Sunday, January 2, 2011

Second official day of the Pantry Challenge

I made several stuffed pork chops for our New Year’s Dinner so technically yesterday’s Pantry Challenge wasn’t very challenging as we had leftovers for lunch & dinner.  And as I warmed everything up on the wood stove, I suppose I’ll make this week the “Cook Everything on the Wood Stove” week.  It’s also going to be cold this week so the stove will be cranked anyhow.
Also going to try to make some bread in the wood stove.  I let the logs burn down to coals, shoved them over to the side & stuck an inverted bread pan on the non-coal side & put my bread in there.  Not sure how that’s going to work out…..I’ll let you know in a little bit.

Paul started some mung bean & alfalfa sprouts in jars so we’ll have some fresh greens in a few days.  The cupcake in the middle is one of a few we have left over from New Year’s Eve goodies.  I like this recipe because it only makes 10 cupcakes.  More than enough for just the three of us and some to freeze for a last minute dessert.

Chocolate Cupcakes
2/3 C. Flour                             1 ½ Tbsp. Butter, softened
1/8 tsp. Baking Soda               ¾ C. Sugar
1 tsp. Baking Powder              1 Egg
1/8 tsp. Salt                             ½ C. Milk
1/3 C. Cocoa                           ½ tsp. Vanilla
Cream butter & sugar, add egg, milk, vanilla & mix.  Sift dry ingredients together & then mix everything together.  Line muffin cups with paper liners & bake at 350 degrees for about 17 minutes. 
Buttercream Frosting: 1 stick softened butter, 1 3/4 C. powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp. milk, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 1/4 c. cocoa.

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