Wednesday, October 28, 2009

In The Kitchen

It was Frank's birthday the other day, so I spent most of the morning in the kitchen baking away. I made enchilada cassserole, it is his favorite and I make it for him every year.

I also made him his favorite cake. Hot Fudge Pudding Cake that is. I have probably made 100 of these. They are so quick and easy, and I bet you have all the ingredients in your pantry right now. It is perfect for a chilly fall evening.
The picture does not do it justice. It is gooey and delicious on the inside.

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake:

1 1/4 sugar, divided
1 C. flour
1/2 C. cocoa
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 C. milk
1/3 C. butter
1 1/2 tsp.vanilla
1/2 C. brown sugar
1 1/4 C. hot tap water

Heat oven to 350.
Combine 3/4 C. sugar, flour, 1/4 cocoa, baking powder and salt.
Melt butter.
Add milk, butter and vanilla, beat until smooth. Pour into 9" square pan.
Combine 1/2 C. sugar, brown sugar, 1/4 C. cocoa. Sprinkle evenly over top of batter. Pour hot water over top.
Bake 35-40 minutes.
Spoon into dishes with whipped cream.
Makes 8 servings.

I have doubled this recipe many times when we have company. It works like a dream.

I also made Black Beans and Rice to go with dinner. I got this recipe from my sister, and I love it. It is healthy, filling and feeds about 50 people. Seriously.

7 cups cooked black beans
3 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup chopped onions
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
1 teaspoon paprika
1 cup chopped carrots
1 medium green pepper, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 cup tomato juice or orange juice
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
6 cups cooked brown rice
hot sauce
sour cream

Drain the cooked beans and reserve the liquid.
In a large skillet, saute the onions, garlic, and spices in the oil until onions are translucent. Add carrots and saute for 3 or 4 minutes. Add green peppers and saute for 5 minutes more. Add salt, pepper, parsley, juice, and tomatoes and simmer until the vegetables are tender.
Combine the drained black beans with the vegetable mixture. Puree 2 to 3 cups of the bean-vegetable mixture in the blender with enough reserved liquid, (or stock or water) to make a smooth puree. Stir the puree into the beans and simmer for 10 minutes. Taste for salt.
Serve the beans on hot rice and top with hot sauce and a dollop of sour cream.

I had the leftovers for lunch today with salsa on a flour tortilla. Yum!

On a Knitty note, the lovely ladies at Team Knit featured my Amanda Sweater on their blog. So much knitting inspiration over there.
Go take a look!


Unknown said...

Gorgeous sweater! I think that should be a pattern for sale. Lovely food too. I am so wishing I could eat desserts, but I will look longingly at this picture. And arroz con habichuelas--rice and beans, look so yummy. Reminds me of my mom's home cooked meals.

FinnyKnits said...

Oh dude. Now I want the cake AND that sweater. And some enchiladas.

It's dangerous around here...

Becky said...

I sooooo would wear that sweater. Do you have the pattern for it the way you made it? I want to make one! I can do it without a pattern but the diminsions never come out right and i end up taking it all with a pattern is sooo much easier and more likely to be wearable.

Hilary said...

Oooh, great recipes - thank you! I think I need a Hot Fudge Pudding Cake, like, tonight. And the sweater again!! Why am I not casting on right this second??

The Elegant Thrifter said...

YUM...I love enchilada caserole. It's an easy one that I sort of make up each time.... sometimes I use ground beef, sometimes chicken...I'll even replace black beans with red ones....and mix up my cheeses...and the best thing is that it's even better as leftovers. Gosh, I'm making myself hungry! Stan

dana said...

I LOVE that dessert. At our house we called it Brownie Pudding. Sounds like the same recipe though. Mmmm. I want some right now. YUM.

Maryse said...

Yeah, I discovered your blog through Team Knit and I'm so glad! Thanks for the receipes!

Renee said...

Your sweater is stunning - as nice as Cameron Diaz's in the movie. :)

mmm, thanks for the recipes.

UK lass in US said...

No wonder - you made such a great sweater. Oh, that food looks good. Especially when all I've had tonight is some quesadillas thrown together after soccer practice...

kim said...

That cake looks amazing. I am copying the recipe for some future event. And that sweater! It's no wonder it was featured. Looks so good on you.

Tanya said...

The pudding cake is my favorite dessert. I can make it w/out even looking at the recipe. So yummy!!

Journeying Five said...

great post, great food! hot fudge pudding...mmmm! and your sweater is lovely!

Ebeth said...

Gorgeous sweater, Katie!!!

tiennie said...

Yummy food, great sweater and happy birthday to Frank!

a friend to knit with said...

happy belated birthday to frank!
and i am so happy one of my favorite sweaters of yours was featured over there! so so good!

raining sheep said...

Wow, great post. The cake looks amazing and I love that sweater. That is gorgeous!

Alison said...

Any baked item one makes 100 times has got to be good! And that recipe sounds so easy- I must try this ASAP! Thanks for sharing!!

Sandy said...

SO much goodness in just one post! All of those recipes look fantastic, I am going to try them.
And that sweater is absolutely lovely, and I agree it is better than the inspiration sweater.
You rock those knitting needles!