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Freeman Allen’s Carrot Cake June 2, 2013

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2 cups flour

2 cups sugar

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1 ¼ cups vegetable oil

3 cups grated carrots

4 eggs

½ cup chopped nuts

2 tsp vanilla

cream cheese frosting



Combine first six ingredients (flour through cinnamon) in a large mixer. Mix until blended, about three to four minutes. Add oil to mixture while mixing. Then add the carrots and the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Stir in nuts and vanilla. Mix well. Pour into greased and floured 9 x 13 pan. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool in pan. Frost with cream cheese frosting.


Cream cheese frosting:

4 oz cream cheese

¼ cup butter

2 cups confectioners sugar


Combine cheese and butter in a small mixer bowl. Beat until light and fluffy. Add confectioners sugar and beat to blend. Use additional sugar if necessary.


Roasted Carrots and Leeks March 29, 2013

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From the St Petersburg Times, November 20, 2005. Serves eight.



8 large carrots

4 large leeks

extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbl crumbled dried tarragon

salt and pepper to taste



Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wash and peel carrots and cut into 1-inch chunks. Trim leeks, reserving tough parts for making stock if you wish. Split leeks in the middle lengthwise and wash thoroughly to remove any sand and dirt. Cut into lengths about the same size as the carrots. Pour olive oil to cover the bottom of a heavy-bottomed, oven-proof skillet. Heat and add carrots; toss and pan-roast until the vegetables begin to brown a little. Add the tarragon and salt and pepper. Transfer to a baking sheet and place in oven. Add a little additional olive oil to the pan and sauté leeks until they wilt and begin to caramelize. After the carrots have baked for about 1 hour, add the leeks, toss with the carrots and continue baking for about 15 minutes or until the vegetables can easily be pierced with a fork. This can be made ahead and warmed or served at room temperature.


Carrot Soufflé

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Carrot souffle

This sweet side dish has found its way onto our holiday table throughout the year. The small amount of flour can be replaced with matzo meal at Passover, and the butter can be replaced with margarine for a pareve side at Rosh Hashanah. It’s been a hit whenever and wherever it appears.


1 pound carrots, coarsely chopped

½ cup butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 large eggs

3 Tbl all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

¾ cup white sugar



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 2-quart casserole dish. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add carrots and cook until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain and mash. Stir in butter, vanilla extract, and eggs. Mix well. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Stir into carrot mixture until smooth. Transfer to prepared casserole dish. Bake for 45 minutes.


Gingered Honey Carrots

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6 large carrots, grated

2 Tbl olive oil

1 Tbl fresh ginger, grated

2 Tbl honey

½ tsp coarse salt



Toss the carrots with the remaining ingredients and pile the mixture on a microwaveable plate. Cover and microwave for three to five minutes.


Avgolemono March 27, 2013

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Bright fresh lemon, clean parsley, bright bits of carrot, smooth broth, and hearty chicken and rice.  We may not be Greek in any way, shape, or form, but we make a mighty tasty, if nontraditional, Greek lemon chicken soup.



2 cups milk

2 Tbl cornstarch

6 egg yolks, beaten

2 quarts chicken broth

½ cup rice

1 cup grated carrots

2 chicken breasts, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces

½ stick butter

fresh parsley

1 cup fresh lemon juice

lemon zest

salt and pepper


Stir milk and cornstarch together, then beat in the egg yolks. Set mixture aside. Bring broth to a boil and add rice and carrots. Cook covered, until the rice and carrots are tender. Remove soup from heat and carefully add milk and egg mixture. Return to heat and continue to cook until it thickens. Remove from the heat and add chicken, butter, parsley, lemon, and salt and pepper and serve.


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Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup

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From Parade magazine, September 2006.


1 ½ lbs carrots, peeled and halved lengthwise

1 lb parsnips, peeled and quartered lengthwise

1 large onion, sliced

3-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped

6 Tbl unsalted butter

3 Tbl dark-brown sugar

8 cups chicken broth (more, if needed)

salt, to taste

pinch of cayenne pepper

¼ cup crème fraiche, for garnish

Snipped fresh chives, for garnish


Preheat the oven to 350.  Combine the carrots, parsnips, onion and ginger in a shallow roasting pan to fit.  Dot with butter and sprinkle with brown sugar.  Pour two cups of broth into the pan, cover well with foil and bake until vegetables are tender, about two hours.  Transfer the vegetables and broth to a large pot; add the remaining 6 cups of broth, salt and cayenne pepper.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 10 minutes.  Puree the soup in batches in a blender or food processor, adding more broth if needed.  Return the soup to the pot; adjust the seasonings and heat through.  Serve each portion dolloped with a teaspoon of crème fraiche and sprinkled with chives.


Creamy Carrot Soup

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Adapted from a Stoneyfield Farm Yogurt recipe.



2 Tbl olive oil

2 garlic cloves, chopped

¾ cup onion, diced

1 Tbl ginger, peeled and grated

3 cups carrots, peeled and chopped

4 cups vegetable stock

2 Tbl rice

1 cup plain lowfat yogurt

2/3 Tbl cornstarch

salt and pepper to taste



Using a small stock pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add ginger, onions and garlic and sauté until onions begin to soften. Add carrots, stock and rice, and simmer for 30 minutes or until carrots break apart easily. Using a blender or food processor, puree the soup until smooth or only partially, depending on your preference. Return the soup to the pot, and heat over medium heat. In a small bowl, combine yogurt and cornstarch and blend until well-mixed. Stir this mixture into the soup, being careful not to bring the soup back to a boil. Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with a dollop of plain yogurt.


Four Carrot Cake December 20, 2012

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  • Grate 4 medium carrots (2 cups).

In a large bowl mix the following:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • small amount of fresh ground nutmeg


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil and mix.
  • Stir in the carrots, 1/2 cups chopped nuts, 1 can (8 oz) crushed pineapple in syrup (add the whole thing, do not drain).
  • Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan and bake for 45 min. at 350.
  • Cream cheese frosting is good on this.
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Sauteed Carrots and Parsnips with Honey and Rosemary December 11, 2012

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound carrots (about 4 large), peeled, cut into 3×1/4×1/4-inch sticks
  • 1 pound large parsnips, peeled, halved lengthwise, cored, cut into 3×1/4×1/4-inch sticks
  • Coarse kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons raspberry vinegar


Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add carrots and parsnips. Sprinkle with coarse kosher salt and pepper. Sauté until vegetables are beginning to brown at edges, about 12 minutes. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.

Add butter, rosemary, and honey to vegetables. Toss over medium heat until heated through and vegetables are glazed, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with more salt and pepper, if desired.

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