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Old 12-09-2010, 04:24 PM   #1
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newbie here!

Hi! I am from Massachusetts. I'm 63 & have been married for 45 years. We have 3 kids, all married, 5 grandkids & 3 step grandkids.
I am Italian & love to cook & bake!
I also do lots of crafts...right now doing cards & altered art. I still work part time & wish there were more hours in the day.....like everyone else! lol
It will be nice getting to know everyone.
Clara aka nuzzmark

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Old 12-09-2010, 05:03 PM   #2
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Welcome to DC. Lots of fun and great recipes here. Jump right in.
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:18 PM   #3
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Welcome to DC! What kinds of things do you like to cook and/or bake?
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:47 PM   #4
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Welcome - I'm a relative newbie myself, but am enjoying my time here. very informative a lot of things.
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:55 PM   #5
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Hello, and welcome. I will accept leftovers.
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:15 PM   #6
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Hi everyone & thanks for the warm welcomes!
I cook mostly Italian , but like other stuff too. I will experiment while cooking & sometimes if I don't write down what I did, I'll forget the ingredients I used! lol
I've been baking cookies forever it seems. Last year I made 20 different varieties!!! must have been loco! I think when I start, I can't stop! I told my friend that we should start a group...Bakers Anonymous!
I'm not making that many this year, although I'm up to about 12.
If you'd like, I can post a recipe for Fruitcake Cookies that is my very favorite...well at least until I can master those pistachio cookies! I got the recipe a few years ago online....something like suite101?? I did change it a bit. Funny story...it calls for apricot brandy. We didn't have any, so I grabbed a bottle of plain brandy..or so I thought. I told my husband & he wanted to see what I used. It was cognac!!! And I've used it ever since! I don't use candied fruit & neither did the guy who wrote the recipe.
just let me know...
Happy cooking & baking!
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:04 PM   #7
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If you'd like, I can post a recipe for Fruitcake Cookies that is my very favorite...well at least until I can master those pistachio cookies! I got the recipe a few years ago online....something like suite101?? I did change it a bit. Funny story...it calls for apricot brandy. We didn't have any, so I grabbed a bottle of plain brandy..or so I thought. I told my husband & he wanted to see what I used. It was cognac!!! And I've used it ever since! I don't use candied fruit & neither did the guy who wrote the recipe.
just let me know...
Happy cooking & baking!
Clara
Clara, I would absolutely love your recipe for fruitcake cookies! Truly, I'm not much of a baker, but I could change my mind for cognac-soaked fruitcake cookies! Please share!

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Old 12-10-2010, 02:12 PM   #8
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recipe for fruitcake drops

Hi Kathleen!
Sorry I didn't get back to you until now...had to work
Here's the recipe:
Fruitcake Drops………………This is a doubled recipe & makes about 5 dozen

It would just not seem like the holidays unless I had a few fruitcake cookies in each box of cookies. I do not make traditional fruitcakes since a little fruit cake really does go a long way, but a soft cookie with the flavor of fruitcake is always most welcome. These cookies are great plain, or you can drizzle white chocolate on top of them as described below. I also prefer to use apricot brandy in these cookies, but any plain or flavored brandy can be used. I prefer not putting chopped citron or citrus peels in these cookies, it makes them more kid friendly.

The above is what the guy who gave out this recipe said.

1 cup softened unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1/4 cup unsulphured molasses
1 tablespoon apricot brandy-I used B&B Liqueur
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons pure almond extract
2 large eggs
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped dates
1 cup chopped pecans…..Sometimes I use walnuts…
1/2 cup chopped almonds
2 cups chopped red and green candied cherries
1 6 oz. pkg Tropical Medley (dried fruit), chopped
3 ounces high quality white chocolate *

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the molasses, brandy, extracts, and eggs until smooth and creamy. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and oats. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and blend well. Fold in the raisins, pecans, almonds, and cherries until combined. Drop 2 inches apart by the tablespoonful onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until set. Transfer to a wire rack and cool. In the top of a double boiler or microwave melt the white chocolate until smooth. Drizzle a little bit of chocolate onto each cookie.

* I didn't do this step
Enjoy!
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Old 12-10-2010, 02:45 PM   #9
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hi, glad to meet you. enjoy d.c.
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Old 12-10-2010, 05:05 PM   #10
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The cookies sound great! Thank you!
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