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Red Velvet Brownies

In Brownies & Bars, Holidays on December 20, 2010 at 8:29 am

Full disclosure right off the bat: I did not make this!

My mom made these brownies for me for my birthday. They are so incredibly delicious. I fell in love immediately! I am addicted to all things red velvet, and this recipe did not disappoint. The cream cheese frosting was perfect, the brownies were moist and perfectly sweet (but not too sweet), the white chocolate shavings were beautiful and tasty.

You should definitely try this Southern Living recipe out for a holiday party. I highly recommend it! Mom said she baked the brownies for exactly 44 minutes. She checked at 40 minutes and the center was not done…keep an eye on your brownies since all ovens vary.

The best thing about my birthday, however, was not the red velvet brownies. It was spending the day in the Georgia Dome with my Auburn Tigers and winning the SEC!

That's Bo Jackson standing on the metal bench in a brown coat.

See...Bo has been at many AU games this year. He stood on the sidelines for the whole game and celebrated with the players and fans. I'm mildly obsessed with Bo right now.

But I'm even more obsessed with Cam! WARRRR EAGLE!


Old Fashioned Apple Pie

In Fruit, Pie on December 16, 2010 at 10:34 am

First of all, I apologize for my recent absence. I wish I could tell you that I’ve been busy helping the homeless or finding a cure for cancer. In reality, I’ve been swept up in football season, family events and general holiday madness. Additionally, I have spent hours, maybe days, trying to find a warm maternity coat. It does not exist. I am going to be cold all winter. So, as a result, I honestly haven’t been cooking much at all. I did, however, find time to make Dan an apple pie for his birthday. He requested pie instead of cake. He doesn’t like icing. Whatever.

This is my second ever apple pie from scratch. I used Martha Stewart’s recipe for Old Fashioned Apple Pie. I made the dough a day in advance, and I just used my hands to make the dough mixture. I wasn’t sure if I was doing it correctly or not, but it seemed to work out okay. I didn’t photograph the dough making because it was messy and I was concentrating on trying to get the texture right.

On to the pie, chopping the apples takes some time. Just turn on some music or a TV show and get to work. I used a combination of granny smith and gala apples.

Slice the apples thinly.

Divide the dough in half and roll out to pieces in equal size (one for the bottom crust and one for the top crust).

Once the dough is done and the apples are chopped, you just mix the apples with cinnamon, flour and sugar and assemble the pie. The recipe calls for cloves, but I omitted them.

Spread the apple mixture into the bottom pie crust and dot with butter (do not skimp).

Layer on the top crust and cut holes in it to allow air to escape. In hindsight, I wish I had made my holes smaller.

Bake at 350 degrees for one hour and fifteen minutes. This photo is a little dark...the top crust was not burned, but it sort of looks that way here.

I let this pie rest for several hours before serving it. I served it at room temperature, but I think it would have been best warm with vanilla ice cream. Dan does not like warm desserts (isn’t he just nuts?), and since it was HIS birthday I obliged.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday season. I know it’s a busy time of year. Just remember that “stressed” spelled backwards is “desserts”! I hope you eat or make something delicious today!

Grilled Flank Steak with Creamed Horseradish

In Just Good Food on December 1, 2010 at 8:30 am

It’s feeling more like winter here (actually it’s raining today, but they are predicting snow next week), and thus, some of my dinners have been more hearty, comfort food lately.  Sometimes you just need meat and potatoes. Period.

I found a recipe for grilled flank steak in cookbook I have called “Seriously Simple“. Here it is:

Grilled Flank Steak with Creamed Horseradish


1 large shallot, minced

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 tablespoons soy sauce

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried thyme)

1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt

pepper to taste

You also need a 2lb flank steak

Creamed Horseradish:

1/4 cup sour cream

2 teaspoons prepared horseradish

salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives

1. Make the marinade – Combine all of the marinade ingredients and stir to combine. Put the steak in a large zip lock and then pour in the marinade. Marinate the meat for several hours. I made the marinade in the morning and let the steak hang out in it all day.

2. Make the horseradish sauce – Combine all of the ingredients and stir to combine. This can be done well in advance.

3. Grill the steak over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes per side (this will produce a medium-rare steak).

4. Let the steak rest and then slice the meat on a diagonal and arrange it on a nice serving platter with the sauce.

Serve this meal with new potatoes and a green vegetable of your choice!

The only downside….I had to cook this indoors using a grill pan. Unfortunately, my apartment now smells like Benihana. I hate that. So, if you have access to an outdoor grill, I highly recommend using it instead. Have a great day!