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Prunes Pouched in Red Wine and Cinnamon

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Sometimes I think we need to concentrate on the funny foods. Like prunes. Prunes are the laughing stock of the food world, and such a pity. Prunes are delicious, available in your pantry at all times (unless you forgot them at the store) and make for great foods, both sweet and savory?

Today I am making Prunes Poached in Red Wine, for our Sunday dinner.



Prunes in Red Wine
adapted from Kitchenography

1 pound pitted prunes (about 40)
1 1/4 c sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
2 1/2 c dry red wine

Prunes Poached in Red Wine and Cinnamon
Prunes in Red Wine and Cinnamon

2 8oz containers Mascarpone cheese

Combine in a large covered pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and simmer 45 minutes. Transfer to a dish, cover and chill until serving time.



To serve place a large spoonful of the cheese on a rimmed plate or shallow dish, add prunes and drizzle syrup over.

Enjoy!

Serves 8

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The worlds best Oatmeal Muffins


 Breakfast anyone?

These muffins are tasty and the recipe is a starting point for so many delicious muffin varieties, just stir in your favorite flavor. Today I choose to make the basic recipe, they are that good. Especially with homemade jam, and I just happen to have some in the pantry.

Oatmeal Muffins
adapted from: original recipe source believed to be U.S. Army - scaled way back!
400 degree oven

3/4 c flour
3/4 c whole wheat flour - I use spelt
1 c oats
1 T baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/4 c brown sugar
2 T sugar
1 c milk
1/4 c oil
1 egg

if desired: 1 c of any of the following, berries, diced fresh banana, chopped dates, walnuts, chocolate chips, raisins, et.

Combine dry ingredients in medium bowl, whisk well to combine.


Beat together milk, egg and oil. Pour over dry ingredients and stir gently to combine, take care to not over mix, batter should be lumpy.


Divide into 12 prepared muffin cups.


Bake 15 minutes or until done. Serve immediately.


Enjoy!

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Graham Cracker Crumb Cake

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Graham Cracker Crumb Cake
Graham Cracker Crumb Cake
 
Deciding what to make this morning, did not come easy. I have been stricken with little appetite, a very rare occurrence for me! Usually I cook more than two people can eat, and then eat more than one person should! But I am sure my old appetite will return momentarily, it always does!

This morning, I have once again turned to my little black book, deciding on the Graham Cracker Crumb Cake. I think this originally was clipped out of a Sunset magazine, many years ago. I always keep graham crackers in the pantry. Granddaughter loves them and I have had a fondness for them for years, not in the usual "milk and graham crackers" way, but as little peanut butter sandwiches. I still take little graham cracker and peanut butter "sandwiches" as my lunch. Oh and lets not forget buttered. Crisp, lightly sweet cracker with creamy, mild salty butter, yum. Cake anyone? Lets get started.....

 The easiest way to make the crumbs, is to use the grater disk on your processor.

Graham Cracker Crumb Cake
adapted from Sunset Magazine (I believe)
350 degree oven

1/2 plus 1 T flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 c butter
2/3 c brown sugar
2/3 c sugar
3 eggs
1 t vanilla
1 c buttermilk



Combine all dry ingredients, stirring well and set aside. Cream butter, add sugars, beat until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Add vanilla, 1/2 dry ingredients and 1/3 of the butter milk. Mix well. Repeat with remaining dry ingredients and 1/3 of the buttermilk, mixing well. Mix in remaining buttermilk bringing any drier ingredients up from bottom of the bowl.



Pour into a prepared 9 inch square pan.
Bake 35-40 minutes.
Serves 8-10

Enjoy!

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Cheeseburger Scalloped Potatoes, a slow cooker recipe

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Some days/weeks are better than others. And along that same thought, some days/weeks are busier than others. I had one of those weeks! How about you?

That seems to be the constant theme; across the blogsphere, myself included. I am (hopefully) on the brink of many changes, change I have worked for and hope will culminate in a final outcome that is, recognizable to my "blueprint" of the original thought. I know I am not alone in the change lane, for one thing is absolutely true. Change is going to happen, regardless of our own personal opinion. We change or are left behind in the change.

Cheeseburger Scalloped Potatoes, simple, easy and good!
Cheeseburger Scalloped Potatoes.

Now you might ask, what on earth does that have to do with dinner? Well as the title suggests, some days a dinner like this will do. The focus is on feeding the family a good meal; and sometimes that needs to be a simple affair, so that other tasks can be completed as well. Often I have landed on a blog or article that talks about simple meals, and that author is brave enough to put it out there. By that I mean they tell you what they are eating, and give you the nitty gritty details. Sometimes it is not pretty, but when you look at the sum of the parts, why would it not taste good when put together? Today I took a step toward brave!


Cheeseburger Scalloped Potatoes
by the seat of my pants
a slow cooker meal - I used a 6QT

1 pound ground beef, browned and drained of excess fat
6 potatoes, scrubbed and sliced thin (peel if that is your preference)
3 T flour
2 T dried onion
rounded 1/2 t thyme leaves, crushed
garlic salt
pepper
1 1/2 c beef stock
1/2 c milk
2 c grated cheddar cheese - divided

Slice 3 of the potatoes and place in the bottom of a slow cooker, sprinkle with garlic salt, pepper and half of  the flour. Add the ground beef, sprinkle with the thyme and dried onions. Slice the remaining 3 potatoes and layer over the beef. Sprinkle with the remaining  flour, more garlic salt and pepper. Bring stock to a boil, add milk and pour over the mixture. Sprinkle with half (1 c) of the cheddar cheese, cover and cook on high, 4 hours. 

Remove cover, pierce top potato layer. If tender, cover with the remaining cheese, recover and let rest 30 minutes before serving. If potatoes are not tender cook addition 30 minutes then sprinkle with cheese, cover and let rest. Serves 4 - 6


Serve with something green and something fruit and dinner is done! Simple,tasty, yes a brave dinner!

Enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Pudding Cake, a slow cooker recipe

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

The weekend was quiet and delightful. I was treated to a wonderful home cooked dinner, the kids made grilled pizzas and it was a lovely day. Sunny, surrounded by family and having a nice meal together. As I have said before, I have been blessed as a Mother, a big Thank You to all my kids!

Some of the wonderful gifts received, all my favorites, cookbooks and hand picked flowers. 

Saturday offered a bit of time to go thrifting and I found this birthday celebration plate. The honored guest will be served on this plate in the future! 


It is still chilly and rainy here. Honey left this message for me this evening. It will be nice to sit and enjoy a fire tonight. 


If you look close, you can see the 20+ foot branch that fell from the tree. The green boughs filled a large yard recycling can. So far we have been real lucky, no one has been present when these have fallen. We will cut this up in a few days and put it in the camping wood pile. 

Honey is reading this book on sailing. His Portland Brother now has a boat, and they will be sailing as soon as is possible. Honey is very excited, he wants to camp from the boat. The man loves the water!

Speaking of the boat, Portland Brother is rebuilding all the electric stuff and Honey is rebuilding all the wood stuff. This is one of the drawers from the galley. It looks like there is no bottom in the drawer, but it is rebuilt with plexi-glass as the bottom. Since galleys tend to be darkish, this will help when trying to find something in the bottom of the drawer.

Agate is usually camera shy, but while trying to capture a shot of the sailing book, for some reason He wanted to be in the thick of things. This shot of him turned out fairly well.

And now something more!

I had mentioned this crockpot pudding cake on Friday. I even gave the link to the recipe. And then I made it! I ate some warm, and honestly I did not like it. For some reason I do not like the flavor of warm peanut butter. But when this cooled, YUM!

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pudding Cake
Use a 4 Qt cooker

1 c flour
1/2 c sugar
1 t baking powder
 1/2 t salt
Stir dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

1/2 peanut butter(warming the PB in the micro for 30 seconds will make this easier)
1/2 c milk
1 T oil
1 t vanilla
Carefully whisk together in a medium size bowl. When smooth pour over the flour mixture and combine. 


Spray the cooker insert with Pam and spoon the batter into the bottom. Smooth the top. 


1/2 sugar
3 T cocoa
1 c boiling water
Carefully stir together until smooth, pour slowly over the cake batter in the cooker. 


Cover and cook on high 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
Let cool, serve with ice cream.
Serves 8

Enjoy!

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Homemade Beef-a-Roni

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Homemade Beef-a-Roni, make good use of leftover grilled burger patties!
Homemade Beef-a-Roni.
 
When ever we grill, we usually grill extra meat or get a roast charred for a future meal. The extra flavor is worth planning ahead to make the most of time using the grill.

Then there are times when too much was cooked, this can happen when guests are expected, but showed up with small appetites. This recipe will help you with the "we cooked too much meat, now what?" problem.....

Grilled Burger is delicious in Homemade Beef-a-Roni.
Using the grilled burgers diced up, gave this dish a wonderful flavor. I will probably grill up extra burger patties in the future to use in dishes, the added flavor is great!

I decided on homemade beef-a-roni after seeing this link on the Perfect Pantry/facebook. I do not like pasta as much as Mr Ruhlman, so I won't use a full pound! I like recipes like this, they are easy and easy to adapt to what you have on hand or your family likes. My kind of make it up, use it up, and eat it up arrangement.

Homemade Beef-a-Roni
by the seat of my pants

1 medium onion diced 1/4 inch
1 T oil
1 t garlic salt
2 14 oz cans Italian stewed tomatoes
Seasoning of choice, I chose to make this very simple but you could add your families favorites here.
1 - 1 1/2 pounds ground beef or this is a great way to use up extra grilled meat, diced 1/4 inch
8 oz elbow macaroni (or up to 12 oz, depending upon how much pasta your family likes)
2 c (or more, it is up to you) grated cheese, use what you have


Saute the onion in the oil, until wilted, add the garlic salt and cook on low while preparing the tomatoes.
Pour both cans of tomatoes into a blender and puree, add this to the onions.
If using raw beef, saute separately and drain the excess fat, add to the tomato mixture.
Cover and simmer 1 hour.
Cook pasta until 1/2 done, drain well.
Stir into the tomato mixture and turn into a 9X13 glass pan.
Cover with the grated cheese and bake 30 minutes.

Homemade Beef-a-Roni, bake until bubbly and the cheese has a light crust.
Homemade Beef-a-Roni, ready to bake.

A delicious dinner that also reheats well. Add a green vegetable or a salad and some fruit and dinner is done.

Enjoy!

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