Tuesday, October 30, 2012


         Back in 1892 Kraft Foods manufactured Maxwell House Coffee.
 It's name was to honor the MAXWELL HOUSE
 in Nashville, Tennessee.
 For many years until the late 1980s  Maxwell House
 was the largest selling coffee in the U. S. ,
 then FOLGERS , manufactured by J. M. SMUCKERS came along.
         Today there are hundreds of various brands of coffee. Here are 10 of
 FOLGERS being the most popular, down to YUKON the least.
         We have a choice of having flavored coffee and instant coffees are still popular too.
          There are over 64 types of coffee beverages. Following  is a short list of a few
 familiar ones[ at least to me]; ESPRESSO, CAPPACHINO, CAFE' MOCHA,
CAFE' LATTE,  PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE, and here are some I never heard of;
           RED EYE----dripped coffee, with a single shot of espresso
           GREEN EYE----[ ALSO KNOWN AS TRIPLE DEATH], dripped coffee
                                        with a triple shot of espresso
                                         'BLACK AND WHITE],  a mixture of regular Mocha
                                          and  White Chocolate Mocha
          We also have the option of having coffee with liqueur.Choices are many here too.
           I won't mention all, there  are 18-20 different ones, but here are some of the
          That is all for today friend, this is Jenny,
          with  A LITTLE THIS 'N THAT


Thursday, October 25, 2012


            This a dish I have made and had a lot of compliments. It is hearty. Made
            with lean PORK, topped with potatoes. I am sure you will like it. Ideally served
            as a family meal, or as part of a dinner party menu.

                                                     PORK PROVENCALE

                         2 lbs  pork fillets
                         1/4  cup butter
                         3/4 lb  onions, peeled and thinly sliced
                         15 oz can diced tomatoes
                         Salt and fresh ground black pepper [to your  taste]
                         1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs
                         1 + 1/2 pound potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
                         1 tsp chopped parsley for garnish

               Trim pork of any surface fat and slice into thin strips, using a sharp knife.
               Melt 1/2 of the butter in a large saucepan and fry the slices of pork.
               Stir the meat so as to prevent burning. When done, transfer to a plate
               and set aside.
               Cook the onions in the same saucepan with the meat juices stirring gently
               until soft.
               Add tomatoes, salt and pepper to onions in saucepan. Bring to a boil,
               then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, reducing sauce by 1/3.

              Arrange the pork in the bottom of  an ovenproof casserole or serving dish.
              Layer the sauce over the meat, then finish with a layer of potato
              Melt the remaining  butter and brush the top of potato .
              Cover the dish with lid or foil,[ non stick foil is best]
              Bake at 350* for  1 +1/2 hours.
              Remove foil and continue cooking for 30 minutes to brown potatoes
              Sprinkle chopped parsley before serving.

             As you can see, this is not a quick fix and serve recipe.
             The results are a very tasty, appealing meal.
             [Place the potatoes in a single layer, over lapping slightly]. Enjoy!
             That is all for now, friend, this is Jenny

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


                          As I mentioned on the previous blog, finding meals for a family of 9
            back in the 80's and 90's was not easy. For one thing, money was harder to
            to come by. My husband was the wage earner. I was the homemaker[?],
            Mother, housewife, the chief cook and bottle washer, and took care of
                         One dish we had every week--spaghetti ! This is a dish that is hearty
            and  satisfying too. If I made the batch big enough, we had leftovers for Saturday.
            .             Today a jar of spaghetti sauce, add cooked ground beef and --whaala!
            meal is ready in half the time. I made most all the meals from "scratch".
            Mixes and instant anything were not available then, if they were, it was not in
            the BUDGET!
                           Here is a casserole I would have made, if the recipe had been available.

                                                   CHICKEN  SPAGHETTI  CASSEROLE

             2 cups chicken breast, cut in small cubes
             2 cups uncooked spaghetti, broken into 2 inch pieces
             1 cup chopped red pepper
             1 cup chopped onion

                   Combine these ingredients and set aside.
                   In a separate large bowl whisk together;

              1 cup chicken broth
              1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper
              2 cans CREAM OF CHICKEN soup

                    Add chicken and vegetables to soup mixture.
                    Divide into 2  8x8 pans
               Sprinkle  1/2cup shredded cheddar cheese on top of each pan
               Cover with non-stick foil [or spray with PAM]
               Bake at 350* for 35 minutes, remove foil, bake 10 more minutes

               That is all for today friend, this is Jenny

Friday, October 19, 2012


                Those of you that read my profile, or know me, know that I have seven children.

         In the middle 80s', I made a number of casseroles, soups, stews, any dish that was

        going to feed a family of nine [or more when we had guests]. I made the recipe that

        follows many times, and I still get request to make it. It is satisfying, and easy

        to assemble,

                                                              JOE MAZETTI
                      Brown; 1+1/2 lb. hamburg , scramble in a 3 qt. saucepan.
                      Add;  2 chopped onions
                                5 stalks of celery
                                1 green pepper ,chopped
                      Season with 1 tsp minced garlic, 1/4 salt and 1/4 pepper
                      Add to this; 2 small jars mushroom pieces and liquid
                                         1 small jar of olives, cut in half, including liquid
                                         2  15 ounce cans or jars pizza sauce
                                         1 can tomato soup
                                         1 soup can water
                   Simmer all together, uncovered.

                   While this is simmering cook 1 box - 16 oz.- of wide noodles [such as no-yolks]
                   When noodles are cooked, drain, .then add to sauce.
                   Pour into a 9 x 13 pan. or [ 5qt. casserole dish ] or 2  8x 9pans
                   Stir  well to coat noodles. Cover with shredded sharp cheese.
                   Bake in preheated oven 350* for 50 minutes.

                   I hope you will give this a try and let me know your results.

                   That is all for today friend,  till next time, Jenny


Tuesday, October 16, 2012


    This is a favorite of many men. Why? Because it is ssoooo filling. Jam-packed with
    hearty ground beef, mild cheese and lots of vegetables.

                                                           CHEESEBURGER SOUP

      1/2 - 3/4 pounds  ground beef
      3/4 cup chopped onion
      3/4 cup shredded carrots
      3/4 cup diced celery
         1 tsp dried basil
         1 tsp dried parsley flakes
         4 tbsp butter
         3 cups chicken broth
         4 cups peeled and diced potatoes [ 1  3/4 pounds]
         1/4 cup all purpose flour
         8 ounces mild cheese [2 cups]
      1- 1/2 cups milk
          3/4 tsp salt,  1/4/tsp pepper
          1/4 cup sour cream\

          In 3 qt. soup pot, brown beef; drain and set aside.
          In the same pot saute  onion,carrots, celery, basil and parsley in 1 Tbsp butter
          until vegetables are tender. Add broth, potatoes, and beef; bring to a boil.
          Reduce heat , cover and simmer about 10 to 12 minutes, or til potatoes are tender.
          Meanwhile, in a small skillet melt  remaining butter. Add flour. Cook stirring  for
          3 to 5 minutes or until bubbly. Add to soup in pot. Bring to boil. Cook and stir
          for 2 minutes; reduce heat to low. Add cheese, milk, salt and pepper; cook ,
          stirring until cheese is melted. Remove from heat; blend in sour cream.

        This makes 8 servings. You will find  it is a soup you will want to make more
         than once!

          Do you have a family favorite soup that you would like to share? I will gladly post
          for others to enjoy too.

         Thank you for visiting .....leave me a comment, I appreciate all of them.
         That is all for today friend,  Jenny


Monday, October 15, 2012


                           It is very easy these days to make soup. Every market has mixes for
                instant soup. there are soup starters, cup of soup, bases for soup, etc, heck,
                you can buy canned soups!
                           When it comes to soups, a lot of people prefer homemade soup,
                You, the cook, control the ingredients in that soup. You know what is in it,
                 and make the soup to your liking.
                 Following is a soup that's good for you. The main ingredient is Cauliflower, 
                 which is loaded with VITAMIN C, B6, and Fibre.

                                                            CAULIFLOWER SOUP

                  2 cups cauliflower, choped into small chunks
                  4 celery stalks, diced
                  3 carrots, diced
                  1 can of Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup, low sodium
                  1 cup of low fat milk   [ I used Skim milk ]
                  4 ounces cheese
                  In a small saucepan steam *cauliflower, carrots and celery until fork tender
                  In soup pot, combine cream of chicken soup and milk. Cook on medium
                  low heat  5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add cheese, stirring till melted.
                  Add coked vegetables. Season with salt and pepper to taste.Sprinkle with
                  Paprika just before serving. This is a small recipe, makes 4 cups.

                  * To steam add a small amount of water to saucepan.

                    This is a real good soup. "Hits the spot", my husband often said.
                    Hope you will try it, goes together easily.

                    Leave me your comments after you sample it. I appreciate all comments.
                    Thanks for visiting, that's all for today friend,  Jenny

Saturday, October 13, 2012


    There is a chill in the air and it brings on a yearning for SOUP! The recipe that follows
    is a different kind of soup. I hope you will give it a try. It is very hearty. When I first
    read the ingredients, I thought....APPLES and KIELBASA ...together??
    Believe me, I was surprised. Give it a try, it is equally as good the next day.

                                                        CABBAGE  KIELBASA SOUP

                 3 cups coleslaw mix [ store bought ]
                 2 medium carrots, chopped
                1/2 cup celery, chopped
                1/2 cup onion, chopped
                1/2 tsp caraway seeds
                 2 tbsp butter
                 32 ounces chicken broth
                 1 pound of kielbasa or Polish sausage, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
                 2 medium unpeeled Golden delicious apples, chopped
                1/4 tsp pepper, 1/8 tsp salt

     In a large soup pot [saucepan], saute coleslaw mix, carrots, onions, and caraway seeds
     in butter for 5-8 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and
     simmer uncovered, for 30-35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes 2 quarts.

      This is  a recipe I found years ago [ 2004]  in COUNTRY WOMAN magazine.

      That's all for today friend,  Jenny

Friday, October 12, 2012


                     Good morning to you. It seems to me the weeks go by faster
               all the time.....[..I know, it's my age. ] I do think the weather has cooled  down
              quite a lot, reminding us, in New England, fall is going, going, soon to be gone!!
                      Today's post s a recipe for   CINNAMON ROLLS. This is a very easy
              breakfast or anytime snack, especially for your children or grandchildren.One
              of my daughters made this at her school, in the days students had Home Economics.
              She is now in her 40's, and she made these often for the family breakfast.

                                                             Cinnamon Rolls
                     2 cups flour
                     2  tsp. baking powder
                     1 tsp. baking soda
                     1/4p salt
                            Mix together. Then cut in --
                      1/4 cup shortening   [ until you have resemblance of small peas ]
                            Add ;
                       3/4 cup of milk, stir with a fork, roll on floured  flat surface to 1/2 inch thick.
                       Spread over rolled dough 1/4 melted butter. Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture
                                                    [1 tsp. cinnamon to 2  tsp sugar]
                       Roll jelly roll style.Slice with sharp knife and place on an ungreased
                       cookie sheet.

                       Bake 350* about 12 min or till golden brown

                . Do you have a family favorite breakfast food, one that is quick to make, that you
                  would like to share with readers? It can be something that can be eaten for a

                  morning snack. Even if it is a mix that you have found very appetizing.

                  Share with us .Maybe there is a recipe you lost and would like me to post.

                   That is all for now friend, Jenny

Thursday, October 11, 2012


                                    I have made this BLUEBERRY KUCHEN -[koo-gen] several times.

                      It is a GERMAN coffee cake. Once you've tried it and find how easy to make

                      this, you will abandon other coffee cake recipes.Excellent for breakfast, even

                                   1  1/2  cups sifted flour
                                   2 tsp baking powder
                                   1/2 tsp salt
                                   3/4 cup sugar
                                   1/4 cup shortening
                                   2/3 cup milk
                                   1 tsp vanilla
                                   1/2 tsp grated lemon peel  [1/2 of a lemon]
                                   1 egg
                                                    For Topping
                                    1 cup fresh or frozen Blueberries
                                    3 Tbsp sugar
                                    1 tsp grated lemon peel

                       Put  first 8 ingredients in mixing bowl. Beat 3 min.[ or by hand 300 stokes]
                       Do not over mix!
                      Add the egg and mix 2 minutes longer.   Turn into 8x8 greased pan  stir
                      Blueberries , sugar and lemon juice. Sprinkle over batter.
                      Bake at  350* for 40-45 minutes, or until lightly browned.
                      Cool in pan. Cut and serve warm or cold. Servings 6-9

                      This recipe can be doubled, fits a 9 x 13 pan perfectly.

                      I have made this using RASPBERRIES  instead, delish either way!
                      Till next time friend, this is Jenny

Monday, October 8, 2012


                                                           BATTER UP BARS

                     1/2  oil [such as Mazola]

                     3 eggs

                     1 1/4  cups sugar

                     1/2 cop peanut butter

                     1 tsp vanilla

                     1 cup chocolate bits  [semi sweet or milk]
                                      Mix until well blended.  Add-

                     1 cup flour

                     1/2 tsp baking POWDER

                     1/2 tsp baking SODA

                     1/4 tsp salt
                                      Mix with wet ingredients, blending well .
                                      Spread  into a 13 x 9  UN GREASED pan.
                                      Bake at 350* for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pan.


                    1 cup shortening

                    1 cup white sugar

                    1 cup Brown sugar

                    2 eggs
                                    Cream shortening, add sugars, beat well. Add eggs. Set aside.

                    2 cups flour

                    1 tsp baking soda

                    1/2  tsp baking powder

                    1 tsp vanilla

                    2 cups quick oats

                    2 cups Rice Krispies

                    1 cup coconut

                     1 cup chopped nuts [optional]
                                      Sift dry ingredients, then add all remaining ingredients.
                                      Drop a Tablespoonful on baking sheet.
                                      Bake at 350* for about 12 minutes

                      Satisfying crunchy texture. Filling too, two  of these cookies is a serving.

                      That's it for now. Come again friend, Jenny
                      Be sure to cheack the previous blog-COOKIES FOR BRKFST #1


                  Hi All, hope you have been able to take advantage of the beautiful fall

                  weather we, in New England, have been having. Wherever you are,  know it

                 is the time of year to finish outside work, be it the  yard, getting the garden

                 cleaned up, or pruning shrubs, the weather has been perfect.

                 The recipes I have for you today are loved by most everyone. The first is a

                  cookie that  can be eaten for breakfast. The ingredients are  good for you ,

                 your child or grandchild, and includes PROTEIN, which  we need for energy.

                                                   Double Oat Breakfast Cookie

                1/2 cup softened butter
                1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy

                 1 cup sugar

                 1/2 tsp. baking SODA

                 1/4 tsp salt

                 1/4 cup of water

                 1 egg

                 1 Tbsp. vanilla
                                        In a large mixing bowl beat butter and peanut butter.
                                        Add sugar, baking soda, and salt. Beat to combine, scrapping
                                        sides of bowl. Beat in water, egg, and vanilla till combined.

                  1 1/2 cups flour  [ I put 3/4 white wheat, 3/4 all-purpose flour]

                  1 cup ROLLED Oats [ not quick]

                  1 cup raisins and  1/2 cup milk choc bits  [ 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts can be

                  added in place of raisins if raisins are not to the child's liking]

                  3 cups oat cereal [ Cheerios]
                                        Add flour to wet ingredients. Beat in as much  of the rolled oats
                                       as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining oats by hand. Stir in raisins
                                       choc. bits, nuts, and oat cereal.
                                        Drop by 1/4 cup size, 3 inches apart onto UN GREASED cookie
                                        sheet. Flatten slightly. Bake at 375* for 10-12 minutes.
                                         Let cool 5 minutes.[ Kids like these with milk ]
                  This recipe is published in a 2008 issue of BHG.
                 Hope you will give these a try. Next post another cookie/bar..
                 See you next time  friend,  Jenny


Friday, October 5, 2012


                           Cooks are human. Errs or screw ups  in the kitchen are bound to happen

                           every now and then. Multitasking and not focusing on what you are

                           doing is the reason for many "snafus". Listed are the most common

                           mistakes and how to avoid them, so you can be a successful  cook all

                           the time.

                                     1. Taste as you go
                                              How can you tell if you've added enough or the right
                                              seasoning?Or if the beans are tough and need to bake longer
                                              Did you add sugar instead of salt? Baking Soda should  have
                                               been Baking Powder!
                                              Tasting is usually automatic. Don't use family or friends as
                                              "taste testers"!

                                    2. Read the entire recipe
                                               Too many times the recipe is read in the middle of making
                                                whatever . Read the entire recipe. Assemble all the
                                                then read it again before starting to make sure you have all
                                                that is needed.

                                    3.Casually you measure ingredients
                                                 Dry or tough cakes, rubbery brownies, are often  the result of
                                                 inadequate measurements.
                                                 Spoon flour into your measuring cup.
                                                 If you have a food scale, weigh the flour and dry ingredients.

                                    4.You under bake breads or cakes
                                                  If the cake or bread  is pale chances are it is not finished.
                                                  Sometimes just 2 extra minutes is enough. It is better in
                                                  most cases to overcook instead of undercooking foods.

                                     5.  Overcrowding. the pan
                                                 Whether you are making a roast, or  browning chicken,
                                                  Leave breathing room, or use 2 pans if needed.
                                     6. Make unwise substitutions in baking
                                                  Follow the recipe, unless you are trying this as an ex-
                                                  periment.Then if your finished product fails, try again

                                      7. Overheating milk or chocolate
                                                  Milk should be heated to no more than 180*.
                                                  Heat on low heat to prevent curdling.
                                                  Chocolate can be melted in the microwave, but pay
                                                  close attention. Follow instuctions in the recipe.


                           We all make mistakes at one time or another. This list is by no means a

                            complete account of cooking blunders, but it is a start. These mistakes

                            apply to anything that you might be baking or cooking.

                             That's all for today, friend,  Jenny 


Tuesday, October 2, 2012



           When ever we shop between now and New Years day, if we want --anything

           PUMPKIN or PUMPKIN  flavored--we are sure to find it! 

           There are pies, cheese cakes, cookies, muffins, donuts, puddings, bread, soups,

           one can even get PUMPKIN flavored coffee!  Many I haven't mentioned are

            also available for purchase at most markets, even on line.

            Following is a recipe, different both in texture and taste, that you will fall in love

            at the first bite of it. It is the perfect breakfast food....with coffee, Yum! With your

             favorite tea for an afternoon or evening snack, actually anytime.

                                                         PUMPKIN COFFEE CAKE

             Topping:         1/4 cup packed brown sugar
                                    1/4 cup sugar    [or equal sugar substitute]
                                    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
                                    2 Tablespoons cold butter
                                    1/2 cup chopped Pecans

              In a small bowl combine dry ingredients. Cut in the butter until resembling coarse

              crumbs . Stir in Pecans and set aside.

              Cake:    Cream together 1/2 cup room temperature butter and 3/4 cup of sugar.

                            Add 2 eggs, beating well .

                            Combine 1 cup sour cream, 1/2 canned pumpkin and 1 teaspoon

                            vanilla extract, mix well.

                             In a separate bowl, 2 cups flour, 1 tsp. each, baking soda

                             and baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon PUMPKIN pie spice and 1/4 tsp. salt.

                             Stir to blend.

                             On low speed add dry ingredients alternately with sour cream mixture

                             to the creamed mixture.beat on low just till blended.

                  Spread into 2   8x8 cake pans. Sprinkle topping over batter.

                  Bake at 325* for 40-50 minutes, or until cake tester inserted near the center

                  comes out clean. This serves 16 to 18.

                               This might seem like a long recipe, but it isn't. Read the recipe and get

                               all the ingredients ahead of time. It goes together very easily.

                                An excellent cake to serve around the holidays  too.

                                I hope you will give this coffee cake recipe a try, and give me your

                               results in a comment.
                                That's all for today friend, Jenny