Rum Raisin Holiday Spread

1½ cups raisins5 Tablespoons dark rum½ pound sharp cheddar cheese, finely grated 6 ounces cream cheese Soak the raisins in the rum until they are plump. In a food processor, process the cheeses until they are smooth and spreadable. Add the raisins and rum and blend well until smooth. Yield: 2 cups spread. This spread…

Scalloped Ham and Potatoes

Scalloped ham and potatoes is a dish I've enjoyed for as long as I can remember. It's still a great one-dish meal on busy days and a great comfort food in cold weather. Of all the recipes for this old favorite, Lorene Fulkerson's is the best. 4 tablespoons (½ stick) margarine¼ cup flour2 cups skim…

Spumoni Meringues

I must admit that I go to great lengths to create spectacular dishes during the holidays to serve to my family and closest friends. This is so simple, yet so elegant. If you love spumoni ice cream as much as I do, you'll love this holiday dessert. Kids certainly do! Meringue shells3 egg whites1 teaspoon…

Southern Sweet Potato Pie

4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter½ teaspoon salt¾ cup sugar3 egg yolksJuice of 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons)2 teaspoons grated lemon rind¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg¼ teaspoon ground allspice2 cups mashed sweet potatoes1 cup whole milk, scalded3 egg whites, stiffly beaten1 (9-inch) pie shell, unbaked Heat the oven to 425°. Blend butter, salt, and…

Warm Cider Sauce

1 cup apple cider¾ cup light corn syrup¼ cup sugar4 Tablespoons unsalted butterJuice and grated zest of 1 lemon½ teaspoon ground nutmegPinch of ground ginger Combine all ingredients in saucepan and heat until sugar dissolves. Serve warm.

Lima Bean Casserole

Courtesy Fred & Jenny Wiche ¼ cup chopped green onion2 tablespoons butter1 (2-ounce) jar chopped pimientos1 cup sour cream2 cans lima beans, drained, or 2 14- to 16-ounce packages frozen lima beans, cooked and drainedPaprika Saute the onion in melted butter until soft. Add pimientos, sour cream, and lima beans and simmer until heated through.…

Wild Turkey Bourbon Marinade

Note: Use this sauce to marinate red meats before cooking and to baste meats while cooking.2 cups soy sauce¼ cup Wild Turkey bourbon2 tablespoons sugar2 tablespoons dry mustard2 tablespoons finely chopped ginger root(or 1 tablespoon ground ginger)1 tablespoon garlic salt1 teaspoon TabascoCombine all ingredients and mix well. Pour into quart jar. Yield: 1 quart.

Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn Burgoo

Owensboro, Kentucky 4 pounds mutton3 pound chicken5 pounds potatoes, peeled and diced¾ pound cabbage, ground or chopped fine¾ pound onions, ground or chopped fine2 15oz. cans corn (we like shoepeg corn) or 2 cups fresh corn¾ cup ketchupjuice of 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons)2½ tablespoons salt2 tablespoons black pepper½ cup Worcestershire sauce¾ cup distilled white…

Cranberry-Caramel Squares

1 cup fresh cranberries 2 Tbls sugar½ tsp. fresh lemon juice 2⅓ cup all purpose flour, divided ½ tsp. baking soda 2 cups uncooked regular oats ½ cup sugar ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar¼ cup toasted pecans, finely chopped 1 cup butter or margarine, melted 1 10 oz package chopped dates ¾ cup…

Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

No matter what type of potluck I go to, someone always asks if I brought my bread pudding. This is comfort food at its best. Pudding:½ loaf white bread1 cup sugar4 eggs2 cups half-and-half¼ pound (1 stick) butter, melted½ teaspoon salt1 teaspoon vanilla extract Vanilla Sauce:1 cup water1 cup sugar2 tablespoons cornstarch⅛ teaspoon salt2 tablespoons…