December 27, 2014

Potato Soup

I do love soup.  It is one of my favorites year-round, but it is especially comforting in the winter, don't you think?  Cudjoe and I have both been a bit under the weather, and soup just seems to be the best thing to eat when you're not feeling well.   

It is creamy, comforting deliciousness.   After boiling the potatoes, I add a creamy white sauce and pour it over the potatoes.   I thin it out with 2% milk until it is the consistency that I like.  I then add grated cheddar cheese and real bacon bits on top.  Yes, I prefer the real bacon bits that come in a jar rather than frying my own bacon because I am grossed out by chewy bacon fat.

Potato Soup:

2 to 3 potatoes
Milk (for this recipe, I used 2% milk)  
Salt, pepper
Grated cheddar cheese
Real Bacon Bits

Peel, dice and boil potatoes in salted water until done.
Drain potatoes.

For the white sauce:

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter, whisk in two tablespoons of flour, add 1 cup of heavy cream and stir over medium heat (stirring constantly so it won't stick), salt and pepper to taste.

Pour over potatoes and add milk to thin to desired consistency.

Ladle into bowls and add grated cheese and real bacon bits to top.

Serve to family and friends!!

December 14, 2014

Christmas Fudge

This is the easiest fudge to make.  I honestly had no idea about this fudge until just the other day.  I always make fudge by using evaporated milk, marshmallows, sugar, butter, vanilla, salt.  You have to cook it on the stove on medium heat until it reaches a rolling boil and continue to cook it for five minutes, stirring constantly.   This is Sweetened Condensed Milk, Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, a dash of salt, and vanilla.  That's it.   You can add nuts, but I'm not a fan.

I made this to give as a Christmas gift in a cute little Christmas tin.  I've got to get it out of the house, or we will eat it until it's gone :(  Not a good idea.  But it is a good idea to give it to a friend!  

The cake plate I'm keeping.   Isn't it beautiful?  I got it for my birthday one year from my wonderful son and my angel daughter-in-law.  We were shopping in an antique store in Decatur, Illinois, and I saw it and commented on how beautiful it was, and they surprised me with it!!  It's my favorite.

I found the recipe here.   Serve to family and friends!


December 9, 2014

Angel Food Cake with Orange Glaze and Candied Cranberries

I started to called this post "I Got My Duncan Hines On" . . . but reconsidered.  

I actually thought for just a minute of making an angel food cake "from scratch" but decided I'd rather just use the box mix.  So much easier.

I made this cake Sunday for Hubbie and I.   This is a very festive looking cake and would be great to serve at a holiday gathering.

Without further conversation about it, this is how I did it:

Angel Food Cake with Orange Glaze and Candied Cranberries:

Angel Food Cake:

1.  Prepare the angel food cake per package instructions.
2.  After it has cooled, remove it from cake pan and place on a plate.

Orange Glaze:

1.  One Cup of Powdered Sugar.
2.  Two Tablespoons of Fresh Orange Juice
3.  Four Tablespoons of Milk or enough to make the glaze desired consistency.
4.  Pour glaze over cake.

Candied Cranberries:

1.   Combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a small sauce pan and cook until sugar is dissolved.
2.  Pour cranberries into the simple syrup and then roll them in sanding sugar and arrange on cake.

Serve to family and friends!!