Teaching Cooking

I have taught basic cooking to my seven children and to classes of elementary children. When my youngest daughter wanted to learn, I found that taking the recipes and making them into a step-by-step format made it easier for her, so here is a blog to hopefully make cooking easier for the beginner.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Old-Fashioned Molasses Cookies

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda

Combine molasses, butter, ginger and baking soda in a saucepan.  Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally until butter is completely melted.  Remove from heat.  Stir in:

1 1/4 cups flour.

Then add:

1 beaten egg

Stir until well blended.  Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.

On a well floured surface, roll our small amounts of cookie dough (about 2 teaspoons worth) to about 1/16 inch thickness.  Place on an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake about 5 minutes or until done.  Remove from baking sheet and cool on racks.  Frost with confectioner's sugar frosting.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sloppy Joes

I have been asked for my sloppy joe recipe from many people, so here it is.

Sloppy Joes

1 pound ground beef
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 tsp Worchestershire sauce
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 Tbsp mustard

Brown the ground beef and salt and pepper it to taste.  Add the rest of the ingredients, stir well and heat through.

Johnny Appleseed Cake

This cake has been a family favorite since I found it in the first cookbook I ever bought.  I have done a little modifying from the original, but it only made it better.  And, thanks, Carolyn, for experimenting with the brown sugar!

Johnny Appleseed Cake

½ c. butter, melted
1 ¾ c. applesauce
2 c. flour
1 c. white sugar    (or use 3/4 cup brown sugar and 2 Tbsp white sugar)    
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cloves

Preheat oven to 350ยบ F.  Put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.  Pour into a greased 9 inch pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes. 

If you double this recipe (which I frequently do) let it bake for 40-45 minutes and use a 9 x 13 pan.