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Orange Angel Food Cake with Strawberries

To make your own cake flour, Multiply the original number of cups of cake flour called for in the recipe by 2. For the example, multiply 3 cups by 2 for a total of 6. Add this number of tablespoons of corn starch to the bowl of all-purpose flour.

Mix the all-purpose flour and corn starch until completely blended. Use this mixture in your recipe in place of the cake flour.


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch


To make two cups of cake-and-pastry flour (cake flour), combine 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour with 1/4 cup cornstarch; proceed with your recipe.

The easiest way to do this substitution is to put 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch in the bottom of a 1-cup measuring cup, then fill the cup as usual with all-purpose flour and level top. Repeat process to get your two cups. Mix well and use.

If you need 1/2 cup of cake flour, put 1 tablespoon cornstarch in the bottom of 1/2 cup measuring cup, then fill and level as above.

Sep 09, 2013
MimiCT in Recipes

Restaurant Closings Avon/Simsbury/Canton

Colony Grill in Avon has already closed shop. They're gone. They were ok. Not great.

Somebody here said: "This is suppose to be a place for foodies. What the hell does Boston Market (which is or was owned by MacDonald's) the 99, the Dakota, Bertuccis, have to do with serious food. Come on guys".

Yup... so agree.

Iron Frog in Simsbury is pretty good. Plan D works for us, great burgers and meatloaf.. really comfort food. Pizza Joe.. just so so. Harvest Cafe has a great breakfast; all in all their food is good.

I too miss having a BBQ place in Avon/Simsbury. There is one on Route 4 around Farmington that's pretty good.

Nothing really very exciting for restaurants unless you hit West Hartford.

Has anyone been to Cora Cora? Really outstanding food. West Hartford/Elmwood area.

Oct 16, 2012
MimiCT in Southern New England

what exactly is a spoon roast & how do I cook it?

We had spoon roast for our Sunday dinner today. Absolutely superb. I bring it up to room temp for an hour, sprinkle it with Penzey's English Prime Rib Rub (Penzeys is a super spice store in West Hartford, CT - great spices, much better than the grocery store and less expensive), baked it at 350F to an internal temp of 155, covered it with foil and let it sit 20 minutes. OUTSTANDING!

I buy all my meat at Kanes Grocers in the north end of Simsbury. Cut to order, excellent beef.. the best, imo.

Jul 15, 2012
MimiCT in Home Cooking

Restaurant Closings Avon/Simsbury/Canton

I have no intention of debating anything with you. I like OG.. if you don't, that's fine. I'm not looking for your approval.

Yes, there are many restaurants that cook food to order.

How old are you anyway? lol. Nuff said by me. :-)

Feb 21, 2012
MimiCT in Southern New England

Restaurant Closings Avon/Simsbury/Canton

Yes, I did say OG, lol. I can't help it.. love their salads.. love their eggplant parm.. chicken parm. Not gourmet but comfort food.

I'm looking forward to trying Colony, i love love love pizza.

I'm all for having a variety of restaurants that cater to different tastes. I'm all about good service, good food, reasonable prices.

Feb 21, 2012
MimiCT in Southern New England

Restaurant Closings Avon/Simsbury/Canton

Agree Tinker. The good restaurants survive the economic downturn. Good food, good service, reasonable prices.. they'll be around for a long time. It's much easier to blame the economy. Look at some of the places that have been around for ages and they all share good service good food, reasonable prices. It's not rocket science; but, apparently for some restaurant owners it sadly seems it is.

Dakotas was horrible. Lousy service, poor excuse for "prime rib", tough steak. It was great when it first opened but it sure went downhill the last few years. Very poor management, high prices, poor service.

Feb 20, 2012
MimiCT in Southern New England

Cocktail meatballs ? Do people still serve those things?

Kielbasa is really good with the chili sauce/grape jelly sauce. Really.... chili sauce and apricot jam..

Feb 07, 2012
MimiCT in Home Cooking

Restaurant Closings Avon/Simsbury/Canton

"Those open suffer from mediocre service and food that is just fair." Very true.

If the food is good, if the service is good, if the prices are reasonable - even in this economy a restaurant will survive. I'm sick to death of the trendy places.

Dec 16, 2011
MimiCT in Southern New England

Restaurant Closings Avon/Simsbury/Canton

Wish an Olive Garden would open in the Farmington Valley. No.. we surely don't need another pizza place at all. I'm really starting to dislike these specialized type restaurants. How about some good, old-fashioned food.

Dec 15, 2011
MimiCT in Southern New England

Restaurant Closings Avon/Simsbury/Canton

Dakotas was horrid for the last 3 years. Food not good at all.
Maragaritas.. had great Maragaritas by the glass but the pitchers.. blech!
99 smelled dirty when I walked into the restaurant, I turned around and left.

Meadow in Simsbury.. fabulous! Great sushi, good service, quick lunch if you're in a hurry.

Elephant Walk (Thai) in Avon.. really good too.

Plan B in Simsbury.. pricey but quite good. Best meatloaf and I'm not a meatloaf fan.

Apollos in Simsbury has very good pizza and they now serve thin crust pizza in the building that is attached that was (maybe still is) called Maple Tree Cafe. It's not the dive it used to be. It's become a popular pizza place for thin crust.

Fabioloas in Avon is pretty good. No atmosphere but good sandwiches, soup, etc. Good for a quick lunch,

Maple Tree Cafe
781 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury, CT 06070

Plan B
4 Railroad St, Simsbury, CT 06070

Nov 11, 2011
MimiCT in Southern New England

SUPER BOWL...What's on your menu

Thank you. Love clams. I'm craving clams casino.

Feb 06, 2011
MimiCT in Home Cooking

SUPER BOWL...What's on your menu

A stupid question.. why are the clams in the freezer? Will they open for cleaning?

Feb 06, 2011
MimiCT in Home Cooking

SUPER BOWL...What's on your menu

The ads are the best part! :-D

Feb 05, 2011
MimiCT in Home Cooking

SUPER BOWL...What's on your menu

Not over doing it this year. Just 4 of us. I made turkey chili and I'll make jalapeno and cheddar corn bread.

Making Buffalo Chicken Dip, the grape jelly/chili meatballs (yes I am), and spinach and artichoke dip.

Chocolate pie and chocolate chippers for dessert.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

2 (5 ounce) cans chicken breast, drained and broken into smallish pieces
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

Forgot shrimp cocktail.
1 cup ranch dressing
1/4 cup red hot sauce (less, if you don't want it too hot, I use less)
About 1 1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
Frito corn chips or scoops

In a pot on the stove top, add chicken and hot sauce and mix well. Then add cream cheese, 1/2 of the shredded cheese, ranch dressing, and hot sauce.

Spray pie plate with Pam, or similar
Spread mixture into pie plate sprayed with Pam.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
Put the remaining cheddar on top and bake an additional 10-15 minutes.

Serve hot with Frito chips or scoops.

Forgot! Shrimp cocktail. Wine.. beer.. whatever.

Feb 05, 2011
MimiCT in Home Cooking

Cocktail meatballs ? Do people still serve those things?

I still love the grape jelly chili meatballs.

I make small meatballs and bake them in the oven on one of the foil broiler pans so the meatballs aren't swimming in the fat. They get nicely browned in the oven. I mix the same amount of chili sauce and grape jelly together in a pan and melt it. Toss in the meatballs. Sooooo good. Sometimes I'll use a little more grape jelly than chili. Depends on the sweet tooth that day.

For meatballs - for every pound of beef I add 1 C of freshly made plain bread crumbs. Fresh chopped parsley, salt, pepper, a little minced onion sauteed in butter, 1 egg, about 1/4 cup of cream, whatever other seasoning I feel like adding.. depends on the day. Sometimes I add pasta sauce to the beef mix and/or Italian seasoning. Don't squish the meatballs too much when you make them, roll them lightly in balls. Bake in a 350 oven on broiling plate. Make sure you spray the pans with PAM before putting the meatballs on it.

Feb 05, 2011
MimiCT in Home Cooking