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Louisiana Sugar Cookies

I am about to share the most coveted, secret recipe for Louisiana sugar cookies.  They have been a family favorite since I was a wee one. They are crisp, but melt in your mouth. They are sweet, but not too sweet.  They are buttery, but not too buttery. And the best thing about them is:  they are easy to make!

Ingredients:
  • 1 C.  Butter (or margarine–but trust me butter is BEST)
  • 1 C. Sugar (I like to use C&H Baker’s Sugar)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 C.  All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • Bowl of sugar
  • Colored sugar
Directions:
  1. Preheat Oven to 325⁰ F.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Whisk together all DRY ingredients.
  4. Whisk egg, then whisk in the Vanilla.
  5. Mix egg & vanilla into butter/sugar.
  6. Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
  7. Form dough into ball then store in plastic bag or wrap.
  8. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  9. Press glass with decorative bottom or cookie press into large dough ball, then dip into sugar.louisiana sugar cookies press prep
  10. Form dough into small balls—diameter should be about the size of a quarter.
    1. Roll ball into sugar and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
      1. Don’t crowd them—the cookies will spread out a bit as they bake!
    2. Use glass to press cookies.
      1. Sprinkle pressed cookies with colored sugar.
    3. Bake for approximately 5-7 minutes or until slightly golden on edges.
    4. Remove and cool for 20 minutes.louisiana sugar cookies press
Alternatives:

Substitute the vanilla extract with your favorite baking emulsion or extract (e.g., almond emulsion or extract, lemon extract, rum extract or emulsion, peppermint extract, etc.)

Cookies can be topped with a pecan, walnut, candy cane dust, chocolate chip, or cake/cupcake sprinkles. Options here are only limited to your imagination!

 

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!

Asian Inspiration

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Grilled Beef Skirt Steak With Grilled Veggie & Arugula Salad

I marinated the beef overnight and brought it to about room temperature before grilling (about an hour). The grilled veggies include: Yellow and orange bell peppers, Onion, and tomatoes.  Grill the veggies about 30 minutes before you want to eat.  After grilling the veggies, let them cool a little (about 20 minutes) then start the meat.  The meat is thin, so it should only take about 8 minutes for grilling.  While the beef is grilling, Toss together the veggies  arugula, and the dressing. The dressing should just coat the salad. Meal can be served with rice.

I love to explore and experiment with foods, so I rarely have exact measurements of ingredients, which often leads to disappointment when I try to re-create an amazing dish. I will try to write down general measurements the next time I create a new recipe.

Marinade for beef:

Soy Sauce

Sesame Oil

Grated garlic

Grated Ginger

Fresh Ground Pepper

Salad Dressing:

Rice Wine Vinegar

White Wine Vinegar

Soy Sauce

Grated Garlic

Grated Ginger

Sesame Oil

Olive Oil

Toasted Sesame Seeds