More Shelter Cooking

I am cooking for the shelter about 3 times each week.  It takes a lot of planning and shopping but I really enjoy it.  I managed to make The Blog Tech and his father a butter cake.  They were grateful that I squeezed them into my schedule.
This is such a good cake and so easy to make.  You can see the recipe here:

Remember the Texas Hots from the other day?

I made 100 of them for the shelter.
I made 20 quarts of my sun-dried tomato pasta.

Then I made a classic 5 bean salad. 
1 can each of dark red kidney beans, green beans and yellow wax beans (I usually add another can of beans or two, like black beans and or garbanzo as there is plenty of dressing in this recipe) 

1/2 C chopped celery

1/2 C sugar (I use less)
1/2 C olive oil
1/2 C balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup green onion (optional)

Combine all ingredients and marinate overnight. 
I used more than 5 beans and I also added fresh tarragon.

And I made them this for dessert.  Prepare a box of brownie mix.  Pour 1/3 of it in a greased 9X11 pan.  Top with 2 layers of pretzels.

Cover with the remaining brownie mix.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30  minutes.

Remove from the oven.

Top with 1 jar of caramel sauce.  Sprinkle with sea salt.


Sunnybrook Farm said…
You are definitely making people happy with that kind of cooking!
Patty Woodland said…
I was waiting for the caramel there at the was crying for caramel. heh

I'm sure they loved them all!
Nellie said…
Oh, yum! Who needs the Texas Hots? I'll just start with dessert!:-)
Anonymous said…
Everything just looks so good :-) I was wondering what to do for dinner at work next week, I might have decided that now :-)and it's never wrong with some dessert either :-)

Have a great day!
Anonymous said…
I use the very same bean salad recipe, its something we have on hand always, this desert is me to me and very delicious sounding!!!!!
You're working so hard for the shelter, it must be so rewarding,
Thats a lovely cake!
Loving those brownies, especially the pretzel part. YUMMY!
you never cease to amaze me, and that is a good thing.

good food!
Guillaume said…
I actually had hot dogs yesterday and the day before.
Dog Trot Farm said…
Now that is one decadent dessert!
Barb said…
I bet the guys loved that meal!
The guys are eating like KINGS! :)
I want to try your five bean salad. It looks like something my entire family would love!!
AND you found time to bake a cake for your family! (but of COURSE you would! :):)
luckybunny said…
Everytime you show me food, I get a craving for something that won't go away. I want that three bean salad now :) Everything looks amazing and I can just imagine what goes into making such large quantities of everything you make - 100 dogs! :) You must have a pretty good system down now?
Jeri Landers said…
It is amazing that you do all this cooking for the shelter. I really Hate to cook, seriously hate it.( I'm lucky to have a "chef" as a husband.) The foods you make always look so delicious... and fattening too, yumm. those are the tastiest bits.
jody said…
omg the dessert looks wonderful and im not really a dessert gal. but the salt with the chocolate and yummy carmel does look wonderful! your whole meal of course does!