Sugar Cookies

4 egg yolks
1 t. baking powder
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. sour cream
1 t. baking soda
2 sticks butter
4 c. flour

Mix sour cream and baking soda and set aside. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs. Add sour cream mixture and flour alternately. Roll out on floured surface. Cut into cookies and place on baking sheet, sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes or until golden brown on edges.

Pumpkin Bars

1 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. oil
4 eggs
1 can pumpkin
2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon
dash of salt

Mix well. Pour into large cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

3/4 c. butter
1 t. vanilla
16 oz. cream cheese
2 c. powdered sugar

Broccoli Salad

1 bunch broccoli
1/2 c. chopped pecans
6-8 strips of bacon
1 c. frozen peas
1/2 c. currants soaked in brandy (or dried cranberries)

1/4 c. mayonnaise
3/4 c. plain yogurt
2 T. honey
1 T. vinegar
1 T. lemon juice

Steam broccoli, fry bacon, defrost peas.
Combine and refrigerate.


1 pie shell, par baked
10 eggs
1 c. plain yogurt
shreaded cheddar or swiss
salt & pepper
caramelized onions & garlic
bacon or ham
spinach or broccoli

Beat together eggs, yogurt, & salt. Layer meat, veggies, & cheese in the pie shell. Pour egg mixture on top. Bake 45min @ 350.

White Cake

1 c. milk
6 egg whites
2 t. vanilla
2 1/2 c. cake flour
3/4 c. sugar
1 T. baking powder
1 t. salt
12 t. butter (soft but cool)

Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, whisk until combined the milk, egg whites, and vanilla. In a stand mixer, combine the flour, sugar, BP, and salt. While the mixer is running on low, add the butter a tablespoon at a time. Let the mixer continue until there are no visible chunks. Add all but a half cup of the milk mixture. Beat on medium for about 90 seconds until light and fluffy. Scrape the sides and add the remaining milk mixture. Combine on low, then take up to medium for another 30-60 seconds.

Texas Cake

This is the cake recipe that I used to teach my children to bake. It is the most forgiving cake recipe I have ever come across. At 3 years old, my daughter was cracking eggs, stirring chocolate, and measuring flour with this recipe.

2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
2 eggs
1/2 c. buttermilk or sour cream or plain yogurt
1 c milk
1 c. chocolate chips
1 c. butter
1/4 c. cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, put in the chocolate chips then the butter. Melt in the microwave. Stir it all together. Add the cocoa powder and stir until well combined.

In a large bowl mix together flour, sugar, salt, & baking soda. Crack the eggs into a cup. Measure the buttermilk & milk together. Put all the things in the large bowl and stir together until well combined. For denser cake, beat the eggs in well.

Makes 2 rounds or 18 cupcakes. Bake a cakepan for 30 minutes or cupcakes for 22 minutes. Doubles well, does not tripple.