Archive for May, 2011

“Cakes for Japan” Bakesale

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Visit Crowell Public Library (1890 Huntington Drive, San Marino) this Sunday, May 22 12:30-5:00 and buy a cupcake; 100 % of proceeds benefit the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund.

Can’t make it to the bake sale? Here is a recipe for a Watkins Classic:

5 Flavor Cake

2 sticks butter or margarine

1/2 cup vegetable shortening

3 cups sugar

5 eggs, well beaten

3 cups all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cup milk

1 tsp Watkins Coconut Extract

1 tsp Watkins Rum Extract

1 tsp Butter Extract

1 tsp Lemon Extract

1 tsp Watkins Vanilla Extract

Cream butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, which have been beaten until lemon colored.  Combine flour and baking powder and add to creamed mixture alternately with milk.  Stir in extracts.  Spoon mixture into prepared 10″ tube pan (Bundt pan or 12 cup angel food pan may be used) and bake at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours or until cake tests done.  Add glaze if desired.  Cool in pan 10 minutes before turning out.


1 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1 tsp each: Watkins Butter, Coconut, Rum, Lemon, Vanilla and Almond Extracts.

Combine ingredients in heavy saucepan.  Bring to a boil, stir until sugar is melted.  Pour one half of the glaze over cake while cake is in Bundt pan, and the other half when removed.

Watkins Extracts are not just for baking.  Add 1/4 tsp of Watkins Cherry Extract to your favorite soda for a smooth cherry flavor –  Use Strawberry Extract in fruit pies to create different flavors –  For example, banana pie could evolve into strawberry banana pie, or lemon pie could become lemon strawberry pie –  Rum Extract is good in coffee, hot chocolate, cakes, cookies, pecan pie and sauces!  What else can you do with Watkins Extracts?

Have a delicious day!


Happy Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

“Remember when MOM was your whole world?  MOMS are magnets.  MOM is WOW upside down.  Give your MOM flowers on your birthday.  Remember the womb.  MOM always has kleenix.  We only get one MOM-we can adopt others.  MOMS are human beans too.  Waltz in the kitchen with MOM.  MOMS are mystical, memorable and marvelous.  Go curl up near your MOM and tell her stories.  Wear chenille bathrobes together.  MOMS worry deep.  Bake cookies and argue gently.  Write down all the reasons you’re mad at her and deal with it.  Make a list of all your favorite things about your MOM.  Play cards together, eat M & M’s and laugh until your cheeks hurt.  Forgive all the old junk.  Call your MOM and tell her you’ll love her forever.  Tell her now.” I read this in the NewsExpress newsletter, in 1997, and it made me cry – it still does.

You could make Putting on the Ritz egg salad tea sandwiches for brunch then take her to the Monrovia Mother’s Day Homes Tour today; tickets will be available at the Monrovia Historical Museum, 742 E. Lemon Avenue, in Recreation Park.

See you there,


Putting on the Ritz

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

If God had intended us to follow recipes,
He wouldn’t have given us grandmothers.
~Linda Henley

What to do with those leftover hard cooked eggs from Easter?  Why not make deviled eggs or egg salad sandwiches? Here is a recipe if you don’t already have one from your grandmother:

Putting on the Ritz Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches


8 hard-cooked eggs

1/2 cup mayonnaise

salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp dill

6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature

20 slices best-quality white bread

Peel eggs and place into a medium bowl.  Slice eggs and then coursely mash them with the back of a fork.  Add mayonnaise, salt, pepper and dill; stir until well blended.  NOTE: The mixture can be refrigerated, covered, up to two days.

Spread butter onto one side of each slice of bread.  Spread the butter side of 10 slices of bread with 2 tablespoons egg mixture.  Top with remaining slices of bread, buttered side down.

Carefully cut the crusts from sandwich with a sharp knife.  Cut in half diagonally, then cut in half again.  This yeilds 10 whole sandwiches, 20 halves or 40 fourths.

Dill is used in European and American recipes.  It is known to have a calming effect on the digestive tract; to cure hiccups, stomach aches, insomnia and bad breath.  Watkins all-natural herbs and spices are packed in a Trademark gold medal tin to preserve their quality,  just $3.69 a can.  Click HERE to order and find more recipes.

Have a wonderful day!