Who does not love a good old-fashioned pound cake? I love its simplicity. It doesn’t call for anything fancy. Even after it has dried out a bit put in the oven for a few minutes and you have something special to enjoy with your morning coffee. I will admit that chocolate pound cake found here is my favorite. But you can’t have chocolate every time. There’s a place for just a plain poundcake. This Cream Cheese Pound Cake can be a bit of a troublemaker for me. I never had a problem with it until I got a new mixer and a new oven. Trust me it is not the taste. I love the almond and vanilla flavors. They are truly a match made in heaven. To make sure that the crumb of the cake is just right it is a combination of the proper mixing of fat and sugar plus the correct cooking time. Well, this one turned out just about perfect.
Filed under Cake, Desserts
There are essential ingredients that should be on hand so that you can throw a great meal together without even thinking. If everyone would do this we could put the fast food industry out on its last leg. Think about it. I grew up in a small town where we did not have endless possibilities for dinner. My mother shopped once a week and we never ate out.
As parents we have got to do the right thing for our children. Do you realize that the high school students that I am teaching this year have a lower life expectancy than I did growing up? Down the road we all are going to pay for what we are doing to our children. In the classroom I see all aspects of poor eating habits plus no exercise. It is scary! Let me share with you a great article that I used in my classroom a couple of weeks ago. Share the link with all of your friends and let’s do something about the epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States. Sarah shares her tips here that we as parents can do to make our children healthier. My students found all of Sarah’s links quite interesting. I was quite surprised at their interest. Please for our children’s health take the time to read this great information and share it with parents. Let’s do our part to keep America’s children healthier.
Back to the shrimp. Here is a recipe for a great meal and I am sure that most of the ingredients will be on hand. This means that it will be on the table in the time that it take to cook the pasta. Think about it the next time you are tempted to eat take out.
Filed under pasta, quick, Shrimp
Participating in a CSA for the last three years has been a great experience for me. I have always made visits to the local farmer’s market during the summer to enjoy the wonderful heirloom tomatoes or some fresh butter peas. I have also frozen my share of fresh corn and white acre peas to savor in the winter. But traveling to the farmer’s market now entails an hour or more depending on traffic just to get there. Continue reading
I have to be honest with you when I read about this black bean soup here I was skeptical about the preparation of the dried beans. In every textbook and cookbook that I have read dried beans are always soaked before cooking. And I must admit that I have had my share of trouble preparing dried kidney beans to the point that I will not prepare them in a slow cooker. After some research I have found that dried kidney beans react with acid in tomatoes and will not soften even after cooking for days. However this apparently does not apply to other beans.