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Contents Volume #007

To All Mothers - Happy Mother’s Day!

Welcome New Friends
What’s New on Soul Food Advisor.com
Feature Article: Mom Favorite Recipes
Column: Spice Up Your Soul Food
Cassandra’s Cooking Tips
Soul Food Care Package
Soul Food Blog
Coming In Next Issue: National Soul Food Month Tribute
Ask the Editor
Reader’s Poll
News You May Want to Use
Link to Your Gift: New Trends in Soul Food Cooking
Send a Friend a Gift

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WELCOME NEW FRIENDS
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Hey Soul Food Lovers! Another great month for new friends since our last month’s newsletter. Thank you for joining us. If you haven’t had a chance to read the back issues, please do so. We invite you to send comments, suggestions, and ideas on what they would like to see in this newsletter.

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Also, if you have recipes or cooking stories from the kitchen you want to share, please feel free to do so. You can send them directly to me at Cassandra@soul-food-advisor.com.

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FEATURE ARTICLE- MOM FAVORITE RECIPES


By Cassandra Harrell

Mom’s Favorite Recipes - A Mother’s Day Feature

Everyone associates Moms with cooking. Even if your mom wasn’t the best cook, that fact that she cooked at all is still very special. In addition to the traditional baked ham with pineapples, we all remember a special recipe that our mom made on Mother’s Day. Some of our moms are no longer with us, but the memories she created are memories that will never be forgotten.

Last month I asked for your mom favorite recipes to feature in this section for Mother’s Day. I also went out scouting around town for favorite mom recipes for this feature. We asked around the office for everyone's favorite mom recipes.

There were some arguments, some challenges, even a bit of soulful Mother's Day discussion from our over-anxious staff.

In honor of moms everywhere, we present a few recipes from the hearts and homes of our staff, website contributors, and friends.

QUICK BANANA PUDDING RECIPE
By Debra, Gates Tennessee

1 box vanilla or banana instant pudding mix
1 ½ cups whole milk
1 can eagle brand milk
8 ounces cool whip, soft
4 to 6 ripe bananas, sliced thin
1 ½ bags Vanilla Wafers

In a large bowl, combine pudding and whole milk, whisk together, add eagle milk and cool whip. Mix together until creamy. Set Aside. In a 9 X 13 inch dish, add a layer of bananas and cover it with a layer of vanilla wafers. Spoon half of pudding mixture over vanilla wafers.

Repeat process with bananas and wafers, then spoon other half of pudding over wafers. Top pudding with wafers. Chill.

COCONUT AND RAISIN BREAD PUDDING
By Annie, Jackson, Tennessee

2 cups water
1 ½ cups sugar
1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
4 large eggs
1 cup coconut, flaked
½ cup crushed pineapple, drained
½ cup raisins, seedless
½ cup butter or margarine, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
10 slices white bread with crust, cut into ½ inch cubes

Combine water and sugar in a bowl, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add milk and eggs, stirring with a wire whisk until blended. Stir in coconut, pineapple, raisins, butter and vanilla. Blend well.

Add nutmeg, cinnamon and bread cubes. Mix well. Let mixture stand for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour into a greased 9X13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm. Yield: 12 servings.

COCONUT CUSTARD PIE
By Helen, Halls, Tennessee

1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flaked coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-9 inch pie crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With electric mixer on low speed, beat together butter, sugar, and eggs. Blend in flour. Add milk slowly, beating to blend. Add coconut and vanilla; mix well. Pour filling into unbaked pie shell. 40 to 50 minutes, or until set.

Helen‘s Comments: “My mother always made this recipe only on Mother’s Day. This pie is rich and creamy and I remember it well from my childhood. “

SOUR CREAM CHOCOLATE CAKE
By Gloria, Nashville, Tennessee

1/4 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 cup water
3/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted

FROSTING
1/3 cup butter, soften
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
3 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 13 x 9 inch oblong pan. Cream together sugar and shortening. Set aside. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and water. Mix well. Add sour cream to flour mixture. Then blend flour mixture with sugar and shortening. Blend well. Add eggs, vanilla, and melted chocolate. Mix ½ minute on low speed, scraping bowl constantly. Beat 3 minutes at high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan and bake 40 to 45 minutes.

FROSTING:
Mix butter and chocolate thoroughly. Blend in sugar. Stir in sour cream and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Spread frosting over cooled cake.

UPSIDE DOWN GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE
by Felicia, Dyersburg, Tennessee

1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup coconut
1 German chocolate cake mix
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
½ cup butter, soften
½ cup powdered sugar

Spread pecans and coconut in bottom of greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Mix German chocolate cake according to box directions and pour over pecans and coconut. Cream together cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar and pour over cake.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. When removed it will be wiggly. Let stand for 30 minutes to cool. Turn over on cookie sheet and cut.

Felicia‘s Comments: “My mom loved making this recipe and we loved it a lot. This recipe can be used for any type of event, and is especially good for Mother’s Day. “

SWEET POTATO BISCUITS
By Nicole, Ripley, Tennessee

¾ cup milk
¾ cup sweet potatoes, boiled and mashed
5 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/½ cups all purpose flour, sifted
2 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
Pinch baking soda

Mix milk, potatoes, and butter. In a separate bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Mix all together and turn onto a floured board and knead 30 seconds. Roll ½-inch thick and cut with biscuit cutter.

Bake in a 425 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes. Yield: Approximately 1 ½ dozen.
Variation: You can add plumped raisins to mixture if desired.

Nicole’s Comments: “This is my mom’s signature biscuits. She make these biscuits on Mother’s Day morning with our breakfast before we go to church. “

Thank you Debra, Annie, Helen, Gloria, Felicia, and Nicole for the wonderful recipes you sent.

It's still not too late to send in your recipes. There will also be a special section on the website that will include your recipes. So, send them in before May 5, 2007 to be included on the website. Submit Recipes Here

Also watch for my Mother's Day Recipe and my Wet and Wild Story on the Mother's Day Page the week of May 7th.

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SPECIAL: Next’s Month Feature:
National Soul Food Month Tribute

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SPICE UP YOUR SOUL FOOD -COLUMN

This month we focus on Vanilla Extract.

History of Vanilla Extract

Vanilla originated in Mexico. When the Spanish conquistador arrived in Mexico they dubbed it vanilla or little sheath. They brought it back to Europe and by the 1660s it was a popular flavor used with chocolate.

By the 19th Century Vanilla had established itself as the most popular flavor in the ice-cream industry. Today world production of Vanilla beans averages between 2000-2400 metric tons per year.

Chefs and gourmets from around the world use Vanilla in many of their signature dessert dishes. The naturally sweet flavor of vanilla finds its perfect match when paired with seasonal fruits. Vanilla brings out the round sweetness of the fruits. And no homemade dessert recipe is complete without some type of extract, usually Vanilla. Vanilla can be used in pastry crust, the cream filling, and in light glaze to produce a dessert that rich, smooth and full of flavor.

A nice alternative to using Vanilla Extract is Vanilla Bean Paste. It not only adds a smooth, rich vanilla flavor, but also the visible vanilla seed specks, creating a natural, gourmet vanilla look. Vanilla is great in puddings, pies, and fillings and excellent sprinkled on cold cereals with sliced bananas!

For a list of specific soul food spices, visit:
Soul Food Spices

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CASSANDRA’S COOKING TIPS

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Below are common cake baking problems with possible solutions.

· Problem: Cake sticks to pan: Cake cooled in pan to long or pan not greased and floured properly.

Solution: Make sure the entire baking area of pan is greased and floured properly.

· Problem Dry Texture: Cake baked too long, not enough shortening or sugar or too much flour or leavening.

Cake should be baked for the right amount of time. Never slack on main ingredients such a flour or sugar. And always level off cups and spoons appropriately.

· Problem: Cake falls: Oven not hot enough, insufficient baking time, under mixing, opening oven door too soon or too often during baking.

Solution: The oven should be heated to the correct temperature according to the recipe. Never guess on this. Not mixing the batter enough will cause your cake to fall because the ingredients are not blended properly. And I know we all are guilty of opening the oven while baking. A quick peak is not bad, but constantly opening and closing the oven will cause too much air to enter the over and will result in a cake that drops or falls.

Solution: Again make sure the temperature for baking a particular cake is correct. Too much or too little of main ingredients such as liquids or flour will call peaks in the center of the cake.

· Problem: Cake cracks and falls apart: Cake was removed from pan too soon, too much shortening, sugar or leavening.

Solution: Always measure your ingredients carefully to prevent this from happening. To prevent a cheese cake from cracking down the middle, place a pan of hot water on the baking rack under the cheese cake. The steam and moisture will stop it from cracking.

Watch for more exciting cooking tips next month!

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SOUL FOOD CARE PACKAGE

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COMING IN NEXT ISSUE
National Soul Food Month Tribute

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ASK THE EDITOR

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NEWS YOU MAY WANT TO USE ==================================

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Cassandra Harrell
Editor & Soul Food Advisor

Cassandra Harrell is a Soul Food Advisor and recently owned a soul food restaurant and catering service. She taught cooking classes on preparing great soul food cuisine, and have served thousands during conventions and special events.

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