I don’t usually post on Fridays. It feels quite weird. But it’s Halloween and that calls for chocolate! And bacon! And dulce de leche!

Plus, I skipped my usual football food post yesterday. Mostly because the queso fundido I made for the post turned out very different from how I expected it to.

The chorizo I bought… well, it kind of melted when I cooked it. I don’t know how else to explain it. You know how normally chorizo has the same texture as sausage or ground beef when you cook it? Like you break it up into chunks?

Nope, not this chorizo. It was so… melty… that some of it went straight through my colander when I tried to drain the fat.

What?!

We ate it anyway. Obviously. Because queso dip with weird chorizo is still pretty awesome.

This is what I get for going grocery shopping at Target because I wanted to look at their Christmas decorations even though I know Target never has the brands of “weird” food that I like.

And speaking of foods that Target didn’t have: dulce de leche!

But if you have the same problem and can’t find dulce de leche, you can do what I did to make these Chocolate-Bacon Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche Frosting.

Take a can of sweetened condensed milk, put it in your slow cooker, cover it completely with water, and let it cook on low for 8 hours. You’ll have perfect dulce de leche when it’s done!

If you’ve never made anything with chocolate and bacon together, you absolutely must. It just works so deliciously. And the dulce de leche cream cheese frosting makes it even more magical. If you’re more of a cookie person, I’ve got a candied bacon chocolate chip cookie recipe that is a favorite among all my friends!

Click for the full recipe

14

I don’t know if you guys have noticed but I am SO READY FOR FALL, SNOW, WINTER, SNOW, HALLOWEEN, SNOW, CHRISTMAS, and most importantly SNOW.

It’s like that scene in Knocked Up when the guy says he wishes he liked anything as much as his kids like bubbles. I imagine my husband probably says, “I wish I liked anything as much as my wife likes snow!”

We had a day last week where our high was in the 50s and I was in heaven. I broke out my boots, my winter coat, my big scarf that my mom made me. It was awesome. I’m sure everyone who saw me thought I was crazy pants but… I’m just excited, y’all.

And btw, it’s well into the hundreds in Afghanistan and my husband is not amused by the scarf selfies I send him. #bestwifeever

One of the great things about fall is, of course, apples. Oh man, I can’t even wait for the honeycrisps to show up. They are probably the thing I like most about fall.

After football.

Obviously.

But while we wait for honeycrisps, I had to make something with apples. This is a Taffy Apple Pizza with a sugar cookie crust, a peanut butter cream cheese sauce, apples, peanuts, and a caramel drizzle.

I totally don’t mind eating fruit if it’s served on a cookie with caramel on top.

If you need me I’ll be sitting in my house, sweating my butt off because I’m too stubborn to turn on the A/C.  Come on, fall!

Click for the full recipe

11

Is bacon still cool?

Bacon’s always cool, right?

I feel like I can’t keep up with the trends anymore. I’m getting old.

Years ago I told you guys about the time I made those awesome bacon cookies for a football party and none of our guests were brave enough to try them until they saw someone else eat one first. (There wasn’t a cookie left at the end of the night, for the record.)

I don’t understand that reaction. It’s BACON.

If I see something with bacon in it, I want it. I want 10 of them. Because, duh, bacon.

I made these shortcakes and I’m almost positive I’ll get at least 4 “EWWW!” comments but you guys, they are so good. There’s bacon in the cakes and then you make a sauce of caramel, sliced bananas, and more bacon. And then you top it off with peanut butter whipped cream.

Which btw, peanut butter whipped cream? Quite possible the greatest thing on earth. I feel like I had that exact reaction the first time I made peanut butter cream cheese frosting so I don’t know why it took me so long to make peanut butter whipped cream. But it is perfection. Now that I know this, I probably won’t be fitting in my ball dress come December.

You should make these. And when your friends walk in and say “Ewww, bacon shortcakes?” just eat them all yourself. It’ll be more fun that way anyway.

Click for the full recipe

8

I think it’s so funny how the brain remembers the weirdest things.

Like, I remember a very specific tweet from probably 3 years ago that wasn’t even directed at me from someone who I’ve spoken to, maybe, 10 times in my Twitter lifetime.

It said: I mean, do we really need a recipe for a poke cake?

And I remember thinking that yeah, I totally need a recipe because all I know is you poke holes in it. I don’t know what to put in those holes, I don’t know what cake to use, I don’t know what to put on top.

I’d never given poke cakes a second thought but that tweet… that tweet made me want to make ALL THE POKE CAKES.

Since then, they’ve become my go-to “last minute” dessert. You know those nights when your husband walks in from work and says HEYIGOTTABEATAMEETINGINANHOURANDINEEDTOBRINGADESSERT.

And you’re just like, “Uhh bro, I’m on my second glass of wine and The Bachelor just started. Now is not the time for jokes.”

I’ve honestly made this Snickers Cake more than once during commercial breaks on such an occasion. It’s just a Devil’s Food Cake Mix that you poke holes in, pour some caramel in those holes, and then top with whipped cream and chopped up Snickers.

But it’s the best. I could eat the entire thing myself.

I won’t. Because I already bought my dress for when my husband comes home.

But if I hadn’t, I would totally eat the entire thing.

Click for the full recipe

6

One day last week I was all wound up about strawberry shortcake. Like, I’d thought about it all night the night before and then I got even more pumped because I had sour cream to make my favorite sour cream pound cake.

Excited doesn’t even begin to cover how I was feeling.

And yes, I realize my feelings toward food tend to be pretty extreme.

But anyway, I put the pound cake in the oven and wanted to get started slicing the strawberries. Guess what.

We had no strawberries.

And I’m having a lazy summer. I’m only motivated to do fun things like stovetop s’mores-ing and swimming and splash padding. Going to the grocery store is not on that list.

The pound cake just sat there for days and finally I came to terms with the fact that no one was going to show up at my door with strawberries and made my kids French toast with it.

Well I finally went to the store over the weekend (with a kid wearing two different shoes) and got some dang strawberries. I made this Angel Food Cake to go with them and I think I’ve decided that Angel Food is my favorite for shortcake. It reminds me of those little round sponge cakes that you can buy and I love those so much!

Angel Food Cake

about 12 servings

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups egg whites (about 9)
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
1 cup cake flour
1 1/4 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Place oven rack in the lowest position. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  3. Sift 1/2 cup sugar and flour together twice; set aside.
  4. Add cream of tartar, extracts and salt to egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on high until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold in flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time.
  5. Gently spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned and entire top appears dry. Immediately invert pan; cool completely, about 1 hour.
  6. Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a serving plate.
http://fakeginger.com/2014/06/16/angel-food-cake/

6