My favorite family recipes

Easy Tiramisu November 30, 2012

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8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 T. rum
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 box mix of pound cake
1/2 cup strong, cold coffee
2 tsp baking cocoa

Make box mix of pound cake according to instructions
Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar on medium speed until smooth
Beat in rum on low, set aside
Beat cream in a separate bowl, until soft/fluffy peaks form
Fold into cream cheese mixture
Cut pound cake in slices
Arrange half of the pound cake in an ungreased pan.  An 8×8 is too small but a 9×13 is too big… use a pan in between these!
Drizzle 1/4 cup of coffee over the pound cake
Spread 1/2 of the cream cheese mixture on top
Layer the rest of the pound cake in the pan
Drizzle the rest of the coffee over the pound cake
Spread the other half of the cream cheese mixture on top.
Sprinkle the cocoa on top.
Chill for 4 hours.


Lazy Day Sausage Casserole November 28, 2012

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This is a great and easy recipe if you don’t feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen.  I love the flavor that the sausages give the dish.  I’m definitely making this again very soon.  You can use any vegetables you have around the house.  I don’t like peppers, so I omitted them from my recipe.

Lazy Sunday Casserole


4 pre-cooked sausages (beef or pork)
4-5 medium sized potatoes

1-2 sweet potatoes
2 carrots
1/2 onion
1-2 cups cabbage
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp oil
freshly cracked black pepper
1 1/2 tsp Italian herbs
1/2 cup chicken broth

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Peal the potatoes and cut each potato into four to six pieces.

Peal the sweet potatoes and cut into pieces similar to the size of other potatoes.

Peal carrots and cut into chunks.

Peal onion and cut into wedges.

Chop cabbage into large chunks.

Place all vegetables in a 9×13 pan.

In a bowl, combine chopped garlic cloves, oil, pepper, Italian herbs, and broth.

Mix well.

Pour mixture over vegetables and toss.

Cover with aluminum foil.

Bake for 45 minutes.

While the vegetables are cooking cut up the sausage into 1 inch pieces.

After 45 minutes the potatoes and vegetables should be fork tender. If they’re not, cover the tray with the foil and pop them back in the oven for a few more minutes. If they are fork tender, place the sausages in there.

Place the tray back in the oven, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes.


Bourbon Whiskey Meatballs

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1 pound bag of frozen meatballs (I made my own meatballs… I just threw a pound of hamburger together with an egg, about 1/2 cup of Italian breadcrumbs, and 2 cloves of chopped garlic.  Mix everything together and fry them in olive oil on the stove top).

1/2 cup ketchup (heaping)

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup Bourbon Whiskey

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce


In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except meatballs.  Mix up really well.

Place cooked meatballs in a crock-pot.

Pour the whiskey sauce on top of the meatballs.

Turn heat to low for about an hour, stirring occasionally.


Candied Orange Sweet Potatoes November 4, 2012

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2 1/2 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced about 1/4 inch thick (I cubed my sweet potatoes instead)

1 orange, very thinly sliced

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

2 Tbs. orange juice

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp. finely grated nutmeg


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Layer potatoes in a 2-quart baking dish. Top with the orange slices. In a small saucepan melt butter and sugar together over medium-low heat. Remove from heat. Stir in orange juice and vanilla. Pour over potatoes and orange slices. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 20 to 30 minutes more or until potatoes are tender and browned, spooning juices over potatoes halfway through the uncovered baking time. Grate nutmeg over the top and serve warm.


Caramel Cream Pumpkin Pie

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We had a birthday party to go to today!  Our nephew, Aeris, turned 4!!  I love getting together with Ryan’s family; they are crazy and a lot of fun to be around.  I also like making new dessert recipes to have them try out.  They are my guinea pigs 😉

A few weeks ago my sister-in-law made a pumpkin spice cake and we all loooved it.  Since they all enjoyed a pumpkin cake so much, I figured that I would try making a new recipe for pumpkin pie.  I saw this recipe in my Better Homes and Gardens magazine.  Even though I don’t like pumpkin pie, I thought that I would give this pie a shot (who can say no to caramel???)

I read through the recipe and felt a little intimidated by the fact that I would have to make my own caramel… you always see chef’s burning their caramel on the Food Networks awesome show ‘Chopped’.  I decided it was worth a shot – if I couldn’t get past this stage of the recipe, I would just make a traditional pumpkin pie.  So, I went to the store and got all of the groceries that I would need to make the pie (I cheated and bought a frozen pie crust).  I also made sure to buy a whole bag of sugar, just in case it took a few tries to get the caramel to turn out right.  This pie was actually a lot of fun to make… I’m not sure if that’s just because I was very excited that I got the caramel to turn out right on my first try or if it was because I got to use my new candy thermometer.  Everyone loved the end product and requested that I make it again for Thanksgiving.  Even my picky-eater nephew, Tyson, had a slice of the pie (see, no one can say no to caramel!)  I made a few minor adjustments to the recipe from my magazine, so here is my version of Caramel Cream Pumpkin Pie…


1 deep frozen pie crust


1 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup water

1 tsp. lemon juice

2 cups half-and-half

1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar

8 egg yolks (keep the egg whites for the topping)

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

1 envelope unflavored gelatin

2/3 cup water

1 cup pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin (room temperature) (I add about 1/4 cup extra for more of a pumpkin flavor)

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1/2 cup whipping cream

Meringue topping:

8 egg whites

1 2/3 cups sugar

Pinch of salt


Make the caramel:

-Combine the 1 cup granulated sugar, 1/3 cup water, and 1 tsp lemon juice in a large saucepan. Stir over low heat until the sugar has completely melted.  Turn the heat to medium-high and cook until the sugar syrup turns a medium amber color (slightly lighter than a penny), about 10 minutes.

-Take the caramel from the heat and immediately pour in half-and-half; the mixture will bubble vigorously but will calm down quickly.  Return to low heat and stir until the caramel dissolves into the cream.

-Just as you’ve finished the stirring the caramel and cream, combine the dark brown sugar, egg yolks, cornstarch, vanilla extract, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fit with the whisk attachment.  Whisk together until well combined.  With the mixer running on medium speed, slowly pour the warm half-and-half/caramel mixture into the bowl and continue whisking until well combined. (You can do this with a large mixing bowl and a whisk; just make sure you keep whisking as you add in the caramel mixture).

-Transfer the mixture to the large saucepan and whisk over medium heat until the mixture thickens to the consistency of mayonnaise, about 8 minutes (mixture will start to foam but settle down as you cook).

-Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and cover the top of the cream completely to keep it from forming a skin.  Refrigerate until cook, about 2 hours.

To assemble:

-Cook your pie crust according to the instructions it came with.

-When the crust has cooked, spread ½ of the caramel cream mixture in an even layer into the pie crust.

-In a medium microwave-safe bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 2/3 cup water; let stand several minutes.  Microcook on 50% power (medium), for 1 ½ to 2 minutes or until gelatin is dissolved, swirling mixture every 30 seconds.  Gradually stir the 1 cup pumpkin puree into the gelatin mixture.  Whisk the pumpkin mixture and spices into the remaining half of caramel cream.

-In a small bowl, beat the whipping cream until you achieve stiff peaks and gently fold the cream into the pumpkin/caramel cream mixture. Spread the pumpkin cream over the caramel cream in the pie crust into an even layer.  Refrigerate at least 4 hours.

Meringue Topping:

-In a very large glass bowl, combine the egg whites, sugar, and salt.  Place the bowl over a bain-marie (a large saucepan or Dutch oven, ½ filled with simmering water).  Beat with a hand-held electric mixture until the egg whites are very warm to the touch.  Place a candy thermometer into the mixture to make sure the egg whites have exceeded 160 degrees F, the temperature at which the eggs will be ‘cooked’ and will kill any bacteria, about 15 minutes.  Make sure to beat constantly, otherwise you’ll get sweetened scrambled eggs!

-Remove from heat and, if necessary, continue to beat until stiff shiny peaks form.  Transfer mixture to a large pastry bag fitted with a star tip.

-Pipe meringue over the entire top of the pie.  If desire, you can add a touch of browning with a kitchen torch.  Serve at once or cover and chill overnight before serving.