Gingerbread Cake

(Here is an old favorite I made again last night. Its been 7 years since the original post, so I thought I would dust it off and bring it out for a run around the internet world before retiring again.)

So, what was your first cookbook? The one you got for your wedding, or Christmas, maybe when you first moved out? Mine was a Christmas gift from my dear mother. The “Betty Crocker Cookbook”  which is now missing it’s spine, is yellowed and stained with the ripply pages of a book that has had flour and egg wiped off with a wet towel. I still refer to it on occasion. Its the “new and revised” edition from 1978. (gosh, before lots of you were born!) Continue reading “Gingerbread Cake”


Homemade brown sugar and a few words on “Organic”

I mentioned in my granola post something about using homemade brown sugar. I only just recently tried it. I came out wonderful, if a tad strongly of molasses. But I imagine it is like store-bought brown sugar before it has had a chance to sit around for ages. I highly recommend it.

I just put 2 cups of sugar in a food processor and added approx. 2 Tbsp. molasses. I would start with a little less molasses next time. Just pulse it up and voila! Brown sugar! I stored it in a jar. I happened to use the organic sugar, since I was almost out of the regular. I buy it occasionally from  Costco where they sell it in 10 lb. bags. It has a bigger grain and more flavor to it than regular white cane sugar.

Which reminds me of something from a meeting on saturday.

We have, at our church, our annual Lenten Friday night soup kitchens.  We serve homemade meatless soups and homemade bread or rolls and this costs a few dollars per person. So at our meeting on Sat., we discussed details. One was the budget. Last year was our first year and we had no real budget plans. One thing they noticed was that organic soups cost more. Of course, anyone who shops organic knows it costs more, sometimes significantly so. But this one older woman, who is dear in many respects, just does not get the organic idea at all, pooh-pooh the whole concept and when the budget idea came up said, “Just don’t do organic soups!” I have already talked to her about this, but she is older and either forgets or doesn’t want to remember. I have tried telling her how different food is now than when she was little, when pretty much everything was already organic, without even trying. But this is one area she is not interested in learning about. I have noticed this with a majority of the older generation I have talked with when this subject comes up. As far as they are concerned, it is just not their problem. Food is food. Unless organic tastes better, why bother. Although we all agree that homegrown food is far better than anything available out there. Lets face it. Stores no longer sell tomatoes, unless it’s a farmers market. They just sell red round things that look a lot like tomatoes, but have no smell or taste. They should be arrested for selling tomato imposters! Which reminds me, only 3 of my tomato seeds came up. Looks like I will be buying plants again anyway.

So we agreed that if anyone chooses to do soup, whether organic or not, they have a budget to work with. Anything over that budget they will have to cover themselves. I kind of doubt it is going to come up this year, although I would like to see someone try it. I don’t do meatless soups well and would not impose them on the general public. I do the bread. That’s enough for me. If some organic flour is on sale, I may buy some and use it, just to be a rebel though.