Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cookie Cake

Some serious chocolatey goodness!!! This was my Mother's Day dessert:)
Cookie Cake

1 cup unsalted butter, room temp
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/3 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1 cup chocolate chips

Ganache topping:
8 oz bittersweet chocolate, broken into pieces
1 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugars. Add vanilla and eggs, mix until fluffy. Add all dry ingredients at once, mixing just until wet and dry ingredients are incorporated. Fold in nuts. Don't over mix. Spoon into greased 10 inch springform pan. Bake about 25-30 minutes, just until set. Remove from oven and cool for about 30 minutes.
For ganache: In a saucepan, bring whipping cream to a boil. Remove from heat and add chocolate pieces. Whisk until smooth.
Remove cake from springform pan and place on serving platter. Pour ganache over the top and let it sit for about an hour until it hardens. You may set the dessert in the fridge to speed this up. Slice into wedges and serve!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Potato Salad

Well, little food blog, it's been a while! We have been busy, busy, busy, and I am tying to fully enjoy this baby before she grows up like the other kids did....even though we keep telling them to stop getting bigger. Time just goes by way too fast!
I have been working on a cookbook and finally got a place that I feel caught up. Finally!!
We are so excited for warmer weather and last weekend we fired up the girl and had our first bbq of the season. I made this yummy potato salad to go with our dinner. I love this recipe because it is slightly sweet. I also like it because you can add/omit things and it still tastes great. I like adding a bit of chopped celery to it and a bit of chopped sweet pickles. Use your imagination....that's the best part of cooking!

Potato Salad

3 to 3 1/2 lbs potatoes (about 10 medium)
6 hard boiled eggs
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup evaporated milk
3 tbsp white vinegar
2 tbsp mustard
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Additional hard boiled eggs
Paprika for garnish

In a large pot, cook potatoes until tender. Drain and cool. Peel potatoes. Cut into chunks. Separate egg yolks from whites. Set yolks aside. Chop whites and add to potatoes and onions in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mash the yolks. Stir in mayonnaise, milk, vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt, and pepper. Pour over potatoes and toss well. Adjust any seasonings if necessary. Garnish with additional egg slices and paprika. Chill until serving.

Serves about 12