The original recipe is from Giada DeLaurentiis, and she tells you to use a store-bought angel food cake. Those are kind of rubbery, I think, and so I always use the boxed mix from my good friend Betty Crocker. Then, you slice that baby up, brush it lightly with some Kahlua and then spoon a generous dab of espresso mascarpone cream over the top. To make it pretty, dust it with a little unsweetened cocoa powder. So good.
The whole reason for this menu, however, was Matthew's special request for the roast beast sandwiches. This is essentially a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, but I make them the way my brother Richard showed me many years ago. It's a great way to used up leftover roast beef, but you can use any inexpensive cut of beef. I'm using some leftovers from a chuck roast I roasted earlier in the week. This is done a little more rare than we usually eat it, but it's going to cook more as I make the sandwiches. Just cut it into thin strips as you would for a stir-fry dish.
Slice two colors of bell pepper. You can use any color you want. I happen to like something other than green. The green has a touch of bitterness when it's cooked that I don't care for.
Stir-fry that in a little olive oil. You can add sliced onion at the same time. For this dish, I like to cut a large onion in half pole-to-pole, and then slice it. Cutting it the long way disrupts the cell membranes less and the onion is sweeter when it's cooked. I don't recommend using sweet onions. Sweet onions become flavorless when cooked. They're really intended to be eaten raw.
As you go, season with some garlic salt, and just keep stir frying until the vegetables begin to soften.
When they become more pliable, add in 8 oz. of sliced white mushrooms...
along with the beef. At this point, I lidded the pan to cook things a little more quickly, but you'll want to cook it some with the lid off to avoid getting too much liquid in the pan. This is a dry mix, although Erik makes his with some gravy.
When everything is softened and fully cooked, sprinkle on a generous helping of grated cheddar, and you've got yourself one tasty sandwich filling.
Serve it up on some Hoagie rolls. I like mine softened a little in the microwave, but others like the rolls toasted.
Here are some suggested condiments. On the right is some pepper jelly. I think I'm the only one who likes the pepper jelly on mine, but I just like pepper jelly straight from the jar. The sandwich turns out to be a handy vehicle for eating pepper jelly. Highly recommended are the sliced peperoncinis there on the left. Don't forget those! As for the rest, I just use mayonnaise and a little horseradish sauce. I like A-1, but its flavor is too strong for these sandwiches...others in my family would disagree with that.
While I was making the sandwiches, Smitty took a little stroll out into the snow for approximately two nanoseconds.
Hel-loooooo! I'm ready to come back in now.
Geez! Put down the camera and open the danged door!
When I had the sandwich filling made, we loaded everything up and took off for Erik and Mae's house. Check out the status of the icicles. Enjoy them while you can. The end is nigh for them.
Along the way, we saw this multi-cultural snowman. It's hard to see in this picture, but he has two black crow feathers stuck behind his head. It's very bright, and so sunglasses are a must. He seems to be a Mestizo snowman, but the tiki torch would indicate some South Pacific origins. Hard to say what look he was going for...
And if seeing my kids wasn't reason enough to go a-calling, seeing my grandkittens was the icing on the cake. Look how they've grown!
According to Erik, these two are hell on wheels.
This little lady is Cricket.
This is Clementine.
I refuse to look at that flashy thing again. Take it away, please.
And so we had a lovely evening, eating and laughing as usual.
This morning there was a pretty sunrise. The snow is still here, but we're thinking the end is in sight. It's supposed to start raining by tomorrow.
If you read my post from yesterday, then you know I issued something of a challenge to find the error in the latest wine country block. As far as I know, only one of you guessed correctly, and so I'm satisfied that this is not worthy of mention. Nevertheless, I will mention it just to clear up the mystery.
Check out the knife sticking out of the apple. The shape on top suggested a blade to me, and so I stitched it in that silvery gray floss. When I finished stitching the handle, I realized that made no sense at all...unless your something of a sadist, in which case, you might leave the blade of the knife up enticingly for some unsuspecting apple-eater to find.
Today, I'm girding up my loins to make some bagels. It's a two-day process. I'll tell you more about that whole adventure tomorrow when I have some pictures to show. Also, I'm hoping to get some more time to quilt Stars and Stripes. There's still a long way to go on that one.