Showing posts from June, 2012

Recipes: Pomegranate-glazed Skirt Steak with Roasted Green Beans

Ingredients 1/8 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 Tablespoon light brown sugar 1 ½ teaspoon salt 1 ¼ pounds skirt steak ¼ c honey ½ c pomegranate juice 2 T balsamic vinegar 1 lb green beans, trimmed 2 T olive oil fresh ground black pepper ¼ c slivered almonds ½ c pomegranate seeds   Directions Preheat the oven to 425. In a small bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, brown sugar and salt. Rub the spice mixture into the skirt steak and set aside 25-35 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together the honey, pomegranate juice and balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Simmer until reduced by half and thickened, 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat. The glaze will continue to thicken as it cools. Spread green beans in an even layer on a large baking sheet, drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Roast until crisp-tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and toss with the almonds and pomegranate seeds. Heat

Recipes: “Better than Sex” Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream frosting

Adapted from Cupcake Project and Chockylit Ready in: 2+ hours Yield: 15-16 cupcakes Ingredients: 1/2 C butter, room temperature 1 cup Nutella 1 1/4 C sugar 2 large eggs, room temperature 3/4 C flour 1/2 t baking powder 1/4 t baking soda 1/4 t salt 1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 C milk 1 t vanilla   Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 2. In a mixing bowl, beat butter until softened and smooth. Add sugar and beat for a few minutes, until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each until well combined. Mix in Nutella. 3. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder. In a separate small bowl, combine milk and vanilla. 4. Add about 1/3 of dry ingredients to butter and sugar and mix until combined. Add about 1/2 of wet ingredients to mixture and mix until combined. Continue alternating dry and wet, mixing in between (finish with the remaining dry ingredients). 5. Fill cupcake tins about 1/2

Book Review: Devil's Mountain

Devil's Mountain by Bernadette Walsh My rating: 4 of 5 stars At first I was a little put off by the way this story was told. However, to give all the information and to keep the action moving, I can't really see any other way it could have been told. The story begins with a young woman named Caroline at her wedding to Bobby Connelly. The pair met in New York, but both of their families were from a very small area of Ireland and both families had ties back to Devlin's Mountain. Caroline's mother had known Bobby's mother and although neither of them will say why, neither of them approve of the wedding. The story takes you through the history of the Devlin family and their peculiar mythology. Through the telling of Mary Devlin's story, you learn the history of the "five families" of Devlin's Mountain. Through Caroline's story, you learn the modern threat to their line and see the unfortunate handwriting on the wall. (view spoiler) [Mary Devlin