Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

This is an easy nut spread to make if you are just learning. It is not at thick as store bought Nutella, but it tastes very similar. It is probably a very good thing that hazelnuts are not super cheap, otherwise, we would make this a lot more often than we do.

Cookie Dough Truffles

I am not sure where we found this recipe, but it was one of the first truffle recipes we tried.

Oatmeal Bread

This is a soft bread that is easy to make. It makes great toast or grilled cheese.

Shmooey On Toast

I do not remember ever having biscuits and gravy growing up.  However, my parents would make us “Shmooey on Toast”.  It is the same idea as creamed chipped beef on toast–S.O.S. as soldiers called it according to my dad– but without the chipped beef.  A little research and I learned if you use a chopped hard boiled egg, it is called Eggs à la Goldenrod.

I asked Dad where the name “Shmooey” came from.  He said that shmooey sounded a lot better than “S.O.S”.  With a little more research, I discovered why my parents swapped names for us kids.  I agree… shmooey is a lot more kid friendly!

Following is the recipe we always followed for Shmooey, along with some variations.

Grain free, Egg Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

We have many friends with food allergies. We were looking for a good dessert recipe that we could share at potlucks that was gluten free, egg free and dairy free. These are simple cookies to make and they taste great!

Aunt Bonnie’s Whole Wheat Bread

This is my most used, favorite wheat bread recipe. It is super simple to make and it is not “heavy” like many wheat breads are. It makes great sandwich bread and is wonderful toasted.

We usually half the recipe but this bread freezes well.

English Muffins

While overseas, we often could not get some of our favorite foods. Most of the time it did not matter, but occasionally we wanted comfort food from home. Not only are English muffins easy to make, but use ingredients that were found easily while we traveled.

They are good plain, but English muffins are much better toasted. They are good eaten in so many ways; with eggs and cheese, as hamburger rolls, smothered in butter, or as a base for peanut butter and jelly.

Miss Jili’s Kung Pao Chicken

Miss Jili is a friend of ours from China. We enjoyed having her over and sharing recipes with us before she moved to finish her schooling. This is a favorite recipe of ours.

Egg Rolls

Even though egg rolls seem to be difficult to make, they really are not. They come together pretty quickly also. Since they are treats that we rarely make, we fry them, but you can also bake them if you prefer.

If you prefer, substitute the pork for chicken or mini shrimp. They are great without meat also!

Wonton Soup

Once upon a time, before internet and being able to find restaurants easily on a phone, a small family was traveling late at night through a strange city. A pregnant wife told her husband that she REALLY wanted wonton soup.

Sweet husband found hungry wife a Chinese restaurant and came back with a huge container of soup. Wife happily ate most of the soup, remembering to share a little.

Wonton soup has always been a favorite comfort food. I suspect it probably was because my dad would often take us for Chinese food for super special occasions.