Everyone is always searching for that word that stops trains, wars, acne, and certainly time. That word is chocolate. I won't ramble. I will just post photos and recipes. "Finally!" You say? -- I'll let you be smarty about it IF you promise to download the recipe and MAKE IT!
RECIPE: Chocolate Mocha Pecan Mini Cakes
Makes 12 Muffin Sized Cakes - Click Here to Download Printable Version
2 C cake flour
2 t baking powder
1/t baking soda
½ t salt
4 T unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ t ground ginger
1 C pecans chopped
1 large egg
4 T canola oil
¼ C strong brewed coffee, cooled
1 C 2% milk
1 t vanilla
Butter to grease muffin tins
In one bowl add the dry ingredients. Blend well with a fork until everything is incorporated. In another bowl, add all the wet ingredients and whisk until very well blended. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet. Using a spatula, fold and mix all together just until blended. Don’t over-stir.
Butter the insides of a standard, 12 count muffin tin and then drop about 1 T of the chopped pecans into the bottom. (You can also sprinkle the pecans on top of the batter.) Now, divide the batter evenly by pouring into the muffin tins. Place in a preheated 375 degree F oven and bake for maximum of 15-18 minutes.
Remove, let cool for about 5 minutes, take cakes out of tins and serve with your favorite fruit or chocolate sauce and a small sized milkshake.
There are few things less vilified by our nutritional gurus than the skin of a chicken. Nicotine, perhaps, and probably margarine, but that about rounds out the top three. And it's a shame actually because the process we follow to target a singular food as traitorous should be should be done with a more benevolent checklist than the one used by the average frightened diner. In fact even more sinister to culinary health is our romance with LARGE PORTIONS. It is here that I debate with passion against those who will surely frown on this post. Why? Life is just too short not to enjoy a beautiful, seared piece of chicken where the skin is crispy and yields ever so willingly to other flavors and accompaniments.
For instance. Bananas are very good for you. But if you peeled and snarfed 40 of them in one sitting, I'm pretty sure you'd be scanning your Blue Cross handbook before leaving for the ER. I submit then, that chicken skin enjoyed from time to time is okay. Even down right amazing.
Surely I am not the worst offender of showcasing vile food. A local restaurant here offers deep fried chicken skins as an appetizer. And they charge a pretty penny for them. And the people who frequent this establishment sit upright and even use their napkins, not sharing the slightest resemblance with huns or fugitives. The latter being a little harder to make out.
In fact the more you dine in restaurants with a higher culinary IQ, the less chance you have of eating the kinds of toxic chemicals that plague most meals today. Overall we could benefit from a more discerning palate as we navigate menus. I might submit that learning to love good food, eating less of it, and just avoiding huge quantities is the true way nourish ourselves with more conscience and success.
And if that treatise still doesn't have your mouth watering for crispy, herb and garlic smeared chicken, I hope more photos will do the trick. YUM!!!
You've seen me sear and then finish a piece of meat in the oven before. The SeaBass I made a few months ago is one example of how this moist and then dry heat method locks in juices and insures flavors are off the richter scale of lip-smacking perfection. These chicken thighs surely benefitted from that method, and by using a mixture of butter and oil for the searing, we achieved perfection. Once topped with a pureed mixture of parsley, garlic, rosemary and oil, with a little chili flake added for fun, they roasted in the oven for 15 minutes and sat for 10 minutes to finish. Voila', y'all. Voila'....
Get some skin in the game of your next meal!!!
RECIPE: Herb Seared and Roasted Chicken Thighs
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My name is Camine Pappas and I love to create beautiful and delicious food that anyone can make. My signature style centers around a love for combining things in a way you might not expect as I work to find a hidden combination of colors, textures and flavors from the things that are in my pantry and/or easy to obtain.