Kats’ Kitchen

Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake March 29, 2017

Filed under: cake,Other Desserts,Uncategorized — stacielk @ 7:00 am
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rasp mousse cake 2

When I first saw this recipe it overwhelmed me.  There are a lot of different steps, it’s a process to make this thing.  I don’t make desserts like these unless I have a good reason to like a birthday, special event, etc.  I wanted to make it for Superbowl but life at that time was busy, so I made something simple.

Fast forward a couple months and life seemed to slow down.  I offered to bring a dessert to a friends house and this was the one.  I had time that week to make it over 2 days.  It was delicious!  The different layers complimented each other so well.  The bottom chocolate cake part ended up to be more thick brownie-like  due to the weight of the other layers on top of it.  Then there was the chocolate mousse, white chocolate raspberry mousse and white chocolate mousse.  Pour over a nice layer of ganache to finish it off.  Enough said.

Head over to Sugar Hero.  For this Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake recipe.  She has some beautiful pictures of it!

 

Herb Loaf & Beef Stew March 23, 2017

Filed under: Bread,Main Dishes,soup — stacielk @ 2:00 pm
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Beef Stew

I have to be honest, there are many recipes on this site that I have made one time and have not made again.  The main reason is because there are SO many recipes out there that I want to try and if I continue making the same ones, I will never get around to all of them!  Don’t get me wrong, there are many on here that I do make regularly.

buttery-herb-loafThis is one of those recipes.  I made exactly 3 years ago to the month.  Butterflake Herb Loaf.  I remember it being really good.  Peeling it apart and enjoying every buttery flavorful bite.  The ends were crusted with butter that oozed out the sides.  I served this herb loaf this time with ribs.  With leftovers I made Steak Pizzaiolas using this as the bottom ‘bread’ part.  Still make those Pizzaiolas regularly!!!  It’s one of my husbands and my favorites!

And now for the beef stew.  I have not been a meal planner lately.  When I attempt to meal plan, I find myself changing meals throughout the week, swapping, not making them etc.  I saw this Beef Stew recipe from a blog called Pinch of Yum I ran down to my freezer to make sure I had a chuck roast so I could make it for dinner the next day.  I loved it.  It was flavorful, comforting and the meat was so tender.  I  served it with Parmesan cheese and crusty bread.  Head over to Pinch of Yum for some beautiful pictures that made me make this stew!

Beef Stew

2 lbs beef, chuck roast, fat trimmed, cut into 1-2-inch chunks

1 medium onion, sliced thinly

2 stalks celery, sliced diagonally in thick pieces

6 carrots, sliced diagonally in thick pieces

2 tablespoons tapioca (omitted – as thickener, I coated my beef in flour and saute as described below)

1/2 cup tomato juice (I used 3/4 of a small can of tomato paste with 1/2 can water)

2 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon sugar

Traditional Oven Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. (If using oven, mix meet with flour and saute in some oil in a skillet.  Place all ingredients in a large Dutch oven. Cover and bake for 4 hours.

Life Changing Instant Pot Instructions: (I first mixed my beef pieces in flour and saute them in Instant Pot on ‘saute’ setting for 3-5 min)  Place everything in the Instant Pot and select the stew/meat setting (about 35 minutes). After it’s done, let everything mellow out for about 10 minutes before releasing the steam.

Whether you make this in the oven or in the Instant Pot, I recommend finishing by giving it about 10-20 minutes in a hot oven (about 350-400 degrees), uncovered, before serving. It gets the meat nice and caramelized on top and helps the gravy thicken up.  (Definitely if you have time do this last step, but still good without caramelizing)

NOTES

I usually add a little water to the gravy if it starts to thicken too much as it cools. Personally, I prefer it this to be less like a soup and more like a really saucy beef stew. We serve it on plates with hot, crusty, buttery bread. For my salad, all I had on hand was baby spinach, so I just tossed it with a quick 5 minute shake-in-a-jar dressing: olive oil, grainy mustard, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper.

Recipe from Pinch of Yum (my changes in italics)

 

Brownie Bottom Chocolate Cheesecake March 15, 2017

Filed under: cake,Other Desserts,Uncategorized — stacielk @ 10:00 am
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Brow Choc Ch

I have not been putting my baking/culinary skills to practice lately.  Suppers have been simple and repetitive, mainly because of my kiddos not being too adventurous with food.  I am ok with that.  I realize there will be seasons of creating new and exciting things in the kitchen and seasons of going simple and easy. But it was time.  Time to make something rich and decadent.  Something to be able to share after serving a nice dinner with wonderful friends.  This was it.  I was eyeing it for a few weeks.  Sometimes I have a hard time deciding which dessert to make to bring places or serve, but this was easy.

This Brownie Bottom Chocolate Cheesecake is exactly what the title says it is.  A brownie bottom with a rich chocolate cheesecake and a rich ganache to to it off.  The 9-inch cheesecake was divided into 16 smallish pieces.  At first I was wondering if the pieces were going to be too small BUT that little piece of chocolateness was rich and decadent!  No more was needed, except maybe a dollop of fresh whipped cream and cup of black coffee to level off the sweetness.  Delicious.

For the recipe head over to Bake or Break.  I made the recipe exactly as posted.