Thursday, December 1, 2016

Italian Walnut Cake...

This cake is so rich & moist, made from a box! Tastes like a beloved pastry store cake...

Italian Walnut Cake

1 box of white cake mix
3 whole eggs, not just the whites
Olive oil in place of vegetible or canola oil as called for on the box directions.
Half water and half heavy whipping cream for the liquid (water) called for on the box
1 level tablespoon of powdered white vanilla
1/4 cup of chopped walnuts, divided for the cake mix
1/4 cup for the garnish on top of the cooked cake
*Powder sugar for icing, I use the butter cream recipe on the box and made half.

Mix the ingredients using the directions on the box, when blended, fold in the 1/4 cup walnuts. Bake in two round pans according to the box directions, mine was at 350 degrees. Length of time will be stated on the box according to your pans.
After baked, let cool 20 minutes before turning out

Follow the directions on the box of powder sugar for the butter cream recipe. I made 1/2 the recipe. I also softented the butter, to a creamy texture,  so that I could use the frosting as a glaze. (Same amount of ingredients but the softened creamy butter changes the consistency) Frost the middle layer and the top with equal amounts and let the frosting/glaze slide down the sides of the cake. Garnish the top with chopped walnuts.

 So yummy & rich....but I still wanted more....

 This was a hit with my tasters!

Very rich and moist!
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Fig Jam Ham...

Fig Jam Ham... Thanksgiving day I decided to use fig jam on my ham. And, I'm glad I did...This ham was so moist and the flavor was amazing...We cooked it in our large crock pot ....yummy! Everyone raved about the taste! It's a two thumbs up recipe!

 Fig Jam Ham
  The CattleQueen Cooks

 1 fully smoked/cooked Ham, bone-in
1/2 jar of Fig Jam
1/4 cup of Brown sugar
Garlic Pepper, (PineCreek Ranch Seasoning here), to taste
1/4 cup of dark rum, optional


In a large, prepared crock pot place the ham after, you score the top.
1/4 cup of dark rum, optional, pour on top of the scored ham.
Spread the jam, generously on the top .
Sprinkle the brown sugar on the top of the jam.
Then sprinkle the garlic pepper on top of the brown sugar.
Cook according to directions or do as I did and slow roast on medium for about 3 hours.


~My lid did not fit on the crockpot due to the height of the ham...I covered the top of the ham and crock pot with heavy foil and left it covered while cooking. This worked out extremely well...This ham was amazingly moist!
 Ready to cook!
The ham is on the left...so yummy good!

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Olive Cheese Spread...

 Olive Cheese Spread.... We decided to have a down day and watch movies the day after our Thanksgiving with the family...My rheumatoid flare was NOT liking the weather....UGH! So when lunch time came around, I wanted something warm to eat without a lot of work!

 Ornery gave this newly created recipe a two thumbs up, in-between bites! Needless to say,  it is a keeper recipe!

Olive Cheese Spread

1/2 Jar or 8 ounces of Olive Bruschetta mix, drained
1 can of sliced black olives, drained
4 ounces of whipped cream cheese
1 cup of cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon of chopped dehydrated olives
1/2 tablespoon of dehydrated chives
1 loaf of sourdough bread or slices of sourdough


Mix together all ingredients except the bread. Blend well.
Slice a loaf of sourdough in half lengthwise, spread the olive cheese blend on both pieces of bread, on a cooking sheet.
Cook for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Broil for 2-3 minutes on high to brown...watch carefully, remove when needed.
Slice and serve immediately as appetizers.

Notes: You may also serve the olive cheese spread, in a small cast iron pan and serve with pieces of sourdough! Or toast in the oven on slices of sourdough. Any way you choose to serve it...It will be a hit!

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Thanksgiving Table

I woke early this morning...Lots to do today, as you all know.... Final touches on the Thanksgiving table, and it is ready... It's 5am and I'm off and running....the TV is waiting for the Thanksgiving parade to start, fire is on, coffee in hand and I am ready to start cooking....Maybe the "others" will sleep long enough for me to get a few dishes prepared....AND then there's breakfast to fix.... At least I know I'm not alone this Thanksgiving morn! Have a Happy Turkey Day! Blessings to all....

                       It's 5am....and I'm putting on the final touches for thanksgiving dinner....

This table went together quite fast and I love the look!
 Each plate has a small salad plate in various colors of fall leaves...
 Our daughter is going to love my owl napkin holders. I better count them before she leaves....  :)))

 The box was Dad D's wooden tool box he used ...always! I'm grateful to have a wonderful memory of Dad with us on this day...We lost him almost 22 years ago, miss him like yesterday!
                                                            Love my country kitchen!
                            Oh... the fire is nice this morning! Coffee & Biscotti sounds good!
                                                    Each chair has it's own adornment!
 This  is the table I stained and distressed a few years ago....It was a blond wood with a white french country stain and an inlaid wood pattern on top....I love dark woods....Soooo furniture redo!
              Love the fireplace in the country kitchen... 2nd cup of coffee? Why...YES, I think so!

                                                    The kitchen window seat area....
 I love the fall...
 I have an Italian Country kitchen theme...
 My  kitchen door wreath
I love my Thanksgiving Elf... It's the Norwegian in me! :)
                                      Our wild turkey's have a Thanksgiving message for you....
                                                                       EAT BEEF!
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Turkey Quills...aka Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Who doesn't love the sweet & salty of chocolate covered pretzels? At Halloween I didn't get enough made for all the kids in the family...the ghost pretzels disappeared quick! So I needed to make MORE...for the great nieces and nephews...Who ....didn't forget Aunt NeeCee promised MORE!
Gotta love those babies! So this is what I came up with for Thanksgiving! And everyone was happy in Ranch-land! :)))

Turkey Quills....We see a few of these around the ranch from the wild turkeys...Sometimes up to 300 at a time....Love to watch their turkey dance.....

                                                                  Yummy Good!
Fun for the kids! Of all ages!!!

                Good Morning turkey lurkey......these are in my front yard at the River ranch
My morning Coffee has awesome views! The Sacramento River is behind the turkey's....
              Happy Thanksgiving everyone....
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Fried Brussel Sprouts...

 This recipe was so amazing....I will make this again and again. Recently, we were at a friends restaurant in Chinatown, Honolulu, Oahu...A dish similar to this was served with our meal! OH My! I was in heaven....I had to recreate my version at home!

Fried Brussels Sprouts

 Soon yummy!

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