Creole Mexican Chocolate Cake

Serves 8 (Adapted from Rosalie Murphy’s The Quick Adobe Cookbook Dell Publishing, 1988) 1 cup sour cream 1 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup milk 2 cup flour 1/4 tsp sea salt 1 tsp baking soda 2 eggs, beaten 4 squares (4 oz) unsweetened chocolate 1/2 cup hot water Frosting 8 oz cream cheese 2 squares (2 oz) unsweetened chocolate 1/8 cup milk 3/4 cup powdered sugar 1 cup pecan halves Directions for Cake 1 Preheat oven 350 F 2 Mix sour cream, 1 1/2 cup sugar and milk in a large bowl 3 Sift in flour, salt, baking soda 4 … Continue reading Creole Mexican Chocolate Cake

Food News: Food Giant Monsanto Lays off 16% as Organic Food Sales Increase

Monsanto foods just laid off another 1000 employees in addition to the 2600 jobs cut last Fall– a cut of 16% of it’s overall workforce.  This is a direct by-product  of the loss in revenue Monsanto has felt from  consumers who have increasingly rejected food grown by genetic modification engineering of an Organism (GMO’s),  while  choosing the benefits of a natural, organic diet. European countries  in response to the opposition many have felt from environmentalists,  farmers and political activists, have restricted or outlawed GMO cultivation all together. And these restrictions are being instituted by many other countries and food companies … Continue reading Food News: Food Giant Monsanto Lays off 16% as Organic Food Sales Increase

Food News: Campbell Soup Pressured to Remove some GMO Ingredients

Campbell Soup Company has just announced it will become one of the  major food companies to adopt food labels that will disclose  genetically modified ingredients.  This is in direct contrast with the company’s prior stance to fight GMO labeling efforts across the country. As Denise Morrison CEO, put it: “We will withdraw from any coalition that doesn’t suport mandatory labeling.” However, this decision does not mean that Campbells is no longer using GMO ingredients.  Rather they are no longer fighting the labeling process ifself. The public will know what products they make that have GMO ingredients  and those that don’t. … Continue reading Food News: Campbell Soup Pressured to Remove some GMO Ingredients

Sweet & Sour Pot au Feu for Winter

Pot au Feu is a French pot roast made in a savory style with vegetables, cold water, and condiments. It’s a dish to remember. It takes a while to finish cooking although a slow cooker saves time and trouble. It’s easy to make and quite different than so called “American pot roast” which browns the roast and braises in red wine and chicken stock. The American sweet and sour version is also one of my favorites. This can be done by merely adding 1/2 lemon, 2 tbsp brown sugar, plus dried fruit. This version is wonderfully different and refreshing. Be … Continue reading Sweet & Sour Pot au Feu for Winter

Food News: For Some, Soup is the New Juice

In a recent article published in the NYTimes, Thursday, February 4, 2016,  reporter Rachel Felder tells us that juicing is too extreme for many of us. Ms Felder reports that for the last few weeks, Vivienne Zhao, an investment banker who lives and works in Manhattan, has spent each Monday on a cleanse, consuming over a week’s time liquid based meals.   Her menu includes: pinto and black beans cooked with tomatoes, spinach and bok choy; garlicky carrots, mixed  onions and alkaline water; and pureed pumpkin with cardamon and Saigon cinnamon.  She came to this soup cleanse– known as “souping”– after … Continue reading Food News: For Some, Soup is the New Juice