Friday, January 31, 2014

Thoughts of Spring and Summer - Apple Cobbler w/Vanilla Ice Cream

Even though it's the end of January,  Spring and summer are not too far ahead!  Of course, apple pie is in season anytime!  Here is an old recipe that I used to make when I was in high school.  Actually,  it was in high school home economics class that we learned how to make this wonderful dessert.   Easy as can be and delicious.   Apple Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream:

3 cans of apple pie filling
9x13 inch pan
1 yellow cake mix
1 stick melted butter
1/2 c chopped walnuts(optional)

Open the pie filling,   pour into 9x13 pan, spread evenly.  Open the yellow cake mix.  Sprinkle the whole box of dry cake mix over the apple filling.  Try to cover all the apples.  Add the walnuts to the cake mix crumbs.  Melt the butter and pour it over the whole top.  Try to get as much of the cake mix covered with butter as possible. 

Bake in 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes, until top is brown.
Cool and serve warm or refrigerate overnight with vanilla ice cream;.   That's is!  Enjoy! 

Can be made with any flavor pie filling!  Cherry, peach, blueberry are just great too. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Turkey Meatloaf Sandwich

Here's a turkey meatloaf sandwich that will bring you raves. This turkey meatloaf is flavor enhanced by adding diced onions and mushrooms that have been sauteed in a tablespoon of olive oil before added to the meat.  Using lean ground turkey breast can be a bit dry when making a meat loaf,  however,  this little trick will give your meatloaf extra flavor and moistness! 

Turkey Meatloaf

1 lb. lean ground turkey
2 eggs (slightly beaten)
1 small onion chopped
3 or 4 large white mushrooms, chopped
1 cup bread crumbs
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil

Saute the chopped onions and mushrooms in 1 tablespoon olive oil about 6 minutes, until onions are starting to get translucent.  Set aside and cool. 

Mix the meat, eggs, bread crumbs, garlic and finally the cooled onion and mushroom mixture together.  Add 1/4 cup ketchup before putting in loaf pan.  Bake 45-50 minutes until done.  Spread more ketchup on top of loaf (optional). Slice and enjoy.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Eggnog Anyone?

The holidays bring a lot of different types of food and drink that normally are not found in our kitchens.  Eggnog of a delicious item that only shows up at Thanksgiving or Christmas.  In case you have any left over from the holidays, try this delicious, unusual, subtle Eggnog Cake.  Here is the recipe to make and enjoy!


1 box yellow cake mix
4 eggs
¾ cup eggnog
1 package vanilla instant pudding
½ cup oil
½ cup water
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp rum                

4 Tablespoons rum
1 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare a bundt pan by spraying it with non-stick spray
Put all ingredients for the cake in mixing bowl and beat for 4 minutes.
Pour into bundt pan and bake for 50 minutes until done.

Make the frosting adding the rum a little at a time to the powdered sugar to
Make a thicker frosting.  Drizzle onto the cake and decorate if desired.

Makes 12

Thursday, January 23, 2014

2014 Happy New Year!

Delicious, easy, Date Nut Bread.
Sooo cold here and it's a good day to stay in and bake!  Here is an outstanding recipe for
Date Nut Bread that you will love!

Date Nut Bread

32 Servings    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. plus cooling

1 ½ cups chopped dates (I use lightly sugared dates)
1 ½ cups hot water
2 T Butter
2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
1 ½ cups sugar
¾ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract (pure)

 In a large bowl, combine the dates, water and butter:  let stand for 5
minutes.  In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, walnuts, baking soda and salt.
In a small bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla and date mixture.  Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. (pour water and all- do not drain dates)

Pour into two 8 in x 4 in. loaf pans.  Bake at 375 for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cover loosely with foil if top browns too quickly.  Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.  Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).