Showing posts from July, 2006

Sweet Tea

This is a little something I learned while I lived down in the south. I don't normally enjoy iced tea, but this is fabulous and so refreshing on a hot day.

Bring 3-4 cups of water to a boil. Add a pinch of baking soda to the water and add 3 family sized tea bags. Remove from heat and cover. Allow to sit for at least 10-15 minutes. Pour into gallon pitcher and add sugar. Then fill with cold water. Refrigerate. *the soda takes out the bitterness and darkens the tea....this small amount doesnt change the taste. Enjoy!!

I found this recipe at

Veal Saltimbocca Alla Romana

This is my absolute favorite meal!! I had it for the first time in a little bistro in La Jolla called La Dolce Vita. If you are ever in San Diego, it is a must. I've never made it before but found this recipe on Food Network and decided I am going to give it a try next time Dan and I have an "at home date".

4 (5-ounce) thinly sliced veal cutlets (scallopini)
4 slices thinly sliced prosciutto
8 fresh sage leaves, plus more for garnish
All-purpose flour, for dredging
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons dry white wine
1/4 cup chicken broth
Lemon wedges, for serving

Put the veal cutlets side by side on a sheet of plastic wrap. Lay a piece of prosciutto on top of each piece of veal and cover with another piece of plastic. Gently flatten the cutlets with a rolling pin or meat mallet, until the pieces are about 1/4-inch thick and the prosciutto has adhered to the veal.
Remove the plastic wrap and lay a…

Tunnel of Fudge Cake

This was always my dad's favorite cake as I was growing up. The original recipe called for boxed icing mix but has since been discontinued.

3 1/2 Sticks butter or margarine, softened (14 oz)
1 3/4 c Sugar
6 Eggs
2 3/4 c Powdered sugar
2 1/4 c Flour
1 c Unsweetened cocoa powder
2 c Chopped walnuts (8 oz.) **
1 1/2 tb (to 2 Tbsp.) milk

"In 1966 a chocolate cake called the Tunnel of Fudge Cake, made with a boxed frosting mix, won the Pillsbury BAKE-OFF Contest. Although the frosting mix was discontinued, Pillsbury continued to receive so many requests for the cake that the company developed a scratch recipe to simulate the original. Here it is:"

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 12-cup bundt pan or 10" angel food tube pan. Dust with flour; tap out excess.

2. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffly, 1 to 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar, …

Deluxe Divine Chicken Divan

Rachael Ray rocks! I saw her show 30 minute meals again today and have to try this. I'll let you know how it turns out. Sounds delicious and easy.

1/3 cup sliced almonds, a couple of handfuls
1 quart chicken stock
1 lemon, zested
2 to 3 sprigs fresh thyme
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1 1/2 cups white rice
1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pounds chicken breast cutlets, 8 cutlets
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning, 1/3 palm full
2 tablespoons plus about 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of pan
1 1/3 pounds, a large bunch, asparagus spears, trimmed of tough ends
6 or 7 large button mushrooms, sliced
1/3 cup half-and-half
1 rounded tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons, a couple sprigs, fresh tarragon, leaves chopped
2 scallions, chopped
Toast almonds in a small skillet until golden. Set aside.

Bring 2 3/4 cups chicken stock, the zest of 1 lemon, thyme sprigs and a tablespoon of butter to a boil in a medium pot with a tight fitting lid. Add rice to water, stir. R…

Malibu Rum Cake

I got this recipe from Nicki and just adapted it a little. It was so moist and delicious. Gotta try it. And it is so easy!

For the Cake
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 box yellow cake mix (see note below)
1 3 3/4 ounce box Jell-o Vanilla Instant Pudding and Pie Filling
4 eggs
1/2 cup cold water (or you can use pineapple juice)
1/2 cup vegitable oil
1/2 cup Malibu Rum

For the Glaze
1/4 pound butter
1/4 cup water
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Malibu rum
Whipped Cream (Optional)

NOTE: if using yellow cake mix with pudding alredy in the mix omit instant pudding, use 3 eggs instead of 4 and 1/3 cup oil instead of 1/2.

Preheat oven to 325 FGrease and flour 12-cup Bundt pan & Sprinkle nuts over bottom of pan. Mix cake ingreadients together & Pour over nuts. Bake for 1 hour & Cool.
For the Glaze, melt butter in sauce pan. Stir in water and sugar. Boil 5 minutes, stiring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in rum. Prick the top of the cake. Spoon and brush glaze evenly over top and sides. Allow ca…