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Death by Chocolate Cake - Review

I did not make this cake... I did eat!


In my favorites... listed in the side column - you will find a link to Ons Eetcafe - in Eindhoven. I have found that they make a most delicious chocolate cake. Their own version of Death by Chocolate and you cannot find another one like it around - not for miles and miles.
I looooove it.
The middle is especially good - it's like milky and creamy and caramelly almost. I don't know how they do it. I've looked for several recipes online but none seem to compare to theirs... my good friend is even considering getting a job there just for a few months to learn the trade secrets... :) kind of funny I know... but it's seriously good cake.
My husband suggests - that I just ask them how much they want for the recipe... but I think I'll just skip the baking and eat theirs when I'm in the mood... then I don't have to do the clean up... and I don't have to be stuck with a giant cake that might actually kill me... would kill my di…

Baltimore Berger Cookies & Chocolate Fudge Gelato... Week 39!

What do you do when your 39 weeks pregnant, it's summer vacation, the kids are stuck inside cause of the rain and if you lay on the couch you just know you'll fall asleep? Bake!
So, that's just what I did. I got up off the couch, and I walked to my shelf full of cook books and I looked for something to make. I felt like having something chocolately...
I let the kids turn the living room into their house/tent for the day - they got all the blankets and pillows they could use for that - and while they played, I baked.
I have a friend that has been posting a lot of links related to Baltimore Berger (Bergers) cookies on facebook lately, and I found a recipe for them some time ago, so I finally decided to make some. Luckily, I even had all the ingredients on hand (as long as I cut the recipe in thirds - which I did)... then I also decided to make some chocolatey fudge gelato as well.
If you are not familiar with Baltimore Berger cookies - let me just tell you - they are piled high …

Super Easy Horchata

I love horchata - Mexican horchata that is. When I went to Spain last fall I found some tiger nut horchata and I didn't like it at all. When I first had Mexican horchata it was just at some hole in the wall dive that my Dad took us to and it was delicious. I fell in love with it right there. Afterall, almost everything is better with a bit of cinnamon - expecially a nice cold drink over ice.

I've been told recently from a friend that you can also make it with whole wheat. That I haven't tried yet but this is my super easy version of Mexican horchata:

Super Easy Horchata Recipe
- serves 2-3.

1/2-3/4 liter cold vanilla-flavored rice milk (Rice Dream)
2 tablespoons ground almond meal
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8-1/4 cup raw sugar (to taste) or a couple drops of liquid Stevia

Blend all together in blender till frothy. Serve over ice if desired. (I like it really cold over ice - yum).



Recently I was a bit sick with the "d" word. I don't like to mention that …

Diner Favorites - Potatoes O'Brien and French Toast

I love eating "breakfast" for dinner. I love to eat at Diners. My favorite Diner that I miss the most is 5 & Diner. They had them all over Phoenix. I use to always get an Oreo milkshake and they would give you the extras in that tin cup. And I would order hashbrowns, eggs and toast. Simple but oh so good.

I recently found out that my grandmother also loved Oreo Blizzards. So that is something we have in common. She died recently and this was listed in the handout at the funeral. Next time I'm in the states I'm totally going over to DQ and getting myself an Oreo Blizzard in her honor... and I'll be sure and stop by a diner and eat all my favorites as well.

So, occasionally for dinner I make a special "diner night" and I often serve pancakes and hashbrowns, egg omelets or egg "mc" muffins but this time I served Potatoes O'Brien and French Toast. I've read that there are hundreds of different variations of Potatoes O'Brien. I supp…

Penne with Pesto

Several years ago I clipped this recipe from a Woman's Day magazine - August 2004 - this recipe is adapted from Mario Batali's Ziti with Pesto. I have never seen ziti pasta in a regular grocery store so I always make it with penne. It's delicious served warm or cold. Personally, I like it warm with extra mozzarella melted on top. It's easy to make and will remind you of eating at some place special like The Macaroni Grill. My changes appear in the brackets in red.

PESTO:
1 cup fresh parsley leaves
1/2 cup each fresh mint and basil leaves
1/2 cup fennel fronds (optional) [I've never used them]
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons salt-packed capers, rinsed and drained 4 medium plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped [I always use the cheapest budget tomatoes available] 1/2 teaspoon each fresh ground black pepper and crush red pepper [I like short cuts - so I use whatever I have on hand... and I almost always use Sambal Oelek in place of crushed red pepper] 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oi…

White "chicken" Chili and Sweet Corn Bread

While browsing through my facebook feed I found a friend that commented on some recipes from a friend. I asked her so nicely if she could pass them onto me, too. Here are two of the recipes I made. One uses chicken but I used a soy-meat replacer and a few other changes - see below in red. Nevertheless - it was delicious - awesome chili and I loved every bite. I paired it with the corn bread. I was told that the chili has even won a chili cook-off... and I'm not surprised because it is so creamy and yummy in the tummy :)
I will also add that Ella - my little 18 month old loved the beaniness of the chili - she's such a good eater - hooray!



WHITE CHICKEN CHILI



from Megan Marriott

1 lb chicken breast (cut in 1/2 inch cubes)
[soy-meat replacer for us vegetarians]
1 med. Onion
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1Tbsp. veg. oil 

2 can white beans(rinsed and drained) (next time I make it I will put 3 cans in...just depends on how beany you want it)

1 can chicken broth
[400 ml water plus 2…

Sweet and Yummy Pumpkin Ice Cream

Apparently, July was national ice cream month - maybe even international... I didn't make any ice cream in July - even though it was so hot it would have been nice to make some. Here it is August - it's cooler and rainy (thank goodness - for this pregnant momma) and I finally whipped up a batch of ice cream. Pumpkin ice cream would have to be for the fall ideally but I just happened to open a can of pure pumpkin and I didn't use it all up. So I thought I'd make this simple ice cream to enjoy the rest of the week.




I got this recipe some where but I did not write down the source. I've looked in my usual places - allrecipes.com and food.com (formerly recipezaar)... and there are quite a few to go through. It's not saved in any of my online recipe boxes... and I've modified it - so I'm calling it mine.

It's really good. Really sweet - creamy - and just perfect. It's really easy to put together and contains no eggs. Here is what I did:

In a sauce pan…

The Kids Cook Mondays - Pizza Roll-ups

Foodista.com is sponsoring The Kids Cook Mondays recipe contest. This has inspired me to let Kailea help out a bit more in the kitchen. Of course, with a contest like that they are looking for new recipes - and Kailea wants to help but her idea of helping is choosing the meals. Her favorite things to eat are as follows: french fries, noodles, pancakes and...  french fries.

So, that means I have to come up with the ideas - let her help - and hope she eats the end result. Since we've been baking a lot of sweet rolls - and since I already like pizza and calzones - thought we would combine the two ideas into one. So we made our regular pizza dough, rolled it out - spread it with our favorite sauce and toppings. Rolled it, cut it, baked it. And what we ended with were mini pizza rolls. Tastey little treats - that made for a nice meal paired with salad, and apple wedges for the kids.

The recipe I use for dough is quite good. It comes from Irma S. Rombauer's Joy of Cooking Vegetarian