Thursday, November 20, 2008

JIM'S FAVORITE APPLE CAKE

GRANDMA'S KITCHEN, TASTERS WELCOME

JIM'S FAVORITE APPLE CAKE

INGREDIENTS FOR CAKE:

2 CUPS SUGAR

3 EGGS

11/2 CUPS VEGETABLE OIL

1/4 CUP ORANGE JUICE

3 CUPS ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR

1 TEASPOON BAKING SODA

1/4 TEASPOON SALT

1 TABLESPOON GROUND CINNAMON

1 TABLESPOON VANILLA EXTRACT

3 CUPS PEELED AND FINELY CHOPPED APPLES

1 CUP SHREDDED COCONUT

1 CUP CHOPPED PECANS


SAUCE:

1/2 CUP ( 1 STICK ) BUTTER

1 CUP SUGAR

1/2 CUP BUTTERMILK

1/2 TEASPOON BAKING SODA

INSTRUCTIONS:

PREHEAT THE OVEN TO 325%. GENEROUSLY GREASE A TUBE PAN.

FOR THE CAKE: IN A LARGE BOWL, COMBINE THE SUGAR, EGGS, OIL, ORANGE JUICE, FLOUR ,

BAKING SODA, SALT, CINNAMON AND VANILLA EXTRACT; AND MIX WELL. FOLD APPLES, COCONUT,

AND PECANS INTO THE BATTER.

POUR THE BATTER INTO THE PREPARED PAN AND BAKE UNTIL A TESTER COMES OUT CLEAN, ABOUT

11/2 HOURS.

SHORTLY BEFORE THE CAKE IS DONE, MAKE THE SAUCE. MELT THE BUTTER IN A LARGE SAUCEPAN

STIR IN THE SUGAR, BUTTERMILK, AND BAKING SODA, AND BRING TO A GOOD ROLLING BOIL,

STIRRING CONSTANTLY. Boil FOR 1 MINUTE. Pour THE SAUCE OVER THE HOT CAKE IN THE

PAN AS SOON AS YOU REMOVE IT FROM THE OVEN. LET STAND 1 HOUR, THEN TURN OUT ONTO A

RACK TO COOL COMPLETELY.


I have never met anyone who does not like this cake. Some prefer it without the sauce because it is too sweet for them, but all love the cake. Grandma

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

SHRIMP BUTTER

1/2 pound small raw shrimp

1 cup water

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic

1 package--8 ounce cream cheese---softened

4 tablespoons butter---softened

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 tablespoons cocktail sauce

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Put the shrimp with shells (on) and the cup of water and onion powder, and garlic into a pan and bring to a boil. Boil about one minute. Take the shrimp out and shell them , putting shells back into the water. Boil to reduce the liquid to just over a tablespoon full.

Let the shelled shrimp cool, and chop them into small pieces, fold into the batter mixture along with 1 tablespoon of the reduced liquid off the shrimp shells.

BATTER MIXTURE:

Blend cream cheese, butter, mayonnaise, cocktail sauce and lemon juice in a large bowl and mix until smooth. Mix well.

Refrigerate over night and serve with crackers. very good. Grandma

Friday, November 14, 2008

MY COMPUTER IS CRASHING!!!

I AM SO SORRY, MY COMPUTER IS TRYING TO CRASH SO I AM SURE THAT IT WILL.TAKE CARE AND GOD BLESS UNTIL WE MEET AGIN IN GRANDMAS KITCHEN. CONNIE

Friday, November 7, 2008

PEDERNALES RIVER CHILI

This is a chili that was created by Lyndon Baines Johnson. I made it recently for some of my family and they liked it, hope you will too. During these colder days that are coming, it will hit the spot.

PEDERNALES RIVER CHILE

INGREDIENTS:

3 chopped onions
2 gloves garlic, finely minced
2 tablespoons oil or bacon drippings
4 pounds of beef, cut into 1" cubes ( I used round steak)
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder, or more to taste
4 cups tomatoes, fresh frozen or canned. (I used canned diced tomatoes)
2 cups hot beef stock
1/3 cup masa harina

In a large sauce pan saute' onions and garlic in oil or bacon drippings, until tender and translucent. I put this in a larger pot so that I would not have a problem fitting my other ingredients together.

In the sauce pan you have just empted, add the meat, breaking up clumps with a wooden spoon. Saute', stirring often, until lightly cooked---no red showing.

Sprinkle in the oregano, crused cumin and chili powder. Stir to blend. Add to larger pot.

Add the tomatoes, salt and hot beef stock or water to the pot. Stir in masa harina. Bring to a boil, At this point I put it all into my crock pot and put it on low for one hour and then on warm until we got ready to eat it. My husband loved it. It was not too much fat.

Before you serve the chili, or one of the times you choose to give it a stir, taste and see if it is seasoned according to your liking with the oregano, cumin and chili powder. I added a little more of each especially the chili powder. You know what you like just add a little at a time until you like the taste. Not too much at a time because you might not be able to correct an over amount. Just take your time and add a little at a time. Grandma


* I think this would be a good chili for people who are watching their weight to eat. Depending on the beef that you use and the oil there is nothing in it that would have more calories that you would need for a meal. You can make it as thick as you like by adding more of the masa harina.

* It would go good with corn bread or crackers. Weight watchers might want to leave off the bread part unless you count it with your points.