Archive for February, 2023

Red Cabbage Heaven

If you only learn to make one red cabbage recipe, it may as well be this one.  I love, love, LOVE this recipe from Our World at Your Table: Planet Earth’s Cookbook!  

Go ahead and boost your immune system and impress your friends… go on, I dare you!   🙂


1 ½ cups cider vinegar
2 Tbsps sugar
2 bay leaves
1 sprig fresh thyme
½ head red cabbage (about 1 pound), finely shredded
½ cup vegetable oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 sweet apple, unpeeled, halved, cored, and chopped or thinly sliced (do when ready to serve)
½ cup walnut halves, toasted (do when ready to serve)

Gently heat the vinegar with the sugar, bay leaves, and thyme in a small saucepan. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
Pour the warm vinegar over the shredded red cabbage in a bowl and toss well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
Remove the salad from the refrigerator. The cabbage will be wilted and slightly pickled. Add the oil and mix well.
Season with salt and pepper. The salad will keep in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks, but it will be eaten way before then!
Just before serving, discard the bay leaves and thyme.
Use a slotted spoon to lift cabbage onto serving plates.

Decorate with chopped/sliced apple and sprinkle with walnuts. Serves 2-4.

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Square Dancing Day

Oh dear.  This time of year brings on the blues (short days; little sunshine; cold, wet weather) and one way to get through it is to have a daily laugh and sugar rush.  

Luckily on Planet Earth there is always something to celebrate, and today is Square Dancing Day.  Square dancing originated with the first settlers in New England, America.  

Today square dancing is enjoyed by millions around the world. Wherever Americans have gone overseas – England, Germany, Australia, Japan, etc., they have introduced square dancing and it has been enthusiastically enjoyed.   See for yourself with these samplings!

Bugs Bunny Square Dance

These square-dance, homespun American recipes will do-see-do.  Have fun swinging your partner and howling the loudest, since that’s the only way to get the Cookie…say!

Witchfinger Cookies Recipe

1 cup soft butter
1 cup icing sugar
1 egg
2 tsp. almond extract
2 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
whole blanched almonds
green food color
raspberry jam

Mix together butter, sugar, egg and extract. Add flour, baking powder and salt, plus a little green food coloring to create a ghoulish look. Form into a soft dough. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325 F. Take a Tbsp. of dough and roll out into a long finger shape. Dip an almond into a little jam and then press into the end for the fingernail, Make a knuckle shape in the
center, slash in a few wrinkles and top with small bits of dough to make a few warts. Bake 20 minutes on parchment paper-lined or slightly greased cookie sheet. 

Potato Chip Cookies Recipe
1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup shortening
2-1/2 cups flour
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon water
1 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 to 2-cups potato chips, coarsely crushed
1 (6-ounce) package butterscotch chips

In a large bowl combine the sugars, shortening, eggs, flour, vanilla, water and baking soda. Mix well. Add the potato chips and butterscotch chips and mix well. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 F  for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

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