Friday, July 13, 2018

Buffalo Wild Wings

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We have Buffalo Wild Wings in our neighborhood and have gone a few times and really enjoyed everything we ordered. If you love sports and wings this place is for you to come with your friends or family or both. For your wings there are many sauces to choose from, 16 in fact and 5 seasonings so you can make endless combinations. There are salads, tacos, burgers, quesadillas, sandwiches, wraps and plenty of side dishes that include fries, mac n cheese, fried pickles, onion rings, slaw, chips and salsa, and more. Don't forget the luscious desserts and if you so desire, there are libations as well.

Chicken Wings with Asian Zing Sauce and Potato Wedges

Allen's Mac & Cheese

We shared an order of Fried Pickles
When we order wings we like the sauce on the side to dip the chicken wings into, but you can order to your preference. The first time we went we both ate chicken wings and ordered a bunch of different sauces on the side. Allen ordered 2 spicy sauces and I went for a mild one. The wings are crispy when you bite into them and so juicy inside. Dipping the sauce makes each bite super yummy. The fried pickles were crunchy and tangy. Allen said his mac & cheese was so creamy and cheesy.

Allen with his Chicken Wings

Rocking my new tee - Life is What You Bake It
We went to Buffalo Wild Wings a few weeks ago and Allen ordered the Signature Sampler and I order a Chicken Sandwich with Potato Wedges. You can customize the Sampler and choose whatever sauces you want. This is a fun way to try different sauces each time you go working your way through the menu selection.

My Chicken Sandwich with Potato Wedges

Allen with his Signature Sampler

The Signature Sampler is a fun way to try different things on the menu
We always have a fun time when we go to Buffalo Wild Wings. The food never disappoints, and we look forward to going again in the near future to try out more wing combinations.

To view the menu and to find a Buffalo Wild Wings near you, go to:
http://www.buffalowildwings.com

-Sophia/Two Frys

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Banana Cake

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Allen's birthday was over a week ago and we took a 3 day getaway to Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino, so I did not have a chance to bake him a cake. While we were away I asked Allen what kind of cake he wanted and he said Banana Cake. I promised I would bake him one and then a few days later, I found a Banana Cake recipe on the Cooking Classy blog (link below), and baked it yesterday. I would have baked the cake last weekend, but the bananas were green and had to ripen. Bananas can take up to a week to ripen but I put 4 bananas in a paper bag to speed up the process, and they were finally ready to use today. Good thing I was off work today for the July 4th holiday.

Allen's birthday desserts; Palace Court Buffet, Caesars Atlantic City Hotel and Casino

Our beautiful ocean view room in Caesars Centurion Tower, 39th Floor; camera zoomed in
Here is Allen's belated birthday cake and it is so yummy! If you love bananas, you will devour this cake. It is that good! The cake is dense, has a perfect texture and is moist. The frosting is whipped cream cheese frosting and it is so creamy and delightful. I only frosted the top of the cake and added lots of pretty sprinkles, and then added some frosting in the center, and a little on the sides to create a naked cake look. We have a massive heat wave with high humidity this week with real feel temps up to 110 degrees, and sadly my bedroom and living room air conditioners in our apartment do not reach the kitchen. It was so hot I had to add the frosting to the cooled cake real quick, put it in a cake safe, and get it in the fridge or else it would start melting. I let the cake set for 5 hours before serving. The wait was well worth it. This recipe yields enough batter for a 9-inch 2 layer cake. See recipe and instructions below.

Banana Cake

Cake Ingredients
3 cups All Purpose Flour (King Arthur)

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

½ teaspoon Coarse/Kosher Salt

½ cup, 1 stick Unsalted Butter, softened (room temperature)

1 cup Granulated Sugar

½ cup Light Brown Sugar, packed

4 Medium Ripe Bananas, mashed

1 teaspoon Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed

4 tablespoons Vegetable Oil, divided

1 ½ cups Buttermilk

3 Large Eggs

1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

Naked cake look for the sides

Directions
I use Wilton Bake Easy Non-Stick Spray to grease 2 9-inch round cake pans. Spray and line with parchment paper and spray over it and along the sides of the pans. You can also coat the pans with butter and flour.

Adjust oven rack to the middle position and heat to 325 degrees.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

Place the peeled ripe bananas in a large bowl, add lemon juice and mash with a masher or fork.

Cake topped with sprinkles I mixed together
With a stand or hand held mixer with paddle attachment on medium speed, mix butter, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, and sugars until creamy and fluffy; about 2-3 minutes.

Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and add eggs one at a time, mixing well.

Add vanilla extract and mashed bananas and mix just until incorporated.

On low speed, add in some of the flour mixture and combine and then add some of the buttermilk and mix until incorporated. Do this three times ending with the flour mixture.

Scrape sides of the bowl with a spatula to make sure all ingredients are incorporated.

Mix again for 10 to 20 seconds.

Banana Cake slice
Spread cake batter evenly between the 2 pans using a spatula to smooth tops.

Lightly tap the pans against the counter top 2 to 4 times to settle the batter.

Bake for 40-50 minutes, depending on your oven so keep an eye on it. My cake baked in 42 minutes.

Cake is ready when you insert a toothpick or cake tester in the center of the cake and it comes out clean.

Cool cake in pans for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the cake and then flip cakes onto wire racks lined with parchment paper to prevent cake from sticking on it.

Cool completely before frosting.

Before frosting the cake, cover it with plastic wrap and chill in fridge 1-2 hours or overnight.

Allen's birthday slice

Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
Ingredients
1 1/4 cups Heavy Cream

14 oz. Cream Cheese (Philadelphia), room temperature

1/3 cup Unsalted Butter, softened

1 3/4 cups Powdered Sugar

1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

Banana Cake

Directions
Using a stand or hand held mixer, mix heavy cream on high speed for several minutes until stiff peaks form; about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to bowl; set aside.

With mixer on medium-high speed, add the cream cheese and butter, and mix until smooth and fluffy; about 2 minutes.

Scrape sides of bowl and mix again for 10-20 seconds.

Pic of some of the ripened bananas
With mixer on medium speed, add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and mix until incorporated; about 2 minutes.

Turn off mixer and add half of the whipped cream mixture and fold in with spatula until incorporated.

Fold in the remaining half and if you wish, add food coloring at this time. I used Wilton Icing Color Concentrated Gel in Sky Blue.

Smashed bananas
Use by dipping toothpick in gel and then into frosting and stir gently with spatula. Each time, use a clean toothpick so frosting does not get into gel color. Repeat until you reach the color you desire.

Take the chilled cake out of the fridge, line edges of cake platter or cake circle (Wilton 10-inch) with strips of parchment paper to keep edges clean as you frost the cake.

If your cake has a dome use a serrated knife and slice off the tops to make an even layer. My cake baked with flat tops.

I first line the cake turntable with a grip liner so the cake does not move as you frost it.

Cakes cooling on wire racks lined with parchment paper
Add a dab of frosting over the grip liner and place the cake circle over it and press gently to adhere.

Place one of the cakes top side down onto the cake circle and then onto the cake turntable.

If you do not have a cake circle take cardboard and cut a 10 inch circle and cover it with aluminum foil.

Sprinkles mix I added blue sanding sugar and blue sugar pearls after I took the pic
If you do not own a cake turntable use a large cake platter.

Place the whipped cream cheese frosting over the first layer and then frost as desired.

I decorated the top of the cake with Wilton Blue Sugar Pearls, Wilton Blue Sanding Sugar, Wilton Confetti, and White Stars I mixed together.

Cake turntable lined with grip liner with a dab of frosting over it and topped with cake circle
Place cake in cake safe and let it set in the fridge for at least 2 hours (I let it set for 5 hours), and bring to room temperature for 1/2 hour before serving.

You can make the cake a day ahead and refrigerated overnight as well, and bring to room temperature for 1 hour before serving.

For the Banana Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting visit:
https://www.cookingclassy.com/banana-cake-with-whipped-cream-cheese-frosting/

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Fourth of July Cookies

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Happy July 4th everyone. I love the designs I ordered from Fancy Flours for these Fourth of July Wafer Paper Cookies. I love to bake on the holidays and I always love getting a day of from work to do it. Hee, hee... I hope you all have a happy and safe July 4th.

Fourth of July Wafer Paper Cookies
To use wafer paper for this recipe you will need:
Rectangle shape cookie cutter

12 cookies

1 sheet, 12 Wafer Paper, Fourth of July Design

Craft Knife

Craft Brush

1/4 cup Light Corn Syrup (to adhere wafer paper to royal icing or marbled icing)

Pretty wafer paper designs

Vintage July 4th design

Directions
To use the wafer paper, cut out the designs carefully. Wafer paper is very thin and will tear easily.

Use any sugar cookie recipe you like (suggestions below) and cut out 12 rectangle shape cookies.

Lovely vintage July 4th design

Patriotic July 4th designs
After the cookies have cooled, cover them in royal icing. I used Marbled Icing or this design and let the icing dry for 4-5 hours before adhering the wafer paper.

Add light corn syrup to a small bowl.

Vintage designs

Beautiful wafer paper designs
Dip the brush into the syrup and gently cover the undecorated side of the wafer paper design, and gently pressed onto each cookie. Repeat this step until you have used all your wafer paper designs.

Let the cookies set overnight so they do not stick together and so the wafer paper does not tear.

Marbled Icing setting
To order wafer paper designs and other fine baking products, visit Fancy Flours:
https://www.fancyflours.com/

Sugar Cookie Recipes:
Rainbow Funfetti Cookies
Pistachio Sugar Cookies 
Dark Chocolate Cookies
Vanilla Sugar Cookies
Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies  
Lemon Sugar Cookies
Lime Sugar Cookies
Red Velvet Sugar Cookies
Coconut Sugar Cookies

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Stillwater Sweet BBQ Sauce

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By Headwaters BBQ

This is the first in a series of reviews on products made by Headwaters BBQ of Bozeman, Montana. This is also the first BBQ sauce reviewed on Two Frys from Montana. Headwaters BBQ offer a six pack of products containing 3 BBQ Sauces and 3 Rubs/Seasoning. The first product I used is Stillwater Sweet BBQ Sauce. I baked chicken wings with this sauce after I gave the sauce a taste test.

Wings are ready to bake
Stillwater Sweet BBQ Sauce gave the chicken wings a great taste and texture, both sticky and sweet from the molasses and brown sugar. The spices in the sauce are not too hot and have just the right amount of heat. Stillwater also has a welcome balanced smoky and garlicky flavor profile. The smoky element comes from the natural Hickory flavoring and does not overpower the other ingredients. The ingredients include tomato puree, unsulphured molasses, white vinegar, brown sugar, garlic powder, natural Hickory flavoring and spices.

Stillwater Sweet Sauce so yummy on wings
This is a perfect sauce to share with your family and friends and with July 4th coming up, Stillwater will reign over your BBQ so fire up your grill. Stillwater is versatile, tastes great and will be a star compliment to your foods. I recommend using Stillwater on chicken wings, chicken thighs, steak, pork chops, ribs, burgers, and more...

To order Headwaters BBQ products and for further information, visit:
http://www.headwatersbbq.com

-Allen/TwoFrys