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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Prom Date Peeps...

It's prom season and I've been wanting to make these little chocolate covered "Prom Date Peeps".  Well last night my little guy Nate and I got out the chocolate, started melting...  and then everything went wrong!  It was actually quite hysterical!  Nate bounces on his yoga ball constanly because he has more energy than that Energizer Bunny.  Well he bounced into the kitchen as I was trying to make these...
He kept stealing them and getting chocolate all over himself and his yoga ball and his butt and the floor and my kitchen, etc., etc.  I think you get the picture!!

I also tried to make these little tuxedo strawberries which came out slightly better than the Peeps but still, pretty much a big mess!

Oh well, not every treat can be "Martha-worthy"!  It sure was good for a laugh though.  And this little guy really enjoyed himself!


Blessings to you!
Lori

Friday, April 8, 2011

Citrus Glazed Salmon

I love salmon and there are so many different ways to prepare it. The following recipe is my favorite one for salmon because its super simple, it cooks in just 6-8 minutes and it's delicious! The recipe is from my favorite foodie nerd, Alton Brown.

Citrus Glazed Salmon

Ingredients:

  • 1 side, skin-on, sockeye salmon, 1 1/2 to 2 pounds, pin bones removed
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Directions:

Position a rack in the oven 3 inches from the broiler. Line a half sheet pan with aluminum foil and place the salmon on the pan.

Place the sugar, zest, salt, and pepper into the bowl of a small food processor and process for 1 minute or until well combined. Evenly spread the mixture onto the salmon and allow to sit for 45 minutes, at room temperature.

Turn the oven on to the high broiler setting for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, place the salmon into the oven and broil for 6 to 8 minutes or until the thickest part of the fish reaches an internal temperature of 131 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. Remove the salmon from the oven and allow to rest, uncovered, for 8 to 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

Red Velvet Cake and Rose Cake Tutorial

Hi there!  Recently I was reading some of my favorite cooking and baking blogs and came across this Rose Cake Tutorial from I Am Baker.  It looked so gorgeous, I knew I had to try it!  I bake mostly cupcakes, not a whole lot of cakes so I was stepping out of my box a little bit.  It was pretty easy and the result is a real show-stopper!  I decided to make it for my Bunco gals on a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.



Here is one of my favorite Red Velvet cake recipes...

Red Velvet Cake

(from Cooks Country Magazine Dec 2006/Jan 2007 issue)

Serves 12

Ingredients for cake:
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons natural cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
Ingredients for frosting:
  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, cut into 8 pieces, softened
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
Directions:

1. For the cake: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans. Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl. Whisk buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla, and eggs in large measuring cup. Mix cocoa with food coloring in small bowl until a smooth paste forms.
2. With electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar together until fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping down bowl as necessary. Add one-third of flour mixture and beat on medium-low speed until just incorporated, about 30 seconds. Add half of buttermilk mixture and beat on low speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Scrape down bowl as necessary and repeat with half of remaining flour mixture, remaining buttermilk mixture, and finally remaining flour mixture. Scrape down bowl, add cocoa mixture, and beat on medium speed until completely incorporated, about 30 seconds. Using rubber spatula, give batter final stir. Scrape into prepared pans and bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool cakes in pans 10 minutes then turn out onto rack to cool completely, at least 30 minutes.
3. For the frosting: With electric mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add cream cheese, one piece at a time, and beat until incorporated, about 30 seconds. Beat in vanilla and salt. Refrigerate until ready to use.
4. When cakes are cooled, spread about 2 cups frosting on one cake layer. Top with second cake layer and spread top and sides of cake with remaining frosting. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 3 days.

Enjoy!