Category Archives: Food

Apple Streusel Coffee Cakes

I recently found Hostess Apple Streusel Coffee Cakes at the store. I had seen a few ads for them, but hadn’t seen them in the stores.

Hostess Cakes, Coffee Cakes, Cake FlavorsOf course, I had to give them a try. They look delicious on the cover of the box.

Hostess, Streusel, Apple Streusel, Snack CakesWhen I opened the box I was a little surprised at the size of the cakes. They seemed a bit small. There was a lot of empty space in the box.

Snack Cakes, Streusel, Apple Cakes, HostessI pulled out one of the cakes and was again surprised by the weight of the cakes. These coffee cakes are heavy for their size.

Coffee Cakes, Hostess, Streusel, Dense CakesThey definitely looked like streusel cakes. A nice coating of sugar 🙂

Coffee Cakes, Struesel, Apple Cakes, Hostess Snack CakesI focused on this one a bit better. This is after taking a couple of bites. I couldn’t stop with just one. They are really good. A nice dense cake, which is why they are a bit heavy for the size. Definitely how a coffee cake should be.

Since they have a German influence I am also thinking of some nice coffee cakes I have had in Germany.

Hmm, I may just have to eat another one 🙂


Loose Meat Sandwiches

This evening I had a loose meat sandwich for dinner.

Loose Meat Sandwich, Canteen, Ottumwa, iowa, Tavern SandwichWhen I talk about loose meat sandwiches here in California, no one knows what I am talking about. However, if you are from Iowa you definitely know.

You may have also heard of loose meat sandwiches from the TV show Roseanne.

My loose meat sandwich is perhaps spiced a little more than the traditional Iowa loose meat sandwich, however it is definitely in the same spirit. I start by browning a pound of hamburger while adding in a few spices for flavor. I also add miso which helps the meat break down a bit more and also adds to the complexity of the flavor.

Once the hamburger is browned it is then time for steaming. I add about 1/3 cup of water into the iron skillet and let the hamburger cook until the water is all cooked off. The end result is a nice crumble of hamburger.

buns, soft buns, loose meat sandwichThe next step is to put ketchup on the buns. I like to have a good coat of ketchup on both sides so that the loose meat stays inside a bit better.

If you don’t have buns, two slices of Home Pride bread work just as well 🙂

Loose Meat Sandwich, Canteen, Steamed HamburgerThen it is time to pile on the loose meat. You can keep it to a manageable thickness so that it is held in place by the top bun or stack it high and wrap the sandwich in wax paper to catch what falls.

Loose Meat Sandwich, Seasoned Steamed Beef, Canteen, comfort FoodThe sandwich is now ready to eat.

hamburger, loose meat, canteen, Ottumwa, IowaOf course the sandwich was delicious.  The taste of course brought back memories of growing up in Iowa and eating loose meat sandwiches. Real comfort food 🙂

Canteen Lunch in the Alley, Ottumwa, Iowa, 1936, Loose Meat SandwichesMy dinner also brought back memories of eating loose meat sandwiches at the Canteen in Ottumwa, Iowa.

The Canteen looks a bit different today as a parking garage was built over it in the early 2000’s.

Tonight’s dinner also brought back memories of my Grandfather who used to eat lunch at the canteen when he worked at Lowenberg Bakery in Ottumwa.

Hmm, my mind is wandering to other memories, but I will save them for later posts.

Have you ever eaten a loose meat sandwich?