Sunday, February 26, 2012

Chocolate Pots de Creme

As soon as I saw these on the Pioneer Woman's blog, I knew I had to try them. Besides being adorable, they are an easy dessert with no cooking involved. I adapted her recipe to make a few things easier, including the types of ingredients you might need.

I made this dish at our Valentine's Day dinner, and it was a hit but please be warned that this is very rich (as you might guess when you read the ingredients)! A little goes a long way, so you won't need much to feel satisfied.

  • 12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips 
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature 
  • dash of salt 
  • splash of vanilla extract OR flavored liquer (such as Grand Marnier
  • 1 cup (8 oz) brewed coffee OR hot cocoa (the liquid must be HOT
  • powdered sugar or whipped cream (optional, for decoration)

  1. Place chocolate chips and 2 of the eggs in a blender. Pulse until chips are broken up.
  2. Add the other 2 eggs, salt, and vanilla / liquer. Blend until smooth.
  3. While blender is on, slowly pour a steady stream of hot cocoa / coffee into the chocolate mixture.
  4. Pour into ramekins or small Mason jars. Place in fridge and let set, about 2 hours.
  5. Before serving, decorate with a sprinkle of powdered sugar or whipped cream.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Breakfast Burrito

My husband introduced me to a great way to use leftover groceries from a Mexican meal. This is an adaptation of his official breakfast burrito. The nice thing about it is that it can include any ingredients you feel like eating in the morning. Stir fried vegetables are one great idea that I'd like to try next.

  • 1 egg
  • large soft tortilla
  • refried beans
  • cheddar cheese, shredded
  • toppings such as salsa, Sriracha, or sour cream

  1. Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Cook one egg to your liking. (I enjoy frying an egg in a little butter, but scrambling would work fine too.)
  2. On one half of a large tortilla, spread the desired amount of refried beans.
 3. Cover the beans with shredded cheese,
 your cooked egg,
 and the desired toppings.
 4. Heat the frying pan over medium heat. Roll up your tortilla, being careful to fold in the sides so your filling does not leak out. Cook over medium heat, rotating every 1-2 minutes, until all sides are crisp.