Baking with Betty

By Betty Heald | Jun 15, 2012

This week's column is dedicated to Gloria of Randolph - you tried!

Grape Salad

4 pounds seedless grapes (red, green, black)

8 ounces cream cheese

8 ounces sour cream

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup finely chopped walnuts

1/2 cup brown sugar

Wash and dry grapes and set aside. Mix cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar together. Fold into grapes and let sit in refrigerator overnight. Mix chopped walnuts and brown sugar together and sprinkle onto grape mixture just before serving.


Blueberry Shortcake Muffins

2 cups Bisquick

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup sour cream

1 egg

1-2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (or substitute peaches or other berries)

2 tablespoons sugar (mixed for topping)

1 tablespoon cinnamon (mixed for topping)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In medium bowl, combine the Bisquick, sugar, and cinnamon. Mix well. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Add the sour cream and the egg. Blend with fork. Do not overbeat. Gently fold in the blueberries. The batter is very thick. If it seems too thick add a couple of tablespoons of milk. Grease muffin pan and add batter. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture. Bake about 20 minutes. Make 1 dozen.


No Mayo Macaroni Salad

1 1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

6 tablespoons sugar

1/4 cup vinegar

1/4 cup oil

1 large cucumber

4 stalks celery

1 medium onion

1/2 large green pepper

4 large carrots

Cook macaroni in boiling water. Mix sugar, vinegar, and oil and set aside. Chop peeled cucumber, celery, onion, green pepper and carrots. Drain and cool macaroni. Add chopped vegetables. Pour dressing over these ingredients and gently mix. Add salt and pepper to taste and chill. No mayo to worry about spoiling on an outdoor picnic.


Back in the Fifties Cheese Pie

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 large egg

2 tablespoons flour

2/3 cup milk

8 ounce package cream cheese

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 tablespoon grated lemon peel

1 graham cracker pie shell

Combine cream cheese and butter. Add sugar and whole egg; mix well. Add flour and milk. Stir in lemon juice and lemon peel. Pour into graham cracker pie shell and chill. Serve chilled.

Our thought for the week: "Freedom is something that dies unless it is used." Hunter S. Thompson.

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