Archive | July, 2010

Thieving Thursday: Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake

15 Jul

My father traditionally requests a lemon cake for his birthday but after a father’s day breakfast that included this butter loaded confection and lemon pound cake with sticks upon sticks of butter, my father claims he finally caught on to my mother’s wicked plan to do him in via atherosclerosis. Hence, no lemon cake. Enter Chef Roommate with a Save-The-Birthday-Cake that included just a single stick of butter and cough*5 cups of powdered sugar*cough. But who’s counting? This cake is super tasty, super dense, and super peanut-buttery. The cake is vaguely reminiscent in texture of previously featured and worshiped Guinness Chocolate cake, only, you know, without the beer. Strangely enough, I pilfered both recipes from the same place, the Smitten Kitchen, where fabulous photography, desserts, and side dishes abound. Continue reading

Be Still My Heart

13 Jul

Bacon – made all the better by the inspired addition of cheese, gruyere to be exact. Together these two excellent ingredients meld to make something perfect. Well, you’d knew I’d say that as I am a firm believer that bacon, is, in fact, the perfect food. Non-believers go elsewhere. Lovers of turkey bacon step aside (apologies to my own roommate). Embrace the greasy goodness that is this porcine perfection, add cheese, and behold the perfect muffin. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, a breakfast muffin so delightfully springy you’ll be kicking yourself for making only one batch. That is, as long as you wised up and aren’t still off eating turkey bacon in a sad pork fat free corner somewhere. But enough rhapsodizing about cheesy, bacony goodness – here’s the dirt. Continue reading

Not Hot Peppers

11 Jul

Ah, the side dish. While for years cooked bell peppers were an unwelcome invaders on my plate. They were unfriendly – but more importantly – MUSHY. This was wholly unacceptable. Fear not friends, I have discovered the roasted red bell pepper. Not just any roasted red bell pepper, mind you. A french one – provencal to be exact. Fancy, I know. Try not be overwhelmed. Continue reading

Lemony Fresh

4 Jul

Time in California is spent eating certain things. Strawberries, avocados, and naturally that king of California citrus, the lemon. Recent investigations reveal that these sour suckers are dang tasty in that uppity, crumbly breakfast treat, the scone. No really guys. VERY TASTY.
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