In the Kitchen

Easy Apple Pie

Need a last-minute quick and easy dessert for company? Though it doesn’t have the fancy designed crust, your family will be saying, “how ’bout them apples!”

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Scroll to the bottom for a printable recipe card. Enjoy!

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In the Kitchen

Perfect Pound Cake…

…so entitled because I’ve made so many cake flops before that I can now share some fool proof tips.

I remember the first cake I made. It was a chocolate cake for my then-boyfriend’s 16th birthday party. Embarrassed, I presented a platter full of crumbled cake-pieces and stuck candles in it.

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Baking cakes is a feat I was determined to conquer, simply because it was a memorable thing to walk in my parents’ house and have Dad point to the batter bowl he’d saved for us (to fight over!). He made cakes to make us feel special on so many occasions, and I’d love to do the same for my daughter. I adore this picture of Dad teaching my daughter to bake her first cake, so I had to share!

So after dry birthday cakes, over cooked, under-cooked and completely tasteless, I think I’ve come across the perfect combination of recipe directions that leave me without error.

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This is an easy printable recipe card, and hopefully the video shows how everything should look at each stage. Happy baking!

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In the Kitchen, My Favorite Things

Chocolate Chip Cookies

My earliest memory of baking is with my dad, teaching me to bake chocolate chip cookies.  It’s remained one of my favorites to bake, what can beat a fresh chocolate chip cookie hot from the oven?

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Baking cookies turned into my first job.  Dad would take whatever kind of cookies I made, in baggies of 4, and put them out for the guys at work for 50 cents per bag.  I would always drink Coke while I baked, and I still crave that sip of Coca Cola with every hot cookie.  I don’t know that we made much more than the cost of ingredients, but it was a great way for my parents to instill work ethic.

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Possibly my favorite birthday gift EVER – Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer

I broke one of my efficiency rules tonight:  I only made a single batch.  Normally, if I’m going to make the effort to bake, it gets doubled.  Unfortunately, the other bag of chips was the only chocolate in the house last night when someone was having a bit of a chocolate craving…

Here is the official Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip recipe.  I included step by step pictures for those of us who are more visual.

The recipe says the oven should be preheated to 375 degrees, but I like the texture when they are cooked at 350 degrees.  Rebel, I know!

Combine unsifted plain flour, baking soda, & salt, then set aside.

In large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar and brown sugar at medium speed until creamy and lightened in color.

Add eggs and vanilla, one at a time.

Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. (Unless I’m making them for one of my favorite uncles, I skip the nuts.)

Drop by tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Unofficial direction, but a must – save the batter for later in your child’s favorite Black Panther bowl!

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.

Also unofficial, but another MUST!  Put ’em on a platter and take them outta this house so we don’t eat them ALL 🙂

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In the Kitchen, Positive Thoughts - Just Because

Coffee Connections

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I think I first started drinking coffee just so that I could sit out on the porch to have coffee and chat with my dad. It only took one cup, a porch and a rocking chair for me to realize how precious that time was. Through the years, we practiced making the perfect cup for each other, and maybe talk about life, or just sit there and enjoy each other’s company and silence. Either way, we had coffee and we were happy together.

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I remember him getting up a good hour earlier than he ever had to so that he could sit and have his coffee quietly without interruptions.  As I get older, I find myself doing the same thing and appreciating how peaceful it is to have the quiet time to think. Even though he is no longer with me, I am able to smile with every cup and be thankful for the time that we had.

Funny how such a simple habit as drinking coffee can create relationship bonds that run so deep.

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