What is cooking? Touch life ‘care packages’ | What is cooking?

Teresa Hutchel What’s cooking?

At the American Legion Auxiliary Team meeting on Thursday, a member suggested we expand our annual “Socks for Veterans at the Victory House” project and send out Christmas cards to serve men and women to spice up their holidays. Then the discussion turned to the possibility of sending small gifts to show our interest. Well, this was a welcome topic for me and my thoughts immediately took me to the years when I mailed several “care packages” to my eldest son and to my nephew while they were in the military. They enjoyed receiving good things and sharing them with others in their barracks.

Please allow me to ask if you have allowed the spirit of giving and sharing within yourself to wake up yet in the month of December? If you don’t, I urge you to allow the positive emotions to flow through you and out to others. You can be a ‘blessing’ by creating ‘gifts of good things’ for disabled, widows, widows, bereaved families, missionaries, people in nursing homes/supported living facilities, people serving in the military…for all people lives who you care to impact .

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However, with Christmas just a few weeks away, it is imperative that we get busy in the kitchen, and then send our “care” packages to people in our community and/or by mail right away. Having said that, I would like to share some recipes that are the contents of a good “care package”. (Notes: (1) These treats are also good for tables at holiday meals and parties; (2) Do not mail anything that may melt or spoil such as divinity, fudge, cream cheesecake, or anything iced.

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Easy party mix

(After you’ve baked this party mix and cooled, you can toss in some red and green mixes and seals. They’ll add festive color and won’t melt during delivery or postal shipping.)

4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon Lory’s Seasoning Salt

Heat the oven to 200 degrees. In your largest bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (peanuts, pretzels, Cheerios and Chex). In a separate bowl, stir together the Worcestershire sauce, salt and butter until well combined. Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and toss gently to coat as evenly as possible. Pour onto lightly buttered cookie sheets and bake at 200 degrees for 2 hours, turning every 20 minutes or so. Allow the party mix to cool and place in one or more airtight containers.

What is cooking? Delicious snacks and desserts feature pecans

Festive Snow Balls

1 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup finely chopped pecans

More powdered sugar for rolling

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, mix powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla extract with a spoon until smooth. Stir in the flour until it forms a soft dough. Stir in pecans. Scoop out the dough with a teaspoon and roll it into 1-inch balls. Place them about two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake these snowball cakes for eight minutes or until lightly browned. While still warm, roll in powdered sugar and place on waxed paper to cool. After they cool completely, roll them in powdered sugar again and keep them in an airtight container.

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Thumbprint cookies

1 cup room temperature butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

2-1/4 cup plain flour (white lily)

One or more jars of your favorite jam and/or marmalade

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to mix the butter and sugar together until they reach a light and fluffy texture. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well after adding each. Use a tablespoon to stir in the vanilla extract. Sift the flour and salt together into a separate bowl. You may want to sift it twice to get a really fluffy cookie texture. Then add the flour and salt mixture to the whipped mixture a little at a time, stirring the “dough” until completely smooth. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Preheat oven to 325. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet two inches apart. Press your thumb (or the bottom of a new, narrow pointed candle) into each cookie to make an indent. Bake cookies at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes. Do not allow them to turn brown. Remove from oven and fill each indentation with ½ teaspoon of your favorite jam (jam) or jam (jam). In other words, you can fill six cakes with strawberry jam and six with peach jam, etc. Put the biscuits back in the oven 325 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes, or until golden brown Lightly around edges, remove from oven and let cool, filling will thicken as biscuits cool, this recipe makes about 40 biscuits.

Crazy pretzel dipped bars

1 cup Nestle Toll House semi-sweetened milk chocolate or Premier White Bite

2 teaspoons vegetable ghee

Nestle Toll House mini semi-sweet chocolate and/or sprinkles (optional)

Additional Nestle Toll House Morsels for Mist (Optional)

Place wax paper on the baking tray. In a large uncovered bowl, microwave 1 cup of Bite Relish and brush the vegetables on medium power for 1 minute. Stir the mixture well. If the vaccine is not completely dissolved, use the microwave for additional 15-second intervals, stirring only until the vaccines dissolve. Dip the pretzel bars about three inches into the melted bite, and tilt the bowl to make dipping easier. Use the side of the bowl to remove the excess. If you want to decorate it, you can sprinkle it with colored sprinkles. Place the bars on the prepared baking tray. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until it “firms”. Store the bars in an airtight container at room temperature.

For a great drizzle, microwave three tablespoons of the opposite color of the litter in a heavy-duty plastic bag on medium power for 30 seconds. Cut out a small corner of the bag and carefully sprinkle the melted chips over the pretzel on the baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm and store as described above.

Cheese cookies

(It can also be formed into a “cheese straw.”)

10 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 cup Land or Lakes Butter (not margarine)

2 cups of sifted flour

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon Texas Pete Hot Sauce

Two pieces of cayenne pepper

(Optional garnish: Half of the lightly toasted pecans can be pressed into the center of each “cookie” once the tray is removed from the oven.)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees, and get the largest cookie sheet you have. In a large bowl, fold (flip) all ingredients until well blended and forming a thick, cheesy “dough.” Use your hands to make similar sized balls of dough. Use a finely ground drinking glass or rolling pin to flatten the balls – the thinner the balls are rolled, the crunchier the “cookies”. Carefully place them on a cookie sheet, close to each other, as they will not spread as much as you bake at 325 degrees for 12 minutes or until light brown. Allow it to cool for at least five minutes before removing it from the pan.

If you prefer cheese lollipops, use a cookie press or a large piping bag with a large star-shaped piping head. Lay long strands of cheese dough onto wax paper. Then cut the threads into 5-inch pieces. Put them on the baking sheet. Again, they won’t spread much during cooking. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until edges turn brown. Warning: this may be a habit.

Delicious Ritz Bites sandwich

12 ounce package of Nestlé Premier White Bites

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 packet Ritz Bites Peanut Butter

In a microwaveable plastic bowl, melt the white chocolate crumbs by sliding them for about a minute, then stir well. If the inoculum is not completely dissolved, “go” for 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each 10-second period. Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Using a fork, dip each Ritz-bite in the melted chocolate and stir until well coated. Place the coated cookies on wax paper to harden. Store it in an airtight container.


6-ounce package of Butterscotch chips

3 ounce can chow mein noodles

Place the candy chips in a 2-quart bowl in the microwave. Put them in the microwave on high for one minute. Flip to check the degree of texture. Put the candy in the microwave for one minute longer. Stir it until it becomes soft. Add peanut butter and stir well. Add the peanuts and noodles and stir until well coated. Using a small spoon, place clumps of mixture onto waxed paper. Leave the “haystacks” to cool and harden. This recipe makes about twenty clusters.

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