Monday, November 29, 2010

Cranberry Nut Bites

Every year the Saturday  evening right after Thanksgiving our little community has a tree lighting.The lights on our Community Tree are turned on, then we all go inside for hot chocolate, little treats and Christmas Carols. Everyone brings little treats which is almost the best part. I brought my Cranberry Nut Bites and I am sharing the recipe with you.
 Cranberry Nut Bites

Cranberry Nut Bites
Miz Helen's Kitchen
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ginger
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter melted and cooled
4 eggs beaten
2 cups pumpkin puree
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup pecans toasted and chopped
  • Mix the first10 dry ingredients. Mix together the pumpkin, butter and eggs, then add to the dry ingredients. 
  • Mix well. Stir in the dried cranberries and pecans.
  • Pour into greased mini muffin tins. Bake 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
2 cups confectioners sugar sifted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 to 6 tablespoons water, plus extra as needed
Mix together and frost this will harden just a bit as it drys.

We had a great evening at the Christmas Tree Lighting, it always gets our season started. I sure hope you are having a really good day. Come back to see me soon!
Peace and Joy

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Day Trips The Official Chef of Texas

We love the little East Texas community of Edom. It is off of State Highway 175 winding back into the woods of East Texas about a 2 hour drive out of Dallas, perfect for a Day Trip. Now you would never believe that nestled back in these woods you would find the Official Chef of the Great State of Texas...but that is where he is and that is our mission for today.
Meet Chef Jackson York
Official Chef of Texas 2010
Chef York is the Chef at the well known Edom Bakery and Grill in Edom, Texas. We have been stopping by the Bakery and Grill for years to have their wonderful baked goods, lunches and dinners. Today we asked the friendly hostess if we could meet Chef York and she said she would see if he could come out to speak with us. We had a great visit with Chef York, he is very personable and has the greatest smile. When I asked him if I could take his picture for my blog, he asked if I wanted him to put on his Chef Jacket and Hat, he said "but really this is the way that people know me." He made us feel right at home and felt we had know him for a while. He is a member of The American Culinary Foundation Texas Chefs Association  and a Director in the East Texas Chapter. He was named the Official Chef of The State of Texas by that Association for 2010. If you would like to know more about that association go to

When you come into the Edom Bakery and Grill it is so warm and friendly with a great country atmosphere, tables adorned with blue and white check table clothes.
I head straight for the bakery cases to check out what I will have for dessert. There just are not enough stand alone bakeries in America anymore and I will gladly drive 2 hours just to find one.
As if one case is not enough there are two to make the decision even more difficult...
because I want it all!
Well a decision had to be made so Leonard and I decided on the Italian Cream Cake...
Oh my goodness!
That cake just melts in your mouth. It was past delicious, it was truly a little bit of heaven!

As if that wonderful food is not enough Chef York offers cooking classes here at the Edom Bakery and teaches classic dishes like Beef Wellington and more.

We had a wonderful Day Trip to Edom and really enjoyed our visit at the Edom Bakery and Grill with Chef York. Thank you for your Texas hospitality!  
I hope to see all of you back here at The Country Cottage soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen