Thursday, November 4, 2010

Poached Eggs and Asparagus

This may be my new favorite mini meal!  It is so easy, delicious, and looks gorgeous, too.  Poaching eggs the old fashioned way may intimidate people, but I did it on my first try by following these steps exactly.

{What you need}
Water for boiling
1 bunch asparagus, washed and tough ends cut off
4 eggs
grated parmasean cheese
cooking spray
sea salt

Bring a pot of water to a boil.
On a tin foil-coverd cookie sheet, spray cooking spray and arrange the asparagus so that they are in a single layer.  Spray the asparagus with cooking spray and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper to taste.  Broil on high for 5 minutes and 20 seconds.

While they are cooking, poach the eggs, according to the steps listed in the link above.  When the asparagus is done,  divide onto four plates and sprinkle with grated parmesean cheese,  letting the heat melt it a little.  Place the poached egg on the asparagus and serve with garlic bread and grapes, or anything else you want!

Compliments of Gina at Skinnytastes

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Bavarian Apple Torte

Sooo.... funny story.  We were having a fundraising bake sale at my work the other week and the owner (an amazing woman, I just lover her, thought still slightly intimidating--she's the OWNER) brought in this torte to sell.  It was beautiful and I had a bite of someone's slice and it was deLICious.  But we were all too timid to ask for the recipe from our BOSS boss.  Luckily Jenna, who used to work at my work, came in for therapy.  She saw the torte and remarked, "Wow, that looks just like my mom's Bavarian Apple To....wait, did Margo make this?"  We replied that she did.  Then Jenna said, "Oh!  It IS my mom's apple torte!"  Jenna's mom and Boss Margo are friends and share recipes! So we had Jenna bring in the recipe the next time she came in for therapy.  And here it is.  You can imagine how delectible this is if we went to all this trouble to get the recipe.  This would be a perfect addition to a Thanksgiving spread!  Can you believe it's already that time of year?

{What you need}
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour

1 egg
1/4 cup sour cream
8 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

2 apples (peeled, cored, sliced thin)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of cloves
pinch of nutmeg
1/4 cup sliced almonds

Crust: Beat butter and sugar until smooth.  Add vanilla and flour until it forms a ball.  Butter the bottom and sides of a 9" spring form pan.  Press crust mixture onto the bottom and up 1" on sides.
Filling: Beat the cream cheese until light.  Add the sugar and beat until blended.  Add the vanilla, egg and sour cream.  Beat until smooth.  Pour into crust and spread evenly.
Topping: Mix apples, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.  Lay apples flat on top of filling in a fan shape or flower shape, or whatever pretty shape you like.  Sprinkle almonds in a ring around outer edge of appples. 
Bake at 450 for 10 minutes, then 400 for 25 minutes.  Serve warm or chilled with ice cream.

compliments of Babbi Hill

Fried Banana Split

Picture of The Ultimate Banana Split Recipe
So I was working out at the gym the other day and was watching the Food Network (I know) and this beaut came onto the screen.  I was completely captivated and ended up making them the very next night!  These are, by far, one of THE most incredibly delicious desserts I have ever come across in my 25 years eating dessert.  And here's the cherry on top: THEY ARE EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY!!

{What you neeed}
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup conrstarch
2 tblsp baking powder
2 tblsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 yolks
1 1/2 cup club soda
1 bunch barely ripe bananas
veetable oil, for deep frying

Preheat your oil in a heavy-based pot for deep frying to 365 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Make a well in the center and add the yolks and club soda. Using a whisk, stir from the inside working your way out, slowly incorporating the dry ingredients without forming any lumps. Peel the bananas and dip in the batter and coat well. Fry in hot oil until batter is puffy and golden brown. Drain on paper towels when done.

We served this with icecream, chocolate sauce, and chocolate cake.  It suggests serving it with icecream, banana chips, and caramel sauce.  Honestly, you could serve it with cough syrup and it would be delicious.  you can't go wrong with these puppies!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Chocolate Lover's Favorite Cake and WINNER!

Whenever someone in our family has a birthday they get to pick a cake for me to make them for our wee family party.  My darling sister Ellie is pregnant and is craving all things chocolate, so this was her choice.  She was NOT disappointed.  None of us were.  When they say Chocolate Lover's Favorite, they ain't lyin!!  This is, by far, the best chocolate cake known to man.  And it's so easy to make!!

{What you need}
1 package devil's food cake mix
1 (3.9 oz) package instant chocolate pudding mix
2 cups sour cream
1 cup melted butter
5 eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350.  Grease and flour a 10 inch bundt pan.  In a large bowl, stir together cake mix and pudding mix.  make a well in the center and pour in sour cream, melted butter, eggs and almond extract.  Beat on low speed until blended.  Scrape bowl and beat 4 minutes on medium speed.  Blend in chocolate chips.  Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake for 50-55 minutes.  Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cake plate and drizzle with frosting.  Best if served warm!

While the cake is baking, combine all frosting ingredients in a small sauce pan and heat on low, stirring constantly, until chocolate chips are melted and it is all blended.

compliments of


who wrote:
Well Jessie, I love these Sliders as well! My sister gave me this recipe a long time ago, so I was so excited to see it on your blog too! I actually don't like ham, but I made this for my husband and I and I sure did love it all put together like this. Your blog is great, and I hope all good things come to you for all you are doing! :) I am excited to make your breadsticks for my next family party. That will for sure be my favorite recipe, as soon as I make it! :)
xo- Jillian

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