Made a whole meal..but you only get to see the dessert.

This past week I had went back down to Atlantic City to help finish on a couple of houses (are only a few left and then some of the people will be going to other areas to help out). I figured it would be a nice thing for one of the nights to make a nice dinner. Well since we had a long day and everyone was hungry, was no real time to take pictures of the dinner itself. If you love grilled chicken and grilled potatoes, then Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction is the book for you. Both the Mustard-Aoli grilled potatoes and the Grilled Red Chile-Buttermilk Brined Chicken with a spicy mango-honey glaze were phenomenal. But on with the dessert which I had come up with based on a variety of different ideas. It is a very nice summer dessert because the whipped filling isn’t overly heavy and raspberries and chocolate are good any time of the year.

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To start, I made a thin chocolate souffle type cake in a 12×16 inch pan. Really a combination of making a simple meringue and then in a separate bowl a chocolate-whiskey combination then folding in and pouring-then bake. For the filling, I made a simple whipped cream with mascarpone cheese and vanilla extract. After the initial cake was baked and sliced into rectangles, I then put layers of cream with raspberries on top between layers of the chocolate cake. It is then topped with powdered sugar. To finish, I made a chocolate-whiskey sauce to drizzle over and serve. The nice thing was besides a little bit of baking time, it is not time consuming at all and only requires a few ingredients and is not too hard to make.

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Unrelated, I also must say from a photographic perspective I love the countertop and tiled wall where we are staying at while down there. Love to have that in my own kitchen someday.

Enjoy.

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A break from the normal food posts…Some volunteer work

As we get into the onset of summer Facebook has become abound with lots of posts of “going down the shore”, “partying down the shore”, etc. Perhaps it is a lack of knowledge, maybe the lack of support the state itself has given in recent months, or just not wanting to take the time and help, but down the Jersey Shore (especially in lower class areas around Atlantic City, many of people still need help finishing up houses to move back into from the hurricanes of last fall.

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Personally, I’ll admit I’m not the most religious/catholic person you will meet. However, I do still have that need or desire to help others and give some of my time to help them have a better life. Since the fall, I have had the opportunity to go down on numerous such occasions with Heavenly Driven Disaster Relief (http://hddrelief.com/hddr/) to help out those in need in our own community (especially in an area which I like to enjoy when the weather is nice). In the fall it was about gutting houses so mold would not be present and now currently a lot of the work has been doing the final painting, laying down flooring, tiles, etc.

The end of this past week, I had the amazing opportunity to work on two houses with a group from the Flemington area. Sometimes it is not just about being given the opportunity to help others in need, but when you work with such amazing people (George, Nancy, Deb, Chris, John, Derick, and sorry for those names I don’t remember) it also helps me to grow as an individual in my own right and it is something I am thankful for. Here are some various pictures of working on the job.

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