Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Easy Tomato Chili (or Fresh Tomato Chili)

Easy Tomato Chili
I planted an heirloom variety of tomato this year, it was the Brandywine tomato.  They are know for their pink flesh and great tomato taste.  I read somewhere that they like a cooler summer than other varieties and this must be so, because we had a cool summer and these tomato plants produced heavily.   


Easy Tomato Chili
I have always wanted to make chili with fresh tomatoes and I never do because I just don't have that many tomatoes, but this year I did.   I will give you the recipe adapted with canned tomatoes too. 

Easy Tomato Chili
I put some of the tomatoes in the blender and pureed to get the tomato sauce necessary for the chili.

Easy Tomato Chili
There is nothing like a piping hot bowl of chili on a chilly day to warm you up! 

Ingredients:

4 cups tomatoes, peeled and diced (or 2-15 ounce cans of diced tomatoes)
4 cups tomatoes, peeled, diced, and pureed in a blender  (or 2 15-ounce cans of tomato sauce)
1 cup water
2 15-ounce cans of light red kidney beans, drained of juice
1 heaping tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons sugar
1 lb. hambuger, browned and drained of grease
1/4 cup sweet onion, diced

Place the hamburger in a medium skillet and brown.  Add the onion to the hamburger and sautee with the browning hamburger.
While the hamburger is browning, place in a large (6 quart) stock pot the tomatoes, pureed tomatoes (or tomato sauce).  Add the kidney beans, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and sugar.  Place on medium heat and bring to a simmer.  
When the hamburger and onions are cooked drain and add to the tomatoes and beans.  
Keep cooking on a simmer for 20-30 minutes more and serve hot.
Yield: 8-12 servings 

This is my own recipe.  It wasn't adapted from any recipe.  My son told me the other day he thought that I made the best pie and chili he had ever tasted.  Sometimes the kids surprise me with a nice compliment.  I know why our chili is the best when there are so many recipes out there.  The secret is that when we serve the chili we place a heaping tablespoon of brown sugar on top of it and stir in.  We also serve it with saltines and sometimes grated sharp cheddar cheese.  
I am sure the reason he likes this chili the most is because it is almost dessert with the brown sugar.  The heat from the chili powder and the sweet from the sugar is a winning combo.  We started adding the sugar a long time ago, I think my husband did it first and it was so good it stuck! 
Enjoy!
Sherry
I will link this to:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff 
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
The Best Blog Recipes link party 
Anything Goes Party at Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo
Sweet and Savoury Sunday at Baking in Pyjamas
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
The Party Bunch Weekend Linky at The Idea Room

Monday, September 15, 2014

Chunky Apple Walnut Cake with a Caramel Glaze

I am rounding out my apple recipes today with this Chunky Apple Walnut Cake with a Caramel Glaze.  I used a vintage tube cake pan and it was smaller than the recipe called for so, I had enough of the batter to make a small loaf pan full also.  The vintage tube pan measured 8 1/2 inches across ( The recipe called for a 10-inch tube pan) and the loaf pan was 7 3/8 x 3 5/8 x 2 1/4.  I am telling you this because the cake came out wonderful in the loaf pan also.  

We are celebrating the arrival of fall here this week so, by all means, light some fall candles and make your self a pot of tea or coffee to enjoy the transition into this season! Make your tea a ritual of calm, something you truly enjoy.

I always have to get some seasonal candles at this time of the year.  I found these at Bath & Bodyworks.  They didn't compensate me for this post in anyway, but I have to tell you they smell really good!  The Caramel Pumpkin Swirl was my favorite!!  It smelled as good as the caramel glaze I made for this cake.  The whole kitchen was smelling like a candy kitchen!

All of my transferware have the same colors but, none of it matches.  The cup has no name on it and I am not sure of the pattern.  It is marked 'Made in England.'  The saucer is Olde English Countryside by Johnson Brothers, the slice of cake is on His Majesty by Johnson Brothers, and the cake itself is on Asiatic Pheasant by Royal Stafford.

This cake is a perfect fall recipe.  It is moist, full of bites of apples, and bits of walnuts.  Just the right amount of richness, sweetness, and chewiness to pair with a steaming cup of coffee or tea when there is a chill in the air.  

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups oil (I used canola)
2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups shelled walnuts, coarsely chopped
3 cups peeled, coarsely chopped Gala apples
3 tablespoons apple rum

Caramel Glaze:
1/4 cup butter. cut into pieces
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup confectioners sugar, sifted


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Butter and flour a 10-inch tube pan.
In a large bowl, beat oil and sugar until thick and opaque.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.  In another medium to large bowl mix flour, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt.  Add to oil and egg mixture until well blended.
Add walnuts, apple chunks, and rum all at once and stir until pieces are evenly distributed.  
Pour batter into a 10-round tube pan.  Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  
Let the cake rest for 10 minutes, then unmold and let cake cool completely.  

Glaze:
In a saucepan over medium heat melt butter, brown sugar, cream and salt. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat.  Boil hard for 1 minute.  Remove from heat and let set for 10 minutes.   
Beat in confectioners sugar until smooth.
Immediately pour glaze over the cake. 

Recipe Source:  adapted from The Silver Palate Cookbook. 

Sherry
I will link this to:
  
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz
Cottage Style Party at Lavender Garden Cottage 
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
Project Inspire at Cupcakes and Crinoline
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Weekends are Fun Party at Oh My Heartsie Girl
Time Travel Tuesdays at Brambleberry Cottage
Wake Up Wednesday at Sew Crafty Angel   

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fall Excitement and The Blogger's Writing Process Tour



I am getting excited for fall.  It is just next week on the calender but this weekend here, it feels like fall.  The trees are sure to follow with some fabulous colors.  I wanted to share with you a blog I have been actively posting to over at Tumblr.  It is also called The Charm of Home.  I just mainly post pictures that inspire me.  It is a very seasonal blog and also has some fabulous food photography.  I have always loved the Tumblr format.   It is blogging freedom at it's best, mostly all visual and posting in a single click.  Blogging there is very enjoyable.  It really is a most ardent guilty pleasure.  I have discovered people with blogs on Tumblr that are so enamored with fall that this is all they post year round.  I started following some of these blogs back in August and now, as you can see, I have no lack of gorgeous images to re-post all day long.  




 My 9 year-old and I were playing around with the snipping tool and screen shots and came up with three ways to do these screen captures this weekend.   He will be better on a computer than me in just a few years. 




These are all screen shots from last week on the Tumblr blog.  Fall is a glorious season, I want to savor every image!


Now on to other business...The Blogger's Writing Process Tour is a creative share that is happening around the blogosphere.  I have been nominated by Judith of Botanic Bleu.   I volunteered and wrote to Judith to include me.  The timing is really great for this because I had made a decision to work on my writing anyway.  So I was glad to do it.  

If you want to participate in the Blogger's Writing Process Tour please leave a comment or email me and let me know.   I will post my writing process next week and you can be mentioned on my post and continue it on with your own post in a few weeks.  I need to nominate at least two other bloggers.

Thank you to all of my readers.  I appreciate you greatly and some of you have spoken and mentioned that the feed you get through email has been failing to deliver.   If you are having trouble with the Feedburner email, I am researching other feeds and  delivery systems for email and hope to come up with something to offer you another choice soon.


Sherry 
I will link this to:

What's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants 
Sundays at Home at Thoughts from Alice
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings of Your Heart and Home
Share Your Creativity Party at It's Overflowing
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Your Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe with an E
The Fabulous Fall Linky Party at The Journey Back 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Home Sweet Home #186

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I shared our latest chocolate fix in search of a perfect chocolate bread recipe in Chocolate is always a good thing...

My sons give me lots of good input on what to make in Rustic Apple Cider Pie

There are so many great ideas, great decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.  Here are a few that caught my eye from last week.

Judith at Botanic Bleu shared 8 Ways to Infuse French Elements Into a Kitchen.  I have always wanted beams in my kitchen!

Mary at Home Is Where the Boat Is had my mouth watering with this recipe for Easy Caramel Apple Bars.

Natasha in Oz shared some inspiration pics of spaces underneath stairs that I loved in Stairway Solutions~ Ways to Design & Style a Staircase.

Laurel at The North End Loft shared her summer decorating in Summer Barn Dance Chalkboard Art

I had on several occasions wanted to feature some of your entries but, you don't create a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.  So, please include that link so I can feature you too!
I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts!  It is really hard to feature a few and, remember to be featured you must have a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.   Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Rustic Apple Cider Pie

I had bought some apple cider and one of my sons suggested that I make an apple pie with the apple cider.  He works at a restaurant so he had visions of the apple cider caramelizing with the apples prior to baking.  I thought sounded like a great idea, so I hunted up a recipe to try that out on.    

I loaded the pie up with the apple pie spices too.  I wanted a spicy rich rustic pie to go with the apple cider flavor.   It delivered a really flavorful pie that smelled the house up like a cozy warm fall morning.  I wasn't happy with the crust.  I tried a ready made off brand pie crust.  It wasn't worth it, best to stick with the tried and true crust I mention below.

Ingredients:
For the filling:
3 lbs. Gala apples (about 6-7 medium apples)
2/3 cup apple cider
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons grated nutmeg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground ginger
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons heavy cream
2  tablespoons of large sugar crystals
Homemade pie crust as per your recipe or a ready made crust for a double crust pie.  (My favorite ready made pie crust is Pillsbury or the one from IGA.)

In a large pot mix the apples, all but 2 tablespoons of the cider, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, and salt.  Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring often until the sugar has dissolved and the apples are evenly coated.  Mix the remaining cider with the cornstarch into a paste and stir this into the apples, stirring constantly, boil until the liquid is thickened and clear; about 1 minute.  (You are not cooking the apples just thickening the juices.) 

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.  Prepare a double pie crust 9-inch pie pan.  Fill the shell with your apple pie filling.  Place the top crust on in any manner you prefer.  Brush the heavy cream over the top crust and dust with sugar crystals.  Be sure to cut vent holes in the top crust.  Bake about 55 minutes, the crust is golden and the apples are tender.  If the top starts to brown too quickly tent with foil.  I always make a foil ring around my outer crust and leave it on the pie from the start of cooking and take it off for the last 15 minutes.
Yield: One 9-inch pie
Recipe adapted from: Fine Cooking
Look at this warm steaming cup of tea.  I have been trying out British teas.  This was a new one made by English Tea Shop.  It was very good. 


I found this little aluminium English serving tray at the Salvation Army for a few bucks.  I was so pleased to find it.  It is such a perfect size for a cup of tea and a dessert.   The chill will be in the air soon.  Have you gotten out your fall recipes to bake up a cozy smell in your kitchen?
Sherry
I will link this to:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff 
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
The Best Blog Recipes link party 
Anything Goes Party at Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo
Sweet and Savoury Sunday at Baking in Pyjamas
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
The Party Bunch Weekend Linky at The Idea Room

Monday, September 8, 2014

Chocolate is always a good thing...

Chocolate is always a good idea.  I made some quick bread this summer for the guys.  I made
 Chocolate Chip Raspberry Banana Bread.  One of my sons said to me, "Why put the bananas or raspberries in it?"  "Just make a chocolate bread."  This is a kid after my own heart.   Yeah I thought, why not just a chocolate bread?  This is the second recipe I have tried for a chocolate bread and although it is good I still haven't gotten it perfect yet.  

I also decided to really explore my chocolate fix and try a Black Chocolate Tea to go with the bread.  This tea is from the Tea and Spice Exchange.  It is a dessert tea and it was delicious with the pound cake.  The teacup is made by Gracie China.

I don't often use loose leaf tea but, it's wonderful and worth the effort to brew.  I made this right in my teacup with this little sun, moon, and stars infuser.

This is the Chocolate Pound Cake with a Chocolate Ganache.  It smelled amazing baking in the oven.  I am really starting to create a coffee house atmosphere in my house with the smells and the coffee and or tea brewing.  The college age sons have no complaints, just more suggestions.   It was really good but,I am still not satisfied with this recipe either.  I will keep searching for the perfect chocolate bread recipe.

Ingredients for the cake:
1 cup flour 
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cocoa
2 ounces chocolate, chopped (I used Ghirardelli semi-sweet baking chocolate)
1/3 cup boiling water
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
5 eggs

Ingredients for chocolate ganache:
6 ounces chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Grease the 9 x 5 loaf pan.  
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  
In a bowl mix flour and salt.  
Place the chopped chocolate in a heat proof bowl and pour boiling water to melt. Set aside.
Mix the butter and the sugar until it's fluffy, add the chocolate and the cocoa and mix it well.
Put the eggs in one at a time and mix well.
Gradually add the flour and salt and stir in well.
Spread the batter into a prepared pan and tap gently to release any air bubbles.
Bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. (Do not over bake it will come out dry.) 
Let it cool for 5 minutes and then turn out to completely cool on a wire rack.
Make the chocolate ganache melting the chocolate over a double boiler.  Whisk in the heavy cream until silky.  Spread over the cake.
Recipe slightly adapted from: OMG Chocolate Desserts    
Sherry
I will link this to:
  
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz
Cottage Style Party at Lavender Garden Cottage 
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
Project Inspire at Cupcakes and Crinoline
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Weekends are Fun Party at Oh My Heartsie Girl
Time Travel Tuesdays at Brambleberry Cottage

Wake Up Wednesday at Sew Crafty Angel

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