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Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting

17 Jul

Here’s one way to top off Grandma Nellie’s Chocolate Cake. My first taste of this decadent icing was on a cake my sister-in-law brought to a family dinner. It was unbelievably wonderful. I enjoy a chilled Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (or 3). So the idea of marrying Fluffy Peanut Butter Icing [original source unknown] with a rich chocolate cake was a winner in my mouth. This frosting would make an interesting complement to a maple or rum-flavoured cake or even a banana cake. How about a rich gingerbread?

Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting --- utter decadence.

Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting — utter decadence.

I believe my attempt at FPBF would have been more visually appealing if a) I had more patience to stand around holding a hand mixer or b) owned a stand mixer. I couldn’t bear the boredom of additional beating to make a fluffier end product. Might also be a good idea to keep the shortening cold and chill the beaters and the bowl —- as you would to make a thick whipping cream. I can attest the taste of the frosting didn’t suffer one iota.

Shortening, vanilla, sugar, creamy peanut butter.

Shortening, vanilla, sugar, creamy peanut butter.

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Sublime Salmon . . . and so Easy

28 Mar

I hesitate to share this recipe because it is so bleeding impressive. As a hostess, I look like a magician when I serve this salmon dish. It can be baked in the oven or grilled. If I share it with all of you . . . one of my best little secrets is out.

Maple Cured Salmon with Jasmine rice and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Asparagus

Maple Cured Salmon with Jasmine rice and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Asparagus

Admittedly, Maple Cured Salmon isn’t MY recipe. I found it in The Kingston Whig Standard, attributed to Chef Michael Smith (when he was working in Vancouver, perhaps?). It included a Mustard Chardonnay Cream sauce, but I found the sauce detracted from the salmon. When I’m serving local asparagus as a side dish for the salmon, I have made, and enjoyed, the sauce as a dip for the asparagus. Continue reading

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