Dean is the master chef, creating delicious meals every week, with the exception of that one time that he went all Iron Chef and used apples as his special ingredient. Spinach salad with apples and grapes, pork with sauteéd apples and scallions, and apple pie brown rice (no one was a fan of this particular dessert inspired grain). The salad and pork are lovely dishes on their own, but all together it was apple overload. Below is a better combo.
|Dean's beer braised short ribs, garlic mash, and asparagus|
in a balsamic reduction. Inspired!
So, how can you reproduce this delight amongst your family members? It's easy!
Strawberry Stripe Refrigerator Cake
Inspired by the back of a cake box I saw once
1 box white cake mix, baked according to package directions (if you have discerning tastes like mine, I recommend Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe. Much better than Betty Crocker. I'm not kidding)
1 box of instant vanilla pudding, 4 serving size, prepared according to package directions
1 1/2 cups whipping cream, whipped
1 container of frozen strawberries in light syrup, thawed and blended until smooth
1. To make icing, fold whipped cream into vanilla pudding. Set aside.
2. Using a chopstick or straw, poke holes in your cake at regular intervals. Pour a small amount of blended strawberries into each hole, tamping the sauce down into the hole using your chopstick or straw, and adding more berries until the hole is filled. This is a painstaking process. Jimmy decided to help, as you can see below. He thought pouring the sauce in generous portions would make this process easier, I think it made the cake look like it was seriously wounded.
3. Once your holes are filled, ice the cake. Allow to set in the fridge for a few hours before serving. This cake must be served out of the pan or the filling will leak out.
|Look at those stripes!|
Do you do a weekly family dinner, or are there other traditions you've started with your family? I love this tradition and can't wait to bring bébé along, if only so that I can pass him or her off to someone else while I guzzle a glass of red.