Just for fun: I made this awesome Lemon Cake last weekend! I found this recipe for a lemon curd that was just great. It was tasty and it didn’t run everywhere: It’s important when making a layer cake to have a pretty solid filling! I made a lemon cake, layered it with the lemon curt, and topped it with my cream cheese-whipped cream frosting. AMAZING !
Just a cooking/recipe reading tip…. when the recipe says something vague like “until the sauce/mixture thickens.” Or gives you a general time frame for the thickening, one way to KNOW your sauce or curd is done is to dip a spoon in the mixture and then run your finger down through it (seen below). If the mixture holds around your finger swipe then the sauce is done! If not, just wait a little longer, and then test again.
Adapted from The Joy of Cooking
• 8 egg yolks
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
• 3 lemons, zest grated and juiced
• First separate egg yokes (Save the egg whites for other baking needs or omelets) • Using a peeler remove the lemon rind from all three lemons. Then place them in a small food processor until finely grated. You could also use a grater • Next juice the lemons. Be careful not to include any seeds • Then place all the ingredients in the double boiler over boiling water. Don’t let top pan touch the water. For a substitute for the double boiler I use a glass bowl and pot of boiling water • Cook and stir until mixture begins to gel or thicken ever-so-slightly •Remove from heat and allow to cool • Cover and refrigerate it to thicken • Assemble cake and ENJOY!
This would make a great cupcake filling and keeps, refrigerated, for about 1 week.
Quick How-To Layer a Cake:
1. Level cooled cake layers
2. Go around the edge of the cake layer with frosting
3. Spread filling evenly in the center of the cake layer
4. Add additional cake layers until the last layer
5. Once last layer is added spread the icing around the cake. Either making a crumb coat or decorate with the remaining frosting
Cinco De Mayo is almost here! I normally post reactively to show you guys what I’ve made for an event, but from now on I’m going to try to post proactively to help with preparation for an event. What better celebration to start with than Cinco De Mayo!?
I recently had taco night in which I made steak tacos marinated in MoJo sauce, and at an unrelated event made Key Lime Cupcakes. Whats the common element? FRESH LIMES! Both would be great for a Cinco De Mayo celebration!
- 1 large jalapeno
- 6 cloves of garlic
- 1 large handful fresh cilantro leaves
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 3 limes, juiced
- 1 orange, juiced (or 1 tablespoon orange concentrate)
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1/2 cup olive oil
•In a small food processor chop jalapeno, garlic, and cilantro. Add that mixture to a large mixing bowl • Then add all remaining ingredients to mixing bowl. Whisk until well incorporated • Then marinate steak, chicken, pork, or shrimp in Mojo sauce for 3 -6 hours • Enjoy!
My Key Lime Cupcake cake is a secrete recipe, but my cream cheese frosting isnt. I’ll also tell you the trick to any citrus cupcake and that’s the important part here!: Mix the juice from two fresh limes with 1/4 cup confectioners sugar. When the cupcakes (or cake) are cooling brush the juice mixture over the cupcake using a basting brush. The juice will help the cupcakes stay moist and add extra citrus favor to the cake. Once the cake is cool top with cream cheese frosting and ENJOY!
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 block cream cheese, softened
1 stick softened unsalted butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
16 oz confectioners sugar
• Mix cream cheese, butter, and vanilla untill well incorporated • Then slowly add confectioners sugar untill creamy • This isn’t a lot of frosting so you may want to double recipe!
Happy Cinco De Mayo!
I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for new side dishes. Braised radishes make an especially awesome side dish. Not only are they yummy, but they are cheep and easy too. Two packs, or 12 oz, of radishes only cost me $1.00 at the farmers market. Another plus to this side dish is that I normally have the other 7 ingredients on hand .
2 packs of radishes, about 12 oz, trimmed of tops and roots
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons butter, cut into bits
1/2 small onion (or 2 shallots), thinly sliced
2 tablespoons local honey
1 tablespoon red wine vinergar
1/2 teaspoon of both salt and pepper
• Place all ingredients in a saute pan • Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 12 minutes • Remove radishes from braising liquid, and continue to cook down liquids on high. About 2 minutes or until liquid is reduced to about 1/2 cup • Pour braising liquid over cooked radishes and enjoy!
I cooked a very large ham for Easter. I had never cooked a ham before, so I had no clue how much ham it would end up making. The answer: A LOT of ham!
So what do you do with all this leftover ham? I don’t know. I’m still trying to eat it all, but I will tell you about this super fast and easy meal. I don’t even know what to call it! I guess it’s a Primavera of sorts.
Leftover Ham Primavera:
1 large onion
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 cups chopped ham (or more)
3-5 carrots peeled and chopped
4 cloves garlic minced
1 tablespoon of italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1 head of broccoli
3 medium zucchini chopped
• In a large saute pan, over medium high heat, heat olive oil. Add the chopped onion. Cook until the onion just starts to brown. About 5 minutes • Meanwhile, place broccoli and zucchini in a steamer. Cook until tender • Once onion is browned add the chopped ham, carrots, garlic, italian seasoning, and pepper to pan. Cook until everything is browned and caramelized • Serve over tomato sauce •Enjoy!
People often tell me that they can’t afford to eat like I do, or ask me if Paleo is expensive. My response is always: If you buy Local and Seasonal, then NO it’s not expensive! So here is some proof for the pudding:
2 1/2 Dozen Eggs
2 Sweet Potatoes
2 heads of brocoli
1 pound carots
3 turnip roots
1 bunch kale
6 large yellow onions
3 large red grapefruit
4 large apples
2 bags of radishes
ALL FOR $20.00…. You hear that Auburn, Alabama, The Southeast, or AMERICA…. If you buy Local and Seasonal you can get ALL THAT FOR $20.00 ($19.23 to be exact)
Okay? Happy Monday! I am now going to step down from my soap box vveerryyy carefully.
My office had a rib cook off Sunday night. I was asked to bring potato salad. Only catch is my office mate hates mayonnaise, so I was asked to bring German potato salad. I found and altered a recipe listed below. This was really easy and can be done the night before an event. I would also like to point out the importance of using natural smoked bacon. Never eat bacon that has sodium nitrate as a preservative. When cooked Sodium Nitrate turns into a carcinogen. Blah Blah Blah, just eat natural smoked bacon. It’s better for you!
Also to make this Paleo, just replace the sugar with Honey or Maple Syrup.
German Potato Salad
3 pounds red potatoes
12 oz thick-cut natural smoked bacon
1 large onion finely chopped
2/3 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons minced chives, for garnish
•Place the potatoes in a medium-size pot and cover them with water, salt the water and bring to boil over medium-high heat • Continue cooking until potatoes fork tender• Drain and cube potatoes into medium size cubes • Meanwhiel chop raw bacon and cook in a large skillet over medium-high heat • After bacon has browned remove bacon from the skillet leaving the bacon grease in the pan • Turn the heat to medium and add the onion, cook until translucent and just beginning to brown • Once the onion has browned whisk in the vinegar, sugar, mustard, and salt and stir until thick and bubbly • Add the potatoes, onion mixture, and bacon into large mixing bowl and toss until well incorporated• Top with the minced chives • Serve warm and Enjoy!
Last year I was the lucky one in my office that found the baby in the king cake. Thanks to my sweet tooth, I had good odds of finding him! The person that finds the baby has to bring a king cake the next year, but Mardi Gras was during my nutrition challenge so I refused to make something I couldn’t eat. My tradeoff offer to the office was cupcakes of their choice after the challenge was over. They chose Black Forest Cupcakes. Here is my version with some instructions. These cupcakes were AMAZING! Please try them out, you won’t be disappointed!
Black Forest Cupcakes
16 oz frozen dark sweet cherries
1/2 cup fine granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon vanilla vodka
1 defrosted whip cream tub
1 cream cheese block softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners sugar
Melted dark chocolate
•Prepare cupcakes of your choice and let cool • For cherry filling: In a medium sauce pan, over medium-high heat, place frozen cherries, lemon juice, and vodka. Cook until cherries start releasing their juice.. Add sugar and cornstarch and continue to cook, stirring frequently until the cherrie mixture looks about like pie filling • For frosting: Beat cream cheese and vanilla extract until smooth. Add sugar and continue to beat. Then add whip cream and beat until well incorporated • After cupcakes are cooled use a paring knife to cut a medium size cone out of the cupcake top. To do that just place the knife at an angle about 1/4 inch from cupcake edge and make a circle around the cupcake. Remove the cone top, fill the cupcakes with the cherry filling, Then put the cone back on to the cupcake like a little hat. Top with frosting and drizzle melted chocolate over the top • Enjoy!