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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

Creamy Vegetable and Chickpea Soup

I had some leftover canned chickpeas and corn on the cob in the fridge. What to do?

It was raining outside today so I thought it might be a good day for soup! Or should we call this a chowder? I cut the kernels off the cob with a sharp knife, but you could easily use frozen or canned corn in this recipe.


Creamy Vegetable and Chickpea Soup
Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1/3 sweet red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup peeled and diced potato
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 3/4 cup corn kernels
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
Directions
  1. Over medium high heat, cook onion, carrot, celery, pepper and potatoes in oil for 3-5 minutes until golden. Stir frequently. Add a little more oil if the pan gets too dry.
  2. Stir in spices and cook for another minute. Add butter to the pot. Once melted sprinkle on the flour and stir well. Cook for a minute then add stock and milk. Stir well.
  3. Bring up to a simmer and add corn and chickpeas. Cook for 10 minutes on medium low heat or until potatoes are tender.

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