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Put the Kettle on....

Time for Chocolate!! 
Apr. 9, 2010 1:31 pm 
Updated: Apr. 10, 2010 4:43 pm
With everything going on, I have decided it is Time for Chocolate!!  The weather here in NE Ohio has returned to it's normal, icky self - which means it is snowing right now.  This after having had 80 degree days and sunshine!  So, I looked thru my recipe box and found this recipe:    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Extreme-Chocolate-Cake/Detail.aspx<     I know I saved it for just such an occasion.  Tomorrow is Saturday and I have all day to do whatever I want to do.  We have no plans whatsoever.  Well, I had no plans whatsoever.  Now, I'm going to bake myself a chocolate cake. 

Suzy is handling her surgery very well.  We set up a 4x4 pen in the livingroom so she doesn't have to be cramped in a crate all the time.  She is chewing on a bone right now, seemingly enjoying herself.  The vet said no steps for at least the next 2 weeks; so we have to carry her up and down a flight of steps to take her outside.  She weighs 65 lbs.  I'm thinking I deserve some chocolate cake.   :-)   

I think while I'm at it, I'm going to make some dog biscuits for the dogs.  Suzy's "playmate" sent home a couple of big chewy bones for her to chew on, so maybe she'll want to share her biscuits with Tiger as a thank you.    As I sat here at the computer I thought it seemed like I haven't been in my kitchen much this week.  Then, I realized I made Tabbouleh and tried a new chicken lasagna  recipe 2 nights ago. 

The lasagna was awesome.  I got the recipe out of one of my 300 or so cookbooks I have.  It was 1 lb. each chicken and sausage (it called for andouille but I used smoked sausage instead) that was tossed with cajun and cooked, then I cooked 1/2 cup each chopped green pepper, onion, and celery.  I combined the veggies and meats and poured 12 oz. of alfredo sauce and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese into the mixture.  Then I layered the cooked lasagna noodles, meat/veggie mixture and mozzarella cheese, finishing up with noodles that I then spread more alfredo sauce over, covered and baked at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. 

But, even after I realized I had been in my kitchen - I think it is definitely time for some chocolate cake!
Apr. 9, 2010 4:44 pm
I'm thinking you not only can handle the cake, your hips won't even see a trace of it! Whew! 65 lbs, hey? Go for it, missy :)
Apr. 9, 2010 5:10 pm
gets carried up and down step, "playmate" sending her food and you are cooking doggie treats, too? Suzy is getting spoiled!
Apr. 9, 2010 5:44 pm
Well, spoil the dog and spoil the mom, too!! If I had to carry her, I'd bake myself a chocolate cake, too!! Give Suz a scratch on the beak for me, ok?
Apr. 10, 2010 4:44 am
Believe me, Suzy is NOT "getting spoiled" - she's been spoiled since the first day she came here! LOL! Now she's just being pampered. It's only 7:45 am and we've already made 2 trips up and down the steps because she can't decide if she really has to poop or not! I might make this cake and eat it all by myself!! As soon as my coffee is finished, I'm getting busy on it.
Apr. 10, 2010 2:27 pm
More snow?? Enjoy the cake and coffee. Hope Suzy heals fast.
Apr. 10, 2010 4:43 pm
Hey CA! I'm in NE Ohio. The snow was yesterday. Today was sunny, warm and beautiful! We spent the day outside doing yard work! Suzy went out and relaxed in her ex-pen outside chewing on sticks - her favorite pasttime!
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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