• Cooking with Miranda,  Geekery,  Mirandomness

    Week One on the Kitchen Front

    I wrapped up the first week by cleaning out the refrigerator.  I used our remaining margarine, meat, and bacon to make meat pasties (shown here with arugula and carrot salad) on Sunday.  There were also carrot cookies and cooked oatmeal scones. I can’t find any documentation in any of my cookbooks for cooked oatmeal scones, but they are very ration friendly, using only 2 tablespoons of butter and very little sweetening.  They were also a smash hit according to the home audience. On Sunday, we went to a showing of “Singing in the Rain” on the big screen as part of the TCM film series for 2017.  It was fantastic…

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    The Joy of Jello

    This Jell-o-centric booklet was a birthday gift from a friend.  Flipping through it, the Fella became fixated on a picture within the pages.    “The Birthday Surprise” is a ring of strawberry-banana Jello, surrounded by gumdrops and birthday candles, and filled with strawberry and vanilla ice-cream.  “Can you make this?”  The Fella asked me.  “For your birthday party?”  I asked, wondering what sort of moulded Jello fiend I had created.  “Yeah….except maybe without strawberry ice cream, I’m not a fan of strawberry ice cream,” was his reply.    “If that’s what you want,” I acquiesced.  It seemed like a reasonable addition to a menu of deviled eggs, pigs-in-blankets, canapes, and a most…

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    Texas Sheet Cake…Sorta

    I love Texas sheet cake; maybe as much as I love the cats.  This cake is great for parties and potlucks because it is such a quick breeze to make.  Unfortunately most Texas Sheet Cakes are rather sickly sweet, with candy like frosting.  I wanted one that really brought out the flavor of the rich, high fat cocoa I use in my baking. This is the result of that quest. It requires a lot of butter. A lot of cocoa Ingredients you might not normally keep on hand. Lots of stirring More stirring All to get an incredibly rich, gooey cake in less than 40 minutes from start to finish.…