Tuesday, May 24, 2016
|I love gumbo. It might be my favorite food. And when I make gumbo, I put everything I like in it. Why not, right?|
|Then start adding anything you like. I roasted some chicken thighs and cut them into cubes and added them.|
|And I threw in 2 pounds of frozen shrimp.|
And crab legs...gotta add crab legs! Yum! Serve it with a scoop of rice.
Monday, May 23, 2016
|Some of the vendors were smart and put straw down. Most didn't. My shoe almost got sucked off at one point.|
Sunday, May 22, 2016
|It was my husband's birthday this weekend and I wanted to make him a special cake. Little did I realize how involved it would be. However, the outcome produced a cake that I am sure my family will beg me for in the future.|
- 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup salted roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 3 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
- 1 cup Rice Krispies
- 1 1/4 pounds milk chocolate, chopped
- 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream, warmed
|Spread it with some ganache.|
|Make the peanut butter/chocolate/rice krispie mixture.|
|Spread it on top of the meringue and then spread another layer of ganache on it.|
Spread the remaining layer of ganache over the top letting it drip down the sides. refrigerate it until set.
My family flipped out over this cake which is really a shame because I am not particularly looking forward to making it again! It took over 5 hours to make this.
Friday, May 20, 2016
- 1 lb chopped dates
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 T. butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
- 1 cup coconut
- 1 3/4 cups oatmeal
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
For the Date Filling:
For the Crust:
To Make the Filling:
Boil dates, sugar, and water until thick, about 5-10 minutes. Add the butter, vanilla, walnuts and coconut and mix thoroughly.
Set aside to cool a bit.
I like to toast my nuts in a cast iron pan.
Prepare the crust:
Combine the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the melted butter and mix until thoroughly combined.
Firmly press half of the mixture into a lightly greased 13 x 9 pan.
Cover with filling mixture.
Top with remaining half of crust mixture. Press lightly.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes; watch carefully and do not overbake.