Monday, February 6, 2012

Um, YUM.

Made my new favorite dish this weekend. I don't know why, but I woke up wanting slow cooked short ribs on Saturday, so I found this recipe by Big Bewbs De Laurentis, and It. Was. CRAZY BANANAS GOOD. The only difference in mine was that I used some artichoke ravioli from Trader Joe's, and did not have bittersweet chocolate on hand to grate over the top, which REALLY bummed me out. Oh, I also kept everything in the pot with the temp as low as it would go for about 3 hours total, as opposed to 2, and the meat just fell off the bone. The first bite was nothing short of hebbinly, if I say so myself.

I threw in some parmesan-roasted brussel sprouts too, for good measure.

That's an almost-clean plate you're lookin at there, folks.

For dessert, I wanted chocolate cake. Not just any chocolate cake, but a sour cream chocolate cake. I have the fondest memory from childhood of it. I remember staying with an aunt once when my parents had something to do, and she made the BEST sour cream chocolate cake. It was Christmas time, and I recall watching Rudolph, and going into the kitchen to sneak bites of cake. I don't know why I have never made one until now. Found this recipe on Pinterest (God bless Pinterest), and it was soooooo good.

I did substitute cake flour for all purpose flour, but that damn cake was so light and fluffy, even with the sour cream, that it was almost difficult to frost. In fact, if I make it again I would double the recipe for the frosting and do a crumb-coat before putting the final frosting layer on.

Oops, didn't clean up my crumbs from the edge of the plate before I took that photo, did I?

Or that one...

If you are looking for a good winter-night dinner, might I recommend ALL of the above? It edges dangerously close to my go-to meal in terms of sheer taste satisfaction.