Here Comes Peter Cottontail…Desserts

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My favorite part of any meal.  Here are a few that would be great for dessert on Easter!

Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Raspberry Delight

Berry Crostata

Lemon Cheese Dessert

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Key Lime Cake

Mixed Berry Cheesecake


Easy Strawberry Pie

Happy Cooking!

Here Comes Peter Cottontail…Ham!

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We always have ham for Easter and I always wonder if it’s the baked ham we love or the ham salad sandwiches the day after (that recipe is included), LOL!

Here a few that I’ve made and loved.

The Barefoot Contessa’s Baked Ham and My Mom’s Ham Salad

Glazed Ham

Bourbon Ham

Glazed Spiral Ham

I don’t know what recipe I’m going to be using but I think I’ll be trying a new one!  What about you?

Happy Cooking!

Chocolate Cake Day!

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I’ve been told that today is Chocolate Cake Day ~ I figure any day is chocolate cake day so I will take this opportunity to repost my Mom’s chocolate cake recipe.  This is the recipe that EVERYBODY in my family requests for their birthday.  I think I could make it with my eyes closed.  It’s not as sweet as cakes go and it’s dense but we love it.

Happy Chocolate Cake Day!

My Mom’s Chocolate Cake

1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 (1 oz) unsweetened baking chocolate squares, melted
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups cake flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup ice water

Stir butter to soften gradually, add sugar, creaming until light and fluffy.

Add eggs one at a time beating well after each.

Blend in cooled chocolate and vanilla.

Sift together flour, soda and salt, add to creamed mixture alternately with water, beating after each addition.

Bake in 2 (8-inch) round, greased cake pans at 350º for 30-35 minutes.

Frost with 1 pint heavy or whipping cream, whipped or your favorite frosting.

Makes 8-12 servings depending on size of the slices.

Happy Cooking!

 

Recipe Re-run ~ Minestrone Soup II

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I have spent lots of time today figuring out my new camera which leaves little time for posting so I am going to repost one of our favorite soup recipes.  I wish I had the ingredients so I could make it today!

Minestrone Soup II

3 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 onions, chopped
2 cups chopped celery
5 carrots, sliced
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
4 cups tomato sauce
1/2 cup red wine (optional)
1 cup canned kidney beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can green beans
2 cups baby spinach, rinsed
3 zucchinis, quartered and sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
tablespoons chopped fresh basil
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup seashell pasta
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese for topping
1 tablespoon olive oil

In a large stock pot, over medium-low heat, heat olive oil and saute garlic for 2 to 3 minutes. Add onion and saute for 4 to 5 minutes. Add celery and carrots, saute for 1 to 2 minutes.

Add chicken broth, water and tomato sauce, bring to boil, stirring frequently. If desired add red wine at this point. Reduce heat to low and add kidney beans, green beans, spinach leaves, zucchini, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, the longer the better.

Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add macaroni and cook until tender. Drain water and set aside.

Once pasta is cooked and so up is heated through place 2 tablespoons cooked pasta into individual serving bowls. Ladle soup on top of pasta and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. Drop a dollop of olive oil on top and serve.

Here’s a link to the original post ~ Minestrone Soup II

Happy Cooking!

Recipe Rerun ~ Holiday Mashed Potatoes

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I thought I would re-run a very popular recipe on this blog ~ holiday mashed potatoes.  They are so good and easy to make.  I love that I can make them the day before and there is no mashing of potatoes right while I’m trying to get a holiday meal on the table.  My Mom used to make them and now our whole family makes them.

Holiday Mashed Potatoes

5 lbs potatoes, peeled and cooked
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 dash pepper

Beat hot potatoes until all lumps are removed. Add cream cheese (in small pieces) and the butter. Beat well until cheese and butter are completely melted and mixed. Stir in sour cream. Add eggs and onion to milk and add this to the potatoes with salt and pepper. Beat until light and fluffy.

Place in a greased 9-inch casserole. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until lightly rounded on top (puffy).

Makes 6-8 servings.

Happy Cooking!

Christmas Candy

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What is is about Christmas and candy?  Why do I never make candy other times of the year?

Here are a couple of things I always make for the holidays:

English Toffee

 

Famous Fudge (scroll down)

And a couple of new favorites:

Chocolate Dipped Cherries

 

Smoked Almond Turtles

Happy Cooking!