Many years ago my sister-in-law introduced Iowa Salad to our family and it quickly became a favorite. After I was married and started my own family it got forgotten. (My husband was not a big jello fan). Just a few years ago, maybe five it was rediscovered.
We love to get together as a family and eat. It is a simple fact. Our family loves food! During the summer we love a good barbecue and Labor Day is kind of a last big hurrah for the summer. We try to make homemade ice cream a couple of times each summer and Labor Day was our last opportunity. No vanilla custard, this time. We made another less used favorite. This Triple Treat Sherbet recipe is one we have had for years but don’t make very often. It’s a little tart, but very fruity.
I love, love, love chocolate. But every once in while I feel like I should try something different. Even thought these “Blonde Brownies” are not completely chocolate free, they are close. It is a great recipe to pull out when you want a change of pace.
When I was a young mother with 4 kids running around the house I almost always had cookies in the cookie jar. Not only for the children, I am the biggest cookie monster of them all. Sometimes there wasn’t time to cook 4 dozen cookies a dozen at a time. My mother had a recipe for a bar cookie so I figured it could happen with any cookie recipe. Well it did for some cookies better than others. My boys still prefer their chocolate chip cookies in bar form. I found this recipe for “Snickerdoodle Bars” in the food network magazine and thought I’d give it a try. As usual I made a few changes. My boys were disappointed. “Snickerdoodles aren’t supposed to be bars” they said. They really are quite tasty, just different from traditional “Snickerdoodle Cookies” that they love.
1 cup butter melted
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 tsp soda
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
Line 9″ X 13″ baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside. Whisk sugar into melted butter. Add eggs and vanilla. Sift together flour, soda, cream of tartar and salt, stir into butter mixture. Spread dough in prepared baking dish. Sprinkle dough with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool, remove from pan and cut into bars.
Last week I came home from work to find that my husband had been cooking up a storm. The house smelled divine. I looked and found he had made rolls and bread. I said “You never make bread”. His reply was ” I know.” He wanted to try a new kind of bread. What he came up with was his own version of oatmeal bread we call “Oatmeal Molasses Bread”.