I made my very first ever from scratch homemade cake at 7,500 feet above sea level today. I have made many homemade cakes before, but that was back home in Savannah, which is practically 2 feet below sea level.
After many dismal failures (including box mixes) I have finally made a cake from scratch that turned out decent. No- better than decent. I think this is the best cake I've ever made. No joke.
It all started when my fried Emmy posted on her blog about receiving as a gift from her hubby, a copy of "The Joy of Cooking." By the way, you should go read her blog. She is nauseatingly multi-talented. She cooks and knits beautifully, as well as a bunch of other stuff I learn about every freakin' time I read her blog. So go over to her blog right now.
Anyhoo...she read the high altitude instructions and cranked out a beautiful red velvet cake that made me drool. After reading that, I decided it was time to stop being a wuss about baking at high altitude and try a…
This is what Sunday morning looked like at our house. I was inspired by some beautiful strawberries I bought at the store yesterday, so I wanted to make a special breakfast.
What says "I Love You" more than a stack of hot, homemade buttermilk pancakes???
Well, I'll tell you what. A stack of hot, homemade buttermilk Strawberries Romanoff Pancakes with Brown Sugar-Sour Cream Sauce. That's what.
A very good friend of mine from back home in Savannah, Jared, sent me for an engagement gift a year subscription to "Southern Living" magazine. He explained that he didn't want me to "forget how to be Southern." Although it is doubtful that I will EVER not be Southern, it was a very sweet gift. And I must admit I was so excited the day it landed in our mailbox that I had to fight every instinct in my Southern body not to plop on the couch right then and there and read it cover to cover and commit it to memory.
Wednesday supper was all about cleaning out the ice box. I had odds and ends of things hanging around, and they needed to be gone!
I browned a pound of sweet Italian sausage in a skillet with 2 minced shallots. I added chopped yellow squash and diced fresh tomatoes. After the sausage had browned, I added the rest of a bottle of Presseco I had in the ice box (probably around 1/2 cup). I let it hang out and reduce while I boiled a package of vacuum sealed gnocchi. This particular batch I bought from Trader Joe's. When all of the little pillows of goodness floated to the top, I added them with a little of their cooking liquid to the skillet with the sausage mixture. I finished it by adding some minced fresh herbs (basil and oregano), and little fresh goat cheese.