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Rich and Delicious

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words "Rich and Delicious"? Well... yes, Dr McDreamy, my favorite Grey's Anatomy surgeon is what comes to mind first with me too. OK...let's try this again. Let's add the word chocolate? Now what? Right... that would go well with Dr McDreamy too, but lets get our minds out of the gutter, okay? When I now hear the words "rich, chocolatey and delicious" together, one of the first things to come to mind is the recipe I tried last night from Epicurious for Double Choclate Layer Cake. I, once again, fell victim to the Epicurious widget on my blog. The picture of the Double Chocolate Layer Cake had me drooling the first time I saw it. I knew that it was going to be a must try. There used to be an Italian restaurant in Kansas City called Gambucci's. Their food was good, but their layered chocolate cake called "Ba Da Bing" was the reason I kept going back. It had a creamy ganache frosting layered between the most incredible moist and rich chocolate cake. The restaurant closed a couple of years ago and I tried to get a hold of the recipe then, fearing that I would never taste such magnificence again. My pursuit of the recipe left me empty handed. As expected, they were not willing to give it up.Well, ladies and gentlemen... I think this is as close to it as I'm going to get and I am very pleased. I had such high hopes for this cake. I feared I might be disappointed, however, after my first bite … [Continue reading]

Food and Wine Top 100 Tastes – #65 Freeze Dried Flavors

When I decided to undertake the Food and Wine 100 Tastes to Try in 2007 challenge, I didn't anticipate how hard it would be to obtain some of the items. Maple Flakes, for one, aren't found in the US. They are sold only out of Canada and they don't have an online store. Some wines, like a wine from the Tasmania region, seems to be next to impossible to locate (I still need to talk to my trusty wine guy about this one). I thought for sure in this day and age of web stores and online shopping, finding anything and buying it would be a breeze. Since we are into month two of 2007, I'm looking over the list and realize I need to get busy! Unlike Rachel and Kate who are full speed ahead on this little venture, I'm taking a slow and steady approach. Why? Time, for one. With work, the three kids, and Mommy Brain, I keep forgetting to sit down and order items. Second reason? Finances! Some of these things are expensive to ship and we are still feeling the crunch from the holidays. Even so, I will persevere. I'm having a great time discovering new tastes and I am having an even better time being able to "shop" in the name of research.Taste number 65 on the list is Freeze Dried Flavors. When I think of freeze dried food, I think about the dried ice cream that my parents brought back to us kids after a trip to NASA one year.  To find freeze dried food, I went to the Honeyvillegrain website. They have an enormous selection of freeze dried food. I decided to go for a can of … [Continue reading]

Snicker What??

Have you ever heard a 3 year old say "Snickerdoodle"? Apparently, it is the funniest word in the English language because when I made Snickerdoodles today and mentioned the name of the cookie to Kelly, she went off in a fit of giggles. Then she tried to repeat the name..."Schneekerdoodie", in a high pitched voice, resulting in another fit of giggles. Not quite sweetie, but close enough. In fact, I think I may like the name "Schneekerdoodie" with the giggling better.Snickerdoodles or Schneekerdoodies... either way you say it these cookies speak comfort to me. They are perfect for a day like today, when the temps are freezing and staying in with some hot chocolate and a warm fire seems much more inviting.We love Snickerdoodles in our house. Some people prefer their snickerdoodles to be crunchy. At our house, we like them to be very soft with a slightly crispy outer edge, and with a dash of extra cinnamon.  If you like your snickerdoodles this way, the key is to take them out of the oven when they look like they may need one minute more. They may look a little underdone, but take them out anyway. Let them sit on the baking sheet for 2 minutes to firm up and then move them to a wire rack to cool. If you are looking for a bit of comfort, and are craving something sweet, give our favorite "Snickerdoodie" recipe a try!Snickerdoodles3/4 cup shortening … [Continue reading]

Happy Birthday Kansas!

In case you missed the news, the great state of Kansas turned 146 yesterday. That's really not very old... I hear that 146 is the new 30, so Kansas is still a young spring chicken. My son came home from school pumped full of Kansas information. He quizzed us all on what the state flower was (the Sunflower), what the state bird is (the Meadowlark), etc, etc. When my 3 year old found out it was somebody's birthday she said "Mommy, we need to make a cake for Kansas. He'll really like it and we can have a party for him." I am never one to turn down an opportunity to bake, so I set out to find what kind of cake to make for Kansas. After a little research, I settled on Kansas Dirt Cake. It really isn't a cake, but it is still good! The cake was made, a few neighbor kids came over for a little party, and we celebrated the birthday of Kansas. Kelly kept waiting for the guest of honor to arrive, very confused as to why we were having a party for someone who didn't even have the courtesy to show up. In the end, I think she was glad because that just meant more cake for her.Speaking of parties, have you heard about the Ultimate Blog Party being held by the folks over at 5 Minutes for Mom? It is going to be quite the shin dig, with tons of great prizes for those attending! This is a party for all bloggers, not just moms. Make sure to check it out. Hope you can make it!  … [Continue reading]

Meet Daredevil and Chicken Little

We went to a birthday party on Saturday afternoon for our old neighbors daughter who was turning one. The birthday party was at a fun little place called The Elite Gym. The Elite Gym is full of trampolines, inflatables, slides, big rope swings, foam pits to jump into, etc. Anything a child would need to let out some energy and have some fun is at The Elite Gym. We've been there several times before for birthday parties and for their open gym time on Friday mornings. This was the first time we've been though where Kelly has really been old enough to climb the things and set out on her own.The only thing is... Kelly wasn't on her own. She was the leader of the pack. She was the first one of all the kids (most of them were a good 1-2 years older than her) to try out the most daring things. She stood on top of a platform and held on to a Big Bird trapeze and jumped off holding for dear life. She was swinging back and forth while the other kids watched nervously, not sure that they wanted go there. She was the first to jump off of a giant vault horse into the foam pit. She was the first to make it all the way through the inflatable climbing up to the very top and going down the huge slide. Jacob, on the other hand, was so cautious. He never did the trapeze or rope swing. He was happier just running around with his buddies playing up in the treehouse. He didn't want to have anything to do with jumping off high platforms or swinging back and forth over a big foam pit. He had no … [Continue reading]