Cranberry Orange Liqueur

2 1/2 c. cranberries, coarsely chopped
Grated peel from an orange
1 (750 mL) bottle vodka
1 1/3 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. water
Preparation time: 20 minutes. Steeping time: 3-4 weeks. Combine cranberries, orange peel (use only orange part, no white) and vodka in a 4-cup glass container. Cover and let steep at room temperature 3-4 weeks. Strain into a clean container, then discard fruit. Combine sugar and water in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a boil, boil 1 minute; cool. Stir sugar syrup into liqueur. Taste and make more syrup if a sweeter liqueur is preferred. Makes 4 1/4 cups.

Kahluaa Coffee Liqueur

4 c. sugar
1 fifth 100 proof vodka
3/4 c. instant coffee
1 vanilla bean
Heat 3 cups water to boiling. Add 4 cups sugar. Let dissolve and cool. Meanwhile dissolve 3/4 cup coffee into 1 cup boiling water. When all cooled, place in gallon jug. Add the vodka and vanilla bean (cut diagonally). Let set 2 weeks minimum. Stir occasionally.

Mint Liqueur

1 1/2 c. water
1 3/4 c. sugar
1 pt. 100-proof vodka
24 drops peppermint oil
Green food coloring
Mix water and sugar, stirring over medium heat until dissolved. Cool. Stir in vodka, peppermint oil and green coloring to achieve desired shade. Seal in container and allow to age 30 days. Makes 1 quart.

Amaretto Liqueur

3 c. sugar
2 c. water
Lemon peel from 1 lemon
6 tbsp. almond extract
1 tbsp. chocolate extract
3 c. vodka
1/2 c. bourbon
2 tbsp. Vanilla
In large pot, add sugar, water and lemon peel. Bring to a boil and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat; add almond, vanilla and chocolate extracts. Remove lemon peel and add vodka. Praline liqueur: Use same recipe except substitute maple flavoring for almond.

Strawberry Liqueur

3 c. fresh strawberries, cut into thirds
3 tbsp. powdered sugar
3 c. vodka
1 c. white granular sugar
1/2 c. water
Hull berries. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, stir until dissolved. Add to vodka. Steep 2 weeks in glass wide mouth jars. Crush berries through strainer. Filter. Bring sugar and water to boil. Stir until sugar is dissolved and clear. Cool. Add this sugar syrup to berry mixture. Let mature 7 weeks. Filter again through coffee filter. Put into 1 quart bottle. It’s ready to drink.

Irish Creme

1 3/4 c. liquor (Irish whiskey, brandy, rum, Scotch, or rye whiskey)
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
1 c. (1/2 pt.) whipping or coffee cream
4 eggs
2 tbsp. chocolate flavored syrup
2 tsp. instant coffee
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
In blender container, combine liquor, condensed milk, cream, eggs, chocolate syrup, coffee, vanilla and almond extract; blend until smooth. Serve over ice, if desired. Store tightly covered in refrigerator up to 1 month. Stir before using.

E-Z Pork Chop Casserole

4 pork chops, 1 in. thick
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 to 4 potatoes, sliced 1/2 in. thick
2 med. yellow onions, sliced 1/4 in. thick
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 (10 1/2 oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
1/3 c. milk
1/3 c. water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange chops in 2 1/2 quart casserole. Sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon, top with potatoes, onions, remaining salt and pepper. Blend soup, water and milk, pour over all. Cover and bake for 1 hour. Serves 4

Pork Chops and Sauerkraut Casserole

1/4 c. barley (optional)
1 lg. can sauerkraut
1 sm. onion
5-6 lean pork chops
1 can Golden mushroom soup
Salt & pepper to taste
Simmer barley. Mix with sauerkraut, onion and soup. Add 1 can of water. Layer over top of the pork chops. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake casserole for 45 minutes. Bring pork chops to the top of the casserole and bake for another 30 minutes until brown.