Vareniky

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date: December 19, 2017
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 1 hour more or less. Actual cooking time 5 minutes.

I approached making these with some trepidation as my first attempt was unsatisfactory and my second was a disaster. I can’t say this was great, but finally they held together and they did taste quite good. The cream gravy was far too thin; my daughter suggested using a thick cream rather than my coffee cream (half & half) might remedy that problem.

The recipe notes that some cooks brown the vareniky briefly in butter after boiling them. This would also be a very good improvement.

Vareniky

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Pia Pia (shrimp fritters)

Source:More with Less Cookbook
Date tried:October 25, 2017
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes

A delightful treat of Indonesian-style shrimp fritters. Even my daughter, who has had so many experiences of dried and/or too greasy seafood fritters that she no longer even orders them, found these delicious and highly recommends them. The suggested dipping sauce is a perfect complement! I used a cast-iron fry pan for the frying. Works well.

Pia Pia (shrimp fritters)

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Basic Muffins

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried:October 24, 2017
Yield: 1 dozen
Time needed: 25 to 30 minutes

The great thing about muffins is that they are so quick and easy to make one can make them from scratch for breakfast. This is a very basic recipe that is fine as is or can be fancied up with innumerable variations.

Basic Muffins

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Yeasted Applesauce Nut Bread

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried:October 22, 2017
Yield: 2 loaves
Time needed: 2 1/2 to 3 hours

I have recently moved from solo living to share a home with my daughter & her family. For the first time in my life I am using a gas stove and I was a bit nervous about trying this recipe in the gas oven. But it worked wonderfully and produced a very nice loaf indeed.

Yeasted Applesauce Nut Bread

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