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Monday, July 22, 2019

Penuche Fudge #recipe

Penuche is often considered by many to be a type of fudge. The truth is that it is a candy similar to fudge but does not host all the characteristics that fudge hold. Penuche is made up of brown sugar, butter, vanilla and milk. The brown sugar helps give the candy a maple like flavor. Penuche is popular in New England where nuts are also added to the candy. However, in the southern United States the candy is known simply as brown sugar fudge. 

  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
optional: 1 cup pecans or walnuts, coarsely chopped

  1. In a 3-quart saucepan combine both sugars and the milk and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, while stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking mixture, without stirring, until it reaches the soft-ball stage, 236F/113C degrees.
  2. Remove saucepan from the heat and add the butter and vanilla, but DO NOT STIR. Let the mixture cool without stirring until it reaches 110F/43C degrees, about 20 minutes.
  3. While the mixture is cooling, butter an 8-inch-square pan. Set aside.
  4. Once the mixture has cooled down, beat with a wooden spoon until the butter is fully incorporated and mixture starts to thicken.  Quickly pour the fudge into the buttered pan before it becomes too solid.
    ***If using optional 1 cup chopped nuts, quickly stir them into the fudge right before pouring into the prepared pan*** 
  5. Let cool completely before cutting into 1-inch squares. Store leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator.

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Mango , Cucumber and Onion Sald #Recipe

1 English cucumber (sliced into thin rounds)
1 cup onion (finely sliced)
1 mango (peeled, cored and sliced into bite size pieces)
2 tsp dill (chopped)
1 chile or jalapeno pepper (finely chopped)
1 clove garlic (minced)
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
black pepper
3 cups arugula or baby spinach
Put cucumber and onion slices in a large bowl.Combine vinegar, water, sugar, salt and garlic, and stir well until sugar and salt are melted. Pour over cucumber and onion slices and marinate for an hour. Drain liquid. 

Making the salad: Put arugula or baby spinach on a plate. Add cucumber and onion slices, mango and top with chopped dill and chiles. Season with plenty of black pepper and serve immediately.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Making Cucumbers into Pickles

Have you had the chance to enjoy produce from the garden yet?? One of my veggies to dine on from the garden are cucumbers and one of my favorite ways to fix them is in easy dill overnight pickles. There is no canning involved and you can enjoy them several hours after creating them. Best of all because many others besides me like them as well they are a great way to use up those cucumbers not allowing any to go to waste. 

There are truly not a lot of ingredients that go into these quick easy, dill and delicious pickles

using a hand full of fresh dill sprigs and 2 chopped up garlic cloves for seasoning

1/4 c chopped onion
3 cups thin sliced cucumbers
1 1/2 cup of water 
3/4 cup white vinegar
1 T honey or sugar if you prefer … I normally use sugar
salt and pepper

In a large mason jar combine the dill, garlic, and onion. Fill the jar to top with cucumbers In a small saucepan over high heat place water, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Mix all til mixture boils Pour hot liquid over cucumbers Allow to cool a bit then top and chill overnight.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Ooey Gooey Chocolate Cake

2 sticks (226g) butter, melted
1 package chocolate cake mix
3 eggs, one egg for bottom cake layer THEN two eggs for filling layer
1 package (8-ounce) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup (31g) cocoa powder
16 ounces confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    1. Heat oven to 350 degrees (325 convection) and prepare and 9-inch by 3-inch round cake pan OR 9-inch x13-inch dish. (I have heard bundt pans work as well!)
    2. Combine the cake mix, 1 egg (you will use the other two eggs elsewhere), and 1 stick melted butter (1/2 cup or 113g), and stir until well blended.
    3. Pat the mixture into prepared pan and set aside.
    4. In a stand mixer on medium speed (or using a hand-held mixer), beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the remaining 2 eggs and the cocoa powder.
    5. Lower the speed of the mixer and add the powdered sugar. Slowly add the remaining 1 stick (1/2 cup) of melted butter. Add vanilla and continue to beat the mixture until smooth.
    6. Pour filling over cake mixture in pan. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. (check at 30 minutes with 9x13) Be careful not to overcook the cake; the center should still be a little gooey when finished baking. Let cake partially cool on a wire rack before cutting into pieces.
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Are You A Geek or a Nerd??

A few of my memories of summer when I was a kid was that of going to camp. Each year I at least went away for one week and several times I went for a few weeks. Camp was very much like school to me a place to be around individuals and have a bit of fun. Like school mates those individuals I met at camp all had their own personalities

There were the popular kids, the jocks who liked to participate in sports, the nerds and of course the geeks. Yes I said that right there is a difference between nerds and geeks in my opinion. In fact, from time to time I could be considered to fit into either of the groups. While some may consider the terms to be insulting I take them with a stride of life. 

The terms nerd and geek have been in existence for 50 + years. In fact the first time that the word "nerd" was shown in print was in the Dr. Seuss's book If I Ran A Zoo The term nerd often helps to describe someone  that is a bit bookishness, fashion blindness, and social ineptitude. However, the word Geek came about much earlier in time. 

The word "Geek" arrives from the middle English, German and Dutch and means "freak" When the word traveled to the United States the term took on a slightly different meaning. Many times carnival performers would be known as "geeks" For a bit the words "nerd" and "geek" were closely related and could be associated. 

Today, the term "nerd" normally refers to a person obsessed by academic or other esoteric social norms. Often they do not pay much attention to their hygiene, manner of speech, their courtesy On the other hand the term "geek" refers to an individual who extensively studies a single subject Nerds concentrate often on technology or sci-fi subjects and geeks may study a number of subjects including computers, music, film , videogames with much interest. While both nerds and geeks are more than likely very intelligent it has been movies to help satisfy the definition of these categories. 

Think about the 1980's movie and T.V. shows that featured both nerds and geeks. Movies such as Revenge of the nerds and family matters helped to define an outlook appearance for the nerd in all of us. Geek attire has an even wider appearance with clothing lines defining their geekiness. In addition many that consider their selves "geeks" enjoy wearing sporty framed glasses, cardigans and elbow patches or at least that is how many geeks are thought of. 

Today why not sport a bit of your nerdiness and geekiness and have a good time. 

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