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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Chocolate Fudge Brownies - Taste and Create

I am such a procrastinator sometimes. I kept saying to myself that I had plenty of time before the 24th when my Taste and Create entry was due to be posted. Well, that day came and went, and I didn’t post. I have no excuse other than I have been busy with life. There is nothing specific, just busy, like everyone else. Anyway, without any excuses, but many apologies for being late, here is my Taste and Create entry for the month of March.

I like participating in Taste and Create. It allows me to try new and different foods for my family. This month I made chocolate fudge brownies. My oldest will be in chocolate heaven. He lives for chocolate and cheesecake.

I was partnered this month with 3 Sides of Crazy. She has a great blog with many interesting recipes. She is great in that she menu plans each day of the week. I try that, but am not always successful. I want to improve in that area.

Ok, the brownies were good, but I think maybe, I didn’t cook them long enough. Mine were a bit goopy – almost like a pudding – but the flavor was very good. The crust was firm and crunchy – a nice different texture from the softer pudding – like center I think what I liked best was how easy they were to make, and the recipe calls for ingredients that I usually have on hand.

Thanks to my blog partner for having a great recipe for me to try. I will make it again, but I will probably cook it a little longer! Have a great evening!

CHOCOLATE FUDGE BROWNIES

1/2 cup butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
4 eggs, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour, sifted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt butter and chocolate together slowly so it doesn't burn in a double boiler. COOL. Cooling this mixture will help keep brownies moist.
Beat together eggs and salt until light and foamy. Add sugar and vanilla alternately and gradually to the egg mixture. Add flour until uniform in texture and color. Quickly and with as few a strokes as possible, MANUALLY beat in the cooled chocolate mixture to the egg mixture.
Baked in a greased 9x13 pan for about 25 minutes Cool Sprinkle them with powdered sugar when they first come out of the oven or frost as soon as they cool.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Tastemaker Progran and Bertolli Sauce

Ok, so I received two Bertolli sauces in the mail as part of FoodBuzz’s TasteMaker program; Arrabbaita and Four Cheese Rosa. While I usually make my own sauce – marinara sauces are pretty easy to do, I was intrigued.

It was a very easy supper to prepare. I had some leftover steak – arm steak and chuck steak; not the most tender cuts, but good flavor nonetheless. I took my leftover steak that I had grilled added it to the warmed up sauce in a large skillet and tossed in whole grain pasta.

I have to say that I really didn’t like the whole grain pasta. I have made whole grain pasta before with cold pasta dishes and liked them, but there was something about the grainy texture of the pasta, when I made this that I just didn’t like. The sauce, however, was good, and it added a nice touch to the steak. The flavor of the peppers in the sauce really came through, but they weren’t strong or overbearing.

Dinner was good, easy and healthy. Thanks Foodbuzz and Bertolli!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Steak Sandwich


In my quest to be vigilant and cook all that I buy – my goal this weekend was to use some of the older meat products in my freezer. I had some “spedini” meat that I purchased on the Hill in St. Louis. It is very thinly sliced beef. I usually roll it up with mozzarella cheese and a basil leaf and grill it, but I wanted to do something different with it.

I decided to make two different entrees. The first was a pasta with the meat, sautéed in garlic, seasonings, and olive oil. I also added beef stock and some red wine to deglaze the pan. Basil was a finishing touch.

I also made a large steak and cheese sandwich for lunch on Sunday. I saw Rachael Ray make them on her show, so I decided to make my version.

¾ lb spedini or other thinly sliced meat
Garlic powder
Steak seasoning
Salt
Pepper
Olive oil
1 onion – I had a red onion
1 pepper – I had yellow, but any type that you want will work
Olive oil for onions
Provolone cheese slices
Chibata bread – I used a small loaf to make one large sandwich

Sauté onions and peppers in olive oil until very soft and a little browned. Put meat in a bowl, coat lightly with olive oil and season with garlic, steak seasoning, salt, pepper. Let sit for 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Cook in a large skillet with olive oil added to cover bottom of pan.

Slice loaf in half lengthwise, build sandwich with a layer of meat, cheese, and top with onions. Cut in half and serve.

Hubby really liked the sandwich, but he thought the bread was a bit hard and crusty. I will try to use a lighter, softer bread next time I make these sandwiches.

Next post is my Tastemaker – Bertolli sauce post. I will be using it tonight for dinner.