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Welcome to Dishes by Doris.

This is a feature about food, drink and common sense. Let's talk about food first. As we get older, we reminisce about great picnics, family gatherings and home spun recipes. We might forget some of the details and we may embellish the experience but it's our history and we have so few opportunities to share with someone. Doris wishes that y'all share your cooking insights, opinions, and tales of eating, drinking and being Mary, and we will post them right here on House of Suncrest.

  •  If you have a peanut allergy this recipe is not for you. It's called Jimmy Carter Peanut Cake or Nut Cake or Whipped Nut Cake. I like Peanut Cake.

350 Degrees - 8 x 11 pan - 1 /stick softened Butter - 1 cup Flour - 1 cup chopped fine roasted Peanuts - 1 cup Powdered Sugar - 1 8-ounce Cream Cheese - 1/2 cup Peanut Butter - 1 teaspoon Vanilla - 1 box instant Vanilla Pudding - 1 box instant Chocolate Pudding - 2 1/2 cups Milk - 1 tub of Cool Whip

Mix Butter, Flour and Peanuts together. Press into pan and bake for 20 minutes then cool. Beat Cream Cheese, Sugar and Peanut Butter together. Fold Cool Whip into mixture and set aside. Mix Vanilla and Instant Vanilla Pudding with Milk until thick and set aside. Mix Chocolate Pudding with Milk. Spread Cream Cheese mix over cooled crust. Add parts of Vanilla then Chocolate Pudding over Cream Cheese then add additional Cool Whip at end and top with Crushed Peanuts. Place in refrigerator and serve to 10 to 15 neighbors.

  • Now about the Libation. I always believe that a beverage is great when it is made properly, proportional, and precise. Try saying that after sipping a few of this incredible drink from years gone by.

2 or 3 ounces of Cognac - 1 ounce Dark Creme de Cacao - 1 ounce Cream (or Ice Cream)

Fill shaker full of ice and add all three and shake, rattle and pour into a Martini or Marie Antoinette glass. Top with Nutmeg and you have a classic Brandy Alexander.

  • Lastly, Common Sense is hard to come by for some of us. Let's take our cars. Many people don't know what side their gas tank is on. They pull up to a gas station, which is always busy, and realize that their tank is not next to the gas pump and must drag the nozzle over their vehicle, possibly damaging their car and making the rest of humanity wait. Well inside your car located on the dashboard, where the odometer is located, there is an Icon of a gas pump which has a little arrow next to it. The arrow designates the side your tank is on. Just a little Common Sense.

 

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