Entries Tagged as 'cowboys'

Banana Cake

December 10th, 2011 · No Comments

I made this banana cake the week that the Lions played the Cowboys. I remember because Ed (Detroit fan) came over to watch the game. Luckily Dallas was out of town that weekend, because the Cowboys lost bad in the second half. Anyway, banana cake was in the oven when Ed, a baker, arrived. The thing is, the middle fell and never cooked through. Ed and I weren’t sure what to do, so I pulled it out. I could have left the cake in the oven longer, but I didn’t want to burn the edges. We ended up just eating the outside parts and tossing the middle. Any tips on this? The cake was great otherwise.

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Limey’s Going Away Dinner (That Danny Cooked)

October 26th, 2011 · No Comments


On Sunday Danny invited a bunch of friends over to his house for football and dinner. This was one of Limey’s going away events. We couldn’t just have one party for him when we heard he has to leave, we had to throw a whole series!

During the games Danny made dumplings and flatbreads. One of the dumplings was filled with short ribs and the other had potatoes and bacon and a side aioli that made it taste just like a loaded baked spud. So delicious! There were three kinds of flatbreads – a Mediterranean one with a kalamata olive tampanade and feta, one with roasted tomatoes and pesto, and one with sausage and caramelized onions. These were all delicious too, but I especially liked the Mediterranean one.

There were Bears fans, Packers fans and one lonely Cowboys fan at the party and everyone’s team won, so everyone was happy. Although, I would have been happier if the Bears had lost. The weather was nice enough, so we were outside for a while. Quinn and Halle provided the entertainment for the party. I’m not sure Danny and Caroline’s dogs, Maggie & Duff, knew what to make of them, but they better figure it out because they’ll have a baby in the house in just a few months!

For dinner Danny made shrimp and grits. This was the second time I’ve had his shrimp and grits and it’s so delicious. The grits are so rich and creamy. I don’t know how he does it. Actually, I do, but I don’t like to think about it (cream, cream, cream!). Danny also made macaroni and cheese for the kids, which was a big hit with both the kids and the adults.

For dessert, I brought over White Russian cupcakes. I thought they combined two of Limey’s loves: Booze & Sweets. They turned out alright, but not as awesome as I’d hoped. Not as awesome as the Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes I’ve made (here, here). Danny also made beignets with chocolate sauce.

Somehow we rolled ourselves out of there at the end of the night! I’m not sad about saying goodbye to Limey yet because he’ll be here for a while and we have at least one more goodbye party to go to.

It should also be noted that it took us 12 whole minutes to get to Danny & Caroline’s house in Oak Park from our house. I think their house seems far because it’s not even in Chicago, but we live so far west, it’s so fast and easy.

Finally, I almost forgot, Quinn made us this Halloween decoration. It’s a drawing of a scarecrow. I think he has glasses? What a nerdy scarecrow. He told me that I had to hang it by our stairs, but I have it on the fridge:

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

October 7th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Several weeks ago Felix wrote about his wife making whoopie pies. He mentioned that they were all the rage these days, which I didn’t realize… but as these things go, as soon as he mentioned that, then I saw whoopie pies everywhere. I’ve been watching Top Chef Desserts and they were mentioned literally the next day on that show… and a few times since then.

Dallas and I had a football party a few weeks ago when the Cowboys and the Bears played each other. I decided to make whoopie pies for the party, and since it’s fall, I did pumpkin whoopie pies. I don’t think I’ve ever cooked with pumpkin before. I never really liked it much as a kid. I really did not like pumpkin pie… but I think I’m willing to give it another chance, especially when it’s mixed with a bunch of stuff, like it is in these cookies.

I varied off my recipe for the filling because I wanted to make a cream cheese filling. I followed a filling recipe that was suggested in the recipe’s comments. It was ok, but I think I could have made a better cream cheese filling, maybe even by using a cream cheese frosting recipe. Overall, though, I loved these and would definitely make them again.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Adapted from: Vonieta Stogner at All Recipes

2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups solid pack pumpkin puree
2 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon ground ginger
1/2 tablespoon ground cloves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease baking sheets.

Combine the oil and brown sugar. Mix in the pumpkin and eggs, beating well. Add the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, 1 teaspoon vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Mix well.

Drop dough by heaping teaspoons onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cookies cool then make sandwiches from two cookies filled with Whoopie Pie Filling.

For the filling, I followed some advice in the comments and made this whipped cream/cream cheese concoction: 1 large tub Cool Whip, 8 oz cream cheese, 2/3 cup sugar and 2 tsp. vanilla, whipped together.

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