For our latest family birthday one of my tried & true chocolate cake recipes was requested …. once again. This cake is always moist, very chocolaty but with the whipped cream frosting, doesn’t sit in your stomach like a brick. It’s especially good the next day when the whipped cream had dissolved a bit into the cake. The key to this recipe is to add the ingredients one by one down the list & the best part is the hot coffee which make the chocolate taste rich & dark.
I can’t recommend this cake enough so try it out yourself & let me know what you think!
Lemon Pound Cake Recipe
Preheat oven to 325* F.
Line 2 loaf pans with parchment paper or grease with butter
Mix together & set aside:
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
In a mixer, combine Sugar & Butter until creamy. Add eggs 1 at a time then vanilla & lemon zest.
- 2 sticks of unsalted butter at room temp
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 6 eggs
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- 2 tsp natural lemon extract
- zest of 1 lemon
With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture & sour cream alternating & ending with flour.
- 1 cup reduced fat sour cream
Bake 75 minutes & test with a toothpick. Let sit in pan for 20 minutes then remove.
When cake is cooled, add lemon glaze over the top & slice lemons thinly for decoration.
Serve with vanilla icecream & fresh sliced strawberries on top-
I was cooking dinner the other night & I had all these great salsa ingredients just staring at me so I thought , lets just go for it! After chopping all the ingredients & mixing them together, I added a pinch of salt & it ended up being delicious! We had shredded chicken taco wraps with lots of different toppings. One more dinner down!
OK, it’s time for a recipe. Trust me, it’s good.
- 1 lb shreaded chicken (I just bought a roast chicken & tore it into pieces)
- 1tsp thyme
- Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 large white onion
- 1 jalapeño pepper (no seeds)
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 3, 6oz cans of whole green chills
- 1 cup fresh cilantro
- 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 2 15oz cans hominy, drained
- sliced avocado, radishes and tortilla chips for garnish (optional but recommended)
Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, jalapeño, and garlic. Cook until soft about 4 minutes. transfer to a blender then add the chills, cilantro & thyme & puree until smooth. Return to saucepan and cook one medium heat until sauce thickens & turns deep green, about 5 minutes.
Add the broth, hominy and chicken to sauce pan. Cover and simmer for 10 more minutes until hot. Garnish with avocado, radishes and tortilla chips.
Add chopped apples too….. I was all out.
This salad can have some variations and either way is delicious. It has become a staple in my house especially when friends come for dinner.
- Mixed baby greens or Arugula straight up depending on your preference
- Clementines or grapefruit or any orange cut up into bite sized pieces
- Shaved raw fennel
- Toasted almond slivers
- Goat cheese
- salt & pepper to taste
- Juice of 1 or 2 fresh clementines or oranges
- Juice of 1 lemon
- small spoon of grainy mustard
- olive oil
- salt & pepper
Well, I was under the impression this blog be about all handmade THINGS until I made some tomato sauce last night & everything on the cutting board looked so fresh, ripe & good- This is so easy I don’t even think it’s a real recipe. I do love to cook so there may be recipes posted now & again when I trip over something worth repeating.
All the ingredients for a good sauce
Basically, get a ton of ripe tomatoes, mince up about 2-3 cloves of garlic. Saute garlic in about 1-2 Tbsp of olive oil until soft. Do not burn! Add all your tomatoes & just let it cook down until it doesn’t look so watery. About 45 minutes. Add a good pinch of sea salt. Toss it all in the blender until smooth. Strain out the skin & seed bits. If it still looks thin just simmer it on the stove again to thicken it up. Don’t forget to stir it once in a while. That’s it. Oh, & rip some basil & grate some fresh Parmesan for the top when you put it over pasta. Easy Peasy.
After taking the pictures of all those good tomatoes I ended up making something anyway.