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Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

13 Jan

Over the holidays, we ate a lot of desserts. We had pie, cakes, candy, cookies and bread pudding. Most people don’t think of bread pudding and say “Yum!”.  Honestly, I always associated it with mushy bread that was flavorless and boring. A few years ago my older sister introduced our family to a bread pudding recipe that my grandmother had copied from a popular New Orleans’s restaurant  The Court of Two Sisters on Bourbon Street. The recipe was complex and delicious. I replicated it this Thanksgiving and everyone raved, but it was a lot of work. So the week after Christmas my Dad asked if I could make bread pudding again and I was not thrilled with the idea. I wanted to do something easier, with fewer ingredients and make a bourbon sauce that did not require me to stir it slowly for ½ an hour. So I took out my trusty Better Homes and Garden’s cookbook (that was published in the 1960s) and turned to the bread pudding recipe. We did not have day old french bread, so I decided to substitute some cinnamon raisin bagels. This allowed me to forgo the cinnamon and raisins from the recipe. I also found a bourbon recipe that did not require 9 egg yolks and amazingly everyone liked the recipe just as much or more than the complicated one. Top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and I also substituted whisky for the bourbon.


Beer Beef Stroganoff

10 Dec

We had amazing steak a few nights ago! I buy it at BJs in the big sections and then my husband cuts them nice and thick, so they are better then anything you can get when you go out. The only problem is we always have lots of leftovers, so the best thing to do is to make beef stroganoff! I love this dish and you can whip it up in 20 minutes. My husband added some extra touches to this recipe! We all (kids included) licked every drop of sauce off our plates when we were done. 


Fruity Oatmeal Chocolate Bars – Full of Fiber and Fruit!

7 Dec

Fruity Oatmeal Chocolate Bars


  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats (not instant)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup  softened butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2  eggs
  • 1/2 cup dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed dried fruit (apples, apricots, plums)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chipsDIRECTIONS:

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter or margarine and sugar together in a medium mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, mixing well.

3. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a separate mixing bowl. Add to butter mixture mix well.

4. Chop dried fruit (not cranberries) then toss in a small amount flour until not sticking together.

5. Stir in dried cranberries, mixed fruit, oatmeal and 2 types of chocolate into mixture.

6. Press into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan.  Bake for 20- 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 10 minutes. Then cut into squares or rectangles (to make granola bars). Wrap each one in saran wrap. You can freeze these in a big freezer bag and then pull out one for a snack or for lunch boxes.

Garlic Parmesan Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

5 Dec

Garlic Parmesan Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes



  • 5  large potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Peel and quarter and boil potatoes in salted water.
  2. Warm milk, butter and garlic in a pot until butter is melted.
  3. When potatoes are fork tender, mash with potato masher or with hand mixer.
  4. Add in milk mixture and continue to blend.
  5. Stir in sour cream, parmesan cheese and salt and pepper.
  6. Serve warm.
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