Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wine Jelly with Grapes


1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin

2 tablespoons water

1 cup sugar

2 cups dry white or sparkling wine

about 15 ounces small, seedless red and green grapes

3/4 cup heavy cream

2 teaspoons sugar, more to taste

1 teaspoon vanilla extract or Cognac

Stir the gelatin into 2 tablespoons of water, and set aside to soften. put the sugar and wine in a saucepan, and heat to dissolve the sugar. do not boil. Remove the wine from the heat and whisk in the gelatin until completely dissolved. Cool.

Arrange the grapes in 6 ramekins or tea cups. Pour over the wine mixture. cover, and chill several hours to set.

To serve, run a knife around the edge of the molds and dip the bottoms into hot water for a few seconds, then invert onto serving plates.

In a bowl, whip the heavy cream with the sugar and flavoring to serve alongside. (I did not serve with the cream)

I served this for dessert:)

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

Earlier this month I found this recipe over at"Days at Buttermilk Cottage". As she wrote....Something Fun to Try! So I did and it was great!

5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

Start by combining in a bowl

4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons Hershey's cocoa
add 1 egg and mix thoroughly
pour in 3 tablespoons milk
add 3 tablespoons oil and mix well
add a splash of vanilla extract
mix again
pour into a microwave safe mug

Place mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but that's's supposed to do that. Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a place. My cake served 3 and I added whip cream.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Strawberry Pie and "gone with a handsomer man"

Last week at Foodie Friday I discovered this fabulous Strawberry Pie made by Lorraine from "With a Grateful and a Thankful Heart"Strawberry Pie

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/2 cups water

1 small box strawberry Jello-O (I used sugar-free)

2 cups sliced strawberries

Pre-bake a 10" pie shell

Line bottom with the sliced strawberries

Combine cornstarch, sugar, and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer, stirring constantly, until thickened. Add the Jello-O and stir until dissolved. Pour over the strawberries and refrigerate until set.

Serve with whipped cream.

Thanks Lorraine, this pie was great:) Guess what I am reading. Thank you Michael Lee. Your book is fabulous!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I Got Mail!!!

Several packages came in the mail last week.

I just love to receive mail! It was fun:)First came the Beach Basket I feel so pampered!
Can't wait to read "Some Like it Hot"
and Lori Wilde book, "The Welcome Home Garden Club"

Thanks Michael Lee from "Designs by Gollum".

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Mom gave me this recipe many years ago. Actually, she helped me make it my very first time:)Recipe:

Meat Mixture: Brown 2 pounds ground beef in 1 tablespoon salad oil. Add 2 cloves garlic; minced, 2 tablespoons parsley flakes, 2 tablespoons basil, 2 teaspoons salt, 2 1-pound cans tomatoes, and 2 6-oz cans tomato paste. Simmer uncovered till thick, about 1 hour.

Cheese Mixture: Combine 2 12-oz cartons (or 1 23-oz carton) cottage cheese, 2 beaten eggs, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 2 tablespoons parsley flakes and 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese.

Noodles: Cook 1 1-lb package wide lasagna noodles in boiling water - salted and add oil. Cook till tender. Drain, rinse in cold water. Have 1 lb mozzarella, scamorze, or provolone cheese sliced very thin. Place thin layer of sauce in bottom of 13"x9"x2" baking pan. Place 1/2 the noodles, 1/2 the cheese mixture over, add 1/2 the sliced cheese and 11/2 the meat. Repeat layers. Bake in a 375 degrees oven for 30 minutes.

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