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Piece of Cake

Often, it’s the simple things in life that are the best. Pound cake is one of those things.

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This particular recipe showcases pound cake at its finest.  It came from my sister-in-law Lisa’s Aunt Carole in Little Rock, Arkansas. The ingredients are unassuming, the process is uncomplicated, but the cake is pretty magical. It’s great with whipped cream and berries, or chocolate syrup, or just by itself. Also, the recipe makes a lot of cake – a full bundt cake and a loaf pan. Two for one, and plenty to share.

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We brought the cake over to our friends Erica and Justin’s tonight. They invited us over for some real comfort food: mini meat loaves, mac & cheese, and fresh veggies from the farmer’s market. As you can imagine, we’re feeling quite content after a feast like that.

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Until We Eat Again,

Two Happy Cooks

 

Carole’s Sour Cream Pound Cake

 

3 sticks butter, salted

3 cups flour

3 cups sugar

6 eggs

¼ tsp baking soda

1 8-oz carton sour cream

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Add dry ingredients alternately with sour cream. Then vanilla. Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan, and pour the excess into a greased and floured loaf pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour and 15 min. for the large cake, and 55 min. for the small cake.

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Inaugural Patio Party

A couple of weeks ago, we had a patio put in at our new house! We had a great experience with Axel Landscape – Jodi and Chris are talented designers, installers and all around great people. I’d highly recommend working with them if you have a landscaping project on your to do list.

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We had our first patio party last night in honor of our friends Anne and Brian who were visiting from Chicago. The goal of the weekend was to show Brian what a fun, sophisticated and lovely place Minneapolis is – he had never visited the Twin Cities before. Anne used to live here and we’re hoping she and Brian will move back one day. We had a great time eating, cooking and relaxing with them this weekend. Brian is a talented cook and blogger himself – he is the mastermind behind Broke Home Chef.

We spent Saturday afternoon in the kitchen in full-blown party prep mode. We knocked out the smoked salmon, potato salad, orzo salad and key lime pie over the course of the afternoon. I’m a huge fan of Mike’s smoked salmon – it cures overnight and finishes in our Smokey Mountain in no more than a couple hours. If you like Key Lime Pie, you must try the recipe below. Just a handful of ingredients and 5 minutes in the oven and you have a really creamy, tart and sweet key lime pie.

 

Our Menu:

Hors D’oeurves

Smoked Salmon

Fresh Veggies

Chips & Mango Salsa

Jamie’s Vegetable Pizza

 

Main

Grilled Chicken and Brats

French Potato Salad

Anne and Brian’s Spinach and Orzo Salad

 

Dessert

Key Lime Pie

Katie’s Lemon Bars

The Other Katie’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Our friends and Mike’s parents arrived. We ate, we drank, we played Cards Against Humanity. It was a successful inauguration of our new patio, and a very satisfying night all around.

 

Until We Eat Again,

Two Happy Cooks

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