Feb 14, 2016

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

This delectable chocolate fudge frosting is adapted from a recipe on allrecipes.com.

1/2 cup butter
4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
1 pound confectioners' sugar (about 4 cups)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
About 1/2 cup milk
Pinch of salt

Melt chocolate and butter in the microwave, or in the top of a double boiler. In a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, salt, vanilla, and milk. Blend in the melted chocolate mixture. Let stand until spreadable (frosting will thicken as it cools).

Feb 6, 2016

Spring Salad Dressing

This delicious and very simple salad dressing comes from my sister Emily. Although the list of ingredients is short, this is very flavorful. I can't believe how good this is.

1 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup red wine vinegar (white or apple cider works too)
2 garlic cloves, minced (I used prepared chopped garlic)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Combine above ingredients and serve. This dressing works well with baby spinach or other greens; fruit such as chopped apple, mandarin oranges, red grapefruit, or seasonal berries; avacado, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, and sugared pecans. For sugared pecans, combine 1 cup nuts and 1 cup sugar with 1-2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium/low heat; cook until sugar melts (watch carefully!)