Coconut Cream Pie

April 9, 2014

Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream Pie

I love any type of cream pie, but I love Coconut Cream Pie best!


1 Baked Pastry Shell

4 Eggs

3/4 Cup Sugar

1/4 Cup Cornstarch

2 1/2 Cups Light Cream or Half-and-Half

1 Tablespoon Butter

1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

1 Cup Flaked Coconut

1/3 Cup Flaked Coconut For Garnish

Meringue (Recipe Below)

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Prepare Baked Pastry Shell. Separate egg yolks from whites. Set aside yolks for filling and whites for meringue.  In a medium-size saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch. Gradually stir in cream. Cook and stir over a medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Slightly beat egg yolks. Gradually stir 1 cup of hot filling into yolks. Add egg yolk mixture to saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat. Cook and stir for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in butter, vanilla, and 1 cup coconut. Keep filling warm. Prepare meringue. Pour warm filling into baked pastry shell. Spread meringue over warm filling. Seal to edge. Sprinkle 1/3 cup coconut over meringue. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack for 1 hour. Place in fridge and chill for 3 to 6 hours before serving. Serves 8


4 Egg Whites

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1/2 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar

1/2 Cup Sugar

Let egg whites sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a large-size bowl combine egg whites, vanilla, and cream of tartar. Beat with a mixer for 1 minute or until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar beating on high speed for 4 minutes more or until mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks. Immediately spread meringue over hot pie filling, carefully sealing to edge of pastry to prevent shrinkage. Bake as directed in recipe.

© Victoria Hart Glavin


Super Easy Baked Ham

March 31, 2014

Super Easy Honey Baked Ham

Super Easy Baked Ham

Seriously, we’re talking easy here, with undisputed delicious results. Of course the end product will depend heavily on the quality of ham you start with. Make sure to shop around and ask your local butcher for advice. You should stay away from heavily salted hams that have lots of fat. 


One Smoked Fully Cooked Ham (6 to 8 Pounds)

8 Ounces Apricot Preserves

3/4 Cup Honey

1/3 Cup Dijon Mustard

1/4 Cup Soy Sauce

1/2 Cup Orange Juice

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cloves

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil. Place ham on top of the roasting rack. If you don’t have a roasting rack then just place directly on the foil. In a medium-size bowl combine apricot preserves, honey, mustard, soy sauce, orange juice, cloves, and ginger. Generously, brush ham with glaze and place in oven. Bake for 1 1/4 hours, basting every 30 minutes. Insert meat thermometer into center of ham. It should read 140 degrees. Remove from oven and transfer to carving board. Let stand for 15 minutes before carving. Transfer to serving platter.  About 4 servings per pound.

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Pork Tenderloin In Mustard Sauce

April 13, 2013

Pork Tenderloin 2Pork Tenderloin In Mustard Sauce

This pork tenderloin is a big hit in my house and a perfect weekend dish.  These spring days are numbered so let’s get these comfort food meals in before summer gets here.


2 Medium Size Pork Tenderloins

2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt

2 Tablespoons Freshly Ground Pepper

1/2 Cup Chopped Shallots

4 Tablespoons Butter

1 Cup Sliced Mushrooms

1/2 Cup Chicken Broth

1/2 Cup White Wine

1/4 Cup Dijon Mustard

1/4 Cup Sour Cream

Preheat your oven to 425º F.  Smear the pork tenderloins with the kosher salt and pepper.  Place the tenderloins into a large size (lined with parchment paper) baking pan and cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes.  In a large size skillet sauté the shallots, in the butter, for 2 minutes over a medium heat.  Add the sliced mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes.  Add the chicken broth and the white wine.  Turn the heat to low and cook for another 10 minutes.  Stir in the Dijon mustard and cook for 1 minute.  Add the sour cream and combine well.  Cook for 3 more minutes.  Remove the tenderloins from the oven and let rest for 15 minutes covered in a foil tent.  Slice the pork into medallions and place onto a serving platter.  Drizzle the medallions with the mustard sauce and serve.  Serves 6

Ways To Enjoy Asparagus

April 11, 2013

New Ways AsparagusWays To Enjoy Asparagus

Spring is here and asparagus is in-season.  Here are some ways to enjoy such a wonderful seasonal vegetable.

Quick Pickle:  Combine vinegar, cumin, coriander, garlic and chile flakes and pour into a jar.  Add the asparagus spears and place in the fridge for a few days.  They should be nice and pickled.  Eat them for a spicy snack or toss them into a salad.

Side Dish: Toss boiled slices of asparagus, leeks with mint and melted butter for a savory side dish.

Shave Raw:  Shave raw asparagus spears and Parmigiano Reggiano, and then toss with tender asparagus tips, olive oil and lemon juice for a vibrant salad.

Grilled:  Marinate the asparagus in olive oil and garlic for two hours before grilling.  Grill alone or with other vegetables.

Roasted:  Roast in the oven at 400º F drizzled with olive oil.

To Prepare For Cooking:  Start at the base of each asparagus spear and work toward the tip.  Bend the spear a few times until you find a place where it breaks easily.  Snap off the woody base at that point.  If you would like a clean, smooth look then use a vegetable peeler to scrape off the scales on the spears.

Standard Preparation:  For 1 pound of asparagus (15 to 24 spears) Wash and snap off the woody bases where the spears break easily.  If you like scrape off the scales.  Leave the spears whole or cut into 1 inch pieces.  You should get about 2 cups of asparagus pieces.  Cook, covered, in a small amount of boiling salted water for 3 to 5 minutes or until crisp-tender.  Or you can steam them for 3 to 5 minutes in a steamer insert.  To microwave place in a baking dish or casserole dish with 2 tablespoons of water.  Cover and microwave on high for 2 to 4 minutes or until crisp-tender.


Roasted Asparagus


2 Pounds Asparagus

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

1/4 Cup Shredded Parmesan or Asiago Cheese

Preheat your oven to 400º F.  Snap off and throw away the woody bases from the asparagus.  I you like, scrape off the scales.  Please the asparagus in a medium size baking dish.  Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat.  Spread the asparagus in a single layer.  Sprinkle with the kosher salt and pepper.  Place in the oven and roast, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes or until the asparagus are crisp-tender. Turn once halfway through the cooking process.  Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving platter.  Sprinkle with the shredded cheese.  Serves 4


Lamb With Apricots

March 30, 2013


“Easter Without Lamb Is A Thing That Cannot Be.” – Macedonia Proverb


3 Teaspoons Olive Oil

3 Pounds Boneless Leg of Lamb

1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

3 Sliced Onions

1 1/4 Cups Red Wine

1 1/2 Cups Beef Broth

1 Cup Sliced Dried Apricots

Heat the olive oil in a large size Dutch oven over a medium high heat.  Sprinkle the lamb with the kosher salt and pepper.  Add the lamb to the pot and cook for 10 minutes until browned on all sides.  Remove the lamb from the pot and place onto a plate.  Add the onions to the pot and cook for 10 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  Add the wine, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer the onions for 15 minutes.  Add the broth and then return the lamb to the pot.  Cover and simmer for 2 hours.  Add the sliced apricots and turn the lamb.  Place the lid back on and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.  Remove from the Dutch oven and transfer the lamb to a platter.  Cover and keep warm.  Simmer the sauce until reduced to about 2 1/2 cups.  Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt or pepper if desired.  Slice the lamb, pour the sauce over the lamb and serve.  Serves 6

Easter Hot Cross Buns

March 29, 2013

Hot Cross BunsEaster Hot Cross Buns

As a child I used to sing the song, “Hot Cross Buns” while jumping rope or skipping around the block.  “Hot cross buns!  Hot cross buns! One ha’ penny, two ha’ penny, hot cross buns!  If you have no daughters, give them to your sons.  One ha’ penny, two ha’ penny, hot cross buns.”

Today is Good Friday and on this day the bells are silenced.  In France the children are told that the bells have flown to Rome to return only on Holy Saturday.  In Italy on Good Friday children are even warned not to laugh while playing, because of the solemnity of the day.  In certain places this day is observed by so strict a fast that it is often called the Black Fast, because many do not eat at all until sundown.  However, one article of food is intimately associated with and eaten on this day, and that is the Hot Cross Bun.

Hot Cross Buns originated in England, and more than one nursery rhyme and ballad contain references to them.  Saffron plays a part in the better-class English Hot Cross Bun, but as a rule they are small and plain, well browned and with icing on top in the form of a cross.


1 Package Active Dry Yeast

1 Cup Warm Milk

5 Tablespoons Softened Butter

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

2 Large Beaten Eggs

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cloves

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

3 1/2 Cups Unbleached Flour

3/4 Cup Dried Currants

3 Tablespoons Milk Mixed With 3 Tablespoons Sugar

1 Tablespoon Cold Milk

1 Cup Sifted Powdered Sugar

1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice

In a small size bowl mix the yeast with 4 tablespoons of the warm milk.  Set aside for 5 minutes.  In a medium size bowl combine 4 tablespoons of the softened butter and brown sugar.  When the yeast looks frothy stir it into the butter and brown sugar mixture. Add the beaten eggs.  Add the nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and salt.  Add the remaining warm milk and mix well.  Beat in the flour one cup at a time until a soft ball of dough can be gathered together.  Place the dough on a floured work surface and lightly knead in the currants, adding more flour if necessary to keep the dough from sticking.  Kneading should take no more than a few minutes.  Grease a large size bowl with the remaining butter.  Place the dough in the bowl and turn the dough to butter all sides.  Cover and let sit in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours.  The dough should be doubled.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Punch the dough down and then divide it in half.  Next divide each piece in half again.  Divide each portion of the dough into six equal pieces and shape each into a ball.  Place the balls of dough onto the parchment lined baking sheets leaving 2 inches between them.  Set aside and cover lightly with tea towels or waxed paper for 1 hour.  The dough should double in size.  Preheat your oven to 400º F.  Carefully slash a cross into the top of each bun using a sharp knife.  Cut through the skin of the dough at least 1/4 inch deep.  Try not to compress the bun as you cut.  Place into the oven and bake for 20 minutes until they are lightly browned.  Just before they come out of the oven bring the milk and sugar mixture to a boil in a small saucepan.  As soon as the buns are done brush them with the milk and sugar glaze.  Allow the buns to cool for 30 minutes and then serve them while they are still warm.  If you have not cut the cross into the tops of the buns the cross can be applied with the icing.  The buns must be completely cooled before the icing is applied.  To make the icing: mix the powdered sugar with the cold milk and lemon juice.  Using the handle of a spoon or chopstick spread the icing to form a cross on top or to fill the cross shape cut.  Makes 24

Caramel & Chocolate Pecan Bars

March 28, 2013

Caramel & Choc Bars 2Caramel & Chocolate Pecan Bars

Brown sugar, butter, pecans, coconut and chocolate are all baked into these unbelievably delicious bars!  They are great for holidays as well as every day.  If you are not a fan of coconut then feel free to leave the coconut layer out of this recipe.



2 Cups Unbleached Flour

1 Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar

1/2 Cup Softened Butter

1 Cup Chopped Pecans

Caramel Layer:

2/3Cup Butter

1/2 Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar


1 Cup Sweetened Shredded Coconut


2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Preheat your oven to 350º.  In a large size bowl combine the flour, brown sugar and softened butter for the crust.  Beat on a medium speed, with an electric mixer, until the mixture looks like fine crumbs.  Transfer to the bottom of a parchment paper lined 13×9 inch baking pan.  Press evenly into the bottom of the pan.  Sprinkle the pecans evenly over the unbaked crust.  Sprinkle the 1 cup of coconut evenly over the pecans.  Set aside.  In a medium size saucepan combine the 2/3 cup butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar.  Cook over a medium heat and bring to a boil.  Continue to cook for 1 more minute after bringing to a boil.  Make sure to stir constantly.  Remove from the heat and pour the caramel mixture evenly over the pecans, coconut and crust.  Place into the oven and bake for 20 to 30 minutes.  Remember that every oven heats differently so make sure to check at 20 minutes.  The entire caramel layer should be bubbly, but make sure not to overbake.  Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.  Allow to slightly melt and then spread the melted chips over the bars.  Cook completely and then cut into bars.  Makes about 36 bars (depending on how large or small you cut the bars).

Apricot Pork Tenderloin

March 27, 2013

Apricot Pork TenderloinApricot Pork Tenderloin

Some people like to cook lamb for Easter and some people like to cook ham or pork tenderloin.  Here is such an easy recipe for pork tenderloin. The key to this dish is to brine the pork tenderloin before cooking.  It makes all of the difference in the world.


2 Large Pork Tenderloins

1 1/2 Cup Apricot Preserves

6 Minced Garlic Cloves

4 Teaspoons Of Either Ground Ginger Or Freshly Grated Ginger

3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce

2 Tablespoons Hot Water



8 Cups Water

1/2 Cup Sugar

1/4 Cup Kosher Salt


Remove the pork tenderloins from their packages and rinse.  Place into a large size, but shallow bowl. Pour the brine over the tenderloins and cover with plastic wrap.  Place into the fridge for 3 or more hours.  When you are ready to cook remove from the fridge and pat dry with paper towels.  Set aside.  Make the apricot sauce by combining the apricot preserves, minced garlic cloves, ginger, soy sauce and hot water into a medium size bowl.  Mix well with an electric mixer.  Place the tenderloins into a large parchment paper lined baking dish.  Preheat your oven to 400º F.  Pour the apricot sauce over the tenderloins and bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Check for doneness at 45 minutes.  Remove from the oven and tent with foil for 10 minutes.  Slice and transfer to a serving platter.  Serve warm.  Serves 6


NOTE:  Make sure the sugar and salt are well dissolved when making the brine.

Macaroon Morsels

March 26, 2013

MacaroonsMacaroon Morsels

Super yummy and super easy to make.  My Macaroon Morsels are great for Passover, Easter or anytime.  If you are making these for Passover then make sure to use Kosher-for-Passover ingredients.


4 Egg Whites

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1/4 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar

1/8 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1 1/3 Cup Sugar

5 1/3 Cups Flaked Coconut

Preheat your oven to 325º F.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.  In an extra-large bowl beat the egg whites, vanilla extract, kosher salt and cream of tartar, with a mixer, on a high speed until soft peaks form.  This usually looks like “curling tips.”  Add the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time.  Beat until STIFF peaks form which looks like “standing tips.”  Fold in the coconut 1/2 at a time.  Drop 1 teaspoon of the batter 1 inch apart onto the parchment paper.  Place into the oven and bake 20 to 25 minutes.  The bottoms should be light brown.  Cover and chill the batter between baking. Remove from the oven and let cool on wire racks until completely cool.  Transfer to serving plates and serve.  Makes about 60 cookies



Old Fashioned Lemon Drop Cookies

March 14, 2013

Old Fashioned Lemon Drop Cookies

Keeping with this week’s afternoon tea theme here is another great tea accompaniment.  My Old Fashioned Lemon Drop Cookies are light and the perfect afternoon snack. 


1 Cup Softened Butter

1 1/2 Cups Sugar

2 Eggs

1 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 Tablespoon Lemon Extract

1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

2 1/4 Cups Unbleached Flour

1/2 Cup Sugar

Powdered Sugar For Garnish

Preheat your oven to 375ºF.  In a large size bowl beat the butter and the sugar together for 1 minute.  Add the eggs, cream of tartar, baking soda, vanilla extract, lemon extract and kosher salt until combined.  Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer.  Stir in the remaining flour.  Cover and chill for 3 hours.  Shape the dough into 1 inch balls.  Roll the balls in the 1/2 cup sugar to coat.  Place the balls 2 inches apart on a parchment paper line baking sheet.  Bake for 9 to 12 minutes or until light brown.  Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.  Makes about 48 cookies. 

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