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Marble Cake Recipe

Happy Thanksgiving long weekend all! Every Sunday morning at 8 am I recap the week, share what I learned and showcase some of my work!

So I'm going to start off by saying I hate making marble cake. There's just so many extra steps involved with it that it just becomes a long dragged out baking process. Plus my recipe has many ingredients that I don't use on a regular basis BUT it is by far a delicious and creamy cake recipe that allows both the chocolate and vanilla to remain the same batter consistency, which is important when you're blending the two.

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Below is my recipe for my marble cake, note that I don't like blending the batter once it's in the pan, I prefer to alternate the batters to form rings in the pan. Much much easier and it guarantees both flavors in each bite!

Marble cake

Here is the latest marble cake creation, the bottom is 3 layers of 10" cakes and the top is 2 layers of 8" cakes. Flowers are silk as I prefer them over fondant (let's all be honest me and fondant don't work so great together). The flowers matched the bride's colors perfectly,

Simple yellow floral wedding cake

Simple yellow floral wedding cake

The 16 Hour Turkey

Every Sunday morning at 8 am I recap the week, share what I learned and showcase some of my work!

I decided to take on the challenge of hosting Thanksgiving dinner for my family this year... Apparently I crave kitchen related chaos!

The best moist turkey recipe
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So I slapped on my favorite apron (equipped with it's own pearls) and went to work! I was absolutely obsessed with having the best and moist turkey possible!! So first came scouring the internet to mash up some of the best and brightest ideas from my favorite chefs on the internet. It didn't take long to realize this was going to be a huge project to take on- the bird's gotta sit in a sweet salty brine for a MINIMUM of 8 hours... But hey like I said whats life without whimzy...

 

The recipe I ended up collaborating together was as followed...

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1.5L hot water

2/3 cup sugar

2 cups coarse salt

1.5L cold water

1 container (I think it was like 940ml or somethin...) vegetable broth

 

Find yourself the biggest container you can find! Some internet peeps were using a giant cooler to be able to soak their turkey properly... Those guys also replaced the 1.5L of cold water with ice to ensure the bird stayed food safe. Mine however was nowhere near that big and I managed to cram it into my fridge for the night.

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See theeere's the big guy! ... Literally the cheapest turkey money could buy.

 

So! To make our lovely brine- pour the hot water into your tub and dissolve the sugar and salt into the water. Add cold water (or ice) and chicken broth.

Let the turkey soak for 8-12 hours.

Originally my plan was to wake up at 5am on Thanksgiving to ensure my bird would be ready for oven time at 1pm... But as the day went by that dream slowly became very unattractive and staying up until 1am became muuuuch more realistic. So at 1am with plenty of wine and excitement in my heart I was ready to get 'er done!!

Making the brine takes about 3 minutes... So I started the process at 1am and at 1:05 I proceeded to bed.

 

~~ The Next Day!~~

Next day is Thanksgiving day! The moment of truth!

At 1pm it was time to make magic happen! First things first- removing the water logged bird from the brine- giving it a really good rinse and patting it nice and dry. Now preheat your oven to 500°F.. 

Yep you heard right! Make sure there's no ickies at the bottom of your oven! Cus' they will burn up!

Prep your turkey pan with a small 1/2" layer of water then place that bird in the pan.

Take some fresh thyme and sage, 1/2 an onion, 2 celery stalks and 2 carrots all roughly chopped and insert it into the turkey (Make sure not to stuff it! Stuffing it will require more cook time for the bird to be done!)

I had some random baby carrots in my freezer that were not in any state to eat... but as a flavor enhancer in my bird they worked perfectly!

Now, take some time to measure how big your turkey's breast are (This was an internet find- not my own doing) You're going to want to have a piece of tinfoil that will fit on top of the breast meat perfectly to ensure it cooks a bit slower then the dark meat. Once you have your piece of tinfoil, set it aside- you're going to need it later. Make sure shiny side is up.

Next up we are going to lather that turkey up in butter! Literally massage it right on there. Make Colonel Saunders proud!

Once the bird is lathered up it's time to start cooking. Cook your turkey uncovered at 500°  for 30 minutes to seal in all that hard work that you just did! Add another 10 minutes if it doesn't look brown enough for you.

Remove the turkey from the oven and reduce the oven's temperature to 350°. Take the piece of foil we measured earlier and grease the bottom with oil/ PAM spray- whatever you have on hand and position over breast meat. This is going to ensure your white meat cooks slower then your dark meat and makes sure it isn't over cooked.

Once the oven is ready- return the bird to the oven and cook for 2-2 1/2 hours. DO NOT open the oven!! The turkey's skin has been prepped to hold in it's moisture so opening the oven to baste will do nothing but let out heat which will increase your cook time.

Your bird is ready when it's internal temperature is 161° - it will continue to cook the remaining 4° after it's been removed from the oven. Cover the turkey with more tinfoil and let it rest for 30 minutes- otherwise the moisture will all flow out and all your efforts will be for nothing.

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And there he is! This turkey was an absolute piece of art and tasted absolutely spectacular! It was received by my family very well.

Moist turkey recipe

Homemade Tartar Sauce

Every Sunday morning at 8 am I recap the week, share what I learned and showcase some of my work!

Have you ever made yourself a mouth watering batch of fresh fish fillets and once it's too late you realize you have no tartar sauce?? This happens to me far too often.

Luckily tartar sauce is a combination of household ingredients that are easily located.

Here is my recipe for homemade tartar sauce! I'm a big fan of dill in anything, if you're not simply replace it with something of your taste!

Homemade Tartar Sauce

My latest creation was so much fun! I worked very closely with the mother to make sure Diya's 3rd birthday was perfect in every way!

Seseme street cake

Seseme street cake

Hosted at Hop Skip Jump!

Elmo side

Elmo side

Abby side

Abby side

Chicken Pad Thai

Every Sunday morning at 8am I recap the week, share what I learned and showcase some of my work.

If I could go out and eat Thai food every day I would! The sensations from this food are unmatched.

Maybe this is because I didn't discover how delicious Thai food was until my adult years? Who knows.

Here is my recipe for perfect Chicken Pad Thai at home... It can easily be altered to include any favorites or remove the meat and make an amazing vegetarian dish.

Chicken Pad Thai

 

Now on the off chance that you have room for dessert afterwards, sink your teeth into this rainbow My Little Pony birthday cake.

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3 Bean Salad

Every Sunday morning at 8am I recap the week, share what I learned and showcase some of my work

Costco has many delicious foods in their giant warehouses but one thing that I just can’t get enough of is their 3 bean salad! Introduced to us by my aunt, it is now a staple in our meals. The challenge however… Is that we are way too cheap and don’t go through nearly enough food to make our own Costco membership worth it.. Which leaves us at the mercy of my aunt’s shopping schedule.

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Below is my way around it, my grandmother gave me a huge collection of fresh beans to create something with, and I couldn’t think of a better use than making a nice big batch of 3 bean salad!

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Homemade 3 bean salad

Homemade 3 bean salad

Black Bean Burgers

Every Monday my friends and I get together and participate in meatless Monday. It's a great way to make Mondays enjoyable and an excuse to see friends! It also comes with some amazing environmental benefits as well: Let's just say you participate one day a week like I do, every time you do you save animals and that's less CO2 in our atmosphere! Every little bit of effort counts. You can take a look at your impact on Vegetarian Calculator

This week was my turn to cook! I decided since it's the middle of summer I'd make some burgers! Black bean burgers to be exact.

Black Bean Burger

I chose to not blend the beans 100% because I wanted a little bit of texture left over, if you'd rather make them smooth simply mix them for a bit longer!

Corn free and gluten free cupcakes

Looking back at the week it was incredibly eventful! Every Sunday morning at 8am I recap the week, share what I learned and showcase some of my work.

I had a big project for a bride this week, she is allergic to corn and gluten. Gluten allergies seem to be pretty common these days  and i have a collection of full proof gluten free and flourless recipes, the challenge comes with the corn allergy... Corn is in everything in some way! I was recommend this recipe by Beach Body On Demand:  Flourless Brownie Muffins

This recipe which makes chocolate cupcakes using chickpeas as the base. The recipe is full of things I never use! The cupcakes came out looking great though, at a quick glance you'd never be able to tell the difference! 

The second challenge was the icing.. fun fact regular icing sugar is cut with corn starch BUT organic icing sugar used tapioca starch instead! 

The finished project is a tad plain (because sprinkles have flour in them) but it's a sweet bridal gown equipped with a "doctor who" blue belt.

I'm incredibly happy I was able to produce something sweet for this bride! Everyone deserves something tasty to celebrate their wedding!

 

 

Easy Chocolate Ganache

Ganache is such a versatile way to bring your baking to the next level. Whether you're using it to cascade over a cake or dipping cookies and strawberries in it, it'll take the reaction from "that looks good" to "get that in my mouth now". 

Chocolate ganache recipe with milk!

1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate

1 cup Milk

1 tbsp sugar

 

Bring milk and sugar to a slow boil, mixing constantly. Once it's to a boil pour over chocolate.

Mix everything together until chocolate is all melted.

Set aside and let cool until it begins to thicken. Once the desired thickness is reached, used in desired manor. Here's my latest drip cake! A cookies and cream heaven.