Sunday, March 14, 2010

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Chicken wings are a favorite in my crowd, but they're terrible for you! Dark meat, deep fried dipped in a butter filled sauce! Oh my! Delicious, but not realistic for a regular meal. But with a few changes, you can have a similar flavor outcome, with way fewer calories.

Buffalo Chicken Strips with Blue Cheese Salad
(adapted from Martha Stewart)

Buffalo Chicken:
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons ketchup
1/4 cup hot sauce (I used franks red hot wing sauce because it was in the fridge!)
1 cup flour
1 large egg
3 chicken breasts cut into 3 strips each
vegetable oil

In a small frying pan mix together butter, ketchup and hot sauce, heat and mix thoroughly.

Heat enough oil to coat the bottom of a large pan. Put flour in a bowl and fluff with fork. In another bowl beat the egg with 2 tablespoons of water. Coat chicken in flour, tapping off extra before coating in egg and dredging in flour again. Fry until internal temperature hits 160 degrees. Toss cooked chicken in the heated sauce and set aside.

Blue Cheese Salad:
3 tablespoons sour cream
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon water
pinch of course salt
1/4 cup blue cheese
romaine lettuce
2 carrots thinly sliced
2 celery stalks chunked

Mix together sour cream, mayo, lemon juice, water, salt and blue cheese until well combined.
Place lettuce, carrots and celery in a bowl.

Top salad with chicken and dressing.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Breakfast foods

I love making breakfast for people. It is by far my favorite meal to make. Unfortunately breakfast comes VERY early. So that leads me to enjoy brunch. The funny part about though is that I actually don't like very many breakfast foods. One that I do really love is yogurt and granola. I love strawberry or peach yogurt with granola mixed in. Yum!

I did a brunch for my sister's engagement party in November. One of the foods we had was yogurt with fresh fruit and granola. So delicious.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Super Bowl Cake

It has been far too long since I have updated my blog. Life gets crazy around the holidays! I know it is a lousy excuse, but a true one nonetheless.

So onto the cake. I made this cake for a friend of the family, he asked for it to tease a friend of his on Super Bowl Sunday. The friend was certain the Jets were going to make it this year, so when they didn't my friend wanted to rub a little bit of salt in the wound. He asked for a Jets team football. After some extensive googling, this is what I created. I am not a football fan, much less a Jets fan specifically, so I did my best recreating something I am only vaguely familiar with.

Typically I would have covered the whole cake in fondant but they specifically wanted it to be covered in buttercream. I had to add some fondant accents to make the football have the right look. I am pretty happy with how it came out overall. It was dark chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse filling. I heard it was delicious.