I hadn’t made this favorite of my children in several years, but since there was an opened package of beef hot dogs which needed using, i decided on a trial to see if they would be acceptable substitute for sausages. It worked out great and was a hit with my 93 year old father-in-law and husband’s 100 year old aunt this past Sunday lunch.
1 lb beef or lamb sausage links (or beef hot dogs)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
Drizzle olive oil in an 11 x 7 x 1 1/2 inch baking dish and place sausages/hot dogs in baking dish and bake at 400ºF for 10 minutes. Whilst those are baking, mix the remaining ingredients until smooth. Remove baking dish from oven and pour batter over links/dogs. Pop dish back into the 400ºF oven uncovered for about 30 minutes until golden. Cut into squares.
Nearly every birthday my children had, especially as they grew older, they would request that their Great Aunt June Lamme would make them a chocolate Texas Sheet Cake. Yummy! I made it for the boys’ October birthdays this year (2019) for a small gathering at our traditional weiner roast birthday celebration.
Grandma’s Texas Sheet Cake
2 sticks (1 cup) butter
1 cup water
1/4 cup cocoa
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (bicarb of soda)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk*
1 teaspoon vanilla
Bring to boil: butter, water, and cocoa. Sift flour, sugar, soda, salt into a mixing bowl. Pour in boiled mixture and mix. Then add eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. Pour batter into a buttered 15″ x 12″ pan. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 18-20 minutes.
*i rarely have buttermilk on hand, add 1 teaspoon lemon juice to 1/2 cup milk and stir – wait 10 minutes and voila! buttermilk. OR i mix 1 tablespoon dried powdered buttermilk to 1/2 cup water.
1 1/2 cup sugar
6 tablespoons milk
6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips (or 3 tablespoons cocoa)
Boil together all ingredients until soft boil stage, beat until cool. Frost cake.
Now, this recipe assumes you’ve cooked a bit, so be sure and stir often ingredients on the stove and don’t use high heat. Also, you may need to let the icing or the cake cool a bit before spreading the frosting or it could melt and slide off.
I rarely make or using icing anymore – we simply don’t need the extra calories and this cake is rich enough to go without. Dust a bit of powdered sugar on top and/or serve with ice cream or any favorite topping.
So excited to dig in the tubs and find some sweet potatoes! Granted, probably not enough to justify the purchase of slips and certainly doesn’t include my labor, but i still had a harvest and that’s no small thrill for me!
Sweet Potato & Apple Marshmallow Casserole
2 large sweet potatoes peeled and sliced ¼ inch thick*
3 large apples peeled, cored, and sliced ¼ inch thick*
1 cup marshmallows
½ cup butter
1 tablespoon cornstarch**
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon salt
Assemble the casserole by layering half the potatoes and half the apples, then dot with half the butter and marshmallows. Sprinkle half the mix, then do the layering process again.
Cover with foil and bake in a 375°F oven for 35 minutes.
*substituting pears and winter squash works great
** or tapioca (cassava) starch
From the kitchen of sister-in-law, Shawna Penn and is a staple for the Penn Family Thanksgivings.
Time for me to get crackin’ taking meals to Refuge Ministries in Mexico, MO again. So good to see everyone last night. Find them on Facebook.
When i prepare chili, i like to fix a full pot for sharing and freezing.
8 lbs ground beef
9 cups dry beans soaked overnight, then simmered in plenty of water for 5-6 hours (i used pinto, black, and white beans because that is what i have on hand)
6 medium onions finely chopped (i chop them in quarters, then whir them in a food processor – don’t over process) OR 1 2/3 cups dried minced onion flakes
12 – 15 oz cans of tomato sauce or a combination with diced tomatoes (remember, if you use your own tomatoes, you may need added salt)
6 tablespoons chili powder*
8 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
8 teaspoons ground cumin
4 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons dried minced garlic ( at least one large fresh garlic bulb if you prefer)
Make sure your beans are cooked and well softened, but not mushy. Cook the ground beef and crumble into smaller pieces. If needed pour off extra fatty liquid (i feed that to the chickens over rice – they love it!)
Place all these ingredients in an 18 quart roaster, stir gently, and heat through, then simmer for a couple hours – longer if you have time – stirring occasionally.
*optional – i don’t put in any chili powder because my husband is allergic
Persimmon trees here in north Missouri are not loaded with fruit by any means, but the soft native fruits are falling and we are gathering them just as quickly due to their delicate nature. Many people have never eaten persimmon fruit and i think i know why. It’s a lot of work – not hard, just time-consuming – to process them.
The golf ball sized soft fruits contain 4-7 seeds, which comprises half the weight and volume of the fruit. Add in that the seeds are slimy and difficult to remove and the effort hardly seems worth it. But their taste is so smooth and naturally sweet that they don’t need making them into sauce or jam – the spread is just that tasty. No sugar added.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 8 ½” diameter by 2” deep cake pans with butter. Use a food mill, sieve, cone strainer, or by hand remove the seeds from the persimmons and puree the pulp; it will reduce them from 3 cups to 2 cups. Combine the puree with the buttermilk. Beat the remaining butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment until fluffy. Add the eggs one by one. By hand, in a large mixing bowl, stir the persimmons into the butter.
Sift all the dry ingredients together and fold them into the persimmon mixture. Pour the batter into the baking pans and place the pans in a larger pan filled halfway up with warm water. Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour or until the pudding is firm at the center, has pulled away from the sides of its pan, and a paring knife inserted into the center of the pudding comes out clean.
Serve hot with fresh whipped cream. This keeps well in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days and reheats beautifully in the oven.
An excellent non meat recipe. But meat can easily be layered on and consider other vegetables. Pictured here, I used sliced zucchini from my garden and added ground chicken breast from pastured poultry raised by my friends at Pigeon Creek Farm.
Cheese and Rice Casserole (Riso e Formaggio)
2 cups water
1 cup uncooked regular rice (or barley or couscous or any combination thereof)
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon red pepper sauce (optional
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 medium onion (I used green onions)
1 medium green pepper, chopped (optional)
2 cups shredded mozzarella or Cheddar cheese (8 ounces)
4 eggs, slightly beaten
2 ½ cups milk
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Heat water, rice, salt, mustard, red pepper sauce, and pepper to boiling, stirring once or twice; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. (Do not lift cover or stir.) Remove from heat. Fluff rice lightly with fork; cover and let steam 5 to 10 minutes.
Layer half the rice mixture in bottom of greased 11 x 7 x 1 ½ inch baking dish. Top with 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (and 1 cup vegetable if desired); repeat. Whisk together 4 eggs and 2 ½ cups of milk then pour over rice mixture. Sprinkle with ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese. (Casserole can be covered and refrigerated up to 24 hours at this point.) Cook uncovered in 350°F oven until set; 45 to 50 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut into squares.