Christmas Beef Fillet

Directions for roasting a whole fillet: Preheat oven to 450  Allow the fillet to reach room temperature ( About 2 hours out of refrigeration) Lay out a piece of heavy plastic wrap or freezer paper on the counter and place  fillet on paper.  Season whole fillet with Herbes De Provence. Place fillet on a rack in […]

Russian Tea Cakes

Ingredients                                                                                              2 cups ( 10 ounces ) all purpose […]


  Ingredients:                                 1 Large cream cheese – 8 ounces 2 sticks butter 3 cups flour   Dough: 1.  Cream butter and cream cheese. 2.  Add flour and blend well to make a dough. 3.  Roll dough into logs approx. 2 inches in diameter and 10 inches long. 4. Wrap logs in wax paper and refrigerate […]

Pierogi ( Polish Dumplings) Martha’s Dough

  DOUGH:   YIELD:  3 dozen – 4 dozen 5 cups flour plus  more for surface and dusting 2 Tablespoons sour cream 1 cup whole milk 1 cup water yellow cornmeal for dusting     Dough: 1.  In a large bowl, beat  egg and sour cream  until smooth. Whisk in milk and water. 2.  Slowly add […]

Poppy Seed / Nut Rolls

Yield: 2 rolls INGREDIENTS:  3  cups flour 1 packages active dry yeast (not quick rise) 1 1/2 T. sugar 1/2 cup melted butter 1/4 cup  warm water 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 1/2 cup sour cream Softened butter 2 Tablespoons  room temperature milk     DOUGH Dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, […]

Santa’s Whiskers

1 cup room temperature  butter 1 cup sugar 2 T. milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 1/2 cup flour 3/4 cup chopped candied red and green cherries 1/2 cup walnuts 3/4 cup coconut 1.  Cream butter and sugar with an electirc mixer until fluffy.  Blend in milk and vanilla. 2.  Add flour and mix on low […]

Christmas Eve Dinner

Traditionally Christmas Eve dinner WAS Christmas for me. The food was fattening and full of butter and probably accounted for the heart disease we all inherited from our ethnic heritage. Yet the food was home made and the only time we ate these foods together were during Christmas Eve dinner. After dinner we usually opened […]


6 eggs 1 ½ cups sugar 1 cup butter 3 cups flour 4 teaspoon baking powder 2 Tablespoons anise seed 2 teaspoons anise extract ¼ cup vegetable oil 1. Melt butter in small saucepan. Cool 2. Beat eggs, adding sugar gradually. Beat until smooth. 3. Add cooled melted butter and anise oil. 4. Measure flour […]

Christmas Eve Soup

2 onions 4-5 stalks celery 5-6 carrots Half head of a small cabbage – sliced thin 1 large cans sauerkraut 1 small can diced tomatoes OR Ryan’s leftover tomato sauce 2-3 ounces porcini dried mushrooms 2 boxes chicken stock Water to fill pot ROUX – 1. Soak mushrooms in cool water overnight 2. Drain, rinse […]