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Cindy’s Sweet Smell of Success

Posted by Cindy Humble on December 27, 2015

 

Almost everyone I know has someone in their family, be it a grandmother, aunt, uncle or cousin that can make a batch of killer cinnamon buns from scratch. Close your eyes now and focus for just a moment on the aroma of cinnamon buns baking in the oven . . . mmmmmmmm, yes it’s a heavenly scent for sure.

In my family we had an aunt on my father’s side of the family that was our Cinnamon Bun Queen. Unfortunately, I never got my hands on the recipe before she passed away ( 😥 ). However, my daughter Michelle just happened to have a good friend that shared the recipe her family treasures, and a couple of Christmases ago Michelle gave that recipe a try. Oh my goodness did we ever strike gold! My daughter has perfected those cinnamon buns, icing and all and we couldn’t be happier. She’s turned that recipe into her own Christmas tradition and during our recent visit to her house over the holiday we enjoyed every morsel of the batch she baked.

I imagine at this point you’re probably thinking I’m going to end this blog with the recipe; you would be wrong. Get your own.

Cinnamon Buns

Big Mike and Cindy’s 12 Days of Christmas

Posted by Big Mike on December 08, 2015

Big Mike here … Way back in 1982, on the day before Christmas, I had a few musicians in the studio perform a few Christmas songs live on my morning show. Live music was not heard on the air for many years prior, since the golden days of old-fashioned radio, and it was a blast! Every year since I’ve presented a variety of live singers, musicians and choruses and this year it’s my 34th annual live Christmas celebration. Instead of one big broadcast, we are spreading it out over a couple of weeks and we call it “Big Mike and Cindy’s 12 Days of Christmas!” Here’s the lineup:
WED, DEC 9 …. DONNA COLTON
THUR, DEC 10 … BOB HALLIGAN
FRI, DEC 11 … GOLDEN-NOVAK BAND W/ JESS NOVAK AND BRIAN GOLDEN
MON, DEC 14 …. THE DEAN’S LIST
TUES, DEC 15 … THE ACTION! – MIKE GIBSON
WED, DEC 16 … BEN MAURO
THUR, DEC 17 … TIM HERRON
FRI, DEC 18 … MISS E with JEFF MARTIN and KEVIN DEAN
MON, DEC 21 … JOE WHITING and LOREN BARRIGAR
TUES, DEC 22 …. CASTLE CREEK W/KIM MONROE AND CHRIS EVES
WED, DEC 23 … JASON BEAN
THUR, DEC 24 … TODD HOBIN, MICK FURY
All brought to you by Music for the Mission, East Syracuse Chevy, Gannon’s Ice Cream, Herb Philipson’s, The Music Center on James Street, and The MOST …..
on The Christmas Music Station, Classic Hits Sunny 102!

Cindy’s Thanksgiving Tale

Posted by Cindy Humble on November 23, 2015

Here’s a quick story about my experience cooking my first Thanksgiving turkey. It was November 27, 1980 and I’d been married only 4 months. I eagerly volunteered to have Thanksgiving at ‘our place’ and couldn’t wait to put my cooking skills to the test. My husband’s parents, sister and grandparents would be there as well as my mom and sister. We lived in a 1 bedroom apartment, so to say the least we were a tight squeeze around the dinner table.

 

We had a big turkey, can’t remember how many pounds but it was big enough to feed us all. All the traditional fixin’s were part of the big feast, with the turkey of course being the star of the show. It was my day to shine, and I was ready! I had never cooked for that many people, and they were going to be my guinea pigs for my first shot at a turkey dinner.

 

Everything was really going quite nicely. I made the stuffing, stuffed the bird and put it in the oven and let nature take its course. The side dishes were situated, everything was cooking . . . I was feeling great about my first Thanksgiving meal. Fast forward to ‘time to take the turkey out of the oven,’ which I do. I haul the roasting pan out and set it on the counter so the turkey can ‘rest’ on a cutting board for a bit. I call for my husband to give me a hand getting it out of the roaster. He walks into the kitchen and starts to laugh, which causes others to wonder what’s so funny. I had no idea what at this point most everyone was laughing about when they looked at the turkey and was feeling a little worried about the situation. He tells me that I’ve cooked the bird upside down (breast side down). Ha! No kidding I say, and join in laughing.

 

I have to tell you, his grandmother spoke fondly for years about this particular Thanksgiving turkey. She said she’d never had a more delicious, tender and juicy turkey in her life! And you know what? I see now that some famous chefs (Alton Brown for one) say upside down is the only way to do it!

 

So no matter which way you put your turkey in the oven, I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Big Mike’s Tuna Salad and Joe Whiting’s Spread

November 12, 2015

Do you like tuna salad? I do, especially with crusty bread. Here’s my favorite recipe:
-14-16 oz Albacore Tuna in water (three 5ounce cans are OK)
-¼ cup Mayo (Helmann’s, of course)
-1 tbs whole grain Dijon Mustard
-¼ cup of chopped fine Red Onion, Celery and Carrot (each 1/4 cup)
-2 tbs Bread Crumbs
-1 Apple (Granny Smith or tart) cut into small julienne pieces
-1 tbs chopped fresh Mint
-1 tbs Olive Oil
-½ Lemon squeezed juice
-¼ cup Craisins
-¼ cup Walnuts (chopped)
-Salt & Pepper to taste

Here’s a great mayo substitute from my pal Joe Whiting:
JUMPIN’ JOE’S MAYO-LIKE SPREAD:
-Plain Yogurt
-Grated Cheese
-Black Pepper
-Cilantro

DIRECTIONS: Mash the tuna and add the mayo, mustard, onion, celery, carrots, bread crumbs and mix it all up. Add the other ingredients and slightly toss to mix. Joe’s Spread can be used instead of the mayo, or as a little spread on a wrap. I like it on crusty bread or stuffed in a tomato.

DIY: Tin Fruit Basket

August 26, 2015

We all get dozens of those tin cans around the holiday time, and once the cookies are gone WHAT do you do with them?

I wandered into the Goodwill in Cicero and found that most people donate them haha! So, I did some quick research and found out a craft that you could do with those old tin cans… make them into a fruit basket!

 

Here’s how I made it in literally less than 10 minutes…

You’ll need:

  • 2 tin cans
  • Spray paint color of choice
  • Optional acrylic paint & paint brushes
  • Craft glue (I used E6000)
  • A candle holder, or some sort of neat thing to put between the tins

 

1. Pick out your cans / candle holder

Ignore the gaudy pictures on the outside. When I walk through a place like Goodwill, I imagine everything with a coat of white paint. That way you look at the shapes rather the images.

 

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2. Spraypaint the tins

You’ll have to do a couple different spray/drying sessions to make sure you get all of it. You’ll want to make sure the bottom, sides and insides are all painted. The tops of the tins you wont need for this project.

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3. Design (optional)

I decided that this was going to be a pretty boring fruit basket if there wasn’t any kind of design, so I used painters tape to make some stripes on the tins with gold paint. Maybe you want to make swirls, dots or bows – what ever is your fancy, have some fun with it!

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4. Glue the candle holder

Use the E6000 glue or other craft glue to hold the candle holder to the tins. Let it dry for at least an hour

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Here’s the final project!

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