Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Upside down summer fruit cake

Every summer, when all the stone fruit and berries come in I buy them.  I love the pretty colors and the aromas.

But fruit is a perishable item, and all the vibrant colors and aromas are fleeting.

So I made an upside down cake in a cast iron skillet.



Upside Down Cake

For the caramel and fruit layer

4 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
Assorted fruits, I used apricots, peaches and blueberries

For  the cake layer

1 stick of butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk

Melt the butter in a cast iron skillet and add the brown sugar and let the sugar melt and bubble.  Set it aside to cool.

While waiting for the caramel to cool,  cut up your fruit .  When the caramel is cool, put the fruit in a pretty pattern.  This was my favorite part.

Preheat the oven to 350.

Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add the vanilla and eggs and beat well.  Add the next three ingredients and mix well.  Add the buttermilk.

Pout the cake batter over the fruit stuff.  Bake for about 45 minutes, but it could go on longer, depending on the size of your skillet and how accurate your oven is.  It took me about 45 minutes.  Use a cake tester, pay attention.

Let the cake cool in the skillet for about 20-30 minutes.  Loosen the cake part with a knife and then flip over onto a plate.  I actually had my husband do this part because the skillet is HEAVY.  Honestly, all you grandmothers who cooked with cast iron every day must have biceps!


Serve with ice cream but I found that this was a very nice breakfast with yogurt.

I have no idea how many servings this is but it lasted three days in our house.

Friday, July 26, 2013


This article about hunger in America is infuriating.  And horrifying.  A nine month old drinking Mountain Dew? The first comment said it best:

Too bad a large segment of our population only cares about kids before they are born. After they are born the are just parasites stealing from people by accepting tax dollars and come from parents who "shouldn't have kids if they can't afford them."

That kind of logic could be laughable if the situation wasn't so dire. Banks get bailouts they laugh about, big oil gets tax breaks and the people go hungry. What happened to America? Have our priorities always been this screwed up or was I just blinded growing up by the main stream media always talking about the land of the free and home of the brave.

I do not begrudge any child getting healthy and nutritious food.  But looking at my kid's school lunch schedule I am surprised at how fast food like it is.  Corn dogs, burgers, chips  and pizza are one the menu regularly.  

I will continue to pack her lunch for this year.  

And really, begrudging the hungry in our country when they are children who have no control seems a very penny wise pound foolish predicament.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Guess what we made?


Home Made SNO CONES!

Monday, July 22, 2013

What Happens when you do not pick for five days



There comes a point every summer growing season where the joy of growing vegetables is outweighed by the PITA factor.

I am there now.

We have lost half of our tomato plants to fungal blight.  The other half are just holding on.  The cucumber beetle has decimated our cukes.  All the summer squash are dead.  No eggplants are producing because it is raining too much.  The flowers come and no fruit.


Thursday, July 11, 2013




Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Bacon Lettuce Tomato


This is why I garden.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Surf and Turf


The local Asian megamart had lobster on sale. It was like a birthday dinner!

Monday, July 1, 2013



This is a tomato I picked today. It is a bloody butcher.  It looks like a three way butt.