Monday, January 17, 2011

Chocolate Wafer Icebox Cake

I've just finished watching "Eat, Pray, Love" with Julia Roberts.  Besides the unbelievable relationship with  James Franco (with whom I can never get past his role in "Pineapple Express") and the intense Hari Krishna mediation, I LOVED the Italian culinary exploration.  I could have watched the "Eat" part all night and done without the "Pray, Love".  Still, I had the overwhelming desire to pour myself a glass of wine at the end. And what goes better with wine than chocolate.

Simplicity at its best, a Chocolate Wafer Icebox Cake is one of those lost desserts that still beats out any high-maintenance chocolate recipe.  It is reminiscent of an oreo but in cake form.  Best of all, it stores well in the freezer. So when you have a chocolate craving that must be satisfied, this is a go-to recipe. 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

Its such a shame that this picture doesn't fully convey the deliciousness of these biscuits.  Seriously, this picture is down-right ulgy! I almost threw out this post entirely. However, this recipe is so amazing, I can't keep it a secret any longer. 

I've been told that I need to make regular batches of these biscuits to fully satisfy my tastetester. During those crazy worknights that I do not feel like cooking a 5- course meal, I can easily whip up these biscuits, serve with leftovers, and trick Mr.F into believing that I have slaved away all day. Sounds perfect, except that I quickly realized these biscuits send him into a cheese,butter, and garlic euphoria which translates into the need for me to bake more. Oh well, life could be worse.  These biscuits could be made from scratch....oops, I've let the secret out.

You heard correctly, this recipe calls for a biscuit mix, cheese, water, and a garlic butter.  I've considered another delicious addition...bacon.  How can that be terrible?  My mouth is watering just thinking about these biscuits hot out the oven, covered in butter.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Cranberry Salad

Im Back!

After a crazy few months, I finally have 3 additional letters to add to my title and more time to spend in the kitchen.  I can cook and bake till my heart is content... or I collapse from utter exhaustion.  Either way, time in the kitchen translates into time spent here on the blog.

Anyone have big plans for 2011? For myself and Mr. F, 2011 will be a big year.  For the hubs, the end of law school is in sight! Additionally, Fork 2 has opted for a year of International travel and learning.  Anyone know what "Good Luck" or "Bon Voyage" is in Spanish?

For a fresh start to the New Year,  there is nothing better than this crisp, fresh, and slightly sweet cranberry salad.  This is a family favorite year round but especially during the fall and winter months when cranberries are in season. Mr. F eats this stuff as candy. He's not big into sweets but he LOVES a bowl as a snack or for dessert.

This fruit salad is extremely simple to prepare; yet, the hardest part is to let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours. Otherwise, the cranberries are too tart to eat right after preparation.

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