Devil’s Food White-Out Cake

In our house we use one candle no matter how old you are.
One of my 87 year old patients told me, “you look good for 46”.  I love my job:)

Back to the main event, cake.  I love cake and I could not wait to try this Devil’s Food White-Out cake from Dorie Greenspan.  Chocolate cake and marshmallow frosting, what’s not to love.  It was a big hit and a crowd pleaser.  I compared it to my favorite chocolate cake recipe from Bon Appetit http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/cocoa-layer-cake and I could not decide which one I liked better. Good thing I don’t have to choose.  Here is the link to Dorie’s recipe:http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6504932

Apple Cheddar Scones

“An apple pie without the cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze”

These apple cheddar scones sure hit the spot this weekend with some tea.  Dried apple, apple juice and sharp cheddar cheese made these scones delightful.  We love scones and are happy to add this recipe to our rotation.  Here is a link to the recipe: http://doriegreenspan.com/2008/07/twd-apple-cheddar-scones.html.

Green-As-Spring Veal Stew

It was green alright.  I had thoughts of Green Eggs and Ham.  Discussions of Dr. Seuss did not convince my son to eat it so he had buttered pasta and one piece of meat to try.  My husband’s thoughts were “we can’t serve this to company, it’s green”.

But of course it was delicious.  I had to substitute veal for other beef as I could not get it. I would take the advice of others next time and thicken the sauce a bit, it seemed to have run through the noodles. We are not big beef eaters so I am not sure if I would make this again.  I am glad I tried the recipe and am grateful for learning some new techniques.

Fresh Strawberry Mousse

When I saw this recipe in the latest issue of Cook’s Illustrated I wanted to give it a try.  I am not normally a mousse person because it is so bad most of the time but this recipe contained 2 pounds of fresh strawberries (which I love) so I thought I would give it a go.  This recipe takes time and is a fair amount of work.  It involves macerating strawberries, reducing the juice and whipping cream.  The finished product had great flavor and the texture was good but did not convert me into a mousse lover.  You can get the recipe here:http://www.cooksillustrated.com/videos/2758-fresh-strawberry-mousse?incode=MCSCZ00L0

Applesauce Spice Bars

It has been a bevy of bars in my house lately for cookies.  These Applesauce Spice Bars were more cake-like than cookie but delicious.  Loaded with apple goodness and raisins with a nice glaze they made a great dessert.  I also made Chewy, Chunky Blondies which disappeared quickly with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and coconut.  My family is happy with my baking adventures so far.

Baby bok choy, sugar snaps, and garlic en papillote

I am always appreciative of learning new ways to cook vegetables and this recipe was no exception.  I loved the way the vegetables steamed and the great flavors only from a few ingredients.  I served the vegetables with fish as Dorie suggested, I liked it just fine but my husband thought another fish like trout would have been better.  Another reason to make these again.  And how about the clean up, those foil packages make for neat cooking.  You can get the recipe here: http://www.sisboomblog.com/2014/04/baby-bok-choy-en-papillote-sugar-snaps-garlic/

Quiche Maraichere

We are having a heat wave right now in southern California, so this was the perfect meal for a hot spring night.  The crust turned out great and I used the extra dough to make a double thick side crust.  I used sharp cheddar cheese for the topping because it is what I had on hand.  The recipe was liked by the family and I am thinking of serving it for Mother’s Day brunch.  I think this was the best quiche because it is not too heavy, it is light on both eggs and cream.

Brownie Buttons

Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

I was happy to find another reason to use my mini muffin pans.  I love brownies and all their chocolate goodness.  I made them with the optional orange zest which the adults liked but my son did not.  I would make these for a party which needed little finger food.

Great Grains Muffins

My son said “these are good muffins”.
These have been a ‘great’ addition to our muffin rotation.  They are loaded with whole grain goodness; whole wheat flour, corn meal, oatmeal and yummy raisins.  What’s not to love?  Will definitely make these again.  Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.

Buttery Jam Cookies

 Baking From My Home To Yours by Dorie Greenspan

After making Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops and Cocoa Sables, both of which were big hits, the request from the family was a cookie that wasn’t chocolate.  I picked out these Buttery Jam Cookies knowing that I had jam lovers in the family.  Unfortunately, they were not a big hit with the family. My son said “these are not my kind of cookie” and he hasn’t had more.  My husband said “what’s in them?” The powdered ginger seems to be the offending ingredient.  My husband thought crystallized ginger would have been better.  I liked them but then again there aren’t many cookies I don’t like:) Since I am baking my way through two cookbooks I am moving on to other adventures instead of tinkering with this one.