Monthly Archives: January 2016

Chocolate Chip Cookies

NormaLee and her grandson Chance show you how to mix up chocolate chip cookies. How many times can you catch Chance talking to the camera?



For this recipe, you will need:

  • 2 sticks butter or margarine
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2¼ c. flour
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. baking soda (which they forget to include in the video, but you need in the cookies)
  • 2 c. chocolate chips

Roasted Cauliflower or Brussels Sprouts

You can make this delicious dish with either cauliflower or Brussels sprouts, or both!  The bacon is optional for vegetarian tastes, but it brings this dish to another level for the omnivores.

1 medium head cauliflower
– or – 1 lb. brussel sprouts
– or – 1/2 head cauliflower and 1/2 lb. Brussels sprouts *recommended
3 thick slices bacon *optional
3 cloves garlic
3 tbsp. olive oil
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • Preheat oven to 375° F.
  • Cut cauliflower into ~1 inch pieces.  If using Brussels sprouts, cut off the brown bottom and remove any yellow leaves, then slice in half.  Place into large bowl.
  • Slice bacon into 1/4 inch pieces.  Place into the large bowl with the vegetables.
  • Add to the bowl crushed, peeled and minced garlic, the Parmesan cheese, and drizzle in the olive oil.  Toss everything together until the veggies are coated with the oil.
  • Thinly spread the mixture out onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet (or use non-stick spray).
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes.  If using thinner-sliced bacon, you can increase the oven temperature to 400° and bake for 20-30 minutes.  Oven times are just a guideline – bake until veggies start to turn brown and the bacon sizzles.

Making Gravy with Ryann (Béchamel sauce)

Ryann makes gravy, also known as Béchamel sauce, with NormaLee (and Rhonda).

Be sure to watch until the very end for a bonus clip!




• 1.5 – 2 tablespoons butter
• 2 tablespoons flour
• 1 1/4 cups milk (add up to 2 cups total if too thick)
• Salt (to taste)
• Pepper (to taste)

Introducing NormaLee

Who is NormaLee? What is this channel all about? Why are we cooking with NormaLee? You’ll find the answers to these questions and more in our introductory video.


First Post!!

We are excited to start sharing our family recipes, both old and new, with you.  I’m NormaLee’s most-middlest child, and I’m going to start the posts off.

About a year and a half ago, we had this idea–start making videos with NormaLee and show her cooking with her family.  One of the first videos we made was with her granddaughter, Ryann, making one of her favorite foods — gravy.  We really enjoyed the final video and Ryann’s brother Chance wanted his turn in front of the camera.  NormaLee and Chance made a video mixing up dough for one of his favorite things — chocolate chip cookies.  We are linking to the Cooking NormaLee YouTube Channel here for your entertainment and education.

More recipes will continue to be added and other family members will probably add posts.  We will even share a photo or two of our cooking adventures.