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Natalie’s B’day!

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

We celebrated Natalie’s birthday a week early, and she requested a Hedgehog Cake.  She had one a few years ago, and it must have made an impression on her, because her request came out of nowhere!  Little did she know, it was a cinch to make!  This cake was made in a Pyrex bowl.  Once the cake cooled, I used my piping bag to pipe on blobs of frosting, and then pulled the bag away to form a tip.  A couple of M&Ms for the nose and the eyes, and a toothpick-sized dot of frosting for the eye center, and we were done!

Many people shy away from making their own frosting because they think it is difficult.  This chocolate frosting recipe is easy, and comes out yummy every time: Whip 2/3 cup butter until smooth.  Add 1 t. vanilla (splurge on the good stuff, not imitation!), 4 c. powdered sugar, and 4 ounces of melted chocolate (again, splurge on the good stuff– it makes a difference!)  Add milk to the correct consistency.. somewhere between 2-4 T.  I wanted this frosting stiff so that it would hold peaks so I added less milk than I would have if I had been frosting cupcakes or a cake.

Bon appetit!

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Make It Pretty with Piping!

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

These are the Asiago Potato Bites I made for the kiddush luncheon.  1″ potatoes are boiled, cooled, and hollowed out with a melon baller.  Then the inside is filled with a mayo, cheese, and basil combo!  Trying to fill a 1″ potato can be challenging, so I used the same piping tool that I use for piping frosting.  I have talked about piping in previous posts; piping makes it easy to put something gooey in a small place without getting the filling all over the place (as if you were using a spoon).  I pipe fillings for deviled eggs, stuffed potatoes, cupcakes, canolis, eclairs, stuffed tomatoes, etc.  I also pipe the batter for profiteroles!  If you don’t have a piping bag, you can use a Ziploc baggie.  Just put the filling in the baggie, cut off a corner of the bag and squeeze the zipped baggie, allowing the filling to come out the hole into what you are filling.  If you enjoy cooking/baking like I do, treat yourself to a real pastry bag!  Michael’s carries them, and you can use a 40% coupon from the paper for your purchase.  You can also purchase disposable bags and plastic fittings, and eliminate having to wash the canvas bag.  Give it a try, and send me pics of what YOU make!

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Everything tastes better when it’s FRIED.

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

Yippee!  Yesterday, I FINALLY got to open the big box under the tree, and am now the proud owner of a fryer!  Of course, I have been dropping hints left and right since I borrowed my friend’s fryer for a weekend a while back…  So Christmas night, we had a feast of Fried Calamari with Pepperoncini Sauce, Fried Scallops, and Fried Sea Pollock.  The Pollock was an especially special dish to serve, because my Dad, Brother, Bill, and Jack had caught the fish while on a chartered fishing trip in Maine this Summer.  They had caught so many fish, that I froze a couple of them, thinking that I would serve them when the family was together again.  This was just the right occasion!  They were so tasty, and Jack was so proud.

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