Thursday, March 26, 2015

Vegetable Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

There's something about portobello mushrooms that I just love.   When I saw this dish, I knew I had to make it.   It didn't disappoint. =)

Aren't they so beautiful and colorful?

These are so easy to make...and have so many good things in them!

The recipe is here.    Mushrooms, zucchini, onions, peppers, tomatoes, garlic, spinach, bread crumbs, two kinds of cheese... Mmm....

EAT some.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Six Layer Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

If you want something a little different for a birthday, or just for fun, a layer cookie cake is it! =)

If you have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, you could just use it, but I like this one.   I found it on my bottle of McCormick Vanilla!

In order to make each layer exactly the same size, I used a small (5 or 6 inch) round cake pan.   I cut a piece of parchment paper for the bottom and buttered the sides.   Then I measure exactly 2/3 of a cup of dough and pressed it into an even layer in the pan.  I baked each layer for 13 minutes at 350.   I wanted to make sure they weren't reaching "crunchy".
 After taking it out of the oven, I would loosen around the edges with a knife, and then invert it onto a potholder on my hand, and then onto a wire rack (by holding the rack up to the bottom of the cookie and gently putting it down).    After each layer had cooled, I put them in air tight containers until I was ready to put them together, to keep them from drying out.

The frosting is my mom's recipe, that you can find in this post.   I made 1.5 recipes of frosting and needed all of it.   After I made the frosting, I divided it into six equal "piles" on a plate, to make sure I'd have enough, and an equal amount for each layer.   (I actually made one pile slightly bigger, so I'd have enough to pipe a border on the top layer).   Put a dab of frosting on the plate, to secure your first layer before starting.   This will keep anything from sliding later!  After finishing the layers of frosting and cookie, I inserted a wooden skewer down the middle to keep the layers from moving at all.
I didn't frost the sides, just because I liked the look of being able to see every layer.  I do NOT recommend that you cover the whole thing in frosting as it will make it Painfully sweet!   As it was, this went down great with a glass of milk =)

Go make one! =)