"All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape."
--Author Christopher Benson



Thursday, April 1, 2010



Each Thursday I will post a couple a recipes that sounded good to me from books I've read, maybe even a few from by family recipe box, and some submitted by you, my followers.

If you would like to submit a recipe, please send it to dollycas79@gmail.com and put TASTY THURSDAY in the subject space.  If it a recipe is from a book be sure to give me the book title and the author.  If the recipe is one from your personal collection tell me that too.  If your recipe has a story or a tradition to go with it and you want to share that, please do.  If you want to include a picture of yourself or the finished item that would be great too.

Now for the fun part.  I want you to make a new folder on your computer titled "RECIPES".  Every time you see a recipe here that sounds good or like you might want to try it, copy it from by blog and paste it in a word document on your computer and save it to your recipe folder.    If you see recipes anywhere that you might like do the same thing, copy or type them up in a word document and save it to your "RECIPES" folder. You may want to add a line indicating where you got the recipe from at the bottom like: "From TASTY THURSDAY at Dollycas's Thoughts". After you get started you may want to add sub-folders for each recipe type like Main Dishes, Beverages, Desserts, etc.  This way all the recipes will be in one place and you won't have to search my blog or other places to find the one you want.  Someday you may want to print out one recipe or even the whole book.  You can be as creative as you want, even adding pictures.  The neat thing is that we will all have our own unique cookbook depending on what recipes we include and what we do with them.

One Disclaimer:  I have not personally tried or taste tested every recipe that I post or counted any calories.  
Since my accident I don't cook much anymore, o.k. let's face it before my accident I didn't cook much either, my husband has always been the chef in our house, but I did love to bake, and I do love to eat, so I do love recipes.  If you try one of the recipes posted and find an error please email me at dollycas79@hotmail.com so I can post a correction for everyone.  If you try one of the recipes and want to share how good it was email me that, so I can share it with everyone too.

OK, I know these recipes are supposed to be from books I've read or family recipes, or recipes from you, (No one has sent any yet!!) but last Saturday C. Mash sent me a virtual Easter basket, that I passed on to raise funds for the Children's Miracle Network which was great but it lured me to the HERSHEY"S HOME PAGE (the company raising the funds) and I was in HEAVEN, Pure Chocolate Heaven.  So this week I am sharing recipes from that site and their web address, because you will want more, take my word for it, I could have spent an entire day there, besides recipes for food, they have craft ideas, and a store. You can also sign up to receive for an e-newsletter, which means new recipes and ideas showing up in your email on a continual basis!!!
We took the kids Hershey, PA several years ago and it was a blast!!! Wish I could find the pictures, the streetlamps  look like Hershey kisses, the whole town smells like chocolate and we all had so much fun touring the factory and at the amusement park.  If you haven't been there, you have to go!!!

Now for the recipes

Velvety Chocolate Cream Pie

  • 1 9-inch pie crust, baked and cooled
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips or HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Whipped topping
  • Additional HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips or HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1. Prepare pie crust, cool.

2. Stir together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt in medium saucepan. Combine eggs and milk; gradually stir into sugar mixture, blending well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with wire whisk, until mixture begins to thicken and just comes to a boil. Remove from heat.

3. Add chocolate chips, butter and vanilla. Stir until chips and butter are melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour into prepared crust. Immediately press plastic wrap onto pie surface. Refrigerate three to four hours or until firm. Garnish with whipped topping and chocolate chips. 8 servings.

VARIATION: COCONUT CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE: Prepare pie as above; stir in 1 cup MOUNDS Sweetened Coconut Flakes with chocolate chips and butter. 

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake with Easy Orange Frosting


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa or HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • EASY ORANGE FROSTING(recipe follows)
  • CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE(recipe follows)
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

2. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, butter, water, eggs, baking powder, baking soda and vanilla in large bowl; beat until smooth. Pour into prepared pan.

3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Frost with EASY ORANGE FROSTING. Drizzle with CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE. 12 to 16 servings.

EASY ORANGE FROSTING: Stir together 1 container (16 oz.) vanilla ready-to-spread frosting, 1/2 teaspoon orange extract, 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated orange peel and 1 or 2 drops each of red and yellow food color, if desired.

CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE: Place 1/4 cup HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips or HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips and 1-1/2 teaspoons shortening (do not use butter, margarine or oil) in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 15 to 30 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, just until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. 


REMEMBER: Copy and paste the ones you like to your Recipes Folder on your computer.  Web sites update constantly and you may not be able to find the one you wanted at a later date.  Also save any of the craft ideas, they look pretty easy and fun for kids of all ages.
Hope you all have a WONDERFUL Easter!!

1 comment:

MarthaE said...

I love the basket, and the pie, and the cake and the wreath... hmmmm. Glad it is late and my kitchen is already closed! Happy Easter to you too!