Sizzling Steaks and a Heavenly Hostess Cake

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hi All!! So I definitely enjoyed being at the Pier on Sunday watching my Dads group sing! The weather was perfect and the music was great. When the weather is nice like that I love to grill quick meals that everyone can enjoy. A few weeks ago I found thin cut ribeyes, 5 for a little less than $5.00 at Eurofresh. How amazing is that! We did get my Dad a Tbone for some extra chowing down though! For the sides, we had grilled sweet potatoes and broccoli rabe which took no time. If you're looking for something quick and easy, try this delicious meal!

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Also, my mom just celebrated her Bday on the 17th!!! Woohooo . She always loved Hostess cupcakes and wanted me to make her cake just like it. This cake is dangerously good. BEWAREEEEEE

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Sizzling Summer Steaks

Steak of choice

Dry Rub

3 tbl.salt
1 tsp. pepper
2 tsp.onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tbl.brown sugar
2 tsp. ground red pepper

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. Rub the steaks generously with the seasoning and refrigerate for 24 to 48 hrs.
Preheat grill, and remove steaks from refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes prior to grilling.
Place steaks on hot oiled grill to put a char on each side, then move steaks to a cooler part of the grill to continue cooking for 6-7 minutes. (This is what I did for the Tbone, the thin cut ribeye's grilled for 2-3 minutes per side.)
Remove steaks from grill and allow to rest for 7-8 minutes.

Grilled Sweet potatoes

2-3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced(1/8-1/4 thickness)
Olive Oil
Italian Seasoning

In a bowl, add sweet potatoes and drizzle olive oil evenly.
Sprinkle seasonings to your liking and place on hot oiled grill
Grill potato slices until brown on one side, turn and brown other side, until sweet potatoes are tender.
You may drizzle with more olive oil and enjoy!!

Broccoli Rabe Packets

Broccoli Rabe, washed and trimmed
olive oil
onion powder
garlic powder

Using Aluminum foil, lay one piece horizontally and the other vertically.
Oil the bottom of the foil and place the Rabe inside
Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings to your liking
Close packet and grill for 10-15 minutes

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This chocolate cake recipe will never fail you!!! Check it out @

Heavenly Hostess Cake

2 Cups Flour
2 Cups Sugar
3/4 Cup Hershey's Cocoa
2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
2 Eggs (I use large eggs)
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Buttermilk
1 Cup Mazola Vegetable Oil
1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Boiling Water

Preheat Oven to 300° F

lightly grease and flour cake pans/or baking dish(9x13)
Place all the ingredients into a mixing bowl.
Mix at medium or medium high speed until all ingredients are blended and smooth.
Pour into greased and floured baking dish/or pans
Test by sticking with knife. If it comes out clean, it's done! (30-45min for 9 inch cake pans, 1 hour for the 9x13 baking dish)
Allow to cool.

Marshmallow Fluff Frosting

1 stick butter or margarine softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
16 oz.Marshmallow fluff
2 tablespoons milk

In a large bowl, cream butter with electric mixer. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl. Add marshmallow fluff. Add milk for smooth consistency(may need more.) Keep in refrigerator until firm enough to fill the inside layers of the cake.

Easy Ganache

12 oz. Semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup half/half
3 tbl. butter
2 tsp. brandy

In a sauce pan over low heat add butter and chocolate. Slowly add in cream and add brandy. Stir until completely smooth. After filling your cake, (crumb coat)begin pouring and spreading your ganache to cover all sides of the cake. Refrigerate to set. Next, pour and spread another layer of ganache, Refrigerate and Indulge!

Enough to cover a 9 inch cake

Hope you all are having a wonderful week!

Keep it Hip and Fresh


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