Monday 18 August 2014


Life is full of temptations, especially for cakers. Every day, we’re lured by things we know aren’t good for us. Like sodium, saturated fat and roast chicken-flavoured potato chips. But as I always say, “The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.” I’m going to have to copyright that before someone steals it.

Last week, I pointed out how cakers can be a little lacklustre when it comes to naming our food. (See The Thing.) On the flip side, we can also be a little over-the-top. Anyone remember The Greatest Chocolate Dessert Ever? Or Sex in a Pan? (Which, between you, me and the fencepost, might not be that far of a stretch for some of us.)

Lady from Crumlin United Church, you call this casserole “Temptation,” and it comes out looking like this? Don’t get me wrong. Temptation was tempting. With all that sour cream, cream cheese and cottage cheese, you’re hitting all the right arteries. But really, is “Temptation” the first thing that comes to mind when you look at this?

No? Then how about Mucky Muck? Gobbledy Gook? Satan's Landscape?

Speaking of Satan's Landscape, September is Reader Month! All month long, I make and eat YOUR caker recipes! (I guess I'm one of those machoist types.) Send your recipe to cakercooking at gmail dot com by August 31 and I’ll do my best to feature it.

1 pound ground beef
2-8 oz cans tomato sauce
1 cup cottage cheese
½ cup chopped green onion
8 oz egg noodles
8 oz cream cheese
¾ c sour cream
2 tbsp chopped green onion

Brown meat and add tomato sauce. Boil noodles. Cream together cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, onion and pepper. Layer in greased casserole:
½ noodles in bottom
All the cream cheese mixture
Other ½ of noodles
Top with meat mixture.
Bake at 350° for ½ to 1 hour.

Source: Favourite Recipes, Crumlin United Church, Thorndale, Ontario


  1. Replies
    1. It's hard to be serious when you're elbow-deep in ground beef.

  2. I think I've eaten version of this, but mum used the green noodles to prove she was sophisticated.

    1. Green noodles are the height of sophistication. I hope she served it with real paper napkins and not paper towels folded in half.

  3. Holy only this may be one ofc favorite casseroles from growing Yuri o that my mom lost! Anyone got a spinach stuffed manifesto? She never did loose the. recipe for terriblstuffed peppees, dry meatloaf, or pistachio cake. (My mother once mixed.two cans.of different kinds of "Chinese" food for my father's dinner and even my aunt said "expletive...")

  4. "Layer in Greased Casserole" has to be the "caker-est" phrase ever. I've made a version of this recipe, and it's called "Lazy Lasagna". Recipes with "lazy" in the title are a sure sign of a caker friendly recipe too- am I right??

    1. You bet! "Lazy" in the title pretty much guarantees a caker recipe. Along with "Easiest-Ever," "1-2-3" and "You Don't Even Need to Stand Up to Make This."

  5. Paper towel folded in half? That's living high on the hog-- how about torn in half?!