Microwave Cooking for One by Marie T Smith
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It's the holiday season, and since no one has sent in a recipe
recently, we are presenting a tasty little cake that is perfect for one or two to
share. It also fits nicely in one of those small holiday tins, making it a nice gift
that is quick and easy to make for neighbors or co-workers. But first, I thought I'd
share a few memories of Mom to celebrate the season!
Remembering Mom at Christmas
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Christmas 1957 in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Mom looks on while I marvel at all my new toys.
Christmas was always a wondrous time during my childhood because Mom
went to extra lengths to make it that way. For many years I would go to bed on Christmas Eve,
and the entire house would look as it usually did. On Christmas morning I would awake to find
a fully decorated tree with lots of presents underneath. Not only did Santa leave presents he
would literally put up and decorate the tree too! One year, when I was about six, Mom and Dad
suggested that we help Santa out a bit by purchasing the tree and putting it in the stand. The
next year we decided to help Santa a little more by adding the lights. The next year Santa needed
even more help, so we would add the decorations and tinsel (one strand at a time).
Christmas 1958, still in Fort Huachuca.
Needless to say I was nine years old before I found out the secret about
Santa Claus. After Mom told me (because my classmates had been teasing me so much), I cried
and cried, "Why did you tell me?" Some things you'd just prefer not to know the
truth about. In 1958 we were still living in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Leslie wouldn't arrive
for another four months yet. Dad made me the stove. It was really quite ingenious. It was a
cabinet with two doors on it (perfect for doubling as a toy box), the knobs were painted
copper as were the make-believe burners made out of coffee can tops and nailed to the top. Just
look at all the dishes and Revereware pots (child size) with copper bottoms sitting on top of the
stove I received to go along with it!
Mom created the holiday scene in the picture windows.
Mom said that every house we lived in, provided her with an opportunity to
live a different lifestyle. The house in Arizona with its large picture windows provided the
perfect lighting for painting. And so while we lived in Arizona she took art classes. At Christmas
time she cut-out white silhouettes and decorated those windows. Closest thing you'll find to a
white Christmas in Arizona. That little person posing in front is me, just barely two-years old.
After many years of wondrous Christmases, it wasn't until I was much older
that I learned the most important Christmas lesson from my mother. One afternoon when I was
about 25, I walked in on her sitting at her desk. She hurriedly shuffled some papers, and I
asked her what she was doing. She wouldn't tell me at first, but I kept pressing her so she
finally said, "I'm giving myself a Christmas present. I'm writing a check to the Needlepoint
Guild because they use the money to buy clothes for children whose parents can't afford them."
Microwave Banana-Cherry Cake
My husband has several banana trees planted
in our back yard. Once harvested, he just can't wait for the bananas
to turn brown so I will make him some Banana-Cherry Cake. I use the
CorningWare 16-Ounce Round Casserole for this recipe. He
likes this better than the banana bread I used to bake because you
can really taste the banana in the cake.
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
Mix dry ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
1 tbsp. butter
Place butter in 16 oz. casserole. Cook
30 seconds (_____) at 100% power to melt.
2 oz. (¼ cup) ripe banana
3 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 small egg
1 tbsp. milk
Add the banana, sugar, egg and milk to the
butter. Stir to mix. Dump mixture into the dry mixture and stir until well-mixed.
1½ oz. chopped and pitted
dark sweet cherries*
4 tbsp. chopped nuts
Fold in cherries and nuts. Pour batter into
the 16 oz. casserole. Cook 5:00 minutes (_____) at 100% power, giving dish a half-turn halfway through
cooking time. (Autorotating oven: Eliminate turn.) Place dish on flat surface to finish cooking for 5
minutes (_____). Place plate over casserole and turn cake over onto plate. Turn cake right-side-up. Serve.
*raisins, chocolate chips, or butterscotch morsels, may be substituted
for cherries. Use green and/or red candied cherries to make a holiday cake. Ocean Spray's
Craisins (Dried Cranberries) also taste great in this recipe!
Photo Diary of Recipe Preparation
(1) Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
(2) Place butter in 16 oz. casserole and microwave to melt.
(3) Add the banana, sugar, egg and milk to the butter.
(4) Stir to mix.
(5) Dump mixture into the dry mixture and stir until well-mixed.
(6) Fold in cherries and nuts.
(7) Pour batter into the 16 oz. casserole. Microwave.
(8) Place dish on flat surface for 5 minutes to finish the cooking process.
(9) Place plate over casserole and turn cake over onto plate. Turn cake right-side-up. Serve.
(9) Turn cake right-side-up. Serve.
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NOTE: Cooking times are for a
700-watt oven. For best results with this and any
other microwave recipe, please be sure to go to
the Microwaving Tips section for a complete explanation of timing in the microwave.
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