Pressure Cooking Fresh Eggs and Dying Brown Eggs

Pressure Cooking Fresh Eggs and Dying Brown Eggs

After raising hens with large brown eggs, I thought I must be crazy to feel I had to buy white eggs to dye for Easter.  After all, could brown eggs REALLY hold color like a white egg?  The answer to the question is YES!  Not only can the brown eggs hold the color, but the color is deeper and richer BECAUSE of the eggs being brown. However, with fresh eggs becomes a challenge with hardboiling.  WHY? I discovered very quickly that attempting to boil fresh eggs led to a peeling…

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Blackberry Brownie Cheesecake Pie

Blackberry Brownie Cheesecake Pie

    I was feeling creative and had this idea in my mind.  I wanted to create a pie with a brownie layer and cheesecake layer from scratch (no boxes), and came up with this idea.  Milk chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips would work as well.  This is a mildly sweet pie, so if you’re the kind of person who takes frosting off a cake, you’ll enjoy this.  If you hate making pie crusts, then purchase one frozen.  The pie isn’t a significant riser, so you’ll have enough room…

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El Diablo Mustard Giveaway!

El Diablo Mustard Giveaway!

I had the pleasure of being able to sample some of the most awesome hot and spicy mustard I’ve ever tried.  The variety of mustard El Diablo creates are good for just about anything you can think up!  As a creative cook, I was thrilled to try every single one of these. El Diablo Mustards have what it takes to jack up the heat in so many of your dishes.  Add the Texas Chili on your hot dog to make it taste like a spicy chili dog.  Use the mango…

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Bugging Out with Bugs and Slugs – A Halloween Treat

Bugging Out with Bugs and Slugs – A Halloween Treat

So, I bugged  out with an easy dessert using a recipe from Taste of Home’s September/October issue!  The recipe is called Frosted Pistachio Bars.  They kind of taste like a cookie/cake combination…but more like a soft cookie than anything.  I can see a lot of variations could be done with this bar, but here’s one I came up with for Halloween.  Then again, my kids (who aren’t THAT young) loved this, so maybe it’s good for crazy kids who like candy bugs and slugs on their food. The dessert is…

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How to Create a Somewhat Vegan Graduate Recital Reception

How to Create a Somewhat Vegan Graduate Recital Reception

Two years ago, my eldest had requested that I cater her senior recital at her college.   Although the reception went nicely, I felt the table looked a little bare.  When she contacted me to cater her graduate recital, not only did I want to fill the table more, but pleasing the masses became more complicated because my daughter had become vegan. Typically, I don’t like to be the boring cheese and crackers type of server.  In this case, even cheese wasn’t something that could be placed on a vegan menu…

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How to Maple Sugar

How to Maple Sugar

When I first moved into my house, I had plans of owning a lot of chickens.  I had been told the property was originally farmed.  Hardly any trees existed, and it was easy to go from one side of the property to another. This story was hard for me to absorb when I looked around the tree covered land, but I knew the source was extremely credible, and I was a little frustrated that I had land I couldn’t use because my husband was against cutting down perfectly good trees….

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Valentine’s Day Dinner on the Grill – by Barry Martin

Valentine’s Day Dinner on the Grill – by Barry Martin

Donna (AKA the Hudson Valley Handymom) – I’ve been fortunate to meet some world class people in my lifetime.  Barry (CB) Martin is one of those people.  He has a star quality presence and sense of humor while demonstrating his craft to those of us who aren’t so talented.  I noticed that most of my recipes seem to be on the baked goods side.  I have a major sweet tooth, what can I say?  Despite the presence of all the baked goods on my site, one of my passions is…

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From Freezer to Slow Cooker – How to Make Easy Meals

From Freezer to Slow Cooker – How to Make Easy Meals

There are things you may not know about me.  In the past, I haven’t brought it up to my readers because I’ve actually lost out on opportunities due to this, but I’m going to say it now.  Here’s my confession:  I’m bionic.  I’m not the kind of bionic that can run miles in a flash, lift heavy objects, or be hired out for amazing feats that no one else can accomplish.  In fact, the exact opposite is true.  Being bionic can be limiting, but the biggest limitations are the ones…

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Donna’s Coconut Almond Cookies – EGGLESS!

Donna’s Coconut Almond Cookies – EGGLESS!

I don’t normally put my name in front of a recipe, but I had put this recipe I created on a couple of cooking websites, and it was renamed for me with my name placed in front of it, so I just left it. I love the taste of coconut and almonds, and if you like it too, you’ll love the taste of these cookies.  I hope you enjoy! Donna’s Coconut Almond Cookies   Serves: 22 Prep Time: 20 Min Cook Time: 10 Min Ingredients 1/2 c butter, softened get…

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The Hudson Valley Handymom’s Strawberry Frosting Recipe

The Hudson Valley Handymom’s Strawberry Frosting Recipe

I use to get all fancy pants when it came to my daughters’ birthdays.  I decorated cakes and tried to make things look pretty.  My kids are older now and don’t care so much about Barbie, Mickey Mouse, dinosaur cakes, or sprinkle cakes.  They just want cake and ice cream – which makes my life easier, but I must say my cake decorating efforts went from time consuming to a little embarrassing. Let’s face it, we all live in a busy world.  Going crazy with cakes might not be on…

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