Letterwerks Sign City
 
VBC Video
"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
<< | < | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | > | >>

Old Fashioned Apple Cake


By Judy Thomas

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All Columnists

As I write this article, we are into the middle of October the 10th month of the year. Birthstone being the Tourmaline or Opal. Flower the Calendula and Zodiac sign Libra. There are many Holiday celebrations too numerous to mention all, but to mention a few, such as Columbus Day, Non-violence Day (always use more of those days), World Food Day, Halloween and Apple Day, which brings me to my original thoughts of a topic to expound about.

Apples. It must be a bumper year as I have several bags of apples given to me by generous friends and neighbors and for mostly windfalls, they have been exceptionally nice. I now have several bags in the freezer just waiting to be turned into crisps, cakes, breads, sauce, butters and of course that wonderful, wonderful aroma of fresh baked apple pie.

Apples are one of nature’s most healthy foods, travels well and lends itself to many foods as an accompaniment to meats, adds crispness and snap to salads, eaten alone or dipped in carmel or turned into delicious desserts.

If you have not been lucky enough to have any apples shared with you, there are two great orchards near Preston that have a great supply and variety for you to choose from. Plus the drive is perfect for this time of year, just short enough not to be a bore and if you hit it just right, the trees on the bluffs are worth the trip.

If you want a little longer trip, a really nice Sunday drive along the Mississippi River to La Crescent, The Apple Capitol of SE Minnesota is recommended. And there are some very good eating establishments in the area also. Another good place to shop is Rochester’s SeaPack Orchards. Anyway, apples are good eating anyway you do it. Here is a recipe for an apple coffee cake baked in a bundt pan. I will include suggestions to reduce the calorie count or make it more acceptable to Diabetic diets.

Old Fashioned Apple Cake

2 cups sugar

1 cup oil

2 tsp. vanilla

3 tsp. baking powder

1 cup chopped pecans

4 eggs

1/4 cup orange juice

3 cups flour

1/2 tsp. salt

Filling:

3 tsp. cinnamon

2 cups thinly sliced apples (Courtland or McIntosh)

4 tsp. sugar



Combine sugar, oil, eggs, orance juice, and vanilla. Beat for 10 minutes. Mix flour, baking powder and salt together and add to wet m .....
[Read the Rest]

The Ugly Green Pot

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All Columnists

An ugly, enameled green dutch oven sits in a place of honor upon my stove. It sits rather heavily, for it is made of cast iron. In this one cooking vessel roasts are seared, sauces stirred up, chickens roasted, soups simmered and on rare occasions i ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Tech Bytes

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All Columnists

Brace yourselves avid Twitter fans, this form social media is going through a sort of a rough patch. What all free social media sites depend upon for sustainability would be revenues from advertising. So, what happens when your advertising revenues ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Cheesey Butternut Macaroni Bake

By Kathy Little

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in All Columnists

I’m not a “Pampered Chef” (pun intended) or a Tupperware Queen with many plastic containers that burp on command. I have to honestly admit that these are good products (and also on the advice of my lawyer), but I am too cheap to buy many of th ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Country Coffee Talk - September 30, 2013

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in All Columnists

Morning coffee days on the porch are numbered, sad to say. But as I enjoy one of the last, my mind travels back to a few weeks ago, when 10 college friends met for a 50 year reunion of our senior trip to Colorado. We traveled there in a nine passeng ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Yum-m-m - Planning a Wedding? Trying to Be Frugal?

By Katie Van Sickle

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Columnists

You probably have attended many weddings this summer or maybe your invitations will start coming in the mail for fall weddings. I love the fall colors for decorating my home and it is a great time of year for decorating for a wedding as well. My ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Becky's Food Tales - A Taste of Changing Seasons

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in All Columnists

Leeks and carrots arrived in the CSA box today. These lovely vegetables were accompanied by equally lovely warm weather chili peppers and tomatoes, but leeks and carrots are... fall vegetables. Fall vegetables? Is it really that time of year alrea ..... 
[Read the Rest]

A View From The Woods - Why Garden?

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in All Columnists

Most mornings I grab a small bowl and walk out to the little ever-bearing strawberry patch I started last year. I make my way around the edges of the bed, plucking red berries that apparently like our hot and humid summer just fine. Pushing the co ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Yum-m-m - September 9, 2013

By Katie Van Sickle

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All Columnists

This dessert recipe is over 30 years old, but a great one to fix ahead. I got it from my sister-in-law (I have five) while we were living in Bismark, North Dakota. The most I ever made at one time was eight. Our youngest son was a senior in high sc ..... 
[Read the Rest]
<< | < | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | > | >>