Saturday, April 23, 2011

PB&Strawberry Sandwiches - Erin

Peanut Butter and Strawberry.  I will forever be indebted to Martha Stewart for this one, and I don't even like her that much!  She did it with wholegrain bread, and as an open-faced sandwich...  But I only had white bread at home, and I opted for the efficiency of a closed sandwich, and it was still incredible!  Just whatever peanut butter you like, and some sliced strawberries, and 2 pieces of bread.  Delicious.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Texas Sheet Cake--Cathy

So finally Mom makes an entry into her Christmas present! I tried before--I really did, but despite Caity's very careful, step-by-step instructions I couldn't get the photos to load. Erin helped me the other day, and so at long last here we are--my very first posting!!

This is a wonderful, lightly chocolate cake that is great for picnics, team dinners and potlucks--anytime you want to feed a crowd. Texas Sheet Cake has been around awhile, but this version from Robyn Schreiter is the best (and simplest) I've ever had. It made its debut at the 2003 Gingerbread House Party and is always a big hit wherever it's served up.

2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt (a bit more if using unsalted butter)
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 cup water
1/2 cup milk (forgot to put that in the photo)
4 Tbsp. dry cocoa (like Hershey's)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
4 Tbsp. cocoa
1/3 cup milk
4 cups powdered sugar (confectioner's)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt--if using unsalted butter (I always do) 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Green Posole with Chicken - Erin

This is a really good, and easy (cheater) version of a classic Mexican soup, and is great for a quick but delicious dinner.  We've even had it while we were camping before because it's so easy.  And with all the different toppings you can add, everybody can make theirs however they like.

what you will need

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1 cup bottled green tomatillo salsa—(or more to taste if quite mild)
4 cups canned chicken broth
1 rotisserie chicken, skin and bones discarded and meat shredded
Two 15-ounce cans white hominy (found in the canned bean aisle), rinsed and drained
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Finely chopped onion
Chopped avocado
Sliced radishes
Chopped cucumbers
Chopped cilantro
Lime wedges
Shredded Napa or regular head cabbage
Tortilla chips, crushed a bit
Grated or crumbly cheese
Extra hot sauce like Cholula or Tapatio