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Ground Beef Taco Meat

Ground Beef Taco Meat

I use this Ground Beef Taco Meat for many Mexican-style dishes at our house.

Spicy Plum Chutney

Spicy Plum Chutney

This summer, I’ve had the pleasure of receiving boxes filled with fruits and vegetables from a community food program due to the Covid-19 virus. One of those was a package of purple plums. Of course, we could have eaten them fresh, but I decided to 

French Bread with Dipping Oil

French Bread with Dipping Oil

Here's an easy recipe for homemade French Bread with Dipping Oil. Our family loves this bread and dipping it in spiced oils. Buttery tender bread with a golden crust. Click to Tweet

Here’s an easy recipe for homemade French Bread with Dipping Oil. It’s delicious alone or if you’re going for a more elegant dining experience, try making the dipping oil.

Our family loves this bread and dipping it in spiced oils. Buttery tender bread with a golden crust. And it makes two loaves, so there is plenty for everyone or to take to a potluck dinner.

Ingredients Needed for French Bread with Dipping Oil

  • all-purpose flour
  • sugar
  • instant yeast
  • salt
  • whole milk
  • water
  • butter

For the Dipping Spice and Oil

  • dried minced onion
  • rosemary
  • oregano
  • parsley
  • basil
  • red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar

Making the French Bread

In a large mixing bowl, stir together 3 cups of all-purpose flour, sugar, instant yeast, and salt.

In a small saucepan or microwavable bowl, combine milk, water, and butter. Heat until butter starts to melt (between 110-115 degrees).

Add liquids to the flour mixture. With a kneading hook, beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.

Hand Kneading will Make a More Tender Dough

Knead on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 4-6 minutes. Or if you’d prefer, continue kneading with a mixer and kneading hook. For this bread, I prefer hand kneading, as it seems to make a more tender dough. But it’s your choice.

Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and allow to rise for 50-60 minutes.

At the end of the rising period, gently punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half.

With a rolling pin, shape each into a 10 x 12″ rectangle. Roll up jelly roll style, pinching edges and ends to seal. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, placing sealed edges down.

Using a sharp knife or bread lame, score each loaf with 3-4 diagonal cuts in each. Allow to rise for 20-30 minutes. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

Recipe for French Bread

Serve warm. This recipe will make two loaves. You may freeze the extra loaf if desired, by wrapping the cooled loaf in plastic wrap and then storing it in a 2 gallon freezer bag.

To Make the Dipping Spices and Oil:

In a small bowl, combine dried minced onion, crushed rosemary, oregano, parsley, basil, red pepper flakes, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Store in airtight container to use as needed. This will make more than 1/4 cup.

For dipping, combine a high quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 2 teaspoon dipping spice, and a good balsamic vinegar in a small serving dish. Sometimes I will also add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic to the oil.

Serve with warm French bread. Your family will love you and think that you’ve slaved all day in your kitchen!

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Recipe for French Bread with Dipping Oil

French Bread with Dipping Oil

Here's a delicious recipe for homemade French Bread to serve with any meal. Delicious with the dipping oil and perfect for your next French or Italian Dinner.
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Course: Breads
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Dipping Oil, Extra Virgin olive Oil, Herbs, Homemade Bread
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Rising Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 12

Equipment

Polish Pottery Bowl
Rolling Pin
Bread Lame
Baking Sheet

Ingredients

  • 4-4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm milk 110-115 degrees
  • 3/4 cups warm water
  • 1/3 cup butter

Dipping Oil:

Instructions

  • In large mixing bowl, mix together 3 cups flour, sugar, instant yeast, and salt.
  • In small saucepan or microwavable bowl, combine milk, water, and butter. Heat until butter starts to melt (between 110-115 degrees).
  • Add liquids to the flour mixture. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.
  • Knead on floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 4-6 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and allow to rise for 50-60 minutes.
  • At the end of the rising time, gently punch down dough. Turn onto lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half. With a rolling pin, shape each into a 10 x 12" rectangle. Roll up jelly roll style, pinching edges and ends to seal. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, placing sealed edges down. With a sharp knife or bread lame, score each loaf with 3-4 diagonal cuts. Allow to rise for 20-30 minutes.
  • Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Serve warm. This recipe makes 2 large loaves.

To Make the Dipping Spice and Oil

  • In a small bowl, combine dried onion, crushed rosemary, oregano, parsley, basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper. Store in airtight container to use as needed. This will make 1/4 cup of spice mix.
  • For dipping, combine extra virgin olive oil, 2 teaspoons spice mix, and balsamic vinegar in a small serving dish. I will sometimes also add in minced garlic. Serve with warm French bread.

Notes

*You may freeze the extra loaf if desired by wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap, and then storing in a 2 gallon freezer bag.
**Unless otherwise indicated, all butter on this recipe site uses salted butter.

Nutrition

Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 348mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 229IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg
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Spice Cake with Penuche Frosting

Spice Cake with Penuche Frosting

Spice Cake with Penuche Frosting is a delicious, old-fashioned cake with a delightful, yummy frosting.  Flavorful spices: Cinnamon, Allspice, and Cloves. Nuts. And that wonderful frosting. Penuche is actually an Italian word that means fudge-like candy that is tan in color. Similar to caramel. Or 

Homemade Chili Sauce

Homemade Chili Sauce

I use this recipe for Homemade Chili Sauce when I don’t have any of this condiment in my pantry. It’s very easy to make and most people will have these ingredients on hand. Do-It-Yourself Food Projects can give a person such a sense of accomplishment. 

Applesauce Spice Cake

Applesauce Spice Cake

Applesauce Spice Cake reminds me of the little boxes of snack cake mix my mom used to buy when I was a girl.

Snack Cakes

In my years growing up, my folks would have other couples over on weekends to play pitch. My mom would almost always make a batch of popcorn or homemade ice cream. Sometimes we’d bake a snack cake to go with it. Like this recipe.

 

The Advent of Cake Mixes

In looking back and pondering this, it seems that my mom came from a generation when quick and easy was the “in” thing to do. No longer was baking from scratch, like what her mother and grandmother did before her, sought after. Why bake from scratch when you can save yourself time and effort by buying a baking mix at the grocery store?

And it wasn’t just baking products. It extended into quick and easy meal packages. Frozen Dinners, Hamburger Helper, Spaghetti Mix Packages. This may also have been about the time when sweetened processed cereals became all the rage.

Plus, there was the advent of television commercials boasting the wonderful taste and ease of their products. So we’re roughly talking of around 1946-1966. My mom’s generation. 

 

Where are We Today?

So, all of this leads me to ask “Where are we today?”

Boxed Cake Mixes

While “boxed” baking and dinner products are certainly still available in large numbers, I see the trend coming back for “home cooked” meals made from scratch. As proof, look at all the recipe blogs available online. Or the cooking shows on television. Or the recipe magazines being sold. And on top of that, we have an amazing variety of ingredients available to most everyone at the grocery store.

Snack Cake with Whipped Topping

Whatever the case, I hope you will enjoy this made-from-scratch Applesauce Spice Snack Cake recipe. Here’s how to make it.

 

Ingredients for Applesauce Spice Snack Cake

  • butter, softened
  • granulated sugar
  • large eggs
  • cinnamon applesauce
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • ground cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • ground cloves
  • raisins, chopped
  • English walnuts or pecans, chopped

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Ingredients Needed to Make This Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Spray a 9-inch square baking pan with baking spray.

Using a nut chopper or knife, chop English walnuts or pecans into small pieces. If desired, you may also chop the raisins into small pieces.

Our middle daughter is not overly wild about raisins, but she seems to be okay with them if they are chopped. I try to do this for any recipe that includes raisins, but do as you desire. 

In a large mixing bowl, beat together the softened butter and granulated sugar for about thirty seconds.

Add large eggs one at a time, mixing well after each.

Mixing Together Flour and Spices

In a small bowl combine the all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and ground cloves.

Add the flour to the creamed butter alternately with the cinnamon applesauce until mixed well.

Folding in Nuts and Raisins

Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir in the chopped raisins and nuts.

Baked Cake

Pour cake batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake in preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Because this is such a dense cake, it may take a bit longer, depending on your oven setting. You want to be sure the center is fully cooked before removing the cake from the oven or the middle might sink. 

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Recipe for Applesauce Spice Cake

Applesauce Spice Cake

In my years growing up, my folks would have other couples over on weekends to play pitch. My mom would always make a batch of homemade ice cream. Sometimes we'd bake a snack cake to go with it. Like this recipe, I hope you'll enjoy!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Applesauce, Snack Cake, Spices
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12

Equipment

Nut Chopper
Measuring Tools
KitchenAid Mixer
Square Baking Pan

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 16 oz. cinnamon applesauce
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup chopped raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped English walnuts or pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Spray a 9-inch square baking pan with baking spray.
  • Using a nut chopper or knife, chop English walnuts or pecans into small pieces. If desired, you may also chop the raisins into small pieces. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together the softened butter and granulated sugar for about thirty seconds.
  • Add large eggs one at a time, mixing well after each.
  • In a small bowl combine the all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and ground cloves.
  • Add the flour to the creamed butter alternately with the cinnamon applesauce until mixed well.
  • Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir in the chopped raisins and nuts.
  • Pour cake batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake in preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter used on this recipe site is salted.
**Because this is such a dense cake, it may take a bit longer to bake, depending on your oven setting. You want to be sure the center is fully cooked before removing the cake from the oven or the middle might sink. 

Nutrition

Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 317mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 294IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2mg
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Cajun Shrimp

Cajun Shrimp

Cajun Shrimp is a great addition to any barbecue. We love shrimp at our house. This recipe is sure to please any shrimp-lovers out there.    On Buying Shrimp When buying shrimp, select the raw type over precooked. It doesn’t take long for shrimp to 

Molasses Crinkles

Molasses Crinkles

What says “Autumn” or “Holidays” better than the aroma of molasses and spices drifting from your kitchen oven? Seek no further than these Molasses Crinkles! These hefty cookies are full of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves and practically melt in your mouth. I love how some 

Cajun Spice

Cajun Spice

Use Cajun Spice in side dishes or as a rub on steaks, shrimp, or fish.

In my years of baking and cooking, I have made many DIY seasonings and mixes. You can usually count on two things when you make your own: it will be less expensive and more tasty.

Making your own spices or seasoning blends requires that you have a well-stocked pantry. Below I’ve listed my top spices and herbs that I like to keep in my cabinet. Of course, you might want more or less, depending on how much you cook and your preferences. But this is a nice start for the recipes you’ll find on this site, including Cajun Spice.

25 HERBS AND SPICES TO STORE IN YOUR PANTRY:

  1. Cayenne/Red Pepper
  2. Celery Seed
  3. Chili Powder
  4. Curry Powder
  5. Dried Basil
  6. Dried Chives
  7. Dried Dill Leaves
  8. Dried Oregano
  9. Dried Parsley
  10. Dried Rosemary
  11. Dried Thyme Leaves
  12. Garlic Powder
  13. Garlic Salt
  14. Ground Cinnamon
  15. Ground Cloves
  16. Ground Cumin
  17. Ground Ginger
  18. Ground Nutmeg
  19. Onion Powder
  20. Onion Salt
  21. Paprika
  22. Poppy Seed
  23. Red Pepper Flakes
  24. Seasoned Salt
  25. Sesame Seed

See more DIY Mixes Here.

Homemade Cajun Spice Mix

Cajun Spice

Here's a recipe to use as a rub on steaks, shrimp, or fish.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: DIY, Spices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 5 tablespoons

Equipment

Glass Mixing Bowls
Stainless Funnel

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Using a funnel, pour spices into an airtight container. Store until ready to use. Makes 5 tablespoons.
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