Christmas Cake and Cookies with i am baker's Amanda Rettke! You know those people you meet that you’re just in awe of once you meet? Amanda from iambaker.net is that person for me. She’s kind, gracious, caring, and she makes the most amazing cakes and cookies you have ever seen. No, really. So, this last week before Christmas, let Amanda give you a little tutorial on how to make some jaw-dropping desserts that are sure to impress the in-laws, the ‘rents, the cousins or whomever you’re looking to make a splash with this Christmas. Let’s start with the Christmas tree ruffle cake. There’s always this amazing Faith cake, if you’re looking to bring it back to Jesus with the slice of the knife. And if you’re looking to share the love, check out the heart cake. And Amanda doesn’t just do cakes. Really, I could go on for hours about Mrs. All photos courtesy of the lovely and talented Amanda Rettke.
idaho sunrise (baked eggs and bacon in potato bowls) I probably should have poured a nice stiff drink recipe for you all on this loveliest of lovely tax days. Especially for my fellow small business owners who just gave half of their revenue back to the government. Good grief, I won’t even go there. Instead though, I thought I’d offer my idea of a more comforting alternative. Pasta. When life is good, and when life gets crazy, I turn to pasta. And just as it has for years, this one hit the spot. Read more This past Friday night was meant for celebrating. The weather was sit-out-on-the-deck-in-the-cool-evening-breeze perfection. And a very special birthday girl turned the big 3-0. Friends, meet Stacey. Read more TGIF, friends. Hope that you all have had a lovely week, and that a relaxing weekend lies ahead. Read more Ever since my friends and I met for a tapas happy hour at our neighborhood Spanish restaurant a few weeks ago, I’ve had sangria on my mind. Read more Read more I’ve always said that I like a good balance of cooking and baking in my life.
Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies I am so in love with these darn chocolate lava cookies! What is it about a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie stuffed with decadent, rich, melted chocolate that makes it so irresistible?? Especially when topped with vanilla ice cream. These are one of Kev’s favorite homemade treats, and he usually asks me to make them at least once a week. All you really need for these fabulous cookies is your favorite cookie dough and a bag of chocolate chips. Since these cookies are absolutely gushing with delicious rich chocolate, my favorite chocolate chips for this recipe are the Hersey’s Milk Chocolate chips. Now let’s make some chocolate lava cookies! Place the flattened cookie dough in the bottom of a well-greased standard sized muffin tin. Now for our gooey, rich milk chocolate filling. Lay the Ziploc bag flat in the microwave, spreading out the chocolate chips in a single layer. Cut a small tip off the Ziploc bag and layer over the cookies. Heaven help me. Now here’s how I like my cookies. 1.
DIY Cupcake Frosting Color Chart The May issue of Food Network Magazine has one of the coolest features ever inside: a cupcake icing color chart! The chart shows you how to make lovely pastel frosting shades in every color using a basic food coloring kit (red, yellow, blue, and green). The magazine also includes a recipe for white frosting to use as a base for the colors and a vanilla cupcake recipe. Want to make the colors pop even more? For those who missed out when the issue hit the newsstands, Food Network posted the frosting color recipes on their website. Need help adding texture to your colorful new treats? Be sure to let me know how your new & improved cupcakes turn out! Related
Chocolate Wasted Cake Ever since my brother started using the phrase "I wanna get chocolate wasted" from the movie Grown Ups I've been wanting to make this cake for his birthday. Being a chocoholic myself, I had no trouble coming up with ways to fill this cake with layer upon layer of chocolatey goodness. Just looking at this cake, I think you'll agree that it definitely deserves its name. Photo Credit: Ryan Rivera To create this chocolate beauty, I baked two layers of delicious chocolate cake. Then, I drizzled each cake layer with some Kahlua. Then, I completely covered the sides of the cake with Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips. Next, I topped the cake with an assortment of chocolate candies. Last, I drizzled some melted chocolate all over the cake. I hope this cake inspires you to create your own chocolate wasted cake. Special thanks to Jef at My Food Geek for sharing some food photography tips with me recently. liqueur for drizzling on the cake layers (i.e. chocolate, coffee or almond)
Orange Chicken Recipe Today I’m back with yet another Chinese-American dish – Orange Chicken. It seems as though you can find orange chicken almost anywhere you want to eat these days. It is most commonly found at fast food restaurants, but don’t worry, this is so much better than anything you will find there. What really makes this recipe stand out is the combination of both orange and lemon juice. Once again we are also using the deep dryer for cooking the battered chicken. Now I get a lot of questions from people wondering if they can use a wok instead. Cooking Instructions: Step 1: Combine flour, salt, and pepper. Step 2: Meanwhile, in a large saucepan combine 1 ½ cups water, lemon juice, orange juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce.
>Easy Nutella Brownie Cups So I have found new love. These delicious, gooey, chocolate-y, Nutella brownie cups. They have only 3 main ingredients. THREE!!! Nutella, eggs and flour. This recipe has become my new go-to, late-night, chocolate, gooey, baked good craving fixer. They take absolutely no time to make and the fact that such minimal effort and ingredients can result in such deliciousness blows my mind. These are chewy, and they stay chewy the next day (I’m not sure how they are after that though, because these were all gone within 24 hours). Oh, yum. I have to go and make some more. EASY NUTELLA BROWNIE CUPSAdapted from Honey What’s Cooking? 1 cup Nutella (280g, 10 oz) 2 eggs 10 tbsp plain flour 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional) Preheat the oven to 180 C and line a 12 hole muffin pan with cupcake liners. In a medium bowl, mix together the Nutella, eggs, flour and salt until combined. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin holes. Bake for 12 minutes. Like this: Like Loading...
what goes into making chocolate bowls Leave it up to me to mess up every recipe in the world... but on the flipside, by experiencing everything that goes wrong, I end up learning the most.I had seen these bowls from Stephanie's Kitchen, and decided it was a fantastic idea for my food independent study. ingredients: chocolate, and balloons! first, a giant bar of chocolate all the way from taiwan! and it's -special- grade, whatever that means. (i actually tried to pipe pretty lacy chocolate bowls first, but uh, that completely failed so i moved on. plus i don't like that pink fake chocolate.) balloons! tip number 2, after you have melted your chocolate in a double broiler and poured it into a bowl for dipping, let it cool before you dip your balloons. because although you are really excited to dip them and set them down like this... five seconds later you shall hear a POP and you (as well as your kitchen) will be covered in chocolate because apparently latex doesn't like heat.
Sichuan Wontons, plus 20 Recipe Ideas for Chinese New Year If you've never had Sichuan wontons before, and you're a big fan of spicy food, this is one dish that will surely go on regular rotation after you try it once. This is one of my favorite Sichuan dishes of all time, with a deliciously savory, tangy, and spicy sauce that is positively addictive. Unlike with Cantonese wontons, which usually goes into a soup with or without noodles, you just boil the wontons and drizzle a chili oil mixture over them. I adore this sauce: chili oil (store-bought or homemade), dark or balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, Sichuan pepper, and garlic, just mixed together. And the folding is pretty easy once you get the hang of it. In Sichuan, I've seen the wontons folded two ways.