Daily Archives: August 3, 2010

Chicken Marsala

I’ve done this one before and I bet I’ll be doing it again because it is some good eats.  I won’t offer much comment this time, the pics will be self explanatory.  I had carrots and broccoli for sides the last time, just a bit lighter for this one.  The tomato-mozz-basil seemed like a no brainer when I got to thinking about what to fix for a side.  Next time I may do garlic mashed potatoes with the chicken.  I make some killer garlic mashed potatoes.


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5 Layer Birthday Bars

Those following the blog know that I’m in charge of birthday cakes at work.  The guys usually opt for cakes with fruit in them (herehere, and here).  I knew when my birthday rolled around, there would be chocolate.  And I also knew I would be making it myself.  Don’t think any of the guys are really into baking.   Luckily, my sister-in-law Tracie came to the rescue and sent me home with a make-it-yourself-5 Layer Bar-kit.  Consisting of  all the ingredients but two, all I had to do was layer it in a pan.

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My birthday isn’t until Thursday, but I knew today everyone would be in the office, so it seemed the best day to bring in a treat.  Here’s the recipe:

5-Layer Bars

  • 1-1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup melted butter

Mix together in a 9x12x2″ pan, press over bottom.  Layer with:

  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 chopped pecans
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

Drizzle with 1 can of sweetened condensed milk.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1/2 hour.  Let cool before cutting.

    Thanks Tracie, everyone loved them!

    Adventures in Bread Making

    I started a loaf of bread in the machine using a tried and true recipe for a semi-whole wheat loaf.  By “started” I mean that I dumped all the ingredients into the loaf pan in the order prescribed by the manufacturer.  I clicked the pan into the machine and was ready to push the start button when I was struck by a fit of madness and selected “dough” from the control panel rather than just push the one button I needed for it t turn out a loaf of bread in 4 hours or so.

    I busied myself around the kitchen while the machine churned and kneaded the flour.  (More on that next post.)  Somewhere around 2 hours into the process the machine beeped that the dough was ready.  It had already been kneaded and given a rise, then kneaded again and proofed one more time.  I dumped the dough onto a floured mat and divided it in two, then rolled and pulled and folded and messed about with each piece until it looked kinda right, and then slit the tops like you see in all the pictures of bread made by folks who know what they are doing.

    I am amazed it turned out as good as it did.  Yup, I have pictures.

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