Chocolate Cake Review

Chocolate cake is a classic dessert. This cake recipe makes a soft and flavorful cake that makes your mouth water. The flavor of this cake is delicious. It’s also not overly sweet or bitter. Icing could help this cake taste a bit more like a cake, since it’s almost a cake textured brownie, however you don’t have to add icing to enjoy this cake. If you choose not to add icing, I recommend adding 1/4 cup chocolate chips that I will include in the recipe below. This addition to the recipe adds more variety to the texture and flavor of the cake, that would be needed if you don’t add icing. This is a light cake that doesn’t require tiny pieces. I think this cake is very good and I would recommend this cake. It’s a good cake that is a step above the average store bought or frozen cake.

Original recipe here.

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 2 cups sugar, 1 3/4 cup flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 1/2 tsp baking soda, 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 2 eggs, 1 cup milk, and 1 cup boiling water.
  2. Grease a 9 x 13 pan. Heat oven to 350 F.
  3. Add batter to the pan. Add 1/4 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips spread evenly over the batter.
  4. Baked for 35-40 minutes. Let cool before adding frosting, or serving as is.

Review: On-Cor Veal Parmesan

Veal Parmesan is a classic Italian staple. Full of flavor, the juicy and savory meat is complimented further by the cheese and tomato sauce. This On-Cor frozen Veal Parmesan is just that, frozen. Your expectations would be too high if you expect a 5 star restaurant quality meal. Beyond that, I’ve been eating On-Cor’s Chicken Parmesan and Salisbury Steak since I was a child.

This Veal Parmesan doesn’t have any of the crispy texture you’d get at a restaurant. The patties are coated in sauce that removes any chance of texture. The veal is also a veal patty that is compacted meat, and the cheese is a small square that you can see under the top breading. Beyond that, this veal parm is good for a frozen meal. The sauce it thick and tastes like real tomato sauce, but there is only a small excess in sauce. The breading and veal have good flavor and texture, not bland, rubbery, or gelatinous. The cheese is stringy and isn’t over powdered. This meal is also cooked on a sheet pan in it’s container, so you don’t even have to wash the pan. I usually serve chicken/veal parm with buttered noodles, and serve the protein on top.

Homemade Flour Tortillas

These Flour tortilla were so easy and came out so delicious, it makes me wonder why anyone buys tortillas! This recipe was so fast, and I found this recipe everywhere, it was so popular! Here is the link to these tortillas, but they all seem to be re-posts from the original.

This is a simple alternative to bread if you are already out, and these tortilla aren’t overly sweet or salty. They are very neutral. We’ve done tuna salad and tacos on them so far, and not only are they strong, but they are still soft taste great with both foods! I highly recommend trying this recipe. You may never buy tortillas again!

  1. In a bowl combine 3 cups flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/3 cup oil, and 1 cup warm water. Combine until a smooth dough forms.
  2. Transfer to a floured work space and divide into 16 balls. Coat each in flour then flatten with your hand. Cover with a clean towel and let relax for 15 minutes.
  3. Roll out each round into a 6-7 inch circle, do not stack them! Cover the ones you are not actively working with.
  4. Heat a large skillet to medium heat. Place your circle of dough into the hot skillet. Cook on the first side for about a minute, you should see bubbling in the dough. Flip and cook an additional 20 seconds.
  5. Place finished tortillas in a sealed container, or place between two large serving plates if you plan to eat relatively soon.

Cinnamon Rolls with Starter

These cinnamon rolls were delicious! They were not too sweet, and could easily be eaten with breakfast for that reason. If you were going to eat them as a dessert, I would recommend making an icing, just because they lack a bit of the sweetness on their own that you’d want in a dessert.

I did have some problems with this recipe. First, I store my starter in the fridge, and to add cold milk to that, it took a very long time for my dough to rise. I made this dough around lunch time, and by dinner time, the dough wasn’t even at room temp yet. The next morning, however, it was fully proofed. Once I mixed in the additional ingredients, I placed it on a floured surface, and it just stuck to everything. It was a very soft and sticky dough that loved my counter top. I mixed in more flour to no avail, and so i deiced to roll it out on a generous bed of flour. I mixed the filling and coated the dough,and tried to roll, but it was just so sticky I had to move very slowly, constantly scraping the dough off the counter. I didn’t want to overwork the dough when I was mixing, but I should have added even more flour. I would also proof the rolls before baking, because they didn’t rise during the baking step, they only expanded in width. I’ve made some alterations to the recipe and added it below.

Original recipe can be found here!

  1. Heat 1/2 cup of butter until partially melted. Add to 3 1/2 cups flour in your mixing bowl. Mix in 1 Tbsp sugar and 1/2 cup milk, then add starter until dough comes together. Cover and let proof in a warm spot for 2-3 hours
  2. Sprinkle 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp baking soda over the dough and gently knead into dough, add more flour as needed, but don’t overwork.
  3. Roll out the dough into a rectangle until it is about 1/2 inch thick.
  4. In a side bowl, melt 5 Tbsp butter. Add 1/2 brown sugar and 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon and stir. Spread evenly over dough.
  5. Starting along the long edge, roll up the dough. Cut the roll into 1 inch thick slices.
  6. Heat oven to 400 F
  7. Place slices into a well greased baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until golden.

Frozen Chicken Cordon Bleu Review

Walking through the frozen food aisle during this pandemic, we saw this fun little meal. We usually buy one frozen meal whenever we travel to the store because everyone has a day when they don’t want to cook. When we were split between frozen pizza, frozen burgers, and frozen chicken, Josh chose this and we ate it later that night.

The chicken did burst, however the cheese volcano far from emptied these stuffed chicken breasts. The chicken was deliciously juicy and the breading was very tasty. The cheese was a full sauce that wasn’t too thin or too thick. The ham was tasty, thick, and needing a knife to cut it. These chickens were very small though. These were small potatoes, and the chicken was nearly the same size. Each chicken was only about 4 inches long and 2 inches wide.