Wednesday, February 4, 2009

WOW! A Chocolate Cake Without Eggs


• 4 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
• 3 cups white sugar
• 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 cup vegetable oil
• 3 cups water
• 3 teaspoons baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 3 tablespoons vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, soda and salt. Add sugar and mix together.
3. Add oil, water and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
4. Pour into a 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

A couple of suggestions for this recipe:
Add a cup or more of semi-sweet chocolate chips for a more chocolatey taste.
Substitute part of the water with milk instead.
Use applesauce for all or part of the oil.
Add 1 tsp. cider vinegar.
It helps to also thoroughly mix the wet ingredients first then add to mixed dry ingredients and combine for about 1 minute.
Pour into cake pans, let sit 5 minutes to let the baking soda start to work then bake about 30-35 minutes for 2 round cake pans

We hope this recipe will assist those looking for cake recipes that contain no eggs or dairy (butter).

Shared with permission from: Linda Dougherty

Caramel Apple-Tini


1 oz Stoli Vanil Vodka
1 oz Shakka or Dekuyper Luscious Red Apple liquor
2 oz apple juice
1/2 oz caramel flavoring syrup
1 oz caramel sundae topping

Pour everything but the topping in a shaker tin over ice. Shake until well chilled. Dip rim of martini glass in caramel, drizzle caramel into glass. Pour martini. Garnish with two speared green apple pieces.

The Red Fairy Cocktail

Mix in shaker:
1 oz Absinthe
1/2 oz Grenadene
1/2 oz Red Bull

Shake well; Strain into glass,
(can also be made as a shot)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Cranberry Candle Cups


4-6 clear martini glasses or wine goblets
1 12-oz. bag Ocean Spray® Fresh Cranberries
4-6 votive candles*
Greenery or flowers, if desired


Fill glasses 2/3 full with fresh cranberries. Nestle a votive candle on top of the cranberries. If desired, add a few blossoms or sprigs of greenery.

Be careful to keep lit flames from directly touching the cranberries; the heat of the flame could cause the berries to burst. Do not leave lit candles unattended. Discard berries when they become soft, which can range from a few days to about a week.

* Variation: To use taper candles, start with empty glasses. Use candle putty to secure candle to the bottom of the glass (glasses with a flat bottom work best). Add fresh cranberries around the sides of the candle, filling 2/3 full.


Easy Stir Fry

1 lb top round steak cut into thin slices
Salt and Pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
16 oz frozen oriental vegetables
8 Tbsp cooking wine or sherry
8 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
4 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp corn starch water

Heat oil in skillet. Add beef and season with salt & pepper. Cook until almost done. Add frozen
veggies and cover. Turn heat to medium low and cook until veggies are soft. While meat and
veggies are cooking, mix wine, soy sauce and brown sugar in a medium sauce pan and mix well.
Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Mix cornstarch with water to form a runny paste. Turn up
heat to medium high and add cornstarch mixture to wine mixture stirring constantly until thick.
Once veggies are soft, pour thickened wine mixture over meat and veggies and mix well.
Serve over white rice.

Prep Time: 10 Min
Cook Time: 30 Min
Total Time: 40 Min
Servings: 4

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