Saturday, December 26, 2009

Parmesan "Fire Bowl"

This is a parmesan cheese wheel

Iron Chef Mario Batali "flambe'd" it
then tossed pasta in it


I am scare of "flambe"
I tried it once making bananas foster - and was so scared,
my son and I ended up eating the dessert with the liquid rum

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Bringing Bundt Back...

I do not know about you, but I have about 3 different style of bundt pans that I hardly ever use.

I made this cake the other day with a pan a friend gave me recently when she moved.
Something about a bundt cake that brings back good childhood memories.
(yes, I believe this dates me a little bit)
I do not think I've ever had a bad bundt cake.
(well, except the time that I just mixed all the ingredients in one bowl creating a very dense cake which I do not recommend - when EVERY baker knows you mix the wet ingredients separate from the dry before mixing them all together GRADUALLY )

I even received one this year for my birthday back in March from

The fun thing baking a bundt cake - is praying and hoping that when you turn it over,
the cake comes out flawlessly without sticking!

Cooking Tip: Coat pan with butter or spray it with PAM, then dust it with dried cake mix instead of flour.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Cute Coaster Idea


cute napkin

Coaster with Cute Napkin

I received this as a belated house warming gift.
It was waiting for me when I got home on Friday evening.
I love unexpected surprises!
This is a cute idea that I wouldn't buy for myself, but loved receiving it!

Click here for a website that sells them.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Gaylord Texas Christmas

This was my first visit to the Gaylord Hotel in Grapevine.
We went to see the ICE Sculpture exhibit - featuring Dr Seuss "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
(more pictures to follow)

Test Kitchen - Fiesta Taco Lasagna

This is very delicious.

I got this recipe from Southern Living.

I followed the directions exactly.
Well, almost exactly... I added sharp cheddar on top as well.
You can never have enough cheese!

It was extremely quick and easy to make.

I LOVE the "no boil" lasagna noodles. 

I will definitely recommend!

Cinnamon + Sugar Brioche Toast