Thursday, September 29, 2011

carrot cake jam

This is great on toast with cream cheese.

2 cups finely shredded carrots,1 cup ( 1 med. pear) peeled and finely chopped,1 can ( 15oz) of crushed pineapple with juice, 2 tbl lemon juice, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, 1 package of powdered fruit pectin, 4 cups sugar 2 cups brown sugar ,1 tsp vanilla.
In a 6 quart heavy pot combine carrots,pear,pineapple with the juice, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Reduce heat , cover and simmer for 20 minutes stirring frequently . You don't want it to stick.Add pectin and stir till dissolved. Bring mixture to boiling stirring constantly.Add both sugars. Return to a rolling boil,boil for 1 minute stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim off foam, then add vanilla. Ladle into hot clean half pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Wipe rim of jars. ( it won't seal if the rim is dirty.) Process jars in boiling water for 10 minutes.(make sure there is a inch of water over the top of the lids.) Start timing after the water returns to a boil. Makes 6 to 7 jars.

It works better if you skim with a metal spoon. You can add raisins if you like. I don't, my girls don't like them. Your jam will look darker then the picture.For some reason it turn out lighter in the picture. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


The Mighty Beef Sandwich
         2 to 3 cube steaks,  6 tablespoons of butter, 1 large onion, 4 large mushrooms, season salt, garlic powder, and black pepper, 9 to 10 dashes of Worcestershire's sauce, hot sauce( As to your taste. I use 4 dashes) and hogie buns.

Cut your mushrooms and onions. Put two tablespoons of butter in the pan. When melted add the onions and mushrooms. Cook over low med. heat till the onions are translucent. Then raise the heat to caramelise the onions and mushroom. Remove from the pan and place in bowl for later.
Cut your cube steaks  against the grain of the meat into strips or bite size pieces if you like. Sprinkle with the season salt ,garlic powder and pepper. Place in the pan that you took the onions and mushrooms out of . Add 4 tablespoons of butter Cook over med heat till done.( don't over cook it or it could become tough . )                                                                                                                                     
I know not a good picture, Sorry. My other picture won't post.  
 Add back to the pan the onions and mushrooms. Then add the Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes to blend everything. Taste the meat. You can always add more Worcestershire and hot sauce if you like. It depends on your taste.

This part is up the you. Butter your buns,then put under the broiler till toasted. I like mine buttered then put in the pan, I just took the meat out of . That way I get the flavor of the meat on my buns. It's your choose.
This recipe make  4 to 6 sandwiches. Depending how high you pile it on. Mine like to pile it on,as you can see. I do make a few changes now and again. Cube steak can be expensive, so I some times use hamburger. I may also add a little brown gravy (not a lot) to the hamburger one. If you do this you may want to add more Worcestershire sauce. Wait a minute, that kind of makes it a different sandwich.
 Oh well, both are good.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Zucchini and Blueberry crumble cake

I still have a lot of zucchini. I have given it away, dehydrated it , and froze it. I have come to the point where it's time to come up with recipes. This one turned out great. Hope you will give it a try. It's great with or with out the crumb topping.

   3 lightly beaten eggs, 1 cup veg. oil, 3tsp.vanilla extract, 1 1/4 cup sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 3 cups shredded  zucchini, 3 cups all purpose flour, 1tsp. salt, 1 tsp baking powder,1/4 baking soda, 1 tbl ground Cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg, and 1 pint fresh blueberry.

In a mixing bowl beat together the eggs,oil,vanilla, and sugars Add the other dry ingredients.  Mix well. Stir in zucchini and blueberry. Transfer to greased 9 by 13 pan or two greased loaf pans and add crumble topping. (recipe below) Bake at 350 for an hour or until a knife comes out clean.
                                                       Crumb Topping

2/3 cup flour, 1/2 brown sugar, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp Cinnamon,  and 1 stick soften butter.
Mix together with hand and sprinkle on top.

This recipe has been linked up to the FRIDAY FARMGIRL HOP at Deborah Jean's Dandelion House!
Link HERE!