Friday, December 10, 2010

Sour Cream Pound Cake

There were many women in my life who influenced my cooking starting when I was a very young little girl.  Cooking always fascinated me.  One of these ladies was my next door neighbor who I called "Aunt Dot", a southern belle from North Carolina who taught me how to cook some of my best dessert and bread recipes.  Thank God I had the good sense to write many of her recipes down since I still use many of them to this day.  She was one of the best cooks ever!

This recipe is my variation of Aunt Dot's recipe for Sour Cream Pound Cake. I have made this since I was a teenager, when I was just learning how to cook and experimenting to make my recipes uniquely mine. This is one of my best recipes!

Sorry, I have no photos . . . 


1 cup butter or margarine
3 cups sugar
6 eggs, separated
3 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 - 8 oz. carton sour cream
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond flavoring


Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Cream butter and 2 cups sugar.

Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well
after each addition.

Sift flour, soda and salt twice.

Add to creamed mixture alternatively
with sour cream.

Beat egg whites until stiff and add last
cup of sugar.

Mix and fold gently into batter.

Blend in flavoring.

Bake in a greased and floured tube pan for
1 to 1 1/2 hour.

Flour pans with 1 tbsp flour and 1 tbsp powdered sugar.

I bake for about an hour, checking for a golden brown crust.

Let stand 15 minutes before removing from pan.

I have experimented with this recipe by
 using different flavored 
extracts and flavoring,
but none came close to the almond flavoring.

For best results, use extracts instead of flavoring
. . . it makes a big difference in flavor.

Saturday, December 4, 2010


The beauty of the basic Sangria recipe is that it is as delicious as it is easy, and it only gets better as you spice it up with your favorite fruits, spice and liquors.

Chill and enjoy!


1 Bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja, Zinfandel, Shiraz)
1 Lemon cut into wedges
1 Orange cut into wedges
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Shot brandy
2 Cups ginger ale or club soda


Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine.

Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar and brandy. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving.

If you'd like to serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice.

Additional ideas: sliced strawberries, peaches, handful of fresh blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, a shot or two of gin, brandy or rum, a cup of ginger ale, citrus soda pop or lime juice.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Brownie Cheesecake Bars

1-1/2 cups flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
2/3 cup Hershey's cocoa
3 eggs, divided
1/2 cup milk
3 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup chopped nuts, optional
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 Tbs. butter or margarine
1 Tbs. cornstarch
14 oz. can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk

1. Heat oven to 350. Grease a 13x9 baking pan. In mixer bowl, beat
flour, sugar, melted butter, cocoa, 2 eggs, milk, 2 tsp. vanilla and
baking powder until well blended. Stir in nuts. Spread into pan.

2. In small mixer bowl, beat cream cheese, 2 Tbs. butter and
cornstarch until fluffy. Gradually add sweetened condensed milk, then
remaining 1 egg and 1 tsp. vanilla, beating until smooth. Pour over
brownie batter.

3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until top is lightly browned. Cool;
refrigerate. Cut into bars. Store covered in refrigerator.

Source: old magazine clipping

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas Candy

My theme for this week is homemade gifts from the kitchen.

Economic times are getting rougher by the year for many of us . . . 
are you giving more homemade gifts than ever?

The following is a list of awesome sweet treats that you can whip up
and delight anyone on your holiday gift-giving list.

I have a craving for some peanut brittle . . .

2 Minute Microwave Fudge
5 Minute Fudge
7 Layer Bars
Aaron's Buttery Cashew Brittle
Almond Bark
Amanda's Peppermint Creams
Ann's Cream Nut Candy
Bavarian Inn Peanut Bars
Beth's Delicious Fudge
Brownie Fudge Dessert
Butter Toffee
Candied Yams
Candy Bar Brownies
Candy Cane Brittle
Candy Cane Fudge
Caramel Krispie Treats
Carmel Corn
Carol's Christmas Treats
Chocolate Almond Bars
Chocolate Balls
Chocolate Billionaires
Chocolate Chow Mein Candy
Chocolate Covered Cherries
Chocolate Covered Nuts
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Chocolate Nut Caramels
Chocolate Popcorn
Chocolate Silk Bon Bons
Chocolate Truffels
Christmas Candied Walnuts
Christmas Crackle Candy
Christmas Mice
Chunky Mallow Candy
Cinnamon Hard Candy
Cinnamon Popcorn
Cranberry Nut Fudge
Cream Cheese Candy
Creamy Chocolate Truffles
Creamy Microwave Pralines (Texas Stye)
Crispy peanutbutter balls
Dark Chocolate Fudge
Deborahe's Holiday Chocolates
Disappearing Marshmallow Brownies
Dish of Dirt
Dorothy's Peanut Butter/Butterscotch Noodle Cookie
Dreamcicle Fudge
Easy Candy
Easy Divinity
Easy Divinity Easy Divinity Candy
Easy Fudge
Easy Granola Candy
Easy Microwave Carmel
Easy Microwave Fudge
Easy Pecan Logs
English Toffee
English Toffee
English Toffee Bars
Fabulous Fudge
Fake Brittle
Fantasy Fudge
Festive Chocolate Truffles
Five Minute Fudge
Fool-Proof Fudge
Frosted Pecans
Fudge Brownies
Fudge for One
Fudge Puddles
Georgia Nuggets
Grandma Donna's Nummies
Grandma F's Delicious Fudge
Grandmother's Holiday Fudge
Hard Candy
Hard Tack Candy
Hazelnut Fantasy Fudge
Ho-Ho Hash
Holly Confection
Honey Comb
J & D's Peanut Butter Balls
Jeanne's Tiger Butter
Jen's Chocolate Meringues
J's Cream Fudge
Kim's Famous Cashew Brittle
Magic Marshmallow Fudge
Mama's Fudge
Maple Rum Balls
Margie's Best Candy
Martha Washington Candy
Martha Washington Mounds
Melting Moments
Melting Moments
Memaw's Reese's
Meme's Best Ever Peanut Butter Fudge
Micky's Mints
Microwave Peanutbutter fudge
Microwave Pralines
Milk Fudge
Milky Way Bars
Million Dollar Fudge
Mimi's Famous Fudge
Mocha Truffles
Mom's Mints
Mr. Monroe's Famous Fudge
Mrs. Eisenhower's Fudge
Never Fail Fudge
Never Fail Fudge
No Bake Rum Balls
No Cook Peanut Butter Fudge
No Fail Fudge
Novia Scotia Treats
Nut Mallow Goodies
Nutty North Pole Fudge
Orange Balls
Orange Glazed Pecans
Out Of This World Fudge
Oven Carmel Corn
Peanut Brittle
Peanut Brittle
Peanut Brittle
Peanut Brittle (Microwave)
Peanut Butter Balls
Peanut Butter Balls
Peanut Butter Balls
Peanut Butter Bars-An Elve's Favorite Treat
Peanut Butter Candy
Peanut Butter Candy
Peanut Butter Cups
Peanut Butter Cups
Peanut Butter Fruit Squares
Peanut Butter Fudge
Peanut Butter Fudge
Peanut Butter Fudge
Peanut Butter Snowballs
Peanut Clusters (mircrowavable)
Peanut Krispies
Peanut Patties
Pecan Candy
Pecan Kisses
Penut Butter Buckeyes
Peppermint Bonbons
Peppermint Bark
Peppermint Bark
Peppermint Bark
Peppermint Wands
Popcorn Cake
Popcorn Cake
Potato Candy
Potato Candy
Potato Candy
Potato Candy
Praline Kisses
Puppy Chow
Puppy Chow
Puppy Chow
Puppy Chow (for Humans)
Quick and Easy Mini Marshmallow Sandwiches
Quick and E-Z Fudge
Raspberry Fudge Balls
Reindeer Chow
Reindeer Chow
Reindeer Chow
Reindeer Chow
Reindeer Droppings
Reindeer Food
Reindeer Food
Rocky Road
Rocky Road
Rocky Road Bark
Rudolph's Favorite Pecans
Rum Balls
Salt Water Taffy
Sea Foam Candy
Skor Fudge
Snowy Day Brownies
Snowy Divinity
Snowy Pretzels
Spiced Pumpkin Fudge
Stained Glass Candy
Sugared Nuts
Super Peanut Clusters
Treacel Fudge
Triple Layer Bars
TripleLayer Chocolate Bars
Turkish Delight
Turkish Delight
Turkish Delight
Uncle Ferd's Butter Crisp Cracker Candy
Uncle Jack Hallwood's Peanut Butter Fudge
Very Easy Fudge
White Christmas
Willy Wonka Bars
Winter Strawberries
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