Lime Creek

Ed & Irene's Recipes

Some recipes are original; however many are copied or adapted from friends and favorite cookbooks. Where possible I attempt to give credit to the orignator. The format may be a bit strange as I converted them to html. I indicate which baking recipes don't contain eggs for those that don't eat them.

Cooking Philosophy, Hints & General Directions

Click here for Cooking Philosophy, Hints & General Directions for pan suggestions and directions for rolling pie crusts, mixing muffins, cookies and making yeast breads.

The following abbreviations are used in the recipes.

Unless specified otherwise, I spray all baking pans (cake pans, cookies sheets, cassaroles, pie pans, etc.) with Pam prior to baking. For savory items like fish and roasted vegetables I often line with foil first to make my clean up guy happy. To remove cakes: run knife around edge to loosen. Let sit 5-10 minutes. Turn cake out onto plate. It comes out easily almost every time.

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Favorite Spice Mixtures, Extracts & Ingredients

The Penzey's Spices is an excellent source for spices, spice blends and lots of ideas. Their website is in case they don't have a store in your area. For spices I use a lot, I keep bags from Penzey's in my freezer and use them to refill my jars.

Reminder: For longer life store all peels and spice mixtures containing peels in the refrigerator.

Spice Blends

  • Mural of Flavor (Penzey's) Salt Free: Milder but more complex mixture. Excellent on fish, chicken, roasted veggies.
  • Garam Masala Flavorful blend to combine with appropriate amounts of sweet and hot curry powder. For meats and vegetables. When making curry I use about plenty of sweet curry, almost as much garam masala and hot curry to tast.
  • Fines Herbs Gives a French flavor to vegetables.
  • Bouquet Garni A good mixtures for soups and stews.
    Hint: In a crockpot go lightly on the seasonings as they will intensify.


  • Adams My favorite locally made ones. Good pure vanilla, almond, etc. (I'm not fond of McCormick)
  • Penzey's Pure Vanilla Extract Double Strength The best I've ever tasted. A real luxury. They also make good almond, orange and lemon extracts.
  • Costco's Real Vanilla is quite good.

    I tend to be generous with vanilla, often adding more than the recipe calls for because it adds such an excellent flavor. Don't go overboard with almond or orange flavoring though; they can easily get too strong.


  • Oil For cooking savory items I use a decent quality extra virgin olive oil. For sweet items or items that must be cooked at very high temperature I use grapeseed oil.
  • Shortening If the recipe calls for "butter or ..." I use real butter. Sometimes for texture a recipe calls for margarine or shortening. Then I use either Crisco or equivalent vegetable shortening. Vegetable shortening is now trans-fat free.
  • Wine Use a tolerable quality wine to cook in. It doesn't have to be the best but the rule of thumb is that if you can't drink it don't cook in it. I usually use a basic Burgendy (think gallon) or Chenin Blanc or Sutter Home White Zinfindel for cooking. (OK, I don't actually "like" to drink them, but I can.)
  • Garlic That minced garlic in a jar (produce section) is a great timesaver and works nearly as well as fresh in many recipes. However it is not as strong as fresh so use more than the recipe calls for. Ed's rule: Never use less than a tablespoon.
  • Vinegar Unless it is specified I use "cider vinegar".
  • Brown Sugar I use "dark brown" for best flavor.
  • Cocoa Hershey's, Costco's Organic or Penzey's cocoa.
  • Chocolate Chips When possible I use Ghirardelli 60% bittersweet or semi-sweet. Guittard and HEB organic are good too. They are nut and peanut free.

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    Appetizers & Dips

  • Artichoke or Crab Dip
  • Sausage & Cheese Biscuits
  • Corn Dip (Corn Crack)
  • Crab Mango Cucumber Rounds

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  • Brandy Slush
  • Cocoa Mix
  • Easy Fruit Punch
  • Frozen Margaritas
  • Mock Margaritas
  • Milk Punch Similar to the one at Green Pastures.
  • Sangria
  • Spiced Tea Mix
  • Mulled Wine

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    Yeast & Quick Breads

  • --- YEAST BREADS ---
  • >>>HINT: General Yeast Bread Instructions
  • Bagette Bread Discovered by Ben.
  • Challah Irene's favorite egg bread from Ev from Max Brodsky in New Lenox
  • Challah Ed's preferred challah recipe.
  • Rolls
  • Rich Rolls
  • White Bread
  • Whole Wheat Bread
  • Dark Rye Bread A hearty rye bread
  • Limpa Swedish rye bread
  • Fitness Bread An easy, no knead, really dense, 100% whole wheat bread
  • Focaccia w/Rosemary
  • Pizza Dough
  • Kolaches
  • Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
  • Holiday Stollen A holiday fruit bread, also known as Yulekage
  • Pumpkin Yeast Bread
  • --- QUICK BREADS ---
  • >>>HINT: General Biscuit Instructions
  • Roll or Drop Biscuits
  • Cream Scones
  • Sourdough Biscuits
  • >>>HINT: Basic Muffin Instructions
  • Basic Muffins Includes variations for apple, blueberry, cranberry.
  • Oatmeal Muffins
  • Lemon Muffins
  • Corn Muffins
  • Always Ready Bran Muffins
  • Pumpkin Cranberry Bread
  • Pumpkin Bread
  • Quick Coffee Cake
  • Standard Milk Pancakes
  • Oatmeal Pancakes
  • Ev's Buttermilk Pancakes
  • Thick Raised Waffles Belgium Like
  • French Toast
  • Baked French Toast

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  • Basil's Avocado Crab Soup
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Curried Squash Mushroom Soup
  • Corn Chowder
  • The Inn at Brushy Creek's Portuguese Soup
  • Tomato Basil Soup from La Madeleine
  • Tortellini Soup

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    Salads, Vegetables and Side Dishes

  • --- SALADS ---
  • Orange Balsamic Vinegar Salad Dressing
  • Cucumber Tomato Slaw
  • Cucumber Yogurt Salad Good with Falafels.
  • Fresh Broccoli Salad
  • Korean Rice Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Pea Salad
  • Hot (German) Potato Salad
  • Red Potato Salad
  • Asparagus w Pasta
  • Cranberry Salad Mold Uses fresh raw cranberries.
  • Cranberry Ginger Relish Zesty cranberry sauce.
  • Ben's Grilled Vegatables with Sauce
  • Green Beans with Garlic
  • Stir Fried Green Beans with Walnuts
  • Baked Butternut Squash
  • Red Cabbage
  • Mashed Cauliflower
  • Steamed Carrots with Spice
  • Baked Eggplant with Garlic
  • Baked Squash/Tomato/Garlic Cassarole
  • Curried Vegetables
  • Mushrooms in Butter & Wine
  • Vegetarian Ranch Style Beans Works in Crock Pot.
  • Dried Beans Works in Crock Pot.
  • Baked Beans Works in Crock Pot, can be vegetarian.
  • --- SIDES & SAUCES ---
  • Yorkshire Pudding Make with drippings from roast beef.
  • Rice with Broth
  • Corn Cassarole
  • Potato Ladkes
  • Pesto

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    Main Dishes

  • --- FISH ---
  • Pan Fried Fish Quick to fix fish.
  • Fish Almondine Works without almonds too.
  • Baked Fish Plain or with Tomato/Cheese topping.
  • Microwave Poached Fish
  • --- CHICKEN & TURKEY ---
  • Roasted Turkey with Bread Stuffing
  • Chicken in Wine
  • Chicken Marsala
  • Sesame Chicken
  • Boneless Chicken Thighs in Crockpot
  • Chicken a la King
  • Slow Cooker Latin Chicken Thighs
  • Poppy Seed Chicken Cassarole
  • Chicken Enchiladas
  • --- BEEF ---
  • Beef Stew in Burgundy Works in crockpot.
  • Meatloaf
  • Sloppy Joes
  • Ground Beef w/Beans Quick dinner with Rice.
  • Spaghetti Sauce Beef or Chicken. Works in Crockpot.
  • Chunky Chili Works in Crockpot.
  • --- MIXED ---
  • Best Enchilada Sauce from Cookie & Kate You can make the enchiladas with cheese, beef or chicken or no meat and beans of your choice. We used the vegetable broth to make this.
  • Easy, No Boil, Lasagna
  • Lazagna
  • --- EGGS & BREAKFAST ---
  • How to Cook Bacon in the Oven
  • Breakfast Tacos
  • Crab Quiche Cassarole
  • Quiche Filling
  • --- VEGETARIAN ---
  • The Best Vegetarian Chili Texas Version (reduce spices as needed for your taste)
  • Roasted Vegetables and Chickpeas
  • Butternut Squash Fetticcine
  • Moroccan Spiced Sweet Potato Medley
  • Falafels
  • Curried Lentils
  • Vegetarian Ranch Style Beans Works in Crock Pot.
  • --- SAUCES & MARINADES ---
  • Teryaki Marinade For grilling or broiling.

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  • Buttercream Icing For Cake Decorating
  • Caramel Icing
  • Cream Cheese Icing
  • Fudge Icing
  • Apple Cake
  • Basic Butter (Yellow) Cake
  • Banana Spice Cake
  • Boiled Spice Cake No eggs
  • Prune-Nut Spice Cake From Marty H.
  • Carrot Cake with a Kick
  • Non-fat Carrot Cake
  • Fat Chocolate Cake (Best, from Green Pastures)
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Chocolate Cake (Eggless)
  • Fruit Cocktail Cake Non-fat, no eggs
  • Hummingbird Cake
  • Kahlua Cake
  • Lemony Lemon Cake
  • Mississippi Mud Cake
  • Oatmeal Cake
  • Orange Butter Cake
  • Pineapple Cake Non-fat, no eggs.
  • Texas Sheet Cake
  • Bourbon Fruitcake Pound cake with pecans and burbon soaked fruit.
  • Chocolate Chocolate Yule Log Cake "Buche de Noel"

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  • Cookie Glaze Icing
  • Royal Icing with Meringue Powder
  • Royal Icing with Egg Whites
  • >>>HINT: General Cookie Instructions
  • Accidental Peppermint Balls No eggs.
  • Cranberry White Chocolate Biscotti Has several variations.
  • Cherry Pecan Biscotti
  • Double Ginger Almond Biscotti
  • Almond Bonbons Has several variations. No eggs.
  • Bourbon Balls
  • Butterscotch Brownines
  • Caramel (Turtle) Brownies
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies & Bars
  • Dark Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
  • Chocolate Flourless Cookies
  • Christmas Stockings No eggs.
  • Cocoa Brownies
  • Cream Wafers No eggs.
  • Gingerbread Cookies Dough works for gingerbread houses too. No eggs.
  • Hammentaschen A Purim treat.
  • Inside Out Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Jan Hagel Cookies
  • Lemon Crinkles
  • Lemon Squares Really lemoney.
  • Meringue Cookies
  • Forgotten Meringue Cookies
  • Molassas Crinkles
  • Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
  • Penny's Sugar Cookies My favorite cut out sugar cookies.
  • Pepparkakor Swedish ginger snaps. No eggs.
  • Original Quaker Oatmeal Cookies
  • Raisin Spice Squares
  • Russian Teacakes An easy jam filled shortbread. No eggs.
  • Scandinavian Almond Bars
  • Snickerdoodles Cinnamon sugar cookie.
  • Spritz Cookies
  • Dropped or Pressed Sugar Cookies Buttery & tender, original recipe.
  • Dropped or Pressed Sugar Cookies, Modified Buttery & tender, version I use.
  • Teacakes Makes gingery cake like cookies using cane syrup. No eggs.
  • Thumbprint Cookies

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    Pie & Desserts

  • Mango Lime Sorbet
  • >>>HINT: Pie & Pastry Hints
  • Pie Crust w Shortening & Butter
  • Easy Oil Pie Crust Includes whole wheat and part butter versions.
  • Flaky Oil-Butter Pie Crust
  • Crumb Topping for Pie
  • Apple Pie
  • SueC's Apple Pie
  • Blueberry Pie
  • Cherry Pie
  • Mincemeat (fruit only)
  • Lemon Meringue Pie
  • Strawberry Pie
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Custard Pie
  • Chocolate Truffle Torte or Squares Easy and so rich. No eggs.
  • Amoretto Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Sin Cheesecake
  • Custard & Fresh Fruit Tart French, fairly complicated to do, but spectacular.
  • Apple Cheese Torte
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding Actually a date cake with a caramel topping.
  • Swedish Kringle
  • Tiramisu
  • Baked Custard and Rice Pudding
  • Chocolate Pudding no eggs
  • Chocolate Mousse no eggs, really easy and good.
  • Tapioca Pudding Uses Minute Tapioca; includes chocolate version.
  • Vanilla Cream Pudding no eggs
  • Vanilla Custard Can be used with fruit or as a filling or plain.
  • Creme Puffs
  • Crepes/Blintzes
  • Easy (and Wonderful) Hot Fudge Sauce
  • Awesome Caramel Sauce
  • Chocolate Shell It hardens as you spoon it onto ice cream.

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  • Caramel Corn
  • Original Chocolate Fudge
  • Even Better Chocolate Fudge
  • Chocolate Truffles
  • Chocolate Caramel Matzoh Brittle AKA "Matzoh Crack"
  • Pralines
  • Candied Ginger & Ginger Ale

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    Jewish & Passover

  • Matzoh Stuffing Passover
  • Matzoh Balls
  • Passover Rolls Like Popovers
  • Passover Chocolate Almond Torte
  • Passover Chocolate Brownies
  • Passover Orange Sponge Cake Fairly easy and really tasty.
  • Chocolate Caramel Matzoh Brittle AKA "Matzoh Crack"
  • Challah Irene's favorite egg bread from Ev from Max Brodsky in New Lenox
  • Challah Ed's preferred challah recipe.
  • Noodle Kugel Rosh Hashanah (pareve)
  • Dairy Kugel
  • Potato Ladkes
  • Tzimmes Passover & Rosh Hashanah
  • Hammentaschen A Purim treat.

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