Monthly Archives: March 2012

Week 11: Chocolate Whiskey and Beer Cupcakes

I wasn’t sure if I would have time for a new recipe since I’m on spring break this week, but when I went to visit my friend Maria, we decided to try this recipe that she’s been wanting to make!

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, we made some Chocolate Whiskey and Beer Cupcakes from Smitten Kitchen.

The recipe is pretty complicated and I didn’t really change anything, so I just posted the link above and you can go directly to it.  A few things I will add, for the frosting, try some after you’ve added all the ingredients to make sure that you’re happy with the consistency. Also, make sure that the cupcakes are cooled before you put in the ganache filling! That way they won’t melt into the cupcake.

Now back to my vacation! I’ve been traveling up the east coast for networking stuff, so I’ve gone to DC, Delaware, Philly, and now I’m in NYC. Since I have friends in all of those cities, I’ve been able to visit people everywhere which is awesome since a lot of my friends moved out of Pittsburgh after undergrad. I also have never been to Delaware or Philadelphia, so it was exciting to visit a new place. However, while it’s been fun, it has been a little stressful driving to new places so often and being away from my bed for so long. I have a few days left in New York, but I’m actually excited to go back to Pittsburgh for mini 4. Which is also something I didn’t think I would say.

Maybe I’ll do a post on my vacation later, but for now, a picture of gorgeous DC (Cherry Blossoms are starting to bloom!):

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Week 10: Baked Chicken Caesar Chalupas

I didn’t think I would have time to try a new recipe this week, but thanks to some unexpected homework surprises, I had time to try something new for dinner. What made it even better, was that I already had everything that I needed for this recipe and I needed to clean out the fridge anyways since I’m going on spring break this weekend. I’m also branched out to a new website, Iowa Girl Eats (original recipe is attached to the link).

Ingredients:

1 chicken breasts
non-stick spray
Garlic/Pepper
1 1/2 flour tortillas
Caesar dressing
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tomatoes, chopped
4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped into bite-sized pieces
(I left these two things out because I didn’t have them/don’t like tomatoes)

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a frying pan with non-stick spray and lay the chicken breast in the pan. I seasoned it with garlic powder and pepper, but you can use whatever you want). Saute the chicken in a skillet until no longer pink in the middle, about 4-5 minutes a side. Let cool slightly, then shred with a fork or your fingers. Set aside.

2. Cut flour tortillas into 6 to 8 wedges each. Line baking sheets with foil, then spray with non-stick spray. Lay down tortillas and bake for 3-4 minutes, or until wedges are slightly toasted.

3. Spread about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Caesar dressing on each of the toasted tortilla wedges. Top with shredded chicken and mozzarella cheese. Bake for 4-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

I didn’t do the following step, but you definitely can, I was just lazy and I don’t like tomatoes.

4. Toss romaine lettuce with enough Caesar dressing to coat. Place in the middle of a plate, and surround with baked Caesar chicken wedges. Sprinkle with chopped tomato and serve.

(My evening in blurry photo form)