Friday, December 22, 2017

Buche de Noel - Christmas Yule Log


6 eggs, separated
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons cocoa powder

  1. Grease jelly roll pan.  line bottom of pan with parchment. grease fand flour paper. 
  2. Heat oven to 350F
  3. With mixer at #6, beat eggwhites until soft peaks form.  Gradually sprinke in 1/4 C sugar. beat until stiff peaks form.  
  4. In other bowl, beat egg yolks at high speed until thick.  Beat in 1/4 cup sugar and 3 T cocoa.
  5. Fold yolk mixture into whites. 
  6. Spread batter in pan.  Bake 25 minutes.  Cool in pan 5 minutes. 
  7. Wet towel and add a layer or parchment or waxed paper; invert cake onto towel.  Peel off paper.  
  8. Unroll cake.  spread top with filling.  
  9. Starting at the narrow end, roll cake without towel.  Place seam-side down on on platter.

Mocha Filling

 1 C Whipping Cream
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
1/5 cup cocoa powder
1 T instant coffee granules

Mix ingredients in the mixer at medium speed until stiff peaks form.

 *Originally from Good Housekeeping.  First made while Mark was in high school studying French Language and Culture.  Made many times throughout the years. 

Cheesy Corn Bake (CCB) - ripped off from Kansas City's Somkestack BBQ


2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine
4 teaspoons flour
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4  cup milk
1-1/2 cups sharp American cheese, shredded
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, cut up
3 (10 ounce) packages frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
3 ounces diced ham


Melt butter; stir in flour and garlic powder.
Add milk; cook & stir over medium heat.
Heat until thick and bubbly; stir in cheeses. Cook/stir over low heat until cheeses melt; stir in corn & ham.
Bake in 2 qt casserole for 45 minutes at 350.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Watermelon Salad

Reverse engineered from Ben's Tune Up in Asheville, NC (AVL)

  • Watermelon - 3C
  • Onion- two green, sliced
  • Cucumber - 1 hothouse
  • Mint - a few leaves
  • Sesame Seeds - 2 T (toasted)
  • Chili Vinaigrette - 
    2 tablespoons rice vinegar
    2 tablespoons Thai sweet chili sauce
    1 teaspoon sesame oil
    1/4 teaspoon white sugar
    1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
    1 pinch salt to taste
Whisk rice vinegar, chili sauce, sesame oil, sugar, and garlic together in a small bowl; season with salt.