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Comfort Food….Ahhh the Memories!

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 |

Everyone has their memories of that one dinner Mom made like no one else…that one meal that she always seemed to make when you were having a bad day, or you just needed that extra hug.  My mom was no exception and to this day if I’m having a bad day, I’ll find myself in the kitchen making this meal.  Trivial in its approach, but filling…if someone were to offer me this I would smile and heartily accept the invitation to dinner!  What is this nirvana of which I speak?  What could possibly bring me out of one of those days?  Simply put…Macaroni and Cheese, served with breakfast sausage, stewed tomatoes (gasp! from a can none the less!) and corn fritters!  Heaven on a plate!  I don’t know why…lol…but I do know that no matter how old I was if I was having a bad day, and I was sitting down to my parents table…dinner always consisted of this simple meal.  It made me believe that my mother was psychic…while she would just laugh and assure me she just had a urge for this for dinner.  I’m sure my siblings each had their own favourite she served…but for me…this bring back great memories, and that feeling of being wrapped in a hug!

The kids know …”oh, mom had one of those days…” when they come in from school and the house smells of baked cheese, mingled in with the smell of grease and cooked pork.  They smile and begin to set the table knowing tonight will erupt in laughter and as we sit together and ask that beloved question ” What did we learn today?”…we all inhale and take in the fragrant aroma of nothing other than pasta smothered in a blend of medium cheddar and my favourite asiago!  Plated along side perfectly browned sausages, seasoned tomatoes and the beloved corn fritters…someone always grabs the maple syrup and we dig in, sharing our tales of the day and memories of yesterday that make us laugh…always improving my mood for sure!

My mom isn’t here anymore to make this glorious dish which some may scoff at…it certainly is not on any weight watching list of approved foods…but sometimes we all need to indulge and treat ourselves.  So if you’re feeling like you too could use a hug…try this…it my become something you look forward to sharing with your family one day!

Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

4 c.   Macaroni

3 c.   Shredded Cheese

1 ts.   Butter

Preparation:

Boil as much macaroni as will fill your dish, until quite tender. Drain and sprinkle a little salt over it. Put a layer of macaroni in your baking dish, layer with soem cheese, and on that a few bits of butter, then macaroni, cheese, and butter, until the dish is full, on the top a thin layer of cheese
Bake in a 400° oven for 20 to 30 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (approximately 16 ounces) cream -style corn
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup corn oil
  • powdered sugar

Preparation:

Sift together dry ingredients. Mix together the cream-style corn and egg. Add dry ingredients, stirring slowly until blended. Heat oil in large, deep, heavy skillet over medium heat. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls into hot oil. Do not crowd. Fry about 2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper; dust with powdered sugar if desired.
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Strawberries are popping up everywhere!

Posted by on May 25, 2012 | 2 comments

The promise of summer in our house brings joy to everyone, with its promise of sunshine, laughter, lemonade, barbecues and long days spent outdoors with family and friends alike.  In our house as I’m sure in many…it also brings forth an abundance of strawberries!  Even my one daughter who is allergic to them, will insure her intake of benadryl so she can imbibe in her favourite fruit!  It is a love affair that unlike any other is only fullfilled when the basket of berries is gone, and the last berry has been taken by the quickest draw…I laugh as some days the granddaughter darts in and grabs her reward, proceeding to taunt the Aunts with her beloved treasure, squealing in delight as the chase her around the room, knowing she will have devoured her joy before they can grab her.  The fun is in the chase…

In my home, cupcakes are the answer to every life woe, birthdays, celebrations, just because…and I can ensure their pleasure is enjoyed a little bit longer with a simple recipe.  Decorated with a Strawberry buttercream, and a center of real whip cream…everyone enjoys the first bite into the promise of something fresh and tasty.  

 

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Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes

Yellow Cupcakes:

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs at room temperature

1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup milk at room temperature (I used skim)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners or grease the cups with butter or non-stick cooking spray; set aside

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt; set aside

In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the sugar, eggs and vanilla on high speed for about 3 minutes or until mixture is well combined and thick

Add butter and oil and beat on high until well combined; scrape sides of the bowl with a spatula and mix for another minute

Reduce the speed to low and add 1/3 of the dry ingredients and then 1/2 milk; add another 1/3 of dry ingredients and remaining milk; add remaining dry ingredients and remove from mixer immediately

Use a spatula to incorporate any dry ingredients that have are not fully combined; distribute batter evenly among cupcake cups with a ladle or ice cream scoop

Bake in center of oven for 13-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

Allow cupcakes to cool for several minutes and then remove from tin and place on cooling rack; set aside and prepare buttercream

Strawberry Buttercream:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature

1/2 cup strawberry jelly

1 cup powdered sugar

Beat butter in the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment on high speed for several minutes until butter is light and creamy

Add jelly and beat on high speed for one minute; scrape the sides of the bowl and beat for an additional minute

Add powdered sugar and mix on low speed until combined; increase speed of mixer to high and beat until frosting is light and fluffy

Fill your piping bag with whip cream and insert into cupcake, so that you can fill with whip cream, place a half strawberry and then pipe or spread your buttercream onto the cooled cupcakes as desired.  Bite and enjoy!  Summer is here!

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