Month: May 2013

Grilled Angel Food Cake with Mojito Berries and Lime Scented Whipped Cream

Grilled Angel Food Cake with Mojito Berries and Lime Scented Whipped Cream

Today’s recipe is all about double duty.  If you are firing up the grill for dinner, keep it going and prepare to get your socks knocked off by one of the lightest, easiest, simplest dessert out there. I’m about to tell you to grill cake. Are you ready? Grill cake. Something magical happens when sugary angel food cake gets lightly toasted and charred on the grill.  All of the sugars caramelize and it gets this sticky, crunchy exterior that is so good. So good. The other thing I’m about to do is tell your strawberries to get drunk. Get drunk, strawberries. My go to drink of the summer is a mojito.  Lime and mint were meant to be together.  Rum is always a good sidekick too. I can’t imagine a happier bunch of berries than those swimming in fresh lime juice, rum, and lots of chopped mint. The beauty of this recipe is you can make the berries and whipped cream while the angel food cake grills so it’s pretty effortless and easy to throw …






Mexican Steak Tacos with Lime Crema & Queso Fresco

Mexican Skirt Steak Tacos with Lime Crema & Queso Fresco

In the wintertime, nothing beats a thick steak with a bourbon sauce and a big baked potato. In the summertime, I want my steak sliced, rolled up in a charred tortilla, with fresh lime squeezed all over it. Right now I want more summer in my life. I couldn’t resist throwing these tacos together on our first true night of summer. Now, since that day it’s been either raining or in the 50’s.  I hope when you make these tacos, they don’t have that sort of effect on your weather for the next two weeks. But if they do, I can guarantee they were well worth it!   *Don’t forget!  My giveaway of three fabulous cookbooks ends Friday at 10am CST.  Head over here to enter!* PrintMexican Skirt Steak Tacos with Lime Crema & Queso Fresco Serves 4 (2 tacos each) IngredientsSpice Rub: 2 tsp. chili powder 2 tsp. brown sugar 1 tsp. paprika 1 tsp. cumin 1/2 tsp. onion powder 1/2 tsp. dried oregano 1/4 tsp. cayenne 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp garlic …






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Change

Change is fun and change is good.  After 100 posts, I decided it was time to dig out a pretty new dress and some bright red lipstick and give this blog a makeover. There is a lot to celebrate today!  In addition to 100 posts and giving away of set of cookbooks, my husband has completely re-designed and upgraded this site! A big thanks to my man for spending the majority of his holiday weekend staring at code and recipes. So take a look around, stay awhile, and I hope you enjoy our new look! With this upgrade, please let me know if you encounter an issues or errors anywhere on the site–we want everything looking shiny and pretty for you!  






Lamb Chops with Chili, Lemon, and Mint

Nigella Nosh: Lamb Chops with Chili, Lemon, and Mint

 After tasting the most succulent lamb chops at the Nigella event, I knew I had to try my hand at them at home. I decided to add some lemon to the chops for a little acidity and sharpness.  I think it was a good move. A key philosophy in Nigella’s recipes are the use of simple, yet bold ingredients.  I agree with her “less is more” approach and the belief that high quality ingredients will sing in a dish. These lamb chops do just that. PrintLamb Chops with Chili, Lemon, and Mint Serves 2 Adapted from Nigellissima by Nigella LawsonIngredients1 tbsp. olive oil 1/4 tsp. red chili flakes 1 tsp. grated lemon zest 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh mint 2 lamb loin chops (3/4 lb. total) InstructionsMix oil, chili flakes, zest, and mint together in a small bowl. Rub mixture onto chops. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Sear the chops for 2-3 minutes per side or until deep brown. Transfer pan to oven for another 6-8 minutes or until chops reach internal temp …






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Memorable Meals: A Night with Nigella

Once upon a time a British domestic goddess visited Milwaukee. And made me a babbling fool. It’s no secret Nigella Lawson is my idol.  Not just for her recipes, but her approach to food, her lifestyle, her warm, British accent, and her mannerisms.  I know it sounds silly but the way she talks with her hands mesmerizes me. I’ve been following her for YEARS so imagine my awestrucked surprise when I read she was coming to Milwaukee, WI…land of beer and brats. My husband graciously bought me a ticket to attend her event which celebrated the release of her new cookbook, Nigellissima.  Local chefs prepared recipes from her book and Nigella mingled about the room and chatted with all of the attendees.  My mom and sister joined me as well and got pure enjoyment out of seeing me star-struck for the better part of two hours. When Nigella made her way to our table, I was SO nervous!  I didn’t want to be that cliché person who says, “Oh, I’m your BIGGEST fan!” but couldn’t …






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Memorable Meals: La Condesa

 Sometimes you have a meal and it’s soooo good you can’t stop talking about it, you want to ask for the recipes, and you don’t want to ever get up and leave the table because deliciousness keeps coming out of the kitchen door.  This can equally happen at someone’s home or at a restaurant, by the way. I affectionately call these “just one of those meals.”  People seem to just get it when you attach that phrase to a great dining experience. The experience I’m posting about today was the first meal we had when we landed in Austin, TX to visit family earlier in May.  I’d read about La Condesa in a food magazine and added it to my list of places to hit when we touched down. Needing to kill some time before we met up with family, we headed here for lunch…and almost never left.  I present to you: Pineapple mint agua fresca Guacamole Tasting: traditional, chipotle with slivered marcona almonds, pomegranate with queso fresco, and lump crab with apple and coconut …






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Austin Farmer’s Market

It pays to have family in Austin, TX.  Talk about one cool town. My husband and I just got back from an extended weekend trip down there and one of the highlights for me was the Austin Farmer’s Market.  I’m quickly learning the best way to get a feel or pulse of a city is to check out it’s farmer’s market. Seeing and tasting what’s locally grown and made in the area gives you a unique glimpse into what  the flavors and foods make up that region.  I don’t think you can really get that anywhere else.  Heck, farmer’s markets are where most of the cool chefs shop too! During our visit we tried locally made popsicles from Mom & Pops.  Pineapple basil had a really unique taste and was refreshing.  It may have been morning but it was already close to 80°…it is Texas afterall. The next stop was to try some saké from the Texas Saké Company.  Embarassingly, I’d never tried saké before and found it to be a unique taste, but knowing …