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Special Food and Special Hands

I meant to get this post up last week, but, well…..

This year I give thanks for the consumers who purchase what we grow and raise, the farmers and ranchers who provide the bountiful choices we so enjoy and particularly the hands that prepare the food.

In preparing for Thanksgiving this year I was thinking of the wonderful and delicious dishes that I have been so blessed to be able to try over the years. Some of the recipes have been handed down, some are new. Read more…

Blackout Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Blackout Cake

Prep: 30 minutes, Cook: 35 to 40 minutes, Serves: 12 to 16

This is a moist, dark chocolate cake, sure to be enjoyed by those who live on chocolate J

1 ½ sticks of softened butter

3 cups of sugar

3 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted

3 cups flour

3 teaspoons baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

¾ cup buttermilk

1 1/3 cups boiling water

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease two 9” round pans. Dust with flour and tap out the excess.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until well blended. Add chocolate and beat 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Mix together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to chocolate mixture in two additions alternately with the buttermilk. Beat until well blended. With mixer on low-speed, add boiling water and beat until smooth (the batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
  4. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pans 10 to 15 minutes, then unmold onto racks and let cool completely.
  5. Cover a cake layer on top. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining ganache. Refrigerate cake 3 to 4 hours, or until ganache is firm, before serving.

Chocolate Ganache

Prep: 5 minutes, Cook: 3 minutes, Chill: 1 to 1 ½ hours

Makes enough to fill and frost a 2 layer 9” cake.

18 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

1 ½ cups heavy cream

2 tablespoons butter, cut up

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. In a 2 quart glass bowl, combine chocolate chips and heavy cream. Heat in a microwave on High for 3 minutes or until melted and smooth when stirred. Stir in butter and vanilla.
  2. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 1 ½ hours or until ganache holds its shape and is thick enough to spread on cake.

Both of these recipes are from Natalie Haughton’s “365 Great Chocolate Desserts.”

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Mix together

     1 3/4 cups flour

     3/4 cup sugar

     1 tsp Baking powder

     1 tsp baking soda

     1/2 tsp salt

In a separate bowl, mix

     1 egg (beaten)

     1/2 cup vegetable oil

     1/2 cup plain yogurt

     1 tsp vanilla

     1 cup mashed banana

     3/4 cup chocolate chips

Mix into dry contents.

Put into greased or lined muffin cups or a greased bread or cake pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes.

Let cool for ~5 minutes before removing from pans to cooling racks.

Cow Chip Cookies

Mix in together until smooth & creamy

     1 cup butter

     1 cup brown sugar

     1 cup white sugar

Add in

     2 eggs

     2 tsp vanilla

     1 tsp baking soda

Mix together then add to mixture slowly

     2 tsp water

     1 tsp green food coloring

     1/2 tsp salt

Slowly add

     3 cups flour

     2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for ~10 minutes

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Honey Lemon Drops

1 cup sugar

1 cup honey

1 cup lard (shortening also works)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 Tblsp lemon juice

1 egg

~ 3 cups flour

Preheat oven to 325.
Mix all ingredients, except the flour.
Add enough flour so that the mixture can be rolled into balls and place on a cookie sheet without running.
After placing rolled balls on cookie sheet, bake for 12 to 14 minutes.
Test bake 1 or 2 cookies to check for consistency.

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Cowboy Molasses Cookies

Sift together in a bowl

     1 cup flour

     1/2 tsp salt

     1/2 tsp baking soda

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Lemon Butter Cookies

 

A light and fluffy cookie that will go well with tea, coffee or cocoa.

Cream thoroughly

     1 cup butter

Add gradually, creaming well

     1 cup light brown sugar

Read more…

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