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DESSERTS

PIE CRUST

Posted by Dina-Marie Oswald on

A good pie crust recipe is a “must have” for all kitchens! When we were first married, I tried to make pie crust. Wanting to be the good wife and impress my husband with my culinary skills, I wanted the perfect pie crust! But, it was not to be. Not then anyway. In fact, the whole pie crust shrunk down to the center of the pie pan and looked like a pitiful little disc of crust. It was so humiliating! What was not funny then has given us so many laughs now, years later …. I turned to toss the...

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HOMEMADE BAKING MIX – BISQUICK

Posted by Dina-Marie Oswald on

I have several recipes that call for Bisquick. But, since I have had such amazing results with the GAPS diet and have begun a more traditional diet, I now read labels. And yes, the Bisquick box, typical of most highly processed foods, is filled with chemicals and preservatives. So began my quest for a healthier, homemade Bisquick substitution. Homemade Bisquick is made with minimal ingredients. In fact, there are only 4 – flour, baking powder, salt and tallow. Once mixed together, the homemade Bisquick will keep for 3 – 6 months especially if it is kept refrigerated. If you family is like...

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CHOCOLATE CAKE – LAZY WOMAN’S

Posted by Dina-Marie Oswald on

Chocolate  cake was easy to find when we lived in Switzerland. The problem was that most European cakes tend to be a bit drier than American cakes (like this rich and moinst Chocolate Candy Bar Cakerecipe) – this held true for chocolate cake too! Enter the Lazy Woman’s Chocolate Cake recipe. I received not just any chocolate cake recipe but the Lazy Woman’s Chocolate Cake recipe from a good friend who was also an American living in Switzerland. And, as you have probably already guessed, the Lazy Woman’s Chocolate Cake recipe minimizes the mess made when mixing by using only one...

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SUGAR COOKIES

Posted by Dina-Marie Oswald on

Like Cocoons, this sugar cookie recipe is a holiday tradition. Now, I am sure most people have a favorite sugar cookie recipe so, why would you need mine? Well, one bite (OK, two then) says it all! Well, just in case you don’t have a sugar cookie recipe- here is our family’s recipe which I obtained from John’s mother. She made sugar cookies every Christmas. They were a real tradition around their home and I have continued the tradition with my children.   I usually quadruple the sugar cookie recipe and divide the dough into balls so that each child will...

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SAND TARTS

Posted by Dina-Marie Oswald on

Sand Tarts is another holiday cookie recipe from my mother-in-law which we make every Christmas. Sand Tarts are traditionally a very hard cookie, in fact, if they are not hard – like almost teeth-breaking, they are not right! That is why you roll the out thinly – so you can get them in your mouth at an angle and bite sand tarts with your back teeth! This way, you are less likely to crack a tooth    Sand Tarts are delicious when enjoyed with a cup of coffee. Dip the Sand Tart into the hot coffee and let it soak...

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