Monday, October 27, 2014

Monster Cookies

These cookies are not as scary as they sound ....
the"Monster" part is that it makes a monster size batch!

I used to make these for Halloween treats when the 
neighbourhood kids came trick or treating.
We live in a very rural area and that meant that
there was only a handful of children who came to the house.
(I'll confess that I begged their parents to bring them over).
Those were the good old days when homemade treats were still allowed
and peanut allergies were rarely heard of.

This makes a Monster size batch (approx. 20 dozen)! Half the ingredients for a more manageable batch.
1 lb. Butter - softened
4 Cups Brown Sugar
4 Cups White Sugar
1 Dozen Eggs
3 lbs. Crunchy Peanut Butter (approx. 5 1/4 Cups)
8 tsp. Baking Soda
18 Cups Oatmeal
1 lb. Chocolate Chips (approx. 2 1/2 Cups)
1 Cup Peanuts
1 lb. Smarties or M & Ms to decorate the unbaked cookies.
Cream together the butter and sugars. Beat in the eggs and peanut butter. Combine the oatmeal, baking soda, chocolate chips and peanuts and stir into the wet ingredients.
Spoon or scoop cookie dough onto baking sheet.  Top the unbaked cookies with several smarties.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.  These can be easily over baked – take them out while cookies are high – they will drop flat, soft and chewy when removed from oven.

Do you remember when homemade treats
were given out at Halloween?

Till next time ......... pass the milk please!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pumpkin Torte - Made Famous by Marilyn!

Pumpkin Torte

A Leis Family favourite!!!  My sister-in-law, Marilyn, makes this for our Thanksgiving Dinner every year because it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it.  I have passed this recipe on to so many people over the years.  It looks complicated to make but it’s not.  It just takes a bit of time but well worth the effort! It's a winner!

24 crushed graham crackers (approx. 1 ½ Cups)
½ Cup sugar
½ Cup butter –melted
Mix and press into a 9 X 13 pan

Next layer:
2 Eggs
¾ Cup sugar
8 oz. package cream cheese – softened
Mix together till smooth.  Pour over graham cracker base.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool while preparing next layer.

Pumpkin Layer:
2 Cups pumpkin
3 Egg yolks (save egg whites)
½ Cup sugar
½ Cup milk
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 package gelatine
1/4 Cup water
Cook in saucepan till thickened.  Remove from heat and stir in 1 package gelatin soaked in ¼ Cup water.  Let mixture cool completely.  

Beat egg whites till stiff – add ¼ Cup sugar and beat again.  Fold the egg whites into the cooled pumpkin mixture and pour this over the cream cheese layer.

Top with whipped cream.  Chill and serve.  This dessert does not disappoint!!

It truly is famous, at least in our family it is.

Till next time ............ it's pumpkin time!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Organic Vegetable Soup

The farmer went to pick up a wood splitter from,
James Harrison, a local organic vegetable farmer
and brought home a nice sampling of his
delicious and nutritious harvest!

Fresh picked kale and dragon kale,
purple and deep red potatoes,
purple, red, white and orange carrots,
some heads of the best garlic in the land,
a huge leek, onion, and pretty edible flowers.

Have you ever seen such beauty?

I've never tasted Dragon Kale.

Dark purple carrots and
solid red potatoes,
packed with vitamins
and nutrients.

Pretty edible flowers
and some of James' famous
juicy garlic!

This calls for a healthy energizing vegetable soup.
Just a quick picking of parsley, thyme and sage from
my herb garden and I'll be all set!
Wonder what colour this soup will be?

Saute an onion in a splash of Olive Oil,
add in 3-4 cloves crushed and chopped garlic,
add in some chopped carrots and 2 - 3 diced potatoes.
Add fresh or dried herbs and seasoning to taste.
Pour in 4 - 5 Cups of chicken or Vegetable broth
and simmer until vegetables are tender.

Chop and add in 3 Cups of Kale and cook
for an additional 5 minutes.
Remove a few cups of the soup and blend with
hand held blender if desired - add back into soup pot.
Serve with a wee garnish of chopped green onion and Enjoy!

That soup should give me enough energy to get out of my pjs and
help the farmer chop some wood - right!!?

BTW - the soup turned out to be a lovely
slightly lavender colour - so yummy!

Till next time ...... gathering some more kale recipes .... do you have a favourite one?