Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rainy Days

Yesterday was a rare and glorious rainy day. After a quick trip to the gym, the chefs and I spent the whole day at home.

Did I just say that spending the whole day at home with 3 kids was glorious? I think the blazing summer sun has finally gotten to me. That and I can see on the horizon the beginning of school. I'll have two in preschool starting next week. I think all of us are counting down the days.

Because the day was rainy and cool, my lead sous chef had a play date with a delightful little pixie. And what would one do when at a play date at my house? Why, bake something of course!

The girls and I made some brownies: simple, quick, and delicious.

I'm going to miss weekday play dates.

Peanut Butter Brownies
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup ap flour
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1/2 cup peanut butter, any kind you like
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a 9 inch pie pan (that's what we grabbed, but a 9 by 9 pan would work too) with cooking spray and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Once melted, remove from the heat and add the sugar until well incorporated. Add the eggs and stir quickly (to avoid scrambled eggs) until everything is well combined. Stir in the flour.
Once the flour is just combined, remove about a cup of the batter to a bowl.
To the saucepan, mix in the cooled chocolate. Pour out this batter into the prepared pan.
In the bowl with the batter, mix in the peanut butter.
Take the peanut butter mixture and put dollops on the top of the chocolate batter. Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips on top. With a wooden skewer, swirl the batter.
Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until the brownies appear set on the surface.


Monday, August 2, 2010

Steak Sandwich with carmelized onions and goat cheese

I am convinced that carmelized onions make everything taste better. Combine that with goat cheese and you've got something.

There isn't much of a recipe here, just a basic idea. Trust me, though, grab some french bread, spread some room temperature goat cheese...add some carmelized onions and spinach...then put on some sliced grilled flank steak..and you have yourself an awesome meal.

Of course, if you are feeling frisky, leftover citrus chili hollandaise spread over everything wouldn't hurt. :)

On a side note, getting back into blogging has proven quite difficult. I REALLY need the outlet, but figuring out how to structure my time while still enjoying my much loved shower and sleep routine is proving difficult. Not to mention my crazy laptop that heats up to crazy degrees within 30 minutes of being turned on. Anyone out there have any tips?