Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Common Kitchen Conversions

1 Quart = 4 Cups. 1 Quart = 2 Pints. 1 Pint = 2 Cups. 1 Cup = 8 Ounces. 1 Cup = 16 Tbsp. 1 Tbsp = 3 Tsp. 1 Fluid Ounce = 30 mL.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

S'mores Cupcakes

YUM!  Who doesn't love cupcakes?  I came up with this recipe the other day and we used them as a fundraiser for my little brothers.  They were a big hit!

I started with a chocolate cake mix, but I didn't follow the directions.  I used 1 cup milk, 1/3 cup oil,  4 eggs, and 4 ounces of sr cream.  Mix that with the dry portion of the cake mix and that was the base for my cupcakes.  Bake in liners until a toothpick comes out clean.

For the frosting I used my mothers famous secret ingredient frosting and added marshmallow fluff to it.   Or you can simply mix 50/50 fluff and vanilla frosting.

After the cupcakes were cool, I frosted them with a generous amount of icing and then put a graham cracker cookie on top and then sprinkled them with more crushed cookies!  YUM!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Broth Ideas

Yesterday it was raining and I was craving broth in some form or fashion, so I ran to the store and purchased some low sodium chicken broth. Here is what I put together and it was GOOD!
8 cups Chicken Broth
1 teaspoon dried parsley flake
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon soy sauce (adds umami)
2 potatoes diced
6 green onions chopped
1/4 cup rice
4 ounces ground beef
S&P to taste (I like mine a little on the salty side)
In a large cast iron pot I browned the meat and potatoes, added in the rest of the ingredients and let simmer covered for about 2 hours, the last 30 minutes I left the lid off so that the flavors could reduce and become thicker. I ate mine with some Jiffy on the side. I had it for Lunch and Dinner because it was so good!
This would be good with some Celery, Carrots, and Peas, but I didn't want to go back to the store.
What do you make when you are craving broth?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake

Just in time for Valentines Day! This is super simple, and you can take shortcuts too!

How it's done:

Start with 2 chocolate cake mixes, but don't follow the instructions. Instead add 8 eggs, 2 cups milk, 2/3 cup oil, and 3 tablespoons cherry juice. Mix well and bake in a 1/2 sheet pan until a toothpick comes out clean.

When you take it out of the oven and it is still warm, brush the surface with about 3 more tablespoons of cherry juice.

Once completely cool, frost with chocolate frosting and top with chocolate dipped cherries! Happy Valentines Day!

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Cranberry Bubbly

I was playing around with these Cape Cod cranberries and I suddenly got thirsty, so I got creative and came up with this:

In a saucepan add :

16 ounces orange juice
1 cup cape cod frozen cranberries
1 cardamom pod
Pinch fennel seeds
2 lavender flowers

Slowly simmer until reduced by half.  Strain and Cool to room temperature.  Add 1 tablespoon of the reduction and pour chilled champagne on top for a great adult beverage.... Make it for the kids by using carbonated soda!

Cranberry Sweet and Sour Sauce

Every year during the holidays we are all faced with what to do with leftovers.  Well, with this sauce, the possibilities are endless.  I started my taking some of my mothers leftover dressing, dipping it in egg, then cracker meal, the frying until golden brown and delicious!  But what makes this recipe stand out is the Cranberry Sweet and Sour Sauce that I made to go with them!

1/4 cup brown sugar
12 oz orange juice
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 cup Cape Cod Select Cranberries

In a sauce pot on low heat combine all ingredients and let simmer for about 15 minutes.  I then took my immersion blender and made the mixture smooth.  Let cool to thicken slightly!  This makes a great dip for any fried foods or even as a tangy salad dressing!

*TIP* you can strain the sauce before serving to make it even smoother.

Cranberry Cashew Bread

Looking for something different other than the seasonal banana bread? Try this recipe.

2 cup Cape Cod Select Frozen Cranberries
1 cup cashews
3 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 cups mashed bananas
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup Sr. Cream

This one is easy, add everything into a bowl, stir well. Pour into a WELL greased and floured baking dish, cook until toothpick comes out clean. About an hour in a regular loaf pan!