Chicken Artichoke Heart Casserole and The Irresistible Table

Chicken Artichoke Heart Casserole Irresistible Table by Mary DeMuth @MelissaKNorris

I love making my family's meal time special with home-cooked nutritional food. I believe spending time together around the table promotes a bonded family and makes each person feel important and valued. When author Mary DeMuth announced her cookbook, The Irresistible Table, was releasing, I eagerly awaited my early copy of the book. Mary's a Christian author who shares the same belief as I do and talks about it in her new book. I'm excited to share with you one of her recipes. I know it was the first recipe I tried, but not the last. Chicken Artichoke Heart Casserole 4 whole chicken breasts 1 14 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained (I used marinated-Melissa) 1/3 cup butter (I will use less-Mary) 1/3 cup flour (I will use less, more like 1/4 cup-Mary) … [Read more...]

Pioneering Today-How to Pressure Can Apple Pie Filling

Apple corer and peeler

Nothing says fall like a good crisp apple. I love the way an apple fits perfectly in the palm of my hand. The way they perfume the air, promising delectable delights. And it means I get to can up a new batch of homemade apple pie filling in my pressure canner. My father-in-law adores apple pie and it's my responsibility privilege to provide the apple pies for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. You can water bath apple pie filling, but I prefer to pressure can my apple pie filling because it's much faster and uses less water, and it's much faster, did I mention is was much faster? My favorite apple in pies and applesauce is the Gravenstein. I planted my own this year, but will have to wait a few years for a large crop. Thankfully, my parents have an ancient one in their field. . My original apple pie filling recipe used cornstarch, but the cornstarch does break down after time. The jars I use for Christmas baking were fine, but by the time I hit spring, they were a mushy runny … [Read more...]

Pioneering Today-Quick No Rise Dinner Roll Recipe

Quick No Rise Rolls-dough to table in 20 minutes

  Do you ever wait until the last minute and realize you need to come up with dinner quick? I make good use of my slow cooker (these slow cooker cabbage rolls are amazing) most of the time, but these make a nice and easy side when you're short on time. Normally, I always have homemade bread on hand from my No Knead Bake Bread in Less than 5 Minutes a Day method. Now if only I could find a no knead and no rise recipe! Except I forgot to set out a new batch of dough to rise and dinner was less than an hour away. For those of you who happen to be forgetful every now and then like me, here's my no rise quick dinner roll recipe. … [Read more...]

Best Ever Flaky Pie Crust Recipe

Cut in shortening

Do you ever eat a pie and fork out the filling, leaving the crust behind? In less than 15 minutes you can have 4 pie crusts ready to bake or freeze and this crust is so good, you'll be leaving the filling just to eat the crust! In fact, my seven-year-old did that tonight. You can also have home baked bread in less than 5 minutes a day. When I was little, we made the hour trip to go visit my great-grandmother. We didn't get to go very often, but I remember her house and beautiful rose bushes even though I was quite young. My mother is an excellent baker and cook, but I never liked pie crust. Until I tasted this one. I had never eaten pie crust before and when I ate the entire piece of pie, crust included, my mom switched her recipe as fast as my great-grandmother could write it out. And now I'm thrilled to share it with you. Be warned, this flaky pastry pie crust recipe is the best I've ever had. Like melt in your mouth going to eat the entire thing in one sitting, so grab a big ol' … [Read more...]

Molasses Sugar Cookie Recipe

Molasses Sugar Cookies

Are you ready for the best ever Christmas cookie? This cookie melts on your tongue and I swear it whispers Jingle Bells while it does.  I consider these cookies my signature Christmas cookie. I bake them at least twice throughout Christmas and well into the year afterwards as well. I'm a fan of any cookie recipe that uses molasses. It reminds me of the pioneer days when many kitchens used molasses because regular sugar wasn't as easily come by and generally cost more. Molasses Sugar Cookie (from Pioneering Today-A Homemade Christmas) 3/4 cup softened butter 1/2 cup sugar (I use organic raw evaporated cane juice, certified GMO free) 1/2 cup brown sugar (make sure it is from cane sugar, not sugar beets to avoid GMO's) Note: You can also use 1 cup regular sugar, but I like the addition of the brown sugar as it keeps cookies super duper moist 1/4 cup molasses (I get mine from a big ol' vat at our local co-op) 1 egg (thank you to my little faithful flock, farm fresh … [Read more...]