Pumpkin Dessert

(This is one of our most requested recipes. Hope you all enjoy it as much as we do.)

1 can           evaporated milk
4                  eggs, lightly beaten
29-oz. can   pumpkin
3/4 tsp.        salt
1 Tbsp.       pumpkin pie spice (or to taste) - available at Trader Joe's
                       or a restaurant supply store
1 cup          brown sugar, packed (or to taste)
1/8 cup       yellow cake mix (from topping)

1 box          yellow cake mix
2 cup          chopped walnuts (more or less)
1 cube        butter, melted
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In medium bowl, mix eggs and evaporated milk. Add pumpkin, spices, brown sugar and cake mix. Pour into prepared 9" x 11" pan, or 8" x 8" pan if you like it thicker.

Topping: Sprinkle remainder of cake mix evenly over filling. Sprinkle nuts over cake mix and drizzle melted butter over all.

Bake at 400 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes, or longer for the 8" x 8", until knife inserted comes out clean.

apple jack cake

Jack Apple Pecan Spice Cake

(This "spicy" cake recipe comes from The Cake Box Doctor cookbook available from us for $15.00.)

Vegetable oil spray for misting cake pan
Flour for dusting the pan
1 pkg.          plain spice cake mix
1 cup           buttermilk
3/4 cup        vegetable oil
2 Tbsp         Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey
3                  large eggs
2 cups          finely chopped peeled apples (2 medium)
1 cup           chopped pecans

4 Tbsp         butter, softened (1/2 stick)
2 cups          confectioner's sugar, sifted
3 Tbsp         Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey
1 tsp            pure vanilla extract
4 oz.            cream cheese (more if needed to stiffen frosting)  

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly mist two 8 or 9-inch cake pans with oil spray and dust with flour. Set aside.

Place cake mix, buttermilk, oil, whiskey, and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with the rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes more, scraping the sides down again if needed. The batter should look thick nd well blended. Fold in the apples and pecans. Pour the batter into the prepared pans, smoothing it out with the rubber spatula. Place pans in the oven.

Bake the cake until it is light brown and springs back when lightly pressed with your finger, 26 to 28 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and place them on a rack to cool while you prepare the glaze. Let cool on rack for 20 minutes, then turn out of pan onto rack to cool completely.

For the frosting, place the butter, confectioner's sugar, whiskey, and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl and beat on low speed until smooth. Add cream cheese and beat on medium speed until smooth and somewhat fluffy. Spread half of frosting over bottom layer of cake, then place top layer and spread remainder. Garnish with chopped pecans.

black beans
pinto beans
Filled Macaroni Ring

Macroni to fill a ringed jello mold, bundt or springform pan

Salt (to taste)
Fillings and toppings of your choice

Add macaroni and salt to a pot of water and cook till firm tender. DO NOT add oil to the water because you will need the cooked macaroni to stick together.

Fill mold with macaroni and let set. Turn onto  a platter and fill center of ring with filling of your choice. In the pictures at right black beans (top) and pinto beans (bottom) were used. To complete, garnish with toppings of your choice. For the pinto bean ring Marie used grated cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses, and diced green chilis. The black bean ring was topped with cheddar cheese and chopped green onions.  Also, two flavors of salsa were added to the black bean platter.

Serve cold or at room temperature.


Artichoke Hearts Casserole

An excellent dip with crackers or corn chips. This is one of the recipes found in Piecemakers cookbook, Seasons of Refreshing, Volume 1.

(1) 15-oz. can          artichoke hearts (in water), chopped
1 cup                       grated Cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp.                    garlic
1/3 cup                    Parmesan cheese
1/2 to 3/4 cup          mayonnaise

Mix all ingredients together. Place in ovenproof baking dish. Bake 20 to 30 minues at 350 degreees. Serve warm.


      Mouth-Watering Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes Cake

meatloaf cake

Click on picture to enlarge.
Creamy Mashed Potatoes

daho potatoes, enough to frost the cake    and feed your family
Minced garlic and Salt (to taste)
Cream cheese (to taste)

Peel and cut up potatoes. Add potatoes, salt and garlic to a pot of water and cook potatoes till tender.

Combine potatoes and cream cheese and mash.

For the Cake:  Make up your favorite meatloaf recipe. Shape in springform pan or other round baking dish and bake.

Allow meatloaf to partially cool, frost with mashed potatotoes, and garnish with mixture of green, red, orange and yellow diced bell peppers. Return to oven set on warm and heat through. Slice like a cake to serve. Yum!

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To the beaten eggs, add cottage cheese, Jack cheese and Bisquick. Mix well.
Add milk and 1/2 melted butter to this mixture. Use the other half butter
to grease a 9" x 13" baking dish and then pour all the mixture in the dish
and bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Serve with some fresh salsa - can't beat it!

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