Friday, August 12, 2016

Moist Lemon Bundt Cake

For the Cake
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Zest of 2 large lemons (about 2 Tbsp of zest)
1 1/4 cups milk (I use whole milk, but 2% would work)
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed

For the glaze
1 1/2 Cups of confectionery sugar
2 to 3 Tbsp of fresh squeezed lemon juice

For the lemon sugar topping (optional)

Zest of 1 lemon
2 to 3 tsp of granulated sugar (enough to coat lemon zest)

For the Cake
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a large (12 cup) bundt pan very, very well, making sure to get all the crevices, then lightly flour pan. (or 9x13 if you prefer)

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and set aside
In a large bowl (or in bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment), beat eggs on high speed for 5 minutes or until thickened and lemon-colored. Gradually add sugar, beating until mixture is light and fluffy.
Add vanilla and lemon zest and beat in.
Gradually add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until smooth, scraping bowl as needed.
In a small saucepan, heat milk and butter just until butter is melted (don't let boil). With mixer running, gradually add milk mixture to batter; beating just until combined and scraping bowl as needed. (this will be a very thin batter that pours easily)
Pour into prepared baking pan. Bake at 350° for 28 to 35 minutes- until top springs back when pressed and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (or with a few moist crumbs)
Remove from oven, place on a wire rack and allow to cool for 5 minutes or until the cake starts to pull away from side of pan. With a knife gently release the cake from the sides of the pan and turn cake out onto cake platter. ( I do not recommend removing cake if you use a 9x13 pan). Let cake cool a bit before putting on glaze.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels

These Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels are a spicy appetizer that can be served hot or cold (I prefer them hot)! Cream cheese, cheddar, bacon, and jalapeno all rolled up in a little pinwheel. These are always a crowd pleaser.

I know it’s not football season but these Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels have me feeling like I’m smelling fresh cut grass, waiting for the big game to start. What can I say, I’m a weirdo. As if six months of straight football games weren’t enough to fill my canteen, here I am mid-June pining for football. I do love myself all things jalapeno popper.

Remember these Jalapeno Popper Pigs in a Blanket, Jalapeno Popper Chicken Sliders, or these Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Poppers? These Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels rank high up there with those. In fact, since my littles are afraid of all things spicy, I saved these for my husband who can truly appreciate them. He’s in his last week of finals for his Master’s Degree. I’ve hardly seen him this past week but it’s been about 5 minutes of catching up, him asking if any of these Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels are left, and then he goes back to studying. True story. I know he’s the one getting the degree but I kind of feel like I earned an honorable mention or something.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Orange salad with fennel and shrimp

Today I give you an idea for a salad light, fresh and colorful: orange salad with fennel and shrimp.

The salad of oranges in winter I prepare often because my Alex loves it and would eat it every day, prefers complete with fennel, olives and some washer fresh onion. For me, generally not fond mix the sweet tastes to those salted but it is also true that I like to try new combinations.

And that is why the other day I decided to combine the oranges and fennel with shrimp that I had to serve for a second.

Fast and tasty salad of fennel and oranges shrimp, try it even if you think that the combination is a little bit risky, I'm sure you'll love.


You guys freaked out of the Mezze platter we did back for Easter (I mean it was the most liked instagram photo I ever posted EVER) – so I figured we should probs up the ante for Memorial Day no!? Get ready… it’s the Appetizer Board to end all boards!

I mean, can we just take a moment to look at this situation. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted piled onto a board that you can easily assemble and then transport outside for your memorial day party! My friends over at DeLallo hooked it up with all their delicious meats, cheeses, olives, snacks… the whole nine yards. There is absolutely zero cooking involved which is so incredible on days when you’re expecting a crowd. No shame in taking some help from the store or ordering a few things on their website!!