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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Cooking At Ingredients: A Romantic Dinner

Lana has started her cooking classes for 2011 at Ingredients in Clarksville.  I signed up right away.

This class was called “Romantic Dinner”. The recipes were: Shrimp de Jonghe, Bracioli (a rolled steak dish), Fanned Garlicky Potatoes, Pancetta Asparagus Bundles and “Outrageous Dessert”.

As usual, not only did Lana demonstrate the cooking for us she had lots of tips we could use.

For the Bracioli she showed us how to securely tie our meat roll so it would not come apart on us.


Shrimp de Jonghe. 
It was SO good!  Personally I would probably add more breadcrumbs.

Pancetta Asparagus Bundles. 
An easy way to make your presentation a bit more special.

A tip if you are making a fanned potato.  Use a large serving spoon to hold the potato while you are cutting.  It will protect your hand and keep you from cutting all the way thru the potato.

Garlicky Fanned Potatoes

Outrageous Dessert.

This is a recipe that Lana created. After baking there is that molten chocolate at the bottom of the pan that becomes your topping when you scoop it out.

I’ve decided to share the Outrageous Dessert recipe with you. It is so good!

Outrageous Dessert

1 cup all purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 T cocoa

1/2 t salt

1/2 cup milk

1 t vanilla

1/4 cup cocoa

1 3/4 cups hot water

2 T oil

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup chopped walnuts

Mix first 5 ingredients together. Add milk, oil and vanilla. Mix until smooth, stir in nuts. Pour mixture in an 8X8 inch greased pan. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix brown sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa. Sprinkle this over batter. Carefully pour the boiling water over the top.

Bake at 350F for 40 to 45 minutes. Serve almost immediately. When removing servings from pan, scoop out a portion and turn spoon over so molten sauce in on top. Great with a side of ice cream.

Monica at Ingredients post all the recipes on her blog site. You just have to give her a bit of time to put the post up.


  1. Wow!!! That is one fantastic dinner!


    I must go look at those recipes - the only recipes I've ever seen of bracioli are so complicated I gave up before I ever got started.

    And that dessert - it reminds me of something my niece did once when she was babysitting my kids - she started out making a chocolate cake from scratch, but it turned out a gooey was the best thing ever! Since she didn't know what she had done wrong, we had no way to duplicate it. I think I'll print the recipe out for her! Thanks!

  3. A yummy delicious recipe.I should definitely try this.
    Romantic dinner recipes


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