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Creme Brulee Custard

I used this as a custard to fill a cake I made for my sister in laws bridal shower over the weekend.

(Note, edited May 2010 when I noticed a comment on the cake recipe that made me realize I made a HUGE mistake here!)

Classic Creme Brulee
adapted from: williams sonoma online
Ingredients
8 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar, plus 1/4 cup for the brulee topping
2 cups heavy cream 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Directions
Preheat oven to 300ºF.

In a large bowl, combine the egg yolks and the 1/3 cup sugar, whisk together until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is thick and pale yellow.

Add cream and vanilla, and continue to whisk until well blended, strain into a large bowl, skimming off any foam or bubbles.

In a medium sauce pan, over low heat cook the custard mixture until reaches 160 degrees with an instant read thermometer.

Skim again in to another bowl, cover with plastic wrap and chill in fridge over night, or for several hours, until it thickens.

Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee Layer Cake

Yet another Katie recipe, and Williams-Sonoma recipe that didn't fail. I adapted two recipes to create a beatuiful cake for the first of my sister-in-laws bridal showers over the weekend. While I had some issues with the filling spilling over everything went well (once I found a good recipe for buttercream frosting that is!) I knew that there would be one cake at the shower that would be chocolate glaore and then another dessert so I wanted to make sure there was something non-chocolate for the freaks like me that aren't huge fans. This cake was amazing - Vanilla Bean Cake with a creme brulee custard filling and a buttercream frosting.

** I tried my hardest on decorating the cake - this is the first cake I've actually decorated, normally I've just made a sheet cake and just frost the top! Please don't make fun of it!!**

Vanilla Bean Cake
Adapted from: Good Things Catered
Ingredients:
2 c. plus 2 Tbsp cake flour
1 c. milk, room temperature
6 large egg whites, room temp…

Bar Food at Home

This weekend my husband and I went to the hockey game (Fantastic game, GO BLUES!!) and decided to eat at home before heading out to save a little money that we would soon spend on beer. Well, I was kinda in the mood for bar/game type food so I chose to make the standard bar foods we'd get before a game... Burgers and Cheese Potatoes (I'd get cheese fries or potato skins...) I made mini bacon cheeseburger sliders and potato slabs, adapted from Amber's blog. I am only posting the potato slab recipe because while the burgers were OK they weren't fantastic - I'm still looking for a killer burger recipe.

Potato Slabs
Source: adapted from Amber's Delectable Delights
Ingredients
2 russet potatoes
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
Paprika, to taste
1/3 cup colby-jack cheese (I used Cheddar)
5 slices of bacon, cooked and diced
Green onions for garnish, if desired (Omitted)
Sour cream, if desired (Omitted)


Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375. Clean and scrub potatoes well. …

Meaty Pizza Braid

So, every year for the 4th of July we go to my husbands grandparents house for food, drinks, swimming, washers, volleyball, fireworks, etc... it's a huge family tradition that has been going on since at least my aunts/uncles-in-law were children. Anyway, every year one of the things that I get most excited about is this pizza braid type thing that a friend brings over that we really only see on the 4th. It's always so good and will get everyone out of the pool. As far as I know she's never given out the recipe but I always think "I could make this, it can't be too hard!" and then I drink a few more beers and I forget all about it for several months.

Not too long ago I remembered and decided to try it when I got a chance. I got my chance with being asked to bring an appetizer to a Friday evening bridal shower... Still not exactly the same but it was a good start. It was a hit and would have gone over better if it wasn't a Friday during lent in a house full …

Easing Back Into It - Garlic Cheddar Chicken

Garlic Cheddar Chicken - I've made this numerous times and have never taken a picture of it until a few weeks ago when it was last made. Since I haven't blogged in like 2 months I thought this was a good way to ease back in to it to prep for a bigger one I've got coming up within the next few hours or days, depending how life goes! Anyway, to be honest, the first few times I made this I was just utterly in love but now it's just such a staple every now-and-then that it's not as much of a novelty for me. However, with that being said, I must still love it deep down in my tummy because I keep coming back to it when I'm looking for something different to do with the chicken that's always a staple at my house. This always turns out really well and never disappoints...

Garlic Cheddar Chicken
Source: allrecipes
Ingredients
(4) ¼ thick chicken breasts
(½) stick butter
(4) Garlic cloves, chopped
(1/2c. – 1/3c.) Italian Breadcrumbs
(1/4c. – 1/3c.) Parmesan Cheese
(2/3c.…

I've Been REALLY Bad and Lazy!

I just wanted to apologize to anyone that reads my blog - I've been horrible lately. Not that I want to make excuses, but I will...

A.) I've been busy at work, at a computer more than normal and the last thing I want to do when I get home is stare at a computer, B.) I really haven't made too much that's blog worthy. I've made some stuff and I've got a list of things to blog about evenutally but I haven't been inspired, C.) I switched google accounts and it's too annoying to switch between accounts and I JUST figured out that I can add my new account to my blog. I'm not computer savvy - I know! and... D.) I'm just lazy.

Anyway - the good news is that I've got a wedding shower this weekend that I'm baking for and another one the following weekend that I'm throwing with other bridesmaids and I'm doing all of the desserts so I'll have a lot to blog about in the coming two weekends. Check back soon!!

PS - I guess I can post what my…