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Lemon Dream Cake Pops

by on Jan.26, 2012, under Eye Candy, Yummies

My wonderful husband (AKA ‘The Man’) got me a shiny new appliance for the kitchen this Christmas. Behold, the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker!!

Cake Pops

Photo by Babycakes

 

Now, don’t let the name fool you, it only does part of the work for making cake pops. Having made cake pops the original Bakerlla way, this does cut down considerably on the time to make the balls of cake. The time spent sticking, dipping and decorating is still the same however. One concern I had with this new contraption was that the cake balls would not be as dense as those mixed with frosting and rolled by hand and thus not hold as well to the sticks, but I was presently surprised on how well these stayed on the sticks. I had far fewer of these try to fall off during the dipping process then for the previous pops. I’m sure some of that was due to lessons learned, but I think these balls from the Cake Pop Maker were of a good density to hold themselves to the sticks.

In a reverse of tradition, I decided the inaugural use of my new best kitchen friend (who am I kidding, my BKFF is my KitchenAid Stand Mixer) would be to make a batch of Cake Pops for my birthday that I could give out to my friends and family. Since lemon is my all-time favorite flavor and the book that came with the maker had a lemon cake pop recipe, it seemed like fate was telling me to make these.

Thus I give you….

Lemon Dream Cake Pops

Lemon Dream Cake Pops

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Cooking with Beer

by on Jun.22, 2011, under Yummies

beer recipies cooking ingredientsI am sorry to inform you that I do not like beer. Yes, I know. Go ahead and give me the funny looks and try to stifle your gasps. Really, I wish it wasn’t this way. For one thing, it would be a much cheaper night out if I could just swill a couple of beers to get a buzz. Also I wouldn’t feel so excluded from the cool kids club if I could knock back a few at a party. Kegs stands look fun, but I just could never do it knowing beer would be what was being shot into me.

I promise it’s not for lack of trying. I feel like I have tried and gagged on just about every brew out there. I’ve tried it from cans, bottles, kegs, even a beer funnel…no dice. It just tastes horrible to me. Bitter, sour, rotten water with a fizz. The one exception to this is lambic beers, but for those not familiar, these are dessert beers with sweet and fruity flavors that tend to be very heavy and filling. I think most mainstream beer drinkers would only call a lambic a beer by technical definition and only if someone was twisting their arm.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t begrudge my friends their enjoyment of the hops and barley beverages. I am envious to be honest. Whenever I host a party, I always think to get some beer to please the majority of those guests who like to imbibe. I just keep my bottle of Canadian whiskey discretely off to the side. Or if I am partying at their abode, bring the travel flask with my favorite brand of social lubricant.

Now, to the crux of this issue. I hosted a few gathering over to winter season and have some lingering liquid leftovers taking up space in my fridge. Since I have no inclination to drink these and my great-depression-era-survivor-instincts  instilled in me by my family cringe at the thought of just pouring the innocent and still good beverages down the drain, I have been trying to figure out how to use these up in a non-offensive, and hopefully yummy way.

Here’s a list of a few recipes I’ve found, some of which I’ve tried, which all use beer as an ingredient. If you have any recipes using beer, please share. I really would like the space in my fridge back!

taco pasta steak dessert pork chops fish noodles sausage

  1. Taco Pasta Toss – This is a great twist on an all-time favorite in our house. This is substitutes one carb for another, replacing the taco shells with pasta. The flavor of the beer really enhanced the spice combination, raising it up to a new level. You wont want to use that packet taco seasoning ever again.
  2. Beer-Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak – Another delicious favorite in our house. Great for the grill on a hot summer night. The citrus flavors combine in a delightful way with the tang of the beer.
  3. Irish Car Bomb Bread Pudding – Made by our friends over at Foodwhirl, I don’t think this decadent dessert would last long in any household…Catholic, Protestant, Anglican, whichever.
  4. Beer-Brined Grilled Pork Chops – I’ve tried a very similar recipe to this one, but with coffee instead of beer. I think these beer chops look absolutely mouth-watering. I will be testing these on our grill very soon!
  5. Fish and Chips – The classic beer batter on a fresh piece of fish with some perfectly cooked potatoes, it’s no mystery why this recipe has endured for hundreds of years. Bite into this and you can almost hear the gulls cry at the wharf’s edge.
  6. Beef Carbonnade – Beef and noodles is a staple in our house. Everyone loves this combination. Rather then just grab a box with that creepy glove puppet and add a little cheap ground round, why not try and whip up a batch from scratch. Plus, this version has BACON!
  7. Red Cabbage, Apples and Sausage Recipe – I found this recipe last fall during Applepalooza. It combines so many of my favorite things, how could it go wrong?
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Event to Check Out

by on Apr.17, 2010, under Miscellanea

For my local Atlanta friends who like to host and entertain, I just found out about an event happening May 1st and 2nd at the Cobb Galleria Centre, The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show. This looks like its going to be lots of fun with loads of exhibitors, live demos, and tasting. Paula Deen, Bobby Flay and Mario Batali will also be making appearances and I’m sure the lines will be long and halls will be packed to seem them. I am a fan of all three and would be buying my tickets now (which are $20 in advance, $25 at the door), but sadly (not really) I will be on a cruise that weekend. I always love shows like this as they are a great excuse to get out of the house, get inspired by things I see, and come home with bags of free stuff, most of which is junk, but there are always a few useful things.

Anyway, I just wanted to pass this info along, and ask if any of my ATL friends make it there to let me know how it was.

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