Wednesday, May 26, 2010

BAREFOOT BLOGGERS - HAPPY MEMORIAL WEEKEND!

Penny from Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen chose Grilled Herb Shrimp this week for our Barefoot Bloggers challenge.  Unfortunately, I am deathly allergic to shellfish and had to pass on this one.  Sometimes I will go ahead and make the recipe and just substitute chicken, but because the holiday weekend is coming up and I am busy getting ready to go on vacation, I had to pass.  Sorry Penny!  Please go to Penny's blog and check hers out and get the recipe there or you can find it in Barefoot Contessa Parties! on page 138.  Penny has a beautiful blog with gorgeous photos that is truly worth a look see.

On a side note, I have a perfect pound cake recipe that I make occasionally.  I for some reason decided to try a different one last night to take on our trip with us.  I thought a Sour Cream Pound Cake sounded good so I found a Paula Deen recipe to use.  It turned out perfectly, but I think my old recipe is better.  I'll post it with a photo and reviews from the family when I return.

Reminder - let's all remember our soldiers this weekend! 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

BAREFOOT BLOGGERS and CEIMB - Double Trouble

I'm multi-tasking tonight.  Combining two posts into one.  First, Barefoot Bloggers.  This week Kimberly from Indulge and Enjoy chose Spring Green Risotto.  I have to say and I have said it before, I hate cooking risotto, mainly because I am an impatient cook and the only way to make risotto is slow cooking and a lot of stirring.   But if you really want to enjoy risotto, you should try one of Ina Garten's.  This recipe combined a lot of flavors and I would give it an A-Plus for deliciousness.  It called for fennel, leeks, green peas, asparagus, white wine.  I left out the asparagus and added a few mushrooms.  Thank you Kimberly for choosing this!

I served the risotto with my own quick version of Coq Au Vin.  Fried two pieces of bacon, added chicken drumsticks, carrots, red wine, chicken broth, mushrooms, carrots, and a few green onions and cooked for about 30-40 minutes.  Delicious!!


Now for CEiMB.  This week Chaya of Comfy Cook chose Ellie Kreiger's Chocolate Egg Cream.  When I decided to make this, I assumed it would be a pudding of some sort.  Wrong!  It was a drink.  It was very easy to mix up, however, maybe it was just me, but I did not care for it at all.  It tasted like chocolate water to me.  If you want to be adventurous, you could try it.  But I'm sorry - to be honest I cannot recommend this.  Check out Chaya's blog and see how hers turned out! 

Ingredients


•1 tablespoon cocoa powder
•2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
•1 tablespoon boiling water
•1/2 cup lowfat milk, very cold
•1 1/2 cups seltzer water (not club soda)
•1 pretzel rod

Directions
In a small cup, mix together the cocoa powder and sugar. Add the water and stir well until a paste is formed. Set aside.
Put the milk into a tall fountain glass. Slowly add the seltzer water. Stir gently. Drizzle the chocolate syrup in slowly, being careful to disturb the foam as little as possible. Stir gently with a tall spoon. Your drink should be 2-toned, chocolate-brown on the bottom with a white foam on top.