Thursday, July 2, 2020

Just Divine Blueberry Bundt Cake

I found this recipe recently and it is just divine!  The only change I made is using only all purpose flour, rather than almond flour.  Serve it to guests and prepare for compliments!

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup almond flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup butter at room temperature
3 eggs at room temperature
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup lemon curd
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp lemon zest
1 to 2 cups fresh blueberries


2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp butter

Preheat oven to 350 and prepare bundt pan.  I use Baker's Joy.

Combine sugar and butter in a mixer and beat until fluffy on high speed about 4 minutes.  Reduce speed to low, add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.

Mix in about 1/3 of the flour, then add 1/3 of the lemon curd, lemon zest, and vanilla extract.  Repeat until complete. Fold in blueberries.

Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake 55 to 65 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.  Allow cake to cool in pan about 30 minutes, then turn out onto plate.

Prepare glaze:  Stir confectioners sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt.  Place butter on top of the glaze and microwave until mixture bubbles and butter is melted, about 1 minute.  Whisk until smooth.  Allow glaze to cool, then pour over cake.  Optional:  Top glaze with fresh blueberries.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Oldies but goodies

Recently, a neighbor posted on facebook that she was in a rut with ground meat recipes and asked for new ideas with what to do with hamburger meat.  That got my brain turning toward my recipes, some of which I haven't made in quite awhile.  This one is an old favorite that I had forgotten about.  I think you will like it.

4 tablespoons cooking oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 sliced green bell peppers
1 lb. ground meat
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup canned corn
sliced tomatoes
1/2 cup bread crumbs

Saute onions and peppers in oil.

Add meat and salt and pepper.  Cook until meat is slightly browned.  Remove from heat.

Stir in eggs.  Place corn in bottom of a casserole dish, then half the meat mixture.  Top with layer of tomato slices.  Repeat layers.

Top with bread crumbs.  Dot with butter.  Bake at 375 for 35 minutes.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Time for Summer Salads!

 This cabbage salad is both colorful and delicious, as well as nutritious.

1 cup green cabbage, chopped
1 cup red cabbage, chopped
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
3/4 cup corn kernels
1/2 cup cucumber, chopped
1 clove (or more!) garlic, chopped
olive oil

Combine all the vegetables and mix well.

Pour olive oil over - about 1/4 cup - and season with salt.

Chill to let the flavors blend.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Corn Fritters

I used to make corn fritters quite a few years ago. . . decades ago, actually!!!  I found this recipe recently and forgot just how good they are!

I can whole kernel corn
2 eggs
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup grated cheddar
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup chopped parsley

Drain the corn from the can.
Combine eggs, salt and pepper and mix well.
Add flour and baking powder.
Next add the corn and cheese and blend together well.
Place butter in heated skilled and heat till bubbly.
Drop by spoonfuls into skillet.  When golden, turn and cook other side.
Drain on paper towels.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Cabbage and Beef Dinner

For many years, I just didn't care for cabbage, other than a good cole slaw.  I guess your tastes change over time.  Now I find myself with a handful of really good recipes with cabbage.  Here is one of them.  Enjoy.

2 pounds ground beef
chopped onion
1 small head of cabbage, chopped
2 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce (you may need more than that)
1/2 cup water
2 cloves garlic, crushed (or more, no such thing as too much garlic!)
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper

In large skillet or Dutch Oven, cook and stir ground beef and onion until meat is browned, about 5 to 7 minutes.  Drain

Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil.

Cover, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.

All you need now is a good ole Southern corn bread.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Healthy Start Bundt Cake

This one is another big winner!  It is loaded with nutritionally rich ingredients:  coconut, cranberries, apples, nuts, honey, wheat germ, whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt, and more.  Don't pass this one up!

The nice thing about the recipe, you can substitute many ingredients.  For example, I'm not a big fan of dates, so I used raisins.  I used fresh cranberries instead of dried cranberries.  Or you can use dried apricots.

It freezes well.  Wrap first in clear plastic wrap, then with foil to freeze.

Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a bundt pan.  I use a baker's spray and it works well in my Lodge Manufacturing cast iron bundt pan.

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup wheat bran or wheat germ
2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 cup tart apple, grated, unpeeled
3 large eggs
1 3/4 cups plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup liquid honey (raw is best!)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
3/4 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup chopped dried dates
3/4 cup chopped nuts

In a medium bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, wheat bran, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmet.

In a large bowl, stir together grated apple, eggs, yogurt, applesauce, honey, and vanilla.

Using a spatula, fold in flour mixture, followed by coconut, cranberries, dates, and nuts.  Transfer batter to prepared bundt pan.  Smooth the top.

Bake in preheated over for 45 to 60 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.  [in my oven, 50 minutes was adequate]

Let sit in pan for ten minutes, then turn out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

Fresh cranberries are only available in the local stores here from November to December.  I buy in quanities and freeze to use throughout the year.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Cabbage Salad

This is a delightful salad with a sweet and sour taste.

2 or 3 medium apples, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
8 cups chopped green cabbage
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Chill before serving.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

A REALLY exciting new cookbook

I can see some of you rolling your eyes at the title of this post. . . "Sure, Sherry, you think every cookbook is exciting". . . witness my collection that numbers well into the three figures.

But this one is special.  It is American Cake by Anne Byrn.  It is divided into periods of our country's history beginning in colonial times, showcasing cakes from each period.  Some you have heard of - Boston Cream Pie, for example.  Others were new to me, at least.  I chose to make the Hummingbird Cake first and OH, is it out of this world delicious!

With over 125 recipes, this one will keep me occupied for awhile!

Seriously, there are certain things I do when the pressures of life seem overwhelming.  One of those stress busters is baking.  It is a creative outlet for me and over the years, I've become quite good at it.

If you are a serious baker, check out this one.  You won't be disappointed!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Pineapple Blueberry Crunch

This is a delicious and quick dessert that you will be proud to serve to guests.

Grease an oblong baking dish and set aside.  Preheat oven to 350.

Cover bottom of baking dish with chopped or crushed pineapple - fresh is best..

Top with fresh blueberries - about 2 cups.  Sprinkle with chopped nuts.

Combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup brown sugar.  Stir in 1/2 to 3/4 cup melted butter.  Form a crumbly mixture.  Spread this over the pineapple/blueberry mixture.

Bake for 45 minutes or until crust is golden.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Neufchatel Spread

I love this idea.  It is a recipe you can use ingredients the way you like.  With an 8 oz. chunk of
Neufchatel (similar to cream cheese only softer) combine any - or all - of the following finely chopped ingredients::

red bell pepper
red onion
fresh dill weed

Combine thoroughly, chill, and use to spread on crackers or bagels.  Another great way to get vegetables into your diet!