Cooking adventures of a mother and daughter

Monthly Archives: July 2012

YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!! Thlats the best word to describe these cupcakes. We had a birthday celebration this weekend and these are the cupcakes I made.  They were perfectly moist and not to sweet with the gooey salted carmel filling. I will post the link to the recipe I used. Check out her blog as I really liked some of her recipes.



We said we were going Italian, so why not start with a classic. Bacon Carbonara  was even simpler to make than fettuccine Alfredo, and I think that it tastes better too!!! Searching the Internet I found many different recipes, so I decided to combine a few things from several recipes. Brianna started by frying the bacon although she did get a few splatters from it she did a great job.  While that was cooking we put on a large pot of water to boil adding salt and olive oil to it. When the bacon was done we let it cool we chopped it up along with five mushrooms and some onions (I bought them pre chopped because I despise chopping onions), and some parsley. In some of the reserved bacon grease we sauteed the onions and mushrooms til the onions were translucent. While I chopped and sauteed Brianna mixed together four egg yolks, 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/2 a cup parmesan and romano cheese. Once the pasta was cooked to al dente we drained it leaving a few tablespoons of water still in the pot. One the pasta is back in the pan we added the egg and cream mixture making sure to quickly stir it so we did not have scrambled eggs. Once the pasta was coated we added the mushrooms and onions along with a small can of sliced olive (drained). Once we plated the pasta I sprinkled some chopped parsley on the top. Viola,  super quick and super yummy.

On a side note we decided to make it a movie note and ate our bacon carbonara while watching Big Miracle. A wonderful movie that of course made me cry like a baby.  I highly recommend that everyone watch it!!!  Not sure whats next so stay tuned.


So today was the day, we decided to start with chocolate because come on who dosen’t love chocolate!!! Since I have limited kitchen appliances I figured this would be an easy start (hahaha). We found our recipe on food network, I’ll link it later in the post. So Brianna decided she wanted to be in charge of the whipped cream while I melted the chocolate. We each measured our ingredients and got on with it. As I stated earlier we have limited kitchen appliances, this includes NOT having an electric mixer. Brianna now has biceps of a champ, since she used a whisk for almost 30 min to make the whipped cream. I had to do the same with the egg whites but it was easier for me since I have done it before. Anyway our quick and easy dessert turned out to take us just over an hour!!! All in all it was a fairly simple and straight forward recipe. It was delish (as Brianna says) but very rich!!! We would definitely make this again but only if we get an electric mixer, (which Bri has said is now mandatory for our kitchen. Up next I’m thinking lets go Italian!!!

Although it wasn’t on my list I made dinner for my whole family (12 of us all together). I made Pulled pork sandwiches on corn muffins, with corn fritters and red cabbage slaw. It was good, although I don’t think I would make it again. I put a pork but in the crock pot over night on low adding some orange juice, herbs de Provence, garlic and chopped onions. It was on for 16 hours and fell off the bone (so tender). Then I simply removed and extra fat and shredded it adding some BBQ sauce.  For the corn fritters I modified a recipe that I had found online, mixing corn (cut from the cob from leftovers earlier in the week), butter, sugar, salt, pepper, eggs, flour and a little baking powder. I quickly fried them up in some vegetable oil till they were crisp.  The slaw was easy to make simply shredding a head of cabbage, and some carrots. Then I mixed in some golden raisins, (I opted to leave the red onion out as I am not a fan of onions. Then I mixed the dressing of apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and sugar up. I poured half of it over and let it sit for an hour before we ate. When everything was ready I added a little more dressing mixed it then served.  I encouraged everyone to layer their food; half the corn muffin, pulled pork, slaw, corn fritter, and the other half of the muffin. It was good, but the slaw had a very overpowering vinegar flavor on its own. I enjoyed the sweet (BBQ sauce) and tangy (slaw) concept but would adjust the vinegar mixture some. Of course after dinner was made, eaten, and cleaned up I thought about taking a picture. So I will end this post with not a picture of the food but a picture of Brianna (my daughter) and I. Hope you enjoy our foray into cooking, and come back and visit us.

Ok lets get to this, here our the recipes that we are going to try out. In no particular order….

  • Beef wellington
  • Sushi
  • Chicken cordon bleu
  • Bacon carbonara
  • Lobster thermidor
  • Crème brule
  • Risotto
  • Chicken satay
  • Stuffed mushrooms
  • Chocolate souffle
  • Prosciutto wrapped scallops
  • Beef Bourguignon
  • Pork cutlets with apples and apple balsamic vinegar
  • Chicken Marsala
  • Crab cakes
  • Tiramisu
  • Salmon with walnut arugula pesto
  • Butternut squash  raviolis
  • French apple tart
  • Seared tuna with mango chutney
  • Pork loin with fennel
  • Gruyere and Spinach Bakes
  • Quiche
  • Steamed blue crabs
  • Peanut butter
  • Dumplings
  • French bread
  • Irish Butter-Poached Scallops with Leeks and Sweet Garden Peas
  • Grilled Flat-Iron Steak with Charred Tomato Butter and Grilled Succotash
  • Coconut Noodle Soup with Tea-Smoked Shrimp
  • Pepper-Crusted Duck Breasts with Cherry-Port Sauce
  • Roast Rack of Lamb with Lemon-Mint Salsa Verde
  • Passion fruit mousse
  • Crème Carmel
  • Crepes
  • Panna cotta with strawberries and balsamic vinegar
  • Swordfish with smoked paprika
  • mousse
  • California thai flank steak
  • Polenta pecan apple pie
  • Coq au vin
  • Basil chicken in coconut curry sauce
  • Chicken kiev
  • Cornish game hens with artichokes and potatoes
  • Ratatouille
  • Molten lava cake
  • Eggs Benedict
  • Scones with devon cream
  • Porterhouse Steak with Bordelaise Sauce
  • Roasted pear salad
  • Peach Trifle
  • Apple pie
  • Crab cocktail with parmigiana chips
  • Baklava
  • Croquet madame
  • Margherita pizza
  • Nicoise salad
  • Souffle

Some of the items are generic as we have not decided what kind we would like to make.