Monthly Archives: June 2011

Summer Corn and Chick Pea Salad

 

With a whole slew of summer soirees to attend to in the months to come, I am always looking for new sides to cook up without breaking a sweat. Literally. 

I jump at the opportunity to avoid turning my oven on in the prime of the heat, so when I first tried this summer salad, with the most beautiful mélange of flavors, I was instantly sold.  Not only am I a sucker for anything with avocado and fresh corn, but the sweet taste of basil just sent me over the edge.  

I first experienced the salad when I was at a friend’s house grilling out.   I acted casual as I spooned more out onto my plate, but then I went in for the steal as I made a mental note of each ingredient that hit my tongue.  It was so simple yet the combination was so divine.

So, I guess this is where I should give credit to my friend, Annie, for the recipe.  But if you can’t steal from your own friends then who the heck can you steal from! 

For the complete recipe go to The Magazine of Yoga.

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Double Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake

Where, oh where, to begin?  There is all sorts of delicious going on here (as if you couldn’t tell with a name like that).  Its like a rich fudgey brownie meets a moist chocolate cake and they unite to create a match made in the most irresistably gooey heaven.

Although I am a cook at heart, baking still holds a special place with me.  One of my favorite things to do is to wake up early on a Saturday morning and break out the spatulas.  I don’t need any particular reason to bake, the act of it is just so relaxing and therapeutic for me.  Especially when you get an end result like this one!

This recipe is simple and will give the classic brownie a run for it’s money.    I found it when I was in need of something rich and moist and quick.  And who better than Paula Dean to steal something like that from?  Exactly.

 

1   (16-ounce) box powdered sugar
3 to 4 tablespoon cocoa powder
1   egg, plus 2 eggs
1   (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1   (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
Butter, for greasing pan, plus 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Lightly grease a 13 by 9-inch baking pan. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, 1 egg, and 8 tablespoons (1 stick) melted butter, and stir until well blended. Pat mixture into prepared pan and set aside. In a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the remaining 2 eggs, and the cocoa powder. Lower the speed of the mixer, and add the powdered sugar. Continue beating until ingredients are well mixed. Slowly add the remaining 8 tablespoons (1 stick) of melted butter, and the vanilla, continuing to beat the mixture until smooth. Stir in nuts with a rubber spatula. Spread filling over cake mixture in pan.

Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the cake; the center should still be a little gooey when finished baking. Let cake partially cool on a wire rack before cutting into pieces.

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