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Mom’s Recipe Box: Katie’s CHEX Muddy Buddies “For Fun Occasions”

Posted on November 21, 2014

                                    Katie’s CHEX Muddy Buddies “For Fun Occasions”   I like to help Mom in the kitchen! We always make Muddy Buddies for Super Bowl Sunday and other fun occasions. Our family LOVES chocolate and peanut butter!!! SO YUMMY! –                        Katie Landeck                     INGREDIENTS 1 large box Rice Chex Cereal; 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels or chocolate chips; one half cup creamy peanut butter; one fourth cup butter; one half teaspoon vanilla extract; 2 cups powdered sugar   PREPARATION 1.- Melt chocolate, butter and peanut butter in…

Mom’s Recipe Box: “Number One Great-Grandson” – Dan’s Meatballs

Posted on November 14, 2014

                            “Number One Great-Grandson” – Dan’s Meatballs   So many of my childhood memories in Connecticut, revolve around overnights at Nana, Candy and Jackie’s house. It was so much fun. We would make homemade meatballs and ground our own peanut butter in the Mr. Peanut Butter machine of Jackie’s, then make peanut butter cookies. Each time I make meatballs, I have fond memories of those overnights together. – Dan Landeck           INGREDIENTS 1 half pound ground beef and 1 half pound ground pork; 4 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese; 1 cup Parmigiano- Reggiano cheese, grated; 1 cup panko breadcrumbs; 1 egg; 2 cloves garlic, minced; 1 small onion,…

Mom’s Recipe Box: Grilled Filet Mignon & Olde English Tomato Relish in Memory of Glen, Sr. & Muriel

Posted on October 31, 2014

                  Grilled Filet Mignon & Olde English Tomato Relish in Memory of Glen, Sr. & Muriel We were a family of seven – three brothers and four sisters. Today marks the 12th anniversary of the passing of our brother Glen, Sr. In January 2012, we also lost our sister Muriel. Were they still with us, I would have enjoyed seeing what dish each chose for the Mom’s Recipe Box family project. This post is in their memory. – Jackie   ****         Glen and Mom had a running banter she loved to share with others during conversations. Whenever he would stop by the family home to visit her she would say. “Son, would you like…

Destination: Cozy “Vanilla Bean Cafe” in Pomfret, Connecticut

Posted on October 28, 2014

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Perched on one of the coziest of New England four corners is the Vanilla Bean Cafe in Pomfret, Connecticut. The beauty of the drive here alone is worth the trip, along scenic country roads – some are officially designated “scenic”. Upon arrival it is clear this cafe is something special. With a clientele ranging from preppies to couples, families, and cordial bikers sporting a bevy of Harley-Davidsons, everyone can feel comfortable at the Vanilla Bean.    On a recent busy, autumn Sunday, customers waiting in line to reach the ordering counter were greeted by friendly staff inquiring whether or not it was a first time visit. They then offered a brief rundown of the day’s homemade soups.…

Mom’s Recipe Box: “Mike’s Waffles”

Posted on October 24, 2014

                          “Mike’s Waffles”   I am not a cook, but I love to make breakfast with my Father’s Day gift from my daughters; a waffle iron. For my contribution to Nana’s Recipe Box, I will show you how to make a great breakfast favorite at the Larned’s: “Mike’s Waffles.” – Mike Larned                             INGREDIENTS 1 and one third cup flour; 4 t baking powder; one half t salt; 2 t sugar; 2 eggs-separated; one half cup butter – melted; 1 and three fourths cups 2 percent milk; Comte’s New Hampshire Maple Syrup     PREPARATION Whisk together dry ingredients; separate…

Mom’s Recipe Box: “Aunt June – The Church Hat – Gram’s Rice Pudding” & Aunt Jessie’s Burnt Sugar Cake

Posted on October 17, 2014

                “Aunt June – The Church Hat – Gram’s Rice Pudding” & Aunt Jessie’s Burnt Sugar Cake As much as my father enjoyed my mother’s cooking there were a couple of sweets that he preferred the way his mother, Gram (Bessie Reeve Bennett) made them. Just as my sisters and I prepare dishes as our mother did, my father’s sisters – Aunt June and Aunt Jessie – prepared dishes as Gram did. Mom never minded, she was close to my dad’s side of the family and happy to sing their praises. In fact, Mom and Aunt June were not only sisters-in-law, they were the best of friends. One of my favorite Aunt June stories began with a…

Malloy, Foley Make Campaign Stops at 19th Annual Windsor Chamber of Commerce Chili Challenge

Posted on October 14, 2014

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Democrat Governor Dannel Malloy and his GOP opponent in the gubernatorial race, Tom Foley, both made campaign stops Saturday, October 11 at the 2014 Chili Challenge in Windsor, Connecticut. Malloy and Foley are in a neck and neck contest and also face Independent candidate Joe Visconti. With the November election  mere weeks away, soon enough voters will know who ran on the ‘hottest’, that is the winning ticket. Yes, that is an unabashed chili pun. “Um, it is good,” Malloy said as he took a bite of the highly recommended chili made by Windsor Mayor Don Trinks, a fellow Democrat and owner/general manager of Bart’s Drive-In Restaurant. Trinks pulled double chili duty for the annual cook-off, in its…

Mom’s Recipe Box: Karen’s Farm Fresh Cole Slaw

Posted on October 10, 2014

                              Karen’s Farm Fresh Coleslaw My recipe for “Mom’s Recipe Box” is : Karen’s Farm Fresh Cole Slaw. This is my Grandmother, Mimi’s recipe. Since her passing, I have carried on her tradition of making it for all special occasions, holidays, and every day mealtime. The magic in this recipe is using farm fresh vegetables and spices. This recipe is easy to make and very tasty – your family will be pleasantly surprised! – Karen Poirier                         INGREDIENTS  1 small head green cabbage thinly shredded; 2 carrots peeled and shredded; one half cup Hellmann’s mayo; 2 teaspoons dijon mustard; 1 tablespoon…

Mom’s Recipe Box: “Wonderful Memories” Chicken Enchiladas from Donna

Posted on September 19, 2014

                    “Wonderful Memories” Chicken Enchiladas from Donna   I came across the chicken enchilada recipe when I was a waitress at Sizzler. There was a wonderful family named The Wachters that would come in and sit in my section often. They gave me such a warm family feeling, which was nice, because my family was all spread out in different states. They had me over for my birthday one year and served me the chicken enchiladas. They are on the gourmet side when it comes to enchiladas, but they are awesome! I will always cherish the wonderful memories I shared with the Wachter family. My son Tommy is in town, on leave from the Marines, and…

Mom’s Recipe Box: “Michelle’s Masterpiece” Cold Broccoli/Cauliflower Salad

Posted on September 12, 2014

                  “Michelle’s Masterpiece” – Cold Broccoli/Cauliflower Salad   Eating healthy and living on a Gluten Free diet, I am always experimenting with fresh vegetables. I volunteer to bring a salad to gatherings, not mentioning Broccoli/Cauliflower Salad. I love receiving compliments as people try it for the first time, everyone wants the recipe. It’s easy to make, very healthy and very delicious . . .  I hope you enjoy it. – Michelle Larned       INGREDIENTS: 2 cups broccoli florets; 2 cups cauliflower florets; 8 slices bacon – fried crisp and crumbled; one half cup sunflower seeds; one half cup raisins; one half cup craisins; one half cup red onion – finely chopped.     SAUCE:…