Posts Tagged ‘NASCAR’

Spring Is Right Around the Corner

February 13, 2011

Sorry for the short break.  I’ve been enjoying the nice weather and NASCAR started their season on Friday.  But I haven’t stopped cooking.  Made a strawberry pie for my Honey.  Ya can’t get much more Springy than that.

Strawberry Pie

4 cups fresh, hulled and halved strawberries

1 1/2 cups water

3/4 cup sugar

2 Tbsp cornstarch

1 3oz box of strawberry flavored gelatin

1 baked and cooled pie crust

Get your pie crust baked and our of the oven to cool.  Combine water, sugar and cornstarch in and pan and bring to a boil.  Boil until clear and watch it closely so it doesn’t scorch.  I didn’t and I am still trying to get the pan clean.  Remove from heat and add gelatin.  Arraign the strawberries in the cooled pie shell and then pour gelatin mixture over and chill for several hours.

I’m not real sure where this recipe came from.  I think it was one of those freebies that come with magazine ads in the mail. This sure beats that unknown goo from the grocery store that passes as pie filling.   The filling has a great flavor, but next time I will make a graham cracker crust.  The bottom of the crust seemed to disappear under the filling.

Now I have a question for you.  How do you pre-bake your pie crusts??  I have tried the prick it with a fork thing, but always get filling leakage underneath.  Lately I have been filling the crust with some old bean I have in a jar.  But some of those pesky beans always stick to the crust and I always manage to knock a chunk of the crust off.

Strawberry Pie, NASCAR and mid 40 degree weather in February.  I sure hope Mother Nature isn’t playing a cruel joke on us.

Apple Cake and More Rain

June 15, 2009

Gee…imagine that.  Rain off and on yesterday and its getting cloudy here already this morning.  But I did finally hear from BrazenBites and her computer is fixed.  So she  is taking it back to Portland with her and should be back on line shortly.  I am looking forward to that.  I have missed her.

The race was ok yesterday.  Tony finished in the top ten, but really didn’t get to watch it like I wanted.  My brother-in-law showed up and needed a free shrink.  I guess cake makes life better.

APPLE CAKE WITH CARAMEL SAUCE

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the dish
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
3 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the dish
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
5 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into a 1/2-inch dice
1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped pecans
2 1/4  teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat oven to 325° F.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high, beat the butter and the granulated and brown sugars until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Using a wooden spoon, gradually add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. The batter should be very thick. Stir in the apples, pecans, and vanilla. Scrape the batter into a buttered and floured 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. Let cool for at least 10 minutes while you make the Caramel Glaze, if using.

With a spatula, loosen the sides of the cake. If you want to remove it from the pan, invert it onto a baking sheet, then invert it again, right-side up, onto a platter. With a toothpick or fork, poke holes all over the surface. Pour on the warm sauce. Serve warm or at room temperature, with ice cream, if desired.

Caramel Glaze

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup heavy cream

In a saucepan, over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Add the granulated and brown sugars and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Stir in the cream and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

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I have seen this recipe all over the Internet, so don’t really know where to give kudos.  This is a great moist cake.  It is a wonderful option for people who would like a change from chocolate.  Whoever they may be. 

Made wonderful chocolate ice cream too.  More on that later.

My Favorite Brownie Recipe…For Now

June 8, 2009

I am slowly getting back to normal and have seen this recipe in some of my favorite blogs.  They are doing the TWD thing and this is the recipe from a couple of weeks ago.  Holy cow is it ever good.

CHIPSTER TOPPED BROWNIES

Brownie layer:

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

3 oz unsweetened chocolate

2 sticks butter

1 2/3 c sugar

4 eggs

1/2 t salt

1/2 t vanilla

1 cup flour

1 cup chopped pecans

Melt chocolates and butter together in double boiler until shiny.  Beat eggs and sugar until pale and creamy.  Beat in salt and vanilla.  Slowly add chocolate mixture.  Then add flour just until mixed.  Fold in nuts my hand.  Put batter in 9 X 13 butter and paper-lined pan.

Cookie Dough Layer:

1 1/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 sticks softened butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

2/3 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 egg yolk

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup chocolate chips

Whisk together flour, salt and baking soda.  Cream together sugars and butter until smooth and creamy.  Add eggs one at a time until combined.  Beat in vanilla.  Add dry ingredients until just mixed and then add chips.  Drop dough by spoonfuls on top of brownie dough and then spread with spatula.  Bake 50-55 min at 350.  Let cool and then cut into bars.IMG_1473These are to die for.  My favorite….for now anyway.

And Sunday my driver got his first win as a driver/owner. 

cup_poc_high_winner_145x93Congrats Tony Stewart and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing.  Ain’t nobody deserved this win anymore than y’all.

And Just Who Needs Pasta

May 9, 2009

Got some of the yard work done today.  With and without the help of the grandkids.  I got the flowerbed under the willow tree in front cleaned out and remulched.  Of course I was about 1/2 a bag short.  Never fails does it???  The more I work with this rubber recycled mulch the more I like it.  Hope it continues to impress me.

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And I got started at the front.  I trimmed back the clematis.  Poor things have been badly neglected the last couple of years.  I hope they survive the pruning they got.  Had to give the bed a good soak and will get to the weeds tomorrow.  Thinking real seriously about changing the ground cover.  I really like the stuff we planted on the east side.  It takes over and chokes out the weeds.  It would make a great cover the the clematis’ feet. 

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Wow…I have 5 again, huh.

MIL brought me a spaghetti squash the other day.  I decided that I would make a mushroom sauce and try it that way.  Of course my shrooms are not quite mature yet.

SPAGHETTI SQUASH AND MUSHROOM SAUCE

1 spaghetti squash

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 can mushroom soup….yes I used it

1 cup sour cream

2 cans sliced mushrooms

Bake or nuke squash until done.  Heat oil in large fry or Chefs pan.  Cook onion and garlic then add soup, sour cream and mushrooms until hot.  Add squash insides.  Sprinkle with Parmesan when ready to serve

 

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I fixed the old standby French Dip Beef for the meat dish.  I never did eat any.  Just a bowl of squash.  Weird for me.

Well, 60 laps to go in Darlington on a short track Saturday night.  And actually it is a full moon Saturday night.  Go Tony

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ONE AND ALL.

Short Track Saturday Nite

May 2, 2009

NASCAR in Richmond on a Saturday nite.  Doesn’t get much better than that.  Go Tony Go

Spent all afternoon making the beer.  I had forgotten how much time you spend standing at the stove stirring.  Oh well, hope it turns out okay so its ready for my Honey when he gets home.

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After washing, sanitizing and assembling, heat the water and make a “tea bag” out of the grains and cheese cloth.  Steep the grains for about 30 min while water comes to a boil, but do not boil with the grains in the water.  Then add the malt.

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Now that’s a sticky mess.  Bring to a boil slowly and then add bittering hops.

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Boil at a low rolling boil for 30 minutes.  Beginning to smell like beer now.  During the last 5-10 minutes, add the aroma hops.

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Really smells like beer now.  Aroma hops…duh!!    Put pan in sink of cold water to cool.img_1292

Add three gallons of cold water to fermenter then add beer.  Take a hydrometer reading. 

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Add yeast to 1 cup of warm water.  When fermenter is cool to the touch add yeast. 

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Put water in airlock and seal bucket.

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And now comes the hard part.  It should start bubbling in a couple of days and then it has to ferment for the next week to ten days.  These are really short instructions.  We have always gotten our kits from WindRiver Brewing Company in Wisconsin.  They have quality kits and wonderful detailed instructions.

And the mushrooms are beginning to show life.  My Blue Oysters and Pioppino aren’t showing much life yet, but they are slower growing than the Shiitakes.  And look at them.

 

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I put my bird feeders out about a week ago and the birds are beginning to find them.  The little ones are here anyway.  These are the brightest yellow.  the pics don’t do them justice because I had to take it through the screen so I wouldn’t scare them away.  They still aren’t used to us yet.  And so far there are 3 pair.  Goldfinches….I think.

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Well, the race is half over and there is rain in the area.  Think I will grab a beer and go racin’.

Strawberry Bed and NASCAR

April 26, 2009

Another busy Sunday.  Got my strawberries this week in the mail and knew that I had to get them planted.  So…here we go.  With the help of DeeJaye and kids we got it done and the other three raised beds laid out.

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Girlie is getting the hang of the 4 wheeler even with the trailer on behind.  Lots of top soil hauled.

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Lots of digger links drove and “Eeeeeeeeeewwe.  That looks like a hairball”

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But the rings are built, and baby strawberries have had a good drink and covered under their straw blanket for the night.  It has been freezing or below the last few nights, so they are covered rather well.

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Of course we did alot of sneaking in the house to catch a few laps at Talladega.  And even though my driver ended up finishing 23rd, he is still 4th in the standings.  We decided to have a race dinner.

TAILGATING BRATS

Boil the brats in beer until almost done, grill on the BBQ till brown and almost split.  Add bun and whatever else you want and enjoy.

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NASCAR, Baking and multitasking

March 29, 2009

Woke up this morning to the wind howling and a mix of rain and snow….a light wintry mix…I believe is the term.  It was sure a good day for soup, so that was the first thing I started with.

Beef and Bean Soup

1.5 lbs stew meat

2 tbsp olive oil

2 handsful of small carrots chopped

3 stalks celery chopped

1 small onion chopped

6 cloves garlic chopped

1 1/2 tsp chopped rosemary leaves

1 1/2 tsp dried oregano

2  32oz cartons of beef broth

1  28 oz can chopped tomatoes

2 15 oz can white beans

Brown meat in olive oil and then remove from pan.  Add chopped veggies to pan and cook until soft.  Return meat and add remaining ingredients.  Let simmer until everything is tender and enjoy.

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Then caught a ride to town with MIL.  Had to get the truck from the Ford dealer.  It quit us twice coming back from CA, but started and got us home.  Can the dealer figure out what is wrong??  Oh, hell, no.  So I’ll drive it and hope whatever gremlin was there is gone.  Yeah right.   IM with my honey till noon and then to baking.  The weather hasn’t improved, but at least the wintry mix has quit.  Oh well, its almost time for green, green green.  First project is pie.  I found key limes on sale, so that was a project.

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KEY LIME PIE

1 pre made graham cracker crust

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup lime juice

zest of however many limes it took to get the 1/2 cup juice

2 egg yolks (save whites for meringue)

1 egg

Combine condensed milk, juice, zest, egg yolks and egg.  Pour into pie shell and refrigerate for and hour.  Beat egg whites and 4 tbsp of sugar to make meringue.  Spread meringue to edges of crust and bake at 350 for 15 min or until meringue is brown.

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I have to give most of this away.  It’s toooooo good.  And while I was IMing with my Honey, I watched Paula.  Orange brownies????  Hmmmmm….I have and orange or two in the fruit bowl.

ORANGE BROWNIES

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 recipe Orange Cream Cheese Frosting, recipe follows

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan.

Orange Brownies:

Stir together flour, granulated sugar, and salt in a bowl. Add butter, eggs, orange extract, and orange zest. Using a handheld electric mixer, beat until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until light golden brown and set. Remove from oven, allow to cool and pierce entire cake with a fork. Spread the Orange Cream Cheese Frosting over completely cooled brownies. Cut into squares.

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 (1-pound) box confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

In a large mixing bowl, whip the butter and cream cheese together with a hand-held electric mixer. Gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar until it is all combined and smooth. Beat in the orange zest and juice. Spread over brownies.

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Another batch to share.  Of course about that time the cake pans I have been watching on ebay were coming up for the end of auction.  While I was watching that, my honey is emailing me.  He had gotten pieces parts for his new scooter…better known as the “Geezer Glide”.  He was excited about the good deal and then had insomnia.  I IMed with him and watched my pans.  Got my pans and then sent him to bed.  After all, it was 1130PM his time and he gets up about 5AM.  Well, now something for the kids.

It was a box mix for cupcakes and 7 minute frosting.  I watched Sandra Lee this morning and decided to give it a try.img_1152

Don’t they look fun??  Kids ought to enjoy them.  Of course by this time the snow has started and is coming down sideways.  The 2 pair of Robins that have come to the front yard and willow tree are sorry they came back so early.img_1148

The whole day I have been smelling ripe bananas.  One look at the fruit bowl told me I had 4 too-brown-for-the-kids-to-eat bananas.  I knew BrazenBites had sent me a recipe for banana muffins.  She claimed they were ugly.  Just the thing to try today.  I looked all through my emails.  I had lost the recipe …..again.  I emailed her for it.  By the time I got a return email, I had found the recipe for Chocolate Banana muffins and had the batter whipped up.  Next time.

CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA MUFFINS

1 1/2 cups mashed over ripe banana

2/3 cup oil.. I used canola

1 egg beaten

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Combine sugar, oil, bananas and vanilla.  Combine remaining dry ingredients and then add to banana mixture until just combined.  Fold in chips.  Fill muffn cups 2/3 full.  Bake at 425 for 15-20 min.  I used on regular muffin tin and then a mini tin and almost filled it.

 

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I had a fun day…a busy day and did survive the wind and snow.  BTW…my driver ended up 3rd at Martinsville…my favorite track.  Go #14 Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet.  Go Tony!!!!!!!!!  And yes…it’s still snowing.  It’s spring time in Ideeho.

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