Monday, May 24, 2010

Leek Soup

1 Package of Knorr Cream of Leek
3 Cups of Water
250ml of Cream (we use Cereal Cream)
2 tbsp Garlic
1 Leek stock (I buy bagged leeks, so we just free poured about two hand fuls)
1/2 cup mozarella
1/4 cup romano
1/4 cup parmesean
1tbsp butter

In a large saucepan, mix eeks, butter & garlic.  Saute for a few minutes until leeks get a bit soft.  Add Knorr Cream of Leek mix and three cups of water.  Stir for a few minutes, then gradually mix in the cream and a little bit of parmesean.   Boil until it thickens.   Once thickened, place in french onion soup bowls, and cover in cheese.  Put under broiler until browned!

If you want (what we did) before you put the cheese on, place a sliced piece of sourdough bread on top of the soup, then coat with cheese.

Cheese FYI: We do not measure cheese.  We free pour and put as much as we want.  We both love cheese so we tend to end up with a super cheesey dish!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting


1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 T cocoa powder
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1 T red food coloring
1/2 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla

Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, buttermilk, egg, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla. While mixing at medium speed, gradually add dry mixture to wet mixture until just combined. Fill cupcake liners. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, or until an insterted toothpick comes out clean.

1 stick room temp. butter
2 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
a dash of almond extract
Maple Syrup (I just dump it in)
Beat butter until smooth and creamy. Add sugar, milk, vanilla, and almond extract and beat until spreadable consistency. Add additional sugar if needed.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

This is what the boy is getting for his birthday cupcakes!  I get the recipe from this site.  I'll take my own pictures and let you know how it goes!!

I also picked up some cupcake liners that I think are super cute for my Navy-boyfriend.  They're little pirate cupcake liners that have little skull flags to put into the cupcake.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Birthday Boy!

This year the boy is turning the big 33!  Actually, his birthday is on Thursday.  I won't likely see him until Friday or Saturday, but I've decided to make him cupcakes.  I bought little pirate cupcake foils with little pirate flags to go in them.  I also bought two 'three' candles to put in  two of them (since you can't actually buy a '33' candle).

I'm mulling over a few ideas, but I think I'm going to make dark chocolate cakes with marshmallow frosting (think Fluff).

Here is the recipe for the frosting:

Marshmallow Frosting
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 large egg whites
1 jar (about 7 ounces) marshmallow fluff
1 to 2 teaspoons of coconut extract

Put sugar, water and eggwhites in a medium sized heavy saucepan, cooking on low heat beating continuosly with an electric mixer on high until soft peaks form (about 2 to 3 minutes). Remove the pan from heat and add the marshmallow fluff, beating with the mixer until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes more. Make sure you make this after your cupcakes are cooled, if it sits around it will dry out and you won't be able to spread it.
Thoughts?  Got another Fluff Frosting recipe?