German Apple Cake

The apples are absolutely delicious right now.  My favorite orchards are Rittman Orchards  and Bauman Orchards.  You can even pick your own apples.  I haven’t been able to talk the Butcher into this yet but I’m still hoping.  I had some apples and I decided to make this cake.  It is a definite winner!  The cream cheese frosting is the “icing on the cake”.

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Snow Ice Cream–Make Magical Memories

We have snow–lots of snow.  Kids are still home from school.  Why not make some fun memories with the kids and the snow?  I have to admit even if you don’t have kids or grandkids to do this with–it is a lot of fun for adults.  After all, we all have a little kid inside of us just waiting to get out.

Ice Cream Snow

8 to 12 cups of fresh, white, new-fallen snow
12 oz. of sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Gather the snow in a large bowl. Bring it inside. Put about half of the snow in a smaller bowl. Add the vanilla to the snow in the smaller bowl. Shake the sweetened condensed milk well and pour about half over the snow and vanilla. Mix it in well. The snow will actually begin to freeze the sweetened condensed milk. Add the mixed “ice-cream” to the remaining snow in the big bowl, pour in the remaining sweetened condensed milk  and mix thoroughly.

This can be eaten right away. Any leftovers can be stored in the freezer for a frozen treat.  I have made this before.   I used the recipe from  

You will be delighted by how good this ice-cream tastes. You will be making fun memories. Until next time…From our Butcher’s Block to your Table.

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Christmas Fudge

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  The snow outside really makes it feel like Christmas is right around the corner.  My “Claim to Fame” at Christmas is my Chex Party Mix and my fudge.  Many people are intimidated about making fudge.
Mauri-1Today I am sharing a recipe for “no fail” fudge. One batch will make 2 1/2 pounds. I recommend doubling the recipe.  It is always special to share with friends and family.  The reason I like this recipe is that you time the fudge–no candy thermometers to fool with. It will take a while for the fudge to come to a rolling boil. Don’t start timing until it is at the rolling boil stage. When it is set your timer for 5 minutes. Another tip–have your chips and marshmallow cream ready to go before you start the process with the butter, sugar and evaporated milk.

No Fail Fudge
3 cups sugar
3/4 cup butterimage
2/3 cup evaporated milk (5 1/3 oz.)
12 oz. Bag of chocolate chips (white chocolate chips or peanut butter chips can also be used)
7 oz. marshmallow cream
1 teaspoon vanilla

13″ X 9″ glass pan greased with butter

Combine sugar, butter, and milk in a heavy 2 1/2 quart saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil over medium heat stirring constantly. Boil for 5 minutes. Stir and remove from heat. Stir in chips, (if using white chocolate chips, melt in microwave in 30 second increments until chips are melted and can be stirred–add to the butter/sugar/milk mixture), marshmallow cream and vanilla. Stir vigorously until well blended. Pour into a greased (use butter) 13″ X 9″ pan.


Allow to cool completely. After cooled, cut into 1″ squares.


Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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Peach Paleo Ice Cream

That is quite a mouthful–Peach Paleo Ice Cream!  Peaches are plentiful right now.  What better way to use them than to make healthy ice cream?  Nothing says summer like ice cream!  Well, here is for one more hurrah for summer.

Peach Paleo Ice Cream

2 cans of coconut milk (full fat)
4 eggs
3 teaspoons real vanilla extract
3 Tablespoons of honey
3 peaches

Put a sauce pan of water on the stove and bring it to a boil. Place coconut milk and vanilla in a ceramic bowl and place it on top of the boiling water (double boiler). Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the coconut milk is hot. Do not bring it to a boil. Take the eggs and put them in a separate bowl and whisk them together. When the coconut milk is hot, put a ladle of the milk in with the eggs and stir vigorously. Repeat until you have added 3 ladles of the milk to the eggs. Then incorporate the egg/coconut milk mixture into the bowl on top of the saucepan. Whisk and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the honey. While the mixture is cooling, peel the peaches. Slice them and mash them with a fork. Add the honey to the mashed peaches. You should have about 1 cup of peaches. When the custard is cool, add the peaches to the custard.

Follow the directions for your ice cream freezer and freeze the ice cream. If the ice cream is too soft when it comes out of the ice cream freezer  put it in a container and freeze it for an hour.

Hope you enjoy this treat. Have a safe and fun Labor Day week-end. Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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