Monday, January 11, 2010

Room Temperature Eggs

I was watching Ciao Italia on PBS and Mary Ann Esposito gave this great tip.

I often forget to take the eggs out to come up to room temperature before baking with them. If you also forget, Mary Ann Esposito suggests to put them in a bowl of warm water. They will warm up nicely.

Great tip! Thanks Mary Ann!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The Christ Child's Birthday Cake

I know....I'm a little late, but I didn't make this until Christmas morning. Even if I had time to post it then, it would have been too late. So, I thought I would post it now then you will have it for next Christmas.

Growing up my aunt would make a birthday cake every Christmas. After all, that is what we are celebrating on Christmas, Jesus' birthday. At some point my aunt found this recipe. Now that I'm a mother and aunt I have continued the tradition.

This is a wonderful spice cake. Another alternative to the icing is to just sprinkle powdered sugar on the top before serving.

The Christ Child's Birthday Cake

Preheat oven to 350˚ F

3 1/3 cup flour, sifted
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cloves

Sift dry ingredients together twice and set aside.

Cream together in large bowl:
1 cup butter
1 2/3 cup white sugar

4 eggs
1 cup black walnuts (I can never find black walnuts. I just use regular)
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup seeless blackberry jam

Add eggs to sugar and butter and beat for 5 minutes.
Sprinkle small amount of dry ingedients over walnuts and set aside.
Add buttermilk alternately with dry inredients to creamed mixture.
Stir just until well blended. Stir in blackberry jam. Add walnuts and mix well.

Grease a 10 inch Angel Food pan. Line pan with waxed paper, then grease waxed paper. Pour in mixture. Bake in preheated 350˚ oven for 1 1/2 hours. Cool thoroughly before icing.


1 box brown sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 stick butter

Bring to a boil and boil 1 minute, then beat until thick enough to ice cake.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Wimpy Burgers

First I would like to wish all of you out there a very Happy New Year! Since our family traditions usually revolve around food I thought I would share this New Years meal with all of you.

This is my step-dad's traditional New Years Eve dinner. We have been lucky enough to have it twice now. Thank you Papa!

Wimpy Burgers

• Ground Beef (the leanest you can find)
• French Bread Baguette
• Any burger condiments you like; mustard, ketchup, relish....etc

Slice your baguette into 1/2 inch thick slices.
Now just put a little bit of ground beef on each slice of baguette.

Put them in a jelly roll pan and broil them until done. Watch it very closely. They cook very fast. The bread and the meet will get brown on the edge. That is a good time to take them out of the oven. They will finish cooking for a few minutes on their own.

My step-dad serves his wimpy burgers with cheese fondue. Some wonderful french bread and a fruit to dip into the fondue.

Add a wonderful glass of wine or a beer and sit and enjoy this fun meal with some good friends and family.