Recipe of the Day



Peach Pound Cake

1 cup softened butter
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups fresh peaches, pitted and chopped

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 10 inch tube pan and coat with white sugar. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. Reserve 1/4 cup of flour for later, and sift together the remaining flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually stir into the creamed mixture. Use the reserved flour to coat the chopped peaches, then fold the floured peaches into the batter. Spread evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.  Makes 12 servings.

Cinnamon Snack Mix

5 cups honey graham cereal
3 cups cinnamon flavored bear shaped graham cookies
2 cups plain cheerios
¾ cup sliced almonds
1 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon orange juice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix honey graham cereal, bear-shaped graham cookies, cheerios, almonds, and golden raisins. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt butter, and blend in honey and orange juice. Spread over the honey graham cereal mixture, and toss to coat. Spread mixture onto a large baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Makes 12 cups.

Sloppy Joe Pockets

1 pound ground beef
¼ cup chopped onion
¼ cup sour cream
½ cup ketchup
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1 (12 oz) can refrigerated flaky biscuit dough
2 tablespoons melted butter

Cook and stir the ground beef and onion in a skillet over medium heat, breaking the meat up into crumbles as it cooks, until the meat is well browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the fat from the beef in a colander. Return beef to skillet, and stir in sour cream, ketchup, salt, and garlic powder. Bring the mixture to a simmer, reduce heat, and simmer while you make the pockets. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Unroll the biscuits on a floured work surface, and lightly roll each biscuit out to a square about 4 inches on a side. Arrange the squares on a baking sheet. Spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of the beef mixture into the center of each square, and fold a corner over to meet its opposite corner, making a triangle. Seal the edges with a fork, and cut three small slits into the top of each pocket. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Brush each pocket with melted butter.  Makes 12 servings.


Apple Ladybug Treats

2 red apples
¼ cup raisins
1 tablespoon peanut butter
8 thin pretzel sticks

Slice apples in half from top to bottom and scoop out the cores using a knife or melon baller. If you have an apple corer, core them first, then slice. Place each apple half flat side down on a small plate. Dab peanut butter on to the back of the 'lady bug', then stick raisins onto the dabs for spots. Use this method to make eyes too. Stick one end of each pretzel stick into a raisin, then press the other end into the apples to make antennae.  Makes 4 servings.


Pizza Pinwheels

1 (8 oz) can refrigerated crescent roll dough
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
24 slices pepperoni
1 (14 oz) can pizza sauce

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On a large baking sheet, pinch the 8 crescent roll dough triangles into 4 rectangles. Layer each rectangle with 6 slices of pepperoni and even amounts of mozzarella cheese. Roll tightly lengthwise and slice each into 4 or more pieces. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Serve with pizza sauce for dipping. Makes 8 servings.