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Recipe: Southern Lemon Cake

I recently read “Under the Tuscan Sun” by Frances Mayes. A rather excellent book I must say. Lots of food and recipes and Italy in general. I was deeply enthralled from page 1.

I have since discovered that she does sell the oil produced in her Italian home (though I don’t know if its exclusively her olive trees at work for the oil if you read the page). And only $285 including shipping for a CASE (12 bottles in 500 ml size – $23.75 a bottle) of olive oil. Not too bad really. And its a cold press olive oil too. Hard for me to resist. Really it is. And since the deadline is Dec 10 I still have time for this year’s harvest. Hmmm.

Anyway I digress. In her book she had a recipe that I knew I had to make as soon as I read it. I just changed it a bit to suit me since I really rather dislike lemon zest. But my love of lemon is too much. This was an awesome cake. In her book Mayes suggested serving with pears, cherries or strawberries. Any and all of those would have been delicious but it was very good on its own!

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1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup lemon juice

Glaze – 1/4 cup butter (I used real butter for this)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice

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Recipe: Buckeyes or Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Depending on what part of the country you are from these are either Buckeyes or Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls. The only difference is you dip the balls into the chocolate about 3/4 of the way, so that the result kinda looks like a Buckeye seed (or so I’m told – hey, I’m from Nebraska, we don’t really have Buckeyes here).

Either way once you make these – FREEZE THEM! They are SO good frozen! Beyond that they are very soft and will melt if they get too warm so no matter what – keep them cool!

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1 1/2 cups butter, softened (no substitutions on this one otherwise they don’t turn out)
6 1/2 to 7 1/2 cups powdered sugar (approx. a 2 pound bag)
2 cups peanut butter
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
(3) 12 ounce bags of semisweet chocolate chips

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Recipe: Iced Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

I fell in love with this recipe from Simply Recipes and this recipe from Williams-Sonoma. I couldn’t decide which to make (and my hips certainly don’t need both) so I combined them…the base is the Williams-Sonoma recipe definitely, but I don’t like raisins with my pumpkin and I hate nuts entirely (yeah, yeah except peanut butter). Thus we have this amazing cookie…and with all Penzeys Spices (ya know the freshest, best spices – and vanilla – on the planet)…OMG! Yep. Make these. NOW!

You can fiddle with the spices a bit and see what you like…this turns out to be my preference for it. I am a chai drinker so I always have cardamom on hand, but you can totally leave it out and they still taste great.

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3/4 cup butter (I prefer to bake with margarine, gives it a better texture)
3/4 cup brown sugar (I use dark on everything…gives it a nice kick)
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup pumpkin puree (half a 15 oz can or so)
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp ground cardamom
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups quick or old-fashioned oatmeal
1/2 cup raisins (if you really wanted to)

3 oz cream cheese
1 1/2 tbsp butter (I did use real butter for this!)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

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Recipe: "Mixes" for Coffee Alternatives

Its starting to get cold out now…fall is here and winter will not be far behind!!

Normally then I like having something warm to drink at all times but I prefer to have a little coffee with my cream and sugar. Black coffee is just not my thing I’m afraid. I can appreciate it, I always have. And I love cooking with it, especially when making frosting for cake! But I just can’t stomach black coffee. Alternatively I have a big thing for tea and hot cocoa. So over time I have adapted and picked up recipes for my favorite cold weather drinks – Chai, Hot Chocolate and Mocha Coffee. I’ve even given these recipes (pre-made, of course!) as gifts at Christmas time.

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Recipe: Funnel Cake

I adore funnel cakes. Its a carnival weakness of mine…but they are so simple to make that I need to remind myself frequently not to buy them! This is a Heloise recipe.

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk

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Recipe: The “So-easy-how-come-its-not-from-a-box” Cake

Seriously this cake is as easy as a boxed cake but completely from scratch. And its so rich you only need one piece. Really you do!!

This recipe comes to me via my paternal grandmother. She is not sure how long she has had it, 1950s at least. It resembles recipes available as early as the 20s so I’m honestly not sure about it. But it is a no fail cake and definitely the kind of thing where people ask for the recipe!

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