Weekend Cooking – Getting ready for the readathon!

If there is one thing I forget to do before the readathon, it is to make delicious snacks!  Last time, there were some wonderful sounding things baking in ovens across book-blogland ( I know, because I twitter.  Why are you not twittering already?) and I was smacking my forehead for my lack of foresight!

Not this time!  I will be ready!

A quick search of Tastespotting for snacks brings back a ton of wonderful looking snacks.  Really, it’s hard to pick! And I need a nice balance of sweet and salty.  Plus an easy to cook and easy to please the babies dinner.  In planning my attack, here are a few of the recipes I’m thinking of making, come Friday night.

For energy, I am definitely making this granola.  I love, love, love granola and a granola with orange and cranberry in it?  I am SO. THERE.   I also plan to try VERY new to me roasted chickpeas.  Many posts on Taste spotting claim they are better than popcorn, which is big words in our house.  We have been known, on occasion, to have popcorn for dinner.  *gasp*  As for the sweet, I’m thinking cookies.  And cookies only mean one thing. Chocolate. Chips.  I don’t have a go-to recipe for chocolate chips yet, so I’m thinking of trying this one out.   It claims to be the perfect one.   I’m still searching for the perfect chocolate chip recipe, so hopefully this is it!  Do you have one you can share?  I’ll love you forever.  Of course, I may got with the ol’ roll-of-cookie-dough route that has worked decently well in the past!  Depends on how motivated I am.

Lastly, I’m going to make a classic.  My grandmother’s pound cake.  I’ve had a craving for it the last few weeks and my wonderful aunt had kept the recipe.  It’s in my grandmother’s handwriting and EVERYTHING.  Makes me tear up just looking at it.  Want to see?

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Pound Cake

  • 2 sticks of butter at room temperature (she notes to use Land of Lakes)
  • 2 ice cream scoops of Criscoe (beat) (note, my grandma had a small ice cream scoop!)
  • 3 cups of sugar (beat)
  • 3 cups of Plain flour
  • 1 cup of buttermilk (beat with mixer, alternating with flour and sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon lemon
  • 5 large eggs.  Beat after adding last egg.

Grease and flour a pan (tube). ( I am not sure what she means by tube.  I’m going to use her old bundt pan).  Bake at 350 degrees for hour, using bottom rack.

Sounds kinda decadent, right?  It’s delicious and seems a fitting tribute to make the pound cake of the woman who got me addicted to reading in the first place.  I love the way she wrote out her recipe, with ingredients and directions kind of all rolled into a lump.  Practical.  That was my Mama.  This is a really, really old recipe.  I think it is the recipe my great-grandmother used, but I’m not totally sure.  It’s the recipe Mama always used whenever she made pound cake.

So what kind of goodies are you going to make next weekend for the readathon?  What do you like to munch on while reading?

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5 thoughts on “Weekend Cooking – Getting ready for the readathon!

  1. This sounds like a Depression or WWII recipe since it uses Crisco instead of butter. Sound really good. I have always wanted to try those chickpeas too — I love popcorn and I love to cook with chickpeas, so why haven't I tried roasted chickpeas yet?

    Thanks so much for sharing the photo of the recipe card. Love it.
    .-= Beth F´s last blog ..Stats Posts: What Are They Good For? =-.

  2. Aww, that's so neat that you were able to get your hands on a family recipe!! I know what you mean about tearing up when you see your grandmother's handwriting. I feel the same way, particularly about my father's handwriting because I was closest to my Dad.

    I'm going to miss the readathon AGAIN. I can't believe it. But, I have a good reason, this time — there's going to be a one-day writers' conference put on by my old writing group, next week, and I've missed my writing buddies so I want to go. Have fun cooking in preparation!!
    .-= Bookfool, aka Nancy´s last blog .. =-.

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