Food, Community And All Things Sustainable

March 15, 2011

Sleeping Beauty

Each spring Missoula Children's Theater works with students at Kimball school on a musical production. This year it's Sleeping Beauty.  

Performances are Saturday, Mar. 19 at 4 p.m. and  7 p.m. in the Kiote Den.  And I'm hoping there will be a meal between performances. 

Missoula Children's Theater

March 6, 2011

Serandepity, What Exactly Is It?

Huge fan of Michael Feldman's Whad'ya Know?, yes I am. Been listening to the radio show since it started way back in '85.
Serandepity happened last week while I was tuned into Whad'ya Know...listening and laughing along...whilst working on an article about the South Dakota Hall of Fame - if you have not visited you need to...and that's a whole 'nother story.

You can listen in to what Michael has to say about all that by clicking on this Whad'ya Know link. The action starts at about 1:35.

Michael, YOU ROCK!

March 5, 2011

Great grandma's Molasses Cake Recipe

Oh, my great-grandmother made the most delicious molasses cake!  And she mixed it by hand in a bowl with a wooden spoon.  No electrical appliances for her.  Today, I use that same bowl in my kitchen.  Here's her recipe. Enjoy big pieces of this cake, it's good for you.

Molasses Cake
1 cup blackstrap molasses
1 cup cold water
1 cup sugar
3 teaspoons ginger, more if you really like ginger
1 teaspoon allspice
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

1. Cream butter and sugar.
2. Add molasses and eggs and beat well.
3. Add water and beat well.
4. Mix together dry ingredients (flour, ginger, allspice, salt, baking soda).
5. Add dry ingredients and water, a little at a time, and beat well.
6. Don't make batter too stiff. Add more water if needed.
7. Pour into buttered 9 x 13 cake pan or 2 round pans.
8. Bake at 325 for 35 min.  Test with toothpick to make sure cake is done.  This is a dense cake.

Enjoy.  I like mine with milk or warm tea.  Frosting is an option. 

If blackstrap molasses is too strong tasting for you, use light molasses.  Gingersnap blend from The Spice House is a good substitute for the ginger and allspice.