Tuesday, May 19, 2009
THE MAKING - I felt like this was an easy make simply because both brownies and cookies are such common treats around here that I didn't need to be paranoid about how it was supposed to look during the process. I used the Ikea dark chocolate bars for the bittersweet chocolate in the brownie portion of the treat. It did the job superbly. For the cookie part of the treat I felt like there was A LOT of butter. The batter tasted like butter to me, but in the end it cooked up nicely so maybe you need all that butter. The recipe calls for bittersweet chocolate chips, but it also says you can change it up according desire. I ended up using peanut butter chips in combination with an Ikea milk chocolate bar. The peanut butter cookie and deep chocolate brownie complimented each other nicely.
THE EATING -
Like I said these were heaven. You must be a chocolate person to truly appreciate them. Miriam (my chocolate obsessed 3 yr.old) quickly gobbled them down wanting more. Rebekah (my chocolate obsessed want-a-be but truly a lightweight, 5yrs) ate half a one and then gave the rest to Daddy who inhaled it quickly. Glenn and I both loved them and ate way too many. I made the whole 9x13, but I was glad I did. The day I made them we had play dates in and out of our house. So we sent treats home with two different families who all came back raving saying that they ate them all quickly and even began hoarding and hiding what was left. This recipe is definitely a keeper.
I LOVE the Ikea chocolate bars. This was the first time I used the dark chocolate bar in baking and it was just as fantastic. My chocolate bars usually do not make it into my baking because I eat them soon after making it home from shopping (sometimes before). Yum!
If you want to give it a try you can go visit Beth at Suppilicious for the recipe.
Lucky me! This wasn't my normal week for TWD but Liz thought it would be a bit too much to make this while trying to pack for a move cross country so she asked me to fill in for her. This was actually a recipe that I thought I would make even if I wasn't the one to post on it because it looked too good to pass up!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
We had a birthday this week. I thought I would share the cake with everyone. I got the assembly instruction from parenting.com . There is always a debate as to whether I should do a specialty delicious cake or a fun one. This fun one was the way to go. Miriam giggled and giggled over her cake. She thought it was so funny that the monkey kept smiling at her. Such a funny girl
The Happy Birthday girl
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Pucker up baby!! This one is SOUR!! Here is a recipe that truly lives up to its name. It really is the TARTEST lemon tart ever! It contains whole lemons (sans seeds) pureed with the rest of the filling.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Although we are not coffee drinkers for religious reasons, I have always loved the smell of coffee and the taste of coffee flavored desserts. The smell of coffee reminds me of mornings spent on summer vacations visiting grandparents. I guess you could say I am a bit nostalgic. So, when I read that the choice for this week was Tiramisu Cake I was intrigued. Turning Tiramisu into a cake. Genius!
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Good Eats is one of my favorite shows on The Food Network. I enjoy learning about kitchen science and Alton Brown makes it fun and informative. A few months ago I saw an episode on Macaroni and Cheese. Most of the show was dedicated to Baked Macaroni and Cheese but at the end he quickly showed a recipe for Stove Top Mac-and-Cheese. I was intrigued and decided it was a must try. It doesn't take much longer than box macaroni and cheese and the taste is amazing. As long as I keep evaporated milk in my pantry this will be my go-to recipe when the kids request macaroni and cheese. I made it this week and decided to add some broccoli to it to see how the kids would react. Much to my surprise they all loved it! Kids and adults will love this recipe. It is now a permanent addition to the Hasler Family Favorite Recipes. Enjoy!
- 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
- Two broccoli heads cut into small florets
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 eggs
- 6 ounces evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Fresh black pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
- 10 ounces shredded cheese (I've just used what I had on hand.)
In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the broccoli and pasta until the pasta is al dente. Drain and return to the pot and melt in the butter. Toss to coat.
Whisk together the eggs, milk, hot sauce, salt, pepper, and mustard. Stir into the pasta and add the cheese. Over low heat continue to stir for 3 minutes or until creamy.