Ten-Thousand Dollars In IOU’s.

The Peanut slept so well last night, I however, did not. During her one early morning feeding, I turned on the TV. This was a big mistake. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” was on. I think I may actually be allergic to turning it off if I see it. I have several movies like this:

“Coal Miner’s Daughter” (If you don’t know, it’s the story of Loretta Lynn. Played by fellow Slovak Sissy Spacek)
“Men in Black” -I apparently love Tommy Lee Jones.
“Back to the Future” -any of them
“The Godfather”-part I and II
“Goodfellas”-because he’s funny like a clown
Any MGM musical
“Monty Python and the Holy Grail”-don’t worry, it’s a European swallow
“Miracle on 34th St”
“Love Actually”

And about 10 more I can’t think of right now. Before I had kids, I would always watch “Steel Magnolias”. Now, you couldn’t pay me. Hell no. Not a chance. Not gonna do it. No “Old Yeller”, “Where the Red Fern Makes Me Want to Let My Own Entrails Fall Out”, NO “STEEL EFFING MAGNOLIAS”

So after watching MOST of “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and lamenting the fact that not a single one of my hillbilly relatives is named “Dolittle”, I tried to fall asleep, but I started thinking about blogging, auditioning, school, making pizza for dinner, forgetting to buy mushrooms, wondering if Loretta Lynn would’ve gone on “Teen Mom”. You know, the usual. So I went to the kitchen, took a bite of cookie, and went back to bed. The cookie helped.

I’ll bet you $10,000 you’ll love this cookie recipe. Granted, I’ll have to repay you in IOUs and sexual favors; so for both our sakes; I hope you like them. A lot.

Batch 23 Slovak Kolachis

Slovak Kolachi
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What Goes In?

  • 1 package Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks of softened butter
  • 2.5 cups of flour, sifted and leveled
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • Preserves-as much as you like
  • another egg for egg wash
  • flour for surface dusting
  • confectioners sugar for dusting cookies

Avengers, Assemble!

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. whip together cream cheese and butter in a mixer
  3. add egg and salt
  4. slowly add flour
  5. form into a disk, cut into quarters, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  6. roll each quarter out individually into 1/2" rectangles
  7. with a pizza cutter or square biscuit cutter, cut out squares
  8. in the center of each square add 1/2-1 teaspoon of preserves to the center
  9. put egg wash on two of the opposing corners, bring them together and REALLY pinch them together
  10. bake on a silpat for 10-12 minutes, let cool, dust with confectioner's sugar

This recipe is EVERYWHERE. It was my grandmother’s, but it was apparently every other Slovak grandmother on the planet’s recipe as well.

Gild the Lily: add 1/2 tsp almond extract to the dough

Go Crazy: Make it savory, use a sage sausage stuffing.

Do you have a movie you HAVE to watch if it’s on?

Favorite odd name from a movie?

9 thoughts on “Ten-Thousand Dollars In IOU’s.

  1. As if I could love you more? Sissy Spacek grew up 15 minutes from my hometown! Love all the movies on your list. Especially Love Actually. I wanted to have my girls watch it and just realized it's rated R. Bummer. I WILL however still watch Steel Magnolias. I'm a sucker for a good cry. And dammit, I don't have any hick relatives named Dolittle either. What a ripoff.

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