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Ask Jo: Fudge Puddles

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I recently told you all about the baking day I had with our girls.  One of the things we were busy baking was Fudge Puddles.  Several people commented on them asking about the recipe.They are fun to make and easy.  After mixing up the dough we roll it into walnut sized balls and place them in greased mini cupcake tins.

After they come out of the oven, then take a melon baller and push down the centers.  Then fill them with chocolate goodness.

In the photo below Kayla was using the melon baller. Continue reading

Chicken Gravy

I had this post scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend but for some reason it didn’t go.  I’m adding it here now.

This morning I gave you the recipe for Baking Powder Biscuits. (Recipe HERE) Now I’m giving you a recipe of sorts for the chicken gravy we had over the biscuits.

Yes there are biscuits under that chicken gravy.


I used a rotisserie chicken to make this.  Karl deboned it…I made the gravy.

Of course I forgot to take pictures.  You’ll have to read the words…

I started with a little bit of butter and a half of chopped onion in my pan.  I sauted the onion.  Sometime I saute some carrots in there too…or add peas but Kelli was home and she doesn’t like either.

Next, I added the secret ingredient….this… Continue reading

Baking Powder Biscuits

Not to long ago a blog reader asked for my biscuit recipe.  I often make these.
 The biscuits aren’t a eye catching food but they are tasty.  They are in my favorite beat up bowl…It’s a piece of enamelware.

Yep…you guessed it.  The recipe came from my big old Betty Crocker cookbook.


Growing up, I NEVER had biscuits.  It was a food that Hubby’s mom often made.  She made bread from scratch and Hubby said on days they used more bread than she expected, she’d make these.

We have grown to have these with biscuits and gravy.  It can be pork sausage gravy or it can be chicken gravy.  Either are favorites around here.

When Karl was home this week I tried to make as many of his favorite things to eat as I could.  I’ve actually been doing LOTS of cooking.  It feels kind of good to pull out our favorites.

Here’s the recipe. Continue reading

THE BEST BROWNIES

Long about 1988 hubby was chosen as a “Minnesota Young Farmer”.  We were living in Minnesota then and milking cows.  That seems like a lifetime ago.  We were so excited as with the distinction they sent us to a conference in the Twin Cities.  I went with and enjoyed some alone time while he was attending meetings.

One night spouses were invited to come and they had a big catered meal.  Gift bags were handed out and in my gift bag was this recipe book.

It’s in my top five favorite recipe books.

As a young mother and wife I was working on my collections of recipes finding family favorites when I could.  The book has several family favorites including my brownie recipe…YUM.  When I made these, they rarely last an entire day.  My childcare kids past and present have all adored these….and what’s best, no melting chocolate….no weird ingredients to have on hand…FAST and best of all…the recipe can not fail…unless you leave them in the oven too long.

This is the original recipe from the book.  I’ve come to modify it slightly…21 minutes is it for cooking time.  They will seem a little soft, but stick with the 21 minutes in a PRE HEATED oven.

I told you in a previous post that I tape recipes to the inside of the cupboard doors…recipes that I use all the time.  This one is there.  This is the same recipe…back when I typed this out, we had all the kids home and used margarine.  Now days, no kids are living here and the grocery budget isn’t so tight so BUTTER is what we use.

I make lots of modifications to this recipe some I’ve already told you about…but those are all a little fancier and take more time to make.  Fruit Brownie PizzaBrownie Delight, and Smores brownies..all use this basic brownie recipe…and ALL are excellent family favorites.

What I make most often with the recipe are these…. Continue reading