Monthly Archives: December 2010

German Chocolate Cake

This is one of my favorite cakes to make during the holidays.  It brings with it lots of memories.     My dad loved it.  Now I ‘m not one of those sweet lovers, even though I do love to bake.  But, I have been known to cut myself a huge piece of this German Chocolate Cake and love every moment of indulgence. There is nothing like it.  The coconut pecan frosting and filling is heavenly by itself, but with the sweet German chocolate layers it is completely sinful!   Putting this recipe together takes a  little more time especially when the baker (being me)  seizes the chocolate and then has to make a run to the grocery, which is a fifteen minute trek one way. 

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Spaghetti Squash Gratin with Walnuts and Bacon

This gourd of a vegetable is all new to me.  I had never tasted it nor cooked it until it arrived in my CSA box right before Thanksgiving.  I had no idea what to do with it.  Luck would have it that one of my favorite blogs Clotilde’s Chocolate and Zucchini  just happened to post this Spaghetti Squash Gratin that same week.  It looked delicious so I just had to try it.    I am so glad that I did because it is fantastic and super easy!  In fact the hardest part is cutting the squash in half!

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Okay, don’t judge me on this.  I am not a fan of sweet potato casserole or souffle.  I am a lover of just plain sweet potatoes with butter and salt.  I just don’t like side dishes on the sweet side.  Sweet to me belongs in the dessert category.  You ask why did I make this sweet potato casserole?  Well, when bringing a dish for a get together and you ask, “What can I bring?”   Sweet Potato casserole was the answer. So I am making sweet potato casserole. 

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A Tribute to the Best Classes and Mexican Stuffed Shells

This is my 25th year at AHS.  I have taught in the same room and have taught an array of classes  from Clothing and Textiles, Interior Decorating, Technology in the Home, Child Development, Teaching as a Profession and Foods.  I’ve loved each and every one of them.  Yes, there have been students that stood out in each of these classes.  Many of them I stay in contact with today, but I’ve never had two classes as I have had this semester.  Don’t get me wrong  the semester hasn’t been a piece of cake.  I have worked myself to death.  We made 32 different dishes.  Half of these we had labs.  So that means that I have spent many hours making grocery lists, shopping, putting groceries up, cooking, cleaning, setting up labs, evaluating work and doing laundry! But, the students have been a different group.

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Angel Hair Pasta with Spinach, Shrimp, Tomatoes and Basil

I love this dish!  Oh My!  It has a lot of flavor.  It is very quick to make!  What else do you want?  Someone to make it for you?   This recipe is a cinch .  You will be in and out of the kitchen in no time.  The compliments will come flying your way and you will be wondering what happened.  It is just so easy to make this dish and it is amazing that it just has flavors that you would not imagine.  I was totally shocked.

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Egg and Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Recipes that are made ahead of time are some of the best to have in your back pocket.  Just pull them out when you’re having company or heck  just used them to treat yourself.  I hate to be rushed and anything that can be done the day before makes life easier.  I have been using this recipe for years.  It is our traditional Christmas morning special.  Many breakfast casseroles call for as many as a dozen eggs and this one only uses four eggs.  That’s really reducing the amount of cholesterol which is a good thing.

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