Friday, May 20, 2011

Smitten Kitten in the Kitchen

So It didn't save properly but I saw this cartoon this week and LOVED it!  Mr Hot Stuff and I had our first date 9 years ago next week and I always get a little sentimental about it. We've had a crazy nine years but alas.. I am still a smitten kitten.  And he does smell like both : )

This week for handsome I attempted to make a cake with a watch made out of fondant for a watch forum that he belongs to.  Not exactly what I was trying for but not too shabby for a first attempt.  The symbol and watch are made out of fondant and painted with edible pearl dust and gel food coloring.

Spring has sprung ...  Kinda...  This weather is funky.  But that means lots of YUMMY veggies!
I love asparagus!!!
For Book Club last night I made Prosciutto wrapped asparagus and stuffed mushrooms.   Here are the recipes.

Wrapped Asparagus

1 lb of asparagus  rub in olive oil and salt and pepper
grill or bake in the oven until they are tender with a little bite to them  ( 350 for around 10-15 mins)

After you remove them from the oven take a half slice of prosciutto and add a dab of goat or cream cheese (this is based on the flavors you prefer...  goat cheese is more tangy)

Wrap the prosciutto around the asparagus and allow the warmth to soften the cheese.
Stuffed Mushrooms

8 oz of cream cheese softened
1/4-1/2 cup of bacon bits or real bacon chopped
2 stems of green onion finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
garlic powder to taste
hot sauce to taste

Mix ingredients together in a bowl

remove the stem from approx 20 button mushrooms ( You can use any type of mushroom that you like .. just note that you will need more or less mushrooms depending on the size and cooking time may vary)

Spoon enough filling into the concave spot on the bottom of the mushroom to fill and come up just over the rim.

Bake in a 350 oven for 10-15 mins until mushrooms are cooked and tops get golden (finish under the broiler if needed)


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