The Weekend Dish: 2/25/2012

This week started off like a pretty typical week, but by midweek it started to get interesting. My Chief Culinary Consultant and I made battered cod on Ash Wednesday, and I swear I still smell fried fish on random pieces of clothing and in my hair. That smell seriously permeates everything. On Thursday morning we took a little field trip to watch the Penguins practice, which I always thoroughly enjoy. More pro sports teams should open up some of their practices so fans can watch! And then came Friday. Yesterday afternoon I was making a cake for my mom, who requested a dessert to serve for her monthly card club, which she was hosting. About a minute into mixing the frosting the power went out (thanks to the wind blowing a pine tree down over power lines up the street) and did not come back on. I busted out the wooden spoon and elbow grease. It made me think of my grandma and all the things that those ladies did by hand back in the day. But I’m not going to lie… I wanted to kiss my mixer when the power came back on! How was your week?!

As always, you’ll find a recap of what was posted to the site this week as well as some bookmarked recipes from other blogs. Enjoy!


On Brown Eyed Baker This Week

New Orleans Beignets – I finally went all-out and fried up some traditional New Orleans pastries. Amazing!

Creole Shrimp and Grits – For Fat Tuesday, I cooked some authentic Louisiana Creole fare. This dish was bursting with flavor.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars – The ultimate combination of my favorite chocolate chip cookie and salted caramel. I may have died and gone to heaven.

Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup – A fabulous homemade tomato soup, thick and creamy without using any cream!

Date Bars – Little squares of a cake-like blondie, or snack cake, packed with rum-soaked dates and pecans.

Most Viewed Post This Week: Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

What I Bookmarked This Week

Recipes from other blogs that I thought looked especially delicious and that I thought you would like too:

Butterfinger Rice Krispie Treats (
I am in love with all the different variations of Rice Krispie treats that I’m constantly finding. I can’t wait to try this one!

Crab and Brie Stuffed Mushrooms (Pink Parsley)
My aunt always makes some amazing stuffed mushrooms around the holidays. I seem to remember one year there being crab in them; I love the combination with brie here.

Devil’s Food Cake with Chocolate Chip Buttercream Filling and Chocolate Ganache (Bake at 350)
Bridget put together this amazing cake for her son’s 13th birthday. He’s one lucky kid! I’m thinking of making it for my own birthday now :)

Marshmallow Cream Fudge (David Lebovitz)
At my grandparents’ 60th anniversary party a couple of weeks ago my grandma had marshmallow cream fudge that was outstanding. I forgot to grab the recipe from her; I’m excited to compare it to David’s and give it a try!

Southern-Style Biscuits with Sweet Maple Sausage Gravy (Lauren’s Latest)
I have wanted to make biscuits with sausage gravy for what seems like forever. Love the addition of maple here; can’t wait to make this!

Have a delicious weekend!