Tuesday, March 13, 2012

What I've Been Up To!

While I haven't been doing a ton a baking lately I have still been in the kitchenmaking dinners for my man most nights. Recently I purchased a fondue pot because a) Eric has never had fondue before (weird, right?) and b) I LOVE cheese fondue. It is one of my favorite things and it reminds me of my grandmother. 

So once the fondue pot arrived from amazon I cleaned that bad boy out and immediately made cheese fondue! First, I rubbed the pot with a few slices of a garlic clove just like my grandmother taught me. Then I added in over a pound of freshly shredded Swiss cheese and some delicious white wine. The secret to a good cheese fondue, besides good wine, is a sprinkle of nutmeg. Once everything was simmering and melding together nicely, I took my day old french bread and got to cutting up a bowl of bread cubes for each of us. 

The cheesy goodness 

Bread and Cheese- It was sooooooo freaking good. 

Fortunately for me (and Eric too, I guess) I bought too much french bread for fondue night and thought a baked french toast might be good a good use for the extras. 

I threw together a few eggs, some leftover heavy whipping cream and some cinnamon. 

Here are my lovely thick slices of bread.

I dipped each slice of bread in the egg mixture until it was soaked through. Then the slices were placed in a greased pan and I poured a bit of good bourbon on each slice. Once the slices were arranged I melted butter, brown sugar and a little vanilla extract in a saucepan and until the were boiling and use this to coat each slice once more. 

Here it is baking in the oven. Getting all crunchy and yummy and DELICIOUS!

Bake until it is good and cooked all the way through and gets brown.crunchy on the outside. Serve and cover with a little butter and maple syrup to enjoy.

A few days later I decided to try a cinnamon roll pancake recipe. The recipe that I used came out more like a crepe and the filling did not set it was terrible. Next time I will use my own fluffy pancake recipe with the cinnamon roll filling and frosting.

 This is the recipe I used but it did not come out like hers AT ALL! It was a sad day indeed.

Now this next item wasn't Eric's favorite thing I've ever made but he ate which was nice. I, however, thoroughly enjoy this. I saw it on pinterest and just KNEW I had to try it.

Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin- Recipe Here

If you are looking for an alternative to potatoes this is a good one and this cheesy mess was magic in my mouth.

I served it up with some fresh rolls and a random garlic chicken recipe I found somewhere. It was basically fresh garlic, minced, with brown sugar and butter. I top the chicken and baked for 20-30mins and stopped to bast it a few times.

The final product-

Next up on the docket is a healthy taco casserole- recipe here

You start out with a layer of tortilla chips like so-

But first you must brown some ground turkey- see below.

Then mix a jar of salsa with some whole corn kernel's

Mix the two above together and spread over the chips. Kind of pretty, right?

Layer and repeat then cover with cheese.

Bake it until it is warmed through and cheese is good and melted.

Here it is complete with a dollop of sour cream. It was really good and I ate this for several days for lunch afterwards.

On the same night I decided to make a healthy snack for work. Roasted chickpea's- I tossed chickpeas in olive oil, salt, brown sugar and cinnamon after baking them in the oven plain for 30 minutes. Salty and sweet!!

Hey back to a little baking finally!! Are you excited???

Haha I made the classic school lunch dessert- Wacky Cake! Oh man wacky cake days and pizza days at school were always the best so I thought I'd make my own cake for the hell of it. 

I love my kitchen aid. I use it so much it is insane. 

Mmmm coco powder making things chocolaty and delicious!

Ready to pour and go in the oven. Woo hoo!

Once it was baked and cooled, I made a delightful chocolate frosting/ganache and drowned the cake in it.

See :)

Don't forget the sprinkles!

And you CANNOT forget the glass of milk! I think this was the recipe I used for it but no promises! Here is the frosting recipe.

And to top it all off, a happy food face before we part! Enjoy!

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