Archive for July, 2010

Sunday – pizza at my sister’s house.

Monday – BLT’s, Sliced Plums

Tuesday- Baked Parmesan Salmon, 3-grain pilaf, Mixed Green Salad

Wednesday – Took 2 hungry boys to Chipotle.

Thursday – Spaghetti and Meat Sauce, Green Beans, Bread and Butter

Friday- Pool party for LittleApron’s baseball team.

Saturday –  75th birthday party for my mom: I took Grilled Bourbon Pork Tenderloin, and some appetizers made with Athens Phyllo Cups.


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Signs of The Times

For a long time I’ve been fascinated with signs. Signs of all kinds. Last weekend on our trip to Illinois for a GreenApron family reunion I snapped a few pictures of signs I saw in the town of Grafton. This particular sign caught my eye and still left me wondering who made the fudge? I write the word homemade a lot it seems and if I’m not writing the word homemade I’m thinking homemade – because I think most homemade food just about beats anything I can buy and usually for a lot less jingles. It can be tricky to spell.

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Sunday – Green family reunion. Dinner at an Italian Restaurant.

Monday- Green family reunion. Dinner out at the Fin Inn in Grafton, IL. Check out their website. Each table has an aquarium.

Tuesday –  Whole Wheat Spaghetti Puttanesca, Sautéed Spinach

Wednesday – Whole wheat Penne Pasta with Chicken Sausage, Broccoli, and Shredded Mozzarella

Thursday – Grilled Shrimp, Grilled Ground Beef Kabobs, 3-grain (rice) Pilaf, Mixed Green Salad, Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

Friday – Made pizza at home with store-bought whole wheat crust. Creepy crust though I must admit – the expiration date on this non-refrigerated, packaged crust was December 2010.

Saturday – Turkey Kielbasa Sandwiches, Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella, Fresh Blackberries

Why I do this?

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Sunday – Grilled New York Strips, Spaghetti with Olive Oil and Parsley, Fresh Succotash Salad

Monday – Soft Ground Turkey Tacos, Leftover Succotash Salad

Tuesday – Beef and Vegetable Stir-fry Thai-style (cilantro and lime), Rice

Wednesday – Chicken Fajitas with Peppers and Onions, Spicy Yellow Rice, Salsa, Sour Cream

Thursday-  Leftovers: clean out the refrigerator the night before we leave on a trip.

Friday – Green Family Reunion – ate dinner out

Saturday – Green Family Reunion – BBQ lunch with Pork BBQ, slaw, baked beans, fresh watermelon chunks, and strawberry cake.

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Sunday – Grilled Bourbon Pork Tenderloin, Ratatouille with Green Beans and Zucchini, Crispy Crowns(r) (yes, Ore-Ida Crispy Crowns)

Monday – Parmesan Salmon, Yellow Rice Pilaf, Green Beans with Onions

Tuesday – Black Bean Burritos, Skillet Fried Corn, Salsa

Wednesday – Bison Sliders, Baked Beans, Sliced Cucumbers

Thursday – Curried Chickpeas, Whole Wheat Couscous, Salad

Friday – Fried Chicken, Warm Orzo and Zucchini Salad, Sliced Tomatoes, Cottage Cheese

Saturday – Red Beans and Rice, Buttermilk Cornbread

Why do I do this?

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The best male cook I know grew up in a very brand loyal family. The canned soda served at his boyhood home was always a Coca-Cola product. No Pepsi or RC need apply, Coke was it. So why was I surprised when I asked him if I should make a pan of brownies for a recent picnic, and he said, “No, how about a Coca-Cola Cake.” Coca-Cola Cake? I’ve made many sheet cakes, but never this one. Quickly, I dialed the phone, and Nina, best male cook’s mom, read to me her trusty recipe for Coca-Cola cake. The recipe went together easily and resulted in a moist and chocolately cake with fudge-like frosting. Perfect for picnics, barbecues, or a pot-luck, this cake travels well and fills the bill for a summer-time cake of the most brand loyal kind.

Makes One 13×9-inch cake

Cake ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup Coca-Cola

1/2 cup buttermilk

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

6 tablespoons Coca-Cola

1 pound (1 box) confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Grease and flour a 13 x 9 x 2-inch cake pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Stir together the flour, sugar and baking soda in a small bowl. In a large saucepan, melt and stir together, until well blended, the vegetable oil, 1 stick butter, 4 tablespoons cocoa powder, and 1 cup Coca-Cola. Stir in the flour and sugar, mixing well. Add the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla extract. Pour batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the cake is set in the middle, and springs back when lightly pressed with your index finger. Cool on a rack. The cake can be frosted while still warm, if desired.

Meanwhile, prepare frosting by mixing and bringing to a slight boil, 1 stick butter, 4 tablespoons cocoa powder, and 6 tablespoons Coca-Cola. Remove from heat and immediately stir in confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla until smooth. Stir in nuts. The frosting may look thin, but it will set up when cooled. Immediately pour frosting on cake, and quickly spread the frosting with a spatula or knife. Allow cake to cool for several hours before serving.

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June in Review

From My Kitchen Table I’m happy to report we’ve had a busy month. Thanks to everyone visiting from the Facebook and Twitter links and by subscribing to our RSS feed.

In the kitchen June is an exciting month as fresh produce transitions from spring foods to summer produce. Kentucky corn is just coming on and I’l already had our first green tomato, zucchini, and new potatoes. I’m all stocked up for the 4th of July holiday weekend. I plan to make a Black and Blue Berry cobbler and have on hand the ingredients for many side dishes and salads. Now all we need is for this fine weather to continue so we can grill, swim, watch a parade, and visit with family. That’s what a holiday weekend is all about. I hope you have some similar plans for an enjoyable and safe weekend.

In case you missed them these were the 3 most popular posts during June:

Garlic Scape Pesto Recipe

Mojito (and Blueberry Mojito) Recipe

What’s the Deal with Kale?

And *drumroll* the most popular post of all time for this blog:

Chex Mix Recipe

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