Bloggers Coming Home, Welcome Back!

It’s good to see bloggers who haven’t posted in awhile showing up with some new stuff. Their presence is always missed. So to all you prodigal bloggers out there, welcome back. Keep on blogging.

NATIONAL COOKIE DAY – December 4 | National Day Calendar

National Cookie Day is observed annually on December 4th. We can thank the Dutch for more than windmills and tulips.  The English word “cookie” is derived from the Dutch word “koekie” meaning little cake.There have been cookie-like hard wafers in existence for as long as baking has been documented.  This is because they traveled well however, they were usually not sweet enough to be considered cookies by modern day standards.

Source: NATIONAL COOKIE DAY – December 4 | National Day Calendar

I hope you all have had some cookies with the beverage of your choice. Coffee, milk and tea are good options. No matter what cookie you like there is one that can satisfy ones sweet tooth.

Cast Iron Butter Steak

This is a great way to cook a steak when you want steak and don’t want to cook it on a grill.

The Soup Diva

  • 2-3 good-quality steaks, about 1″ thick (I like New York Strip)
  • 2 tbsp real butter + more for plating
  • Salt plus your favorite seasoning mix (my favorite is Trader Joe’s BBQ Rub with Coffee & Garlic)
Tenderize steaks; season well with salt and seasoning mix and allow to come to room temperature (around 45 minutes). Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Heat cast iron skillet to medium high and turn on range fan if available. Melt butter in skillet, then add steaks. Allow to sear undisturbed for 2 minutes on each side (use a timer for accuracy). Place in oven for 4-5 minutes, 2-3 minutes for thinner steaks (test doneness with finger using this method). Remove from pan to plate and tent with foil. Allow to rest for 10 minutes. Top each with 1 tbsp of butter if desired.

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Bourbon Glazed Ham

I love ham because its versatile and its tasty. Ham is good anytime of year too.

The Soup Diva

  • Pre-cooked ham that will fit in your slow cooker
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar for every lb of ham
  • 1 tbsp molasses for every lb of ham
  • 1 tbsp bourbon (or apple cider) for every lb of ham*
  • 1 tsp dry mustard for every lb of ham
  • Salt & white pepper to taste
  • Splash of balsamic vinegar (optional)

    Place ham in slow cooker with flat side down. Mix glaze ingredients together and pour over ham, brushing over the sides and working in between slices somewhat (if pre-sliced). Cook on low 4-5 hrs. Can re-baste periodically if desired.

We have done everything with this ham — thick slices for dinner or sandwiches, chopped for omelettes, ham salad, even a ham and swiss stromboli. It’s so easy and so versatile!

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