Friday, February 26, 2010

TWD - Richard Katz Brownies for Julia, My first attempt at baby mints, and some happy news!

One of my very favorite bloggers, Chocolate Chic over at chose these brownies when she hosted our TWD group in early February. Illness prevented me from making them at that time, but I am posting now. I know if Ms. Chocolate Chic picked these, and they are Dorie's recipe, they will be good!

You mixed them up in two bowls, something I have never done before. Of course, I did something wrong because mine did not rise as they should have. Or maybe because I halved the recipe my pan was too big. And I don't think I cooked them long enough. I am always scared I will overcook brownies and they will be hard, so instead I took them out of the oven too soon. They are very gooey. And very chocolatey. I'm not sure I will make this particular recipe again, but if you want to try them I'm sure Chocolate Chic has the recipe on her webpage.

Tomorrow I am helping with a friend's baby shower. I am supposed to bring mints so I decided to make them because my boss makes them all the time. It was my first attempt at making baby shower mints. They weren't hard to whip up, but time consuming popping each one into this little mold and getting just the right amount of dough in the mold. Plus, I think I went a little overboard on the mint extract. I didn't measure, I just poured it right in. I think they will be just what we need after eating lasagna, don't you? A "breath" of mint to soothe our palates. These are made with one 8 oz. cream cheese, 2 lbs. confectioner's sugar, 1/2 teas. peppermint extract, and a drop of red food coloring. Then you make little balls and roll them in granulated sugar and either press into a mold or just flatten with a fork tyne. Let them dry for an hour or so and pop into the freezer. Ready to serve the next day! We'll see how they go over with the masses tomorrow.  No, they are not perfect.

And now. . . drumroll. . . .I am finally allowed to tell that I am expecting my first grandbaby in August! Oh I know what you are thinking. I'm way too young to be a grandmother. Go ahead, compliment me. I love it. I can't wait to hold that precious gift from God in my arms. . ..just sayin.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

CEiMB - Broccoli-Cheddar Breakfast Bake

Our host this week for CEiMB is Chez Zero
I love breakfast foods so I was excited to prepare this. However, I'm not a huge fan of broccoli. I substitute spinach and it was, in my humble opinion, genius. It is delicious. I cannot wait to eat it for breakfast tomorrow morning!

okay my photos will not load correctly in here and for some reason I cannot move them around. Obviously, one of my photos is not in focus. Forgive on the photos, but try try try the recipe!!

Thanks for hosting and choosing this recipe Chez Zero.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

TWD - Honey Wheat Cookies

One of my favorite bloggers, Michelle of Flourchild, chose these cookies for the TWD challenge this week. I have been sick lately, and I just could not bring myself to make cookies that had wheat germ in them! Knowing Dorie, I bet they are great. But when you have been taking all kinds of medicines that make you gag and want to throw up, something about wheat germ just did not appeal to me.

But if I were you, I would head over to Michelle's blog site and check them out and get the recipe.

Wheat germ! I've had enough flu and cold and other GERMS in my house in the past week without adding one more GERM to the list! :) Sorry Michelle.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sour Cream Lemon Pie

When I was a child, my mom made the most delicious lemon pies. My grandmother made the real lemon meringue pie, my mom usually made lemon icebox. I loved them both. But my favorite that she made was called Sour Cream Lemon Pie.

Last night I decided to make my DH one since he is wild about his mother's lemon meringue. (I must admit it is great.)

I've been sick this week with a fever and a bad sinus infection. Missed several days of work! I thought I was better until this morning when I woke with a monster headache. I guess I can't complain too much since I have not even had a sniffle all winter and it seems to be one of those winters for a lot of flu and colds.

If you love lemon, try this.

3/4 c. sugar
3 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. lemon rind, grated
1/2 c. fresh lemon juice
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 c. milk
1/4 c. butter
1 c. sour cream (I use "light" cream)
1 baked 9" pie shell
Heavy cream, whipped (opt.)
Lemon twists (garnish)

Combine sugar, cornstarch, lemon rind, juice, egg yolks and milk in heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir in butter and cool mixture to room temperature. Stir in sour cream. Pour into baked pie shell. Refrigerate until serving time. Garnish with whipping cream (optional) and lemon twists.

Monday, February 1, 2010

TWD - Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes

Or, if you don't have mini bundt cake pans - use jumbo muffin pan like I did! I did not, however, have enough batter for six cakes as the recipe said I would. I only had enough for five. I also had to cook them a bit longer than the recipe commanded. I ran out of chocolate so they are glazeless - but Dorie herself said I could dust them with confectioner's sugar if I wanted to! I made the decision that I did want to do that when I realized I was out of chocolate!!

Tuesdays with Dorie - I've been a bit lapse. This week Im Right About Everything chose a delicious recipe for us to try so out of respect I got off my rear, pushed aside my Bejeweled game, and went to the kitchen and made it. I'm' glad I did. You should click on the link and check out her blog and get the recipe there for these delicious mini bundt cakes.

Unfortunately, mine are not as pretty as they would have been in a mini-bundt pan and a nice chocolate glaze would have accessorized these nicely as well.

I saw The Lovely Bones this weekend and I recommend this movie to anyone that read the book. It was portrayed very well. I'm still wanting to see Avatar. Maybe next week. . .