No More Singing the Blues

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No More Singing the Blues:

A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day

 

One good turn deserves another!

That’s why we’re back in the kitchen for a second day in a row. Whipping up a little something universally loved… coffeecake.

You can use either the scratch recipe link or a super-easy mix.

And remember to invite someone over to share its deliciousness. 

Then you’ll both be no more singing the blues!

Blueberry Buckle Coffeecake

 

Quick tips when shopping for the super-easy mix version:

Pick up a Krusteaz Cinnamon Swirl Cake Mix in the baking aisle. Swing by the fruit section for a pint of blueberries. Add eggs, butter, and salad oil to the cart and you’re ready for fast checkout.

Back at home, use box directions AND gently fold rinsed berries into batter, reserving ALL cinnamon streusel for topping. Bake in a buttered square pan (8×8 or 9×9), adding 5-8 min. to baking time.

 

 

 

 

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

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Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll!

The Great American Baking Tool

 

For this 100th blogpost feature, I’ve chosen something near and dear to me. A kitchen tool both simple and serene: the rolling pin.

 

There are sounds in life requiring no explanation; ones we recognize without even seeing them in motion.

Like a balloon when it pops, a rotary telephone ringing, the neighborhood kid dribbling a basketball down the driveway,

or the squeaky screen door of a rustic mountain cabin.

 

With all the years of time I’ve spent in kitchens here-and-there, one sound I still find soothing is that of a rolling pin in motion as it smooths out a lump of pie pastry. Each rolling pin has its own unique pitch and sound; the result of its mechanism in the handles, combined with the force or gentleness of contact with the dough.

 

Going back in my memory, I could’ve been blindfolded and still have known which of our family’s bakers was working their rolling pin magic in the kitchen. How? Just as the gait of each person is unique to their build and stature, everyone uses a rolling pin somewhat differently. And the best part is this: whoever operates one of these kitchen tools is in pursuit of creating a culinary treat!

 

Click here to learn more: 

 

Making a Pastry Shell

 

 

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash

 

The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal.

Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!

 

Recipe Selection:

 

Tuna Noodle Casserole for the Instant Pot

 

Traditional Tuna Noodle Casserole

 

 

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

 

Van Camp’s once produced Spanish Rice in cans.

Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version.

Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner

served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!

 

Recipe Selection:

 

Spanish Rice for the Instant Pot

 

 Traditional Spanish Rice 

 

 

 

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash

 

Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy.

Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!

 

Recipe Selection:

 

Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot

 

Traditional Smothered Pork Chops

 

 

 

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash

 

The Romans weren’t the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies.

Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C.

Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the meal-in-a-pastry is unparalleled comfort!

 

Recipe Selection

 

Chicken Pot Pie for the Instant Pot

 

 Traditional Chicken Pot Pie

 

 

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash

 

An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire.

The standard still holds today – and will never go out of style!

 

Recipe Selection:

 

Salisbury Steak for the Instant Pot

 

Traditional Salisbury Steak

 

 

 

12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

 

My top 12 secrets for 2020:

 

#1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season.

Sweet Groupings

 

#2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring instant holiday cheer to listeners, at any time of the day or night.

     Spotify: Vintage Christmas playlist by Jeremy Griffin

     YouTube: Past Perfect Vintage Music channel

     Pandora: Baby, It’s Cold Outside station

     Amazon Music: Holiday Movie Favorites

 

#3              Festive garland can be made by stringing raw cranberries on heavy thread, then draping over greenery or the Christmas tree, for a burst of Victorian reds.

Garland Threading Kit

 

#4              A juicy beef roast dinner, placed in your slow cooker the morning of arrival for overnight guests, will have your home smelling divine until dinnertime.

 Savory Beef Dinner

 

#5              Brown paper packages tied up with string, made of grocery bags and yarn scraps, will add a timeless touch.

Pretty Little Packages

 

#6              Wearing a gold locket, holding your loved one’s photo, will warm your heart during holiday celebrations.

 Old-Fashioned Locket

 

#7              Playing recordings of past holiday gatherings in the background, while cooking or baking, will fill your kitchen with familiar voices and loving laughter.

Making Baking Memories

 

#8              Arranging snowflake stickers on windows and mirrors will add magic and wonder to any room’s décor.

Snowflakes Kit

 

#9              Rosewater soaps, set by each sink and bathtub, let everyone relive the soft scents of Grandma’s house.

Vintage Toiletries

 

#10           Delightfully spiced fragrance will waft through your home when you simply simmer water with ground or stick cinnamon in a saucepan for  20-30 minutes.

Spice is Nice

 

#11           An unwrapped wooden toy under the tree will surprise both curious little guests and adults alike.

Toolkit

 

#12           Gourmet hot cocoa topped with whipped cream will quickly make you a favorite holiday host.

Godiva Cocoa Mix

 

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You’re Doggone Right, It’s Love

 

Maybe your family had a pet dog during your childhood. Or your neighbor had one, and you played together often.

 

But have you ever hand-picked a dog as your very own pet and loved one another through the hard times and the best of times? Nothing matches the experience of pet love!

 

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