Some many things happened in 2016 that just absolutely floored people. The person who won the popular vote, Hilary Clinton, lost the electoral vote, and much to many people’s chagrin, Donald Trump is our new President-Elect. There were many technological breakthroughs, including the Amazon Echo, an AI which is so useful, it almost becomes part of your family. Many of our favorites in the entertainment industry are no longer with us, including David Bowie, Prince, Carrie Fisher, a list that is too long and sad. Continue reading →
Merry Christmas to all! I make a ham on Christmas so I can have Hoppin’ John on New Years day. I also like to make quiche and I found a recipe for soup that I will be posting in a few days.
No one can stand a ham that is all dried out. Thank goodness for the Nesco which keeps your ham nice and moist. I had heard that Coke-a-cola made for a really moist ham, so I decided to try it. Who doesn’t like Honey Baked ham glaze? I wanted to make a glaze with similar properties, and I was able to do that with the help of a little coffee. Yes, coffee!
T’was the night before the night before Christmas, and all through the pantry a lot of peanut butter was found…
As I looked through my Rollout Cookies recipe, I thought that I wanted to make another kind of cookie for Christmas. I had just bought a large container of peanut butter, and that sounded like a really good idea. I also decided it was time to use up some of the shortening I had in my pantry, and I found this lovely recipe for peanut butter cookies from Crisco.
These cookies are nice and soft, different from the crunchy cookies I am used to and really don’t like very much. These melt in your mouth, they are just delicious!
Tonight was special because we got an early Christmas present from my friend Adel. She got us an Amazon Echo Dot. Let me tell you how wonderful it was to be able to say “Alexa, set a timer for 8 minutes”, and she said, “Starting now”. It was perfect because I had dough on my hands that I didn’t want to get on our old-fashioned timer. Alexa is a lot more accurate than the old stand by, too. She will be very helpful in the kitchen indeed.
You know, sometimes you just want chocolate. I mean, you really, really, really want chocolate. It’s like it’s the only thing you can think about. I had that craving and I bought a box of special dark cocoa just so I could make this cake.
I have always loved cherry cordials. To me, there is nothing tastier than cherries and chocolate. They just seem to compliment each other so well. When I decided to make this cake special, I thought using cherry preserves as filling would be exactly what I was looking for, and I was right, it was perfect. I used regular cherry preserves, not the famous sour cherries, they just would have soaked into the cake and made a chocolatety mess.
The secret to this cake is its velvety frosting, made with melted butter, dark cocoa, and rum flavoring. It really sets off the cherries in the cake. You could use brandy flavoring if you don’t have rum.
I decided to save money this month by actually using a calendar and a shopping list. I pulled up some older recipes, put them on the menu, and made my shopping list accordingly. We will see at the end of the month if I actually followed through or if I went bananas.
I have been saving my recipes on my computer for a really, really long time. It started with Meal Master, an ancient DOS program. I had about 350 recipes that were all my own, and then I had to get something better. I picked BigOven because it did everything I wanted it to, and it imported Meal Master recipes. Then, BigOven did something I think is kind of stupid. They went web/android only and decided not to support BigOven software on Windows 10. That meant I would have to put new recipes in on my phone or tablet, which is a real pain in the a–s. No thank you! I have a Windows 7 computer which I will eventually (soon) upgrade to Windows 10, and then I will no longer have BigOven available. So, today, I went shopping for new recipe software, and I found Living Cookbook. I was able to import all 675 recipes. It seems to be just what I wanted, I think I’m a happy camper now.
This recipe for Shrimp and Crab Casserole Bake was given to me by my cousin and was one of the original recipes on had in Meal Master. She made it one day, and I loved it. I think you will like it, too.
I found this recipe on the back of the Zulka brown sugar bag. The cake looked great on the package, I happened to have apples in the refrigerator, and I wanted to try something new.
The instructions on how to make the cake on the bag make no sense, therefore, I changed it to the traditional method of creaming the butter and then creaming the butter and sugar together. Okay, so you don’t know what creaming is? It’s very simple. Put room temperature butter into a large bowl, and then beat it with an electric beater until it is nice and smooth. If you don’t have room temperature butter, you can cut the butter up into small pieces and then cream it. The best way to beat is with a stand mixer, but a hand mixer will do just fine. Don’t try this with a whisk, it’s too difficult.
This is a very moist cake, and may take quite a while to bake. The original instructions said 40-55 minutes, mine was in over 80 minutes, your mileage may vary.