Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cake Balls Trial Run Gone Bad... I think...

I've been wanting to try to make those cake balls for like forever but never got around to it until today. I wanted to make some for my husband over the thanksgiving weekend but didn't want to serve him my first rounders. I want him to be impressed with my house wifey skills. Lets just say that its a darn good thing I did a trail run first.

Please Please Please comment if you have made these before and know what I did wrong. Because I don't have a clue.

I know my first mistake was having never eaten them before. I have nothing to compare them to.

My second mistake I think was using a recipe for something else. I used this recipe by Bakerella. I am not saying ANYTHING negative about this site or the recipe. I think her creations and her explanations and the site itself is completely fantastic. I'm just not good with desserts.

So I started by making the cake. I used a strawberry Pillsbury mix. My husband's favorite. Then when it was done and cooled, I crumbled it up and mixed it with a jar of cream cheese frosting. Then I formed the "dough" into balls and placed them in the freezer for an hour.

When they were chilled and what I considered frozen, I dipped them in the chocolate that I had melted. I used candy mold chocolates that I purchased from Joann's and I think this is another mistake I made. The chocolate was never liquid enough to really dip them into. Plus, the "dough" was really really moist. I'm not sure if this is how they're supposed to be or what but it just didn't seem right to me.

I really am not sure what they're supposed to look and taste like. Maybe I need to pay a visit to a bakery and do some first hand research :)

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." I will continue trying (hahaha, with in my budgeted means) to get this right. I am determined to have yummy, pretty little cake balls to serve my husband while he's home.

Stuffed Chicken with Polenta

I have to say that this was one of the best meals that I've eaten in a while. My mouth is going to water the whole time I write about it. Looking at the pictures is making me wish I had leftovers.

I made stuff chicken for dinner last night and served it with white polenta. Let me first say that I really should take some cooking lessons because every polenta I've ever had, if it wasn't in like a little wedge loaf form, it was nice and creamy. Mine was something in between. It still tasted good but I would never have served it to some one in the know because they'd probably have been grossed out.

I stuffed the chicken (one REALLY large breast that I cut in two) with 1 cup of spinach, 1 clove of garlic, 2 pieces of bacon (chopped) and Parmesan cheese. I cooked the bacon and spinach, minced the garlic and threw in Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste. I mixed it all together and shoved it in the chicken. Then I backed it at 450 degrees until it was cooked. Oh yeah, I put sliced portobello mushrooms on top of mine when I threw it in the oven. The kids don't like mushrooms so I didn't feel like wasting any on them.

The polenta that I had was an instant kind, I guess. I don't know how its usually cooked so... I boiled 4 cups of water and added one cup of polenta. Then I stirred and stirred. I added Parmesan cheese and salt. It got thick really fast. I'm going to add a warning here too. Being really thick, when it bubbles, it spits big ole chunks of crazy hot polenta every where. Wear long sleeves! If you're as dumb as I am, you'll let a big glob land on you and not brush it off quick enough. Now I've got a lovely blister. No bueno.

It didn't look gorgeous but it was so delicious. This one is definitely being marked under "make it again real soon!"

Thursday, November 3, 2011

My Thanksgiving Menu In The Works

Every year since I've been cooking Thanksgiving dinner for my family in my home, my menu gets bigger and bigger. I think the first year I cooked it myself, we ate turkey, corn, mashed potatoes, roles and beans. And maybe gravy but that was it. Through the years, I've added things like carrots, deviled eggs, canned cranberry sauce and side dishes from Boston Market (hey, I'm not even joking when I tell you that their creamy spinach is to die for).

This year though, I feel like I need to step it up a notch.

I'm making turkey. Duh.

My stuffing is going to be amazing. I'm adding bacon to it this year. I make it with french baguettes, buttermilk, onions, celery and a few spices. I think the bacon is going to make it even yummier though.

Mashed potatoes at the begging of the hubs. But this year, I'm making them roasted garlic ones.

I will be baking home made bread, haven't decided which kind yet, in addition to the crescent roles.

Deviled eggs.

Green bean casserole.

I'm going to attempt a home made raspberry-cranberry sauce. I'll probably be the only one that even attempts it but I'm kinda excited about it.

Hopefully, by this time, I'll have had a chance to can some bread and butter pickles and be serving those as well.

But then I'm stuck. No one but me would eat sweet potatoes. So goes the beets. I want to make some really delicious dishes but am totally lost as to what I should cook. I'd never be able to convince any one to eat anything involving squash or brussel sprouts. I'd love to make a mashed cauliflower but I'm afraid the hubby will accidentally mistake if for the potatoes and accuse me of trying to kill him once he realizes what they really are.

I'm excited about the dessert. I can't give it away though just in case my husband reads this. I'd really like to wow him with what I'm going to make.

If any one has any amazing dishes though that they're planning to make or eat that I haven't listed, PLEASE share with me. I really want to make an amazing, show stopping kinda dinner this year and would like to make something unique and special. I'm open to any ideas.