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Spaghet-Tea Cakes and Sugar Cookies

26 Jan

OK, so I didn’t combine spaghetti and tea cakes, but I was trying to be kitschy with the title…but I digress.

Last night, after returning home from a GREAT motorcycle ride, I realized that there were two recipes I was supposed to post.  Well, yesterday was out anniversary and I guess my mind was elsewhere.  I spent most the day finding, purchasing, and putting together a kids’ bicycle carrier to add to my bike so that the hubby and I could go riding together…since I also got him his own bike!  Well, in the end, I had to return the kid seat and buy another one because it did not fit on either of our bikes.  BLAH.

So, back to the topic at hand.  I made a scrumptous (sp) spaghetti sauce this evening that was very reminiscent of my mom’s, sans mushrooms and with added stewed tomatoes.  This was a meaty, hearty, saucy blend that would complement any pasta, mozzarella stick, or even as a pizza sauce. It was so good, I forgot to take a picture.  Now, if I take one, you’d just see the inside of my cluttered refrigerator and the sauce in its respective Rubbermaid container.

On to the cookies instead.  The two recipes were VERY different in ingredients, but their taste is very similar.  So it was hard to decide which I really like.

First was the tea cookie, much better than the “tea cakes” from a few days ago.  They are a crisp, dry cookie that would be PERFECT with tea or coffee.  They aren’t that pretty, but taste great.  Second was a sugar cookie.  This was no sugar cookie like I’ve ever eaten or seen before, but I made them.  The dough is very moist and I was not quite sure how it would bake.  It baked pretty evenly but requires a LOT of trips to the oven, unless you have a double oven.  So, I got lazy, put all the dough onto the cookie sheet, scored it with a pizza cutter and baked.  They baked perfectly and are much more uniform.

So, there are rewards for laziness (sometimes).


Grandma’s Notes: (Spaghetti Sauce) 1/24/93-Went to see Doris & Wallace Phillips at Alva Foster’s.  Alice Horton was there.  1/28/93 George came by; I started a baby blanket.  1/30/93- Beautiful day 30* at 7:45; baked a pie; studied S.S. lesson; watched A&M vs. Baylor basketball; worked on blanket.  THANK YOU LORD FOR YOUR WORD TO STUDY.  HELP ME GET THE WHOLE PICTURE AS I STUDY.  (Tea Cookies) 1/21/99- George came by; brought my TV.  1/23/99- Haley is cooking a 32-yr anniversary dinner for Barbara and Lance.  They picked me up to go to Barry and Haley’s house in Carthage.  1/24/99- S.S. and church.  Then to Pizza Hut with Lance, Barbara, Haley, Barry, and Braden.  LORD, THANK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF PRAYER. (Sugar Cookies)- 1/1/99- Cooked Cabbage, carrots, black-eye peas; ate lunch.  Barbara, Haley, and Barry came for a while.  I hung my 1999 calendar.  THANK YOU LORD FOR HOLDING ME IN YOUR HANDS.  HELP ME ALWAYS LOOK TO YOU FOR THE ANSWER; FORGIVE ME WHEN I ERE.

Make sure your knives are sharp

21 Jan

Let me just say that I never thought cutting a whole fryer would prove to be the Achilles heel of my Friday?!  While I understand the need to save money by most of us.  I also realized that the possibility of cutting off a digit was VERY real!  So, next time I will definitely be purchasing already cut pieces of chicken.  I did, however, manage to cut out both thigh/leg quarters, wings, and one full breast.  The other breast ended up boneless and skinless…oops!

Whether you are a fan of chicken or not, a small note about frying:  Keeping the skin on (even if not eaten) keeps the moisture in the chicken and the bone-in pieces held their heat and moisture better than their boneless counterparts.  Oh, and did I mention that you quickly figure out how unbalanced your stove and/or floor is when you need heat to be even in a pan of hot oil!

Anyway, the chicken turned out well, and the gravy was GREAT!  Gravy has always been difficult for me.  It’s usually too lumpy, runny, tastes like warm flour (yuck!), or I don’t stir enough and it burns.  But…this.one.rocked!  The “Kitchen Bouquet Browning Sauce” was the perfect addition to the mix.  I made the “mistake” of pouring some in, when it was supposed to just be a couple drops.  I was afraid it would be ruined, not so!

I had my  Southern Fried Chicken with Cream Gravy along with some of the Bean Salad from a week ago. The perfect pairing.

Southern Fried Chicken

Chicken and Gravy


The other recipe for today was for “Tea Cakes II.”  What a misnomer that is!  There is nothing remotely like cake in the product.  This is one of those recipes that says to chill the dough and the “roll onto a floured surface.”  Well, let’s just say that in this case, rolling was the easy part, but unless you have Edward Scissorhand’s …er..hands, being able to cut the dough and put it onto a cookie sheet is next to impossible.  The dough warmed up WAY too quickly.  Oh, and when it says to cut them, I figured I would use a cookie cutter and make them all pretty.  When they baked, though, they took over the cookie sheet like King Kong took over the Empire State Building.  So, it was back to the old stand-by of “drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet.”  I also baked them a little longer to give them a more crisp finish.  I felt that a sturdier cookie/cake would actually go with tea best.  They taste spectacular, and I think they look pretty too.  Perhaps I could freeze the dough and just cut them like a store-bought roll-o-dough.  What do you think?

Tea Cakes II


Grandma’s Notes: (Chicken) 1/20/93- Cloudy; drizzling.  Watched the presidential inauguration & parade.  1/21/93 Barbara and Haley came.  Anthony & Ashley came; gave them each and afghan (Anthony’s “West Winds”).  We all had ice cream.  Read Tenaha-Timpson paper; crocheted.  THANK  YOU LORD FOR OUR COUNTRY THAT IT IS ONE WHERE WE ARE FREE TO SEEK GOD AT ANYTIME AND ANY PLACE.

(Cakes)- 1/15/99- Frank called; he and April and a friend are coming tonight; will go home tomorrow night.  1/16/99- Lance carried the girls over to fed the cows.  1/20/99- I mailed some letters; one was a birthday card and check for Amber’s birthday which I had forgotten on the 10th.