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Tate’s Bake Shop Linzer Heart Cookies and a Valentine Giveaway For You

I’m sweet on Tate’s Bake Shop!





They’re best known for their mouthwatering chocolate chip cookies.  But they also have many other delicious goodies, such as:  brownies, pies and breakfast treats.  And, unless you’re new here, you know of their great giveaways I’ve hosted in the past.

Kathleen King is the owner/operator of Tate’s Bake Shop ~ who began when she was just 11 years old ~ by baking and selling her crisp, buttery chocolate chip cookies at her father’s farm stand.   She was hoping for enough money to buy her school clothes, and then it turned into a success story with her owning her own business.   






When Kathleen’s not baking, she’s writing a cookbook, and she has a plethora of fantastic recipes in her latest one, Baking for Friends

And, since Valentine’s Day is closing in, I am sharing with you her recipe for Linzer Heart Cookies.  Just make a batch of these for your loved ones and see how happy you will all be!  And, by the way, they make tasty gifts too!



Cabbage and Noodles

We like cabbage ~ we like noodles ~~~ so this dish was a hit for us!






I came across this recipe while reading Guideposts magazine.  As the writer states, “It doesn’t seem like a recipe…  Just seems like cabbage cooked with a few noodles.”

That’s exactly what it is ~ tastes good and it’s simple!

Cabbage and Noodles
Adapted
Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
5 scallions, sliced, plus more for garnish
1 small head of cabbage, chopped
½ to 1cup water
8 ounces noodles 1 teaspoon fresh herbs
Salt and seasoned pepper, to taste

Method:

Heat oil in large skillet.
Add scallions and sauté for 1 minute.
Add cabbage and ½ cup water, cook until translucent, stirring frequently.
Add more water if cabbage sticks to skillet.
In the meantime, cook noodles according to package directions, until al dente.
Drain and add to cabbage.
Add herbs, if desired and season with salt and seasoned pepper.
Continue to cook for 6-7 minutes, stirring to blend well.
Garnish with scallions, if desired.
Serve 5-6

ENJOY!!


Be sure to visit my frie…

Apple Streusel Muffins

Mmmmmuffins!
Who doesn’t like a muffin straight out of the oven for a breakfast treat?  A tasty way to start your day!

One of these apple streusel muffins will satisfy your sweet tooth perfectly.  They’re packed with double the apple appeal, thanks to apple sauce plus fresh Honeycrisp apples, making them moist and slightly sweet.  Lastly, they’re spruced up with a crumbly streusel topping. 
 If you’ve never baked using cinnamon extract, you will be surprised with how intense it is.  It has a sweet hot woody taste and is very aromatic.  Cinnamon has been used for thousands of years as a spice and medicine.  Read this for the many benefits of cinnamon, from hypertension relief to regulating blood sugar levels to antioxidant benefits.
I like the aroma, taste and texture of these muffins ~ they’re scrumptious!



Frankfurter Goulash a la Walter Slezak and Soaps

I hear you ~ “Who in the world is Walter Slezak?”
Were you a fan of Victoria Lord’s on One Life to Live?  Not that I ever watched it.  Way back, when the boys were young, I was into General Hospital (the days of Luke and Laura) and Days of our Lives ~ like the sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives... 









Anyway, Victoria Lord was portrayed by Erika Slezak, the daughter of Walter Slezak.  Walter appeared in many Hollywood movies, usually as a villain or thug, but occasionally in a lighter role, as in “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm.  I’m guessing you’d have to be about my age to barely remember him…


Stuffed Baked Potatoes

I don’t think I’ve ever met a potato I didn’t like ~ nor a person who doesn’t like potatoes.





Stuffed baked potatoes are a great delicious side dish ~ creamy and smooth, packed with flavor and easy to make.  For extra flavor, occasionally I add a little cream cheese, chopped garlic, sour cream, or even crumbled bacon.  Be imaginative, and add what you like  ~ mushrooms, steamed broccoli, tomatoes, peas, ham, pepperoni, or bell peppers, and on and on.   Then it might become a meal…
Now I’m thinking about making them ahead of time, and heating them up with some scrambled eggs for a hearty breakfast. Sounds scrumptious to me!





Stuffed Baked Potatoes
Ingredients:
4 large Idaho baking potatoes ¼ to ½ cup milk 4 tablespoons butter, softened 2 green onions, sliced Salt and pepper, to taste 1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded









Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape…

~ Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird






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