Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
We made this yesterday for dessert and all agreed this cake wasn’t good……it was VERY good! Everyone, even the kids, liked it. Isabelle woke up this morning and proclaimed she wanted scrambled eggs and a piece of cake for breakfast. I followed the recipe as directed except I didn’t have any allspice so I substituted just a bit of cloves – maybe 1/8th tsp. After reading Leslee’s review I cooked the prunes longer – probably about 12 minutes and then mashed them well with a potato masher. A good alternative for cooking the prunes and mashing is to just buy baby food prunes for those that don’t want any chunks or hassle. For the icing, I recommend using a saucepan that is big enough to accommodate a frothing, bubbling up mixture because the baking soda causes it to foam up quite a bit. I used a little smaller saucepan that I thought would be plenty big but I ended up dumping it in the bigger one because it kept boiling over. I am not sure what the reason for using baking soda in the icing is – tasted plenty delicious though. We didn’t have any vanilla ice cream but that would be wonderful with the cake. We did use a little whipped cream and that was tasty too.
Isabelle was my helper and she was quite intrigued by the sifter – she had never used one before.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
I made the eggs in a hole a few weeks ago for dinner one night when Sean wasn’t going to be home until late. It was easy and delicious! Everybody had great ideas of what to do with the extra bread…I think I just ate it plain though!
So last night I made the prune cake but I knew Sean would not be a fan of it. I sneakily made it when he was in the other room. I tried to pass up the prunes but they ended up a little chunky which was kind of a give away. The cake part itself was really good and with the prunes and icing it was very sweet! We tried a few bites last night and it was really good! This morning a served it for breakfast with some eggs. Knox liked it but the it was not received well by Sean or Summer. He quickly discovered what was it in and wasn’t to excited about it! If you have more adventurous eaters I am sure this will be fine at your house. I think if I would have pureed or really mashed up the prunes it would have been better. I was considering making this with bananas too which I think would have been really good and a little safer! I only made half a pan and did make it gluten free.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Breakfast for dinner....ALWAYS a favorite!!!! This was an amazing recipe and soooooooo easy. It was also a huge hit. We will definitely use this recipe again.
BONUS!!!! As we were cutting out the holes in our bread, I was trying to think of what we could use the little crust less circles for. It hit me....French Toast!!! I took the middles of the bread home and made french toast out of them for Brandon and I the next morning. They were so good, cute, and quick. Brandon loved them as well. So....save those little circle of bread and make French Toast!!!!
I look angry in this pic. Promise I WAS NOT!!! LOL. Think I may have been in mid sentence, thought, dazed, or something. LOL!!!!
Dinner is served!!!!!
Also, I don't recall us making this if we have please let me know. I'll make another selection.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Nika and kids are here visiting and we made these yesterday morning for breakfast. They were a big hit with everyone! I followed the recipe as directed except after the first one I started to put the egg in the hole right after I put the bread in the pan instead of waiting the 1 minute. Also it was important to add a little more butter after turning it to get the other side to brown well. A very easy recipe and one I will make again.
I made the first one for Isabelle and she helped cut the hole in the bread.
cooking up nicely.
Max wanted to help as well and get in on the fun.
Belle’s finished product – she loved it.
For the adults I used some French bread which was absolutely delicious. I thought it might be a little tough for the little kids to chew so I just made theirs on regular bread.
I hope you all get a chance to try out this recipe.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I caught up on a couple of recipes this week. First we made the brisket and grits. Oh my gosh, the brisket was awesome. Loved by all, including the kids. Everybody ate a ton! I did it in the crock pot as well and the brisket was so tender it just fell apart when I was trying to put it on a serving plate. I would definitely make it again.
I made the grits to go with it. My husband and I really liked them, especially my husband. The kids wouldn't touch them. They had a great cheesy flavor--I just used extra sharp cheddar. It was a nice change from the usual side dish.
The cake was a huge hit in this house. I loved it, but I don't think I can make it again. Something about it was addictive and I couldn't leave it alone. I am pretty sure that you don't burn enough calories in spin class to eat two huge pieces of this cake in one day... Anyway, just kidding. I am sure I will make it again. It would be great to take on a picnic, BBQ or whatever.
Monday, May 16, 2011
I made this last night for dessert. It sounded so good, so I substituted in some rice flour and xanthium gum to make it gluten free. The cake was pretty easy to make and cooked up quickly. I wasn’t paying too much attention to the recipe and the part about pouring the frosting on when the cake was still hot so I just did it after it cooled. Seemed to work just fine. It was delicious, especially with a little ice cream! We all loved it!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Sorry, I got a bit behind! I actually made the Oatmeal Crispies and Pot Roast the weeks we were supposed to...I just never got around to posting.
The oatmeal crispies were so good! A lot better than I thought they were going to be. I dunno, in the picture on-line I didn't think they looked that great. Anyway, I made the cookies exactly as she said, but in half the dough I added chocolate chips. I loved just being able to slice the cookie dough. I don't have a picture of the cookies, but they were a hit. I don't normally add nuts to cookies because I didn't think I was a fan, but I loved the taste of the pecans in these cookies.
The Pot Roast was also a huge hit all around here. I made it exactly as the recipe says, with the fresh herbs and everything. I loved the carrots and onions. The meat was so tender and moist. And then it made great french dip sandwiches the next day! The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the little pine needles of the rosemary that were all over the vegetables and in the sauce. It looks so pretty, and the flavor was wonderful, but next time I might use dried rosemary instead of fresh.
Sorry this post is so late...
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Tonight we enjoyed the Brisket and Grits for dinner. They were AMAZING! I am not sure why but I loved them both! I thought the meat was probably some of the best I have ever eaten. The grits were a fun change from potatoes or rice and also delicious.
I made a few changes with the meat. Beef consume has wheat in it so I just decided to use Beef Stock instead. I probably used 2 or more cups of it, until the brisket was mostly covered. I added the rest of the ingredients except liquid smoke and marinated the meat overnight in the crockpot dish things. Today I cooked the brisket all day on low in the crockpot (about 10 hrs). There was a lot of fat that I scrapped of it but the rest shredded up nicely. The meat itself was very tender and moist and the juice made it even better.
I made half the recipe for the grits and followed the directions except used less butter. I sprinkled more sharp cheddar on top after it was baked.
All in all a delicious meal that we all really liked!
When I saw Tarin’s review on the sugar cookies I decided to give them a shot to see if my results were the same. I just made half a batch which was still plenty! Tarin commented on the amount of wet ingredients there were so I put in probably half the oil with the butter and then added an extra tablespoon or so of flour. This helped the dough to become a good consistency and then I chilled it for several hours in the fridge. The dough was pretty stiff when I put it on the cookie sheet and seemed to hold up pretty well. Sean and Knox both liked these cookies. PW did mention that they weren’t typical sugar cookies but they seemed okay.
I was really surprised to see so much oil added to the wet ingredients, I wasn't really excited by the flavor of the dough, all it tasted like was canola oil and cream of tartar (the dough is supposed to be the best part!), and I was especially concerned when the batter looked like buttercream frosting--even after sitting in the fridge for 2 hours. I'll I could think was that these cookies were going to melt.
Monday, May 2, 2011
I was finally able to make these two recipes yesterday for dinner and they were both very tasty. First the brisket – I bought a small one since there are only two of us here (2.5 lbs). I wish I would have bought a little bigger brisket for more leftovers! Anyway, I halved the marinade recipe and let the meat marinate for 24 hrs. I didn’t have liquid smoke so I used 1 tsp. of smoky paprika instead. I was tempted to cook it in the crock pot but wanted to test the cooking time so I went ahead and cooked it in the oven. It took a lot longer than the 40 min. per pound – I ended up cooking it for about 65 minutes per pound. It was still might tasty before then, it just didn’t wasn’t fork shreddable. Next time I think I will cook it in the crock pot and see what results I get. Regardless – the meat had a very good flavor. Next came the grits. I followed the recipe as directed except I cut it in half and used Monterey Jack cheese. I thought they were quite tasty except I wasn’t sure if they were supposed to be porridge like or more solid. I let them sit for 10 minutes after taking them out of the oven and they did get a little more solid. Maybe I was supposed to bake them longer – I baked them for 30 minutes.
I have never made grits before so this was a totally new experience for me. It isn’t something I would automatically think of making as a side dish but I thought these went well with the brisket. Rich wasn’t a fan though. Next time I would use a little less garlic and a little more cheese – probably sharp cheddar.