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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fat Witch Brownies

Fat Witch Brownies

I was on Southern Living's blog a few months ago and read a post about Fat Witch Brownies in NYC.  They raved about how great the brownies were; going so far as to say they were the most delicious brownie in the country.  Well, I happen to love brownies, so I was very intrigued with this statement.  I used the Google and found that the Fat Witch Bakery had a cookbook coming out soon - score!  I patiently waited for it to be released and downloaded to my iPad. 

I decided to make the original brownie first.  Good choice - it was fantastic!  It was very moist, rich and chocolately, but not overly sweet.  I enjoyed it very much with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Looking through the cookbook, I don't think there is a single recipe that I don't want to try.  They all look fabulous.  The brownies are so easy to make and don't require any speciality ingredients.  I plan on trying out the peanut butter bars tonight.

Fat Witch Brownies


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Honey Cornbread Muffins

Honey Cornbread Muffins

These wonderful muffins are the perfect accompaniment to the Creamy Jambalaya Pasta I posted yesterday. I especially loved the honey butter brushed over the tops.   These muffins were also good reheated the next day for leftovers.  We usually make our cornbread in an iron skillet, so this was a fun change.

The weather is finally starting to turn a bit cooler.  I am looking forward to having these cornbread muffins with some chili and beef stew!

Honey Cornbread Muffins

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Creamy Jambalaya Pasta

Creamy Jambalaya Pasta

This was one of the best things we ate last week.  It reminded me a lot of jambalaya (that's why I called it Creamy Jambalaya Pasta).  I've never had a pasta with smoked sausage in it and it turns out that I love it!  This dish had the perfect amount of spice in it - not too hot, but it definately had a little kick to it from the cajun seasoning. 

The sauce for this pasta is so decadent.  How could it not be with white wine and cream?  The sauce has an  amazing flavor that comes from reduicing it not once, but twice.  Don't worry, this is still a quick weeknight meal.  It took less than 30 minutes to throw together.  I can't wait to try different meats with the sauce.  I think this sauce would go well with chicken or shimp too.  I will be making this again very soon!

Creamy Jambalaya Pasta


Monday, September 27, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Cakes & Cocktails - Dreamcakes Bakery


I had the opportunity to go to Cakes & Cocktails at Dreamcakes Bakery in Homewood on Thursday night.  I missed the first set of classes back in the spring, so I was excited to get into a class this week.  I had planned on going with a friend, but she bailed on me at the last minute.  Luckily, Chicken Legs said he would go with me.  He's a great guy!


Jan Moon is the owner of Dreamcakes   

Jan is demonstrating how to make the frosting on a cake smooth.  She did it in no time and it was perfect.  She gave us some good tips like using a spray bottle to help smooth the icing out.  She also said you could add almond or clear vanilla extract to the water - love it!  

Luckily for us, the cakes were already iced.  After Jan's demonstration on how to make a beautiful "princess cake", we had to decide what we wanted our cake to look like.  That was tough!  There were lots of fall/halloween colors and candies ready for us to choose from.  Jan also suggested Auburn or Alabama football cakes.  After much deliberation, Chicken Legs chose to make a pumpkin cake and I made an Auburn cake. 


Chicken Legs worked really hard on his pumpkin cake.  He added some brown icing to the sides and piped some green leaves around the bottom.  He did a really great job!  I was very impressed.  He must have been paying attention when I was making cookies and cakes.


For my Auburn cake, I decided to put tiger paws all around my cake and then top it off with an "AU" and "War Eagle".  I did both orange and blue paws.  Jan was nice enough to mix me up some navy icing. 


Here is Chicken Legs finished cake.  I thought it was really cute!  I love the candy corn mouth and nose.  He also did a great piping job on the edge.




Here is my finsihed product.  I thought it turned out GREAT!  I impressed myself with my writing.  It was much easier than I thought it would be.  My skills have improved greatly since I took the Wilton cake decorating class many years ago. 

We had a great time.  I loved that all I had to was decorate the cake.  It was nice that someone else baked the cake, iced it and prepped all the piping bags.  I just got to go and have fun!  Chicken Legs favorite part was eating the cake when we got home - it was excellent!

Jan Moon is so talented and SO nice.  It was so nice of her to take an evening and teach everyone how to make a pretty cake.  Dreamcakes is having more Cake & Cocktails classes this fall.  Be sure to check their website, facebook or twitter for the dates!



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Friday, September 24, 2010

Morton's Million Dollar Burgers - Football Friday

Morton's Million Dollar Burgers

It's Football Friday!  Last week, for the first time in years, we grilled out some fabulous burgers in the parking lot before the game.  We had such a great time grilling that we are doing it again this weekend!

This burger recipe is from Morton's Steakhouse.  We've been visiting Nashville a lot this year for various events, and we started eating dinner at Morton's.  It is absolutely the best steakhouse on the planet!  I don't usually like big manly steakhouses, but Morton's is the exception. 

I discovered that Morton's has a blog, and they share their recipes on it!  OMG!!  I immediately found their burger recipe and took them to the tailgate.  They were great!  I expected nothing less, as Chicken Legs talks about how great their burger is.  So, if you can't make it to Morton's this weekend, give this burger a try.  You'll love it!

Morton's Million Dollar Burgers


Morton's Million Dollar Burgers

Morton's Million Dollar Burgers


Football Sugar Cookies
No tailgate is complete without super cute football cookies!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Garlic Parmesan Skillet Bread

Garlic Parmesan Skillet Bread

This is one of my favorite bread recipes.  It is the perfect accompaniment to a pasta or steak dinner.  I am warning you - this bread is highly addictive.  It is way too easy to just pull a bite off and pop it inot your mouth. You can't eat just one piece.  We can almost eat it all between just the two of us.

The original recipe came from my long-time "Pampered Chef Lady", Mary.  I have changed the recipe over the years.  I cut the butter down and added some parmesan cheese.  I really love how quick and simple this is.   I changed the spices up this time and used the Carrabba's Bread Dip seasoning instead of just Italian seasoning.  It was great!

Garlic Parmesan Skillet Bread


Garlic Parmesan Skillet Bread


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Gnocchi Mac & Cheese

Gnocchi Mac & Cheese

This is TO DIE FOR!  I may never be able to eat regular mac and cheese again.  Seriously!  This is the best mac & cheese I've ever eaten. 

I made this to go with the fabulous steaks we had at my parent's house.  Everyone enjoyed it.  This is comfort food at its best.  Chicken Legs claims to dislike gnocchi, but he loved this dish.  We ate this again last weekend.  I have a feeling this will be at the dinner table often!

Gnocchi Mac & Cheese

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Steakhouse Filets

Steakhouse Filets

This is my Mom's favorite way to make steaks.  She raves about these steaks all the time.  We finally got a chance to try them a few weeks ago when we went down for a football game.  I must admit, the steaks were fabulous!  She marinated the steaks for a few hours in Dale's before she cooked them in an iron skillet.  

This method is perfect for a weeknight treat.  Chicken Legs will appreciate this method if once the weather cools off and he doesn't have to stand out in the cold to grill steak.

the steaks smelled so good - they were driving Max CRAZY!

Steakhouse Filets
Searing on the first side

Steakhouse Filets
Flipped over and ready for the oven

Steakhouse Filets
Done!

Max finally got a taste

Monday, September 20, 2010

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