Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Lebanese Fingers (cookies)


Larry's family has a rich tradition of wonderful 'cooks'

So many have passed away - but the recipes of treasured childhood memories  are still found in church cookbooks and recipe boxes of their descendants.

Christmas Eve 2013 found my dear husband baking up a storm. First were the Lebanese Fingers.
The recipe he uses was one of his Father's first cousin's: Bedelia Lewis.  Boy did they turn out well this year!


Make the syrup first. (You can make this the night before and just cover leaving it at room temperature).
  
Combine:
2C sugar,
2C water
1 TB lemon juice

Combine all ingredients and boil at medium heat for 20 minutes. You want it a little thick - as you are going to dip the finished cookies in it. Set it aside and let it cool for a couple hours.  You dip the warm cookie in the room temperature cookie.


Cookies:

1C Solid Crisco
1C Vegetable Oil
3/4C Sugar
1/4C  Cold Water
1/4 tsp baking powder
5C Flour
Walnuts

Cream together:  Crisco, oil, sugar and water well (almost like whipped cream consistency).

Mix like a pie crust the flour and baking powder into the creamed mixture until dough doesn't stick to hands.

Shape a small ball; pat in palm like a pie crust; fill with finely chopped walnuts. Seal and shape like a finger.

Bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until light brown. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

While cookies are warm - dip in room temperature syrup. Sprinkle with confectionery sugar if desired.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Favorite Christmas Songs from my Childhood.

 I remember Christmas Music playing from my parents stereo, every Christmas. I found the album covers of some that mom and dad had and even some of the original recordings on youtube. Takes me back to the 'blue room' (blue carpet with green and blue furniture) where mom and dad always set up the tree.

Listening to these - sends me back to those precious moments with my family. 

Click the song title to open a new window at Youtube.


We Need a Little Christmas ~ Percy Faith


The Little Drummer Boy ~ Korean Orphan Choir




 We Three Kings ~ Hollywood Bowl Symphony




Do You Hear What I Hear ~ Andy Williams

 O Come All Ye Faithful ~ Mahalia Jackson



The First Noel ~ Tennessee Ernie Ford