Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Better than Sex?

Going through a folder filled with family recipes
my awesome Aunt Lee Lee
 gave to me a few years ago,
 I had the idea
 to make a few
 of the heirloom recipes, 
photograph the steps,

 maybe 'refresh' and update some...

my mother's corn flake "fried" chicken
request some additional favorite recipes
 from my sisters, cousins, etc..
along with some of my top ten,
put it all together in an iBook
 and give copies to my nieces and nephews.

The Jenkins Clan Cookbook

Although I had never met her,
 she passed away at 47, 
my grandmother's oatmeal cookies
 were legendary in our household.

I was happy to find that recipe.

Wait a second.

You have been very patient....

have you asked yourself yet
 "what does this have to do with sex"?

 one of the recipes, 
in my Aunt's handwriting,
was for
 Better Than Sex Cake.

That made me blush.

 I don't want to visualize
 any of my relatives doing...
you know.

But, how could I not make this cake? 
The first recipe in my line up.

The ingredients remind me
 of some of my commercial shoots. 
Not much from nature.
The eggs are the only thing local.
Bananas, organic.

So far,
bananas and eggs,
I get how that can be sex-y.
Visually anyway,
like some of those phallic still life vignettes
 I would do on Molto Mario.
Sopressata and mozzarella balls anyone?

HOLY MADONNA! I was just looking for a Molto Mario photo online and found a video I was in, that's me on the far right. Looking awkward. 
I prefer to be behind the camera.

Well, one recipe down
quite a few to go.
Jury is definitely out
in regards to the title.

What is your most treasured family recipe?


That Janie Girl said...

My mom's famous green beef enchiladas. I'll share it with you when I don't have to be up at the crack of dawn to go to yet another industry conference!

PS - your pix are making me way hungry WAY too early this morning! ;)

Purple Flowers said...

Well, that's a title that opened my eyes this morning!
My favorite family recipe is my Mother's meatballs. I will gladly share it with you, but don't know your e-mail address. Send it to me via and I will send you my Mother's famous Italian meatball recipe. :)
Enjoy your day.

Stitchfork said...

I'm stuck on the glazed pecans pic - love those!!

Nezzy said...

Oh baby, move over and pass me a fork!!! That cake looks good enough to wallow in a day or two! Heeeheehhe!

I'm droolin' like a rabid dog here...sure hope I don't 'lectrocute
myself here!

I just wanted the thank you for droppin' by with your sweet comment. Please pop in often, the door of the Ponderosa is always open.

God bless ya'll from the chilly hills and hollers of the Missouri Pondeorsa! :o)

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Last year, this month, we gave up sugar and salt!!!! Then cooking got interesting!! We love stir fry dinners and to say we have just one favorite would not be accurate!!
Another post with great pictures!!
xx, Fern

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

i don't know where to start...first off...those mustard ketchup thingys are darling...made me laugh...then the recipe...too funny...LOVE the ingriedent line up.... and on New Years my sister-in-law gave me a giant book...she wants me to fill it with family recipes for my 4 year old neice to have. she said i have one year...LOVE LOVE LOVE family recipes...and then i get to the molto mario...i used to be GLUED to that show. GLUED. you look darling, my friend... i am sure i watched that episode...i NEVER missed it....

great photographs here too abby...

great post :-)

i am making eggplant lasagna today...may post it tomorrow....

so HAPPY to visit here today...what FUN !!!!!

kary and teddy

and a scratch for Cheddar :-)

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

.....almost forgot..i am IN LOVE with MAINE !!!!!

Verde Farm said...

Hi Abby, you left the sweetest comment on my blog this afternoon. Thank you so much for that. I wanted to see where you came from and I’m glad I did. You have a creative past and have done so many things. I am looking forward to following you :)
Amy at Verde Farm

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Would you believe I have a "better than sex" cake recipe in my folder of favorites? However, mine in a chocolate version!!! Yours looks very good. Thanks for visiting at Buttermilk Cottage today and please come back often!

eddieross said...

That cake sounds amazing!!!! love seeing you on the MM set! remember how drunk we got that night!! I was eating something as my head was coming out of the pizza oven!! good times!! xoxo

quintessence said...

Quite the entertaining post. Cake sounds scrumptious. And I must say you're looking quite suspicious on that set - wonder what you were questioning!

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Hi, what a delightful post this is...I just loved your story and creative way of telling it!!! I remember seeing that recipe and I think I probably made it some time years ago...Your photos are beautiful and thanks for visiting with me...I'll be sure and come back often!!!

Joy said...

I loved this post! And I want a copy of the family cookbook when it comes together ;) I think I have the better than sex cake recipe from gran too - I'll have to make it one of these days now! xoxo

Willoughby said...

The story and pictures are wonderful! Your comment about not picturing family members doing.....made me laugh! I'll have to try that delicious looking cake.

You're so lucky to have a collection of family recipes! My paternal grandmother was a wonderful cook, but very few of her recipes were ever written down (she was German, I'm not certain she could write in English). My cousin has a few that my grandpa had written down, but he won't share (makes the rest of the family pretty angry!).

My mom doesn't enjoy cooking, but she makes fabulous spaghetti sauce. Her holiday stuffing is pretty special, too. I guess those would be my favorite family recipes.

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

mario in MAINE !!!! 2 of my FAVORITE things....mario and maine...

abby...yes...i would LOVE some recipes :-)

whenever you have the time

do you want my email?

kary and the little red head teddy
hugs to cheddar :-)

Trinity said...

I love your holt howard condiments jars! and the food looks yummy. my moms secret recipe to her corn flake chicken is to use miracle whip before you coat with corn flakes....i dont even want to guess how fattening they are! lol

Tiffany from HOLIDAY said...

i think i need to try this now...only i wonder if i can switch out the pinapple for strawberries (not a fan of crushed pinapple in desserts).

my favorite family recipe? not so much a recipe, per se, but i love my mom's brisket.

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