One of my favorite culinary challenges is figuring out ways to turn complex multi-part recipes that would normally take several hours to create into meals that can easily be pulled together on a week night to feed the starving masses. And that is exactly what this enchilada recipe does.
There are few things more impressive than a beautifully crafted layer cake embellished with frosting rosettes, fresh fruit, and flowers. Even an eight inch layer cake can be a enough to stop appreciative guests and party goers in their tracks, with mouths agape and eyes in awe.
I’m six years old and I have just taken a gargantuan bite of a frosting encrusted slice of purple-winged-roller-skate shaped cake. I’ve chosen to have my birthday party at the skating rink this year, and after soaring deftly around the rink for lap after lap to the sounds of Baby Got Back, Achy Breaky Heart, My Lovin’ – You’re Never Gonna Get It, and the like (it’s 1992, after all) that bite of cake is pure heaven.
My Minty Strawberry and Raspberry Shortcake is like a Summery slap to the face. Slightly sweet, spongy cake builds the foundation for all of that sweet, strawberry goodness sandwiched with layers of fluffy homemade vanilla whipped cream. Each bite breaths little wisps of refreshing mint over your tongue and through your nose.
Friday brought a sudden cold snap to Austin, TX. After weeks of high temperatures in the 80s, I was met with a burst of 40 degree wind when I let the dogs out Friday morning. Our shiba inu/princess, Sadie, decided not to stay outside for long. Cold temps might be a bit disappointing to a warm lover like me, but it does give me a great reason to make beef chili again!