Thursday, March 20, 2008

Springtime supper

Spring is such a tease. I walk out the door - the sun is fabulous - pear trees are blooming - and birds are singing. It makes me want too cook fresh vegetables - slice soem domatoes, cook soe peas. But let's be real. It is not even April - to get anything close to fresh, I would need to take out a loan at the bank.
So then I am an idiot and ask for suggestions. Everyone wants fried chicken and mashed potatoes. Since the sun has put me in a nice yellow mood, I decided it was a perfect day for it.

Right now, the potatoes are boiling and the chicken is soaking in buttermilk and spices. As soon as the baby boy gets off the bus, we will head out to the back porch and start heating the cast iron skillet. When I get done, I will add some pictures.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Chocolate Pound Cake

The best there is. Period.

In a mixing bowl, cream:
3 sticks of butter
3 cups of sugar
½ cup of cocoa
5 eggs
2 sp. vanilla
Add the following, alternating flour and milk:
3 cups of plain flour mixed with 2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup of milk

DO NOT preheat the oven. Pour batter in a pan, and bake at 300° for 1 ¼-1 ½ hours.
Let cool and ice

1 stick of butter
1/3 cup of cocoa
1 box powdered sugar
Strong hot coffee

Mix first 3 ingredients and then add coffee until icing reaches spreading consistency.

This is my favorite cake to bake - from my mother-in-law who could cook just about anything.

Here I go again

I am at it again. This time, inspired by Rosie I am going to do the blog thing - but about what I am good at - cooking.

I am not an "Oh, I watched Food Network and look what I made" kind of cook. For me, it comes from somewhere deep in my soul. The kind that people say "Damn, how did you make that?" The kind that is so good, you not only wanna slap your mama, but slap Paula Deen while you are at it.

A run down of things cooked this week: Shrimp and Grits, Chicken Parmesan, Beef Stroganoff, and Paella. The rest of the week will probably include Cubed Steak and Mashed Potatoes and something with Pork Cutlets.

I will start posting recipes as and pics, and maybe even some how to video -thanks to the greatest creation ever - the Flip Video as I go.

I can't wait. This is gonna be good.