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Hello everyone, I'm Cindi, aka "domestic goddess", and I consider myself to be a country girl at heart. I'm also a mother to 3 daughters, and I have 1 granddaughter. Being a country gal, I enjoy preparing down-home country meals for my family. I also enjoy sharing recipes with others, collecting cookbooks, reading about the paranormal, and spending time with my family.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Scrambled Egg & Dill Pickle Sandwich

I love this sandwich, and I make it often. I also enjoy it during Lent.

Scrambled Egg & Dill Pickle Sandwich

2 large eggs

several dashes pepper (See *Note)
1 tablespoon butter
2 slices of bread, lightly toasted (See *Note)
2 tablespoons Hellmann's Mayonnaise, divided
1-1/2 teaspoons French's Honey Mustard
2-3 slices Vlasic Sandwich Stackers Kosher Dill Pickles (See *Note)

Place eggs in a bowl; sprinkle in a few dashes of pepper, then scramble eggs with a fork. (Do not add any milk to the eggs!)

Heat butter in an 8-inch non-stick skillet, then add the scrambled eggs to it.

Cook eggs till lightly browned on one side, then turn eggs over, and cook till eggs are lightly browned on other side.

While eggs are cooking in skillet, spread one tablespoon of mayonnaise onto one slice of toasted bread. Then top the bread with 2-3 slices of Vlasic Sandwich Stackers Kosher Dill Pickles.

Spread the other tablespoon of mayonnaise onto the other slice of toasted bread. Top bread with the honey mustard; spread with butter knife, then place on top of other toasted bread (which already has the cooked eggs and sliced pickles on top). Enjoy!!

*Note: In place of black pepper, you could use McCormick's Hot Shot!, it's a blend of black & red pepper, or you could use Lawry's Seasoned Pepper. In regards to the bread (when making the sandwiches), I have used white, split top wheat, and oat bran. Choice of bread is up to you! *As for the pickles, you could use GEDNEY'S DILL PICKLE PLANKS, in place of the Vlasic Sandwich Stackers.

Additional photo of sandwich being assembled together.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Mandarin Orange Cottage Cheese Salad

This salad is so delicious, that you could mistake it for a dessert.
 Some people may call it Orange Fluff, but I prefer to call it "a little taste of heaven" and enjoy making it any time throughout the year. 

Mandarin Orange Cottage Cheese Salad

1 (16 oz.) container cottage cheese
1 (6 oz.) packet orange gelatin
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple (drained well)
1 (8 oz.) tub frozen Cool Whip (thawed)
2 (4 oz.) mini bowls mandarin oranges, drained (See *Note)
Additional mandarin oranges, to garnish salad
A sprig of fresh mint, to garnish salad (optional)

In a large serving bowl, thoroughly mix together the cottage cheese and the packet of (dry) gelatin powder.

Now stir in the (well drained) crushed pineapple; mix well.

Thoroughly fold in the Cool Whip.

Gently fold in the mandarin oranges.

Place the bowl (uncovered) in the refrigerator, until the salad becomes firm to the touch. Within a few hours.

Before serving, garnish salad with a few whole mandarin slices, and possibly a sprig of fresh mint, if desired.

*Note: The mandarin oranges I use to make this salad, come in those 4-ounce mini bowls (4 to a pack), which you can purchase at most grocery stores. I prefer them over the (canned) mandarin oranges. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Rhubarb Cream Cheese Torte

My family loves this 3-layered dessert! With it's slightly sweet graham cracker crust, it's delectable cream cheese filling, and the yummy rhubarb-strawberry-gelatin topping, it's one of those desserts you just can't resist. I look forward every Summer to make this dessert.

Rhubarb Cream Cheese Torte

Prep Time: 2 hrs. & 55 minutes
(Prep time also includes cooling and chilling)
Cook Time: 35 minutes

Crumb Mixture:
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon granulated sugar
9 tablespoons melted butter

Cream Cheese Filling:
2 large eggs, beaten well
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Rhubarb Topping:
5 cups (1-1/2 lbs.) thinly sliced fresh rhubarb
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1 (3 oz.) box strawberry gelatin

To make the crumb mixture: In a bowl, add the graham cracker crumbs, the 1/2 cup of sugar, plus the 1 tablespoon of sugar, and the butter; mix well. (I used a fork to mix the ingredients together.) Press the crumb mixture in the bottom of a greased 11x7-inch glass baking dish. Set baking dish aside.

At this point, preheat the oven to 350ºF.

To make the cream cheese filling: In a bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in the eggs. Finally beat in the sugar and extract, until mixture is creamy and smooth. Pour the filling over the crumb mixture, and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

After removing the baking dish from oven, allow to cool at room temperature for 2 hours. (But, after cooling for 30 minutes, start preparing the rhubarb topping.)

To make the rhubarb topping: In a 3-quart saucepan, add the rhubarb, sugar, and water. (You may not think a 1/4 cup of water is not enough to cook the rhubarb, but trust me it is.) Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes; stirring continuously. Lower the heat to a simmer, and continue cooking for 5 minutes; stirring continuously. Add the gelatin powder, and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat, and allow to cool at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Once the rhubarb mixture has cooled, place the saucepan in the refrigerator to chill for 20 minutes, then pour the mixture over the cream cheese filling.

Place the baking dish back in the refrigerator, and chill the dessert for 3 hours before slicing and serving.

Yields: 12 servings

Note: This is one dessert that doesn't need to be covered while stored in the refrigerator. (Refrigerate any leftovers.)