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Italian Lemon Cake

This Italian lemon pound cake is a recipe that I'd had my eye on for a long time. I finally made it back in April! I skipped adding frosting but if you visit the original recipe it'll tell you how to make it. The glaze needed a lot more lemon juice than the recipe called for. I used 5 tablespoons of lemon juice and it was still very thick. The cake itself isn’t very lemony so you really do need either the glaze or the frosting to bring the lemon flavour to this recipe. I'm not complaining though, it was still really delicious! Italian Lemon Cake Adapted from My Recipe Confessions Makes 1 Cake Ingredients For the Cake 3 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, softened 2 cups sugar 3 large eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup sour cream 4 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons lemon zest 1 teaspoon vanilla For the Glaze 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 5+ tablespoons lemon juice Directions Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease and flour a bundt or cake p

Persian Style Spaghetti


This is not your typical saucy spaghetti. Don't be afraid of the cinnamon and turmeric mentioned in the ingredients list - they add a very unique and delicious flavour to this dish. 

I didn't add any extra oil because the meat will release oil and juices as it cooks. If you find your pot is a little dry, you can certainly add a splash of olive oil.


Persian Style Spaghetti
Makes 8 servings

Ingredients
  • 8 cups cooked spaghetti noodles
  • 1.5 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp dry oregano
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
Directions
  1. Cook your pasta in a large nonstick pot according to package directions.
  2. Brown your meat in a pan and add the onions and garlic. Cook through.
  3. Sprinkle on the spices and stir in the tomato paste. You may add a few tablespoons of water to loosen it up a bit, but it should be thick. Simmer for a few minutes.
  4. Stir in the pasta and put everything into the pot that you used to cook the spaghetti. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and a lid, and cook on medium low for about 30 minutes.
  5. This is good with pickled veggies on the side. I also like parmesan cheese because cheese is my one true friend.

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