Holiday Recipe

Darrell’s Key Lime Pie

That time of the season is rapidly approaching. So you have company coming over and need something quick, easy and delicious for dessert.  Well here it is…Darrell’s Key Lime Pie.

First heat your oven to 350 degrees.  In a mixing bowl mix at low speed (for 2-3 minutes) one can of sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup key lime juice and four egg yolks.  Pour the mixture into a pre-made graham cracker pie crust and bake for 15 minutes.  Cool for an hour.  THAT’S IT !!!  This recipe is so simple and easy.  I like to top it with real whipped cream, and I highly suggest pairing it with a nice high quality margarita…….

Best,

Darrell

The best cheesecake you’ll ever eat……..

Cheesecake Recipe

Okay, so I have this recipe for cheesecake that’s been in my family for generations.  Whenever I make it people rave.  A couple months ago I made it for a New York native that was 100% Italian.  She proclaimed it the best cheesecake she had ever eaten.  I don’t think you can get higher   kudos than that.  Last week I made it for a friend of mine.  She was totally appreciative “before eating” because she was coincidentally having a dinner party that night and hadn’t even taken time to buy or make a dessert.  I had saved the day.  The next day she told the world via Facebook that it was the best she’d ever ate and each of her guests asked for seconds.  Okay okay, it’s time to post the recipe……..

First, make sure you have a nice round pan specifically made for baking cheesecakes.  If you don’t a 9″ pan that is pretty deep will do or you can buy an aluminum one from the grocery store.  Just make sure its at least 3 inches deep.

New Orleans style strawberry cake

After taking so much time off I’m brain freezing when it comes to penning my usual biz and credit stuff.  So lets get the ball rolling again talking about food.  Since we last talked I was re-introduced to something I had totally forgotten about…..strawberry cake.  Served everywhere in Louisiana, rarely heard of around the rest of the country.  Now this is no big secret recipe.  Quite frankly, I was at a cajun restaurant here in Denver (yeah we have one good one) and it was on the menu.  I begged the proprietor to give me the recipe.  Nothing doing so I started an internet search.  I tried 3 or 4 and here’s the easiest, cheapest, quickest and tastiest of what I found.

New Orleans style strawberry cake

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 2 lbs strawberries
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 lbs confectioners sugar
  • 1 small package strawberry jello

Something fun to show people you care

Who doesn’t like chocolate covered strawberries?  But how many times do you really get to enjoy this simple pleasure?   My wife works in an office.  I started making these delectible little treats as a surprise for her.  Slipping them in her car to find on her way to work.  One day she happened to give one to her office mate.  Word spread and pretty soon every one of the 40+ women in her office were wanting to marry me.  I now make them regularly for the whole crew.  The cost………right around ten bucks.  The accolades……….priceless.  Will take a half hour out of your day.  The results are immeasurable.  Here’s the recipe:

  • 8 ounce bag milk chocolate morsels
  • 8 ounce bag white chocolate morsels
  • two dozen nice sized strawberries w/stems if your grocer has them

Fall apple crisp recipe

Well, fall (er winter) is here in Colorado.  This week brought temperatures in the 20’s and a dusting of snow here in the Front Range.  Caused me to pull out my famous apple crisp recipe.  As with the others, it brings raves and repeated requests to make year round.  Here it is:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup melted shortening
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups granny smith apples
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup melted caramel (optional)
  • 1/2 cup honey (optional)

FATHERS DAY

Another Fathers Day has passed.  I gotta tell ya, it was the BEST Fathers Day I’ve had in years.  Two of my sons live here in Denver and we get together regularly.  My oldest son lives in Minneapolis.  I haven’t seen him in four years.  Wow, how time flies.  He chose to take his vacation and spend it with his brothers and dear old dad here in Denver.

Arriving last Wednesday, we’ve had an action packed week so far.  The whole family went to see the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates and had an awesome time.  “The boys” and I all went and played in a Texas Hold Em tourney with Todd finishing in 4th place out of 89 entrants.  There have been barbeques and day trips exploring Colorado’s great attractions.  It all culminated on Fathers Day with a backyard barbeque and pool party.  It was an incredible day.  Twenty five of our closest friends and their families all enjoying great weather, great companionship and great food.  And there you have it, the reason for today’s blog entry, FOOD.

Home Made Noodles and Soup – Try Once And You’ll Never Go Back

With today’s blog I’d like to take you back in time.  To a time where you might have been sitting in your grandmothers kitchen.  If you were lucky like me, you were visiting your grandparent’s farm.  They were both 100% German.  Boy, could my grandma cook.  Almost 50 years later I can still see her over the stove with her cast iron skillets making breakfast of fresh side pork, potatoes, and eggs crackling in the hot lard.  Wants to make my arteries harden just thinking about it.

Well, my grandma made several things that I’ve never forgot.  Some German pastries (strudels), and cakes, (kuckens)……..and noodles.  You’ve seen my picture.  Does it look like I don’t eat those things?  She had fresh chickens and fresh vegetables and I lived for the day when she would make her chicken soup.  I still remember the recipe, especially for the home made noodles.  Take the time and try these just once.  You will “never” buy store bought noodles again.