Broiled Grapefruit

We’re off to a good start! So says Betty Crocker. Let’s move on to Cocktails, or “popular curtain-raisers to the dinner.”

I’ve omitted some of the more simple “recipes,” such as a Fresh Strawberry Plate, which consists of putting strawberries on a plate with confectioners’ sugar. Our next endeavor is Broiled Grapefruit.

2. Broiled Grapefruit

Why, yes, it DOES look like boobs!

Remove seeds from grapefruit halves. Cut around sections, remove center. Sprinkle with a bit of sugar (brown or maple). Broil slowly until heated (15 to 20 min). Add a little maraschino cherry juice or sherry flavoring. Serve hot.

Wonder of wonders, I found some grapefruit in the refrigerator. I am not a huge fan of grapefruit, as I find that it is too bitter, even the ruby-red variety. In addition, I have a medical issue that limits the amount of citric acid I should have, but I made an exception for this. I patted the brown sugar liberally over the grapefruit halves, and put the broiler on low for about seven minutes. The sugar burned a little bit, as you can see on the left-side of the photo. I did not have any sherry on hand, so I poured over the cherry juice and as a garnish, added a cherry to each half.

I thought this was pretty tasty. The brown sugar caramelizes and adds sweetness to the tart fruit. The side that was a bit browner had a sugar crust akin to a creme brulee. My mom thought it was pretty good, but only had a bite. My brother thought that it was “nasty,” but yet kept eating it, so go figure!

Interestingly enough, this is supposed to be an appetizer, and I was going to make it as a dessert instead. The night in question, our dinner was delayed so it WAS an appetizer. I still think that’s an odd choice, as citrus is usually reserved for the end of a meal, as a palate-cleanser.

I might try this again with a ruby-red, to see if there’s a taste difference.

Wheaties Ting-a-Lings

As I stated in my last post, even before our appetizers in the Betty Crocker Picture Cook Book, we have a page entitled “Confections,” and it’s all sugary treats.

I picked something relatively easy as I was pressed for time this week. Therefore, I present Wheaties Ting-a-Lings.

1. Wheaties Ting-a-Lings

Melt over hot water 2 7-oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate pieces (or 1/2 lb. sweet chocolate with 2 oz. unsweetened). Cool at room temperature. Gently stir in until well-coated 4 cups WHEATIES. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper. Place in refrigerator until chocolate is set, dry, and hard (about 2hr).

Wheaties is a very bland cereal, so blending it with chocolate is an excellent idea. As you can see, they’re hard to really photograph, because they’re not very sexy-looking. In retrospect, I probably could have used an ice-cream scoop to make more perfect mounds. I did not use the double-boiler method; instead, I sprayed a microwave-safe bowl with non-stick cooking spray and melted the chocolate that way. After the sweets hardened, they have a nice, crunchy consistency. Everyone liked these! I would definitely make these again. You probably could make these with corn flakes, too.

There are some other confections on these pages, but we’ll bookmark them for later. Onward to appetizers!

Project Betty

My first project for the new blog will be cooking my way through Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book.

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This cookbook dates back to 1950, and was published by General Mills. One can see pictures of the Betty Crocker test kitchens, which even sported an Early American-style dining room.

The Picture Cook Book was obviously meant to be a handy tool for new housewives, as the list of terms used in cooking are in the front of the book, as well as a list of essential tools one should have in every kitchen.

My first recipe for Project Betty is not an appetizer. It’s a page called “Confections,” and has several recipes using General Mills products. Pictures and recipe coming soon. Watch this space!

New Beginnings

Time moved on, and I neglected this website. There were many reasons why, which we won’t get into here.

However, I have decided to revamp this site, and start over again.

I am hoping to start this week. Won’t you join me?