Monday, April 6, 2015

Picnic Today

Young love... you've been there. Well my boy wanted to have a picnic for his girl so... I of course get to make the food. I went simple and scrumptious. I reminded him of the beautiful pressed sandwiches we saw all over Italy so I decided to try my hand at them :)
This pressed sandwich was super easy. This is how I made mine:
Italian Sub Buns
pesto sauce
basil leaves
swiss cheese - thinly sliced
provolone cheese -thinly sliced
Napoli salami - thinly sliced
spinach leaves
Balsamic vinegar
olive oil
salt and pepper
Open up bread and toasted it on grill and then started layering, I started with pesto, swiss, provolone, basil, salami, prosciutto, and spinach. Drizzle with vinegar and oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top off ending bread with a thin layer of butter (this will keep it from letting bread get soggy). Put top on and wrap tightly with plastic wrap, then weigh it down with anything heavy (the "pressed" part). I used a heavy cast iron pan but I've heard people will use books, wrapped bricks etc. Let it set-up overnight. Unwrap and trim edges so all the layers show.
Added a pasta salad with zesty italian dressing, some beet potato chips and an angel food strawberry shortcake. Threw in some chocolate bugs and lemonade bottles. Packed in an insulated cooler for his love lunch.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Apple Vanilla Snack Cake

Ok gonna try to post some of the recipes on catch-up. Bare with me and let me know if there's one in particular that you want. I guess I'll start from the bottom :)

1c veg oil
2 c sugar
3 eggs
1 ½ tsp vanilla
2c flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 c ch apples
1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350º Grease 9x13" dish (I used a 10" springform pan).
Mix oil,sugar,eggs and vanilla until everything is incorporated. Add flour, salt and baking soda - beat until combined. Fold in apples, pour into pan and sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake for 55-60 min. You can serve with ice cream or drizzle with caramel sauce but it was really good just plain.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Catch up!

Trying to get back in the hang of things.... throwing out what I've been up to lately. Playing catch up I know but, promise I am coming around :)
I'll start at November...made
                                       Loaded Yams with Honey Bourbon!
Roasted Pancetta Brussel Sprouts

Spent Christmas in Japan!!
Toshogu Shrine

Had a Wine Tasting Party
with my sisters!

Made sweet treats for my loves on Valentine's Day!

Went to Mardi Gras!

Back in the kitchen...
King Cake Brownie with Cinnamon Whip Cream!

Salted Caramel Meringues!

Lemon Blueberry Tart!

Mushroom Gruyere Tart!

Zucchini Tomato & Corn Pie!

Banana Foster Upside-down Cake!

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars!

Maria de Limon! Lime Icebox Cake

Mexican Crunchy Wraps!

Apple Vanilla Snack Cake!

Whew. Ok I will stop for today, let me know if you want any of the recipes and I will post them for you asap. Told you I could catch up :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mexican Hot Chocolate Truffles

  • These were pretty easy and so decadent, we only have about six left :) 
  • Didn't get pictures until a packed a few up as a gift. 
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (I used Ghirardelli chocolate bar)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Chocolate melts for dipping, or powdered sugar, cocoa and/or sprinkles for rolling

  • Break or cut chocolate into pieces. Place heavy cream in a small saucepan and heat just until it bubbles. Pour over chocolate. Stir until all chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. (If it is cold in your house and your chocolate doesn’t want to melt all the way you can put it in the microwave in 10 second increments to aid in melting.) Stir in vanilla, cinnamon, and cayenne. Chill mixture for at least 2 hours. You can also let it sit overnight. 
  • Use a cookie scoop (1 or 2 tablespoon) to scoop balls of truffle. Roll into uniform balls and place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Melt chocolate melts according to package directions. Dip truffles in chocolate and top with sprinkles, if desired. You can roll them in cocoa, powdered sugar, or sprinkles. I just drizzled them with white chocolate.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Raspberry Tiramisu

Love Tiramisu but wanted something a little different and fresh. Something with fruit. This was the end result! Fantastic and pretty easy to throw together.
1 c seedless raspberry jam
4 tbsp orange liqueur ( I used Vanilla Syrup cause kids will be eating this)
1 lb mascarpone cheese, at room temp
1 c whipping cream
1/4 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
28 soft ladyfingers
3 3/4 c fresh raspberries
confectioners' sugar for dusting ( I used chocolate syrup for my drizzle)

Stir jam and 2 tbsp of vanilla syrup in a small bowl to blend. Using another bowl, mix mascarpone and remaining 2 tbsp of vanilla syrup, stir until incorporated - set aside.
In mixer, whip cream, sugar and vanilla extract. Whip until stiff peaks form.

Using a spatula, gently fold mascarpone mix in. Line your 9x13x2" glass dish with half of the ladyfingers, spread jam mix over ladyfingers. Now spread mascarpone mix over jam mix, cover with fresh raspberries then repeat layers. Finish with raspberries. Now sprinkle powdered sugar over it before serving or drizzle with chocolate syrup. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Easy Pumpkin Cake

Alrighty friends, forgive my iPhone photo but this cake was packed and gone sooo fast. Only four ingredients. Using a cake mix but none of the other stuff....this is your easy Pumpkin Cake for Fall.

1 bx Buttered Pecan cake mix
2 eggs
1/4 c water
15 oz Pumpkin Pie Filling
Preheat oven to 325º line a 13x9" pan with parchment paper, set aside
Mix everything to blend, pour into pan and sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake about 22 min until it spring back. Let cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar or you can frost it if you want.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Goodies

Just wanted to post a couple of pictures from todays party. If anyone wants recipes I will give you a link down below. They were pretty easy and lots of fun to make. You only have a week until Halloween!!
This is my Spicy Brain, got the recipe from dear Martha Stewart. Click here to get it. I used Tony Chacheres instead of spice mix she used. I served it with Spicy cocktail sauce. I thought they were pretty good.

My poor Flayed Skin guy I found on Pinterest. You kinda just get the directions and make it your own. I used my Ham Salad recipe found here but used directions on how to put it together from here. You could use chicken salad, tuna salad, pimento...just something you could mold :)