We had a wonderful Independence day and I feel so blessed to live in this country. I love this land of the free, and I am grateful for those who have fought so hard and are still fighting for out freedom. God bless the USA! This last picture is our masterpiece we made on the beach. The recipe is... some good moist sand, sand castle buckets, shovels, american flags, sticks, sea shells, and patience with your 2 year old who wants to destroy everything! We had a great time constructing this amazing sand castle on the beach of Bear Lake. We even had a drawbridge. This was another contest with the family, however no one ever got a prize...hmmm...who was judging this contest? The castle directly behind us was a replica of the castle of Moridor (probably spelled that wrong) from The Lord of the Rings. We had a great time! Happy 4th!
Monday, July 7, 2008
Cheese Souffle & Creme Brulee on Independence Day!
My family had a wonderful 4th of July at beautiful Bear Lake! The food I made was not your typical 4th of July BBQ food, and not very patriotic looking at all...except my cute red ramekin dishes that I made my Creme Brulee in. We had a Taste's of the World food contest on the 4th of July. My little family was assigned French food. I had never cooked french food before, except crepes. I am not an experienced French food cook to say the least! Fortunately we were successful with 2 out of 3 recipes we presented. Our Creme Brulee and Cheese Souffle both won 1st prize! (We were only competing against 3 other families, so it really wasn't a big deal.) Our third dish was Ratatouille, and it was "blahhhh"!!! I'm not a fan. I thought for sure it would taste good seeing that they named a movie after it. Boy was I wrong! I am now a huge fan of these two yummy french dishes. They are both a must try and they were super easy. See for yourself! The Cheese Souffle (pictured above) recipe can be found here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/cda/recipe_print/0,1946,FOOD_9936_24531_PRINT-RECIPE-4X6-CARD,00.html. I was really nervous to be trying a souffle for the first time. It turned out nice and fluffy. It was gobbled up very quickly! I loved the taste of the swiss cheese and the chives make it so tasty! The Creme Brulee (pictured below) recipe can be found here: http://www.cremebrulee.com/creme.htm . I love creme brulee! This was the first time making it, and I think it turned out great! I thought it was going to be hard to make, but I was wrong. It is super easy and I love this recipe. Doesn't it just look beautiful!!! The one thing I did differently the second time making it, which was yesterday...yes, I am obsessed now, is I sprinkled more sugar on top to get more of a crisp top layer. We drizzled ours with caramel syrup, which was a great finishing touch to this elegant & creamy dessert. I did not use a hand held torch...my broiler worked great! I did have to flip them around to get them evenly crisp on top, but I think they turned out great!