Coconut Cake with Caramel Rum Sauce

coconut cake with caramel rum sauce

How about this for Valentine’s Day! A single layer cake rich with sour cream and cream of coconut. A classy dessert for Mother’s Birthday too … coconut being a favorite! This rich little cake with decadent caramel rum sauce serves 10. You’ll be prepared when your Valentine asks for seconds.

Another recipe with no record of its origin. Yep, right out of Mother’s recipes. Delicious! Enjoy! And Happy Valentine’s Day!

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JalapeÑo Popper DipJalapeño Poppers Dip

Great Game Day Dip! Super fast to put together. Make it spreadable for crackers or add a little mayonnaise or sour cream for a creamier textured dip. If you’re in charge of Super Bowl Sunday snacks you’ll appreciate the simplicity. And believe me it will go fast. Just the right amount of heat … a happy medium for everyone. Slice and serve extra jalapeño on-the-side for those who must have hot.

 

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Valentine’s Desserts

Valentine's DessertsComing up … Have I a new delicious dessert for you. Soon! Get your 9″ springform pan ready. Here are a few of my favs for Valentine’s. Some are time intensive and others, not so much. All perfectly delicious. Enjoy!

Tiramisu    Red Wine Dessert Sauce    Chocolate Pie    Oatmeal Raspberry

Bread with Heart            Decorated Hearts            Italian Cream Cake

Butterscotch Pie                                                      Blondies

German Chocolate      Fudge Sauce      Brownies      Chocolate Eclairs


Valentine’s

Valentine'sYep, I definitely have a prejudice about Valentine’s … Must haves: My Guy’s Favorites, Hors d’oeuvres & Wine, Chocolate, Rich Desserts, & Roses. Oops, forgot Jewelry. I have four children and we do our Valentine’s Day cards and cookies but the night is mine. And hopefully it isn’t alone … a great Italian movie, in a pinch.

Italian Cuisine is most often my choice but I’ve made roasted turkey, brisket, prime rib, broiled chicken, or just had wine with hors d’oeuvres depending on the guy. lol It’s just fun to cook up something he likes.

Some great food ideas for Valentine’s. More … Decadent Valentine’s Desserts next Post.

Wine & Cheese

Bruschetta

Salmon with Pasta

Italian Pantry Pasta

Crostini

Blue Cheese Filet

Stuffed Mushrooms

Scallops

Braciole

Ribs and Garlic Mash

German Chocolate

Chicken Involtini


Oatmeal Raisin Bars

Triple Good Bars

Oatmeal Raisin Bars

When the sun’s out everything gets done. At least for me! I’ve been wanting to plant geraniums in my kitchen window box and bake these Triple Good Bars, an old Quaker Oats recipe. Today was the day! I wasn’t sure about this old recipe from my mother’s recipe box. Sweetened condensed milk and raisins, hmm? (Sweetened condensed milk is often used in dessert recipes.) I admit when cooking with this stovetop the smell is sometimes more than strong. But I have used this product many times with wonderful results. It more than works here too! You may already know sweetened condensed milk is evaporated milk sweetened with sugar. You can make your own if you choose but I appreciate the fine product Borden’s puts out.

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Chicken Chile Enchiladas

Quick Fix

Chicken Chile EnchiladasRich creamy filling and sauce stirred up in minutes without cooking. Fill the tortillas, spread with sauce and bake for 40 minutes at 325 degrees F. Ready to eat! Yes, we do those homemade sauces too but this is for that quick meal. It’s so good you may replace your simmered sauce recipe with this one permanently.

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Game Day Drumsticks

Game Day Drumsticks

Don’t know about your guys but mine pull out all the stops for the Super Bowl. It’s one day we don’t worry about overindulgence. Yep, we pay for it the next day! Steve with his massive rock hard biceps looks pretty cute eating chicken wings. Don’t tell him I said that. Can you imagine the guys eating a few and being satiated! Me either. So, I just changed the chicken wings to drumsticks. You can still serve that special dip right along side.

This drumstick recipe is very simple and we call it Estrada’s Kitchen Chicken, our family’s favorite restaurant in the day. Their chicken was always praised and you’ll be surprised that the ingredients are nothing special. It’s in the cooking. If you feel it’s too plain for you just substitute a little, or a lot, of dry Hidden Valley dip ingredients to the flour. Just know you will need to step back on the salt (or that beer is going to go faster than you thought).

Enjoy!

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Faux Hamburger Helper

Updated with a Little Kick

Homemade Hamburger Helper

One of my kids’ favorites back in the day! Mildly spiced and a little kick bring this favorite up to date. Nope we never bought Hamburger Helper. (The convenience of a box mix rarely crossed my mind. It seemed extravagant. Ha!)

My recipe was made from just looking at the box and guessing the taste. So, if this isn’t close don’t be surprised. Just know this is a tasty quick meal kids like.

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Breakfast or Dinner

Breakfast goes DinnerSome of my favorite breakfast meals can easily go dinner. Give them a try!

Breakfast Burrito

Portuguese Hash

Sour Cream Pancakes with Blueberries

Sausage Peppers & Onions

Eggs Potatoes & Spinach

Potato Stuffed Bells

Italian Scramble

Migas

Steve’s Scramble

Bacon Pecan Maple Buttermilk Waffles