Holly and Heather's Helping Hands

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Category: Cooking

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Bring on the Holidays!

It’s December and time for joyous holiday festivities! We love this time of year and it almost always includes cooking and baking up some tasty treats. With crazy work days, we are trying to find some baking short cuts to help ease the weekend time crunch. Here’s a recipe we tried that came out great and was quick and easy. It also lends itself to so many variations. We’ll list a few here..let us know if you try it too!


Pie Cookies
Ingredients: prepared refrigerated pie crust, sugar, cinnamon, butterscotch, chocolate chips or jam

Roll out the pie crust dough, use any festive cookie cutter you like, and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar or put chips on top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. When still warm and out of the oven you could also spread your favorite holiday jam, jelly or pie filling on top. They definitely need the sweetness or “pie” topping to go with the more savory crust. Or you could frost the cookies and decorate any way you like to put your own holiday touch on them!

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Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Fall Food

Ah yes, it’s that time of year in the northeastern U.S. of A. when we are all about fall comfort food. Our slow cookers have come out of their summer hibernation. We are using our root vegetables from our farm shares (still going strong!). And then there are some new goodies to try. That’s what Holly did with a market purchase after a summer vacation in South Carolina. Here’s the recipe for the picture above:

Hush Puppies!

Ingredients – 2 cups of hush puppy mix, 1 egg, 1 cup of milk.

Heat about two inches of oil in a deep skillet. Drop quarter sized dough mix into hot oil cooking about two to three minutes on each side till golden. Place on a paper towel lined plate to cool.

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: The Futsu Squash

It looks like a gourd, who would eat it? But it’s not, it’s a Futsu Squash! Another farm share beauty! It was almost too good to eat but eat we did! It has a nutty scent and we thought perfect for roasting with nutmeg and olive oil. So that’s what we did after halving it, scooping out the seeds and finally slicing.

A 350 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes brought it to a just fork-tender state.

We hope you find one at a farm stand near you!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Cook With Farm Fresh Fruit

As we continue to enjoy our farm share in the fall (happy autumn!) we discover new ways to enjoy the deliciousness of the season. Here’s what we made with farm fresh white peaches!

Peach Biscuit Pie

Make a biscuit dough – mix two cups of Bisquick with 2/3 cup milk and a few dabs of honey for sweetness. Because we love to bake and cook with stones, we spread the dough evenly on a pizza round stone. The peaches were cut into slices and sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. Bake at 350 degrees for about thirty minutes.

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