- Ganache Love
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- Ginger Love... SHF 19
- Mommy Dearest
- Strawberry Fields Forever
- Mixing Things Up
- The Wilton Rose
- Extreme Makeover.... Blog Edition
- The Drunk Tank.... SHF 18
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Sunday, January 29, 2006
Saturday, January 28, 2006
|You know you are at the local white trash grocery store when the woman behind you is|
Friday, January 27, 2006
Low is the New High....
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Mocha Choka La La Yah Yah.....
After 2 valiant, yet failed attempts at making a cake this weekend, I finally came out on top with this Mocha Chocolate Chip Cheesecake. This picture is horrific and does not do this baby justice. She looked much prettier in person..... but like me, photographs HORRIBLY. So forgive her ugly mugg.
Now, let's talk a little bit about the cake mistakes first...... Sponge Cake. Man, I tell ya... Sponge Cake is a high maintenance little priss. With the careful "folding in" of all those egg whites and the need for the cake to be in a metal pan UNGREASED.....something about the cake needing traction to "climb" up the sides of the pan.....WHEW! A lot of work.
So I made her batter and had a mini debate with myself on if I should put it in a non stick pan, like I REALLY ( and I mean REALLY) wanted to, or if I should follow the directions and pour the batter in a metal pan with no grease....aghhhhhh! "Okay okay... follow the damn directions, Chan. Just do what they say and everything will come out fine... Just fine. The directions are obviously there for a reason." So I poured the batter out of the non stick pan I had already had it in (I was resisting authority at first...) and into a vintage tart pan I found on eBay. It is the ONLY bakeware I have that is metal and not non stick. I popped her in the oven where she rose beautifully. Her color was fabulous , she sprang back to the touch and...... she was gloriously stuck to the pan. I mean she and that pan had become one... there was no seperating those two. I didn't even try...I mean who am I to come between a Sponge Cake and her Pan? So we just ate her straight out of the pan.. from the middle out. And she was DELICIOUS! I added in fresh orange zest when mixing the egg yolks and that little bit of zest really did add a beautiful hint of orange. I am absolutely going to try this one again and I am going to put her in a non stick pan.... I think this would be a fabulous cake to carve and decorate. She has a firm body and very very little crumb. I will post again on this one.
The second cake I made to make up for this one sticking to the pan was a horrid mess... not even worth talking about. She was ugly and dry with a deep hole in the middle. The edges were almost burned and her center was still a raw goopy mess. I just threw her away... horrible.
Now... On to the glorious cheesecake. I think I have the cheesecake down pat. If I have learned how to make anything these past few months I have learned the cheesecake. The basic cheesecake lessons I have learned are these:
Those 5 little things really do make a huge difference in the way my cheesecakes come out. I mean, cheesecakes are no big deal to make. There are only a few ingredients and you can really get creative on flavoring them.... plus, hell... it's CHEESECAKE!
This one is Mocha with Chocolate Chips. I have never been a huge fan of mocha/coffee flavored things so I was a little skeptical when I was reading the recipe. But the picture of the cake sold me... I love love love anything with chocolate chips. The recipe is from The Whimiscal Bakehouse , a neat little cake deocrating book with some really good recipes. The recipe from the book calls for homemade chocolate cookies to be used for the crust but I was lazy and just used Nabisco Famous Wafers....
Here is the recipe:
Ohhh this is a tasty little cake. The mocha flavor is not too strong and even those who don't care for coffee will love this. Of course the chocolate chips melt beautifully in the cake and add just a hint of chocolate. So very delicious....
Sunday, January 15, 2006
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Giada Disaster Caught on Tape
|My roommate from college, Sticks (we call her that because she is quite thin!), sent me this link. You have to check it out... so hilarious!|
Monday, January 09, 2006
seven SEVEN sev/en 7
Miss Alicat at Something so DAMN Clever tagged Kat and I for the 7 meme....I accept! Kathryn's answers are in PINK....
Seven Things To Do Before I Die:
1. Live in Italy for a year.
2. Learn to fluently speak Spanish, so I can talk to my mother in law.
3. Publish a book of some sort.
4. Jump out of an airplane.
5. Own a business.
6. Grow fingernails.
7. Kat: Grow up to be a beautiful woman.
Seven Things I Cannot Do:
1. Wake up looking rested. I always look like ass on a cracker in the morning.
2. Paint anything without getting absolutely covered in paint. Seriously.
3. Cook without my flip flops on.
4. Stop biting my pitiful little nails... they are so sad. And ugly.
5. Be on time FOR ANYTHING...
6. Sleep with socks on.
7. Kat: Use the potty... for now.
Seven Things That Attract Me to Blogging:
1. It keeps me motivated to keep baking when I feel like giving up.
2. Meeting all the coolie o's that like to cook like I do.
3. I love the tight knit community food bloggers have.....
4. Blogging is a great creative outlet for a kept wife such as myself.(Alicat)
5. Foodporn. Lots of foodporn. (Alicat)
Okay.... so I only have five....
Seven Things I Say Most Often:
1. Kathryn, stop.
2. Kathryn Maria.... STOP NOW.
3. Do you want to sit on the naughty chair?
4. I know, right?
5. Ellie, NO! Ellie STOP.. STOP ELLIE. Alright.... OUTSIDE ELLIE!
6. I'm running to the grocery store.
7. Kat: Oh wow mommy, cake!
Seven Books I Love:
1. Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls
2. A Million Little Pieces - James Frey
3. White Oleander - Janet Fitch
4. Bridget Jones' Diary
5. Comfort Me With Apples - Ruth Reichl
6. Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris
7. Kat: Where the Sidewalks End..... At bedtime.
Seven Movies/DVDs That I Watch Over and Over Again:
1. The Wiggles - Yummy Yummy
2. Finding Nemo
4. Sesame Street -Let's Make Music
5. Dora - Super Babies
6. The Wiggles - Wiggly Safari
7. Curb Your Enthusiasm
Seven Bloggers I Want To Join In Too:
1. The Domestic Goddess
3. 101 Cookbooks
4. Buttercream and Roses
5. The Chubby Hubby
Saturday, January 07, 2006
My Little Clabber Girl
|Sometimes when I am contemplating the world and my place in it, I wonder why it is that I love my kitchen so much. I wonder why it is that I feel the most comfortable in my kitchen. I wonder why, when I am bored (which, trust me, is not very often) I automatically go to the kitchen and start to cook..... without thinking. Then I start to wonder why it is that I love to cook so much. Is it an innate womanly instinct to feed my family? Is it the measuring and the sifting? Is it that I feel somewhat connected to the chef's whose recipes I copy, thinking if I can make crabcakes like Emeril, then I must be on the same level.... right? Wrong. I think it is just that I simply love the act of making something. From nothing.|
And really more than anything I love this....
Kathryn has been promoted from Taste Tester to Official Kitchen Sidekick. I swear to God, I get all misty eyed when I see her rolling out dough and cutting out little stars with her cookie cutter. I could care less that the cornstarch mess will take me about 3 to 3 and a half days to clean up because it stretches from the kitchen all the way across the house to the bathroom. I just love to see her in the kitchen. I love that she wants to be in the kitchen..... and I love that she likes to get her hands dirty. I know, I know... she is a kid and what kid doesn't like to play in messy cornstarch.... but damnit she is my kid...and these are memories that she is making with me.... and I hope she remembers these times all of her life.... I know I will.
Okay, enough with the sappy kid crap.....but she really is the reason I am trying to learn all this....