Monday, April 11, 2011

It's Spring! Time for Coconut Cake!

How can this not be calling your name...? It's super easy too! I love this cake or many reasons, the #1 is that its so tasty and easy to make. This is such a big deal to me because 3 years ago I made Alton Brown's Coconut Cake recipe. Yes, it was good but all the time consuming ingredient prep made it a big F in my book. It took me like 2 hours to get everything together not to mention I saved time by buying coconut infused vodka. This recipe is way better and for people that have a texture problem with coconut still get the flavor AND can push the coconut topping off the cake if they feel like it (That would be me on occasion btw lol). Personally I have made this my go to cake recipe because it really is best after 2-3 days, and I NEVER eat anything after 3 days, obviously this cake is an exception. AMAZING and what better time to make this than for Easter. 
Warning: You must keep this in the fridge when not consuming/inhaling it because of the coconut topping.

Monday, March 28, 2011


I'm so sorry I haven't been updating at all lately! I haven't abandoned my food blog I just have two major parts of my life coming up (my Papa Louie is dying ((this is my first)) and I'm finishing up my internship and I have a billion papers to write and it's all due April 1. I have been cooking and taking pictures so once I am done April 15 you will see so much more of me, I'll drive you crazy. I have been goofing around with blind baking (I came up with this lol) which is not using a recipe and not knowing what to use and add together and taking a guess at the degrees and time LOL. Its been terribly funny and very fail-tastic. I had one good cake and it was a box mix.
I see a few of you have been frequently checking back, don't give up! Also I need to get a new camera, my 8 yr old one's cord has live wires sticking out of it and I have to shift it around for it to connect to the computer. I guess it's time I got a new one anyway.... I hate change!!!!!
To make all of you out there chuckle, I bought this adorable pastel colored easter egg holding ferris wheel. What a long description, but hey, it's what it is! I boiled up 8 eggs and then proceeded to put one randomly on to see if it would actually hold my egg and as I released it I heard Jon holler "NO YOU NEED A COUNTER WEIGHT" and reaching for me. Which had me with a frowny face at him and what I realized just happened. The darn egg flopped right out and smashed the table haha. So I, the dumb bunny, decided it was my fault and not the ferris wheel's, and I placed two eggs on the bottom two holders and held still to make sure I didn't disturb them too much. Well They just flipped and cracked. I realize now it was just a decoration or to hold fake eggs in. WASTE OF MONEY :[

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sweet Orange Thyme oil/butter

I have no pictures because this was really a rather ugly looking finished piece but it is something that anyone can change a combo on and do them selves and incorporate it into anything. I just got home from a LONG weekend in RI to see my grandpa (he is dying from a 6mm aneurysm in his heart, colon cancer and Alzheimer.) Its a very sad thing watching a loved one waste away so when I got home last night all I wanted was tea and some plain scones so I could just zone out. I love scones but I also love toppings for scones, I especially love clotted cream... But I wanted something different today on my scones I wanted something different but something I could make and not worry about. I used citrus and fresh herbs that I have on hand. I had an orange and a bunch of thyme. So I pulled out my mini deep frier and poured in 1/3 cup oil and let it warm up to less than
225 F <---- this is the lowest marked setting on my fryer it goes all the way to zero so I just let it sit at what I believed was 200 F. I zested the orange into the oil and added 7 tiny thyme leaves ( I wanted just a hint of thyme with this) and I let it sit and infuse with the heat for 35 minutes. It doesn't bubble or anything so it was very fragrant through the house. I shut off the fryer and poured the infusion into a mason jar that had 1/3 butter, 1/2 vanilla bean pod seeded, and 4 tbsp sugar in it and let it melt together and then I stuck it in the fridge. Using butter to infuse really leaves the question if it will brown and if it does that will add a nutty taste and I didn't want that. So I let the butter melt on its own with the hot oil and the let it solidify in the fridge. Before putting the mix in the fridge give it a taste see if you want to add more butter or sugar to yours. You could also play with lemon and thyme/basil/sage and use it as a wonderful infusion to pour on fish. There are alot of possibilities when making infusions with your deep fryer. Since it only cost $30 I don't mind goofing around with it even if it leaves flavors behind. My large deep fryer I do mind and that's for meat only.
I took my butter oil spread and used it on my cream scones and it was delicious outside with the 50F weather we have outside especially with hot tea. It feels like spring I needed a sweet and savory snack.
I hope some of you take this idea and try something at home as long as you keep the oil on a low heat and let it infuse slowly (You will be happy with the results and the house will smell great.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Pasta E Fagioli

This for me is a bunch of fun to make and I usually have everything on hand for it, ready to go. This week has been high and low in temperature it's making me crazy, if Spring is coming it needs to stay. I'd really like to not have to wear my winter coat in the morning because its too cold, then have it be so warm I have to take my sweater off in the car besides not having my jacket on. Seriously Spring. Stop. This is my go between soup for Winter and Spring.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The CLEANEST meatloaf ever

Ha I know It's not on a plate! Mainly because it usually doesn't make it off the baking sheet lol! We pick at it all night long, its hilarious how Jon and I act like 6 year old's with food. SOOOOO how can meatloaf NOT be messy you ask? I can feel your disbelief radiating off my laptop screen right now.
Go into your kitchen and grab that handy dandy gallon sized zip lock bag and dump all the ingredients into it. 
Beef was on sale this week so I went nuts and bought 8 lbs of it and froze most of it.

On a side note just to share the strange happening. On my way home from work tonight (it had been dark for almost 2 hours) something pooped on my windshield. I say something because I am pretty positive that once the sun goes down, birds sleep. I think for the first and probably last time in my life a bat pooped on my car.