Jan 3, 2019

Save the Date!

The legendary Chocolate Ball benefitting Epilepsy-Pralid, Inc. is right away the corner! The elegant evening gala will feature food, drinks, music, and a chance to sample and purchase award-winning chocolate cakes. I have the honor of being one of three judges in their Signature Cake Chef Competition. I hope to see you there!

Jan 2, 2019

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Recipe is adapted from the Joy of Cooking

1 1/3 cup AP flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 cup brown sugar
6 Tbs unsalted butter, melted
2 whole eggs
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup semisweet chocolate chip

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease loaf pan.

Whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.

Whisk butter and brown sugar for 2-3 minutes or until the color is lighter and texture is airy. Add eggs one at a time until combined. Stir in bananas and chocolate chips. Gently fold in flour mixture. Pour into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes. Let cool in pan completely.

Jan 5, 2018

Eating at Disney's Magic Kingdom

Gaston's Tavern – LeFou's Brew (pineapple mango smoothie with marshmallow cream);
Warm Festive Cinnamon Roll (red is just food dye)
Gaston's Tavern – Warm Festive Cinnamon Roll
Gaston's Tavern – Enchanted Rose Cupcake (chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream)
Sleepy Hollow – Hand-dipped Corn Dog
Sleepy Hollow – Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich with Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread 
Food Cart Near Haunted Mansion - Mickey Ice Cream Novelty
Big Top Souvenirs – Mickey Mouse Dipped Marshmallow Treat 
Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café – Cheeseburger and Fries
This was by far the easiest sit-down meal with the family. Order ahead via the Disney mobile app, let them know you've arrived also via the app, find your table, and wait for your name to be called. It was so fast. There's a toppings bar to customize your sandwiches/burgers. Pictured above includes lettuce, tomato, mushrooms and jalapeño.
(Not pictured – A tasty Falafel Vegetarian Burger served with Tzatziki Sauce)

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor – All-American Sundae
Old-fashioned Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream with Hot Fudge, Peanut Butter Drizzle, Whipped Cream, and a Cherry
Main Street Confectionery – White Chocolate Caramel Apple Pie Candied Apple

Outside the Main Street Confectionery

Dec 21, 2017

Creamy Chicken, Rice and Vegetable Soup

  • 2 chicken breasts, with bone; skin on
  • 4 chicken thighs, with bone; skin on 
  • Olive oil, Kosher salt, fresh ground pepper
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 Tbs fresh thyme, rosemary sage, finely minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 6 carrots. peeled and diced
  • 6 celery stalks. peeled and diced
  • 4 portobello mushrooms, gills removed, chopped
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 quarts (16 cups) reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 3 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 can artichoke hearts, drained and halved
  • 1 ½ cups corn (canned, frozen or fresh)
  • 1 head broccoli, stems removed, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 ½ cups brown rice
  • 1 cup heavy cream

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Place chicken on sheet pan; coat with olive oil; season with salt and pepper; roast for 40 minutes; set aside until cool enough to touch.
  2. Over medium heat in large stock pot, melt butter with herbs; add onion, carrots, celery (mirepoix), season with salt and pepper to taste, and cook until onions are translucent. 
  3. Add mushrooms to mirepoix and cook until they've shrunken in size and released their liquid, about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove skin and separate chicken from bones; shred with two forks or roughly chop; set aside.
  5. Bring chicken broth and bouillon cubes to a simmer.
  6. Sprinkle vegetables with flour and stir to coat; cook for about 30 seconds. 
  7. Stirring constantly, slowly add hot broth to vegetable/flour mixture. 
  8. Add chicken, artichokes, corn, broccoli, rice, and heavy cream.
  9. Simmer on low for 1 hour.
  10. Season with salt and pepper to taste.