For the first time in many years the Pacific Northwest is having a glorious Memorial Day weekend. I hope where ever you are summer has decided to make a showing.
In our house as soon as the rains start to let up the grill gets uncovered, cleaned up, fired up and doesnt get put away until the rains come back in autumn. This week being the unofficial start of summer the grill has been getting a lot of use, and what is grilled meat without great salads?
I love grapefruit so this one was a must-try for me. I used 4 grapefruit, 1 1/2 oranges and a large lemon to get the amount of juices called for. I really love the tartness of grapefruit and think this could be made with a little less sugar, but it you aren't a big fan of sour the recipe is perfect as-is.
This one I love. In large part because I love the boiled dressing. It is tart and you can adjust the oil based on your personal tastes. I love tart so left mine without oil, but think it would be delicious with it added as well.
That's it for this week. I hope you all have a great weekend and create something delicious.
Happy National Devils Food Cake Day! When did it get decided foods would get days of recognition? I have no idea, but it gave me a great excuse to make cake so I like it.
To be completely honest I'm not in love with this cake recipe. I have never been a big fan of Devils Food Cake and this recipe didn't improve my opinion of them(I prefer non-chocolate cakes). I found the texture to be somewhat dry and the frosting to be grainy.
Do you have a favorite Devils Food Cake recipe? One that is delectable and foolproof? Care to share it?
Have a great weekend, and be sure to celebrate this important holiday.
This weeks recipe is not coming to you from my kitchen, it's coming to you from my moms. My mother and I live almost a thousand miles apart but I am lucky because I get to visit her a few times a year.
While I was growing up my mother and my grandmother talked about a delicious cake that they both loved, Orange Kiss Me Cake. When my mom married my stepdad this cake was talked about even more because his mother also made this delicious confection. I have heard this cake mentioned hundreds of times, but at almost 40 years old I had never had it. Until this week. I knew I would have to create a recipe while I was visiting my mom and knew exactly what recipe it would be. The recipe I'm sharing is the one my step-grandmother wrote in her wonderful notebook of tested recipes.
I never had the pleasure of meeting my step-grandmother but something tells me we would have gotten along.
I personally find this recipe a little hard to read and it's missing a few crucial instructions, like pan size, so here you go.
Orange Kiss Me Cake
1 8x12 cake
1 cup raisins
1/3 cup walnuts
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour an 8x12 inch pan.
Grind together the orange, including half the rind, with the raisins and 1/3 cup walnuts. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and sugar. Add the shortening and 3/4 cup milk, mix on low for 2 minutes, turn up speed to medium and mix for 2 more minutes.
Add the eggs and 1/4 cup milk and beat for 2 minutes.
Fold in the orange, raisin, nut mixture. Spread into the prepared pan.
Bake for 45-50 minutes.
While the cake is baking combine the 1/3 cup sugar, cinnamon and 1/4 cup walnuts.
When the cake is done, while it is still warm, drizzle the orange juice over it then sprinkle on the topping mixture.
The cake is deliciously moist and because you grind the the fruits and nuts together the texture is much finer than that of a carrot cake even though it has raisins in it.
I called my mom two weeks before I came out to visit her because I knew this cake was something I had to make and I am very glad I did. My mom and stepdad loved the cake, I loved the cake and so did my daughter. This recipe will make it a few more generations.
Have a great weekend and create something delicious.