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HRM Pat Condelli, THE Cookie Queen, invites you to stop by The online Cookie Castle to see what her company can do to serve you.  Cookies - cakes - cookbooks - cooking classes - and entertainment are her specialties.





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Cookie Queen Cookies

The Cookie Queen bakes the world’s most delicious all-natural cookies.  She will be happy to plan special cookie displays for your event.  She is known for speedy service when cookies are needed for a funeral or a sick friend.

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Entertainment

The Cookie Queen also is the director, choreographer and lead soprano for The Original Class Act, a group that has been performing together since 1992.  There are 18 programs from which to choose.

About Cookie Queen Products

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Cookie Queen Cookies

Cookie Queen Cookies are simply the most delicious cookies you can buy. They are made fresh daily in the spotless kitchen of the Cookie Queen's Castle in the town of New Kensington, Pa., near Pittsburgh. There are 42 varieties of Cookie Queen Cookies.  E Mail The Queen for a list of current offerings and their prices. cookiequ@verizon.net.

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Cookie Queen Cakes

The Cookie Queen makes wonderful-tasting cakes for any occasion .. like this cherry-infused cheesecake.  Live and silk floral bouquets are the only decorations. The Queen makes only butter cream and whipped cream frostings.  She does not make fondant icing (it tastes terrible).

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Cookie Queen Cookbooks

The Cookie Queen has published three books:  "Royal Recipes From The castle of The Cookie Queen,"  "Hassle Free Holidays" and "Never Scrub Another Toilet."  You can order copies from the Queen at cookiequ@verizon.net or  phone Word Association Publishers 724-226-1255.

About The Original Class Act

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In the beginning......

Just like the old movie story - a group of friends got together to “put on a show” for the church fun fair way back in 1992.  They presented a program of Cole Porter music.  The 3-day gig stretched into many years and many shows as the phone never stops ringing. Everyone wants to book this group for a retirement home, church dinner, women’s club, lodge meeting, holiday party.


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The Original Class Act - We'll be doing our "American Salute" program Nov. 10th and 11th to honor veterans.  Among the songs in our program are "O America" - made famous by the Celtic Women - and Diamond Rio's country Western hit "In God We Still Trust."

About Our Cast

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Pat Condelli

Owner of Cookie Queen Cookies,Cookbooks  & Entertainment, Pat is the director and lead soprano of The Original Class Act. Pat also can be booked for a one-woman show - 20 songs in one hour.

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Terry Shields

Vocal coach for this group of outstanding musician, Terry is our alto and also plays the piano, organ and guitar and does solo gigs for weddings and funerals. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. Terry is wearing one of our new St. Patrick show costumes which we made in January.

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Bill Cellio

Ladies swoon when Bill holds their hands and sings directly to each special lady in the audience.  Bill is available as a wedding and funeral soloist.

Cooking Classes At The Castle

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 Want to learn how to make the best pie crust in the world? 


Do your homemade cookies turn out misshapen and burnt? 


Can you put a gourmet dinner on the table in less than 15 minutes? 


Interested in learning more about Italian cuisine? 


HRH Pat Condelli, The Cookie Queen, also known as "the practical Martha Stewart," teaches all the tricks of the trade in fun-filled classes at the Castle in New Kensington, Pa. 


Home Economist Pat Condelli 

 

Pat received her degree in Home Economics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has been teaching cooking, baking and home making since 1968. 


Choose one of the following classes or tell the Cookie Queen what you would like to bake or cook and she will plan a class specifically for you and your friends. 

Pat also is available for LIVE consultation on SKYPE. If you have a web cam, message Pat on the internet for a time for a live SKYPE consult on your computer. 


* Dough Re Mi - How to handle all types of doughs - yeast, phyllo, pizza, pie, biscuit. Hands on. Sampling. Take home something wonderful. 

* Hassle-Free Holidays -. Save time and your sanity with easy holiday recipes. Hands on. Sampling. Take home something scrumptious. 

* Kids Can Cook - Easy recipes. Lots of fun. Hands on. Sampling. Take home something to show your family what you made. Class limited to six children. 

* Cookies to Die For, Cry For, Lie For - Learn to make "professional-looking" cookies that taste fabulous. Men of all ages really love this class. Hands on. Sampling. Take home some goodies. 

* Yes, You CAN Make a Pie - Anyone can and I’ll teach you how. 

* Intro to Cooking for the Single Man -Basic cooking skills for guys. Prepare wonderful meals for you and your buddies. Food safety. Learn how to host a party. Hands on. Sampling. Something to take home. 

* Carry Me Back to Old Italia - Grand recipes from the North and South of Italy. Family-tested for generations. Hands on. Sampling. Something to take home. 

* Ethnic Cooking With American Flair - You’ll get a little bit of everything in this class - Italian, Greek, Polish, German, Mexican, Dutch, Indian, Chinese. Six sessions.$300. Come for dinner. We eat first. Then I’ll show you how to make it. And you can take some home for your family to taste. Class size limited to six students. 


All classes feature hands-on (not just watching me do it) experience. And everyone gets to take home something they themselves made. 


Most classes are just one 2-3-hour session. There are morning, afternoon, evening and weekend sessions available. 


Individual Classes: $40-$60 (depending on items being prepared), which includes recipes and something delicious to take home. 


To register for a class, phone the Cookie Queen at 724 339-0920 or E Mail: cookiequ@verizon.net 

A View From The Castle - News Blog

Boring Impeachment Hearings Served ONE Good Purpose

I have some things I’d like to say to some of the “witnesses” who testified at the preliminary hearings in an attempt to overturn the 2016 election:


Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.  A million times thank you.


Thanks to your inanity and boring blah blah blahing I got so much done these past two weeks.


While the hearings are on in the background I have cleaned things that I know I have-not cleaned since I moved here 40 years ago.  I scrubbed baseboards.  I organized closets and drawers. I used a tiny paint brush to dust in fancy woodwork furniture crevices. I catalogued costumes for my singing group.

I planned menus for my brunch and for Thanksgiving dinner. And baking, baking, baking cookies.


I work more effectively when I am angry.  And yes, I am angry.  Not just because these twits are trying to cancel out the votes I worked so hard to obtain in the fall of 2016 but because they are wasting time and taxpayer money.


You would think they could have gotten this obsession with taking down President Donald Trump after spending two years and $40 million to prove that Trump colluded with Russian to win the election. (News flash:  he didn’t).  I did not speak to even one Russian as I went from house to house to house in my attempt to convince voters that hiring a successful businessman would be the best thing that could happen to this country.


There are so many important issues facing this nation that these morons should be working on - trying to solve the opioid crises, figuring out how to improve our educational system, signing the trade agreement with Canada and Mexico which will provide thousands of jobs in all three countries, resolving our immigration problems, figuring out how to stop wild fires in California, allocating money to rebuild this country’s crumbling roads, bridges and electrical grids.


But no - instead - hour after hour after hour after hour - they spend trying to get alleged witnesses to testify to something that did not happen and to which they had only hearsay evidence (… which by the way is not admissible informal court proceedings).


Why would they bring in some diplomat who was not even in office when the alleged Trump “crime”allegedly occurred?  She was not in on the call.  She had no say in the policy issues. And the Democrats kept saying she had been fired when indeed she had not.  I personally would have fired her. As a boss I would not want someone on the team who did not follow my orders and who bad-mouthed me and then tried to investigate my friends. But then that’s me.  No - instead of firing her, the magnanimous Trump recalled her from her post and gave her another cushy well-paid government job.  If I were president she would have been out the door on her sorry butt for insubordination.


* To former ambassador Maria Yovanovitch - thank you for your service in the past when you agreed with your previous boss the most corrupt president in history Barrack Obama.  It was nice of you not to undermine him.  But no thanks for your backstabbing of the current holder of the title of Commander in Chief. You don’t have to agree with his policy - you just have to enforce it and if you can’t do that, then simply resign.  Instead you wanted to be part of the resistance and did everything in your power to make Trump’s policies in Ukraine irrelevant.


*  To the most ostentatious weasel in the bunch - Mr. Alexander Vindman.  Yes - I know he gets upset when you don’t refer to him by his title of Lt. Col. Whiny Pants. Guess what - getting cut out of the loop by the President is not an impeachable offense.  You were not trusted by anyone who came within 500 yards of yourself.  And what the heck were you doing wearing that dress uniform? Who were you trying to impress?  And could you elaborate a little on exactly what injury you suffered to earn a purple heart.  My bet is that you got hit in the butt because you are still butt hurting.  Get over it.  Your opinion is not appreciated by the current administration.  You also should have been fired 2.5 years ago when you first started leaking and lying.  So the Ukraine offered you a job as Big Boss in their country three times.  My advice to you - take it because you are going nowhere in your career in the United States.  We do not appreciate military officers who try to take down the Commander in Chief.


*  To Dr. Fiona Hill  - with the thick English accent.  How long have you lived in the United States?  Who do you think you are - Ava Gabor?  You stated at the outset that you were not political and not taking sides.  Then you proceeded to lie in an effort to make Trump and the Republicans look bad. Right off the bat in your opening statement you lied when you said no Republicans held the belief that Russian tried to intervene in our 2016 election.  False.  A big lie.  Fake news.  All you had to do was read any of the bazillions of reports which were signed by both Republicans and Democrats who agreed that Russia did just that (by the way I think they are wrong about that.)  Some of our “experts” claim that Russia hacked into John Podesta’s e mail and gave them to Russia who gave them to Wikileaks.  How exactly do you know that?  You can’t know that because Podesta and the Democrat National Committee wouldn’t allow the FBI to look at their servers and instead had a Ukrainian company - Crowd Strike - verify that it was Russia who hacked the emails.  And we should trust a Ukrainian company why?  You testified maybe one bazillion times that Ukraine was very very very corrupt. 


*  And who was the smug little twerp sitting beside you whom no one ever heard of?  He smirked through the entire proceedings….at least I saw him smirking every time I walked past my iPad to get a rag or a bucket or a mop or the vacuum.  David Holmes claimed he overheard a cell phone call from President Trump while seated at the far end of a table where another guy was holding the cell phone in a noisy outdoor restaurant.  Really?  I can’t even hear a cell phone call when I have the darn thing plastered to my own ear.  He says he heard what Trump’s said.  And exactly why did no one else in the restaurant or at the table report hearing these comments? 


* To UE Ambassador Gordon Sondland…..who was supposed to be presenting testimony that would support the GOP stand….why were you represented by three Democrat lawyers-all of whom contributed bazillions to Hillary’s election campaign?  They are the reason the exculpatory information was not included in your opening statement.  And if you were only going to testify about what you “assumed” Trump “meant” - not on what he actually said - then why were you there in the first place?  We know you paid big bucks to get tickets to Trump’s inaugural and then begged for your ambassadorship to the European Union with NO experience as an ambassador, so who exactly paid you to give false testimony at the preliminary impeachment hearings?  Do you have any idea how slimy you appear on camera?  


I could go on and on with each person who testified about what they heard from someone who heard it from some other person who heard something from yet another person.  But why bother?  They are all nuts.


These people will do anything - lie, cheat, steal, even murder (remember Seth Rich? ) to take down President Donald Trump.


Frankly - I’m sick of the lot and now my house is spotless.  So I don’t care if they do have more hearings and more witnesses who witnessed nothing - I’m done.  Not listening anymore.  I’ll be playing Christmas music from here on out.


Recipe of the Week

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Harvest Apple Cake

One of the things I served at brunch yesterday was this decadent apple cake.  It includes chopped and grated apples.  If you’re planning for Thanksgiving - this is not the cake to serve after a big meal. It is very dense and very sweet.  But if your family takes a break between the main meal and dessert - the this would be a perfect addition to your menu.  It’s almost a meal in itself.  And plan on making this three days in advance.  It needs time to settle. I didn’t care for it much on first taste.  But two days later I loved it.


Ingredients

Cake

1/2 cup butter, melted

2 cups packed light-brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

3/4 tsp. salt

4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, two coarsely grated and two diced

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsps. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder`

        

Frosting

1 cup butter, room temperature

16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsps. vanilla

Ground pecans


How To Make It

*  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

*  Line three 8-inch round cake pans with parchment.  Grease and flour the plans.

*  In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, and eggs .

*  Stir in grated and diced apples. 

*  Gradually blend in the dry ingredients and spices.

*  Divide batter in pans.

*  Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Let cakes cool in pans 20 minutes, then invert onto wire racks; remove parchment. Invert cakes again; let cool completely on racks.

*  Frosting: Beat butter and vanilla on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add cream cheese and beat until well combined, about 2 minutes more. Add sugar and salt; beat 5 minutes.

*  Place a cool cake layer on a serving plate. Spread a1/3 of frosting evenly over it; top with a second cake layer. Repeat . Spread remaining 1/3 of frosting over top of cake. Sprinkle top with ground pecans.

*  Refrigerate several days prior to serving.

*  Return to room temperature before serving. 

*  Use a serrated knife to slice cake.

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Harvest Apple Cake

One of the things I served at brunch yesterday was this decadent apple cake.  It includes chopped and grated apples.  If you’re planning for Thanksgiving - this is not the cake to serve after a big meal. It is very dense and very sweet.  But if your family takes a break between the main meal and dessert - the this would be a perfect addition to your menu.  It’s almost a meal in itself.  And plan on making this three days in advance.  It needs time to settle. I didn’t care for it much on first taste.  But two days later I loved it.

Ingredients

Cake

1/2 cup butter, melted

2 cups packed light-brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

3/4 tsp. salt

4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, two coarsely grated and two diced

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsps. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder`

        

Frosting

1 cup butter, room temperature

16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsps. vanilla

Ground pecans


How To Make It

*  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

*  Line three 8-inch round cake pans with parchment.  Grease and flour the plans.

*  In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, and eggs .

*  Stir in grated and diced apples. 

*  Gradually blend in the dry ingredients and spices.

*  Divide batter in pans.

*  Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Let cakes cool in pans 20 minutes, then invert onto wire racks; remove parchment. Invert cakes again; let cool completely on racks.

*  Frosting: Beat butter and vanilla on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add cream cheese and beat until well combined, about 2 minutes more. Add sugar and salt; beat 5 minutes.

*  Place a cool cake layer on a serving plate. Spread a1/3 of frosting evenly over it; top with a second cake layer. Repeat . Spread remaining 1/3 of frosting over top of cake. Sprinkle top with ground pecans.

*  Refrigerate several days prior to serving.

*  Return to room temperature before serving. 

*  Use a serrated knife to slice cake.If customers can’t find it, it doesn’t exist. Clearly list and describe the services you offer. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service.

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