Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Key Lime Cake

I had a special request by a friend of mine to make a Key Lime Cake. I must say this is one of my new favorites!
It was so moist and tangy, even the kids liked it!
Here are a few pictures of how it all came together ~
Bon Appetit!
Zest....lots and lots of zest!
Dry ingredients, including the sugar...

Add the eggs, and key lime juice

Mix just until ingredients are blended

Add sour cream and canola oil
Add key lime zest
This is the glaze. Powdered sugar  key lime zest and juice and a small splash of pure vanilla
Voila! Key Lime Cake with Key Lime glaze!
Light and refreshing ~
Serve as a dessert, or with coffee in the morning!
Bon Appetit!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I played "Chopped" in my kitchen with leftovers.....

I needed to make dinner, and I had NO IDEA what I was going to make. It was only 5 o'clock so I had plenty of time to think about it......
Hmmm, let's see. I have leftover steamed rice, and some ground beef. That's a good start.
Here's some of the ingredients I found in my pantry:
Baked beans, canned tomatoes with diced green chili's, tomato paste, baked beans, yellow onion, ....and tons of spices to choose from.
In the freezer:
Corn, peas, and green beans, bananas, watermelon
In the frig:
Corn tortillas, sour cream, milk, several hot sauces, pickle juice, pepperoncini juice, (I save the juices for cooking) butter, scallions, jalepe├▒os, green, and red bell peppers, and a few other odds and ends.

Let's get started!

Saute' the onions and peppers in a little canola oil

Add the (already cooked) rice to the onions and peppers, add a little hot water and salt, stir, and cover , put  the heat on low and steam for @ 20 min

I added grated onion and jalepeno to the ground beef, once browned, I added the canned tomatoes

Add the canned beans, (I rinsed the beans first to cut some of the sweetness) continue to stir over medium heat

Add frozen corn, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, mix well

The beans were still super sweet, so I added more fresh jalepeno, pepperoncini juice, and some chicken stock, continued to stir

Heat the corn tortillas in a 375' oven, turn over, add shredded cheese, return to oven, under broiler

Finished dinner!
Put the tortilla with melted cheese on a plate, add a spoonful of rice, then a ladle if the meat mixture, a little more shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and garnish with a few scallions for added color and flavor

It had a very "Tex-Mex" flavor. The sweetness from the beans, mixed with all of the different spices, gave it wonderful sweet and spicy flavor. The sour cream on top balanced all of the flavors well.

All I need now is a name for this dish.....anybody?