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Traditions and recipe sharing

Wendy . Blog Publicado 13 Diciembre 2013

Christmas time is here again and most of us usually get together to eat,
drink, celebrate and generally have a good time. Many people partake in their special family traditions at this time of year. Family traditions and special
occasions usually bring to mind memories, special feelings and for most of us joyous moments. And in Spain, during the holiday season, getting together and sharing food is a great opportunity to bring family and friends closer together. Almost everyone has their favorite dish, or recipe that they like to share with both their families and their friends.

........................Do you know the winners of the Thanksgiving Pie Tasting Feast & Cooking Contest Laura Algibez and Ana Garcia ? Here they are. Congratulate them if you see them. They're really good cooks!

Our first prizewinner for the 9th THANKSGIVING PIE TASTING FEAST and COOKING CONTEST 2013, was Laura ALGIBEZ who has courteously sent us her prize winning recipe for "Carrot Cake" for all of us to try to bake at home. Prize winning recipes are meant to be shared. Laura told us that this recipe was passed on to her by a friend and neighbor in California and this carrot cake has been a successful home baked recipe at all her celebrations ever since. Ana GARCIA's Brownies with native American nuts came in second.

Why don't YOU bake a cake, start a traditon and share it with your own family and friends during this holiday season?

Thank you Ana!


Thanksgiving Pie Tasting Feast & Cooking Contest 2013
Laura Algibez's winning recipe from a California friend.


2 1/2 cups of flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking power (Royal)
1 teaspoon baking soda (Bicarbonato)
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (nuez moscada)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound peeled carrots (6-7 medium )
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil (girasol)

(1) Adjust oven rack to middle and heat to 350ºF (175º C)
(2) Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt in medium bowl
(3) Shred carrots in food processor (should be around 3 cups) and add to dry ingredients
(4) Process eggs and sugar in food processor until blended (around 20 seconds). Add oil and mix more
(5) Add wet ingredients to dry and mix
(6) Pour mixture into 13 x 9 inch baking dish. (33x23 centimeters)
(7) Cook in oven around 35 minutes (until a tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean)


Carrot Cake Frosting

8 ounces cream cheese (227 grams queso Philadelphia)
5 tablespoons unsalted butter (72 grams)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups powered sugar (glacé)

(1) Allow cream cheese and butter to soften
(2) Mix cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in food processor until mixed
(3) Add powered sugar and mix until smooth

Note for Spanish cooks:
Teaspoon= cucharadita postre
Tablespoon= cucharada sopera
Cup= un poco menos de 1/4 litro
Inch= pulgada 1 inch= 2 1/2 centimeters

Enjoy the Holidays!, ¡Felices fiestas! , ¡Joyeux Noël et bonne année! .
En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!

Ilene Smalec and Wendy Frankel<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

Commonly confused words -
a recipe - noun - receta - is a set of instructions for cooking something.
a receipt - noun - recibo - is a piece of paper you are given after you pay for something.
a prescription- noun-receta médica- is a piece of paper the doctor gives you to take to the pharmacy to get your medicine.

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Comentarios (4)
Elodie Turon (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Hi wendy, I never tried to make a savory cake, I find it a bit weird though some are really good. One day I will surely try this recipe!

Belén Gallego N... (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Hi Wendy! Carrot cake it is my favorite dessert since I went to New York and I ate at a very famous restaurant, It was delicious!! So I learnt the recipe and when I have time I like to do it. I put vanilla it is my personal touch and it is jumy

Jesus Santiago ... (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Hi Wendy! I really love the carrot cake! My grandmother always makes when on holiday, but the chocolate blocks, a way of giving us carrot without us hardly noticing!

Lara Raboso B1 M42 (no verificado)
5 Febrero 2016 12:29 pm Responder

Hi wendy I love the carrot cake, in Spain isn't known, people like chocolate more here. I will do this cake when I have a little more time. See you soon.

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