Monday, December 21, 2015

Cake for Two

Watching Food Network shows can be dangerous.  For instance, if you are watching Cutthroat Kitchen you will often find that you have a hankering for whatever the challenge food they are making.  Most of the time it's something that you don't have the ingredients or desire to make right then.

Until that night two weeks ago.

We were watching Cutthroat, and the last challenge is almost always a dessert challenge.  The contestants were making spice cake.  One of them was coming up short on time due to his sabotages, and tossed his cake into the microwave.  You'd think that it wouldn't come out well, right?  Wrong.  It ended up being a great cake and he won.  Brian eyed the cake warily and said, "I'll bet that I could do that."

Five minutes looking for a recipe and 30 minutes after that:  chocolate cake (with frosting!) from our microwave.  The recipe called for making them in a coffee mug.  Lots of flavor, not rubbery at all.

After eating, we decided that this recipe is dangerous to know about.  So we've agreed to never make it again.  :)

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Playing Catch-Up


Life has a way of running away with you sometimes, especially around the holidays.  So normally I would have written a post about each of these things individually.  Instead, here's a group post.  These are all things that we've eaten in the last couple of weeks that I thought were noteworthy...

 Spinach frittata.  Something that I had never had before, and it was awesome.  I'm not sure what the difference is between this and crustless quiche, if there is a difference at all.  Leftovers were delicious for a couple of mornings after we had this for dinner.  

 This is called "Cowboy Caviar."  I made it from a recipe online for the resident holiday party last week.  The recipe calls for corn, black beans, black-eyed peas, cilantro, green onion, tomato and avocado.  They didn't have black-eyed peas at the grocery store so I subbed pinto beans.  This was great with tostitos scoops.

We were going to have friends over for a football game one Sunday but they had to cancel last minute.  So we ate the food anyway (of course!)  Mushroom swiss burgers were incredible, and this warm potato salad was simply divine.  It's a stretch calling it a "salad" instead of roast potatoes but you know what?  The name doesn't matter, it was so good.