Wednesday, September 7, 2016

FOODIE COMICS

I didn't read the comics until Kevin came into my life.  He is very much into humor and kept pointing out funny comics to me.  In no time I started reading the comics as well.  They are a wonderful way to start each and every day.  Of course, the comics that appeal to me the most are those that pertain to food.  Here are a few to make sure your day has a bright spot.  Enjoy!!!






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Monday, August 29, 2016

SUMMER HARVEST SALAD

Trips to the farmers' market have been wonderful this summer, after a good growing season.  The veggies are coming in fast and furious!  Tonight for dinner I made a salad out of some of the veggies.
Half eaten....

The beauty of this salad is that any number of veggies or ingredients can be added or substituted.  Throw in what you have on hand, and what you love, and you will love the end result.  The uniting ingredient is the salad dressing which I found on Lynne Rossetto Kasper's "Splendid Table" blog.

SUMMER HARVEST SALAD.  Serves 8 - 10.
The Dressing.
*  4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
*  2 tablespoons cider vinegar
*  2 teaspoons sugar
*  1-1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
*  10 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
*  Salt to taste
In a bowl, mix the lemon juice, vinegar, sugar and ground coriander.  Gradually whisk in the olive oil until well-blended.  Season to taste with salt.

The Salad.
*  2-3 large handfuls of cherry tomatoes, halved and seeded
*  1 large cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded using a spoon, and sliced
*  5 scallions/green onions, chopped
*  a small bunch of cilantro leaves, chopped
*  grilled corn from 1 large cob
*  1 cup cooked orzo (small Greek pasta)
*  Top with crumbled Feta cheese, just before serving
Put all salad ingredients in a large serving bowl, mix with salad dressing to taste (the recipe makes more than you will use for this salad).  Just before serving, crumble feta cheese on top.

ENJOY THIS HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS SALAD!!!




Friday, August 26, 2016

CAFE LATTE TURTLE CAKE... Sooooo Goooood!

Most everyone in this area has been to Cafe Latte on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul.  Without exception, their food is delicious, especially their desserts!  Many years ago their recipe for Turtle Cake was posted in the newspaper, and I immediately tore it out.  I've made the recipe a few times over the years, always to great reviews, so I recently made it for a potluck picnic.  Here is the recipe for your future enjoyment!



CAFE LATTE TURTLE CAKE - Makes 12 (big) servings.
*  1 egg
*  2/3 c. vegetable oil
*  1 c. buttermilk
*  2 c. flour
*  1-3/4 c. sugar
*  1/2 c. cocoa
*  1 tsp. salt
*  1 tbsp. baking soda
*  1 c. hot coffee
Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease a 9"x12" pan.
Combine egg, oil and buttermilk.  In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, salt and baking soda.  Combine the egg mixture and the flour mixture, mixing well.  Slowly mix in hot coffee.  Turn into prepared pan and bake 40 to 45 minutes.  Frost when cooled.

Frosting
*  1 c. sugar
*  1/2 c. milk
*  5 tbsp. butter
*  1-1/2 c. chocolate chips
*  1/2 c. caramel topping [I used Hershey's brand this time, but I don't recommend it.]
*  1 c. toasted pecans
Mix sugar and milk in a saucepan, add butter and bring to a boil.  Put chocolate chips in a bowl, pour hot mixture over them and mix until smooth.  Spread over cooled cake.  Drizzle caramel topping over the frosting, and crunch toasted pecans over caramel with your hand.

Coffee adds a nice boost to chocolate cake.

Always use the best ingredients for the best result.

Making this cake requires no electric mixer; just mix with a spoon or whisk.
The result is more dense - a good thing in a chocolate cake!

The cake is quite rich; so cut smaller portions.  Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN - IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR!

Awhile ago I posted a different version of this video but it's time to get excited about Spring and the coming of our beautiful flowers.

Enjoy!


Friday, March 4, 2016

RHUBARB BUNDT CAKE

In no time at all my rhubarb plants will throw off the snow, shoot out of the ground, and be ready for harvesting.  That means it is time for me to pull the remaining batch from last season out of the freezer and use it.  With that in mind, I decided to make a rhubarb bundt cake.  Unfortunately, I had no recipe and was unable to find a recipe on-line that I thought would yield what I was looking for.  Did that stop me?  NO!  In fact, I feel very good about the cake that resulted!  





RHUBARB POPPY SEED BUNDT CAKE.  Serves 10 to 12.
*  1-2/3 cups sugar
*  5 eggs
*  1-1/4 cups butter at room temperature
*  2 tablespoons Creme de Cassis (a sweet, dark red liqueur made from blackcurrants)
*  2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
*  1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
*  3 cups rhubarb cut into 1/2" pieces
*  3 tablespoons poppy seeds
*  Powdered Sugar sprinkled on top
Preheat oven to 325º.   Use shortening to grease, and then flour, bundt pan.
Add sugar and eggs to electric mixer bowl and blend well.  Add the butter and Creme de Cassis and beat mixture until it is light and fluffy.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.  Slowly add flour to the mixture, continuing to beat until the batter is smooth and the flour is incorporated.  Fold in the rhubarb and poppy seeds.  The batter will be quite thick.  Add cake batter to the prepared bundt pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 10 minutes.  Remove from oven, let rest 15 minutes, then remove from pan onto a wire rack to finish cooling.  Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!

This makes a delicious breakfast!


Friday, February 26, 2016

LEAP YEAR - LEAP DAY - FEBRUARY 29, 2016

Remember as a child learning the verse:

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November
All the rest have 31,
Except for February.

What about February?  Well, in three out of four February’s there are 28 days, but in a Leap Year there are 29 days.  This year is a Leap Year and, accordingly, this February 29 is Leap Day.  Why is this necessary?

At the decree of Julius Caesar in 46 B.C., one day was added to the calendar in order to synchronize our calendar with the Earth’s orbit around the sun.  To simplify, the Earth takes approximately 365.25 days to orbit the sun every year.  It’s that .25 of a day that creates the need for a leap year every four years.

Like many astrological events, Leap Day has a tradition.  In Ireland and England tradition allows women to propose marriage to a man on that day.  It is questionable how this tradition came to be.  One belief is that in 5th century Ireland St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick that women had to wait too long to be asked to marry, and St. Patrick decided that on Leap Day it should be allowed.  Another belief is that the five-year-old Queen Margaret of Scotland enacted a law setting fines for men who turned down marriage proposals from women during leap year.  Regardless of when or how this tradition came to be, it appears from a quick review of YouTube videos that this tradition continues throughout the world.  Fortunately, in our modern age, it is now okay for women to propose marriage on any day of the year.

Of course, the tradition was captured on postcards during the Postcard Era in the early 1900’s.  Here are two examples from my collection.  The first card is quite serious, a direct request for marriage.  This postcard was sent to Mr. Chas. P. Arthur, Hampton, Iowa.  The sender wrote:  "Wish I was with you or you were with me... either one would be all right.  Don't you think?  Lovingly, Alethie".



"My dear and much respected sir, I send you this your love to stir; I ask your heart not in a jest, and hope you'll grant my fond request.  I'll be your wife until you die.  And now await your prompt reply."



The postcard above was postmarked April 8, 1909, and mailed to Miss Etta Tohd (?!?), Maiden Rock, Wisconsin.

Celebrate this Leap Day by watching the delightful rom-com, "Leap Year."  Spoiler Alert:  If you haven't seen the movie, don't watch this film clip!


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

COOKBOOK TITLES - A CARTOON

I just had to share this with you.  Have a laugh-out-loud day!


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