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Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

In homage to our vacation to Ireland, made a Shepherd’s Pie.  Thanks Alton Brown – turned out totally delicious!



French Fridays with Dorie: Roast Chicken for Les Paresseux

Boy, Dorie was not kidding when she said this is a Roast Chicken for lazy people. Soo easy! And look at the outcome!

The bread did not exactly come out crispy, more like soppy, but it was still tasty with the fat juices soaked into it!

The Beau loved this dish. In fact, he loves French Fridays with Dorie a whole lot more than Tuesdays with Dorie – less sugar!

French Fridays with Dorie: Hachis Parmentier

Just out of the oven…

It looks like more potato than meat.

I don’t have a ricer, so the mashed potatoes were really soupy right out of the oven.

It totally reminds me of comfort food.

The Beau loved this dish and enjoyed it with a glass of wine.

The next day the potato was much less soupy.

TWD Goodies

I have been overloaded at work for a while and haven’t had the energy to blog posts on the TWD goodies that I was able to fit in (which weren’t many). I made the coffee espresso shortbread cookies but can’t seem to find my pictures. So please forgive me TWD Bakers for not visiting and commenting. I believe I see the light at the end of the tunnel at work, which could be the end of this month…
My typical day at work begins with waking up at 3:30am (or 3am if I have to wash my hair), getting out of the house by 4:30 (or 4am), commuting 87 miles to work in Rancho Bernardo, working 9 regular hours (we’re on the 9/80 work schedule), working an additional 1-4 hours depending on what needs to be done that day, coming home, taking care of the puppy (poor Marshall, stuck at home while I’m away for at least 12 hours a day), taking care of me, going to bed by 9, 9:30 and repeat. I am very grateful to be gainfully employed – especially after having been laid off last year, it’s just that it gets to be very tiring – but like I said, I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Well, enough complaining, here are some pictures for your enjoyment. HAH!
I found the shortbread pictures!

Espresso Chocolate Shortbread Cookies - They didn't exactly turn out nice and square...

But that's okay, I ate them anyways and loved them!

Coffee Break Muffins with Bittersweet Chocolate

I didn't get 12 'evenly' portioned muffins...

Peanut Butter Criss-Cross Cookies

These were a favorite of everyone!

Chewy, Chunky Blondies

Up close and personal!

Mise en place...

Time to blend in the dry ingredients.

The yummy mix-ins.

Ready for some oven time.

These blondies teased me, it was so high right out of the oven but sunk in the middle.

Go see Nicole of Cookies on Friday who chose last Tuesday’s sweet treat for the TWD Bakers to bake.

Swedish Visiting Cake

Swedish, Japanese, Philipino, you name it Visiting Cake!

Nancy of The Dogs Eat the Crumbs selected Dorie’s Swedish Visiting Cake for the TWD Bakers to try their hand at baking.

I was nice and gave the Beau one slice, the rest was all mines! HAH!

I had just finished cooking dinner, well actually, we had just finished eating the dinner I cooked, when I debated whether or not to bake the cake then. I felt like procrastinating, but it was already Sunday evening and really, who was I kidding – was I really going to bake this cake Monday night after a long day at work? Plus it looked really simple to get through since you don’t even need your Kitchen Aid or hand mixer! It seemed it was no time at all before we were having our slice of Swedish Visiting Cake. It was really pleasing! The cake batter was really really yummy. I love anything with lemon in it and this contained the zest of a whole lemon. I used the last of my almond extract and was glad I did since the top of the cake was sprinkled with sliced almonds also.

Lucky visitor! =)

This cake calls for baking in a 9″ cast iron skillet. I used a 10″ cast iron skillet and thanks to Nancy, was able to adjust the ingredient measurements. This cake is out of the oven in no time and more than likely you’ll have all the necessary ingredients in your pantry. So the next time you have unexpected guests, or need a cake in a hurry, no problem!
Be sure to visit Nancy to check out her Swedish Visiting Cake and to get the recipe so you can try your hand at it too! Definitely browse the TWD Bakers to see their variation of Swedish Visiting Cake!

Last Week: Mocha-Marbled Bundt Cake
Next Week: Sweet Cream Biscuits

Mississippi Mud Cake

Much more like Mississippi Mud Brownie!

This month The Cake Slice bakers chose to bake Mississippi Mud Cake. And this month I was actually able to join the group! And just in time because spring cleaning is in the air for the group! I woke up today at 5:30 am and baked this cake. Talk about last minute! It was easy to put together since you melt the butter with the cocoa powder and then add the rest of the ingredients. I thought perhaps the butter had separated because it seemed like there was an oil pool when I added the rest of the ingredients. I guess it didn’t matter since it all came out well in the end.
Here’s what the brownie/cake looked like after 25 minutes in the oven:

Doesn't it look more like a brownie instead of a cake??

After 2 sticks of butter and 2 cups of sugar and baking in the over for about 25 minutes, you spread 4 cups of mini-marshmallows on top and bake it for 3 more minutes. I baked it for a bit longer… I love burnt marshmallows on my s’mores and I was trying to go for that. Didn’t quite make it, but it’s A LOT of marshmallows:

Wow, would you like some brownie/cake with your marshmallows?

After that you top the marshmallows with the frosting which took a box of powdered sugar, 1 more stick of butter, some evaporated milk and vanilla. Yipes. The frosting didn’t exactly spread, so I kind of smushed it all over. I guess that’s where the ‘Mud’ comes into play with this brownie/cake.

This is the kind of mud I could play in!

The Beau wanted me to get it out of the house ASAP since he didn’t want that much temptation sitting around with just the two of us. As it happened, today was also my Knitting University class so I took it to class with me. The classes are held once a month (just like The Cake Slice) at the knitting store Unwind in Burbank, CA. I don’t know why, but the 2 times I’ve been to class, I’ve left the class feeling quite wound up – the exact opposite of the store’s name! My fellow knitters welcomed the sweet diversion and the Beau was happy that I brought home just enough for us to eat (and for me to take the 1st picture!).
Take a look at the other Cake Slice Bakers blogs to see how their mud cake turned out! You’ll go into a chocolate coma just looking at all the mud brownie/cakes!
Last Cake: Burnt Sugar Cake
Next Cake: Who knows? I will say it’s a toss-up between 2 selections! Stop by next month!