Monday, April 16, 2012

Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This is one of Chloe's favorites.  When we know she is coming to dinner, Roger makes this.  Easy and delicious sweet potatoes, mashed with maple syrup, butter, and a little cinnamon and cream.

                3 to 4 medium sweet potatoes, about 2 pounds
                1/4 teaspoon salt
                2 tablespoons butter
                2 tablespoons maple syrup
                cinnamon, to taste
                3 to 4 tablespoons half-and-half or milk
Cook sweet potatoes in boiling water until tender. Let cool slightly; peel. Mash with salt, butter, and maple syrup. Add cinnamon to taste then continue to mash with the milk or half-and-half to desired consistency.

Serves 4 to 6.  

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Debbie's 14 Carat Cake

This is my stepmother Debbie's family favorite recipe for carrot cake.  In fact, this carrot cake sparked a family battle.  My Dad, famous for not wanting to share, hid the cake from my Uncle Vince.  Vince retaliated by asking Debbie to bake him one of his own.  Debbie did, and a tradition was born.  Every year at beach week, when all the family gathered together at Emerald Isle, Debbie would make two carrot cakes - one for my Dad, and one for my Uncle Vince.

I posted the scanned version of the recipe because I love how it shows heavy use.  This is what favorite recipes look like.  I'll translate.


1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2/3 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp soda
1 cup oil
3 eggs
1/3 cup grated carrots (4-6 carrots)
6 oz. crushed pinapple
2/3 cu chop walnuts

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and soada.  Add sugar, oil, and eggs.  Mix well.  Add carrots, drained pineapple, and nuts.  Turn into two greased and floured 9" cake pans.  Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.  Cool in pan, then turn out to cool on racks.  Fill layers and frost with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1/2 cup butter
8 ox cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
1 box sifted confectionary sugar

Cream 1/2 cup butter, 8 oz cream cheese, and 1 tsp vanilla.  Beat  in one box confectionary  sugar.  If too thick, add a little water.