My church is hosting a group of 10 homeless people from Friday-Monday and I've volunteered to cook them dinner on Monday night. I've been told to keep it simple and crowd-pleasing - no miso-glazed black cod here. Other nights, people are making tacos, pizza, a "breakfast for dinner" night with pancakes....any ideas for what I should make? I've been thinking about baked ziti or lasagna, pulled pork...
This Provencal sweet is a cross between almond nougat candy and cookies. It's sticky, crunchy, and totally addictive.
Bumpy Cake is a Detroit tradition. This moist, dark chocolate cake has a sweet layer of buttercream topped with a fudgy, almost caramelly chocolate frosting. It's ideal for chocolate lovers, and though it has three separate components that require freezer cooling to obtain picture perfect results, it's well worth the effort.
Pudding cake is just what the title advertises: pudding and cake. The wondrous part is that both components materialize in the same pan. Batter is spread in a pan, then sprinkled with a sugar and cocoa powder mixture and liquid. This top layer filters down, essentially swapping places with the batter. The result is a layer of cake floating on top of pudding.
It's because of my addiction to MacGyver as a kid (along with a healthy addiction to Mr. Wizard and Jacques Pépin) that I constantly press myself to try and come up with unique solutions to common kitchen problems. They're not always successful, but when they are, you get so much more satisfaction out of developing a novel recipe or technique than you do out of merely tweaking what's standard. Here are a few of my favorite kitchen hacks. Some are my own, others are not, all of them are pretty awesome, if you ask me.