Nothing says Valentines Day like coffee cake right? Well for me, it’s a simple equation, COFFEE = LOVE, so when my girlfriend Megan (The Microwave Master) had to figure out what to get me for Valentines Day, she settled on baking me a coffee cake! Given that she has only baked for me once during our nearly three year relationship, it was sure to be an undertaking! Initially she was going to make it as a surprise, but since I was in charge of supper, and already at her house, we made it together, which was 100% better, because i’m always bugging her to cook with me! It was a wonderful gift, and while I didn’t have my camera on me at the time, I made sure to get some photos the next day so I could document this beautiful cake, and create Megan’s FIRST BLOG POST! YAAAA! Maybe she will become a food blogger too! (Pig’s can fly right?).
While this post may be a little untimely as summer has reached its end, there is never a bad time for anything coffee related, at least not for me! I actually made this in June, but haven’t gotten around to posting it because it’s another VIDEO POST! Of course I shot it, started editing it, made the music, and when it was almost finished, got busy with other things and didn’t wrap things up until now! But alas, here it is, the delicious cold brewed coffee for your reading/viewing pleasure.
Prior to making this, I kept seeing and hearing things about Cold Brewed Coffee and how great it was, then it showed up in the July 2012 issue of Bon Appetit (which I subscribe to) and being the coffee addict I am I had to try it! As stated in the name, what sets this coffee apart is the fact that it’s “cold brewed”. Instead of running through your regular coffee making method (pouring some steaming hot water over your beans for a brew), you let it sit at room temperature in cold water for around 15 hours! Now that’s a long time when you’re fiending for a cup of joe, but that’s why you make it ahead of time, resulting in an even quicker way to get your fix when you really need it.
Ladies and gentleman…I have a very important update in the culinary world of Bob.
I present REINE DE SABA i.e. my very FIRST time baking for the blog!
Going into the Julia Child 100 year celebration, I knew I wanted to be involved as a way to improve my cooking skills and repertoire. What I didn’t know, is that I would be improving my baking skills too! Naturally, the first week we receive a baking assignment, Carlene is out of town, leaving it in MY HANDS! Not one to back down from a challenge, I committed myself to this recipe and ended up with a successfully baked cake! Continue reading →
As many of you may know, Bob & I have been asked to blog in part to celebrate a cooking goddess’s birthday….Miss Julia Child! Now it’s my turn for this round and luckily the draw came out with a dessert – Mousseline Au Chocolat (aka. Chocolate Mousse) – to be exact! I have to admit that I was pretty scared to try this recipe because I thought it would be extremely challenging, but boy was I wrong, it was super easy & SUPER delicious! I also switched up JC’s classic mousse a bit….but let’s get to this recipe so you can see what I changed
It’s that time of the year again!! RRRRRROOOLL UP THE RIM TO WIN is back at Tim’s! While I don’t particular enjoy Tim Hortons coffee, I find myself gravitating towards it lately, solely for the fact that I can get my coffee fix AND some excitement anticipating the message under the rim! So for all those Timmies addicts, who find themselves hurriedly chewing on the rim of their cup, trying to get to the winning message, this post if for you! CHEW NO MORE! This is the EASIEST and BEST way to roll up the rim!
First get your cup properly oriented to the arrow!
As many of you dedicated BS’ers may know, there is a baking club at my new place of employment. Well my turn to bring treats for the Treat of the Week Club isn’t until the end of March, but I was tapped in early. Since I haven’t made some fancy cupcakes lately, I decided to make these Chocolate Cupcakes with a rich Espresso Bean Buttercream icing.
Now for the chocolate cake, I cheated and made it with Saucy Sprinkle’s base:
I’ve always wanted to try making biscotti and when I found this recipe for Chocolate Almond Biscotti I knew I had to try making it. Now, I’m not a coffee drinker myself – but I share a passionate romance with tea – but there are a few special coffee drinkers in my life that I wanted to share these biscotti’s with.
Here is the first of two posts using the FREE RIBS we got with our coupons from participating in the Maple Leaf Prime Pork Recipe Contest (<— click there and vote for our recipe!!). I really was unsure how I wanted to do the ribs, so I cut them in half and decided to try two recipes. The first being coffee rubbed ribs, because I love coffee and I wanted to try a dry rub.
First things first, preheat the oven to 375° F and cook the ribs in about one inch of water with the meatier side facing up for an hour. Once this has been done, put some olive oil on the ribs and coat it with the rub.
This was a recipe I came across a while ago in a Rachel Ray magazine and made the coffee rubbed steak but didn’t have any sweet potatoes on hand, so I knew I was going to be visiting it again! Little did I know I would be eating it two days in a row!
In an effort to impress my wonderful girlfriend I thought this would be a tasty little meal for our stay at home date, but unfortunately I had a little flare up on the barbecue and the steaks were dry! WORST NIGHTMARE. Fortunately we are still together after that catastrophe and Carlene’s camera wasn’t at home so I didn’t even have to worry about pictures for the blog.
As I was browsing through a Martha Stewart Living magazine (don’t judge me!) I came across a wonderful looking picture of this recipe and had to try it. Unfortunately I had none of the exact ingredients, but that has never stopped me! So substitutions were made and a delicious Affogato was had!