Saturday, January 23, 2010

Molten Chocolate Cakes

First of all, these cute towels were a gift from my mom, since the BH loves to have festive things according to what season it is, so now we are in the Valentines spirit. I also got a new cake pan that is miniature little hearts. This has been a slow weekend in Auburn, so Lace and I decided it was the perfect weekend to make something using the new pan. And I wanted to try to make little chocolate molten cakes, so the new pan seemed to be the perfect fit.

First we greased the bottoms and sides of the pans with shortening, and sprinkled it with unsweetened cocoa. Then, in a saucepan we melted the semi-sweet chocolate chips and the margarine.

Then, in a large bowl we whisked the egg yolks and eggs. Next we beat in the powdered sugar, then the flour.

Lastly, we beat in the melted sugar, and divided the batter evenly among the hearts.

Next, they went in the oven for 12 minutes at 450...This did not work out! The poor little hearts were burned. The inside tasted good, but the edges were burned.

So we tried again, with some slight adjustments. I turned the oven down to 425, and only baked them for 9 minutes...And much to our excitement round 2 was a success! They turned out very yummy! I sprinkled them with powdered sugar and they were good to go!

Molten Chocolate Cakes:
-Unsweetened baking cocoa
-6 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate, or chocolate chips
-3 whole eggs
-3 egg yolks
-1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
-1/2 cup flour

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

On the Wings of Love: Bachelor Week 3

I would like to start this post off by saying I am completely embarrassed to admit that I watch this show. After the season with Jason, Melissa, and Molly, I decided the show was ridiculous and I was done watching it. Then, Jillian was named the Bachelorette and I decided I would watch her season. But when Ed left, came back, and then won, (not to mention the drama with his two girlfriends), I was thinking I was FOR SURE done watching the Bachelor. Yet, here I am again tuned in to the most dramatic, cheesy, and absolutely ridiculous season yet, "On the Wings of Love."

Anna takes notes each week while she watches, so I thought I would give a few thoughts on week 3 and share Anna's notes. So below are some highlights from Anna's notes:
-Jake=Pansy on the date with Vienna, he said best kiss in 31 years? Lame!
-Group Date: Elizabeth, Ali, Corrie, Tenley, Jessie, Michelle, Ashley, Kathryn, and Ashley (Who we realized at the end of the show that her name wasn't Ashley it was Valishia?!). Michelle=so dumb with the stand up comedy. Tenley-tells Jake about her ex-husband. Michelle-kisses Jake, then says she is leaving, Bless Jake's heart he had a crazy on his hands.
-Cocktail party=Elizabeth/kiss chaos
-Roses: Gia, Corrie, Tenley, Ali, Jessie, Kathryn, Ashleigh, Vienna, Ella

My favorite is definitely Tenley. And I think I like Gia too. Ali was my #2 favorite until this week, she is getting a little bit too in to the drama! I like Corrie, she went to Auburn for a portion of her college career, so we have to like her a little bit, and we like Ella, but I don't know how much farther she will get. Jessie, Kathryn, and Ashleigh I feel like are still nobodies, like I have trouble even remembering their names when their face is on the screen.

Well, until next week. When I'm sure the "most dramatic episode in bachelor season yet" will happen. And there seems to be a theme with Jake sending people home before the rose ceremony...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Turkey Salad

When Allison was in Memphis for Christmas she brought some Turkey Salad from a place in Little Rock, and we all absolutely loved it! I have had my fair share of chicken salad over the years, but never turkey salad. Considering I don't live in Little Rock, and I'd never had it anywhere before, I decided I was going to need to try to make it if I ever wanted to have it again. So today I had a free afternoon (which I have forgotten are the best things in the world because I was either in class or worked every afternoon last semester) so I decided I would try it out.

I used Boar's Head smoked turkey, a little cheese, mayonnaise, relish, salt, and boiled eggs.

First I put the turkey in the food processor, at which point I decided that a little cheese might be a good addition.
Next I processed the boiled eggs and relish, and then added them to the turkey. I didn't add a picture, because honestly the egg and relish combination was not very appetizing looking. So then I added the mayonnaise and some salt. Anna was helping me taste test, and this part was really fun because I hadn't had a recipe and had guessed on all the proportions, so we really had to taste and then think about what it needed. So after adding a little more relish, and some more salt, we decided it was finished!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Dog Treats

My sister Abigail brought all the dogs that are part of our family or extended family, dog treats for Christmas. Mollye and Greer really liked the treats, and I'm always looking for something new to try to I asked Ab for the recipe and tried it last night.

First I mixed the dry ingredients, then the wet, then mixed them together. As I was mixing in the molasses I was thinking "Ugh this smells terrible." And as the beef bouillon was boiling on the stove I thought again, "That smells terrible." And then I realized, I'm making dog treats! Why do I expect it to smell good?

After mixing everything, I rolled out the dough and cut out little bone shaped treats.

Mollye and Greer stayed in the kitchen the whole time I was making the treats. And when I was rolling the dough out they were right there looking at me longingly. I kept wondering, Do they know what I'm making is for them? So I decided to give them a taste of cookie dough, which they thoroughly enjoyed. They sat and watched from the time I rolled out the dough to the time it went in the oven.
The dog treats turned out well, I think? Mollye and Greer followed me around the rest of the night!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Apple Pie Pockets

I wanted to try something, so I did a little baking experiment. If I did it again, I would do a few things differently. I wanted to make small little apple pie pockets. So I cooked the apples in the skillet with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Then I rolled out the pie crust and put a little bit of the apple mixture on to the crust and folded it up. If I were to do this again I would peel the apples, make the pockets more of a bite-size (like the size of a ravioli) and brush the top with powdered sugar.