Thursday, February 17, 2011

Taco Salad Bowls

These salad bowls are so much fun, and so easy to make. I stuff them full of yummy salad fixings. 

Taco Salad Bowls

8 burrito size flour tortillas
2 tbsp canola oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Microwave tortillas for 30 seconds till soft and pliable, rub both sides of tortilla with canola oil and fit on ceramic mugs or mason jars (something oven safe) to form a bowl (upside down). Place mugs or jars on a cookie sheet and place in preheated oven for 7-10 minutes until tortillas are crispy on the edges and can hold their shape.

Fill bowls with shredded chicken and salad toppings, and enjoy!

Use this chicken recipe.  

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Double Chocolate Torte

Let me start off with a couple of disclaimers, first DO NOT let the amount of ingredients/directions scare you off from trying this recipe, it looks complex and difficult when really it's neither of those things. Second if you make this delicious dessert you will not be able to quit eating it (don't say I didn't warn you). And third this will make you the star of the show, people will love you and will think you are a culinary master, and maybe people will put you in charge of bringing dessert from here on out. As long as you understand these important details we can proceed. This dessert is 100% amazing, delicious, impressive. Possibly one of the best desserts I've made. It's incredibly rich and decadent. The intense chocolaty flavor is brightened by the tart, sweet raspberries. The torte itself  is made up of three parts, a dense chocolaty cake/brownie-like base, a light airy chocolate mousse and a whipped cream and raspberry topping. All layers come together to make this one delicious concoction. While the torte is time consuming it's really not difficult to make, just follow the instructions and you won't go wrong. This dessert is a fair amount of work but when you've got something special coming up, or just want to have something to do on a Saturday afternoon it's the perfect (and most delicious) thing to do.

Double Chocolate Torte
For the Cake:
4oz Bittersweet chocolate
4oz Semisweet chocolate
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
5 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup all purpose flour
For the Mousse:
1/2 cup butter cut into pieces
4 large eggs, separated
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon vanilla
4oz bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened) chopped
4oz semisweet chocolate, chopped finely (it is important the chocolate for this mousse layer is chopped finely or it won’t melt completely when added to the warm egg yolks)
1/2 cup sugar
For the topping:
3/4 cup whipping cream
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 pint fresh raspberries
Cake directions:
Start by buttering and sugaring a 9'' spring form pan, set aside and preheat the oven to 325. In a sauce pan melt chocolate over low heat with 1 cup of butter stirring continuously. When the butter and chocolate are melted set aside and allow to cool to lukewarm. When cooled add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Last add the vanilla, salt and flour stirring until no streaks remain.
Pour the batter into prepared pan, and bake at 325 for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the center of the cake puffs up slightly. Do not do the poke test, the cake will be a bit wobbly still but will set up as it cools.

Cool cake completely and refrigerate while preparing the mousse layer.
Mousse Directions:
Start by separating eggs, yolks go into one bowl and whites go into another. Whisk together egg yolks, cream, and vanilla, set aside. Over a pot of simmering water, melt butter in a glass or metal bowl. When butter is completely melted add the egg yolk/cream mixture and begin whisking immediately. Whisk continuously until the mixture is thickened and reaches 150 degrees on a thermometer, it takes about 6 minutes. When the mixture is thickened remove from heat and quickly whisk in the chopped chocolate till thoroughly incorporated, set aside.
In a separate medium sized mixing bowl whip egg whites, 1/2 cup of sugar and a pinch of cornstarch
until stiff peaks form. (You can measure the stiffness of the peaks by turning the beaters off and turning them upside down the peaks created by the whites should stand straight up)
Gently fold the chocolate mixture to the egg white mixture, being careful to not deflate the egg whites when mixing. The finished product will be light and airy. Pour the mousse over the top of the cooled cake in the spring form pan. Cover the pan and refrigerate at least 8 hours, although overnight is best.
After the mousse has set up remove the spring form pan and place on a serving dish. 
Whipped cream Directions:
To finish whip whipping cream and powdered sugar with beaters until medium to stiff peaks form (or until it looks like whipped cream :)). Using a spatula spread the fresh whipped cream over the top of the mousse and sprinkle the top with raspberries.
Finally cut yourself a big piece and enjoy!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Ski School

This is Adam.

See Adam ski.

Adam likes to ski.

He is a good learner - I am a good teacher.
We are a good team.
The End.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

One Year Older and Wiser Too...

Today was my birthday

I ate out for breakfast lunch and dinner, I bought new shoes and talked to lots of loved ones.

It was a fabulous day.

22 will be a good year for me.