Thursday, March 24, 2011

Almond Butter

A couple weeks ago I was making a chicken dish and the recipe called for almond butter. I didn't want to go to the store and spend a fortune on almond butter, so I decided to make some since I had almonds in the pantry.
It was really easy, just takes a little patience.

Toast your almonds until lightly fragrant.

Put toasted almonds in food processor, blend until smooth

It takes a good 5 minutes. You'll think it will never
be smooth, but it does happen, I promise.
I uses slivered almonds because that's what I had, but you can
use whole almonds, it will probably take around 10 minutes.
Add a little sea salt to taste, then your done!


I am excited about making all kinds of nut butters.....
the possibilities are endless. I'm thinking of a walnut/hazelnut with cinnamon and cardamom.
Pecan with cinnamon and brown sugar, pistachio and sea salt, pumpkin maple and chocolate!
I could go on and on. Anyone have any great combinations that they would want to try?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Double Chocolate Cake

Yesterday I made this unbelievable chocolate cake for my friend Tracy who is expecting a baby boy at the end of the month. We had a small shower for her last night at my small group meeting.
I've been practicing many recipes for cakes that I am making for a wedding in May. This one is definitely a keeper. I made white chocolate butter cream frosting for the layers and a swiss butter cream for the outside of the cake.
I am making 5 different flavor cakes for the wedding. We are making a "dessert" bar instead of a traditional 4-5 tiered wedding cake. I am excited about this project that I have ahead of me.
Up next will be the Lemon cake.

Pizza Party

Sunday night I made pizzas
for something yummy to
eat while watching the
Last week I watched an episode of
"Best thing I ever ate"
on Food network
and they were featuring
favorite pizzas.
I took a couple ideas from
some of the chefs that were
Instead of a traditional pizza dough
I made a Naan bread dough and grilled
it first.
One of them had thinly sliced
Yukon gold potatoes with a garlic
sauce. The other one had fresh
Parmesan cheese, thinly sliced
red onions and pistachios with
drizzle of olive oil. That one was to
was so unique and very tasty. The other one I made was
diced tomatoes with fresh mozzarella
and basil.