Showing posts with label cooking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cooking. Show all posts

Friday, April 2, 2010


The Cooking Queens are now the Cooking Babes.

This is what I almost forgot due to the lovely fibro fog that has consistently enveloped me lately. Every month a group gets together for dinner complete with good times and great food. The group right now includes family and friends that are like family, so it's a real tight knit group. We all love to cook and love to have any excuse to experiment with new recipes.  Last night we made pizza. Our wonderful and gracious hostess required that we wear pajama's which was pure heaven for me! I'll forever love her for that! I threw on a pair of sweats....there you go! She had lovely pomegranate martini's for those imbibing; but I, of course, brought my signature fountain diet coke. None of that for me while on pain medication!! 

The pizzas were fabulous and I hear the martini's were fabulous also! 

It lasted for three hours then I went home and immediately got into bed. I'm such a wuss but lately the muscle spasms have been getting out of hand. I really hate the isolation that the pain imposes on my life so the chance to get together with people that I love is too tempting to pass up. So I sucked it up and took some pain medication and went on my way. I had such a good time and I did learn how to season my pizza stone. I never thought about doing that but the pizza literally slid off the one that was seasoned. Just cover it in olive oil and put it on the top rack of the oven. Every time you use the oven just bake that stone and that's it. It's so simple, but then, the best ideas usually are. My daughter and I looked at each other in amazement....we'd never heard of that one!

So here's to the next chapter of the Cooking Babes. 

Just make sure to email me so I don't forget! 

Friday, February 19, 2010


It's hitting me.

I've got family and friends coming over tomorrow and I need to get up and moving to prepare for it. 

18 of them are coming to my home. 

18 of them??? 

Did I also tell you that I'm cooking for all of them?


The Good: I can't wait to see everyone and there are members of my family that I haven't seen in over a year. It will give them a chance to meet my (almost) son-in-law. Did I say how wonderful he is?? It's a family that will blend and all of our habits and quirks will blend beautifully.

The Bad: It's going to rain.

The very Ugly: It's going to rain and I can feel it already.  I'm slugging down pain medication, my pain threshold is going out the window and my attitude is going in the toilet.

Gee, that sounds like I'm ready to get the party hats out! 

What I am looking forward to is the dessert that I'm going to make. 

I'm going to re-create a recipe that the cooking queens made the last time we met. Cake balls. I could make several comments but I won't. Well, it's tempting and I just may before this entry is over.

Red Velvet cake balls. Oh yes..................... just wait until you see them!

So while my hands and body are absolutely killing me the lure of chocolate is calling. Take two and call me in the morning?

I have always had balls.

Now I'll just have Red Velvet ones.

(see, I couldn't resist).

Wednesday, September 2, 2009



If I thought the first Third Thursday with the cooking queens was exceptional, I was in for a real treat this time.

First of all, I was a little late. STUPID ME.

I was greated by a lovely site of women forming little balls of this creamy, cakey looking substance and placing them on cookie sheets. I took a look around the kitchen and one was crushing a ton of oreos like there was no tomorrow. Geez, I love the smell of chocolate in the morning! Oops, it was the evening.

Then, I got a lovely chocolate martini. It was magnificient. Full of white chocolate liqueur, creme de cocoa and vodka. It was unbelievable.

I figured I should investigate the pots of white chocolate and milk chocolate on the stove. One smell..........oh yum............. The site of creamy, smooth and fragrant white chocolate is enough to put me within 2 inches of pure nirvana.

What were we making???

It turns out that these lovely oreo balls and cherry chip cake balls were mixed with cream cheese and cherry icing and then dipped into the chocolate.

Set aside on a tray, let the chocolate harden and then pop these little babies in your mouth. Let me tell you. If you eat one you eat 10. My favorites were the little oreo ones dipped in white chocolate.

It was a fun time with wonderful women. We discussed movies (tear jerkers that make us cry and My life with Michael Keaton) current events, coffee machines, Winnie the Pooh, Facebook and had a great time. We're all very different but blend together like that perfect cup of coffee with just enough cream and sugar.

This Third Thursday is a great concept!

I don't know the calorie count.

I don't want to know the calorie count.

I want more.

Friday, July 17, 2009


a whole, raw red bell pepper

We all have hectic schedules.

Well, not true...........not me.

However, the group came up with a

great idea to make sure we get together for

just "us" time.

Third Thursday.

Every third Thursday of the month we'll meet. The hostess will have two recipes that sound great and that we've never tried. This way we have a great excuse to get together and combine that with something we love. Cooking and baking.

So last night was the first "Third Thursday." It turned out to be a huge success. Not only did we laugh and have a great time but the first two recipes turned out to be killer!

The first one was a provolone, procuitto wrapped in red peppers and grilled. Oh man.......that was like eating a huge yummy pizza without the bread. The provolone is marinated with oregano, basil and EVOO. You have to wrap it with twine that has been soaked in water otherwise a nice kitchen fire will also be part of the agenda.

Slice the provolone, wrap the procuitto around it and then wrap that with the red pepper. Tie it up with the twine......throw it on the grill and YUM!!!!!!!!!!!
Pesto being processed.

Then we made pesto chicken sandwiches with carmelized onions and parmesan cheese. We made the pesto. I usually just buy the costco pesto (which is fabulous) but last night we made pesto. Oh .........very very good stuff.
All in all it was a wonderful time, with wonderful women and wonderful food.

Does it get any better than that??

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Hershey's 'Perfectly Chocolate' Chocolate CakeImage by lovebuzz via Flickr

I used to be the person everyone loved to hate. I could eat.

One of my favorite things was noodles with butter and my favorite time to eat it was midnight. I never gave calories a second thought.

My best friend, God Bless her, had to watch every calorie. I watched her for years eat nothing but salad and spearmint lifesavers. She was tall with thick, gorgeous hair and high cheekbones and I was short with chipmunk cheeks. We were two sides of the same coin. She was Candice Bergen and I was Goldie Hawn.



I never realized how hard it is to lose weight. Now I can't even look at food without it ending up on my thighs. Jude can tell you all kinds of tips for dieting. Me? Don't even think about asking me for diet advice. I think that chocolate cake or cheesecake lose calories if you break it up into pieces.

So in honor of all of us who sometimes need a little chocoholic heaven, here is the "I Don't Know Cake."


The I Don't Know Cake originated from one of my mother's recipes. She would write things down without measurements so I was left to figure out what went into what and how much. This was one of those recipes.

2 cups of sifted flour (we usually never sift the flour)
2 cups of sugar
2 sticks of butter (salted or unsalted....who cares?)
3 tablespoons Cocoa
1 cup diet coke (the original called for Coke but hey, we're dieting!)
1/2 cup milk
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla (or more if you want)
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

Sound good so far????

In a mixing bowl blend the flour and sugar. In a saucepan melt the butter and then add in the cocoa and diet coke. Mix well and bring to boil. Pour into the flour mixture and blend well. Add the milk, eggs, soda and vanilla. Then carefully add in the miniature marshmallows.

Now she underlined carefully add the marshmallows. We wouldn't want anything to hurt those babies would we?

Pour into a 9x13 baking dish and bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Oh the icing.

Make double because it's yummy................

1 stick of butter
3 tablespoons cocoa (is there a theme here?)
6 tablespoons diet coke (like this will really make a difference in the calorie count)
1 box powdered sugar ( or a little more)

Melt the butter then add the cocoa and diet coke. Pour into the powdered sugar and mix well.

Pour this over the still warm cake.

4 or 5 pieces of this make a nice snack.

It's BUZZ time!!!!

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