Moving. Kind of.

I’m moving the bulk of my cooking posts to our new farm blog. Since cooking is such an integral part of the homesteading experience, I want to include my cooking posts with all our other homesteading information. This blog will remain open for any fancy projects that may not fit in with homesteading.


Family Dinner May 2009: Taste of Summertime Pound Cake

Taste of Summertime Pound Cake

summertimepoundcake Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1/4 teaspoon salt
Zest of 1 orange
5 large eggs
3 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup Jarritos pineapple soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon orange extract

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12-cup tube pan. Combine flour, salt and orange zest in a bowl. With a mixer, cream butter and sugar at high speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Reduce speed to low; add dry ingredients and soda, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Add the vanilla and orange extracts and mix until just combine. Spoon evenly into prepared pan and bake 1 1/2 hours or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Invert onto wire rack, remove pan and cool completely.

mugcakeI tried the five-minute chocolate mug cake for the first time today. It was really yummy and made a large mug full of cake. I followed the recipe verbatim except I was concerned with the lack of leavening. I added about 1/2 tsp. of baking powder with the dry ingredients.

Family Dinner April 2009: Quiche Lorraine

quichelorraineSince we are getting a lot of eggs from our chickens, now, we thought we’d make something to take to this month’s family pot luck dinner that would use a lot of eggs.

So, here is my take on…



Quiche Lorraine

makes 2 9-inch pies

2 9-inch deep dish pie crusts
8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 green onions, chopped
12 eggs
3 cups milk
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 cups emmental cheese, shredded (you could also use gruyere or swiss)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Divide the bacon crumbles and the green onion pieces between the two pie crusts. In a bowl, beat the eggs, milk, salt, pepper and nutmeg together. Spoon this mixture over the bacon and onions in your two pie crusts. Top with the shredded cheese. Bake 45-50 minutes or until the egg mixture is set in the middle.

5-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

My sister-in-law shared this on Facebook. I’m saving it here for my own personal reasons…

4 tablespoons cake flour 
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla
1 coffee mug
Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well. Add the egg and mix well. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla and mix again. 

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed!

Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

Family Dinner February 2009: Sweet Potato Cobbler

PhotobucketEvery month, my family has a pot luck dinner.  February’s dinner was held this past Friday and I tried a new recipe on my family: Sweet Potato Cobbler. No one in my family had heard of it before but we enjoyed it.

I used canned sweet potatoes for this because that is what I had on hand. I chopped them up and used the liquid from the can to replace the water and sugar in the recipe above (I still put sugar in the cobbler batter). My great aunt suggested that next time I mash the potatoes instead of leaving them sliced and I think I agree with her.

Valentine’s Day Menu 2009


Apéritif: Kir


Starter: Spicy Cheese Rounds with cream cheese


Soup: Shrimp Bisque


Citrus Sorbet


Entree: Chicken Gruyere with Sauteed Mushrooms and Steamed Green Beans


Salad: Cucumber Dill Salad


Cheese & Fruit: Watermelon, Red Grapes, Emmental and Provolone


Dessert: Chocolate Mousse garnished with sliced almonds