Purple Cabbage Potato Salad

It is no secret that I love BBQs and BBQ food! I think this is because I am a summer baby, I am born in late August (the 28th) and ever since I can remember my birthdays have always been BBQs in the park or at the pool. My family also knows how to thrown down on some BBQ ribs, chicken, links, Mac cheese, potato salad, baked beans, sweet potatoes and any other grilling food you can think of. Because I have such a big family, lots of cousins, aunts and uncles, having a BBQ has just been an easy way to feed so many people. Over the years, my mom and dad have gotten pretty good at it. Plus, the way my family feels about food, usually everyone brings a dish to share.

Last night was my Auntie Nancy’s birthday. She is the youngest of the siblings on my mother’s side. Her favorite food is fried chicken, so my uncle decided he would fry the chicken and everyone else can bring the side dishes plus cake. My sister Lauren put her foot in some Mac Cheese (the leftovers I will devour later) and I made baked beans and potato salad. My youngest sister Laisani make a homemade Strawberry Short Cake and my Aunt Carmen brought over a Double Chocolate Cake. My Grandmother baked a key lime pie, with homemade crust and it was so good! So we had a good filling dinner last night. I always love it when Lauren makes her Mac Cheese because it is a recipe that has been passed down from my Mother, who makes it really REALLY good. I don’t think I can make it as good as they can YET. Dinner was great and there were minimal leftovers. I think Aunty Nancy had a good birthday and felt very loved.

The recipe for the Potato Salad was one I created myself as I was in the grocery store. The night before I had looked a few different recipes, and was originally going to go with one I found. But when I got to the grocery store my cell phone service was acting up so I decided to free hand the ingredients picking up whatever I thought would be tasty together. I knew I wanted to use red potatoes, and hard-boiled eggs. I was going to use Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise, but decided against that idea last minute. Knowing my family, for this special occasion they’d want the real deal, no healthy versions necessary.

 

INGREDIENTS:

8 – 9 red potatoes

6 boiled eggs

½ of a Small Red Onion (chopped)

1 bag shredded Purple Cabbage

¼ cup Chopped Dill

2 Cups Mayonnaise (I used one made with olive oil)

1 Cup Sweet Relish

Salt and Pepper

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

First I filled a pot ½ way full with water, then put it on the stove to boil. I then washed the potatoes and cut them into fourths. They will boil faster if you cut them previous to boiling. Carefully place the potatoes in the boiling water and let them cook while you cut up the other ingredients.

In a much smaller pot, boil water for the eggs. Place eggs in boiling water and let cook for 7 to 10 minutes. Turn off burner and let eggs sit in hot water until you are ready to peel.

On the cutting board dice up the onion, I only used half of one, but I am sure if you’d like you can use the whole onion. Keep in mind I did buy a small onion opposed to some of the gigantic ones they sell at the grocery store. It all depends on your preference. The cabbage is already shredded, but I gave them a quick chop as well. Then I chopped up the dill, and although I didn’t measure I think I use about ¼ of a cup. You can always add more.

Once the potatoes are boiled which takes about 20 to 25 minutes. I strained them, then ran cold water over them to stop the potatoes from cooking. I let the potatoes cool for about another 15 to 20 minutes before I seasoned them with salt and pepper.

After I seasoned them I put all the potatoes on a large bowl so that I could mix all ingredients in easily. I added in the onion, cabbage and dill. Gave that a mix, then added in the 1 cup of mayo. Then add half a cup of sweet relish.  Stir in the rest of the mayo, then finish it off with the rest of the sweet relish. Remember the eggs you boiled earlier? Run cold water over them before pealing and cutting up. I always add the eggs last because they are so delicate. Mix the eggs in and add more salt and pepper. Mix all together and there you have it – Potato Salad! Be sure to taste it before you serve it, it may need more relish, or salt, tasting your food is key to knowing if it is ready to serve or needs something extra. You can store this dish in the fridge until ready to serve.

My family loved this potato salad, even my Grandma Delores who has her own Dill Potato Salad recipe that I have yet to try and make myself. I love that the purple cabbage adds lovely color, the sweet relish give it that sweet pickle taste.  I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I do!

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Single Layer Chocolate Cake

 

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I was with my grandmother a few days ago and we decided to do a little baking. I wanted to see how she made  chocolate cake because I was thinking about baking a birthday cake for a friend for the weekend coming up. My grandmother is a regular baker so she had all of the ingredients needed for a little mid day baking action. This cake is light and fluffy, and I think would go nicely with a strawberry jam filling, since we didn’t have any fresh jam, we made a cream cheese frosting, so delicious!

 

Single Layer Chocolate Cake

350 degrees, 25-30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 ½ stick unsalted butter (room temperature)

¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¾ cup all purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup butter cream

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Instructions:

In medium size mixing bowl combine cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and salt. In separate bowl, cream butter and sugar. Then add each egg one at a time while mixing, add vanilla. Slowly add in the flour mixture, until all ingredients are mixed together. Pour batter into greased 8 inch round pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

2 cups powdered sugar

2 sticks butter

4 ounces cream cheese

1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions:

Put all three ingredients in mixing bowl and turn on mixture until becomes frosting. If more frosting is needed, add more powdered sugar ½ cup at a time.

Dreamy & Delicious Nutella Rolls

Dough w Sugar Spice

Oh My Goodness! If only you could smell the scent that is coming out of my oven right now. Some of you may know but I have been on a cinnamon roll baking binge lately. I finally feel like i have gotten the dough recipe down, the recipe I love and that is also vegan, is from Minimalistbaker.com if you are interested. Yes that is right, vegan dough, no eggs, no milk, in replacement of eggs, the recipe uses almond milk and vegan butter, Earth Balance. I recently ventured outside of cinnamon rolls because my sister was going on a post graduation road trip from California to North Carolina with a group of her college buddies. So what better way to send them off than with a belly full of Nutella Cinnamon Rolls. The dough recipe is still the same as my previous recipe for cinnamon rolls, but I will briefly go over it here.

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What You’ll Need for the DOUGH:

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

3 tablespoons of butter

3 cups of all purpose flour

1 tablespoon of sugar

1 packet instant active yeast

1/4 tablespoon of salt

FILLING:

1/3 cup of sugar

1/3 cup of brown sugar

2 table spoons of cinnamon

4 tablespoons of Nutella

2 tablespoons of butter

Instructions:

After you melt butter and almond milk in a saucepan without brining it to a boil, let cool down to the temp of bath water. Pour mixture in big mixing bowl and add in packet of instant yeast. Let the yeast active for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes is up, add in 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1/4 tablespoon of salt. Mix together. Then 1/2 a cup at a time, add in the all purpose flour. After you’ve added all 3 cups of flour, begin to knead for 1 minute. Also, if my dough is not sticky enough I will add a little bit of water into the bowl. Knead your dough into a ball and then let sit at room temp for 1 hour to let the dough rise. After dough has risen, it should look like Step 1 in the picture below.

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Then roll out your dough into a round edged rectangle, which you see in the image labeled Step 2. Then melt your 2 remaining tablespoons of butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Brush melted butter onto dough lightly, do not soak the dough. Then add in the 1/3 cup of sugar, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, which you see in Step 3. Then melt 4 tablespoons of Nutella in microwave for 30 seconds (can use less if you don’t want your rolls too chocolate-y) shown in Step 4. Then roll your dough from the side closest to you, until it become a log looking roll of dough. Cut dough 1 or 1 1/2 inch thick, and place in a pre-coated baking pan. I use Trader Joe’s coconut oil spray. Then using the remaining melted butter, coat the top of the rolls. Bake for 25-30 minutes, and then let cool. If you’d like you can serve the rolls warm, or let them cool completely and ice them with a mix of powdered sugar and almond milk. If you frost them too soon, which I have done, the powdered sugar will melt on top the rolls. It is still delicious, just not as pretty and presentable. Enjoy!

Nutella Rolls Before Baking