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Shepherds Pie


  • 1 1/2 lbs of ground meat
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 beef bullion cubes
  • 4 carrots, sliced thin
  • 6-ounce  green peas
  • 6 large potatoes peeled, diced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • dash salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese – grated


1. In a large pot boil ground meat, diced onions and bullion cubes for 50 minutes.

2. Add sliced carrots and peas. Boil for 15 minutes.

3. While meat is cooking start the potatoes. Peel and dice potatoes into 1 inch cubes. Place in separate pot. Boil in just enough water to cover.

4. When potatoes are tender, drain and mash them in large bowl. Mix in sour cream. Add a dash of salt and pepper.

5. When meat and potatoes are done, ladle out into a large casserole dish. Reserve 1/2 cup of broth for sauce.

6. Mix together Worcestershire sauce, beef broth and cornstarch until the gravy thickens. Pour gravy over meat and vegetables.

7. Take mashed potatoes and spread over the top of the Shepherds Pie casserole. Top with grated cheese.

8. Cover casserole and bake at 400° for 30 minutes.

Serves 6 people

Rum Balls


  • 2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 1 cup finely chopped nuts or flaked coconut (or both)
  • 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 /2 cup rum

Combine all ingredients and mix

let sit for 30 minutes

Shape into balls if mixture is too dry add more syrup

You may add little more rum. Or brandy or bourbon

Roll in granulated sugar, or instant coffee, nuts, coconut

I like using sugar as it adds to the flavor

Pumpkin Roll With Cream Cheese Filling

Pumpkin Roll _ Copyright©2009_ Rocki Haire
Pumpkin Roll _ Copyright©2009_ Rocki Haire


  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2-teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cups pumpkin
  • 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-teaspoon salt
  • 1-teaspoon soda

Mix all ingredients together and pour into waxed paper
lined pan 11 by 14

(Grease edges of pan) Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.


  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4-cup margarine or butter
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar.

Turn on to powdered sugar towel. Roll loosely and refrigerate about 1 hour.  Unroll onto foil sprinkled with powdered sugar. Fill roll with the cream cheese filling. Roll back up (don’t roll with the foil), cover in foil and refrigerate, also can be frozen.

Pumpkin Bread


  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 cups pumpkin
  • 1 cup nuts (optional)
  • 3 1/3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4 teaspoons ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves

1. Cream together margarine, sugar and eggs.

Add pumpkin and water. Mix well.

2. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients – flour,

baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg,

ginger, cloves.

3. Mix wet and dry ingredients together a little at a time with a large spoon. Add the nuts in last. Beat well.

4. Pour pumpkin mixture into 2 well greased loaf pans.

5. Bake the pumpkin bread at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes. To test if the loaves are done, a toothpick comes out clean.

Makes 2 – 3 Pumpkin Bread loaves depending on size

of loaf pans.

Peanut Butter Bread


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3-cup sugar
  • 1-teaspoon salt
  • 4-teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2-cup peanut butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine dry ingredients. Add milk and peanut butter.

Pour into greased 8 by 4 by 3 inch loaf pan. Bake for approximately 50 minutes.

Serve with your favorite jam or jelly.

Pumpkin Bars


  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups pumpkin
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat oil, sugar, pumpkin and eggs together until well blended.

Combine flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and cinnamon

together in a sifter. Sift mixture into the pumpkin mixture.

Blend well. Grease a jelly roll pan and pour batter into

prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

Frost with a powdered sugar frosting or a cream cheese frosting, if desired.  Or dust top with powdered sugar.


Old-Fashioned Apple Pie

The classic. Serves 8.


  • 1 pie crust (top and bottom)
  • 7-8 large tart apples, such as Granny Smith (or a mix with Empire or Macoun)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 8 small pieces
  • Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 Tbsp water)

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Press one pie crust into a 9-inch glass pie pan.

Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples, and toss in a large

bowl with the lemon juice. In a separate bowl, combine

sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and cornstarch, and stir

into the apples.

Spoon the apple mixture into the bottom crust, and dot

generously with the butter. Paint the edge of the crust

with a bit of the egg wash, or with water, and place the top crust over the apples. Press down lightly, and crimp the edges (make sure there’s a good seal). Using a sharp knife, make a small hole in the top of the pie. Brush the top crust with egg wash, then make 4-6 slits in the crust. Place on the middle rack of the oven and bake 40-45 minutes. Apples should be tender and the crust a deep golden brown. If the crust is becoming too brown during baking, cover the edges with an aluminum foil “collar.” Let cool on a rack for 1-2 hours before slicing, to allow the juices to set.

Serve at room temperature.rost with a powdered sugar

frosting or a cream cheese frosting, if desired.

Or dust top with powdered sugar.


Fall Apple Bread


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups peeled, grated apples
  • 1 Tablespoon grated lemon rind (zest)*
  • 2/3 cup walnuts, chopped

1. Cream together butter, sugar, vanilla and beaten eggs.

2. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients – flour,

baking powder, soda, salt and cinnamon. Sift.

3. Add a little at a time with a large spoon – egg mixture

and grated apples to flour mixture. Stir in lemon rind and

nuts. Mix well.

4. Pour apple bread mixture into 2 greased and floured loaf pans.

5. Bake the apple bread at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes. To test if the loaves are done, a toothpick comes out clean.

Makes 2 Apple Bread loaves depending on size of loaf pans.

Let the loaves cool before slicing – then spread with butter and enjoy!

* how to zest a lemon – use the part of your grater that

has the tiny holes close together.

Take your lemon and grate, just grating off the very top,

yellow part of the lemon rind.

Egg Dumplings


  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 eggs
  • Room temperature water
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • parsley optional

Large Pot of boiling salted water

Pour flour into large bowl,

make a well in center,

slightly beat 4 eggs then drop into well of flour

Pour 1/2 cup water into well, then slowly with large latel spoon,

fold into flour till moist,add salt and pepper to taste, usually around 1 tsp. each

mix well but don’t use blender or mixer, mix by hand,

Batter should be somewhat thicker than pancake mix.

In a  pan of boiling water drop large tablespoons of mixture into the

water, you will see them will float to top

Cook a couple more minutes, put into a strainer, but DON’T rinse

Serve with paprikash, port sauerbraten or other gravy dishes.

Country Fried Steak


  • 1 3/4 lb. round steak, sliced
  • 1/2 inch thick
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1/3 c. All purpose flour
  • 1/3 c. cornmeal
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 4-6 tbsp. EVOO

Pan Gravy:

2 tbsp. flour

  • About 1 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper


Pound steak to

1/4 inch thickness, cut into 6 pieces.

Beat eggs and water together in pie plate.

Mix flour, cornmeal, salt and pepper on waxed paper.

Dip steaks first in plain flour, then in egg mixture.

Dip in seasoned flour mixture to coat well.

Brown meat,

3 pieces at a time, in hot oil on both sides in a large

heavy skillet. Return all meat to skillet; lower heat; cover.

Cook 20 minutes or until tender.

Remove steaks to heated platter.

To prepare pan gravy, pour off all but 3 tablespoons of

the pan drippings; blend in some flour.

Stir in milk, salt and pepper to taste.

Continue cooking and stirring until gravy thickens and

bubbles 1 minute (be sure all flour is gone).

If gravy is too thick, add a little more milk.