Dark Chocolate Cake with Orange Mascarpone Frosting!!

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This is a little late, but Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all the Mothers out there 🙂

This past Mother’s Day I had my parents over to my house along with my bestie Danny 🙂

I made dinner and dessert and everyone went home full and my folks got all the leftovers 🙂

Lets start with the best the dessert, I made a Dark Chocolate Cake with Orange Mascarpone Frosting…YUM!! 😛

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Dark Chocolate Cake with Orange Mascarpone Frosting

For the Cake
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 cup Chocolate Milk (TruMoo)
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
For the Frosting
Peel of 1 orange and Zest of 1 Orange
1 cup heavy cream
12 oz. mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted (more or less, to taste)

DIRECTIONS
For the Cake:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two 8-inch round cake pans with non-stick spray
2. In Medium bowl whisk together eggs, hot milk, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour in eggs, hot chocolate, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Whisk together until combined. Divide evenly between prepared cake pans.
5. Bake for 30-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

For the Frosting:
Infuse orange peel into cream first:
1. Place cream in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add peels of one orange to the cream and simmer for 2-3 minutes, until the cream has taken on some orange flavor.
2. Take cream off the heat. Remove peels with tongs or by straining the cream. Discard peels. Allow cream to cool a bit before placing in the refrigerator until completely chilled, I did this over night.
3. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream just until very soft peaks form.
4. In a second bowl, beat together mascarpone and confectioners’ sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in ¼ of the whipped cream, then fold in the rest of the orange-scented cream and the zest of one orange, (keeping a little to garnish the top of the cake), into the mascarpone mixture until incorporated. Frost cake, keep chilled until ready to serve.

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The was great I love the chocolate and orange combo 🙂

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Now for Dinner I made Grill Salmon with fresh pasta, pistachio pesto along with sauteed mushrooms and asparagus…it was yummy too!! :

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My pasta making O_o

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I need to make fresh pasta more often, it really is easy 🙂

Enjoy Everyone!!!

Mammoth Cafe…Newport, Ky

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I moved back to Ky (where I am from) nine months ago, I am getting use to new places to hang out and to go and I must say that Newport, Ky has a lot of good places to do just that 🙂

plus one of our Grocery Stores is in Newport 🙂

As I am friends with the Mayor of  the City of Newport, he recently told me about a few more places that would be opening and I am looking forward to trying those places.

But in the mean time, the main strip down the center of town has a “Wide” variety of places, from diners (that have good diner food to home style cooking),  burger places, pizza places that are so GOOD, a bakery to coffee shops.

That’s just to name a few, there are all kinds of small shops along the way too, and lots of stuff off the side streets too like Sweet Tooth Candy Shop…not only do they have all kinds of candy and they make all kinds of candy and fudge, but they have Ice Cream with freshly made waffle cones and ice balls…that post will be coming on up 🙂

There is a lot to choose from!!!

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But today I want to feature the Mommoth Cafe, I stumbled upon this place one day and loved it.  They are open only till 3pm, but don’t let that stop you, get your butt up and get in there 🙂

I am now known to girl that works their as “It’s my Saturday”, when I first went in to the shop I was talking to them and they commented about the weekend and I told them that today was my weekend “It’s my Saturday” I said (see my off day’s are on Tues & Weds)…so now when I walk in she always says “Hey it’s my saturday” it’s like I’m Norm from “Cheers” when he would walk into the Bar everyone would say his name 🙂

This is what you can expect when you come to Newport, good friendly people that make you feel welcome

On my last trip there a friend of mine and I went for lunch and again this place has plenty to choose from 😛

Check out the menu

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As I started off with a Coke Zero (my fav)

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I got the “Cured Bootlegger”
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Roasted Turkey, bacon, gouda cheese, with jalapeno jam on a grilled ciabatta roll

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It also came with a side, I got the homemade chips & salsa

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My friend got “The Elliot Ness”
Roasted Turkey, smoked gouda, Mammoth red onion-cranberry marmalade, lettuce on whole grain bread with a side of horseradish mayo

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Theses sandwiches were to die for, we shared a little with each other

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I just loved adding the horseradish mayo to my sandwich

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Then I added it to my chip with both salsas 🙂

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It was a 3 napkin meal 🙂

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Not only is this such a cute place to visit or hang out, they have plenty of seating inside

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and they have a few table outside too.  My friend and I love to hang out there on a nice day, sit watch the people and traffic go by, I give this place “two thumbs up” for sure.

So if you ever make to Newport, Ky this place is a great stop for breakfast or lunch and they have great coffee too!! 🙂

And tell them that “It’s My Saturday” sent you 🙂

Mint Julep’s for the 139th Running of the Kentucky Derby!

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Yes we have Mint Julep’s in the house!!

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How can you have a Kentucky Derby Party with out Pie…I covered that in my last post 😉

Or without Mint Julep’s!!!!

HAPPY DERBY DAY EVERYONE!!!!

So cheers to the Kentucky Derby that will run tonight at
6:24 pm est.

It’s just simple all you need is some Kentucky Bourbon!!!

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And the official sliver mug…okay I don’t have that but if you
would go to the Derby your’s would be served in them 🙂

Mint Julep Cup

Ingredients

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sugar and water in a pan to make a simple syrup

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I use about a 1/4 cup of mint, then I muddled it with the end of a wooden spoon

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Done muddling 🙂

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Then I add ice, bourbon, simple syrup, cap it

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Shake it, pour over crushed ice

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Then serve with a garnish of mint

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Recipe

Kentucky Bourbon 1 – 1 1/2 oz each glass
Mint – lots of mint, to muddle in glass
simple Syrup – 2 – 4 tbsp. its up to you
2-4 tbsp. water, club soda, 7up etc.
Crushed ice

Simple Syrup is equal parts water and sugar (mine is dark because I use pure cane sugar) heat in a sauce pan stirring to melt then let cook for a couple of minutes then let cool before using.

Okay as I was out last week look what I found

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Yes this is a Mint Julep Soda

Plantation Style Mint Julep Soda

The soda was pretty good, it was like Sprite or 7up with Mint, I enjoyed it, it was rather refreshing if I do say so myself 🙂

I also poured a little into my “Real Mint Julep” 🙂

So now I’m ready for the Kentucky Derby, I one for each hand 🙂

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Cheers everyone!!!

HAPPY DERBY DAY!!!!

Oh and don’t forget your hat!!!

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“The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports”…PIE!!!!

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If you are reading this post saying to yourself…what is “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports” Pie?  

Then I would say 1. maybe your are not from Kentucky or surrounding states or 2. you don’t follow horse racing 🙂

Yes horse racing, and not just horse racing “The Kentucky Derby” 

The Kentucky Derby is held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. 

This Saturday (first Saturday in May) May 4th, 2013, will be the
139th running of The Kentucky Derby!!

 The race is known in the United States as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports” or “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” (hence the name of my recipe)  for its approximate duration, and is also called “The Run for the Roses” for the blanket of roses draped over the winner.

It is the first leg of the US Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes, then the Belmont Stakes.  

A horse must win all three races to win the Triple Crown.  Which in it’s 138 years of running only 11 horses became “Triple Crown Winners”, the last one in 1978 the horse was Affirmed ridden by Steve Cauthen, a local boy 🙂

The attendance at the Kentucky Derby ranks first in North America and usually surpasses the attendance of all other stakes races including the Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup

Location- Churchill Downs    Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Inaugurated 1875
Race type – Thoroughbred
Website http://www.kentuckyderby.com/
Race information
Distance 1¼ miles (10 furlongs)
Track Dirt, Left-handed
Qualification 3-year-old
Weight Colt/Gelding: 126 lbs (57.2 kg)
Filly: 121 lb (55 kg)
Purse –  US$2 million
1st: $1,425,000
Bonuses US$ 200

Oh… you say you are asking me who I pick in this years race, well I like 2 horses…1 – Java’s War, yes for he’s name because you know I love JAVA!!
2 – Verrazano, he’s beautiful dark brown in color (like my pies) and his post position is 14th and that’s me favorite number 🙂

Okay so now that you know all about “The Kentucky Derby” let’s talk PIE!!!

Now you say why not name your pie recipe, Derby Pie…Well there is a “Famous” Derby Pie and click here and you can read about it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derby_pie  We also sell this “Famous” pie in our stores 🙂  Here in Northern Kentucky (Remke bigg’s)

If you clicked and read about it you now know that I don’t want to be sued…for using the name 🙂  Yes you heard me sued!!! 😦

And there are so many recipes out there named Ky. Derby Pie, Run for the Roses Pie, First Saturday in May Pie, May Day Pie…oh I could go on and on!!! 

So that’s why I decided that this recipe would be named for what is known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports”

I am going to make 2 pies, one with a pie crust and one with a puff pastry crust.  One with flour, one without flour…Let’s see which is better 🙂

Pie #1 – no flour

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Everything in the bowl, except nuts & chips, then whip it

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for about 4 minutes, then add Nuts and Chips

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Mix up, and then pour into pie shell (below is Puff Pastry)

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Bake and done

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1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar (I use pure sugar cane)
2/3 cup light corn syrup
4 eggs
1/3 cup butter, melted, cooled
1/3 cup Kentucky Bourbon…yes it must be made in Kentucky 🙂
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1 3/4 – 2 cups walnuts, rough chopped
1 pie crust or puff pastry sheet (directions below)

In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, add to large bowl, all ingredients except walnut and chocolate chips.  Mixer on medium to incorporate  then mix on high for 4 minutes.  Then fold in walnuts and chocolate chips, pour mixture in to your pie shell.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until top is a luscious brown in color.

Cool at room temperature for at least 4-5 hours before serving.

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Pie #2 with flour

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In bowl add dry ingredients  and wet in another

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Whisk wet into dry, it looks like this

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add nuts and chips and fold in

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Pour into pie shell, (below is with Pie Crust)

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Bake and done

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Pie #2

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar,(I used pure cane sugar)
1/2 cup butter, melted, cooled
1/3 cup Kentucky Bourbon, again this must be bourbon from Kentucky 🙂
2 eggs
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
1 3/4 -2 cups walnuts, rough chopped
1 pie crust or puff pastry sheet (directions below)

In a large bowl add flour, salt and sugars, whisk to combine, in small bowl add butter, eggs, bourbon, vanilla, whisk to combine, add egg mixture to flour mixture, whisk to combine.

Fold in walnuts and chocolate chips, pour into pie shell, bake at 350 degrees for 35-37 minutes, it should be golden brown and look set.  

Let cool at room temperature for at least 3 hours before serving.

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Crust directions: 1 puff pastry sheet or 1 pie crust

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Just showed you the puff pastry, pie crust will work
the same way, you just would not trim the edges

Puff pastry on work surface, roll out

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place over pan, then trim edges

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fold under the edges, then flute/crimp your edge

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prick with tines of a fork all over
Puff Pastry on right, Pie crust on left

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Blind bake with pie weights or dried beans
you want your crust light brown, par baked
or that is what I did here

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Roll puff pastry/pie crust out on a floured work surface, roll out enough to have a 1 inch hang over your pie pan.  Spray pie pan, place pastry/crust over pan and gentle push to form to the pan.  Take knife or scissors and trim the corners off leaving 1 inch of the pastry, the pie crust you should not have to cut anything away (unless you made it from scratch, then you may need to trim)

Tuck pastry/crust under about 1/2 inch all the way around, then with your fingers, flute/crimp edges of the pastry/crust.  Take a fork and prick the pastry/crust lightly all over on the bottom and sides.

Now you will blind bake your pastry/crust, take a piece of parchment paper lay over pastry/crust, add on top of the parchment pie weights or dried beans.

Bake at 350 degrees just until crust is light brown in color about 20 minutes, then remove let cool for 15 minutes  then add your pie filling.  Bake as directed above in recipe you will be using.

Okay they both were very good in there own way, the one I made with the pie crust, was recipe #2 with flour.  Crust was great but can you go wrong with Pillsbury 🙂

The filling was nutty, chocolaty, and had that good taste of bourbon, it was lightly firm, seemed to hold together very well, that was due to flour.

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Puff Pastry crust with recipe #1 no flour, was very good as well, it was in my opinion a little more richer and gooey.  And I loved the Puff Pastry crust too…

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It’s really do hard to choose which was better, they both were “DELICIOUS” in their own way 🙂    Hope you will make them!!!  

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Plus I must say that you certainly can taste the Kentucky Bourbon in these pies, which is why I used 1/3 cup, you can defiantly use less or leave it out.  But here in Good Ole Kentucky…we are leaving it in 🙂   Enjoy!!

Beer Cheese Dip

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2 pk. 8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
.50 lb. Asiago cheese, shredded
1/2 cup light Beer
3/4 tsp. hot paprika
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. sweet paprika
1/4 tsp. onion powder

In a microwave safe dish, heat cream cheese 1 minute at a time stirring after each until smooth.  then add sour cream and Asiago cheese stir to combine.  Again heat in microwave until same as before until creamy and Asiago cheese has melted. Add beer a little at a time stirring until combined, then add spices mix to combine.  Serve warm or cold, good on crackers or with pretzels.