Do you cook?


ok holidays coming up, not sure if other countries have same holidays as USA but here goes

Italian Christmas Cookies

4 eggs

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter

2 tsp. vanilla

3 1/2 cup flour

4 tsp. baking powder

Sift dry ingredients.

Cream butter and sugar, beat in eggs; add vanilla and dry ingredients.

Knead and add flour as needed to keep dough from sticking to hands. Pinch off dough, roll in your hands to form a log and then twirl into shape. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.


2 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

6 tsp. water

Stir until creamy

Dip cookies into icing and sprinkle with trim. Place on wire rack with wax paper on counter to collect the dripping icing and sprinkles.



after we have had our sweets, maybe later fruit!!

I forgot the salad


  • 3 medium Tomatoes.

  • 4 small Cucumbers cut into thin round slices – 4

  • 2 medium Chopped green onions.


  • 1/4 Cup.Of extra virgin Olive oil.

  • 2 large spoons.Of Lemon juice.

  • Salt.

  • Black pepper.


A large spoon.Of Oregano.



Step 1:

The first thing I started with, Is preparing the vegetable; I sliced tomatoes into very thin wedges, and I also cut the cucumbers into slices, and I chopped 2 green onions, medium-sized into very small pieces.

Step 2:

After that, In a small bowl, I blended together with one part olive oil, one part lemon juice, salt, and ground black pepper.

Step 3:

Then, I choose a serving dish and I put in the sliced fresh tomato and chopped onion, then I added on top of them the sliced cucumber.

Step 4:

And finally, I poured the lemon dressing over the salad, and for garnish, I used dried oregano before serving


Yes. Cooking is one of my favorite things to do during my spare time. Watching cooking videos, reading different blogs, and then putting them altogether when cooking is fun once you start practicing. It’ll be hard at first and mistakes will be made, but eventually eating your own creation is a lot more fulfilling than going out to eat.

Don’t get me wrong though. Eating out is fun too.


y’know, I think I will get back into cooking, that will get me out of that depressive mood!!

I do love watching those cooking shows, the videos and all


The smell alone can be very therapeutic, at least for me.
Hmm the smell of brad baking in the oven :blush:


bread, cookies, and everything in between!




any cookie recipes around to share?? or do I just google it, do pinterest , or all free cooking?


I love using the recipes from (in random order):

Sally has great recipes :yum:

I also love Rebecca’s recipes. I even have her book, but the ones she has on her blog are great too :smile:.

Stella has great recipes for “American classics” :blush:

If I can add one more person, it’d have to be Claire :relaxed:


OMG< another one!!!



a cake??



I have been making this today!

I do add after the broth - 1 packet of onion mushroom powder soup mix and 1/4 cup pepperoncini juice with as many sliced pepperoncinis that you would like!

If you guys want more instant pot recipes - and want some of my New Mexico Hot Recipes let me know I can’t remember what I have posted - like my enchiladas are the bomb diggity!


I always cook this roast for Christmas

And you have to use Brianna’s Honey Mustard Dressing to make the sauce! OH SO YUMMY!


mmmmmm sounds good!!!


well looks like I am going to do a bunch of cooking for my “surprise guests??!!” heheh, cookies, cake, baked turkey, mashed potatoes , gravey, green beans, fried okra, wow gonna be kinda busy??!!



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With the winter season we have also winter season fruits in stores like clementines, mandarins, tangerines and of course persimmons :tangerine:. There are two varieties of this fruit (persimmon), the soft ones and the hard ones I believe called Fuyu… I prefer the soft ones to eat as they are sweet and have a developed flavor, the hard ones if they aren’t ripe can be very astringent…

If you ever watched Korean dramas, people offer dried persimmons which is considered a delicacy and it seems it’s also pricey! I’ve seen in a drama a persimmon festival where these orangey fruits are hanging on a string, so today I wanted to know how are they dried.
There are also different ways to dehydrate them, this is a Japanese style of dehydrating. You can checkout more YT videos :wink:
The very first time I see a fruit to be massaged in order to dehydrate well :rofl:


I made hoshigaki last year and I just got a box of persimmons again. Most of them are too ripe to make hoshigaki with, but I’ll see if there are any I can dry.

Massaging them is fun :smile:

Never done it with alcohol before though :open_mouth:

And you can also dry the peel that you took off and when you store the dried persimmons, put them in a jar with the dried peels on the bottom and on top, if you are planning to keep them for a while. I’ve seen some people do that. It’ll develop more crystalized sugar on the outside, but that happens anyways if you store it for longer times :woman_shrugging: .


I saw another video, the man said some people dip it in hot water (once) or the alcohol likely to kill off bacteria, but he doesn’t do it and they come out well. He showed the sugar crystallization on the persimmon, which looked like powdered sugar.

I’m very surprised you make these, I didn’t think it’s common in Europe, I thought of these since I’ve seen so many in stores and they are expensive, some 95 Swiss Cents or 0.90 Euro a piece!! :open_mouth:

Thanks for the tips, I will buy them this year as I’m curious how they taste dehydrated, so far I only dehydrated Reishi mushrooms and apple slices, fond memories when my grandmother made these for me :heart_eyes: