Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

Finally, a cake fit to serve to the best Dad! A chocolate cake with whipped cream icing topped with tuxedo-dressed strawberries! To make the strawberries:


18 large fresh strawberries with stems
1 cup vanilla or white chips
3-1/2 teaspoons shortening, divided
1-1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions: Wash strawberries and pat until completely dry. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and put in the refrigerator. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt vanilla chips and 1-1/2 teaspoons shortening at 70% power; stir until smooth. Dip each strawberry in the white chocolate until two-thirds is coated, forming the tuxedo shirt, allowing excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper tray and chill until set, about 30 minutes. Melt chocolate chips and remaining shortening. To form the tuxedo jacket, dip each side of berry into chocolate from the tip of the strawberry to the top of vanilla coating. Repeat on the other side, leaving a white V-shape in the center. Chill berries for 30 minutes or until set. Re-melt reserved chocolate and using a toothpick, draw a bowtie and three buttons down the "shirt." Chill for 30 minutes or until set. Store in the refrigerator in a covered plastic container for up to 1 day. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Limoncello Cake with Berries and Cream

Limoncello Cake with Blackberries and whipped cream. Delicious spring breakfast.
This recipe is adapted from the Barefoot Contessa's Lemon Pound Cake recipe. I substituted Limoncello for the lemon in the glaze.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Homemade Cheese Ravioli - Nothing else like it!

If you've ever had homemade ravioli - and I mean homemade pasta and homemade ricotta - then you know what a treat it is to eat. Recently I made some, with a "Sunday Sauce" that was delicious!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Gooey Goodness!

What is more yummy than Sticky Buns! Growing up we always had them at the Jersey Shore for a special breakfast. Well I needed a little beach fix this cloudy morning so I whipped up a batch of Cinnamon Sticky Buns. Yummy! I used a tried and true recipe from Williams Sonoma.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Original Pancake House

This morning we're off to the Original Pancake House. If you haven't been there, you must go as it's a real treat. I highly recommend their omelets (comes with pancakes) but I'd really like to try something called a "Dutch Baby." Sounds weird but it's one of their signature dishes.