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You've found the home of my fabulous hand-sewn retro Barbie fashions and delectable recipes from my cookbooks, Chocolate Crimes and Five Step to Chocolate Rehab.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sin in a Pan

Purloined this photo. My excuse? I have a bad cold.

This is is no way meant to be a reflection on Ginger's character, but I thought this recipe just went with the spirit of this long President's holiday...or should it be plural...Presidents' holiday?


1 cup heavy cream


layer two

layer three


Ginger is taking advantage of the long weekend to show off her hostess wear. She is busy whipping up a little sin for Tyler...I mean Sin in a Pan...of course. What a fitting climax to their holiday together.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

French Toast in the Oven

Out too late last night celebrating Valentine's Day...we are recovering this morning with a delicious brunch of French Toast.
I was fortunate to get this recipe from wonderful golfer, commentator and friend, Judy Rankin.  It is just scrumptious.

1/2 cup (one stick) melted butter
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Mix first three ingredients and pour into a large cookie sheet with sides.

6 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

In a bowl, beat eggs, add milk, juice, sugar, salt, cinnamon and orange peel.

8 slices French bread

Dip bread into this mixture and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes, then turn and bake another ten minutes. This is a wonderful breakfast for company and can be partially assembled the night before; just dip the bread in the morning.
Veronica is our sleepy-time gal this morning.  I'm a little jealous that she managed to sleep to 10:30.  I've been cleaning house since 8:00. Yeah, I'd like to have her legs and waistline, too.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Charm Your Valentine With Sweet Mouthfuls

I can't describe how delicious and unusual this dessert is.  It will charm anyone from your mother-in-law to the love of your life. It is one of the few recipes that I did not develop or tweak myself. One doesn't mess with perfection!
Sara St. Clair baked this delicious dessert and I begged the recipe.  It won a first prize for her and won the raves of all her friends. It needs to set for 8 hours, so plan ahead.

Line a cookie sheet with 3 ½ inch circles of waxed paper.  You will need a total of 20.  Preheat oven to 250˚. Beat:
4 egg whites, room temperature
pinch of salt
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
until stiff.  Gradually beat in:
1 cup granulated sugar
Continue beating until meringue is stiff and glossy.  Spread meringue over waxed paper circle about ½ inch thick.  Bake 40-45 minutes until meringue is pale and golden, but still pliable.  Remove from oven and carefully peel waxed paper from bottom of meringues.  Cool on racks.

chocolate filling

6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons water
and spread over 10 of the cooled meringues.

whipped cream
Whip:   3 cups whipping cream
until stiff and gradually add:
⅓ cup granulated sugar
Continue to beat until very stiff. Spread ¾ inch layer of whipped cream on top of each chocolate topped meringue.  Top with a layer of:

sliced strawberries (1 pint total)
Place a plain meringue on top of the berries.  Frost the top and sides with whipped cream.  Place in refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.  Makes 10.
Ginger has made these Sweet Mouthfuls for the ever attentive Tyler.  Unfortunately, he has to be in Hong Kong on Valentine's Day, so they are celebrating tonight. He is getting dessert and a card and fringe benefits...just wonder what she'll be receiving.  Dating a millionaire has its perks!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Afternoon Delight Punch

The Barbie Nation and I ate our weight in chocolate at last night's Chocolate Decadence fundraiser for the Aphasia Center of West Texas. It was a win/win situation. We were supporting a great cause and we literally stuffed ourselves with all things chocolate.
Since we are suffering from a chocolate hangover, we thought you might enjoy something that could give you a real hangover...just kidding.  I served this for the first time at a baby shower MANY years ago.  At the time, I had this pompous neighbor who had no trouble telling everyone what they should or shouldn't be doing.  Alcohol was a big no-no.  I didn't realize she had been swilling down the punch throughout the entire party.  Much to everyone's delight, she left the event struggling to make to her house, three doors down the street. Yes, being immature, we laughed about it for months. 
This is really good and refreshing.  You can hardly taste the alcohol.

(2)10 oz. packages frozen strawberries
¾ quart Champagne, or cold duck
1 quart 7-up or gingerale

Put partially thawed strawberries in blender and process until liquid. Strain to remove seeds. Pour into punch bowl and add champagne, then add 7-up or gingerale to taste. Garnish with ice ring and whole strawberries. I make my ice ring in a Jell-o mold.  First, I fill it half way with ginerale, place about a cup of whole strawberries (stems removed) in the soda and freeze.  Then I make a second layer of gingerale and strawberries and freeze that.  It will un-mold easily if you run a little hot water over the mold. 
I usually make these, remove them from the mold and store them in the freezer in plastic bags. If you have leftover punch, you can freeze this in a mold.  It makes an even better ice ring...but who is going to have any leftovers?
Veronica took the red-eye to Santa Fe this morning.  I don't know how she is going to stay awake for an art class because her eyes look worse than mine.  Who knew chocolate was so dangerous?

Monday, February 6, 2012

World's BEST Yellow Cake...It's Not Bragging if it's True!

I just enjoyed some of this scrumptious cake this weekend.  I forget how delicious it is. It probably takes five minutes to assemble and doesn't require a mixer.  You'll never be tempted to use a mix after you taste this.
This is great for cupcakes, too.  It is moist and tender and will go well with almost any frosting.
½ cup water
2 tablespoons buttermilk powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Mix and set aside.
Cream the sugar, oil and butter.
2 cups granulated sugar
½ cup oil
¼ cup (½ stick) melted butter
1 egg
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
Add the buttermilk mixture. 
Add dry ingredients and mix. 
2 cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pour in water and mix well.
1 cup boiling water
Bake in greased and floured 9x13 pan at 350˚ for 35 minutes. Bake cupcakes 20 minutes.
Ginger is wearing this gorgeous gown for the Hip Chic's Valentine's Ball. After appearing on the arm of Tyler Rathbone for the last month, the designers are literally begging her to wear their fashions.  This lovely silk dress and matching evening purse was the ultimate winner.  At this rate, she'll need another closet...and who doesn't?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Apricot Chocolate Souffle Pie


Cut in:


gradually adding:

until stiff.  Set aside. In microwave, melt:

2 ounces bittersweet chocolate (use something special)

Set aside. Beat:

¼ cup granulated sugar

10 ounces bittersweet chocolate

for 45 seconds.  Add to ganache mixture.

Veronica tips the scales in the Barbie Nation as the biggest chocoholic. She craves dark chocolate, especially Michel Cluizel 60%.  Oh, those delicious little squares of goodness! You can tell by her svelte figure that what I have preached all along is true.  Chocolate is good for you and keeps you thin.