Saturday, January 28, 2012

Food 101: Combining Two of My Favorite Desserts

I love cake. But not the frosted confections you see in bake shop windows...I love the ooey gooey kind--like pineapple upside down cake and rum cake. So I thought, why not combine the two!

These days who wants a whole cake? Hand me a cupcake! So here is what recipe I came up with (and it tuned out amazing!):

My Famous Pineapple Upside Down Rum Cupcakes

This recipe will make a batch of 12 cupcakes.

1 cup brown sugar
6 tablespoons butter (3/4 of a stick)
1/4 cup rum and water mix--you pick the ratio. I do half and half.

Cake Ingredients:

2 Eggs
Splash of vanilla extract
2/3 Cup white sugar
4 Tablespoons pineapple juice
2/3 Cup all purpose flour
1 Tsp baking powder
1/4 Tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray.

In a mixing bowl, add eggs, white sugar, and pineapple juice. Beat for 2 minutes. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and turn mixer back on for 2 minutes.

In a small sauce pan, melt the butter and add the brown sugar, water and rum. Stir on low heat for three minutes. May boil over so watch it!

Place a pineapple ring in the bottom of each muffin tin (you may have to cut down the ring so it will fit or use pineapple tidbits). Add a cherry in the middle of each pineapple. Spoon over a spoonful of the warm brown sugar mixture. Pour cake mixture over to fill muffin tin 3/4 of the way full.

Bake cupcakes for 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven. Let cool in pan for 3 minutes.

Run a knife around the edge of each cake to help loosen in case it sticks a little. Place a wire cooling rack on top, and quickly flip over.

Place wire rack of cakes on baking sheet to cool for 10 minutes

Serve and spoon remaining sauce over cupcakes after you plate them - about a teaspoon.




Friday, January 27, 2012

Fashion Fridays: Things I Love

A trend I am loving right now is sheer sleeves (and I always love French Connection!).  All of these are on and whadyaknow?  They are on sale!  See what I have been crushing on lately:

sale $93.11

RRP $196.96
sale $103.85

RRP $277.53
sale $134.29

French Connection Feather Look Dress With Embellished Neck    
RRP $232.77  
sale $85.94


RRP $241.72
sale $146.82

Happy styling!



Thursday, January 26, 2012

Food 101: My Famous Teriyaki Chicken Bowls

So I had a craving for a spicy teriyaki chicken bowl, but not with all that MSG (and overcooked veggies)! So here's what I came up with (it turned out pretty tasty!):

Serves 2-3

1 head broccoli/broccoli crown
1 bag frozen mixed peppers
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
1-2 chicken breasts grilled and sliced
1 cup rice

For sauce:
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 cup brown sugar or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon minced garlic or 2 garlic cloves chopped
1 tablespoon spicy steak seasoning


1. Prepare rice according to package instructions

2. Steam broccoli until almost cooked but still crunchy, and in the last minute or so add the peppers and onions and sprinkle with the spicy steak seasoning. Cover with a lid for 5 minutes with heat turned off.

3. Pour soy sauce, flour, brown sugar and garlic into sauce pan and cook over low heat for a few minutes. When sauce thickens add water to thin and ginger, stir to Combine and remove from heat.

4. Pour sauce over veggies and add chicken. Stir to combine.

5. Serve over rice and enjoy!

Happy cooking!



Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Food 101: Healthy Tomato Basil Chicken Pizza

So I made this the other night and I wanted to share the recipe:

1 cup grilled chicken cubed
1 large beefsteak tomato chopped
1/2 of an onion chopped
1 cup or one handful of basil Roughly chopped
3 tablespoons herb de Provence or Italian seasoning
2 cups of mozzarella cheese shredded
1/2 of a cup tomato paste or tomato sauce
1 can of Pillsbury pizza dough Thin crust


1. roll out pizza dough to thin layer across the cookie sheet

2. Spread pizza sauce or tomato paste
3. Top with ingredients
4. Salt and pepper to taste
5. Sprinkle cheese across ingredients 6. Sprinkle herb de Provence on top
7. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until bubbly and brown!

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