Rafferty’s Creamy Potato Soup

"Comfort" comes in many forms. For me, food is one of them. This soup, that Jim and Marla Huskey brought over while I was sick, was the best I have ever tasted.  I was almost "healed" by the first bite!  LOL! You will love it!! RAFFERTY'S CREAMY POTATO SOUP From Marla Huskey 7-8 medium potatoes, peeled and diced 1 medium onion or scallions - chopped 1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, cubed 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 can cream of celery soup 1/2 - 3/4 stick butter 1 1/2 cups … [Read more...]

Squash Blossoms

I had heard about fried squash blossoms for years but never tried them until this summer. Since I compost our garden spot during the year, there are lots of "volunteer" plants that come up. This summer, I had an abundance of squash coming up every where. Literally, they were taking over the garden! So one morning I pulled out some of the biggest vines which were full of blossoms. I pitched the vines and pulled off the huge blossoms and put them in the skillet. Wow was I surprised!  What a … [Read more...]

Dill Dip

  Spring is here! The weather is warming up so we can fire up the grill and eat outside with family and friends. I always like to have fresh veggies when throwing a party. They add the crunch and  color factor to any table and plate. This Dill Dip is a family recipe from my friend Marla Husky who was so kind to share it with me. I think you will flip over it as much as I did.       DILL DIP By Marla Husky Mix the following ingredients together in a bowl until … [Read more...]

Chocolate Meringue Pie

My Grandmother, Edith Sims, was a great cook and pie maker.  I remember watching her roll out the crust and assemble the filling many times as a child. In fact, she made them so frequently that she could have one in the oven faster than you could drive to town and buy one. When visiting Grandpa and Grandma Sims, I looked forward to her meals which were always followed by some delicious dessert...many times one of her "scratch" pies. In fact, I always wanted a second piece but rarely got one … [Read more...]

Chicken Vegetable Soup

                                          CHICKEN VEGETABLE SOUP By Leann Albrecht When cold weather hits, there's nothing quite as comforting as a bowl of steaming hot chicken soup. This recipe is packed with vegetables which makes it a great source of nutrition as well. Vitamins and minerals boost your immune system to … [Read more...]

Turkey Meatloaf – Low Carb

  From time to time, I cut back on carbs to drop a few pounds. One day, I decided to try making a meatloaf without the oatmeal or bread crumb fillers that spike up the carbohydrates. I was so pleased with how this recipe turned out, I wanted to share it. It takes about 5 minutes to assemble, is juicy and is a real "comfort" food. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Turkey Meatloaf - Low Carb By Leann Albrecht 1.5 pounds of ground turkey meat 1/2 cup dried onion flakes 1/4 … [Read more...]

Spiced Butter Over Winter Squash

  Winter Squash is a vegetable that is readily available this time of year in most grocery stores. I often like it roasted plainly with olive oil, however, it's nice to spice it up with this easy butter drizzle from time to time. One large winter squash - use any kind - acorn, butternut, etc. Slice into 1/2 inch slices and spoon out any seeds Lay flat on cookie sheet Brush top with olive oil to keep them from drying out as they bake. Bake at 375 degree for 20 -30 … [Read more...]

Coconut Cream Meringue Pie

My friend, Kate and her husband Phil, came to visit over the holidays. One of the things Kate wanted was to learn how to make pies. So we made several...one was this Coconut Cream  Meringue pie (pictured to the left) and the other was a Chocolate Meringue pie.  Not only was it fun to make them but even more FUN to eat! Baking is a luxury that I don't typically afford myself throughout the year. However, since I was on a roll, I made 2  more Banana Cream pies just to satisfy a personal … [Read more...]

No Roll Pie Crust

No Roll Pie Crust This is absolutely the most simple and flakiest crust I have ever made. It turns out perfect every time.  This recipe is from my friend, Rachel Goers...who has since gone home to be with the Lord. She was a great cook!   1 1/2 cups unbleached flour 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt  1/2 cup cooking oil   ( I use corn or other vegetable oil) 2 tablespoons cold milk Thoroughly mix together dry ingredients in bowl. Combine the oil and milk in … [Read more...]

Pan Seared Cabbage

This time of year, it’s always a challenge to stay focused on quality nutrition. There’s always extra baking, dinners out, birthday parties, and getting together, celebrating with family and friends. And it’s the time of year when everyone’s wants to make their favorite holiday dish...which usually means lots of butter and sauces. Although the first few bites are delicious, before you know it, you’re packing in the calories….and your jeans start feeling snug. Anybody relate? … [Read more...]