Rainbow and the Magical Shell

This afternoon my cupkeiki said she wanted to be an author. She found her inspiration from a deck of old maid cards, in which one of the matches is that of an author. So I grabbed a pencil and paper and together we wrote the story of Rainbow and the magical shell.

I have to say that my whole being jumped for joy that she wanted to sit down and make up a story with me.

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Devils Claw

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Piercing my skin,
Sharp abandon,
From where my struggle has been,
To the place I long to find solitude in,
Holding my hand,
Leading the way,
Like ocean drops in the sand,
Warm and gentle like the suns ray.

Plum Kuchen

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There’s nothing better than a good coffee cake, especially one that balances sweetness with sour/bitter tastes.

My cupkeiki has been asking for a plum cake. I’ve not been sure why, but we bought some plums from Ela Family Farms and I searched for recipes. I was a little hesitant to bake plums, afraid that not only would my cupkeiki not eat what was requested but that everyone else would turn it down too.

Instead she asked constantly for “just a little bit” before diner and after dinner she devoured the slice we shared. Everyone else that tried it liked it too, so a win for baked plums!

What I used for the cake:
1/2C. Sugar
4Tbs. Butter
2 eggs
2 heaping spoonfuls of 2% Fage Yogurt
1 C. Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
4 and a half plums, cut in half and pitted
My Heaping Spoonful

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For the topping:
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbs. Whole wheat pastry flour
2Tbs. Butter
2tsp. Cinnamon

What I did:
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour an 8×8 inch glass baking dish.

For the cake:
Best sugar and butter until creamy. Add eggs and yogurt, mix well. Add dry ingredients. Mix well, and pour into prepared baking dish. Top with plums.

In a small bowl, mix together crumb topping ingredients, and spread over batter and plums.

Bake, uncovered in preheated oven for 35 min or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

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Rustic Tomato Soup

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With the abundance of tomatos recently, I’ve been dreaming up lots of delicious ideas. I’ve incorporated them into almost all dishes I’ve made but last night tomatoes were in the spotlight.

I’ve been wanting a soup unlike any other I’ve made yet and my niece being sick made it an even better idea.

What I used:
1 medium sized onion, chopped
1 medium bunch celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
8 medium to large sized tomatoes, rough chopped
2 large cloves garlic, minced
5 cups water
2tsp. Beef bullion
1 tsp. tarragon
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbs. Paprika
1/2-1C. Half in half.
Italian sausage links, chopped into bite sized pieces
Tortellini, cheese filled.

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What I did:
First, sautéed carrots, onion and celery in a large skillet. I used leftover bacon grease but canola oil would work. Once onions are soft, add contents of skillet to a crockpot set on low. Add tomatoes, garlic, tarragon, paprika, salt, pepper and bullion. Stir well, close lid and let cook for at least 4 hours. After 4 hours, using an immersion blender (or food processor if you don’t have a blender) blend everything in the crockpot until it’s smooth but still has a little texture. Check taste, I went for a slightly salty and heavily influenced by paprika, taste. Cook sausage thoroughly, add to soup. Cook on low until ready to eat. Cook tortellini according to package directions. Add half and half to crock pot before serving and mix well. Check spices, of course. Serve soup over tortellini!

I truly appreciated the texture the tomatoes have, skin and seeds included. I think everyone expected this to taste, when told we were having tomato soup, like a pre made soup. However, the overall consensus was that it was really good and the difference from what was expected was what really added to the experience!

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Today in Foodtopia

I can’t wait to share these recipes-once I know the rest of the house is happy with what they eat!

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First up, a tomato soup full of fresh CSA veggies for my sick niece. Pairing it with cheese filled tortellini.

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Second, a Plum Kuchen (cake) with a light crumb topping. My cupkeiki has been asking for a plum cake, not sure why, she’s never had one; but here we are with one and we will see how it tastes after dinner!