Friday, December 25, 2009

Sour Cream Pound Cake

SOUR CREAM POUND CAKE   The cake I bake for all my friends at Christmas!
½ lb. butter (2 sticks) room temperature
3 c. sugar
½ tsp salt
6 eggs room temperature
3 cups all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. baking soda
3 drops lemon extract (1/8 tsp)
1 c. sour cream
1 tsp vanilla

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one a a time. Add vanilla and lemon. Sift all dry ingredients THREE TIMES. Mix into wet mixture, alternating dry ingredients with sour cream.
Bake at 300 degrees for 1½ hours in tall 2-piece tube pan. Cool five minutes in the pan. Slip the outside of the pan off  and cool to room temp before removing the metal base/tube.  Pound cakes meld with time, so don't plan on eating the day you bake, but wait a day or two for the flavors to intensify.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Vegetable Stand Soup


I was going to make cream of mushroom soup, but the mushroom farm in the neighboring city of Zellwood had run out of mushrooms to sell to the general public!  Oh no!  On the way home I swung into a really nice roadside fruit and vegetable stand.  I bought snap beans, cabbage, tomato, carrots, onion, red new potatoes, and red bell pepper.  On the way home I stopped in the grocery store and bought a pound and a half of ground beef.  While the beef was cooking, I chop chop, cut cut, slice sliced, adding each ingredient to the pot along the way.  I forgot to get beef broth, so I tossed in a packet of onion soup mix and picked a bunch of herbs I have growing on the front porch and added those too.  I love to grab palmfuls of spices and add them to a huge pot of bubbling yummy broth!  It turned out wonderful, especially with the cuban rolls I got today.

My soups never taste the same, as I never follow a recipe when it comes to filling a pot with wonderful goodness.  I love soup!  My family likes it too, as there are rarely enough leftovers to last two meals, even a pot this huge!

Chili

Homemade chili with hamburger and sweet italian sausage, light and dark chili beans, and every spice I could think of to make the most amazing chili on earth!  I also had green, red, and yellow bell pepper, onion, and all sorts of goodies.  I love to create!

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