Thursday, July 29, 2010

Beatty’s Chocolate Cake

       What better way to celebrate this, our 100th post, with an incredible cake!  This is chocolate cake takes the prize for our absolute favorite.  Whenever Andrew is asked to bake a chocolate cake, this is what’s been requested.  It also has a wonderful story attached to.  Well, come to think, it’s not all wonderful but read along and see. 

        This recipe comes from our dear friend Michael Grim.  Now if you are faithful viewer of Ina Garten’s “Barefoot Contessa”, you’d immediately recognize Michael.  With his partner, Jim Osburn, he’s the Bridgehampton Florist and they are both on Ina’s show with some frequency.   But I digress.  Beatty was one of Michael’s grandmothers. His grandfather had a milk route in Pennsylvania Dutch country and Beatty used to bake this cake to take to the customers on his milk deliveries.  I urge you to try this cake with a tall glass of icy cold milk.  It will take your breath away.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Egg Foo Yung with Chicken and Shiitake Mushrooms

"Fine Cooking" is at it again.  In their current “Make it Tonight” section of ‘just 30 minutes to dinner, start to finish’ recipes, more than one of them caught my eye.  So it became a game of deciding which to make first.  And after I’d read the nutrition information on their take on Egg Foo Yung, I was hooked.  It comes in at 350 calories a serving with 22 grams of protein and, miraculously, just 8 grams of carbohydrates!  Now that's worth making.