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If I Knew You Were Coming…

If I knew you were coming I would have baked a cake. Actually I did, but you have yet to show up to get a piece. Maybe you’re too far away or maybe you didn’t get my invite. No that’s not the case because you’re here. Hey, this is Tom’s fiance’ April and I wanted to share a favorite cake recipe that my grandmother gave me.

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3 sticks butter room temperature
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 cups all-purpose flour
6 large eggs room temperature
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup milk
4 oz. Ghiradelli dark chocolate

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream together butter and sugar till mixture is fully incorporated. Add the eggs one at a time at 30 minute intervals. Add the almond extract and mix again. Melt chocolate in a double boiler and let cool.

Add the yogurt and milk and incorporate in mixture. Then in thirds add the dry ingredients on low speed making sure the ingredients are competely mixed before adding another third. Fill your cake pan with half the mix. After the chocolate has been cooled add to remaining batter. Combine until thoroughly mixed. Stir in the chocolate batter in crazy loops but not too much. Bake between 45-60 minutes depending on how your oven’s temperature fluctuates. Use a toothpick to test cake after 40 minutes. When toothpick comes out clean, it is done. Cool for an hour and frost with your favorite homemade frosting. Don’t make a homemade cake and ruin it with store bought frosting.

FYI:

My November 30, 2009 post will have sexually oriented material much like the first three posts on the blog. By request of the many visitors to those three posts, I am submitting real life stories of my teenage life. If this type of material offends, I admonish you to ignore the 11-30 post. Thank you.

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Iron Chef My House

ICALast night we had a competition just like the Japanese sensation, Iron Chef. The Food Network has a show, Iron Chef America and before that William Shatner hosted USA.

A noted chef challenges on of the shows Iron Chefs and the two have sixty minutes to create several courses based around a secret ingredient. While they cook, commentators and a host supply the viewers and guests with information about the food being prepared. When the hour is up, their food is judged by a panel of guest judges and the chairman of the kitchen arena.

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April chose the secret ingredient. We had 90 minutes and we each had our own kitchen. There is a second one separate from the house near the pool. We didn’t have to come up with something original. We were allowed to make something we have already cooked or eaten, however we had to use the recipe from memory. April chose chicken as the ingredient. We were each allowed five chickens and had to create at least three separate dishes.

I made four dishes and still I lost. I made strawberry lime sorbet for dessert. My three chicken dishes were roast black bar-b-que chicken, sweet and spicy chicken pieces, and Asian style chicken pot pie. We were judged by a panel of two friends and April’s brother. My opponent was an old college friend who was in town for a couple of weeks. He made three dishes and they were all great tasting. I still liked mine better. He scored 59 points while I scored 55 out of sixty.

grilled-chicken

For more information, Iron Chef, Iron Chef USA, Iron Chef America.

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