I was so excited when I came across this that I had to share it! Food network has recipies that are similar to popular dishes from major restaurants. They call them Almost Famous Restaurant Recipes. I can't wait to make the pumpkin cheesecake, Bread sticks and that blooming onion!
One of M's coworkers loves to cook bread so much, that he installed a bread oven in their kitchen when they remodeled it. I mentioned to him that one day, my goal was to cook bread on a weekly basis so that I would never have to buy it again. He gave me this book the next time I saw him:
For the last couple of months, that book has been collecting dust on my bookshelf. Now that I have more free time, I decided to tackle one of the bread recipes. The recipe I made was called "pain a l'Ancienne" (M's coworker recommended that I start with that bread recipe first and then branch out to harder ones.)
I used a digital meat thermometer to measure the temperature of bread. Once it reached 205 degrees Fahrenheit it came out of the oven to cool.
I set it to cool for 20 minutes before cutting it open for the taste test.
Using the digital thermometer was nice because the bread came out
PERFECTLY! It wasn't dry or raw on the inside, but perfectly moist and
soft. I will definitely be making this recipe again and again.
This fresh bread will go great with the Greek Village Salad that we're having for dinner tonight!
Cadbury Mini Eggs are one of my favorite Easter candies.
And the Cadbury Cream Eggs are a close second. [In all honesty, I just like to eat the creamy inside and toss most of the chocolate shell.] But for some reason, they have not been able to satisfy my chocolate fix.
I am actually not a big chocolate fan, but lately I have been CRAVING chocolates from Leonidas. There used to be a Leonidas store near M's place, but they closed it several months ago. Driving all the way out to Pasadena or Santa Monica is a long drive just for some chocolate. I have had this craving for Leonidas chocolate for months now, but have not managed to make the trip to get some. I have a feeling that M and I will be making a trip to get some very soon.
My sisters and I made a cake yesterday. I have never baked a cake from scratch before, so I figured it would be in my best interest to enlist some help from my sisters so that I would not completely ruin it.
We used this cake recipe and this chocolate ganache recipe. It was delicious. The cake is super moise and delicious. The frosting is just perfect. The ganache is very rich. I'm not a big chocolate fan, so next time I will try something different for the center filling.
One thing I learned and will remember for the next time:
The cake must be fully cooled before being frosted, otherwise the frosting will slowly melt.
In case you don't remember, baking a cake from scratch was #24 on my 27 before 27 list . Now I'm one step closer to completing it.
Thanks Lex and Timmy for helping me make this cake and cross it off my list!
I was so excited when I saw this little Pocket Apple Pie gadget in the Martha Stewart magazine last month that I just had to buy one and try it myself.
This is the photo from the Williams Sonoma website of what they are supposed to look like:
And here is what mine looks like:
Although they were not the prettiest pocket apple pies, they were delicious. It is possible that this gadget doesn't work well with all pie crust recipes, so I am going to try it again using the pie crust recipe on the back of the box.
After a long day walking around the Pasadena Flea Market and finding some awesome jewelry at amazing prices! (I'll try and post pictures later this week of my finds.) M and I decided to take a nap. And by nap, I mean we intended to sleep for about an hour, but didn't get up until 5 hours later!!! I ended up making yummy homemade pizza again. This time, I topped them with caramelized onions. They were delicious. For dessert we had brownies (I used a cute heart shaped pan that I found in Target's dollar section!) topped with ice cream.
I hope the time change didn't negatively affect anyone this time around. (I'm so glad to have switched back! I swear I never adjusted to the last time change!)