Food for Thought – May 21, 2013

it’s strawberry time in Tennessee, so I thought you’d like the following recipe which is great with strawberries. The recipe comes from Richard Hogg of Anderson, SC.

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

1-1/2 cups butter, softened

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened

3 cups sugar

6 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

Confectioners sugar

Sliced fresh strawberries and whipped cream, optional

1) In a large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese and sugar light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine dry ingredients; beat into creamed mixture until blended.

2) Pour into greased and floured 10-inch fluted tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes. or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing to wire rack. Cool completely. Garnish with confectioners sugar, strawberries and whipped cream, if desired.

Yield: 16 servings.

The following recipe is from the Cooking for Two test kitchen.

Strawberry Shakes

1/3 cup 2% milk

1-1/2 cups vanilla ice cream

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1 Tbsp. strawberry preserves

In a blender, combine all ingredients; cover and process until smooth. Pour into chilled glasses; serve immediately.

Yield: 2 servings.

The following fruit salad from Rhonda Eads of Jasper, IN goes well at a church supper or any large gathering.

Fabulous Fruit Salad

1 medium honeydew, peeled, seeded and cubed

1 medium cantaloupe, peeled, seeded and cubed

2 cups cubed seedless watermelon

2 medium peaches, peeled and sliced

2 medium nectarines, sliced

1 cup seedless red grapes

1 cup halved fresh strawberries

1 can (11 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained

1 can (12 oz.) lemonade concentrate, thawed

1 pkg, (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix.

Mix all together and chill before serving.

Yield: 20 servings of 3/4 cup each.

This last thought from Colossians 3:16: “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”

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Until next time,