Saturday, April 18, 2015

Remember this one? 7 up Cake

Sweet and buttery this cake is great to eat alone or with your favorite topping..Coffee, tea and a piece of this cake that melts in your mouth is a great cake you can freeze as well..I cut it into slices and pull a few out when I need a quick sweet tooth fix..  I topped the cake with some Orange Frosting...

 Happy Baking!!!!

3 sticks butter or margarine(softened)
3 cups sugar ( I cut down to 2 cups sugar and it was fine)
Beat above for at least 5 minutes or more
Add 5 eggs one at a time beating until all is blended and smooth.
Add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract ( you could use orange or lemon as well)  adding a little rind too!
3 cups flour
3/4 cup-7 up, sprite or gingerale

After beating the above well..Pour into Well greased and floured Bundt pan.. Bake 325 degrees for 1 hour or longer until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean..Sprinkle with powdered desired.. Enjoy

2 cups confectionery sugar
1 tablespoons butter(softened)
2 drops red food coloring
2 drops yellow food coloring
1/2 tsp. orange extract
1/4 cup milk

Beat until smooth..Spread on top of prepared cake.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Nana's Homemade Chicken Ravioli: My first 50

Nana never made meat ravioli and as I'm thinking back to how Nana prepared meals, I'm thinking chicken and potatoes were used a lot in meal preparation.  I lot of meatless meals...

Mom used to tell me they ate a lot of potatoes.. She came from a family of seven and I think potatoes were also reasonable in price so beef was a rarity and maybe that's a good thing.. Nana lived to 93 and Mom's oldest sister is 100 , mom is 91and her other sister is 89. Her remaining youngest brother is 84.

I just better get to my recipe and stop with the chat..

Look at how much filling I still have..I will be making a few more of these..

Here it is:

1 1/2 lb. cooked chicken( I used chicken breasts)  I boiled them with a bit of salt and let them cool
1/2 cup seasoned or unseasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated cheese (of course I use Pecorino Romano)
1/4 cup chopped spinach cooked
1 egg beaten
1 tablespoon water if needed to hold together

chicken and spinach filling

Chicken and spinach in my processor

When chicken has cooled process chicken and spinach until desired consistency..Add egg , cheese and breadcrumbs and bit of water if needed.  Refrigerate until ready to use.  Walla!!!  Now to get on to making them.. I was going to wait until tomorrow to start but here is the first 50..  Check out the pictures it looks like I'll be making some more later..

Happy Cooking!!!!!

My macaroni machine..I'm back in business!

I use a pizza cutter to section pieces of dough..

I usually go several times to make my dough the right thickness

After putting a small amount of filling fold in half and seal and then dip a fork in flour and seal again making a fork mark around the ends

My first 50!!!!!!


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Healthy vegetables and Pasta

Lots of veggies in the refrigerator so I'm playing with some food. lol.  

In a large pan  place 1/4 to 1/2 cup olive oil.  Add sliced green and yellow peppers, 1/2 red onion sliced thin and 1/2 cup cooked green beans.  After they have cooked for several minutes add 2 cloves minced garlic, salt and pepper.  Allow to simmer for several minutes making sure as not to burn garlic.  Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth and simmer until veggies are tender.  Add 2 to 4 T. of Balsamic vinegar and saute until mixture starts to reduce. Add a handful of cherry tomatoes and cook until tomatoes start to crackle.  If you think mixture is too thick you can always add a little pasta water or chicken broth to mixture before tossing.  Saute Approximately 10 to 15 minutes.Serve over pasta or rice...Yummy!

Cook Pasta according to directions.  Drain and toss..Quick, easy and healthy too!  You really can't ask for more for a Budget Friendly Meal.  I'm figuring this meal cost approx. $6.50. I used 1 lb. of pasta. Easily feed 4.  Side salad would compliment this meal.

Add Balsamic now and cook until it reduces slightly.

  Note:  I added 2 T Balsamic vinegar and I think I could have easily added a little more.  Taste and adjust accordingly.  Mix in a little Pecorino Romano cheese and toss.  Serve over Angel Hair Pasta.