Creating a seasonal vignettes is my favorite way to decorate the kitchen table! It’s so much fun to play with my dishes and fun elements to make a vignette that brings the outdoor season inside! This spring vignette is all about tulips and stock and eggs and bunnies and that beautiful spring green that all of nature turns after a long winter’s nap… You can see all the talented bloggers who are participating at the end of this post. This vignette started with a big round basket that I use for most vignettes……
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One of my favorite sweet indulgences is a good coffee cake! And out of all the coffee cakes I have ever make, this is is the best! It has a moist crumb and a not too sweet crumble. I made 2 coffee cakes in loaf pans One to eat now and another to freeze… that is, if it lasts that long… The original recipe comes from Ina Garten. She is one of my go-to chefs for delicious food! I made just a few of adjustment. To make it a little more to my individual liking.
- 1 1/2 sticks of room temperature butter
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3 room temperature extra large eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp good vanilla
- 1 1/4 cups sour cream (full fat please)
- 2 1/2 cups cake flour (not self rising)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt (not kosher… I know Ina’s says kosher, but kosher salt can have a bad effect on baking)
- Crumb Topping
- 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1 TBS ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt (not kosher)
- 6 TBS cold butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 cup chopped pecans, optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease 2 medium sized loaf pans
- Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixer on high speed for 5 minutes. I use a timer to make sure I cream it long enough. It should be light and fluffy.Lower mixer speed to medium and add eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla and sour cream.
- In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients a third at a time. Mix until just combined.
- To make the crumb topping add all the ingredients, except the pecans, in a medium sized bowl. Using your hands, work the butter into the other ingredients until it makes a crumble. Add pecans and mix in.
- Spoon 1/4 of the batter into the bottom of the two greased loaf pans.
- Evenly sprinkle 1/4 of the crumb topping over the batter in each loaf pan.
- Cover the crumb topping with the rest of the batter, dividing it between the loaf pans.
- Sprinkle the remainder of the crumb topping over the batter in each loaf pan.
- Bake on a rimmed baking sheet in the center of the oven for 45-50 minutes.
- Let cool. Run a knife around the edge of the loaf pan and gently turn the loaf pan upside down to release the coffee cake.
- Seriously YUMMY!
Don’t put a bowl of these scrumptious Zesty Ranch Crackers in front of me… I’ll eat every one of them! They are that good! And they are ridiculously easy to make! I keep the 3 ingredients needed to make them in my pantry. I’m sharing the love today by sharing my recipe for these addictive, bursting-with-flavor snacks…
- 2 large bags of small oyster type crackers
- 1 1/2 cup Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn Oil
- 2 packets Hidden Valley Ranch dry mix
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Empty 2 bags of zesty oyster crackers in a large bowl.
- Measure 1 1/2 cups oil in a large measuring cup and stir in 2 packets of Hidden Valley Ranch dry mix. Stir to incorporate.
- Pour oil over crackers, toss to mix well.
- Put crackers on 2 large rimmed baking sheets. Bake for 30 minutes. Toss using a spatula, turn crackers every 10 minutes and rotate trays in the oven.
- After 30 minutes, remove from oven and let the crackers cool.
- Keep in an airtight container.
- VERY ADDICTIVE!!!
Aren’t these Valentine Hand Pies adorable? They are delicious and easy to make. They are the perfect way to say Happy Valentine’s Day to anyone you love! Let’s make Valentine Hand Pies!…
This was a fun, delicious and fabulously chocolaty post to create. I was one happy, messy, lick-the-spoon girl! Valentines Day, for me, is a means to have chocolate! Good chocolate! Yummy chocolate! Lots and lots of chocolate! Today I’m sharing the best Hot Chocolate you will ever make! It’s so rich and creamy and loaded with cocoa goodness! And just to make it even more of a chocolate fantasy, let’s make chocolate spoons… If you want a real hot chocolate treat don’t use the packaged powder stuff … give the real recipe a try. It is easy and once……
Arugula in my garden is riotous this year! It must love all the cool weather we are having! Ooops! Did I just say the best summer salad? What I meant to say was the best and easiest summer salad! Arugula Salad is ON THE MENU at least once a week… and now a whole lot more! Here’s how I make it… This salad can be made with any fresh greens, but the slightly peppery taste of arugula is my very favorite! Add grilled chicken or salmon and you have a beautiful dinner salad! garden greens just picked……
This recipe was a fantastic serendipity! I was putting away 6 dozen wide mouth quart ball jars from the weekend’s wedding celebration and had a big pot of chili cooking away on the stove. Inspiration struck and the chili ended up in the jars with a big dollop of corn bread batter on the top of it… YUMMY… and F-U-N! This is my new favorite way to serve Chili and Cornbread! I also tweaked my usual StoneGable Chili recipe too… I had leftover baked beans from our Wedding Celebration this weekend and used them in the chili. ……
One of my favorite snacks to have on hand when StoneGable is full of family or company is homemade Chex Mix. It’s great munchy food… and has an even more intense flavor when it is the kicked up version!!! It differs slightly from the original recipe but it sure makes a difference! I make a double batch and put it in a big glass jar on the counter! It doesn’t last very long!!
- 3 cups wheat chex cereal
- 3 cups rice chex cereal
- 3 cups corn cereal
- 2 cup cocktail peanuts
- 1 cup thin pretzel sticks
- 1 cup garlic flavored bagel chips
- 1 cup sesame seed sticks
- Mix above ingredients in a large bowl.
- 10 TBS unsalted butter
- 4 TBS Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp seasoning salt
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- a dash or two of hot sauce
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Put in a microwave proof bowl and heat until the butter is melted. Stir to incorporate.
- Drizzle on the chex mixture and stir gently to distribute.
- Put the chex mix onto 2 large rimmed baking sheets. Cook for 1 hours, stirring every 15 minutes and rotate the baking sheets.
- Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container or jar.
- Make a double batch. This does not last long!!!
I always say, “Putting any food in a BALL jar, just makes it taste better”! It must be the cuteness factor! And cute must taste awfully good! This Strawberry Shortcake is like packing summer into a jar! Fresh, creamy and so delicious, this is what I call a WOW FACTOR dessert. To be a WOW FACTOR dessert a sweet treat must taste luscious, look over-the-top and be insanely easy to whip up. This dessert fills every requirement… The trick to making this easy dessert is to use store bought pound cake instead of traditional……
On a recent vacation to Bar Harbor Maine we enjoyed all the glory of Arcadia Nation Park, the beautiful coastline along with the harbor and the great food! I got my share of all three, for sure! Today I am sharing 2 of my favorite recipes from our vacation. We made the best of a dreary rainy day by turning it into a girl’s shopping day and lunch! What fun!! It was at the PARKSIDE On The Green restaurant that I had a bowl of the best lobster bisque I have ever eaten! Rich and just a little bit……
Is there anything more “Ina Garten” than ROAST CHICKEN? Those of us who love her easy-going attitude and deliciously made dishes know that she makes a roast chicken almost every Friday for Jeffrey, her husband. And her chickens are legendary! I don’t have a Jeffrey (or a television show, published cookbooks, house in the Hamptons…) but I do have a Bobby who loves the way I cook, and love roast chicken. Ina’s Perfect Chicken is her signature recipe! I wanted to make it in homage to our favorite Food Netwook star… BUT I just had to put a……
Caramel Apples are the taste of Fall! Delicious, sweet, sticky and tart all in one big messy bite! Even though they look easy to make, I must admit, I spent the last 4 days, several recipes and countless batches of caramel to get an apple whose caramel was delicious and would stick to the apple. I was so frustrated I almost said a bad word!!!!! But always up for the challenge, finally today I found a true wonder of a caramel apple!!!! I adapted a couple of recipes and got a yummy and adhesive……
In my search to find delicious, easy and impressive looking desserts, aka WOW Factor Desserts I feel like I have struck gold! These little gems of goodness are rediculously simple to put together and almost guiltless because they are just a taste! To see last weeks Wow Factor Dessert click HERE. To make these bite sized desserts you need only use your imagination. No recipe is really necessary. Just a formula. Crust, cake or crumble + pudding, custard, or glaze + whippped cream + fruit or syrup + more whipped cream or icing. and……