Good Ol’ Fashioned Chocolate Cake

My dad requested that I make him a good ol’ fashioned chocolate cake after church on Sunday, so I turned Paula Deen’s Texas sheet cake into a two-layer chocolate cake. This cake really is best the next day (for breakfast). I am not the biggest fan of chocolate, but I really did enjoy making and eating this cake :) FYI- if you live on a mountain like me, you don’t need to make any high-altitude adjustments.

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Deep-Dish Apple Pie

For Christmas I got a new food processor and a propane-fueled blow torch. Needless to say, I was beyond ecstatic with my new cooking toys. Almost a little too ecstatic. While making the pie dough for this pie, I sliced my thumb pretty badly on the blade of my new food processor. Luckily, no stitches were needed, but I did have to leave my pie and go get a tetanus shot. Thankfully, my bad accident was redeemed by how wonderful this deep-dish apple pie turned out. I got to use my new pie plate and pie guard too :) Didn’t burn the pie (or myself) either.

 

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Arugala and Prosciutto Pizza

One of my favorite things about the weekend is that I get to start off my Saturday morning with The Pioneer Woman on TV. I get to sip on my coffee and ogle over Ree Drummond and her perfect ranch life and kitchen. There seriously isn’t anything better. On this specific episode she was making Fig-Prosciutto Pizza for her fellow cowgirls. I have always wanted to make my own pizza from scratch and so this morning I decided to do it. I substituted the fig and made an arugala and prosciutto pizza. Now, Lady Drummond lives in flat, flat Oklahoma, so she doesn’t have a problem with altitude. I, on the other hand, live in Colorado at 5,300 feet. Luckily my mother had a great pizza dough recipe for high altitude that had proven successful before, so I was saved. Instead of using fig spread I used San Marzano tomatos for the pizza base, but the pizza still tasted very light. Ladylike light. This is definitely not a pizza for cowboys. Ladies, (cowgirls) enjoy :)

 

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Creole Gumbo

I adore food from the South. Especially Cajun/Creole dishes. As much as I love living in Colorado, I do wish I could have access to fresh crawfish. Crawfish is probably my favorite kind of seafood. I literally would do anything for it. Anything. Very rarely do I find wild caught seafood but today at the grocery store I found a bag of wild caught Key West pink shrimp. Last night I caught up with some dear friends from college at Pappadeaux in Denver and had gumbo (with a side of fried alligator, obviously!) and was inspired to make some of my own creole gumbo. I used Emeril Lagasse’s recipe (who else?) and replaced the chicken with the wild caught shrimp I found.

You’ll notice that I didn’t take step-by-step pictures for this recipe. Shocking! I know. I decided to switch it up a bit. If y’all want more pictures, holla at me. I don’t mind snapping away :)

 

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