Friday, August 27, 2010

What's Cooking

Lemonade Layer Cake

1 1/3 cups sugar
6 Tbsp butter or margarine softened
1 Tbsp grated lemon rind
3 Tbsp thawed lemonade concentrate
2 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cups buttermilk

2 Tbsp butter or margarine softened
2 tsp grated lemon rind
2 tsp thawed lemonade concentrate
1/2 tsp vanilla
8 oz less fat cream cheese
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour 2 (9 inch) round cake pans.

To prepare cake, beat first 5 ingredients until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine dry ingredients. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Beat well after each addition. Pour batter into prepared cake pans, tap sharply to remove air bubbles, and bake for 20-25 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pans on rack 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely.

To prepare frosting, mix together first five ingredients, beating until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended. Chill 1 hour.

Frost cake and store loosely covered in refrigerator.

This is a super moist cake. I baked it for my book club, and the ladies all requested the recipe. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

What's Cooking


3 medium avocados mashed
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup salsa
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tomato diced
1 green onion sliced

Combine first six ingredients. Gently stir in tomato and green onion. Serve with tortilla chips. Enjoy!

This recipe is a crowd favorite. You may have to adjust the amounts depending on the size of your avocados.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

What's Cooking

Spinach and Strawberry Salad

6oz bag of baby spinach washed
1/2 basket of strawberries cleaned and sliced
2 green onions chopped
1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
2 Tbsp canola oil
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Dash of Tabasco sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

Place spinach, strawberries, green onion and sesame seeds in a bowl. Whisk together remaining ingredients and toss lightly. Serves 4

This is an easy and delicious spring or summer salad. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

What's Cooking

Grilled Chicken with Zesty Dijon Marinade

4 chicken breast halves trimmed
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove minced
salt and pepper to taste

Whisk together all ingredients and pour over chicken breasts. Marinate for one hour and grill. Serves 4

This is a quick and easy summer recipe. Double or triple it to feed a crowd.