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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Spiced Apple Muffins on: December 08, 2016 09:53:19 PM
Yay! Thank you
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / My take on Mom's meatloaf -- with personal adjustments on: December 05, 2016 08:01:15 PM
I found this recipe in a "Taste of Home" magazine.
I use it fairly often. I, of course, adjust it to my family's tastes.
The original recipe is low-fat, & low-salt, but, with my adjustments, the recipe is (prob'ly) back to original fat and sodium,

Here is the recipe from "Taste of Home" website, with my notes added

1 egg white (2 whole eggs)
1 tablespoon steak sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
5 medium fresh mushrooms, finely chopped (we're not into mushrooms, so I skip)
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs (I use Minit Rice instead)
1/3 cup finely chopped sweet onion (I chop one whole onion into it)
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 garlic cloves, minced (I use a small amount of minced jar garlic)
1 teaspoon dried sage leaves (I don't have it, so I skip)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean) (I use 2 lbs)
Barbecue sauce, optional (I mix 1/4 - 1/2 C. into the mixture)
I also add 1 Tblsp Beef Flavour boullion dust (OXO soup flavour)

Preheat oven to 350*F. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray
In a large bowl, combine the ingredients. Mix very well. Press into prepared pan.
Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 40-50 minutes or until no pink remains and a meat thermometer reads 160. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.
Yield: 4 servings.

Leftovers can be refrigerated and sliced for sandwiches, or reheated for another meal.
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Prevent worms in flour? on: November 23, 2016 04:04:22 PM
My Mum always put a Bay Leaf in hers. She said it prevented bugs.
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Spice Cake on: November 23, 2016 03:48:52 PM
You're welcome for sharing.
I hope it works great for all of you.
(It definitely has a holiday scent. -- Oh right! Down in the US it's Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving!)

Could I ask you to share pictures of yours, once made, please?
Thank you.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Spice Cake on: November 22, 2016 02:00:50 PM
I have to admit, I was a little worried about whether it would turn out or not. (Since I'd never made one before) But it did turn out fine.
My husband is happy, anyway!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Goofy Mug Shot on: November 21, 2016 09:27:12 PM
Very well done.
What was Goofy's offence? Laughing too loudly? 😄
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Spice Cake on: November 21, 2016 07:03:30 PM

I asked if he wanted another cake, or some muffins  Hubby asked for Spice cake. Carrot cake? No, Spice cake. Hmm -- I haven't a recipe for that ...
So, off to the cookbooks and recipe mags I go. Everything from "buy & make a box cake," to recipes that nearly require a pressurized kitchen.
Then, in the good ol' 5-Roses Flour cookbook I found this.
2 1/4 C. Flour
3 tsp B. Power
1 tsp. Salt
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
3/4 tsp. Ginger
3/4 tsp. Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. Allspice

2/3 C. Shortening
1 3/4 C. Sugar
3 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 1/3 C. Milk

 Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease & flour pan(s). 2 round OR square, OR 1- 9X13 Oblong.
 Sift dry ingredients together including spices .
 In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
 Alternately add the dry ingredients and milk. (3 dry ingredient & 2 Milk additions)  combine lightly after each addition.
Pour batter into prepared pan(s)
30-35 minutes for round or square
35-40 (or 45) minutes for oblong pan.
Toothpick test (insert toothpick in centre of cake. If comes out clean, cake done. If there's crumbs clinging, let it bake a couple minutes longer)
Let cool 5 minutes in pan. Slide knife around between cake & pan. Remove cake from pan. Continue cooling on rack.
Frost as desired.
(Hubby asked for Cinnamon Frosting. I added cinnamon to the softened butter, then made regular frosting recipe. Worked just fine.)

8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Pumpkin Pie (makes 2 pies) on: October 09, 2016 09:25:10 PM
You're welcome. I hope it works well for you.
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pumpkin Pie (makes 2 pies) on: October 08, 2016 08:15:39 PM
Start with Pie Crust

Mum's Never-Fail Pastry
5 1/2 C. Flour
1 1/2 tsp. Salt
3 tsp. Baking Powder
1 lb. Shortening
1 egg
1 Tblsp. Vinegar

Mix flour, salt, and baking powder well. With a pastry blender, cut in shortening until the consistency of coarse meal with a few larger pieces.
Break egg into a measuring cup and beat slightly. Add vinegar. Fill to the three-quarter cup mark with cold water, and blend together.
With a fork, gradually stir in liquid mixture into flour mixture. Add only enough liquid to make dough cling together, and clean easily from the bowl.

Makes 3 Double-crust pies.

Roll out 2 pie shells. (The rest may be either used in 2 double-crust pies, refrigerated for a week or frozen for up to 3 months. Be sure to put "date-made" on whatever label you use)

Pumpkin Pie Filling

4 Eggs
1 1/4 cup Sugar (can use 1/4 C Brown Sugar, 1 Cup white sugar)
1 X 28 oz can Pumpkin
1 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Ginger
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp. Cloves
1 tsp. Salt

3 C. Milk (Evaporated gives the  best texture, but part evaporated or all fresh milk may be used)

2 C. Whipping Cream (or 2 envelopes Whipped Topping)
2 Tblsp. Sugar
2 tsp. Vanilla

Beat eggs in a large mixing bowl until frothy. Beat in sugar. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Mix in.

Slowly mix in milk. Pour into pie shells. Bake on bottom shelf of 425F oven for 10 minutes. Turn down to 325F. Continue to bake until a knife inserted near the centre comes out clean. About one hour. Cool completely before serving.

Whip cream until stiff. Mix in sugar and vanilla. Spread over cooled pies before serving. Makes two pies.

Divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter, and what do you get?
(Answer Pumpkin Pi.)
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: (Hubby's) Jumbo Raisin Cookies on: September 03, 2016 07:58:52 PM
You're welcome, I hope they work out for you, and you enjoy them.
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