Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Cooking, Baking, and New Year's Eve

I woke up with a sinus infection on Thursday, and by New Year's Eve I was totally drained. Adam and I had originally planned to hang out downtown to celebrate the New Year, but due to my patheticness we opted for a quiet night at home. I decided to cook some breakfast casserole for dinner, and we rented Toy Story 3 from the red box.

Breakfast casserole is an easy dish that consists of crescent rolls, eggs, sausage, and cheese. Adam first had it when my grandmother cooked it for us when we went to Texas for our wedding. He loved it and being that he is so picky, I was thrilled that he was expanding his palate, and promised to make it for him when we flew home. It seemed like a simple enough dish, but for some reason I could never get it right. The eggs never seemed to meld  with the sausage and cheese like it did when my grandmother made it. But the truth is I don't understand much about eggs because as a rule I don't like them. The texture is slimy and ironically the only way I will eat them is in the casserole.  So after several tries it occurred to me that quite possibly you weren't supposed to scramble the eggs before baking the casserole. And waa-lah I now have breakfast casserole down to an exact science and was able to deliver the dish I had been promising Adam for a year and a half!

I also finally broke in my kitchen aid mixer on New Years Day.  It seemed fitting that the first day of 2011 would be the first day to break in such a fine piece of machinery. So I mustered up the energy to go grocery shopping and to bake the best chocolate cake ever via this recipe. I thought it was a good enough recipe to devirginize my mixer with because the recipe calls for sour cream. Sour cream in a cake? Madness!
Chocolate Cake without Icing

When you mix it, it has the consistency of a really, really thick pudding, and its bakes up really beautifully. It tasted so decadent and rich (although I just used store bought icing, didn't want to overdue it, I am sick after all). And the mixer was fast and amazing and I love it. I can't wait to discover what else I can do with it!

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