packages.  Using the mini jars of jams and jellies as filling in these cookies will create a variety of colors in each batch and put the mini jars of jams and jellies to immediate use. 

Of course, if you just want to make a batch of the cookies, there is nothing wrong with just using your favorite jam, which is likely setting in your refrigerator.

Thumbprint CookieIngredients      

Cookie Dough

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unshifted powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract

Cookie Filling

  • 1/2 cup fruit jam, divided

Thumbprint CookieDirections

  • Preheat the oven to 325o F (165 o C).
  • Combine butter and powdered sugar together with a spatula until creamy.
  • Add and combine with a spatula, vanilla extract, almond extract, salt, and egg yolk.
  • Add flour and combine with a spatula until just combined.
  • Using a small scoop, portion dough into 1/2-ounce (I-tablespoon size) balls.
  • Roll balls in a plate of white sugar to coat; roll again between your palms.
  • Place cookie dough balls several inches apart on a silicone-lined baking sheet.
  • Flatten balls slightly with a small plate or smooth spatula.

To Make Jam Promament Cookies

  • For more jam-faced cookies, press your thumb into each cookie to make a wider, shallow, indentation in each cookie.
  • Fill the indentation with jam.
  • Gently Tap baking sheet against the counter to settle the let jam.
  • Bake on the center rack of the oven (about 15 minutes ) until the cookie tops are barely blonde and bottoms are slightly golden.
  • Let the cookies rest on pan for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.

Bread Pudding For Two

Bread pudding has been around a very long time.  I have cooks books going back to 1901 with some variation of the recipe.  And no wonder, this is a really simple and tasty dessert for the cooler months of the year and makes a nice holiday side dish or dessert, as well.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups day-old or toasted white bread cubes (2 slices)
  • 2 eggs (Large or Jumbo)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins (optional)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon unsalted butter (cut in small cubes)

Directions

  • Divide bread, raisins, and butter between two greased 8 or 10 oz. Ramekins and set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whip together eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Pour in equal amounts over filling in both ramekins.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350o F for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow bread puddings to cool and serve warm or room temperature.

Making Your Own Pumpkin Pie Spice

Pumpkin pie spice is always a useful thing to have around the house, especially in the fall when pumpkin and winter squash are cheat and abundant.  Or if you are like me and simply like to eat a pumpkin pie or pumpkin custard most any time of the year.  However, I find making your Pumpkin spice is best because you can adjust your spice volume to meet your taste and dietary needs.  Ginger something gives people trouble with heartburn and I find that orange zest gives the spice blend and nice citrus edge which appeals to many.  Here is a basic Pumpkin spice recipe, but feel free to experiment with it to best accommodate your family’s tastes.  

Pumpkin Pie Spice Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground clove
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger or ground dehydrated orange zest
  • 2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 Tbsp ground cinnamon

Pumpkin Pie Spice Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl whisk together thoroughly.
  • Pour the pumpkin pie spice into an airtight container
  • store the sealed pumpkin pie spice container in a cool dry place.
  • The pumpkin pie spice should be used within 6 months for best results.

Cook’s Note

  • I use my coffee bean grinder to make the ground orange zest, which works fine if you start with either purchased or home make dried orange zest. however, you do want to make sure that all the orange zest is finely ground without large bits, so, it will distru=bute evenly in your recipe.

Recipe – Almost Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie seems to say summer because of Lemon Meringue’s yellow sunshine color and white cloud meringue. Lemon Meringue is easy to love.

Here’s a lemon meringue pie recipe which is quick and easy.  Starting with a lemon bar mix simplifies the recipe and gives it the lemon flavor, while eggs and sugar make the lemon meringue pie taste rich and fresh.

Ingredients

Lemon Pie

  • 1 18 – 19.5 oz package Lemon Bar Mix with lemon filling mix and crust
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 whole eggs

Meringue

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3 egg whites

Recipe Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Lemon Pie directions

  • Press complete pouch of crust mix firmly into bottom and sides of a lightly greased 9-inch pie or tart pan or 8×8-inch square pan.
  • Bake 8 minutes, until crust is light brown.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk full pouch lemon filling mix, water, and eggs together until thoroughly mixed.
  • Pour over warm crust.
  • Bake 22-26 additional minutes or until center does not jiggle when shaken and top begins to brown.

Meringue Directions

  • With an electric mixer whip cream of tartar  and egg whites on medium until froth appears.
  • Then, gradually add sugar, about a teaspoon, at a time while continuing whipping at high speed, until stiff glossy peaks start to form –be careful not overbeat your meringue.
  • Spread over the baked pie. Be sure to carefully seal meringue to edge of the pie crust. If desired, use the back of a spoon to make swirls and peaks in  the meringue.
  • Return new topped pie to the oven
  • bake the pie an additional 10-15 minutes until light golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and cool on a rack, until the pie reaches room temperature
  • Slice, plate and serve.

Servings

•        Makes 1 pie or 6 to 8 slice

Related References

Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

Homemade ranch dressing in a small jar
Homemade ranch dressing in a small jar

Ranch salad dressing is a popular salad dressing, which has been in the United States since before World War II. While this homemade recipe calls for buttermilk, this recipe can also be made with plain milk or a 50-50 mix of plain yogurt and plain milk.

Servings

  • Makes 2 1/2 cups
  • About 40, 1 tablespoon or 20, 2 tablespoons servings

Approximate Serving Calories 

  • Ranch Dressing – 1 tablespoon 65 Calories
  • Ranch Dressing – 2 tablespoons 129 Calories


Ingredients

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons  all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons snipped chives
  • l teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/2 cup  mayonnaise


Directions

  • Combine buttermilk and flour in a 1 quart mixing bowl
  • whisk or stir until smooth
  • Add chives, parsley, garlic salt, onion salt and pepper
  • Microwave on high until mixture boils and thickens stirring twice; about 
    4 minutes
  • Cool to room temperature and stir in mayonnaise

Storage

  • Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.
  • The dressing should be safe to eat for at least a week