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I kept procrastinating to share on here a cake recipe I got online (not sure of the website source now, I should not probably just mention it here, forgive me, my bad).  Anyway, I am sharing it here because it was really great specially if you both love coffee and cake.

So below was my finished product, it was not that so presentable but it was so delicious (i love my own work).  I forgot the real name of this cake so I made up something to call this… coffee lover chocolatey cake..  Actually what I liked with the cake was, its being moist and soft.  I used a ready-made betty crocker’s chocolate frosting so I won’t include the original coffee frosting for this cake.

Here’s the Ingredients:

Butter, for greasing the pans

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans

2 cups sugar

3/4 cups cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup buttermilk, shaken (I used 2 tablespoon vinegar plus milk to make it 1 cup as substitute)

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs, at room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee

Direction:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter 2 (8-inch) round cake pans.  Line with *parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans. (* I used regular foil instead)

Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of **electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined. (** I used the regular mixer and just mixed it on low speed work still good).  In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla.  With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry.  With the mixer still on low, add the coffee, and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula.  Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 35-40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.  Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a colling rack and cool completely.

Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a flat plate of cake pedestal.  With a knife or offset spatula spread the top with frosting.  Place the second layer on top, round side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake.

*** I just put on some decorations on my cake so it will look a little better (at least for me).

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Something for dinner… Forgive me for not being able to cite the source…forgot which recipe book/website I used.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

6 (6-7 ounce boneless pork loin chops
6 slices bacon
ground black pepper
salt
garlic powder
3 slices American cheese, cut into halves

Directions:

Dry the chops with paper towels and season generously with salt, pepper and garlic. Wrap a strip of bacon around each one, securing with a toothpick (if u like, I did not use it though). Put the chops on a wired-rack pan and BROIL 4 inches from heat source, 6-8 minutes. Turn and continue broiling to desired *doneness, approximately 6-7 minutes. On the last 2 minutes put cheese on top and broil again until it melted. Serve hot.

* I cooked it into two batches. Notice that some chops cheese were a little burnt, it’s because I prefer it very well cooked.

Dinner was delicious specially paired with yummy leftover-well chilled potato salad from last night ;-).

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Easy to cook Souffleed Salmon Steaks:

 


Ingredients:

1/4 cup margarine, melted
2 tbsp dry white wine
6 salmon steaks, 1 inch thick (note: You can use Halibut as substitute)
3 egg whites
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp green onions slices
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

Procedure:

Combine margaine and wine. Place fish on greased rack of broiler pan. Broil 6-8 minutes on each side until fish flakes easily with fork, brushing frequently with margarine mixture. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold in mayonnaise, onion, and mustard. Spoon onto fish; broil until lightly browned.

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Since the other day, my husband has a food craving with my mother-in-law’s cooking specially the Cheese Dip that she made when we were in Florida. I can’t blame his craving because it was sure so delicious. So yesterday I thought I will make same thing, I tried looking for a recipe on my recipe book but I did not find it. Good thing I remembered that I have this crockpot recipe book and thought I might as well look something I could make for a change.

When I am almost on the last page, I found this Chili-Cheese Dip recipe, it was quite simple and easy to make but I thought maybe I can use something more or add up some more ingredients. So I came up to this idea of “Beef Chili Cheese Dip”.

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Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef, 1/2 cup onion (chopped finely), 1/2 cup green chilies (chopped finely), 1/2 cup tomatoes (finely chopped), 1 can 6 oz tomato paste (add 1/2 can water), 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp of Tabasco hot sauce, 12 oz processed American cheese (cut into small pieces), 2 tbsp cottage cheese, 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese. And a bag of Corn Chips.

Direction:

Cook ground beef in a pan until its color turned into brown, and drain excess fat. Put the ground beef in a Crockpot, mix it well with all other ingredients except the shredded mozzarella cheese. Turn the Crockpot to “High” for 1 hour or until cheese melted well, stirring occasionally. Spread the shredded mozzarella cheese on top on the last 10 minutes of cooking time. Serve it warm or Turn the Crockpot to “low” if not serving right away.

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This is my own recipe and so far it turned out well and the above picture is my finished product. My husband thought it was so delicious, I know it wasn’t good as my in-law’s cooking but I’m still happy because my husband always appreciate my cooking.

You can try it guys and just adjust something according to your preferences. You can add more American cheese too, my cheese supply was short so that was the only amount I added.  Cooking for my family is a crystal moment for me.

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Eating dinner with the whole family is such a crystal moment you can always share and enjoy together.  It gives a lot of joy and meaning specially for the little kids, that is why as much as we can we always eat together.  This recipe I’m going to share is not really my very own, so I am not claiming the ownership of this recipe. I got the tomato sauce recipe from one of the Baked Tilapia recipes in http://www.allrecipes.com. The first time I used the recipe, my husband loved it and I myself got surprise the way it tasted. I never thought it will be such a big hit to my husband and thought it’s just one of my disastrous cookings. I still remember the first time, ohh so yummmmy, specially eating with rice, just a perfect dinner meal!

Anyway, back about the recipe, as I said it’s not my very own, just made some changes or adjustments according to my cooking experimentation experience.

Here it is:

Ingredients:

1 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 tsp dried Basil leaves
1 can ( oz) tomato paste 3 (1 pound) Mahi Mahi Fillets
1 tsp garlic powder 1 tomato fresh, sliced
1 tsp dried oregano 1 large Onion, sliced
1/2 tsp salt (or according to taste) 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp ground black pepper 3 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp dried Parsley

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat bottom of a medium baking dish with about 1/2 cup olive oil.

2. In a small bowl, blend remaining olive oil, tomato paste, garlic powder, oregano, salt, ground black pepper, parsley and basil.

3. Arrange Mahi Mahi fillets in the prepared baking dish, skin side up. With spatula or spoon, spread the olive oil and tomato paste mixture over the Mahi Mahi fillets, heaping the
majority in the centers of the fillets. Arrange onion and green pepper slices on and around the fillets.

4. Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, until fish is easily flaked with a fork. Remove from
heat, arrange the tomato fresh slices on top and around each fillet then top with 1
tablespoon butter on the center of the fillet and set oven to broil. Broil 8 to 10 minutes,
until butter is melted and lightly brown.

* I also use this for chicken breast fillet and just adjust the time in baking.

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