Sunday, April 11, 2010


I have so many cookbooks that I have bought or had given to me over the years that just sit on a shelf and collect dust.  I have my Five Roses one  in the kitchen.  The pages are all stained with everything imaginable, the pages are dog eared, some of the pages have now gone missing but I would not trade it for anything.  The recipes are classic and up to date, with all I need to know to prepare anything I want.  My Mother used one and even used it to make some of her products for the bakeshop she had.  She adjusted some of the recipes to fit larger batches and she tested some different ingredients for other things but basically used the same recipes she found in her Five Roses Cookbook. 

Monday, April 5, 2010

Mother's Day is Coming Soon!

The weather is warming up, the flowers are starting to sprout and bud, and Easter is past for another year. Thoughts are turning to summer already and my dietary preferences change to summer fare. More BBQ's, salads, and early summer fresh fruits. My favorite fruits will be a while yet but I can start with the strawberries until the raspberries are available. I enjoy making and eating trifles that I make from whatever fruit is in season or multiple fruits if I can.

I usually use an angel food cake, vanilla custard pudding, cool whip and fresh fruit.

Cut the angel food cake into 1 inch squares. Put a layer in the bottom of the container you are going to use. I have a glass trifle dish that I use but any bowl will do. Depending on which fruit I have - I either cut it up or put it in whole. Then a layer of pudding. Repeat until the desired amount is prepared and top with cool whip or whipped cream. A nice cherry or strawberry on top or a layer of mandarin oranges looks great too!

Also great to take to summer parties or get togethers but beware - it doesn't last very long. Even the kids love it!