First course is a small hearts of romaine salad,
Second course orange glazed chhicken with green beans, and rice pilaf
and the third, and fun:
frost it your self cupcakes.
First things first; the cupcakes: From http://www.joyofbaking.com/
- 1/2 cup (50 grams) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
- 1 cup (240 ml) boiling hot water
- 1 1/3 cups (175 grams) all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 4 ounces (120 grams) unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 2/3 cup (150 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/3 cups (160 grams) confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar, sifted
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Chocolate Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly butter, or line 16 muffin cups with paper liners.
In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Then in the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat only until incorporated. Then add the cooled cocoa mixture and stir until smooth.
Fill each muffin cup two-thirds full with batter and bake for about 16-20 minutes or until risen, springy to the touch, and a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean.
Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Once the cupcakes have completely cooled, frost with icing.
You can either spread the frosting on the cupcakes with a small spatula or if piping, use a large Wilton 1M open star tip to make lovely swirls.
Chocolate Frosting: Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until smooth and creamy (about 1 minute).
Add the sugar and beat until it is light and fluffy (about 2 minutes).
Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the chocolate and beat on low speed until incorporated.
Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until frosting is smooth and glossy (about 2 -3 minutes).
Makes about 16 cupcakes
The nice thing about cupcakes is that you can make them ahead and frost them when your ready to eat. If you want to make the little cakes look more festive, add some red and white sprinkles.
- • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
- • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- • 3 tablespoons frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
- • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
- 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
- 2 Gala apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 1 pound)
- 5 hearts of romaine lettuce, halved lengthwise
- 3/4 cup pecans, toasted, coarsely chopped
Place sliced onion in medium bowl. Cover with cold water; let stand 30 minutes. Drain well. Place 1/3 cup dressing in another medium bowl. Add apples; toss to coat.
Trim off tips of romaine halves, leaving 5-inch lengths. Cut each romaine half lengthwise into 3 wedges. Fan wedges on large platter. Top with red onion slices. Drizzle salad with dressing, then sprinkle with apples and pecans.
- 1 1/2 teaspoons butter or margarine, melted
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1/2 pound)
- 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce