Yes Today Is My Birthday But....

 
Yes today is my birthday. So I decided, seeing we are still snowed in, that I would make one of my favorite things for dinner. Baked Chicken just like my mom use to make.
I remember one year for my birthday she made me Fried Chicken. Oh My! My mom had a habit of what ever she would make, no matter what nationality, it came out tasting Italian. Well she got the Fried Chicken spot on! I was not about to fry chicken so I made her recipe for baked chicken.
Coat the cut up chicken pieces with olive oil and season with oregano, salt and pepper.
I added crushed red pepper, thyme and a bit of hot sauce and lemon juice.
Into a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes and then lower the oven to 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. The skin was crispy and the meat was moist.

Birthday cake, no! But I made a jam cookie with Strawberry Rhubarb Preserves that were made by a  co-worker's sister-in-law. They were soo good. Nice chunky pieces of strawberry.
My mom use to make a cookie that would have been perfect for these preserves. But I could not find the recipe. I have it and I know what the book that it is in looks like but damn I could not find it.

I was talking to my sister and mentioned that I was looking for the recipe. She said that it was her mother-in-law's recipe! And she had it right there.

Jam Cookies

Ingredients -
3 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup vegetable shortening


4 tsp milk
3 eggs
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 jars preserves
Confectioner's sugar for sprinkling on top of baked cookies


Cut shortening into dry ingredients. Make a well in the center and add eggs and milk. Mix and knead until blended. Divide into 4 pieces. Roll out into 7 1/2" by 12" sheets. Spread the jam 3/4" from edge. Sprinkle with nuts. Fold in 3 and seal the ends. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool and cut into 3/4 to 1 inch slices. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar.

While I did not get a cake I did get a lot of kisses from a certain little cat!

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