Saturday, December 26, 2009

Hawaiian Angel Cake

Happy Boxing Day! I think today deserves a lighter dish.

Fred's new LOVE.

One box of Angel Food cake mix.
One can crushed pineapple (approx 2 cups)

Mix together and put in 9 x 13 glass pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
DO NOT GREASE PAN. Don't worry, it won't stick.

Serve with LOADS of fresh whipped cream. (I add 1/4 cup powdered sugar to each 1/2 pint of whipping cream, plus 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, Beat on high until stiff.)

WARNING: Do not decide that the batter looks so minimal you could really bake it in a 9 x 9 pan. Your oven will never be the same.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

7 Layer Cookie Bars

Cookies can be so nostalgic. We hand down recipes to new generations and hope like heck they will still make them after we've long since checked in to the Golden Oldies Rest Home. Will someone remember to make Grandma's Double Chocolate Drops or Mom's Pecan Tassies? Will they even know what the heck a Pizzelle is? Will Grandma Berquist's Swedish Christmas Bread be forgotten? I hope not.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Italian Pizzelles


It's that time of year. Time to drive myself crazy looking for the perfect neighbor gift for 12 or so families. It's a Utah tradition, Neighbor Gifts. Most everyone does it. And there is stiff competition afoot. One family dropped off warm bread wrapped in a dish towel and a jar of Lingonberry Jam. Yum! Another brought Hot Cocoa and another Roasted Tomato Soup.

The fun part is trying to think up a cute saying for the tag. Since my gift includes a small bar of artisan soap, our tag reads "We 'Soap' your Christmas is Clean and Bright!" Not too shabby for an amateur.


Okay, on to the cookies.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Snowy Meltaways

This recipe was in my recipe box labeled "Corn Starch Cookies". Not very appetizing, huh? I've renamed them in honor of the TWO FEET of snow that dumped on the east coast this weekend. Stay warm y'all.
Snowy Meltaways

1 Cup Butter (two sticks) don't use margerine
3/4 Cup unsifted Corn Starch
1/3 Cup unsifted Powdered Sugar
1 Cup unsifted unbleached Flour

Using beaters, cream butter until light and fluffy. Add corn starch and powdered sugar. Stir in flour. Chill 4 hours. Roll into 24 balls and press thumb very lightly in top to make small indentation. Bake 12-14 minutes at 350 degrees. Might be less depending on your oven. Make sure they are not browned.

Frosting

3 oz Cream Cheese softened
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Food coloring as desired (I split mine in half after mixing, then 1 drop of green in half and 1 drop red in the other)

Cream and together then frost cooled cookies. Just spread a small dollop on each then refrigerate to set.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Southern Corn Pudding


Today I have this overwhelming urge to dye my hair blonde, develop a Memphis accent and adopt a 300 pound kid from the projects. Wow. If you haven't seen Blindside with Sandra Bullock, please go. It is the feel good movie of this Christmas season.

Corn Pudding is likely on every Thanksgiving and Christmas table throughout the South. Midwesterners hardly ever heard of it and I've met NO Utahns who've tasted it until I began bringing it with me on Thanksgiving. But everyone seems to love it. Its a great side dish, very moist and buttery with just a touch of sweet.
You make the whole thing in one pan, pop it in the oven for an hour and LAWSY, LAWSY, you have the best dang side dish in all of Tennesee. Did I ever tell you I am half Swedish and half down in the holler, corn mash Tennessean? My Daddy was born in a teeny tiny town called White Bluff. Only one stop light y'all and one gas station, run by Junior Bibb. When my father returned to White Bluff after 20 years, after making his career living up north with all those damn yankees in Chicago, he stopped in Junior Bibb's service station to fill up on gas. After filling the tank, Junior walked over to the car and said, 'No need to pay Mr. Anson, I'll just put that on your account.' He'd been gone for 20 years and his account was still open.

Corn Pudding

1 Box Jiffy Corn Bread Mix (you know, those little blue boxes?)
1 Can Creamed Corn (14 oz)
1 Can Whole Kernel Corn (14 oz) - DRAINED
1 Stick melted butter
2 Eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 Tblsp sugar (can be omitted)

Melt butter in 9 x 9 pan. Add rest of ingredients. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees until brown. Serves 4 to 6 (use 9 x 13 if you double this recipe)

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I am also including a recipe to make it from scratch (this is a bit larger so use 9 x 13 pan), still 350 degrees for 1 hour.

2 Cup Flour
1 Cup Cornmeal
1/4 Cup Sugar
1 Tsp Salt
3 Tsp Baking Powder

Mix dry ingredients then add to:

2 stick melted butter
1 cup milk
2 eggs
2 cans cream corn
2 cans whole corn drained

Note: I will be posting a recipe each day this week. Y'all come back now, ya hear!!