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Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

29 Sep

One of the best parts of being a chef is having a food imagination. What does that mean? It means coming up with concoctions based on ingredients one must and wants to use. I do this often. My most recent creation was Chocolate Banana Cream Pie with Peanut Butter crust. How did I get to this recipe? Well I had a very ripe banana I needed to cook with. So I started thinking of combinations that I know work well. Chocolate and peanut butter both came to mind. But I didn’t really want to make another cake or muffin batter, so I turned to pie. I also remembered I had leftover cream cheese that I wanted to make use of. After reading recipes that always required one or more ingredients I did not possess, I finally said ‘I’ll just make something original.’ So I started with a simple pie crust that did not require being rolled out. I figured, why not incorporate the peanut butter in this and focus more on the banana and chocolate for the filling.
Adjustments had to be made to stretch my ingredients, but it came out amazingly well.
I did not really create a recipe, but if anyone wants to know what I used, I’d be happy to share.

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I Love You Babycakes

3 Sep

I have been using my Babycakes Whoopie Pie Maker a lot lately and have made quite a few yummy creations. It takes about 10-15 minutes to make a whole batch of whoopie pies with this little wonder!

For those who do not know what a whoopie pie is… 1. you have not lived a normal life and 2.they are very similar to Oreo cakesters except they’re much better!

I started making whoopie pies two summers ago and now that I have this, it’s super easy. I simply mix the batter, fill the reservoirs and wait 2-3 minutes for each batch to cook. When it comes to flavors, the possibilities are endless! I’ve done everything from orange cake with raspberry filling to a caramel cake with a chocolate filling. The limit is  one’s palette.

One of the cool recipes I’ve found on their website was  for mini sausage, egg, and cheese biscuits. The first time I used corn muffin mix and the second time I used buttermilk biscuit mix (as the recipe calls for).

Here are my results:

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Recipe can be found @ http://thebabycakesshop.com/tips-and-recipes/2011/05/mini-sausage-egg-cheese-biscuits/

I used Swiss instead of American cheese because I rarely buy American. They were a quick and easy breakfast.

Overall, this Babycakes Whoopie Pie maker is a gem and should be in any dessert lover’s kitchen. I hope to buy their waffle maker next so I can make little heart waffles for every occasion.

Finally! A Post About Something Other Than Makeup

30 Aug

As a chef, I think it’s time I put a picture of something I’ve made and even a recipe (if anyone even wants to use it).

My mom usually buys food that requires a decent amount of cooking time, but occasionally she buys “semi-instant” food. This means all I have to do is turn on the oven, heat, and eat. Tonight, it was Perdue Chicken Breast Cutlets. They are pretty straightforward, just a breaded chicken patty made of “rib meat”. I can’t really explain what rib meat is. They are simple, have no seasoning or flare, and are quite boring actually. So I thought, why not spice it up? About 20 minutes later, I created something quick, easy, and delicious.

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Buffalo Chicken Sandwhich

Hot Sauce

Grapeseed Oil (Very mild taste & high smoke point)

Pickle Juice

Cayenne Pepper

Breaded Chicken Patties

Trader Joe’s Spring Mix (A mix of lettuces, greens, and radicchio)

Arnolds Sandwich Thins (or any sandwich bread you would like)

Blue Cheese Dressing

You will note that there are no ratios for this recipe because I free-handed it. It is late and I just needed something for my boyfriend and I to eat. Also, please forgive the poor photo quality. I have not reached the point in my blogging career where I have the time to take perfect pictures. Ultimately, please do not judge my 15 minute meal.

Next time you have to eat some frozen “semi-instant” food, try to spice it up if you can. You can change your whole meal with a few seasonings.