Mini Strawberries & Cream Trifle

Mini Strawberries & Cream Trifle

Looking for something special for your Father’s Day dessert?  Try these Mini Strawberries & Cream Trifles.

In case you are wondering exactly what a Trifle is well it’s a British dessert that’s made with layers of sponge cake, custard, fruit, and cream.  In other words it’s very similar to a parfait meaning that it’s layers of cake, fruit, and cream.

Trifles can be single serve like your parfaits or they can be done in a large trifle bowl.  Either way they look elegant and of course are delicious.  They really impress your friends and family!

I prefer individual trifles specially you’ve your serving it to company.  Packaged in clear individual cups, by the way you can use clear plastic cups for large dinner parties, they look very impressive.

Although it looks impressive they are pretty simple to make.  Seriously you can use store bought cake, berries, and whipped cream!  But I prefer to use my homemade Madelienes, homemade Mascarpone Cream (recipe below), Riesling Marinated Strawberries, topped with whipped cream (homemade or store bought).  All my ingredients, except homemade whipped cream, can be made in advance so all you have to do just before serving is to put everything together.

My Mini Strawberries & Cream Trifles are a family favorite.  It’s also a go to when we have dinner guests over, everyone loves them!  But before you can put them together gather your ingredients and put it all together just before serving, you don’t want the cake part too soggy.

Ingredients:

Lady Fingers, Madelienes (Click here for my recipe), Sponge Cake, or Pound Cake – you can use any of these cakes; store bought or home made.

Mascarpone Cream (recipe below)

Riesling Marinated Strawberries (Click here for my recipe)

Whipped Cream (homemade or store bought)

Fresh Mint Leaf for garnish if you want

Directions:

Cut Lady Fingers or Madelienes in halves width wise or if using cakes cut them into cubes.

Place 2-3 pieces of the cake you are using into a wine glass or clear plastic tumbler.

Place a Tablespoon of Mascarpone Cream on top of the cake.

Spoon about a Tablespoon of Marinated Strawberries over the cream, make sure you spoon enough of the liquid so that it gets to the cake at the bottom.

Repeat with another each layer of cake, Mascarpone Cream, and Marinated Strawberries.

Top with whipped cream, place one or two slices of Marinated strawberries or a slice of Lady Finger or Madeliene on top of whipped cream.

Drizzle with some of the liquid from the strawberry marinade.  Add a mint leaf if desired for garnish.

Mascarpone Cream

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Mascarpone Chease

1/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

1/4 Cup Sugar

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Whip until soft peaks form.

Refrigerate  until ready to use.

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Banana Foster Dutch Baby for Father’s Day

Banana Foster Dutch Baby for Father’s Day

Dutch babySunday is Father’s Day.  Why night surprise dad with this yummy Banana Foster Dutch Baby?

You can serve it for breakfast or brunch or even as dessert after lunch or dinnerr.  It’s absolutely wonderful.  It’s creamy and rich caramel sauce, homemade of course, goes lovely with fresh bananas sliced over a yummy dutch baby pancake.

But first you might ask what exactly is a Dutch Baby.  Well it’s basically a German Pancake; it’s a cross between a crepe and a popover.  Traditionally German Pancakes are small round flat cakes but the American version somehow ended up being a large round pouffy cake best made in a cast iron skillet.

 

My Banana Foster Dutch Baby uses the basic recipe I use for the Dutch Baby with Lemon Curd and Blueberries.  I just use different toppings.  Click here for that recipe.

While you’re making the Dutch Babies in the oven you can make my simple homemade caramel sauce, or you can make the sauce earlier.  I always keep a jar in the fridge because the sauce is yummy on just about everything including ice cream, cakes, and fruit.  It’s great for dipping too!

Anyway once your Dutch Babies are done top it with sliced bananas drizzled with caramel sauce, then top it all off with whipped cream! You can’t possible go wrong!

Banana Foster Dutch Baby

Ingredients:

Dutch Baby or Mini Dutch Babies – Click here for the basic recipe

2 – 3 Bananas, sliced

Caramel Sauce – scroll down for the recipe

Whipped cream

Directions:

Make one large or 2 mini Dutch Babies according to the recipe

Make a batch of caramel sauce

Top with sliced bananas

Drizzle with caramel sauce

Top with whipped cream

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  1. In a heavy sauce pan combine all ingredients except Vanilla Extract and stir over medium high heat
  2. Bring to a boil
  3. Cook for another 10 minutes or until it thickens - stir constantly
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract
  5. Serve warm or store in a container in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

Refrigerated sauce may become too thick.  Heat in microwave for 30-60 seconds or until it loosens up enough to use.

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Delicious Chicken Marsala

Delicious Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala

I have been in search of the perfect Chicken Marsala for years.  I think one of the best ones I’ve had was at the Trevi Italian Restaurant in the Forum Shops in Las Vegas.  I’ve yet to find something similar and believe me I’ve tried it at many different restaurants.

Since I can’t exactly fly off to Vegas every time I’ve a yen for Chicken Marsala I did the next best thing.  I wend in search of the best Chicken Marsala recipe I could find.  I’ve actually found several that were pretty good, but with a bit of tweaking here and there I was able to come up with this delicious recipe which everyone in my family loves.  In fact it’s good enough to serve company which is what I did when my daughter’s in-laws came to visit.  They loved it too!

First of all a little background on Chicken Marsala.  I know it’s a classic Italian dish offered at many chain Italian restaurants like Magiano’s, Carabba’s, and Olive Garden.  Like I said everyone seems to have their own version of this dish!  But if you go to a local restaurant in Italy and asked for Chicken Marsala I’m pretty sure they won’t know what that is.  I can’t recall seeing this dish at any of the restaurants in Italy, sort of like asking for Fettucine Alfedo, they don’t have that there!

Chicken Marsala is actually an Italian-American dish that is more than likely a variation of the traditional Italian Scaloppina dishes of which there are many versions in Italy.  Chicken Marsala dates back from the 19th. Century and originated with English families who lived in Italy where Marsala wine is produced.

The dish is composed of thin slices of chicken breasts that are lightly floured and sauteed in a pan.  It is then covered with a sauce made from a Marsala wine reduction.  Some recipes call for the addition of mushrooms, herbs, and tomatoes.  Really the variations are many, but I prefer the simplest variation with just mushrooms so that I can savor the lovely Marsala sauce.

When I make it at home I prefer to serve it with a simple garlic mashed potato side dish, but you can also serve it with a side of Poor Man’s pasta; a simple yet tasty pasta dish.

 

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  1. Combine Flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a shallow dish.
  2. Melt 2 tbs. butter in the olive oil in a frying pan.
  3. Pat chicken dry with paper towel and dredge thru flour mixture
  4. Fry chicken breasts in oil butter mixture until both sides start to turn brown.
  5. Remove from pan and place in a covered dish or pan.
  6. Add 2 tbs. butter to the remaining oil and saute mushrooms until juices come out and mushrooms are cooked.
  7. Add wine, chicken stock, and garlic to the mushrooms and simmer about 10 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half
  8. Add heavy whipping cream and cornstarch mixture to the pan - it should slightly thicken. If it's too thick add up to 1/2 cup of wine to thin to desired consistency.
  9. Return cooked chicken to pan and spoon sauce over it.
  10. Cook on stove top until chicken is heated thru.
  11. Gently stir in 2 tbs. of butter.
  12. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.
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Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole

Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole

Chicken casseroleI’m not even going to try to lie about how this  dish came to be!  I made this Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole because a while back during a Costco shopping trip I sample a dip that was made with Lawry’s Carne Asada Seasoning.  Of course I had to buy the large industrial sized bottle of this seasoning!  I seemed like a good idea at the time!

Then the bottle of seasoning sat in my kitchen cabinet along with a shelf full of other spices for months.  It seemed to taunt me every time I opened the cupboard to grab a bottle of spice.  It said “use me I dare you!”  So I just had to find a way, other than the dip, to use this tasty seasoning.  That’s how I came up with this Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole!  (Well having my fridge go on the blink with a big bag of Costco chicken thighs and shredded cheddar made me super creative!)

But seriously I whipped up a tray of this Chicken Casserole and my family absolutely loved it!  There was barely any left overs.  In fact they were practically fighting over the 2 left over pieces the next day!

chicken casseroleAnd best of all it’s super easy to make!  It literally is dumped into a baking dish and baked for about an hour and it’s done!  I served it with some Mexican rice, trust me it really was a big hit! They can’t wait til I make it again!  At this rate I’m going to have to go back to Costco for another bottle of that seasoning.

So here it is, my awesome Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole!


 

Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole
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  1. Place chicken thighs in a large shallow baking dish
  2. Sprinkle Carne Asada Seasoning over chicken and let sit covered with plastic wrap in refrigerator for about an hour
  3. Mix cream cheese, salsa, whipping cream, and sour cream together in a bowl and pour over chicken. Make sure you cover all the pieces.
  4. Spread shredded cheddar over all.
  5. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 1 hour or until chicken is fully cooked and cheese is completely melted.
  6. Serve hot.
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Easy Chicken Marsala

Easy Chicken Marsala

Easy Chicken MarsalaChicken Marsala is one of my favorite dishes; my family loves it too!

Chicken Marsala is actually an Italian-American dish.  It’s a variation of Italian scaloppina dishes which has many variations.  Chicken Marsala is a savory dish made with chicken breasts, mushrooms, and sweet Marsala wine; some recipes call for cream to produce a creamy sauce for the chicken.  Still others require the chicken breasts lightly battered and fried and requires a bit more time to prepare.

I love all versions of Chicken Marsala, but sometimes time doesn’t permit me to cook the battered version.  Those days I turn to this Easy Chicken Marsala recipe that takes less than a  half hour to make.  It’s easy and delicious.  Served over pasta or with mashed potatoes it makes an easy meal.  I like to serve it with a tossed salad to complete the meal.

Here’s my Easy Chicken Marsala recipe!  It easily feeds 6!

Ingredients:

5 Boneless Skinless chicken breast cut in half horizontally

1 Basket mushrooms washed and quartered

1 Tbs. Chopped Garlic

2 Tbs. Butter

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

1 Cup Marsala Wine

1 Cup Chicken Broth

1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

1 Tbs. Chopped Parsley

Directions:

Using the flat part of a kitchen mallet pound chicken slices into 1/4″ thin pieces

In a large skillet heat oil and melt 1 Tbs. Butter in the oil

Add chicken to skillet

Cook each side about 4 minutes or until chicken is cooked thru

Remove chicken from skillet and set aside

Add remaining butter to skillet and melt

Sauté garlic in skillet until it turns slightly brown

Add mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are tender

Add Marsala wine and chicken broth

Cook about 3 minutes

Stir in heavy whipping cream and simmer over medium low heat about 2 minutes

Return cooked chicken slices to sauce and heat

Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving

 

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6 30 minutes
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  1. Using the flat part of a kitchen mallet pound chicken slices into 1/4" thin pieces
  2. In a large skillet heat oil and melt 1 Tbs. Butter in the oil
  3. Add chicken to skillet
  4. Cook each side about 4 minutes or until chicken is cooked thru
  5. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside
  6. Add remaining butter to skillet and melt
  7. Sauté garlic in skillet until it turns slightly brown
  8. Add mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are tender
  9. Add Marsala wine and chicken broth
  10. Cook about 3 minutes
  11. Stir in heavy whipping cream and simmer over medium low heat about 2 minutes
  12. Return cooked chicken slices to sauce and heat
  13. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving
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