All of Liza's recipes in one handy place!

All of Liza's recipes in one handy place!!

Friday, August 22, 2008

These are the BEST mashed potatoes EVER! And they are so user-friendly because you can make them the night before. I never take these anywhere without people begging me for the recipe. You can also use this recipe to create a twice baked potato too.

8 medium potatoes
1 cup sour cream
8 oz sour cream & chive cream cheese (softened)
4 Tbs butter
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
2 cloves garlic - crushed
2 tsp onion powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
bacon bits or crumbles (optional)

Boil potatoes until tender. Beat cream cheeseand sour cream in mixing bowl. Add hot (and drained) potatoes - beat until smooth adding small amounts of milk if necessary.

Add butter, chives and onion powder - mix well then add salt and pepper to taste.

Place in casserole dish and sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 25 minutes in a 350 degree F oven. If you like you can sprinkle with bacon bits or additional chopped chive before serving. (Personally I prefer the chives)

This is great because you can make ahead and bake whenever or if you bake it ahead it reheats perfectly!!

To quote another upstate New York girl - YUMMO!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Lemon Sheet Cake

Okay - this sheet cake should be called "OH SO Lemony Sheet Cake"!! Found this little treasure in my Cook's Country magazine and it has been a bit hit.


2 ½ cups cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
¾ cup buttermilk (room temperature)
3 Tbs lemon zest
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
12 Tbs (1 ½ sticks) softened unsalted butter
3 large eggs plue 1 yolk (room temperature)

Heat oven to 325 degrees F and adjust the rack to the middle of the oven. Grease and flour a 13-inch X 9-inch baking pan. (I used a foil pan to take this to an event and it worked fine!)

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside. Combine buttermilk, lemon juice and vanilla in another bowl (I used a medium sized pitcher – which worked well when I later combined with other ingredients).

With an electric mixer on medium, beat the granulated sugar and lemon zest until well combined – about a minute. Set aside ¼ cup in a covered container.

Add the butter to the remaining sugar and beat until light and fluffy (2 minutes). Beat in eggs and yolk one at a time and mix thoroughly. Reduce mixer speed to low and add the flour and buttermilk mixtures a little at a time alternating between the two until all ingredients are fully incorporated and the batter is smooth.

Pour into the greased and floured pan and bake until the cake is golden and toothpick comes out clean – approximately 25-35 minutes. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack for ten minutes and cover with glaze.


3 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 Tbs lemon juice
2 Tbs buttermilk

Whisk together all ingredients until smooth. Gently spread over warm cake and sprinkle evenly with remaining lemon sugar. Cool completely (at least 2 hours).

This travels well and serves approximately 16. Once squares are cut you can also garnish with small twisted lemon slices! Enjoy!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes

1 1/2 cup flour
1 Tbs sugar
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
3 Tbs butter - unsalted/melted
1 to 1/14 cup buttermilk
1 cup fresh blueberries

Mix together all dry ingredients - the add milk, vanilla, butter and beaten egg. once completely mixed fold in one cup of washed berries.

Cook in a hot greased skillet flipping once. Serve with berries and syrup of your choice.

*Best Practice: These are great anytime, but especially fun when camping. Simply mix all dry ingredients and place in a plastic storage container - when you are ready to mix add wet ingredients as indicated above - YUMMMOOOO!

Best Ever Blueberry Pie

Pie crust - unbaked enough for pie and top crust

3/4 cup sugar
3 Tbs cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1Tbs butter
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
4 cups fresh blueberries

Heat oven to 425 degrees, toss berries with dry ingredients, place into unbaked pie shell dot with pieces of the butter, sprinkle the juice over top and adjust a top crust and vent.

Bake until golden - about 45 minutes (for a fancier crust you can do a simple egg wash on top prior to baking.

Choclate Mousse Cake with Ganache Icing


1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 Tbs cocoa
¼ cup butter
½ cup water
¼ cup buttermilk
1 egg
¾ tsp baking soda
½ tsp vanilla

Mix the dry ingredients, sugar, flour cocoa together and set aside. Combine in a saucepan butter, water and oil heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat and stir in the dry ingredients until mixed well. Then add buttermilk, soda, egg and vanilla.

Grease and flour pan and bake at 350 degrees until cake springs back – depending on pan 10-20 minutes. You can use two 9 inch round pans, two 9 inch square pans, one 13 X 9 inch pan. If you are using this recipe with the mousse and ganache you can use an 8 in spring form pan to make assembly easier.


8 oz good quality semisweet chocolate
2 oz of butter – unsalted
¾ cup heavy cream
3 eggs – separated

In the top of a double boiler melt the chocolate and butter with the beaten egg yolks, remove from heat and cool slightly.

In a separate bowl beat the cream until it forms soft peaks. In another bowl repeat the process with the egg whites.

Fold the whipped egg whites and whipped cream into the chocolate mixture. This is no ready to be spread or piped on to a cake.

*Best Practice: I make two cake layers in parchment lined spring form pans, leaving one layer in the spring form pan I then layer in the mousse and place second cake layer on top and chill for a couple of hours – once it is set I then make the ganache frosting.


1 cup heavy cream
8 oz bittersweet chocolate – chopped
2 Tbs butter – unsalted and softened
1 Tbs light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla

In a saucepan bring cream to just a boiling, remove from heat and stir in chocolate, butter vanilla and corn syrup. Let this all stand three minutes then whisk the mixture until combined and smooth.

Chill until mixture is just cooled. And frost cake of your choice.

*Best Practice: I use a squirt bottle (like the kind you can buy to put ketchup in) and pour the mixture into that and then cool. The small opening gives you control over the flow when you are icing the cake and you can store this for up to two week. If stored just leave at room temperature for a half hour and shake well.

For variation on any of these recipes you can add extracts such as orange, almond or peppermint. You can also add orange or raspberry liqueur to the mouse or ganache for an extra zip and garnish with fresh berries or mandarin slices.