Pound Cake

Pound Cake

 

 

 

 

Pound Cake is so versatile. It’s a year around treat but in our family berry season is the most popular. It easily becomes a strawberry shortcake, or we slather it with whipped cream and an assortment of unsweetened berries. Then there’s George who really prefers no topping. That speaks volumes about this recipe.

 

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Perfect Tasting Juicy Pork Chops

Perfect Tasting Juicy Pork Chops

Pork Chops can be dry. It’s just a known. And actually after eating them that way as a child for years I don’t mind the dryness. Yikes!! But let’s face it, it’s less than ideal. This recipe is so absolutely delicious but if the pork chops are overcooked … Well, you might feel the whole recipe is a flop. Here are some pointers to help maintain the moistness of your Pork Chops. Or try this brine method boasted about on The Kitchn. Haven’t tried it but bet is works.

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Italian Salad in a Jar

Italian Salad in a Jar

 

 

Who’s more into salads than I am? Maybe my daughter. The perfect picnic food for us. The idea of the jar salad is not original but it is absolutely perfect. It’s fun and practical for the summertime gathering. Adding a choice of salads is necessary for our clan. Here are two other jar salad recipes to try: Bean Salad & Layered Salad Colorful delicious salads! Enjoy!

 

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Apple Muffins

Apple Muffins

The house smells of apple muffins, and I remember what my daughter says at a time like this. Mom, this is so cozy. Especially cozy with Grandmother Rose’s vintage crystal, and Mother’s muffin recipe baking up. Things were a lot simpler in the 50′s … for our family anyway … Foods and recipes too. If you’re looking for a muffin with complex flavors and textures this is not the recipe. A simple taste with just a bit of cinnamon and apple tartness sums it up.

Lost in the Fifties Tonight.

 

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Easy Banana Muffins

With Crumb Topping

Banana Muffins with Crumb Topping

He’s a muffin connoisseur. Only three but his muffin must be fresh, moist, and delicious, of course. This recipe is a one bowl mix you can whip up in minutes by hand. Add the topping or not. Hope you enjoy these too!

Here’s my daughter’s guy enjoying my homemade Fudge Pops awhile back. Don’t tell his mom!

Fudge Pops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sweet and Sour Carrots

Sweet and Sour Carrots

 

Reminiscent of Mama Tosca’s! It was a sad day when I found myself moving to Bakersfield, California … following my husband’s job.  I was leaving my hometown, the only place I knew, and moving to what was often a joke in the latest Hollywood film. Half the family decided to stay behind and we never quite recovered. I’d been used to 105 temperatures of the summer, one of the biggest complaints about Bakersfield. So, I was already ahead. We settled in quickly and other than the reputation I wasn’t quite sure what was negative. As my husband used to say, You always try to make it a good thing. How was I going to do that this time. Well, remember my love is food and food is love!  I was going to find the best food in Bakersfield! Right out my backdoor was a brand new restaurant, Mama Tosca’s Ristorante Italiano. Nothing like pasta to make a place homey and comfortable. It became our very favorite. Now, I’m back in my hometown after almost 30 years and I never quite understood what was supposed to be negative there. I found many more wonderfully delicious places to eat. Basque Food, oh my, no place better! And one of the local hangouts, Luigi’s since 1910 … Meet the Who’s Who and there are some! Luigi’s could always bring a smile … always packed with people sitting tightly together … and the food! So, if you find yourself traveling through Bakersfield you’ve got to stop at one of these places. Yep! They’re still in business.

One of the dishes brought to your table at Mama Tosca’s when you first arrived was marinated carrots. After years of business it is no longer part of their menu. It was my three year old daughter’s favorite at this restaurant. I’ve been trying to duplicate it for years but because of my fading memory (or my palate’s) I can’t quite get it. Oh, btw it was never sprinkled with parsley (nor bell pepper added) as it is here. My children didn’t like “the green stuff.” This recipe is again one of my mother’s but it doesn’t approach the taste of Mama Tosca’s. It’s good, just different. Surprisingly, the recipe most like Mama’s is my French Dressing, here. Yes, it absolutely works Missy. Just for fun check out my daughter, here. She’s definitely grown up.

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French Dressing

French Dressing

 

 

This recipe is simple enough but why would you use this recipe, say, opposed to this French Dressing. Well, it’s a little heavier in taste. And because of the addition of a secret ingredient this recipe makes a gob. Not a recipe you’ll find in the latest gourmet magazines. First, it’s decades old and secondly it has an ingredient the gourmet might be embarrassed to use. Try this though … at least once … you’ll be sold!

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White Chocolate Chip Cookies

My Mother’s Day Dessert

White Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cranberries

My Mother was never big on sweets, or so she would say. But she was always good for a cookie, the moist and chewy variety. My Daughter is pretty much the same, good for a cookie but it better be a pretty darn good one.

 

 

These cookies fit the bill for my two favorite Moms.
My Daughter with My Mother 5 years ago.

If you haven’t visited my Daughter’s Inspirational Style Blog catch it here. Beautifully done, Miss.

This recipe, too, is one of my Mother’s … saved from the back of a Mariani Cranberries bag December 2002. I made one significant change, no melted butter. Instead I leave the butter out at room temperature until it almost loses its shape.

One delicious cookie recipe!

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