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Oct
05
2009

Recipe of the Day: Coca Cola Cake

Cake:
2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups small marshmallows
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup Coca-Cola®
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
3 tablespoons cocoa
6 tablespoons Coca-Cola
1 box (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, sift sugar and flour. Add marsh- mallows. In
saucepan, mix butter, oil, cocoa, and Coca-Cola. Bring to a boil and pour over dry
ingredients; blend well. Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk just before adding to
batter along with eggs and vanilla extract, mixing well. Pour into a well-greased 9-
by-13-inch pan and bake 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven and frost
immediately.
To make frosting, combine butter, cocoa and Coca-Cola in a saucepan. Bring to a
boil and pour over confectioners’ sugar, blending well. Add vanilla extract and
pecans. Spread over hot cake. When cool, cut into squares and serve.
I mentioned Coca Cola Cake in a previous post and was then asked for my recipe. I know it probably isn’t interesting to anyone but me but I was raised on Coke.  And I don’t mean I was given a coke once a week when we went bowling or out to eat.  I am pretty sure they put it in my baby bottle.  You see, my uncle whom I called Granddaddy, not to be confused with Granddad (that use to really irk me when adults couldn’t keep that straight) worked for the Coca Cola Bottling Company in DeRidder, LA. His wife, Dessie, my mom’s sister whom I called Ganky, worked at the Dixie Maid Ice Cream factory. I get a sugar rush just thinking about it.   I cannot remember a time where there weren’t cases of Coca Cola and cartons of ice cream at their house.  And ours too for that matter.  Here is a picture of him in his Coca Cola uniform, probably not long after he went to work for Coca Cola.
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He was much much happier than he looked in this picture.

Okay…back to the recipe…here you go!

old_coke_ads001Coca Cola Cake

Cake:
2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups small marshmallows
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup Coca-Cola
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
3 tablespoons cocoa
6 tablespoons Coca-Cola
1 box (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, sift sugar and flour. Add marsh- mallows. In saucepan, mix butter, oil, cocoa, and Coca-Cola. Bring to a boil and pour over dry ingredients; blend well. Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk just before adding to batter along with eggs and vanilla extract, mixing well. Pour into a well-greased 9-by-13-inch pan and bake 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven and frost immediately.

To make frosting, combine butter, cocoa and Coca-Cola in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and pour over confectioners’ sugar, blending well. Add vanilla extract and
pecans. Spread over hot cake. When cool, cut into squares and serve.
Sep
26
2009

got pie crust?

Here is a really cool way to use them or use up pie crust scraps!  Before we go any further, I didn’t think of these. I am simply not that brilliant.  I found them here, and she found them here. I mean come on, aren’t they just adorable?  I can see them filled with all sorts of things.  Even savory things.  I didn’t put mine on sticks.  I thought I would shake things up a bit.  So I just make them bite-sized and filled them with pureed peach pie filling.  I didn’t get my pie filling quite sweet enough for my taste this first time, but next time I will pay closer attention to that and might even sprinkle with sanding sugar after the egg wash.  I was just so excited to get them made, I committed the chef’s unpardonable sin.  I didn’t taste as I went!  The very thing that makes me scream at the TV when watching Top Chef. TASTE IT BEFORE YOU SERVE IT YOU MORON! Or something similar.  And frankly many times, much worse!

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I mean that next to the last picture is just a pile of cuteness. You can get the recipe from either link. I used a boxed pie crust because it needs to be more tough than tender for this.  And the boxed pie crusts are not really too terribly bad.  I just baked them at 375 for 14 minutes and burnt my tongue on the first one!

Sometime I might make them on sticks but I am not really a pop kinda gal.  That’s Rachel’s department.  She has made some of the cutest and most delicious cake pops.  And it all began (for us anyway) at the amazing blog: Bakerella.

Sep
22
2009

Happy Fall Y’all! And orange you glad I didn’t say banana…

As of yesterday it is officially Autumn.  Though it really hasn’t cooled off here, I am assured by the forecast that it will be soon.  The overnight lows seem to be inching down and I suppose that is a good sign. This morning it is just incredibly humid. So humid I had to dry my hands after going to the mailbox to put a letter out!  I am longing for cool crisp mornings and nippy nights!

I have been rather tied up the last few days.  My “ordeal” started Thursday night when I ridiculously attempted to eat an orange. I wound up in the ER. I suppose  it wasn’t full-on anaphylaxis but, if it wasn’t, I’m good with not ever experiencing full-on, k?  If you have been reading my blog very long, you know I attempt to kill myself with fruit ever so often.  Last time was cantaloupe. You can imagine how annoying this is for a foodie.  But back to my ordeal.  It really didn’t end with the orange. I was comatose most of Friday from extraordinary amounts of antihistamines so when I came to on Saturday we went bowling with my oldest son and  little grandson, Sam.  A good time was had by all.  At some point, we drove through Dominos and got pizza.  Well, yeah, I know tomatoes are on my “list” but I have eaten them without incident many times.  I suppose though with my system already cranked up, it was a bad idea.  I always wanted lips like Angelina Jolie.  Let me just say her head must be much bigger than mine because it ended up not being such a good look for me. Not only were they amazingly pouty, but completely raw.

On Friday I had already called my allergist and made an appointment for yesterday believing I would not be tested because I had practically overdosed on antihistamines during the weekend.  But when I arrived yesterday and Dr. W was informed of my very exciting last few days, he decided it would behoove us to do a little histamine test and if it was good, go ahead with some scratch tests.  The histamine control site said GOOD TO GO, so there we went.  He did 75 foods, half on one forearm, half on the other.  There were 21 items I need to avoid completely.  Some of them I am rather miffed about like citrus and melons of all kinds, mushrooms, white potatoes and my beloved green peas.  And of course the horrible soy (is in almost everything), cottonseed (is in everything that doesn’t have soy), sunflower seed and nuts of all varieties except pecan…and for that I am thankful – I do like pecans.  My reactions had changed considerably since 2007 and not for the good.  I added some things to avoid and my reactions were worse to some of the things I already knew not to consume.  There were 16 things I can have in moderation though not in conjunction with other disallowed foods.  And 28 I can eat till I puke.  Some of which I love, others…ho hum. I mean really I could live without plums.  I don’t know that I have ever eaten more than 2 in my entire life.

So here we go again with the whole food thing.  I think what it all boils down to, as Hannah pointed out, I am not supposed to eat processed foods.  This is not a bad thing, just amazingly inconvenient.  It will be best for me in the long run.  But dang it…no potato chips.  Not that I ate them often but, never???  It seems you never out grow the fact that if you are told you CAN’T have something, that is the very thing you want.  And badly.  And I hate that it is such an inconvenience for the rest of the family.

On to something fun.  Here is a sneak peek at the apron that is in the mail TODAY along with the LOVELY book The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen to lucky chick, Nicole.

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Y’all have a good one and I will see you soon.