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In the Kitchen with Kathy

Chocolate Pie

My Dad was a big time pie maker. There were days when he would make two lemon meringue pies, two chocolate, and two butterscotch. I was a big fan of the chocolate pies in those days. Dad’s favorite was lemon meringue hands down. Printable Chocolate Pie Recipe.

This chocolate pie is a bit his recipe and a bit mine. And it is the chocolatiest chocolate pie I have ever made. I hope you enjoy it.

Pastry for a nine-inch pie. Get this crust and lemon meringue recipe.

4 large egg yolks, slightly beaten
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups milk
2 tablespoons stick butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
6 oz. bittersweet chocolate (I used Ghiradelli’s)

Beat yolks in a small bowl. Mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a 2-quart sauce pan. Gradually stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture boils. Cook and stir for one minute.

Slowly but immediately pour about half the mixture the egg while beating constantly. This is tricky. Work fast. Then immediately pour the egg mixture back into the pan, return to heat and stir constantly while the mixture returns to a boil. Cook another minute.

Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Immediately stir in chocolate (I used chocolate chips, but if you use bar chocolate make sure to cut into small pieces ahead of time. If you wait the chocolate may not melt like it should.)

I put a meringue on my pie. But you can just use whipped topping or whatever you like. Enjoy your pie.

 

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Mouthwatering Meatloaf

I made this meatloaf using the recipe my parents used. So it’s kind of a throw it in and hope for the best recipe. When I would ask my Mom how much of an ingredient to put in recipe, she would say, “How ever much you think.” OK. I tried to figure out how much of each thing, but it’s still whatever tastes best to you. Printable Mouthwatering Meatloaf Recipe.

1 pound of ground beef
2 pieces of toast, broken up (I always use toast because that’s what my parents used. You can use bread crumbs if you want–about 1 cup)
1 small onion, finely diced
some garlic powder (how ever much you think)
about 1 tablespoon Worchester sauce
about 1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 cup ketchup; some extra to spread on top

Throw all of the ingredients in bowl and mix together. You can either bake it off in a loaf pan or use a baking dish. Form it into a loaf shape. Some people make a glaze to put on top. I just use ketchup–about another 1/4 to 1/2 cup.

Bake at 350 degree for about 40 to 45 minutes. Enjoy.

Apple Pie

I love apple pie. Let me tell you about the making of this pie. The bottom crust rolled out perfectly–it could not have gone any better. The top crust, well, it had other things on its mind. It cracked right away. Then my brother comes in and says: “Are those apples going to be any good. They’re green.” To which I say, “Apple pies are supposed to be made with tart apples.” Well, now I’m aggravated. And the second rolling out of the top crust didn’t get any better. But I got it on the pie. That’s the important part. Right?

OK. So after the pie is out of the oven and has gotten its picture taken, we cut it and ate it. Now my brother says: “That was really good. It was better than the pie from Kings.” Really? It was better than a pie you bought? Well, thanks. I think. Anyway, I know he meant as a compliment.

Printable Apple Pie Recipe.

 And this recipe makes a good apple pie. Enjoy it.

Crust
Makes two crusts for either one two crust pie or two one crust. As my little niece would say, duh.
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shortening
4 to 8 tablespoons water
 


Make sure you start with crumbly dough.

Mix flour and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the shortening with a pastry cutter until crumbly. Add water until the dough sticks together. Divide into two dough balls and store in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

 
Roll crust out on a floured surface about 2 inches larger than the pie pan. Make sure to flour the rolling pin.
 

Apple Filling
1/3 to 2/3 cups sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Dash of salt
8 cups of thinly sliced peeled apples (about 8 medium apples)
2 tablespoons of stick butter



I like to use Granny Smith apples for pie.

Heat oven to 425 degrees.

Mix sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in small bowl. Stir in apples. Turn into a pastry lined pie pan. Dot with butter. Cover with second pastry crust. Seal and flute (cut holes in top crust–you can slit it in several places or just poke with a fork). Cover edge with aluminum foil. Remove during last 15 minutes of baking (I did not do this part and my edges were over baked).

Bake for 40 to 50 minutes (40 minutes was perfect for my pie and maybe a little too long). Serve warm with ice cream. Yum.

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits




Biscuits
This biscuit recipe is foolproof. And delicious. I think it came from a Bob’s Red Mill flour package. Anyway, it’s good and easy to make.

2 cups flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp salt
6 tbsps. butter
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Cut in cold butter with a pastry cutter until the dough is crumbly. Slowly add milk until dough just comes together. Dough will wet and sticky.

Turn onto a floured surface and knead 15 times (yep, it even tells you how many times to knead the dough). Roll dough out with floured rolling pin, or, as I did, use your hands to pat it out to about 1/2 inch thickness. Use a biscuit cutter to cut out between six and nine biscuits depending on the size of your biscuit cutter.

Bake from 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown,

Sausage Gravy
Brown 1 pound of sausage (your choice)
Remove sausage from pan
If you need additional fat, add about 2 tablespoons of butter
About 4 tablespoons of flour, constantly stir until flour just begins to brown
Slowly stir in 2 cups of milk, continue stirring until gravy slowly boils and thickens remove from heat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy over your just baked biscuits.

Printable Sausage Gravy and Biscuits Recipe.

Gobs

My contribution to these gobs was watching my sister make them. My sister said, “In protest of the Great Gob Debauchery, my sister Kathy Jesperson and I made Gobs” I don’t know if you know this, but someone actually thinks he’s trademarked the name Gobs. You can no more trademark Gobs than you can sliced bread. My grandmother made Gobs as did her grandmother and so on. Anyway, this is bordering on a rant. And it should be about the Gobs.

Printable Gobs Recipe.
 

Chocolate cake
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
4 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup boiling water
1 cup sour milk (add 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to sour it)
3 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
 
Cream together sugar, shortening and eggs. Add the flour, baking powder, and cocoa to the creamed mixture and blend well. Add boiling water and the baking soda to the sour milk. Mix all ingredients together while beating constantly. Drop by tablespoon full onto an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake at 375 degree for about six minutes. ( We mad the cookies kind of on the big size and they took longer to bake.  Keep an eye in them so they don’t burn.) Cool, before icing.
 
Icing
This icing is over the top delicious. You could use this on a cake and it would only improve it. Heck, you could just eat this icing. I can’t say enough about it. We should just called this icing Kickass.
 
8 1/2 tablespoons of flour–this is about 1/2 cup but you may want to measure it out for the best results.
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup butter
3/4 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups powdered sugar
 
Cook flour and milk together over low heat, stirring constantly until thick like a paste similar to mashed potatoes. (It needs to be thick.) Remove form heat and allow to cool. Cream together butter, shortening, vanilla, and salt with the flour mixture. Beat in the powdered sugar and continue beating until smooth and fluffy(about 3 to 4 minutes.)

Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie was probably my Dad’s favorite pie. He made it every chance he had. Every time I make a one, I make the biggest mess. By the time I was finished, I was covered in flour, lemon juice and cream of tartar. I was trying to open the container–it was new. And it was full of air. Well, it puffed all over my face. I was a mess. Anyway, here’s the recipe.
For the first time in more than 20 years, I made the crust. I’m way out practice and it didn’t make it all the way to edge of the pan. But it tastes good and that’s all that matters.

Printable Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe.

Crust
Makes two crusts for either one two crust pie or two one crust. As my little niece would say, duh.
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shortening
4 to 8 tablespoons water
Mix flour and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the shortening with a pastry cutter until crumbly. Add water until the dough sticks together. Divide into two dough balls and store in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Roll crust out on a floured surface about 2 inches larger than the pie pan. Make sure to flour the rolling pin.

Bake crust for about 8 to 10 minutes at 450 degrees.

Filling
3 large egg yolks
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup plus one tablespoon corn starch
1 1/2 cups water
3 tablespoons stick butter
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1/2 cup lemon juice
Beat egg yolks and set aside. Mix sugar and cornstarch in a 2-quart sauce pan. Gradually stir in water. Cook at medium stirring constantly until mixture boils and thickens. Continue cooking for about one minute. Remove from heat a rapidly stir half the mixture into the egg yolks–work as quickly as possible to avoid scrambled eggs. Boil and stir for one more minute.
Remove from heat and stir in butter, lemon zest and juice. Pour into pie crust.
Meringue
3 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
5 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Beat eggs whites and cream of tartar in a medium bowl until foamy. Beat in sugar a teaspoon at a time until the mixture is stiff and glossy. Do not underbeat. Beat in vanilla. Spoon onto hot pie filling.

Banana Cake

Banana cake with cream cheese icing.

I love this recipe. It comes out perfect every time.
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas
1 cup sour cream

Cream butter and sugar together, making sure that butter is at room temperature. Add eggs and vanilla. I whip it together using a handheld mixer. But you can mix it all together by hand if that’s how you like it. Mix in the sour cream. In a separate bowl, mix sift the dry ingredients together–flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients while beating the mixture with an electric mixer.

Pour cake mixture into a greased and floured 9×13 cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 28 minutes. That’s what I said: 28 minutes. The original recipe says to bake it for 35 to 40 minutes. In my experience, if you bake it that long you’re going to end up with either a cake so dry you can’t eat it or it will burn.

One of the great things about this cake is that you can just dump all the ingredients together and it will come out just fine.

Printable Banana Cake Recipe.

Blackberry Dumplings

1 quart fresh or frozen blackberries
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2/3 cup milk

In a Dutch oven, combine the blackberries, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and lemon extract. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

 Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, nutmeg and remaining sugar and salt. Add milk; stir just until mixed. (Dough will be very thick.)
 

Drop by tablespoonfuls into six mounds onto hot blackberry mixture; cover tightly and simmer for 15 minutes.
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