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football cake

7 Feb

So, unless you’re living underneath a rock, yesterday was the Superbowl. Although Boyfriend’s dearest Jets didn’t make it this year (again!) we still took the opportunity to be with friends and family to eat, drink, and be merry.

 

Oh, and I made this:

 

Okay, so it’s not the prettiest looking thing. I am not a skilled cake decorator. My lines look like EKG readings (bad ones at that…) and the pylons are crooked. But you know what? It was delicious. We cut into it at halftime, and I think all that was left by the end of the game was the Steeler’s end zone.

 

I just my favorite chocolate cake recipe, and some Swiss meringue butter cream tinted different colors.

 

And if no one knows why the star is there…I’m only going to say that it was held in Texas, and I hail from the world’s biggest cowboys fan family.  And just so fittingly, my cousin Dallas (yes, that it her real name) got to eat the star.

Head over to Boyfriend’s blog to read about all of the musical acts during the Superbowl! You won’t be disappointed!

Banana Bread

28 Jan

I have a hunch that Boyfriend plots.  He buys bananas every week, and doesn’t eat all of them. He lets them sit there and get brown, only then to say “Oh no, the bananas are getting ripe…” juuuuust as I’m in earshot. He does this so that I get the notion in my head to make banana bread with them. He thinks the can just put the thought into my head, and have nothing to do with it. But it’s alright, I love him anyway 🙂


I must confess that even though I have everything from blueberry crumb bars (a family favorite), to 15 different types of cookies, and 30 types of cupcakes. I have made cupcakes look like a bowl of spaghetti, I have covered things in hot caramel sauce, I have made-from scratch- an entire croquembouche. But the ONE thing that has given my problems has been banana bread. I know, it sounds so simple. Every time I made it, it was either too gooey, or too dense, or doesn’t even taste like banana.

Not anymore, thanks to America’s Test Kitchen.  Boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend got him a copy of The Family Baking book for Christmas, and I think I’ve used it way more than he has.
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Football Fare

24 Jan

Pepperoni pinwheels

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tube crescent rolls
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • pepperoni

Directions:

  1. Unroll crescent rolls into 4 rectangles, pinch seams together
  2. Lay shredded cheese and pepperoni onto rectangle (this is so vague because, really, you can add as much or as little as you like. I wouldn’t go more than 2 Tablespoons of cheese though.)
  3. Starting with the shorter side, roll.
  4. Cut roll in half and then cut those pieces in half.  Place on greased cookie sheet or parchment and bake at 350 degrees F for 9-11 minutes.

This recipe is really so easy, I almost feel bad that the directions are so vague.

 

This turns into a wonderful roasted garlic white bean dip

 

When garlic is roasted, it takes on this sweet, creamy, caramelized taste.

Ingredients:

  • I head garlic, roasted
  • 1 15 oz can white beans, drained and rinsed.
  • juice from half a lemon
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil
  • veggies and pita chips

Directions:

  1. Cut the top part of the head of garlic off, place on a sheet of aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil. bunch up the foil, Roast the garlic at 400 degrees F for 40-50 minutes until brown and fragrant.  When garlic is cooled, remove pieces of garlic from the skin with a fork.
  2. In a food processor, or blender, put the drained and rinsed beans, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and garlic. Pulse a few times until pasty.  Drizzle in as much olive oil as it takes for it to come together into a smooth consistency.
  3. Serve with cut up carrots, bell peppers, celery, cucumbers, broccoli, anything! We love them with whole grain pita chips