Quick Tip: Keep Your Bananas Fresh!

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I went a little crazy at Trader Joe’s on Sunday and purchased a bit too much fruit for myself. If you wrap the stem of your bananas with plastic wrap, you will extend its freshness a little longer.

Chocolate Cake & Buttercream Frosting

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I’m pretty proud of this post because this is my first attempt of making a cake with frosting completely from scratch. I’ve always used cake mix from a box (gasp) and never really tried to bake. This definitely isn’t a recipe for one, but who wants to eat dessert alone all the time? So invite your friends over (especially if your friends have more cake baking experience than you), eat and be merry!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup of Hershey’s Cocoa
1/2 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup shortening
2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
1 3/4 cup of sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 1/3 cups of buttermilk
Two 9 inch pans or three 8 inch pans

Directions:
1. In a bowl, stir in your boiling water with your cocoa until smooth. Set aside.
2. In a separate mixing bowl, cream shortening, sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Add the eggs and beat.
3. Combine buttermilk, flour, baking soda and salt into creamed mixture alternately. Blend in the cocoa mixture.
4. Grease and flour your 9 inch pans. This can me done by coating your pan with shortening and adding a little flour to the pan and spread evenly. Make sure you cover the bottom and the sides of the pans to avoid the cake from sticking.
5. Pour mixture into pans and bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Be sure to check your cake with a toothpick at the 20 minute mark just in case your oven runs a little hotter to avoid overcooking.
6. Remove from the oven and let it sit fro 10 minutes before removing it from the pan to finish cooling before frosting.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Ingredients (2 cups of Frosting):
2 2/3 cups of Confectionery Sugar
1/4 tablespoons of Hershey’s Cocoa (If you want more chocolate flavor, you can add up to 3/4 cup of cocoa)
6 Tablespoons of butter or margarine, softened
4-5 Tablespoons of Milk
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla

Directions:
1. Combine sugar and cocoa.
2. Add butter, milk and vanilla. Beat until desired consistency.
(For a glossier texture, add 1 tablespoon of light corn syrup)
3. Frost your cake and eat with ice cream! Enjoy!

 

The Donut Man: Fresh Strawberries & Tiger Tails

strawberry1aThe Donut Man has been around for over 40 years on the famous Route 66.  They are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are best known for their fresh peach and strawberry stuffed donuts and foot long tiger tails.

The Donut Man has been featured on both The Food Network and The Cooking Channel. After a 9pm craving for something sweet, The Donut Man became the destination. Their Strawberry stuffed donut was simply delicious. Fresh strawberries and a light glaze that compliments the donut perfectly.

My favorite has to be their foot long tiger tail. The thought of it sitting on my kitchen counter was enough to wake me up the next day before 8a.m. to devour it with my morning coffee. The donut man will definitely be my go to destination when I’m craving donuts….especially when those cravings come late at night!

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Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches

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bruxie2My day ended with a trip to try out Bruxie, a place with a little twist on your typical sandwich place. Bruxie uses a Belgian Waffle as the bread. I decided to go with a Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffle sandwich with a side of waffle cut fries. I also ordered an old fashioned cola to wash it down.

The fried chicken came between two huge pieces of waffle. The waffle was light and had a little crisp to it. It was the perfect balance between sweet and savory. The chicken was topped with chili honey which gave a subtle sweetness.  You have the option to order maple syrup on the side, but I decided against it because I’m still getting over a donut hangover.

I wil definitely be back again to try the dessert side of their menu. The atmosphere was laidback and the staff was friendly to a newbie like myself. For more information on Bruxie and to find out if you have one in your area, check out http://www.bruxie.com.

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