Apricot Layered Cookies

These are my favorite “cookies” — my Mom makes these at Christmas time, and I look forward to them each year. Filling: 3 cups of ground walnuts (reserved 1/2 cup of the ground walnuts for topping) 1 ½ tsp cinnamon ¾ cup sugar Pastry: 3 sticks margarine (12 ounces) ¼ cup water 4 cups flour […]

Mom’s Lemon Bars

For the crust: 1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 cups flour 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt For the filling: 6 extra-large eggs at room temperature 3 cups granulated sugar 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest (4 to 6 lemons) 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 cup flour Confectioners’ sugar, for […]

Grandma’s Famous Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 cup butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda Mix sugar, butter and egg and flavorings.  Mix thoroughly. Stir in dry ingredients. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours. Roll dough out to about 1/8 […]

Mom’s Rum Cake

Mom’s Rum Cake 1/2 c. vegetable oil                              4 eggs 1/2 cup rum                                       1 pkg. yellow butter cake mix 1 package instant vanilla pudding          1/2 c. water 1/2 cup pecans, choppedGrease and flour a bundt pna.  Combine all ingredients except nut, and beat for4 minutes on medium speed.  Sprinkle nuts in the bottom of the pan.  […]

Chunky Apple Walnut Cake

Dark, moist, and chunky with a delicious glaze Cake 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil 2 cups granulated sugar 3 eggs 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, sifted 1/8 tsp ground cloves 1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground mace 1 tsp baking soda 3/4 tsp salt 1 cup whole wheat flour, sifted 1 1/4 cups […]

Balsamic Strawberries with Mascarpone

1/3 c. balsamic vinegar 2 t. + 4 T. sugar ½ t. lemon juice ½ c. mascarpone cheese, chilled ½ c. heavy whipping cream ½ t. vanilla extract 2 pts. Strawberries, hulled Combine vinegar, 2 t. sugar and lemon juice in heavy small saucepan.  Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves.  Boil until syrup is […]

Old Fashioned Fresh Fruit Crisp

6 cups fresh seasonal fruits (peaches, blackberries, strawberries, plums, raspberries, apples, pears) 1 ½ cups dark-brown sugar 1 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant) 1 cup all-purpose flour ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1 tsp kosher salt 1 ½ sticks chilled unsalted butter, cut in bits Garnish with whipped cream or Vanilla Ice […]

Riad and Mom’s Braised Short Ribs

Shortribs:  The cornerstone of every great culture. 6 to 8 servings Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time: 3 hours 40 minutes 6 pounds short ribs (English cut if possible) Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 carrots, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 2 medium onions, chopped 6 shallots, peeled and […]

Tortilla Soup

Makes about 9 cups, serving 6Tortilla Strips : 8 corn tortillas (6-inch), cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips 1 tablespoon vegetable oil table salt Soup : 2 split bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds) or 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 1 1/4 pounds), skin removed and well trimmed of excess fat 8 cups low-sodium […]

Fresh Corn, Orzo, and Smoked Chicken Salad with Pine Nuts

Mom’s favorite salad!   Serves 6 to 8 3/4  t. red pepper flakes ½ c. seasoned rice vinegar 2 T. light corn syrup 2 bay leaves 3 T. lime juice ¼ lbs dry orzo pasta 2 T. olive oil ¾ lbs. julienned smoked chicken (or you can use a supermarket already roasted chicken . . […]