What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Take a Seat at the Table: Devil’s Food Cake! Sometimes all you crave is a slice of good old-fashioned chocolate cake like your grandma used to make, before Betty Crocker introduced the world to cake mixes. It’s very simple, really. Take a walk down Memory Lane with a recipe that recaptures youthful musings.
DEVIL’S FOOD CAKE
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup salad oil
1 cup boiling water
1 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a bundt pan. Mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add salad oil and boiling water. Stir until lumps are gone. Gradually add milk; stir. Add eggs and vanilla; stir. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Invert onto serving platter. Cool before frosting or sprinkling with powdered sugar.
“You just have to live today.
And I think one of my
New Year’s resolutions is definitely
trying to stop and live in the moment
and cherish it.”
~ Thomas Rhett
Festive Foods! Good times naturally accompany good food. Every family has its favorites. Some indulge in time-worn traditions while others enjoy modern classics. As you embrace the holidays with companionship, nostalgia, food, or festivities, celebrate the spirit of the season. In the next few weeks, join me as I share favorite foods as well as healthy options. Bring it home for the holidays with Festive Foods! Follow me on Instagram @gail_dorna or check in with me on Twitter @Snapshotsincursive.
“Thanksgiving is a time
of togetherness and gratitude.”
~ Nigel Hamilton
This Veterans Day, and always, let us be grateful for those who serve and have served, those who sacrifice, and those we remember. Thank You! 🇺🇸
“People respond when you tell them
there is a great future in front of you,
you can leave your past behind.”
~ Joel Osteen
Dining Outside the Home: Garden Island Barbecue & Chinese Restaurant in Lihue, Kauai. A true sign of a popular eatery is a full parking lot before you ever set foot inside the door. In the short time it takes to park the car, pay attention to the steady flow of customers clutching brown bag take-out orders. Proof positive something pretty tasty is going on inside. The wait staff is practiced in efficient service, yet patient enough to answer questions and offer suggestions. Another plus. Casual dining means a table for two as well as larger tables for friends and family-size groups. I’m not gonna lie. An extensive menu offers choices beyond your wildest expectations. Szechuan for a kick of spice, a healthy dose of vegetables, tasty barbecue combos, sizzling beef, mixed seafood platters, and more. Ample servings and portion sizes make sharing delightful. After all, who doesn’t enjoy nibbling a bite or two of something different? Get off the beaten path and mingle with locals.
“When I see a bird that walks
like a duck and swims like a duck
and quacks like a duck,
I call that bird a duck.”
~ James Whitcomb Riley
“If you wish to fly to new heights,
begin by setting your sights
on a destination you can reach
and then create a flight plan,
a map, that will be your guide.”
~ Debbie Ford