A trifle is a layered dessert with so many variations with cake, custards, fruits and etc. This dessert can be layered in a big bowl for everyone to enjoy or in individual dessert glasses displayed on a sweets table. Here is a link from Food 52 on how to make a trifle. How to Make a Trifle
Starting today; I will try to give weekly Tuesday tips that I follow with my recipes and around my kitchen.
Today Tastings' Tuesday Tip; I add vodka to my pie crust recipe. Yes, Vodka. I don't have to be the most expensive brand. By adding vodka; you're putting in a liquid that is going to evaporate quickly so you will end up with a very flaky crust.
For my sister birthday this year she wanted alcohol infused cupcakes. I made three different types; Pineapple Coconut Martini made with Patron, Purple Velvet Hennessy Twist (purple is her favorite color) and Lime Patron Margarita. I was asked for the recipe for the Lime Patron Margarita Cupcakes; I used Rachel Rays recipe Lime-Margarita-Cupcakes but instead of using gold tequila I utilized Patron Silver. I also used a classic cream cheese frosting recipe and added two tablespoons of Patron. For the additional alcohol flavor I brushed on additional tequila while the cupcakes were hot.
So, I finally found some time to make some strawberry jam. My son has been asking and therefore I made it possible. I wanted a recipe that didn't require pectin. Upon research I stumbled upon All Recipes: Strawberry Jam Recipe I chose this recipe because it allows you to change the serving amount. I only wanted to make one jar to give it a try. It turned out absolutely delicious. If it wasn't for my daughter I wouldn't buy anymore jelly. She is so picky and her taste buds are funny. Please give this recipe a try or any other jam flavors.
I have been wanting a Dutch Oven for some time now because I heard about its good uses. So I finally went out and bought one. A Dutch oven is designed to enhance slow cooking by even heating and locking in moisture for tender results. The enameled design on the inside requires no additional seasonings as the cast iron skillets that are used.
For my first meal I decided to make Chicken & Dumplings. It turned out so good and delicious. This Dutch Oven is definitely worth it and I will be investing in different sizes.
I have debated so many times whether or not to throw myself a party. I was really tired and just wanted to relax. It has been an exhausting year mentally and physically and to top it off I was leaving to go out of town within two days. After much thought; I decided to throw myself a Moroccan Spa at My Place Party. I hired Make Up & Martinis to come out and give my guests and I makeup application along with manicures and pedicures. I even had my cousin come out to curl my hair. I even provided belly dancing hip scarfs for my guests. I had a blast and so glad that I decided to celebrate my life.
The color scheme for the room was fuscia, purple, teal, orange and metallic gold.
I had provided the guests with lite bites to eat while being serviced. We had a tricolor pasta salad, tuna, buffalo chicken dip, french and Caesar salad cups, veggie and fruit skewers with associated dips to accompany, candy jar, and alcoholic jello shots.
For dessert we had no bake key lime cheesecake and a banana pudding taster spoon.