July 2016 - Our Sunday Cafe
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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Fudgy Chocolate Cake, a slow cooker recipe

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


Easy, moist, delicious! Fudgy Chocolate Cake, made in your slow cooker.
Fudgy Chocolate Cake, a slow cooker recipe.

This is a fudgy chocolate cake that can look like a dried out mud puddle when you go to serve it, but I ask you kindly - don't let that stop you from enjoying every bite!

It is the drama of brown food. It looks boring as well as, brown. And we all know the story of brown, it goes something like this........"Here is that bouquet of brown roses you ordered" (said no florist ever).

I recommend you make this cake when you have a few minutes to spare before dinner is served and enjoy it after the dishes are cleared. Oh and please serve it along with some version of cream, whipped, iced or even simply sweetened, I think you get the idea.

Fudgy Chocolate Cake
adapted from: Fix It and Forget It, New Cookbook
ideal size slow cooker:  4 qt
serves 8-12 (not really, you might want seconds....)

1 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 T butter
1 c chocolate chips - divided
1 1/4 c brown sugar - divided
1/3 c plus 3 T dry cocoa - divided
1/4 t salt
1/3 c milk
1 T vanilla
1 egg
1 1/2 c hot water

Coat inside of cooker with butter or cooking spray, set aside.

In mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, 3 T cocoa and 1 c brown sugar.

In a small bowl, melt the butter and 1/2 c chocolate chips, set aside to cool slightly.

Add the cooled chocolate mixture to the flour mixture, along with the egg, milk and vanilla. Whisk until smooth and glossy.

Spoon into the slow cooker, spreading evenly.

Over the top of the cake batter, crumble the remaining cocoa, brown sugar and chocolate chips. Gently pour the hot water over the top.

Cover and cook on low, 1 - 2 hours, depending upon your slow cooker. The cake will begin to pull away from the sides of the crock. Carefully remove lid and do not let condensed steam drip back into the cooker.

Serve with some of that cream I talked about.


PS, we took this over to share with the kids last night for dinner, this is the only picture we have.....


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Wordless Wednesday, Motor Oil Chicken


Wordless Wednesday. Recipe for Motor Oil Chicken.
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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Corn Moussaka

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

This is a delicious casserole. It is also different, with the flavors of corn, tomato and cinnamon coming together harmoniously. I spotted this recipe in a magazine (Sunset ?) over 25 years ago. I have been making it ever since I think your family will enjoy it as well. The only liberty I have taken with the recipe is the type of corn used as well as the amount.

Just the right flavors for the whole family, Corn Moussaka.
Corn Moussaka. 

Corn Moussaka
adapted from: Sunset Magazine
350-degree oven

corn, 2 -3 c frozen corn OR 1 - 2 15 oz canned corn, drained very well
1 pound lean ground beef
1 T flour
8 oz can tomato sauce
1/4 c water
1/2 t garlic salt
1/4 t rounded top cinnamon - 1/4 t flat top is not enough, but 1/2 t is too much

2 eggs
1 16 oz carton cottage cheese
1/3 c Parmesan cheese

Spread corn in a 1 1/2 qt flat bottom oven proof casserole.


Brown beef, drain excess fat. Sprinkle with the flour and cook an addition minute. Add garlic salt, cinnamon,  tomato sauce and water. Stir well and simmer until thick, about 10 minutes, spread over corn.







The garlic, tomato, and cinnamon are absolutely delicious together.


Bake 20 minutes














Beat eggs well, stir in cottage cheese and Parmesan cheese. Spread over meat mixture.

Fresh out of the oven, broil for a caramelized flavor. 

Bake 25 - 30 minutes or until topping is cooked. If desired, broil a minute or two to brown.


Serves 6

Enjoy!

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Wordless Wednesday, Carrot Top Pesto

Wordless Wednesday. Recipe for Carrot Top Pesto.

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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Cottage Cheese Dinner Buns

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


Easy, delicious, yeasty! Cottage Cheese Dinner Buns.
Cottage Cheese Dinner Buns. 

This is another recipe from my old little black binder, with the splattered cover, containing recipes made many times over. These are simple, easy and delicious. My three favorite categories! The reason folks love to cook, is because not every recipe they make and enjoy is difficult.

Let's be honest here, if every meal was a big challenge or difficult, the fun would disappear. Learning about and enjoying these simple, easy and delicious recipes is what begins the journey to other challenging recipes and fun projects.

If you are a bread lover, fresh bread can turn the most humble dish into dinner. And fortunately yeast dough is not fussy at all and very forgiving. Yeast dough will wait in the refrigerator, to be baked right before dinner. And of course that wonderful aroma will call the family to dinner, you won't have to.  These are perfect for any Sunday Supper.

Cottage Cheese Dinner Buns
source unknown, part of my little black binder collection
350 degree, for baking

1 package (1 scant T) yeast
1/4 c warm water
1/4 c sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 t salt
1/4 t baking soda
1 c cottage cheese
2 3/4 c flour - divided

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in the water, add the sugar, stir.


Gently warm the cottage cheese,


and add to the yeast mixture along with the egg, salt, soda and 2 1/2 c of the flour.

 
Slowly blend the flour into the wet ingredients, then mix well until mixture leaves the sides of the bowl, adding last 1/4 c flour if needed. Scrape down sides of bowl, when completely mixed. NOTE: dough is sticky.

Cottage Cheese Dinner Buns, tender and delicious!
The dough is sticky, but easy to work with. 

Cover and let rise until double in bulk.

 The rising will take about 1 hour.


Stir the dough to deflate. Spoon into 12 prepared muffin cups.


Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.

Important:  if not ready to bake after 30 minutes, remove towel. Otherwise it may stick to the dough. If you need/want to store the dough, oil the tops lightly and cover loosely with wax paper and then a towel, put in the refrigerator.


When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350, bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and done. Let cool 5 minutes, loosen gently, serve. Makes 12 buns.

Enjoy!

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Wordless Wednesday, Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Wordless Wednesday. Recipe for Rhubarb Upside Down Cake.
Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Eggplant Stacks

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Walking through Trader Joe's the other day after work, I came upon a display of shiny, chubby eggplants. While eggplant is one of those vegetables I am learning to enjoy cooked in new ways, I knew right away what I would make with it and placed one in my cart.

Mild and delicious Eggplant Stacks.
This dish is short on looks, but long on delicious flavor!

It has been may years since I made this recipe. Actually since the years that Jimmy Carter was president. It is one of those dishes that is just as good to offer up to company as it is for your own loved ones, any day of the week. Made with fresh vegetables, a few whole wheat bread crumbs and a sprinkle of cheese. I think you will like it also.

Eggplant stacks, a hearty vegetable side dish that would also be a wonderful meatless entree.
Eggplant Stacks, these are delicious. Don't let their plain looks fool you!

Eggplant Stacks
adapted from: The family recipes of Jimmy and Roslyn Carter
serves 6-8

1 large eggplant, peeled if desired (the peel can toughen when baked....) sliced 1 inch thick. Keep butt end, dice, add to the tomato mixture.
salt and pepper
olive oil
1 small onion
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 c minced tomatoes (14 oz can drained works well)
1/4 t thyme leaves, crumbled
additional salt and pepper
1/4 c minced parsley
1/2 c (1 slice) fresh whole wheat bread crumbs
1 c grated Swiss cheese (Swiss is best for the nutty flavor, but you may substitute cheddar) OR thin sliced Swiss Cheese

Place eggplant pieces on a flat baking pan, brush with oil, season with salt and pepper, broil until lightly brown, turn and repeat.


Remove eggplant from broiler, set aside.


In a skillet, add olive oil and saute the onion and garlic along with the diced eggplant, until golden, season with salt and pepper along with the thyme. Stir in the tomatoes, cook and stir until most of the moisture is gone. Stir in the bread crumbs and parsley.


Spoon evenly onto the eggplant slices in mounds.

Not everyone at the table likes Swiss Cheese.....

Evenly sprinkle with the grated Swiss cheese or top with a thin slice.

Bake 350 degrees 15-20 minutes.

Enjoy

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Wordless Wednesday, Sub Sandwich Pizza

Wordless Wednesday. Recipe for Sub Sandwich Pizza.
Sub Sandwich Pizza. 

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Independence Day 2016

May our independence stay strong....

Independence Day 2016, God bless America.

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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Yeasted Brownie Bread with Walnuts

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Yeasted Brownie Bread, add peanut butter and sliced bananas for a great sandwich!
Yeasted Brownie Bread with Walnuts

This bread has such a sophisticated flavor.
As written this is not a sweet bread, it is delicious and with the sugar listed in the recipe, it is a wonderful sandwich bread. This bread would make an unbelievable good chicken sandwich.

Should you want a sweeter bread, increase the brown sugar to 1/2 cup. And it goes without saying, this would be wonderful rolled up with a spicy cinnamon swirl in the works!

Honestly, when I first noticed this bread recipe, my first thought was "meh". Then one day I decided to try it, I don't know why, But I am so glad I did. It turns out this bread is not only good, it is delicious.

Note:  this bread post is over 5 years old, and along the way I have made a few improvements in the photos I offer, I hope you can see the quality of the bread surpasses the photos!

Yeasted Brownie Bread with Walnuts
adapted from: The All-New Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook
by Tom Lacalamita

1/3 c warm water
2/3 c milk, warm slightly
5 T butter cut into small chunks
1 t salt
1/3 c brown sugar (1/2 c for a sweeter dough)
1/3 c unsweetened cocoa
3 c flour
2 1/4 t yeast

2/3 c chopped toasted walnuts

Layer ingredients into bread machine pan in order given. Leave walnuts for later. Process on dough setting.




When dough is done mixing and going into the final rise, add walnuts to the side of the pan, where they will warm to the same temperature as the dough.


(I could not get my machine to turn back on to knead the walnuts into the dough when the cycle ended and worked them in by hand)

Restart machine when the cycle ends to work in nuts, or turn dough out and work in my hand. Shape into a loaf, place in prepared pan, let rise a final time.


When dough has doubled in size, preheat oven to 350,

Ready to bake, Yeasted Brownie Bread.
Yeasted Brownie Bread, ready to bake.

Bake 35-40 minutes or until done. Let rest 10 minutes in the pan, turn out to cool completely.

Enjoy!

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This and that from far and wide, July 2016

Hello, we hope your week is going great on this first day in July. Take a look at what friends and other blogger are cooking up currently or have enjoyed in the past. So much information and recipes from current and older posts on just about every blog, today I am sharing these.....

For a change, I thought it would be fun to focus on green bean recipes...




Photo courtesy of Magical Recipes

These green beans are served at the Liberty Tree Tavern at Disney World.....just sayin! They look delicious, I love the addition of shredded carrots.


Photo courtesy of Meet the Shannons

Green beans, cannelloni beans and a unique blend of seasonings, they sound great! I would never had thought about pairing the two types of beans, but from reading this recipe, I am glad they did.

Photo courtesy of the kitchen is my playground

What is not to love about a green bean salad with feta cheese? More and more I am enjoying salads that do not have lettuce. Green bean salads are one of my favorites!

Photo courtesy of Kalyn's Kitchen

Braised green beans are always a favorite, and these are full of flavorful ingredients. Summer is a time we frequently have just vegetables for dinner, we like them that much. 

Photo courtesy of the garden grazer

Another green bean salad to offer up. While this one focuses on being vegan with a soy feta, you can by all means use any feta of your choice. 


Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends (we would love more followers!), if not, tell us. Our goal is to share relevant information that you will enjoy and use for yourself and your family. You can also sign up for Our Sunday Cafe posts by email.

Previously from Our Sunday Cafe:
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015

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June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
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