Archives for January 2011

Crabbies-An Awesome Appetizer

I thought I would be a responsible blogger and put a relevant post up for the Super Bowl Party you should be throwing. Being responsible is soooo overrated. I created these delectable little crab appetizers for that Philly Cream Cheese contest I entered last year. And we all know the outcome of that. Blah-blah-blah-yadda-yadda-yadda. No […]

Pink Skull and Crossbones Cake

I just want to show you a cut cake I recently made. One of my friends Cydnee(I dare not divulge her age) was having her annual themed Birthday/Bunco Party. This year she choose a Gasparilla Theme.For those of you who don’t know Gasparilla, it’s a tradition here in Tampa. You can read all about it […]

Crème Fraiche

    BLOG REDESIGN HAPPENING AS WE SPEAK, so hopefully we wont have much longer with this dreaded gray background!   There are two things that I always have in my fridge, buttermilk and heavy cream. I don’t fit in my jeans? hmmm wonder why. Anyway, when I go to the grocery store I seem […]

My ALL time Low point and the winner

Just thought I would share with you all one of my ALL time lows.Watch the below video for a funny story! Wow, you guys were sooo kind to me with all of your comments about my blog.So many of you think I am “Just perfect”. I have been walking around with an inflated head, thinking […]

My FOOD NETWORK pilot!!!!

WATCH THIS VIDEO FIRST Gordon Elliott hard at work Gordon Elliott, Me and Mark Schneider The awesome camera crew WATCH THIS VIDEO SECOND!

GIVEAWAY..All-Clad Slow Cooker

Purrrty ain’t she?Photo courtesy of Williams-Sonoma CONTEST CLOSED AS OF 1-10-11 9 PM EST.I go shopping at Williams-Sonoma and I end up buying something for one of my faithful readers. I am awesome, I know.I am not one to be gushy, but I really do appreciate each and every one of you. You make blogging […]

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Crabbies-An Awesome Appetizer

I thought I would be a responsible blogger and put a relevant post up for the Super Bowl Party you should be throwing. Being responsible is soooo overrated.
I created these delectable little crab appetizers for that Philly Cream Cheese contest I entered last year. And we all know the outcome of that. Blah-blah-blah-yadda-yadda-yadda. No hard feelings here.

 
 
CRABBIES
4 ounce(s) of Butter, softened
4 ounce(s) of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
4 ounce(s) of Lump Crab Meat
1 tsp. of Cajun Seasoning
1 1/2 tsp. of Parsely
1 Garlic Clove, minced
1 Lemon, sliced in half
1 tsp. of Paprika
1 tsp. of Kosher Salt
3 English Muffins, split
6 Chive pieces, cut into 1/2″ pieces
Preheat your oven to 350.
In a medium bowl with a hand mixer, cream together butter and cream cheese until smooth.
Run your fingers thru the crab meat to make sure no shells remain and pour into bowl.
Add cajun seasoning.
Add parsley.
Add garlic.
Add the juice from 1/2 of the lemon.
Stir together with a spoon.
Place the English Muffins on a baking sheet(there will be 6 slices) and top with equal amounts of the crab mixture.
Spread evenly.
Sprinkle each piece with a small amount of paprika.
Quarter each English Muffin. You will have a total of 24 pieces.
Sprinkle each piece with a small amount of Kosher salt.
Bake on the middle rack for 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven and squeeze the remaining 1/2 lemon over the crabbies.
Top with two pieces of chives in a “x” pattern.
Enjoy!!!

Pink Skull and Crossbones Cake

I just want to show you a cut cake I recently made. One of my friends Cydnee(I dare not divulge her age) was having her annual themed Birthday/Bunco Party. This year she choose a Gasparilla Theme.
For those of you who don’t know Gasparilla, it’s a tradition here in Tampa. You can read all about it here.
It’s a very cool story.
But what it really translates into is about 500,000 sloppy ass drunk people, lined up on Bayshore Blvd(the worlds largest continuos sidewalk, almost 4 miles) screaming, yelling and showing their tits to the old perverted drunk men people on the floats for beads. It’s a sight to see. I mean, what people will do for a 5 cent strand of beads is amazing. Believe me, I have had my drunken nights at the parade. I was once even beat up by a man! Seriously beat up. Oh believe me, I kicked his ass right back(the first time I had ever hit anyone). There was no rhyme or reason for it. He just walked up to me and started beating on me like I was a punching bag! I am not white trash nor am I a skank-a-rank-a-saurus. He started it. Crazy, huh? Bastard. Good times.
On to the cake.
Cute. Just a regular yellow cake with the delectable Swiss Meringue Buttercream and Nutella Buttercream FIlling.

The cute skull and cross bones is fondant(sorry Dawn, no fondant video yet, quit your bitchin)
I added some Silver dragees on the eye patch for some bling and Pink disco dust on the bandana.
The morning of her party, I went to place the Skull onto the cake, lifted it up and it slipped right out of my hand and went crashing onto the floor. Broke in 6 pieces. The whole house looked at me in shock, eyes wide and mouths dropped open to the floor. You could tell they were waiting for me to unleash the fury. They stood there in fear. I said, “no one talk to me.” I slowly walked away, into my bed room. I stood there, jumped up and down(like a two year old having a full on tantrum), screaming every curse word you could think of. I again slowly walked out of my bedroom, passed by my husband and two kids(still standing where they had been during the scene of the crime) who were still staring at me like I was going to kill someone. I carefully
 picked up the sad, sad pieces of broken skull and cross bones and glued them back together. No one got hurt.

Crème Fraiche

 
 
BLOG REDESIGN HAPPENING AS WE SPEAK, so hopefully we wont have much longer with this dreaded gray background!
 
There are two things that I always have in my fridge, buttermilk and heavy cream. I don’t fit in my jeans? hmmm wonder why. Anyway, when I go to the grocery store I seem to often forget to pick up sour cream. Why, I don’t know. Maybe the “Do the dollop of Daisy” commercial annoys me and I turn my head when I walk by the sour cream. Who knows what goes on in my demented mind.
So, do you have a sour cream forgetful mind? Have no fear Crème fraiche is here.
What is this you say, some fancy french word on The Hungry Housewife blog. I know, I know, I am sorry. 
Crème fraiche is a french word meaning fresh cream. However, it is anything but “fresh” cream. It is actually soured cream.  And you, yes you can make it at home, cause try to find it at your local grocery store…ain’t happening in these parts.
Crème fraiche can be substituted for sour cream in any recipe. They taste VERY similar, however Crème fraiche is not as sour. And you wanna know the best part??? It does not curdle. So go ahead and throw it in your slow cooker, go ahead and throw it in your hot sauce in the saucepan…no lumps!!! You can also sweeten it and serve it over fresh fruit…yum. And since it is made from heavy cream, you can whisk it and make a nice thick whipped cream texture.
You need TWO ingredient and 15 seconds to pour it in a glass jar and then 8-24 hours of resting time. Thats it! Now you can always have some highfalutin Crème fraiche on hand.
Crème Fraiche

8 oz Heavy Cream (not ultra pasteurized)
2 Tbsp Buttermilk
Pour the heavy cream in a glass jar with a lid (like a mason jar) add the Buttermilk.
Stir, lightly cover and let it sit out on the counter for 8-24 hours. It is done when it is the consistency of sour cream. Stir. Cover tightly. Keeps in the fridge for 7-10 days.
*You can use ultra pasteurized heavy cream, but it might take longer to set up. I have also used Ultra Pasteurized Heavy Whipping cream and it works fine*
 
 

My ALL time Low point and the winner

Just thought I would share with you all one of my ALL time lows.
Watch the below video for a funny story!

Wow, you guys were sooo kind to me with all of your comments about my blog.
So many of you think I am “Just perfect”. I have been walking around with an inflated head, thinking I am better than everyone else, my nose stuck high up in the air, and my shit don’t stink attitude. Then it happened, my bubble burst, via a 5 year old.
SENARIO
Me: Getting out of the shower..buck ass naked.
5 Year Old: Staring at me
Me: “Why are you looking at me like that?”
5 Year Old: Walks up to me, put both hands on my post 2 children crepe paper stomach and says, “why does your stomach jiggle like that?”
BUBBLE BURST. perfect no more. Oh well, I had a week.

Anyway,
I got many suggestions.
1) Get rid of the black background. This was the number one complaint.
     ok, ok, ok..I will. I will be sad to see it go. Looking into a blog redo now, but for now the black is
     gone.
2) Ability to print recipes.
     Google was weird and suspended my “printable” sites. It is fixed now!!!! YEAH
3)More Videos.. I will try to work on that. It is difficult to film videos alone.
4)Daily Posts/More posts. MORE? OMG. I would claw my eyes out, cut off my fingers and
    hang myself by my computer cord.
    I know with me being perfect and all, I should be able to do it all, balance life perfectly. Wake up, put
     my pearls on. Get the kids up and out the door to school. Bake 3 homemade pies, clean the house
     with heals on , do
     all the laundry. Re do my makeup. Pick up the children from school. Do homework. Cook a 3 course
    dinner(and take photos). Do the “wifely”  duties and still put up a daily blog post, all while not getting  
    paid a cent for any of it. Um-yeah. That’s not gonna happen.  I wish I could provide you with more
    posts, but I do the best that I can…I really do. But again I aim to please, so I will try to throw a few
    more posts up here and there if I get the time 🙂

And the winner of the All-Clad Slow Cooker is Ann G. Congrats!!please contact me within 72 business hours to collect you kick-ass gift!

GIVEAWAY..All-Clad Slow Cooker

Purrrty ain’t she?
Photo courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

CONTEST CLOSED AS OF 1-10-11 9 PM EST.
I go shopping at Williams-Sonoma and I end up buying something for one of my faithful readers. I am awesome, I know.
I am not one to be gushy, but I really do appreciate each and every one of you. You make blogging worth while.  You all are all my virtual friends and I hope over the past almost 3 years I have been able to provide you with yummy recipes and given you a few chuckles.
So to celebrate the new year, I am giving away one All-Clad Slow Cooker, a retail value of $300. Again, awesome, I know. I have had mine for a few years and I love love love it.
Slow-Cookers are a kitchen electric that EVERYONE needs. Its the ultimate “fix it and forget it” kitchen gear. Perfect for bust weeknights or any night for that matter.
I do have a new rule. The winner HAS to contact me within 72 hours of me announcing the winner otherwise a new winner will be chosen or the product will be given away to a charity.

HOW TO ENTER
Just leave me a comment on something you would like me to change on my site. If nothing, you can just tell me I am perfect….a totally acceptable answer.
Extra entries…..
Leave another comment if you blogged about it, with a link to my site.
Leave another comment if you tweeted it, with a link to my site.
Leave another comment if you hollered about it on Facebook, with a link to my site.
Leave a comment if you are already a follower or subscriber.
Subscribe to my blog you get one more entry if you came back and leave a comment about it.(you must verify your subscription if subscribed via email)
So there, you have bunches of ways to get extra entries.
If posting anonymously, you must leave contact info.
Remember you MUST contact me within 72 hours to receive your gift.
Contest ends Monday January 10th at 9 pm est.

**Contest not sponsored by WIlliams Sonoma or All-Clad (although that would have been nice). This is my gift from ME to You!