Monday, March 28, 2016


2 cups canned chickpeas, drained but save the liquid
1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste)
6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
2 tablespoons water or liquid from the chickpeas
8 dashes Tabasco sauce

Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until the hummus is coarsely pureed. Taste for seasoning and serve chilled or at room temperature. Makes 2 cups.

Tomato Gravy

1/3 cup onion chopped
3 Tablespoons bacon grease or oil
2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
2 cups canned tomatoes
salt and pepper
1 ½ cup water. (optional)

Sauté onion in bacon grease. Add flour and brown slightly. Add tomatoes and stir until it gets thick. Add salt and pepper. Water may be added as needed. Great with biscuits and on pork.

Angie’s Basil Pesto

2 c fresh basil leaves
½ c parsley leaves
½ c olive oil
3 T pine nuts
2 garlic cloves
¾ c fresh Parmesan cheese
2 T softened butter
Salt to taste

Puree the basil, parsley, olive oil, nuts and garlic in blender or good processor. (At this point, the mixture may be frozen for future use.) To finish thaw in refrigerator and add cheese and butter, stirring in by hand (not in a food processor or blender). Good on pasta or cream cheese.

Fred’s Dill Sauce

1 c mayonnaise (or ½ c mayo, ½ c sour
¼ t dill week
¼ t celery salt
½ c scallions
½ c chopped dill pickles
1 T Worcestershire
3 T lemon juice
Tabasco to taste

Mix all ingredients and serve with fish, especially salmon!!

Pop-Pop’s Lamb Sauce

An Easter staple at our house.  Lamb is always on the table and its best with this sauce.
Lamb Sauce
1/3 c Worcestershire
2/3 c Ketchup
1/3 c water
Juice of ½ lemon
Dash of salt
1 t sugar

(4-5 pounds). Wash Lamb. Add 1 pint water in bottom of pan. Cook 40 minutes in a 500 degree oven. Brown before adding sauce. In low oven, bask every 15 minutes. Might have to add more water. Cook for 3 hours. Can be doubled.

Friday, June 5, 2015

MeMa's Fudge Cake

2 cups sugar ~  )
2 cups flour ~ ).       Sift together

Put in Boiler ~
      1 stick Butter
       1 Cup Water
       3 Tablespoons Coco
       1/2 cup oil ~ Crisco
Bring to A Boil ~ Pour over flour sugar mixture
Add to this ~
        1/2 cup Buttermilk
        1 teaspoon baking soda
        2 eggs ~ Don't beat ~ just drop in
        1/8 teaspoon salt
        1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix together with a mixer
Put in a 9x13 pan greased with Crisco
Bake ~ 350  ~~ 25-35 minutes

In A Boiler put

3Tablespoons Coco
1 stick Butter
6 Tablespoons Regular Milk

Take off heat ~ Add
    1 Box Convection Sugar
    1 Teaspoon Vanilla
    1 cup chopped Pecans
Mix together ~ Pour over Hot Cake

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Flourless Chocolate Cake

BĂȘte Noire (or the smaller “Heart of Darkness” Chocolate Cakes)
(from Lora Brody’s Growing Up on the Chocolate Diet)
Preparation: 15 minutes
Baking time: 30 minutes (approx. 20 min for the smaller cakes)
Serves: 12 (or 16 heart-shaped cakes. You can purchase the molds here)

8 ounces unsweetened chocolate, broken in small pieces
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, broken in small pieces
1 1/3 cups superfine sugar
1/2 cup water
2 sticks (8 ounces) sweet (unsalted) butter, at room temperature, cut into 10 chunks
5 extra large eggs, at room temperature
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees with the rack in the center position.  Lightly grease a 9″ layer cake pan and then line the bottom with a 9″ circle of parchment.  Lightly grease the parchment.  Set the cake pan in a jelly roll pan or roasting pan.
By hand: 
Combine one cup of the sugar and the water in a medium sized saucepan and, stirring occasionally, cook over moderate heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a vigorous boil.  Turn off the heat and immediately add the chocolate to  the boiling syrup and stir until it is completely dissolved. 
Stir in the butter, one chunk at a time, stirring until each chunk is incorporated before adding the next.
Beat the eggs together with the remaining 1/3 cup of sugar until they are foamy and slightly thickened and then whisk them into the chocolate beating well to incorporate all the ingredients.
Pour and scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and level the batter with a rubber scraper.
Place the chocolate in the work bowl of a food processor.  Crack the eggs into a spouted cup.  Combine the 1 1/3 cups sugar and the water in a saucepan and stirring occasionally, cook over moderate heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a vigorous boil.  Pour the boiling syrup over the chocolate, cover the processor with the feed tube in place and process for about 12 seconds or until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture smooth.  With the machine on add the butter a chunk at a time, then add the eggs.  Process for an additional 15 seconds.
Pour and scrape the batter into the prepared pan, leveling the top with a rubber scraper.

To Bake:
Place the cake pan and jelly roll (or roasting pan) in the oven and pour hot water to the depth of about one inch into the larger pan.
Bake the cake for exactly thirty minutes (about 20 minutes for the Heart of Darkness cakes).  The top will have a thin dry crust on top, but the inside will be very moist.  Carefully remove the cake pan from the oven (leave the water bath until it cools). 
Cover the top of the cake with a piece of plastic wrap.  Invert the cake onto a flat plate or cookie sheet.  Peel off the parchment.  Cover with a light, flat plate and immediately invert again. 
Serves 12.

Cherry Sauce
1 cup fresh cherries, stemmed and pitted
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tbsp bourbon
Place water and cherries in a pot and set heat to medium.  Let this come to a boil and then add the sugar.  Raise temperature to high and cook for three minutes, constantly stirring as to make sure it does not burn.  Lower heat to a simmer and let cook for eight minutes, stirring frequently.  Add vanilla and bourbon, stir and cook for one minute.  Add more sugar if needed.  Otherwise, turn off heat and let the sauce cool (it will also thicken a bit more at this point).