Chewy Brownies

When you think of “chewy brownies’, do you also think “fudgy, chewy brownies”? The best fudgy, chewy brownies are made with Hershey’s Natural Unsweetened Cocoa. Of course, other brands are good, but I am partial to Hershey’s.

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Zesty Italian Dressing

In the midst of starting my first greenhouse I learned that one thing I can grow well is sweet basil. Now on to the rest of the herbs!
As soon as I have my ingredients ready I will post the recipe for zesty Italian dressing.

If I had to pick one brand from the store, it would have to be Kraft.


So I’m flipping thru my favorite digital magazine from AllRecipes and I see an ad for Reynolds Kitchens Quick Cut Plastic Wrap.

I can hardly wait to try this!!!!

Update: I have tried and am in love!! *Why did it take so long???

Au Gratin Potatoes

6 large potatoes (“Gold Potatoes” work especially well with this recipe)
1 large onion
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups coarsely grated cheese (medium cheddar, jack, etc)
3 Tblsp butter
Salt & Pepper

Peel and slice potatoes 1/8″ thick. Soak in very salty ice water (or in fridge) until ready to use.
Drain potatoes and dry thoroughly with lint-free paper towel. Preheat oven 375*.
Slice onions 1/8″ thick
Use half of the butter to grease a 9×13 baking dish.
Layer potatoes, onions and 3/4 of the cheese, salt, pepper and parsley, with the last layer potatoes. Top with remaining butter and pour milk over all.
Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes.
Remove foil, check potatoes with fork to see they are nearly done. Top with remaining 1/4 of the cheese, return to oven, uncovered and finish cooking until potatoes are completely done and cheese is bubbly, about 15 minutes.
Let set for approximately 10 minutes before serving.

NOTE: If you want to omit the cheese, feel free to do so! Viola! Scalloped Potatoes!”
Also, adding cooked and drained ground beef is an inexpensive yet delicious way to make this simple dish a meal!

There is ham in these potatoes. Add Southern Green Beans and it’s Dinner Time!

Beef Rib Rub for BBQ

1 T cumin
1 T paprika
1 T garlic powder
1 T onion powder
1 T chili powder
1 T brown sugar
2 T salt
1 t cayenne pepper
1 t black pepper
1 t white pepper

Provided by Todd Humes, who acquired it from

Onion Soup Mix

1/4 cup dried onion flakes
2 cubes beef bullion, crushed, or 2 tblsp bullion granules
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp parsley flakes
1/8 tsp celery seed
1/8 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp black pepper

Mix all in a bowl. Use in place of one package of “store-bought” onion soup mix.

Greek Salad Dressing

In a pinch, if all you have is Italian dressing but the recipe calls for Greek:

1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar
Italian dressing

Blend all in a dressing jar, chill and serve.

This was hand written on a piece of cardboard by my Mom, Sue Ellen Fuller Koonce.

Cucumber Sauce

1 Cucumber
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh dill
1/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt

Peel, slice and de-seed cucumber. Cut into cubes, add sugar, salt, vinegar, dill and sour cream.

Goes great on salmon!
For salmon fillets, boil in salted vinegar water for 8-10 minutes.

This was my mom’s handwritten recipe. Thanks Mom!!

Calico Chili

2 cups black beans, cooked, rinsed and drained
2 cups garbanzo beans, cooked, rinsed and drained
2 cups hominy, cooked, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes (I like stewed tomatoes)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon paprika
1 to 2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 bay leaf, optional (don’t eat it!)

In a large pot, mix beans and veggies.
Mix seasoning in a bowl and add to chili until it suits your taste.
Heat until warm and bubbly and serve with Hill Country Fare’s Whole Grain Crackers and tall glasses of cold water.

This recipe was printed on my favorite HEB crackers box (kinda like these).
I adjusted it to suit myself tho; instead of canned beans I prefer to cook my own!
This looks like a great meal for meatless Monday… or simply fry up some ground beef or turkey, drain and add.

Grandma Fuller’s Barbecue Sauce

1/2 cup chopped onion, fry til brown in 2 tablespoons oil.
Add 1/2 clove of garlic, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 cup water, 3/4 cup ketchup and salt & pepper to taste.

Simmer for 20 minutes.

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