Add the butter and flour to a small sauce pot. Heat and whisk the butter and flour together until they become bubbly and foamy. Continue to cook and whisk the bubbly mixture for about 60 seconds.
Whisk the milk into the flour and butter mixture. Turn the heat up slightly and allow the milk to come to a simmer whilst whisking. When it reaches a simmer, the mixture will thicken. Once it’s thick enough to coat a spoon, turn off the heat.
Stir in the shredded cheddar, one handful at a time, until melted into the sauce. If needed, lace the pan over a low flame to help the cheese melt. Do not overheat the cheese sauce.
Once all the cheese is melted into the sauce, stir in the salt and chili powder. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. If the sauce becomes too thick, simply whisk in an additional splash of milk.
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.
In a large bowl, whisk together all of the pancake mix ingredients. Store in an airtight container for up to several months.
TO MAKE PANCAKES:
Combine 1 1/3 cup of the pancake mix with the water, egg, butter or oil, and vanilla (if using).
Drop by 1/4 cup-full into a greased hot skillet set over medium heat. Cook until edges appear dry and bubbles appear on the surface, about 2 minute. Flip and cook another 1-2 minutes on the other side.
Serve immediately as desired, or keep warm in a 200 degree oven until ready to serve.
baking tip:PANCAKE MAKING TIPS
Starting with room temperature liquid and eggs will prevent the melted butter from solidifying into tiny droplets when you add it to the wet ingredients, OR you can stir in the melted butter at the very end after you’ve combined the wet and dry ingredients.
Whisk the wet and dry ingredients only until just combined, do not over mix the batter. It’s okay if it’s a little lumpy. This will produce a more tender pancake.
I prefer to use a cast iron skillet or griddle for pancakes, as it creates a great golden exterior.
To keep pancakes warm and crisp until you’re ready to serve, place them in a single layer on a sheet pan in a 200 degree oven.
Pancakes freeze really well! Place a sheet of parchment paper or wax paper in between each pancake inside a ziplock bag or plastic container. Store for up to 1 month. Reheat in the toaster.