Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Chex Mix Bark

Nothing says happy birthday more than sneaking snacks into a bar, I should know I've been doing it for years now. What does everyone loooove to snack on at a bar? Why Chex Mix of course! And whyyyy not just sprinkle it over some chocolate? Why not indeed!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Big Sis!

Last week my birthday creation was a decorative treat, this week I wanted to focus on making an interesting cake and frosting.

The cake: zucchini pistachio with pumpkin spice

The frosting: cream cheese mascarpone with vanilla bean (I felt so fancy!!!)

The taste: amazing.

The birthday girl: quite pleased.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Saffron Risotto

I felt like a million bucks tonight, or perhaps the Contessa, cooking with my saffron threads. I used a recipe from The New Best Recipe. I am absolutely madly in love with this cookbook. I can sit and read it for hours and it is loaded with sticky notes for recipes I can't wait to try out.

Anyway back to the saffron risotto. I threw in a box of spinach and a nice handful, or seven, of Parmesan cheese. It was quite tasty, but Tom Colicchio would not approve of how stiff it was. It did not spread out on the plate. I would have been told to pack my knives and go home at the judges panel. but luckily my family doesn't watch Top Chef and they gave it rave reviews.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Helloooooo, Cupcake

I apologize it has been ages since my last post, for some reason I have been doing things on the weekend (crazy, I know). For my mom's birthday I decided to make cupcakes from Hello, Cupcake which she bought me for Christmas.

When I chose these I thought I was picking a simple recipe, but the short list of ingredients fooled me. It took me over an hour to set up and pipe these butterflies. They did come out super cute though! I wish I swirled more of them, but that damn white chocolate sets up so fast!

The cupcakes are devil's food with cream cheese frosting which I dyed green.

I topped half of the cupcakes with shredded coconut, that I also dyed green to make it look a little more like grass.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Pulled Pork

We have a little baby crock pot, not much larger than our coffee pot. At 7am it was stocked with a pork loin, bbq sauce, apple cider vinegar, onion soup mix, and ketchup. At 4pm I arrived home to the tempting smell of a loin ready to be pulled.

I made a mayo-less slaw to go on top/alongside the sandwiches.

So delicious, so easy. I cannot wait to make this again and again and again.