Bacon Takedown!!!

September 12th, 2010

The Results are in… for the Bacon Takedown… First things first, I didn’t win but I had an excellent time!

It was fun to finally put my culinary skills to the test… I made popcorn with cinnamon-chili candied bacon and Bacon Empanadas with pear-swiss-thyme-bacon filling… They were very well received… I ran out in less than an hour…

There were so many other delicious bacon things… My personal favorites: Rafael’s Bacon Greyere English Muffins, Grok’s Science Show (Elise and Caitlyn)’s Bacon, Asiago and Onion Quiche, and McMahon’s Maple Bacon Caramel Corn.

Overall, I had a great day… although I’d rather not see bacon for awhile now… But I definitely would like to continue competing…

Stay tuned recipes coming… I’m still cleaning up bacon grease…

Disclaimer: As a sponsor of the competition, Hormel gave me the bacon for free.

My Birthday Feast!

August 11th, 2010

Well, it has happened… I’m another year older and apparently, wiser? mmm… I have had a lovely day thanks for my friends and family. It culminated with a delicious Asian inspired feast and a Peach-Vanilla Pie… We started with Vietnamese Vegetarian Spring Rolls followed by Singapore Chili Shrimp and Chicken A La Nueces De La India. For dessert, they put candles on top of my Peach-Vanilla Pie made with Tartine‘s Flaky Pie Crust.  Thank you for making this birthday wonderful!

Cake Holiday…

June 1st, 2010

A guest blogger… my mother…two delicious cakes… read on…

Recently, Ginny was home for a few days. So of course, I baked a cake! I have a long history of cake baking . As one of a family of twelve, it was often someone’s birthday and I loved making the cake. I even baked my own birthday cake as it ensured I got what I wanted!! Sunday dinner was always a big feast as well so a cake was usually featured.

For a number of years I would bake birthday cakes for my coworkers. Many times my children would be excited about a cake that they could smell baking only to learn it wasn’t for them. My coworkers are the one’s who dubbed many days “cake holidays” as they would even search out obscure days (e.g. Botswana Liberation Day) as a day that “needed” a cake.

So, for Ginny I baked the standard yellow cake that is my favorite. Dinette cake from Betty Crocker. I doubled the recipe and used vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract. The chocolate icing is the Hershey’s Lickety Split recipe. I decided to split the layers and make four layers so the icing recipe should be increased by half. My family always used hot coffee instead of milk which gives the icing a mocha flavor. You can also melt a square of baking chocolate to replace part of the cocoa which gives the icing a fudge-like consistency.

3 cups confectioners’ sugar
¾ cup Hershey’s cocoa
1/8 tsp salt
6 tbsp milk
2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup butter,softened

Note: If you ever visit the South and see chocolate cake featured on the menu, a yellow cake with chocolate icing is what you will get!

Resa came home for Memorial Day weekend and we baked a cake together. It is a coconut cake from Cooking Light and it was amazing!