Food for Thought – May 20, 2014

It has come to my attention that in the Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake recipe of May 6th there were a few omissions.

First, stir in strawberries with rhubarb. Second, in cake it should be 3 cups flour and 1 tsp. baking soda.

Strawberries are plentiful right now.

This recipe is for the canners among us and comes from the Mennonite Community Cook Book (second printing) October 1972.


Strawberry Honey

2-1/2 cups crushed strawberries

3 lbs. sugar

1-1/3 cups water

1 tsp. powdered alum

Cook water and sugar together for 7 minutes. Add crushed berries. Boil 5 minutes.

Add powdered alum and remove from heat. Pour into sterile jars and seal.

The following recipe from Amy Bloom of Marietta, GA, should please the chocolate-strawberry lovers among us.


Berry and Cream Chocolate Cups

1 pkg. (12 oz.) dark chocolate chips

2 oz cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup sour cream

1/3 cup sugar

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

1-1/2 cups milk

2 egg yolks, beaten

1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups thinly sliced strawberries

1) In microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth.

Spread melted chocolate over bottoms and up sides of 12 foil muffin cup liners.

Refrigerate for 25 minutes, or until firm.

2) In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy; beat in sour cream until smooth. Set aside.

3) In a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in milk until smooth.

Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thick and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 2 minutes more.

4) Remove from heat. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return ALL to pan, stirring constantly. B

ring to gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and reserved sour cream mixture.

Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Refrigerate until chilled.

3) Carefully remove foil liners from chocolate cups.

Fill cups with pastry cream and strawberries. Chill until served.

Yield: 12 servings.

This last thought from Loise Pinkerton Fritz.


My Hiding Place

You’re my hiding place, Lord,

Whenever storms arise…

In the brightest daylight

Or in the dark of night,

Storms of doubt or illness,

Or storms of loneliness,

Storms of grief or sorrow

And storms of restlessness.

You’re my hiding place, Lord;

It is to You I turn

When the waves of trouble

Begin to churn and churn.

You can lift my burdens

And calm my every fear;

You’re my hiding place, Lord,

And You are always near.

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Until next time,