Trees and Snow

A childhood favorite. Okay, we loved broccoli any way you served it, but this was a lot of fun. You can, of course, serve the "snow" with other veggies, but then it wouldn't be snow, would it? Because snow goes on trees. It's not quite as nummy with raw trees, but still pretty good, so that one's up to you. The broccoli-cooking method works well with most veggies (just adjust acidity and sweetness to taste). You may want to add a pat or two of butter if you're not using snow with it.

When I say "mayonnaise", I mean Best Foods/Hellman's. Use another brand at your own risk. I am not responsible for any resulting implosion of the universe if you use Miracle Whip. Continue reading

Microwave Peanut Brittle

We made this every Christmas to give to friends and teachers on the Christmas cookie plates we handed out. Very quick and easy. I have fond memories of stirring in the soda and watching it bubble; also of smashing the brittle into pieces when it was done (my mom gave us each a freezer bag with a few very large pieces in it, and a can, and let us smash it up into littler pieces). This is an old recipe, and calibrated for older microwaves. Adjust cooking time down if you have a newer microwave. You can use other nuts instead of peanuts with the same yummy results. Vegan if you use vegan margarine. Makes about 1 1/4 lbs. Continue reading

Microwave Meatloaf

I learned the method from my dad, but the seasoning is my own. Serves about 4-6, depending on your appetite. Feel free to adjust the seasoning as you wish. :)

Please note: this recipe is intended for use with a newer microwave oven, with wattage of 1000 or more. If yours isn't that powerful, you may need to adjust the time up. Just make sure it reaches a safe internal temperature, especially if using turkey. Continue reading