Ah, grilled cheese! That scrumptious, ooey-gooey sandwich that takes us all back to childhood. Grilled cheese sandwiches frequently poll as one of the nation’s top comfort foods. They can be as simple as white bread with a couple Kraft singles in between, or as complex as artisanal bread with gourmet cheeses, fruit spreads, and protein […]
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There’s nothing sweeter than little boys and girls dressed up in their Sunday best, toting little pastel baskets, and searching for candy-filled eggs hiding in plain site – except, maybe, for this rhubarb cake recipe. This recipe screams spring, from the light layers of angel food cake to the cloud-like whipped cream icing. The rhubarb […]
It’s freezing outside, and all I want to do is curl up on the couch in my yoga pants and delve into a piece of flaky white fish with a colorful array of steamed vegetables on the side… said no one, ever. Give me a heap of macaroni and cheese that I can dive into, […]
My husband loves all things New Orleans, specifically Mardi Gras. He loves it so much that I threw him a Mardi Gras-themed party for his 40th birthday. Every year since I have tried to capture a little of that spirit at home for our family. This year Mardis Gras falls on February 13. So, if […]
Valentine’s Day is around the corner and I’m seeing pink! Not just because I recently found out that this little baby I’ve been carrying in my belly for the past 20 weeks is a girl (queue squeals of joy), but because it (and red) is the color of love and most things having to do […]
With the passing of another year, comes new ambitions, goals, and resolutions for the new one. Inevitably, at the top of everyone’s list, are health and diet-based changes. Plump from holiday partying and feasting, cutting back on fat and calories is at the forefront of minds when it comes to winter meal planning. There’s nothing […]
When there are treats galore for Christmas and each one cuter than the next what is a Jewish girl to do? Last year my kids wanted to bring a fun treat to the teenagers who help with their Sunday School and after a little brainstorming we came up with this Hanukkah Snack Mix. The blue […]
I know it can be next to impossible to find time to do something relatively time-consuming, like baking cookies, this time of year, but cookies (and Christmas) are for baking! Some of my fondest memories are of spending the entire day(s) holed up in the kitchen with my quite ambitious mom who intricately tied little […]
For those of you new to the Atlanta area, the AJC newspaper used to run a cool feature each week called the “5:30 Challenge.” The gist of it was to create a meal with 5 ingredients or less and have it ready in 30 minutes. Talk about an awesome reference for working families! (Moment of silence for the demise of the newspaper…for those of us old enough to remember it). In 2009, I turned in a recipe that had been passed on to my family from a college roommate of my mother’s. And, I was in print!! (Yes, I have a clipping, for those of us old enough to remember those, too 🙂 )
This is a hot meal, but honestly is delicious any time of year. The ingredients can be purchased and can sit in the pantry, the fridge and on the counter for several weeks before creating – super bonus for those struggling to plan ahead for meals (aka: moi). And finally, it covers ALL the bases needed for a meal. Yep, one pot and done.
Here are some tips:
- Try different flavors of canned tomatoes – all are great. If Mexican is not your family’s preference, get the Italian ones. Want it soupier? Add a 3rd can.
- I adore cooked cabbage, so I generally cook the entire head of cabbage (unless it is basketball sized).
- I do the chopping and mixing the night before, put it in the fridge and slapped it on the stove when it was time to cook. Wait to put the cabbage on top just before stove time.
- I have NOT put it in the Crockpot, yet…which might actually work. Maybe low for 5-6 hours? Let me know if you give it a try.
Hope you enjoy this “famous” recipe!
Who doesn’t love chocolate cake? As in, a flavorful, far from dry, super texture chocolate cake!! Me! And my crew – the 12-year-old requests it by name. To make this, even MORE, fun – this baby has no dairy or eggs in it. Correct, nada. Say hello to successfully bringing a vegan dessert. Or an allergen-free one. Take that old ‘Fear of Feeding Cupcakes to Kids’!!
Not that it was the original intent of this recipe by any means. See, this baby dates back to Depression-era – as in NO ONE HAD ANY EGGS or BUTTER. And it uses vinegar to give the baking soda the boost to lift the cake since there is no structure from the protein normally found in eggs. Put all of those together and the recipe appears to be, umm, wacky.
And the wackiest thing of all – you can literally have ALL of the ingredients on hand and whip up an awesome homemade goody at the last moment. Bundt pan, sheet cake or cupcakes, all turn out well.
NOTE #1: I have not tried this with a gluten-free flour yet – but I firmly believe it would work just fine. Let me know if any of you give it a whirl!
NOTE #2: If you want to frost this baby, put a thin layer on first and let it set or mostly dry. This will catch all of the crumbs. Then go back and put on the “pretty” layer. The cake is so moist, it will crumb into the frosting. Just FYI.