Butter Pecan Cookies

This Butter Pecan Cookie is a light flaky crispy cookie and is perfect to complete the Christmas cookie platter, or to bring to any family or even non family gathering.  It will be uniquely yours.  It will never look exactly like anyone else’s cookie platter.

I remember as a child the cookies that were always baked right before Christmas. Those buttery, crispy, pecan cookie from years past.  This cookie is perfect by itself or dipped in a cup of hot chocolate, or in my case a cup of creamy hot coffee.

This Butter Pecan Cookie is a light flaky crispy cookie and is perfect to complete the Christmas cookie platter, or to bring to any family gathering.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Prepare the cookie sheet, I line the sheet with tin foil and spray with non-stick stray.

Ingredients:
2 sticks/ 1 cup butter, softened
1 cup canola oil
1 cup regular sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
2 large egg, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract or paste ( you can also use pecan flavoring)
4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cream of tartar
2 cups pecans, chopped
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Additional ingredients used for decorating the cooled cookies
1 cup dark chocolate chips melted with 1 tsp coconut oil ( I microwave 15 seconds, stir, 15 seconds, etc. until melted)
1 cup  pecans, finely chopped
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In mixing bowl, beat butter and oil for 1-2 minutes. Add regular sugar, beat, add powdered sugar, beat.
Add eggs one at a time, beat between adding eggs.
Mix dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients about 1 cup at a time.
Beat between additions.
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The choice is yours to either cook the cookies now or refrigerate first.  If you need them right away simply use a scoop or spoon, grab some dough, roll them in a ball, roll in some regular sugar, or not, up to you and place on the cookie sheet, squish down with a flat bottom cup until they are about 1/4 ” thick.  This will most likely create the most uniform cookies.
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Bake at 325 degrees for 12-15 minutes, take out of oven, they should have a slightly golden tint around the bottom edges.  Let cool for 1-2 minutes before you take off the pan.
Let cool completely before you either sprinkle the chocolate out of a plastic bag with a tiny little hole cut into the corner or just spoon chocolate over one end and then sprinkle chopped nuts onto the chocolate.
This Butter Pecan Cookie is a light flaky crispy cookie and is perfect to complete the Christmas cookie platter, or to bring to any family gathering.

If you don’t have the time to cook all the cookies, feel free to get a piece of plastic wrap and roll the dough into a log.  Refrigerate for up to 3 days.  These are great as slice a bake cookie.  They do take a few more minutes to bake-most likely 14-16 minutes.

This recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies- kind of depends on the size of the cookies you make.

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Spinach Dill Pasta Salad

Summertime means pasta salad to me.  Its quick, easy and uses all the great vegetables you get from the garden or the farmers markets.   The most important reason I love this dish is you only need to use one burner.  No oven needed!  Where I live that is very important on those 100+ degree days of summer.
Some of my favorites to pick  up at the farmers market are spinach, fresh dill, celery, baby yellow crookneck squash and zucchini.  I always have pasta, olives and pickles in the cabinet.
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These are the ingredients I begin with:
1 box -16 oz pasta
1 can 6.5 oz sliced olives
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1-2 tsp smoked paprika
1 1/2 tsp salt- or to taste
1 tsp pepper-or to taste
2-3 stalks of celery- diced
2-3 large dill pickles-diced
2 tbsp fresh dill- chopped
small handful of carrots- these you can grate or chopped
Then I start adding any other vegetables I have that day:
1/4 lb of fresh spinach, chopped
1 medium zucchini -chopped
1-2 baby yellow crookneck squash-chopped
Green onions
Tomatoes

Boil the pasta, depending on what type you want to use -read the box on how long to boil it.  I will usually cook it 1-2 minutes less than it says, but I like it firm but not crunchy. Cook the pasta how you like it best.
While the pasta is boiling, just start chopping and dumping in a big bowl.  Chop-dump, chop-dump………..
About half way through chopping the pasta should be done- drain and let cool while you finish chopping.
When you are done chopping all the other ingredients, dump the  cooled pasta into the bowl with everything else.
Add the mayonnaise and all the spices.  If the pasta doesn’t look moist you can add either more mayo or a little pickle juice.
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This dish works well if you are going to a BBQ.  I just put the chopped veggies in a big, take a big bowl, put the wet ingredients and the spices in plastic bowl with a lid and put it all together when I get to the event.

Salisbury Steak

Salisbury Steak-This Salisbury Steak is one of the warm and hearty meals your family will love.  Who doesn't enjoy meat and potatoes for dinner.

Salisbury Steak

This Salisbury Steak is one of the warm and hearty meals your family will love.  Who doesn’t enjoy meat and potatoes for dinner.  I know, it sounds old fashioned but this meal is filling and cheap to make and it will feed a crowd.  When its cold outside this dish will warm up the insides.
This is one of the first dinners we have at the beginning of the winter.  It’s pretty easy to make and is ready in a little over an hour.
I have taken these to family friends homes for the buffets and frozen it for meals in the future.
Ingredients:
2 lbs hamburger- I normally use 80/20 but I have also used turkey and 90/10.
4 cloves to however much Garlic you want-grated
sliced celery
salt/pepper
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Bread or Crackers
Eggs
32 oz. Beef, Mushroom or Vegetable broth
2-4 tbsp of butter or olive oil
2-3 sliced onions, or 1-2 lbs of sliced mushrooms or both or adjust amounts for your tastes.
Flour

Salisbury Steak-This Salisbury Steak is one of the warm and hearty meals your family will love.  Who doesn't enjoy meat and potatoes for dinner.
Add the garlic, Worcestershire,salt and pepper to the meat, don’t mix yet.
You have a couple choices now.  You can either moisten 3 pieces of bread with milk or crunch up 10-12 crackers.  I use Ritz but if I’m out of them I am not opposed to using another type of cracker.  I have used multi-grain, soda, or whatever I have handy.
Then add 2 eggs.
Mix with your hands as quickly and gently as you can.    Shape into patties.

This Salisbury Steak is one of the warm and hearty meals your family will love.  Who doesn't enjoy meat and potatoes for dinner.
Start frying patties on medium heat.  We don’t want them to be done- just browned on both sides.  As they brown put into a casserole dish.
Salisbury Steak-This Salisbury Steak is one of the warm and hearty meals your family will love.  Who doesn't enjoy meat and potatoes for dinner.
After the patties are done, slice up a couple to onions and saute in the same pan, you might want to drain the fat and add some olive oil or butter.
This Salisbury Steak is one of the warm and hearty meals your family will love.  Who doesn't enjoy meat and potatoes for dinner.
After the onion or mushrooms or both are almost done,  add the flour and cook for a couple more minutes as you stir.  Then pour over the patties in the casserole dish.
This Salisbury Steak is one of the warm and hearty meals your family will love.  Who doesn't enjoy meat and potatoes for dinner.
Preheat the over to 350 degrees.
Add the beef, mushroom or vegetable stock over the the onions and patties.
Slip into the oven and get comfy or make mashed potatoes or rice.  (We’ve even eaten these over big pieces of bread)

It needs to bake for about 40 minutes.

This will make enough for 6-10 people depending on how big you make the patties.