Raw, adjective: 5. crude in quality or character; not tempered or refined by art or taste

Tossed and turned all night with racing thoughts of Wall Street crashes and bank failures and market theology and second chakras and Sarah Palin.  Yeah, great combo, I know.  Throw in a few strange dreams about Cal students running around in flip-flops being towed on unicycles (I spent the day working in Berkeley, what can you do?), and it was a weird, restless night.

So I settled into my office this morning to knock some work out, and in the meantime, made a grocery list for this week, which of course will include Saturday's bundt.  Narrowing down recipe options, I stumbled across not one, but TWO pork-themed bundts.  If Wall St. and Palin weren't already signs of the impending apocalypse, well, then, my loves: these are.  Not only can you start your morning with a delicious Maple Bacon Bundt (complete with bacon chunks on top), but check out this killer 1970s recipe for Sausage Cake:

1 cup raisins
1 lb. pork sausage
1 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. soda
1 cup strong coffee
3 cups sifted flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. ginger
1 cup chopped walnuts

Please note the bizarro addition of "strong coffee" to complement the pork sausage.  WTF.

You know how I love me some pork.  So get ready for some seriously oinking bundts to come.  If the world's going to hell in a handbasket, we might as well clog the arteries while we're at it, um, right?

Ay dios mio.


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