Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day Cake

This super simple cake is always perfect for Memorial Day or July 4th the red white and blue colors and it's a tasty treat easy to bring to any outdoor celebration!

1 ½ Cups Self Rising Flour
¼ Teaspoon Salt
6 Tablespoons Butter
¾ Cups Sugar
1 Teaspoon Lemon Extract (almond extract can also be used but then delete the lemon zest)
Zest from ½ lemon
2 Eggs
2 Tablespoons cream
1 Pint Strawberries (washed, hulled and cut in half)
1/2 pint fresh blueberries

1Pre-Heat oven to 350
2Beat butter, sugar, eggs, lemon extract and cream together.
3Combine flour and salt.
4Gently add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, do not over mix.
5Spread into a 9 inch spring form pan coated with non stick spray.
6Press strawberries into batter in a circular pattern closest to the outside edges.
Place blueberries in a circle next to the strawberries and then put four strawberries in the very center.
7Bake for 45 minutes.
8Cool 15-20 minutes and transfer to serving platter.
9Slice & serve as is or with optional toppings.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

#‎FWCon‬ ‪#‎GrillTalk‬ Certified Angus Beef recipe contest! FREE ANGUS BEEF

The Food and Wine Conference in Orlando coming this July 17th through the 19 just announced another recipe contest. The top prize on this contest is.......drum roll please!  Not only is your entire conference fee paid you will also receive ....FREE CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF FOR A YEAR!

Yes that got my attention super fast when I got the email and I wanted to pass it on to all of you ASAP.  Here is the link to register for the conference:FOOD AND WINE CONFERENCE and here is the fast link to the #GrillTalk Certified Angus Beef Contest.

Now how about a little inspiration to get those creative juices flowing! I call this the K2 Challenge Burger 'cause its as tall as a mountain and as slippery as a glacier!  Definitely a 5 napkin burger!

I'm not going to give you all the ingredients; I don't want to influence you in any way but you can pretty much see everything that's on the burger in the photo!

Good luck and check out some of the speakers while you are on the Food and Wine Conference Site!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Food and Wine Conference #FWCon Chocolate Coffee Cookies

Wow oh wow I have been chosen as one of the Brand Ambassadors for the Orlando Food and Wine Conference July 17th-19th!  Needless to say I am over the moon excited already about meeting blogger, chef's, winemakers, public relations professionals and the many Brands who will be sharing ways to help us become more successful and of course there will be great food demos and recipe contest too!

Now something marvelous that I get to pass on to my foodie friends: if you want to join in on the Food and Wine Conference fun  I have a special promo code that will give you a $50.00 reduction on your ticket! Use promo code FWC15quark  Then let me know you are attending so we can plan on meeting up!

Did I catch your attention with the words "recipe contests"......I thought maybe so! Well Dixie Crystals Sugar has a Chocolate Dessert Recipe Contest that has some amazing and great prizes....LIKE reimbursement for your full conference pass!  So to help inspire you....I thought I'd share with you one of my family's favorite treats!

Chocolate Coffee Cookies

2  1/3 Cups Self-rising Flour
½ Cup Cocoa Powder
1 Cup Sugar + 4 T. divided  
1 ½ t. instant coffee
½ t. salt
2 Sticks Unsalted Butter
1 Egg
1 t. Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts

With an electric mixer beat butter and sugar together until light in color and fluffy.
Add the egg and continue beating on medium high 1 minute.
Add the vanilla and beat another minute.
Mix together the flour, instant coffee and salt in a separate bowl.
Add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar and blend well on medium low.
Mix in the chopped pecans.
Form into two logs, cover with plastic wrap and chill well; at least two hours.

Slice about 1/4 inch thick and bake in preheated 350 degree oven about 14 minutes.

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