Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Chocolate Depression Cake


Chocolate Depression Cake - this recipe originates from the Great Depression, when certain every day items were scarce, and butter in particular was a luxury. Also known as a Crazy Cake or Wacky Cake, it’s egg-free and dairy free for those with allergy issues, and Vegan friendly.

Makayla Perez getting ready to enjoy her piece of Chocolate Depression Cake
I originally made this cake for a staff member of my husband's who is vegan. She and her children were thrilled with the cake, as is evidenced by the photos. My husband and his other non-vegan staff members also tried it, and it was huge hit with everyone.

This cake is the perfect after-school snack cake, so easy to make and super-yummy! Even kids could make this, it's so simple to do!

Moist, tender, full of chocolatey goodness without butter, eggs or milk. Who knew?

 Laylanie Perez and her piece of Chocolate Depression Cake
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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Deconstructed Egg Rolls


Deconstructed Egg Rolls ... say what? All the flavors of an egg roll without the work. Simply cook this up in one pan, serve and eat. It couldn't be any easier or tastier.

Chop or shred the veggies (or save yourself time and buy shredded cabbage and matchstick carrots), brown the ground beef (pork, chicken or turkey), add the spices, soy sauce and a cup of water and 20 minutes later your have dinner. Quick, easy and delicious.

Feel free to adjust seasonings to your taste, and add any veggies you like. Bean sprouts or fresh green peas would be great added toward the end of cooking time.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Amish-Style Macaroni Salad


This is the BEST Amish-Style Macaroni Salad EVER! I have tried for a long time to make an Amish-Style Macaroni Salad with the best blend of sweet and tart, and this does it.

The dressing is perfect. It's an awesome blend of creamy, sweet and tangy, and you'll never believe what the secret ingredient is ... seriously. When you find out you'll be surprised, maybe doubtful, and possibly even have an "ah ha" moment ... for real.

I mean seriously, what has taken me so long, and where has this been all my life? I could NOT believe it could be so simple ... should I tell you?

Three words ... sweetened condensed milk. Yes, you read that right ... sweetened condensed milk. What could be easier? It's thick, creamy, sweet and works amazingly well with the mayonnaise, vinegar, salt and pepper. Just wait until you try it, you'll be surprised too.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Rustic Dutch Oven Bread


I just love rustic breads; their crusty exterior and light, chewy, full of nooks and crannies begging for some real butter to be spread on top of every slice.

Dutch ovens are an awesome way to bake a large loaf of rustic bread to be enjoyed with soups, stews, warm slathered with butter, toasted with jam, or used in hearty sandwiches.

No overnight rising required. This bread rises and bakes in the same day with just 4 ingredients: flour, salt, water, yeast! That's it! Yes, it does still take a few hours to make; there's just no way around that, but during the rising times, you can be doing something else, and then you'll be able to enjoy this rustic artisan dutch oven bread for supper.

Pass the butter please!

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Corned Beef Hash


Corned Beef! I really love corned beef and we have it at least once every year for St. Patrick's Day, cooked with cabbage, potatoes, onions and carrots my family calls a New England Boiled Dinner.

I have never really figured out why we don't have it more often, because we all love it, but one thing leads to another, and the next thing I know another year has gone by ... isn't it funny how that happens?

Anyway, when we have corned beef that one time every year, I almost always make two. That way I have an extra one to slice for Reuben's or this awesome Corned Beef Hash.

This is a great weekend breakfast treat, and a good one to enjoy for Sunday brunch. Served with a fried egg over top, or scrambled eggs on the side with biscuits, jam and jelly, it's hearty and delicious.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Chocolate Cinnamon Whisky Cake


Chocolate Cinnamon Whisky Cake, let that sink in just a minute. Oh my goodness! Dark, decadent, delicious, rich and moist, it is an amazing cake. This cake received amazing reviews from all my taste testers! It's definitely a "keeper" recipe in our house.

The coffee, black pepper, cloves, and chocolate work well together, then the cinnamon whisky compliments those flavors, elevating it all to a whole new level.

This deeply rich and moist chocolate cake makes it an excellent choice to serve to guests, or simply enjoy with your family.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

French Onion Soup Meatballs


My friend, Alice, from Ally's Kitchen, is totally my inspiration for this dish. She recently posted her French Onion Lamb Meatballs, and that got me thinking, what if I made meatballs with ground beef, and added French Onion Soup and cheese to it? Hmmmm?

And so the adventure began! Grass fed beef, some seasonings, French Onion soup, lots of cheese and voila' a new recipe was born. It's delicious, it's cheesy, it's everything I hoped it would be. Better yet, it's quick and easy; simple enough for a weeknight meal, but worthy of serving to guests as well.

Serve it over slices of toasted crusty bread for a take on baked French Onion soup, or top it on noodles, rice or mashed potatoes; the possibilities are endless.

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