Grandma June's 7 Up Pound Cake

Grandma June's 7 Up Pound Cake

7 UP cake is a traditional Southern pound cake with a dense buttery crumb and a crunchy exterior. It’s perfect with tea or coffee and company. You can make it from a boxed cake mix or from scratch but both methods call for the addition of lemon-lime soda. I was first introduced to this cake by a woman who I affectionately called Grandma June who used to look after me when I was a kid. I whipped up a batch and the taste brought back a flood of wonderful memories.

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Alpana A La Carte: Wines to Pair with BBQ

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One of our recently featured restaurants on Check, Please! was  Chicago Culinary Kitchen, which is a celebration of all things barbecue. While a discussion about the merits of various regional types of barbecue (Carolina, Memphis, Tennessee, Kansas City, etc.) can quickly turn into a hot debate, what is not controversial is the universal beverage to enjoy with it…beer! Head on over to Alpana A La Carte and to check out my wine picks for pairing with BBQ!