Monday, February 23, 2015

Fried Cabbage

Do you like cabbage?  I sure do! However, no one in my family does, so I rarely make it.

Here's a delicious recipe for Fried Cabbage that I've heard is great and want to try soon.  It's flavored must wonderful!  With bacon, of course it is!

1 pound bacon, finely chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 pounds cabbage, finely diced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Fry bacon until crisp and well browned. Drain and set aside. Add chopped onion to the bacon grease and stir until translucent. Add cabbage, pepper flakes, salt and pepper, stirring until all cabbage is coated. Add the crumbled bacon bits and cover. Cook over low heat until cabbage is tender.
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Jamie's Many-Layered Coconut Cake

I had a piece of this cake for the very first time last week, and it quickly rose to the top of one of my all-time-favorite cakes!  It's delicious!!  And the person who made it is not only a great baker, but makes everything she bakes, beautiful!  I knew who made it just by looking at it, then later asked her for the recipe.

It's a Paula Deene recipe, so that says a lot right there, doesn't it?!  It was her son, Jamie's favorite cake.  I would call it a coconut lemon cake, if I were naming it...just to give a clue about the lemon.  The combinations of the two flavors is delicious!  The many layers make it extra-special. I look forward to making it!  And the cake, itself?  Well, it's just really good! I think it would be great, even by itself.


1 cup butter softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, separated
1 teaspoon coconut extract
3 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups coconut milk
2 (10 oz.) jars lemon curd
Coconut Cream Frosting (recipe follows)
Garnish: sweetened flaked coconut, lemon slices, lemon zest

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 3 (9-inch) cake pans with nonstick baking spray with flour.

2) In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium speed with a mixer until fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in coconut extract.

3) In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; sift twice.  Gradually add to butter mixture alternately with coconut milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until dry ingredients are combined after each addition.
4) In a medium bowl, beat egg whites at high speed with a mixer until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into batter. Soon batter into prepared pans; bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes.  Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

5) Cut each cake layer in half horizontally. Spread lemon curd evenly between cake layers.

6) Spread Coconut Cream Frosting on top and sides of cake. Garnish with coconut, lemon slices, and lemon zest, if desired.

Makes about 3 cups

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon coconut extract
5 1/2 cups confectioners' (powdered) sugar

1) In a large bowl, beat butte,r coconut milk, cream, and coconut extract at medium speed with a mixer until creamy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth.
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Chili Con Queso

My oldest son, Zachary, made this recipe this past weekend, for he and his brothers.  They said it was great!  He found it on all, making only a few slight changes in it from its original.  The name on allrecipes is "Jeff's Chili Con Queso" if you would like to see the original recipe without the changes.

1 (16 ounce) package processed American cheese, cubed
1 (8 ounce) package mild Cheddar cheese, cubed
1 (7 ounce) can mild, chunky salsa
3/4 (15 ounce) can chili without beans
1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
1 teaspoon chili powder

In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the processed American cheese and Cheddar cheese. When cheeses are melted and thoroughly blended, mix in salsa, chili, sour cream, and chili powder. Cook and stir 10 to 15 minutes before serving warm.
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