Sorry to all my VAST following but my photographers did not meet their deadlines for pictures. It’s a little late for the 4th of July to make this dessert but save this idea for next year. It’s a surprise FLAG CAKE !! Looks like a bland white cake on the outside, then KABOOM! RED, WHITE and BLUE on the inside.
So here’s how you make it. You need 2 white cake mixes (or make from scratch) Color one cake mix red and put into two (8″ or 9″) cake pans. Mix #2, pour half of mix into one pan and color the remaining half blue then place in pan #4 2- Red, 1-White, 1- Blue. It takes a LOT of food coloring to get rich color. I used over a tube of red and blue for these cakes. Bake as directed and let…
Dear Chef, We’re serving Burgers and dogs on Sunday @ your namesake’s Eagle Scout party. How many of each for 60? (incl. 20 teenage boys). HELP!!!
Dear Soaring like an Eagle Papa,
Usual meat entrée is 6-8 ounces per person (60×7= 420/16=26#) but with Burgers and Dogs you go by bun count. Figure 1-1/2 per person so you are looking at 90 portions. Considering your crowd (20 TeenEaters) I would go up to 2 per person. (120). Mix is always hard to estimate but usually 70/30 Burger./Dog. So Burger (20#=80ct) dogs (#5=40ct). Either way when one is gone, they will eat the other. Regular burger frozen #10 party packs are 4/1 pound, you can buy a 3/1 but that’s a big burger for the ladies. Dogs are 8/1 or 10/1. Sides, figure 2-4 ounces per person so 16# of product(s) total. Chips, Munchies and Dips don’t count in Sides equation, only Salads, Fruit, Beans and the like.
A Mother of the Bride writes in: “Question for our favorite food calculator….. Leslie’s serving humus, pita chips and veggies for appetizers. How do we figure out amounts of baby carrots, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers? Figuring 150 ppl. And it will be available during wedding party picture-taking and then we’ll move right into dinner. Whachoo think oh god of food??
Usual rule of thumb is 2-3 ounces of app per person per hour of cocktails. Assuming humus and Chips are 1-2 ounces, that leaves 1oz of veggie/person or about 10# of product TOTAL!! So equal amounts #3 each carrots. tomatoes, cucumbers should do it.
Recent visit to Dr. Daughter in Philly brought us to Barbuzzo restaurant. Their Caramel Budino has been rated the number one dessert for 2011 and is featured in the September Bon Apetit magazine. But the best part is, you can make it at home. Here’s the recipe. Many steps but worth the taste!!!
A recent conversation brought up the love for Asian Noodles. They are easy to make and the Rice Noodles absorb the sauce to enhance the flavor of the dish. There are many ways to present the dish but the basic is the Thai Sauce for the Noodles
2Tbsp Salad Oil
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
1 tsp Asian Fish Sauce
Dash Red Pepper Flakes (adjust for “heat” to taste)
Place Noodles in a pot of boiling water, turn off heat and let them steep until tender. About 5 minutes. Drain then toss with sauce. At this time you can add them to any Stir Fry dish or plate, then top with favorite items.
I stir fry vegetables, including Bean Sprouts, Pea Pods, Carrots,Mushrooms, Green Onions and Peppers.
For Protein, you can use Shrimp, Beef, Pork or Chicken. Garnish with Chopped Peanuts, Mint or Green Onion.
The Chef is always surprised when people complain that they can’t find a good mix for a Margarita, Daiquiri or Whiskey Sour. All these drinks are from the family of Sweet and Sour. You can buy a pre-made mix for $3.49-$5.99 but many complain that the mix is too sweet or watered down.
I prefer this simple recipe.One can of Limeade ($.99 !!!), equal amount of chosen alcohol and ice. Add ice to blender after liquid, for a 6 oz can, use half a blender of ice, for a 12 oz can fill blender to the top.
Now, here’s the Magic,
Blender: 6 oz of Limeade with 6 oz of Alcohol, add ice. Makes 4- 6oz cocktails
Shaker: 2 oz of Limeade, 2 oz of Alcohol, add ice. Makes a single cocktail
Whiskey Sour Whiskey
Margarita 6 oz Tequila and 3 oz Triple Sec or Cointreau
Tom Collins Gin and 3oz of Soda
John Collins Whiskey and 3 oz of Soda
Vodka Collins Vodka and 3 oz of Soda
Sloe Gin Fizz Sloe Gin and 3 oz of Soda
Stone Sour Add 3 oz of Orange Juice and any alcohol
Want a fruit cocktail ( ie Strawberry) ADD Strawberries or add fruit flavored alcohol. Want a lighter, less tart cocktail, add a 12oz can of Lemon/Lime soda to the mix.. Garnish with appropriate fruit or a crazy little umbrella and straws
You now know how to make eight varieties of drinks with numerous fruit flavor variations. You are on your way to a degree in Mixology. This lesson is worth 10 Credits. Skoal !!