Friday, August 30, 2013

Figs, Goat Cheese and Proscuitto

So I made this with three ingredients:

Really good but the kids hated it.

Goat cheese is an adult taste.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Lunga di Napoli

I have spent years fighting the squash borer.  And I never win.  So nowadays, I grow cucurbita moschata squash.  


This one is a Lunga di Napoli.  I think it is about 30 pounds.  

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A new way to cook bacon

I like to bake my bacon on a rack.  The only disadvantage to this process is it takes a while.  So I heard about frying your bacon in water:


So I tried it.

And I have to say it is better than frying your bacon plain because it keeps it smooth but I think I will keep baking my bacon.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Chocolate Cake Off

For my mother in law's birthday, I made three chocolate cakes:


I have three recipes for chocolate cake that I like very much.  But I had never done a comparison/contrast.

So her birthday seemed like an ideal time.

The cakes were:

Very Good Chocolate Cake
Cocoa Buttermilk Cake
Chocolate Dump It Cake

The winner was the Very Good Chocolate cake.  But I still like the other two.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Macaroni and Cheese Free Flow

I do not have a set recipe for Macaroni and Cheese.

I take all the cheese ends that I have and make a white sauce, mix it with mustard, add all the cheese ends (a pound and a half to two pounds) until melted with a box of cooked macaroni.

I add a layer of shredded sharp cheddar cheese and crushed Ritz Crackers. Bake at 350 about 45 minutes.

It gets eaten up very quickly.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Peanut Butter Frosting

This bowl of deliciousness:

is peanut butter frosting.


Peanut Butter Frosting

1 cup butter at room temperature
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup milk
4 cups powdered sugar

Beat the butter with an electric mixer until it is two shades lighter and whipped and airy.   Add the peanut butter, vanilla and milk until it is well incorporated.  Add about half a cup of the powdered sugar until it is well mixed.  Gradually add the rest.

Use this frosting for a chocolate cake.