Homemade Corn Syrup Recipe

Sunday, January 25, 2015
Lots of recipes call for corn syrup. I learned how to make it many years ago from a cake decorator in Schenectady N.Y. , a great friend of my late Aunt Mary's. Corn syrup is just invert sugar which simply means it won't re-crystallize during the cooking or baking process when used in many candy recipes such as marshmallows and other favorite candy recipes. I think you will be very pleased if you use corn syrup in your recipes and this will keep in mason jars for around 3 months on the shelf.

Homemade Corn Syrup Recipe

5 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 teaspoon cream of tarter
dash of salt 
candy thermometer
mason jars

Place all ingredients in a heavy duty non stick saucepan. Clip the candy thermometer to the side. Stir sugar until just moistened with a clean metal spoon.
Do not stir again, the sugar will crystallize. Let this come to a boil.
Brush down the sides (when it comes boil )with a pastry brush dipped in water to remove any crystals that form on the sides, this will ruin the corn syrup when poured in the jars later if any sugar crystals remain. Do not stir this or it will become a cloudy mess.
Continue to boil until the candy thermometer reaches 235 to 240 then remove the pan from the heat and let sit for 2 hours to cool and do not touch the mixture. You must cool this completely. 
Ladle into 1 cup mason jars. You can store in you cupboard up to 3 months. If the syrup is too thick, microwave the jar without the cover on for around 25 seconds. Makes 1 quart.

Tips when you need Honey check out my substitutions!

Did you ever need a substitute for honey? Try these

DIRECTIONS for Honey in pinch subs for 1 cup honey called for in recipe:.

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar plus 1/4 cup liquid (use liquid called for in recipe).
1 cup molasses.
1 cup light or dark corn syrup.

1 cup pure maple syrup.

Panko Roasted Eggplant Recipe

Thursday, January 22, 2015
I really love roasting vegetables and can make them healthier and still full of flavor. Panko Roasted Eggplant Recipe is amazing and delicious!

Panko Roasted Eggplant Recipe


Apple Crisp for One Recipe

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Apple crisp is one of my sons' favorite desserts. He inspired me to make something for him while I am on a diet. Of course, I did have to taste this to make sure it's worthy of a post! He loved this and said "wow" this is great! Of course, that was music to any cooks ears! Apple crisp for one in a mug and done in the microwave,

it's quick and easy.
Matter of fact it took around 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 minutes

from start to finish! What's even more exciting is I had the most views and pins in one hour on this than any other ! thanks!!!

Apple Crisp for One Recipe

Here's all you need to do
1 thinly sliced Macintosh apple they're my favorite! (you can use any baking apple)

2 tablespoons old fashioned oatmeal

2 teaspoons flour

2 teaspoons brown sugar or more if you like this real sweet

2 tablespoons butter


Cooking spray

1 soup mug or deep coffee mug

Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

This is layered so read the whole recipe before throwing this together:

In a large mug prepare it by using spraying with cooking oil.

Place a layer of apples, sprinkle with cinnamon to taste, 1 tablespoon oatmeal, 1 teaspoon flour, 1 teaspoon brown sugar and 1 tablespoon butter. Add another layer of apples and repeat remaining ingredients of layers, ending with butter. I added 1 teaspoon of water to the top.

Microwave 2 minutes and check apples. If the apples pierce easy with a fork and are softened it's done. If not continue 1 minute at a time. It depends on the thickness. Mine took 3 1/2 minutes total.

Serve warm with whipped cream. or ice cream

Slow Cooker Veal Stew

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Chicken Cutlet Quesadilla

Saturday, January 3, 2015
A great way to use up fried chicken or in my case I had some cutlets leftover and added them to these delicious quesadilla. Serve them with some homemade salsa and the whole family will ask you to make these again. See how simple these are and check out the quick recipe suggestions below. A quick meal for lunch or dinner also a great appetizer for game day!

Quesadilla is a tortilla filled with cheese. This one also has a chicken cutlet for the perfect appetizer


Cinnamon Fig Walnut Refrigerator Biscuit Recipe

Friday, January 2, 2015
Here is the one recipe I didn't have a chance to post during the holiday.

Great anytime, perfect for guests and delicious with coffee.

Try these with your espresso.

Simply delicious and so easy, a semi-homemade filled biscuit.


Homemade Apple Pie

Thursday, January 1, 2015
The smell of apple pie baking is a comforting and heartwarming experience of memories for me. Mom made everything from scratch, from the dough to the filling.

There is nothing like homemade apple pie!

The love she put into her baking was extraordinary and I feel the same when I bake for my family.

I reminiscence on all those great baking years with her.

Although many years have passed without her, I rekindled many beautiful days using mom's recipe and know she with me watching.

This is one of her best pie recipes, I want to share with you, hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.

It's so hard smelling this bake and not wanting to dig right in!

When we go home to visit my hometown (Utica, New York), we always make a special trip to the Orchards to buy our apples.

Our favorite kind is McIntosh for making pies.

They're a little tart but the perfect baking apple in my opinion but you choose whatever you like!

When I see them hit the stores in Florida, I am like a kid in a candy store and I miss our Utica, fall foods and fruits.

Scroll down to see why this is the best apple pie recipe ever!

this is an homemade apple pie Upstate Utica, New York Style. My mom's recipes used all from scratch homemade ingredients. The crust is a homemade recipe along with the homemade apple pie filling. this recipe is the best


Lentil Chicken Soup Recipe

Start off the New Year with this hearty rich lentil soup.

I really love chicken soup, it's old fashioned comfort food that just makes you feel better. It's healthy too.

 There are so many things you can add to it and make it a whole meal. Here is one soup I love the richness of by adding lentils.

You can also add pasta or cooked rice and other beans if you prefer. Here's the basic soup recipe.

Lentil Chicken Soup Recipe
1 package 12 oz of lentils sorted and then cooked to package instructions

2 boneless chicken breasts

1 - 28 ounce can diced tomatoes

1 chopped celery stalk

dried parsley, oregano, and basil

2 teaspoons granulated garlic

3 cloves minced garlic

sliced carrots

salt and pepper to taste

5-quart saucepan


olive oil

grating cheese for garnishing

In the saucepan saute garlic in 3 tablespoons olive oil. Add around 3 quarts of water. Place the sliced carrots, celery chopped, tomatoes in the pot. Add the chicken breasts whole and simmer for around an hour. Skim off the top of anything that floats on the top from the chicken. Sprinkle herbs and spices evenly over the top of the water (around 2 teaspoons of each). Take the chicken out and dice it when cook and put back into the pot. Add the cooked lentils.

Salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and add grating cheese to the top.