January 28, 2016

Hershey's Mint Truffle Cookies

1 1/4 cups butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
24-36 Hershey's mint truffle kisses

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.  Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until combined.  Cover and refrigerate dough for one hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Scoop tablespoons of dough into balls and roll in sugar.  Place balls on prepared cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.  Allow the cookies to cool for about 5 minutes before topping with a truffle.

Served at 2015 Relief Society Christmas party

Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt

Mix all ingredients.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.

Served at 2015 Relief Society Christmas party

Sugar Cookies

3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp lemon
1 tsp almond or vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Beat butter, sugar and eggs first.  Then add the rest of the ingredients.  
Chill for 1 hour or longer in refrigerator.
Roll out and cut into desired shapes.
Bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes.

Christie Valverde
Served at 2015 Relief Society Christmas party.

Dark Chocolate Orange Slice Cookies

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup orange slice candy, chopped
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips, chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Cream butter and sugar together.  Beat in one egg, then vanilla.  Add dry ingredients and mix until completely blended.  You may need to finish mixing with your hands.  Mix in orange slice candy and dark chocolate chips.  Shape into large sized balls.  Place 2 inches apart on sprayed baking sheets.  Bake for 12 to 14 minutes until edges are lightly browned.  Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet.  Remove cookies to racks to finish cooling.  Makes approximately 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

Served at 2015 Relief Society Christmas party

November 16, 2015


Potato gnocchi with spicy sausage, roasted red peppers and fresh baby spinach in a creamy broth.
1 yellow onion, diced
1 roasted red pepper, diced
olive oil, for sauteing
sea or Kosher salt and fresh black pepper
1 pound Italian sausage, ground or removed from casings, hot or sweet
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed between fingers
32 ounces low-sodium chicken broth
1 pound potato gnocchi
2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves, rough chopped
3/4 cup half & half or heavy cream (light is ok)
1 heaping tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
fresh grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

  1. In a large sauce pan or soup pot saute onion and red pepper in a couple of tablespoons olive oil over medium-low heat until tender. Season well with salt and pepper. In a separate, large skillet brown the sausage, breaking it apart as it cooks. Add garlic to onion mixture and saute until fragrant.
  2. Drain sausage and add to onion mixture along with the basil and chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper, simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Add gnocchi and spinach, bring to a simmer and cook until gnocchi puff up and start to float (check package for cooking time). Add half & half and fresh basil, bring to a simmer for three or four minutes. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

August 7, 2015

Dutch Oven Baked Chicken and Rice

8 servings

4 chicken breasts cut in half
2 cups uncooked rice (white, brown or wild)
1 package Lipton Onion soup mix
2 cans chicken broth or 4 cups water and bouillon
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp pepper
1 can water

Line a 4 quart dutch oven with foil or liner.  Pour rice into dutch oven.  In a separate bowl, combine chicken broth, cream of mushroom soup and 1 can water.  Pour mixture over the rice and mix well.
Place chicken on top of rice and sauce mixture.  Sprinkle soup mix, paprika and pepper over chicken. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes or until chicken and rice are done.

I don't even remember where I found this recipe but it was tasty and easily doubles to serve a crowd.  If you are cooking it in the oven you could just use a casserole dish. If using a Dutch oven here is the general rule for heating with coals.  The normal formula for Baking is to use twice the number of briquettes as the diameter of the oven with 3/4 of them on the lid. For a 12 inch oven, you would use 24 briquettes with 18 on top and 6 underneath. (from Dutchovendude.com)

December 22, 2014

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
1 1/2 C sugar
1/2 C butter
2 eggs
1 C sour cream
2 tsp vanilla
5 C flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Cream sugar and butter.  Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla, beat well.  Mix in dry ingredients.
Chill 2 hours (this is important, otherwise they will be too soft to work)
Roll 1/4 inch thick, use plenty of flour.
Bake at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes.  They are done if you touch one and it doesn’t leave an impression.  They will still be white.
Let cool for just a minute then remove to cooling rack.

From a relief society cookbook published by the South Ogden 39th ward in the 80's.  The cookbook is long gone, but this recipe is still a family favorite.

October 7, 2014

Inca Red Quinoa Salad with Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage

Inca Red Quinoa Salad with Sweet Apple Sausage

Follow this link to a recipe on Allrecipes.com
The sister missionaries asked for a healthy dinner and this is what I came up with.  I wasn't sure about the mix of flavors, but it was really good.  I made a bunch of substitutions and it still turned out great.

Bernice O.

March 21, 2014

Quick Yeast Rolls

Quick Yeast Rolls! ! ! ! !
1C milk
1/2 C margarine
1C cold water
2T yeast
4T sugar
1T salt
2T eggs (beaten)
6C flour (sifted)
Microwave milk and margarine for 2 min. Add water, yeast and sugar, let yeast bubble. Add salt and beaten eggs. Add flour.
Knead until smooth and elastic. Raise 10 min. Make into rolls,let raise until 2x size.
Bake at 400 degrees, 20 min. 


Banana Bread

Banana Bread 
2 small loaves, or 18 muffins
1 C sugar
1⁄2 shortening
ripe bananas
1 tsp 
baking soda
1⁄2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla 

Cream sugar, shortening and eggs. Add bananas. Mix in dry ingredients. Add vanilla. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes for small loaves, 20 minutes for muffins.