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Deep Dark Chocolate CakeHey...Like MOST cake recipes, this one calls for eggs.  Be forewarned...If you're not into super rich, chocolatey desserts - Stay Away From THIS One!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 3/4 Cups All-purpose Flour (Sifted BEFORE measuring)
  • 3/4 Cup cocoa (I use and recommend Hershey’s Special Dark® Cocoa) 
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and flour two 9-inch cake rounds or one 13×9x2-inch...

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Charlcie

Super moist white cake with lemon filling and fluffy white icingLast week was my birthday.  It was a wonderful day.  My son took me out to the movies and my husband took me out to dinner.  There was, however, something missing…birthday cake!  Okay…at my age (officially eligible for retirement according to the Social Security Administration), I really need to be watching the sweets, but birthdays come but once a year.  I decided a couple days later that I would bake the cake that was my favorite since childhood – super moist white cake topped with fluffy, not-too-sweet white frosting and creamy lemon filling between the two layers.

The cake uses 5 egg whites – the lemon filling,...

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There are hundreds of recipes out there for good potato salad and everyone has their favorite.  Americans have been enjoying one version or another of this side dish that makes great use of the humble potato since the mid 19th century.  Despite its masquerading as a popular All-American dish, its origins probably began among the Teutonic peoples in and around Germany, where it was traditionally served hot with a warm bacon, vinegar, and onion dressing.  The French and English preferred a cold dish with mayonnaise-based dressing.  While I do appreciate warm German potato salad, it is the cold version that comes to mind when someone refers to this favorite.

When I think of salad, I automatically think of various rough chopped or torn vegetables, sometimes joined by pasta, meat, chicken, eggs (of course), cheese, and or seafood.  I don’t think of marshmallows, puréed fruits, gelatin, etc as ‘salad’.  Right or wrong,...

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