Friday, February 28, 2014

Kidlet's Best Breakfast

I made this over the weekend.  Kidlet loved it and said it was the best breakfast of her life.

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I liked it too.

Kidlet's Best Breakfast

This makes four servings

4 strips of bacon, cut into one inch chunks
1 onion, finely chopped
2 large leftover baked potatoes, chopped into cubes
8 ounces of leftover rib eye steak, chopped in the same sized cubes as the potatoes
Sharp Cheddar Cheese
4 fried eggs with runny yolks

Sour Cream
Hot Sauce
Ketchup

Get your biggest skillet.  Turn it on medium.

Fry the bacon until there are puddles of grease.
I chopped the onion while the bacon was cooking.

Add the onion and let it turn brown.  It can take 15-20 minutes for this to happen but this step is important. My kids like brown sweet onions and not angry crunchy ones.

I chopped the potatoes and steak while waiting for the onions to brown.

Add the potatoes.  Let them get a nice bit of brown on them.
Add the steak and toss quickly.
You do not want to cook the steak some more, you just want it warm.
Salt and pepper the pan.
Divide this potato stuff between four bowls.
Add a bit of cheddar cheese on each bowl.  I will leave it to your discretion on what your idea of a bit.  I will add that I like sharp cheddar cheese because it is strongly flavored so I do not use as much.

Put the egg on top.

Serve with sour cream, hot sauce and ketchup.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Two Minute Chocolate Cake Recipe

I am a huge fan of David Chang.  I have never eaten at any of his establishments, but I have read his cookbooks and enjoyed him when he is on the telly.  I really enjoyed his fried chicken off with ?uestlove.

David Chang has a magazine called Lucky Peach.  I do not subscribe.  (Shocking, really if you know me in real life.  I am a magazine junkie.)  I read his tumblr.  And this recipe came up.

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So I tried it, liked it and will make it again.  I will say that is really a cake for two people.  And I did one thing different that I really liked.  Instead of milk, I used leftover, cold strong coffee.  I think milk dilutes the chocolate whereas coffee really brings out the complex flavors.  (That is me sounding like a pretentious food snob).

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Rainbow Jello

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Rainbow Jello is not something I like.  However, my whole family seems to LOVE it.  I made this for kidlet's seventh birthday.  Kidlet specifically requested rainbow Jello for her birthday party.

This is not a recipe but an assembly job.  This makes 12 8 ounce portions and one six ounce portion.  I put it in a ten ounce clear plastic cup.

6 boxes of  Jello I have no idea what the flavors are but the colors are purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red.
I made two cups of the purple flavor, following the quick set directions  I put 1.25 ounces of the jello into each glass.  You will have one ounce extra and put that into another glass.  Put it into the fridge and chill for 45 minutes.
Then I made the blue flavor, following the quick set directions.  I put 1.25 ounces of the jello into each glass.  You will have one ounce extra and put that into another glass.  Put it into the fridge and chill for 60 minutes.

Repeat until you run out of colors.

This took about seven hours to make but hands on time was 20 minutes.  And yes, I measured 1.25 ounces exactly.  I have a digital scale.

Yohboh loves this.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing Improved

This is not a pretty cupcake.  I know this.  But you know what it is?

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The best tasting strawberry cupcake I have ever made.  Now, I know what you are thinking- how many strawberry cupcakes have you made, minjenah?  Truthfully, this is my first batch.  But what makes it taste so good?  The icing.

So this is what I did:

Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing Improved

8 ounces of frozen strawberries in syrup, defrosted and pulverized in a blender
1 stick of butter
8 ounces of cream cheese
1.5 boxes of powdered sugar

Whip the butter and cream cheese together.  It should be double the volume.  Now add the pulverized (I LOVE this word) strawberries and whip. You make some fluffy pink goo.  It needs to be uniform in color and now taste it.  This concoction would be really yummy on a bagel.  But now we add the  powdered sugar.  I did a little bit, mixed it up and then added a bit more.  It looks like pepto bismol but it tastes really good.

This is not a stiff frosting.  So you cannot really pile on the frosting but I am okay with that because it is so intensely strawberry flavored.  And I really like the balance between the cupcake and the frosting.