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oatmeal scotchies

Feb
2015
10

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Oatmeal scotchies

When I started transitioning my recipe book from high plains to high altitude, my mother’s oatmeal scotchies were high on the list to be converted first.

The recipe below is simple and works great whether you’re somewhere in the Midwest or living high in the Rockies.

More brown sugar than white sugar keeps them soft and a little bit more flour allows for them to rise and stay even after they’ve cooled. The combo of cinnamon and butterscotch is simply perfection but feel free to get adventurous and mix half butterscotch, half chocolate chips and maybe even some dried cranberries! || Read more

ALS: In memory.

Aug
2014
25

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I’ve been challenged now by a couple of people for the ALS Ice Bucket challenge. It’s been amazing to see all of the attention that this disease has gotten because of it and I can only hope that my Great Aunt Rosalea and her brother Gerald would be thrilled to see the support and money that’s been raised.

That’s my Grandmother on the left and her sisters Rosalea and Babe. Her brother Gerald died of ALS in 1988. My grandmother died from cancer in July 2001 and her sister Rosalea died of ALS in December of 2001.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons  die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed (alsa.org).

I encourage you all to read more about what ALS really is, ice bucket challenge or not. We take for granted every day that we are able to step down from a curb or that we’re able to talk to the person next to us. Let’s hope that someone finds a cure for this disease.

Special thank you to my mother + Aunt Barb for sharing their stories and family info! To learn more or make a donation, please visit alsa.org.

Belgian waffles

Aug
2014
10

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belgian waffle

Waffles. From a young age I’ve learned as a Herbert two things are true: We love our waffles and we will demand peanut butter for said waffles.

Over the years I’ve tried at least a dozen different waffle recipes, with only slight differences in ingredients and measurements. From those I’ve narrowed down my top 5 and now present you with what I believe to be the crème de la crème. || Read more

beer bread

Jul
2014
09

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HefeWeizen + beer bread

This beer bread recipe can handle just about any 12 oz. of beer you throw into it, but I challenge you to try something other than PBR (my usual favorite for this recipe).

I decided to take my dad’s original recipe and use SanTan Brewing Company’s HefeWeizen in hopes that the banana and clove flavors would come through. I’ll definitely be using this beer again, call me biased if you must.   || Read more

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There are a few things that go through my head when I smell egg noodles boiling in a pot. Winter in Nebraska. My mother making her beef and noodles and more importantly, her tuna casserole.

We all make different life connections with food + recipes, but for me, my mother’s tuna casserole 1) can never be beat 2) is the only way, even to this day I’ll eat tuna 3) makes me miss home. || Read more

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Bacon Braised Green Beans

On my most recent trip back home to Nebraska, Dad pulled out all the stops (as usual) making beer chicken and these amazing bacon braised green beans. I dare any of you who don’t care for green beans to try these out. After all, bacon makes everything better, right? || Read more

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High Altitude Double Chocolate Cookies

This recipe was one of my favorites I used a lot while I lived in Denver. My sister was nice enough to take a picture of her batch she made this weekend so I could share this cake-like cookie recipe with you! Double the recipe to make a full batch. This one will be a hit with you chocolate lovers. Enjoy!

Cream together:
1 stick butter, softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla

In another bowl mix:
1 1/4 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s Dark Special Edition)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt

Add 2 teaspoons of water into your flour mix and mix well.
Mix the dry ingredients with the wet.
Stir in one cup of chocolate chips + bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes.

**This is for a half batch, otherwise double all ingredients**

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