Friday, August 9, 2013

Take 1 – August Secret Subject Swap

Welcome to Take One of August’s Secret Subject Swaps. This week 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

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Here are the links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado
The Momisodes
Just A Little Nutty
Follow me home . . .
Moore Organized Mayhem
Stacy Sews and Schools
The Sadder But Wiser Girl
Menopausal Mother
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
The Insomniac's Dream
Searching For Sanity
Evil Joy Speaks

My subject is: If you could choose your menu for one entire day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, dessert) and not have any added calories or allergies . . . what would be on your menu? It was submitted by Dinosaur Superhero Mommy.
Here goes:

Maine Lobster with drawn butter. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. For a snack I’ll have a Lobster Roll, grilled, light on the mayo and no celery. And for dessert, cheesecake (bet you thought I was going to say Lobster). I’m sure no one can guess I’m a displaced New Englander, right?

OK, in lieu of eating lobster non-stop, let’s try this:

Who: Me. Just me.
What: Apple Puff Pancake with a rosette of whipped butter already melting into it and warm Maple Syrup.
When: About 20 minutes after I wake up and about 18 minutes after coffee was magically delivered to that exact same place.
Where: In bed, of course.
Why: Because I really miss these delicious puffs, and although I make them myself (rarely), nothing tastes like the original.
How: Not my problem.

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Apple Puff Pancake

Who: Me, Magnum PI, Steve McGarrett, Jack Shephard
What: Whatever fish is freshest, Macadamia-crusted. And a Mai Tai (make sure you use my recipe, it’s here: My Mai Tai).
When: As soon as I come in off of the beach.
Where: In a hammock on a lanai overlooking the beach in Hawaii.
Why: Beach, lanai, fresh seafood . . . why not?
How: Private jet?

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Who: Me, Degas, Jules Verne and Coco Chanel
What: Baguette, crusty and still warm from the oven, Camembert and a Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
When: Sometime mid-afternoon, I’m not picky.
Where: Jardin de Tuileries.
Why: Are you kidding?
How: Probably something that involves a time machine.

Who: Me, George Clooney, Sting
What: Antipasto, Risotto, and a lovely Prosecco, of course.
When: Whatever time of day George and Sting are available. I’m a very accommodating guest.
Where: George’s villa in Lake Como, Northern Italy. Unless Sting wants to host at his place in Tuscany. I’ll let the guys work out the location.
Why: Great food AND eye-candy.
How: Any way I can.

Who: Me. Just me.
What: Anything chocolate, warm and gooey.
When: When everything’s done for the day and the house is quiet. You know, that moment at the end of a day when you take a deep breath in and let it out slowly.
Where: Back home. In bed.
Why: It’s been a long day of eating and traveling and scintillating conversation. How better to end it than with chocolate?
How: Carefully, luxuriously, and with a whole pile of napkins.

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Apple Puff Pancake
2 Apples, peeled cored and sliced
1/3 stick butter plus 2 pats of butter
2 tsp lemon juice
2 TBSP brown sugar
½ tsp cinnamon plus cinnamon for sprinkling
3 eggs
¾ cup flour
¾ cup milk
*Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a 10 inch pie plate with non-stick spray.
* Sautee apples in 1/3 stick butter until soft. Add lemon juice, brown sugar and ½ tsp cinnamon. Mix and cook for 1 more minute.
* Wisk the eggs, flour and milk together until smooth.
*Put 2 pats of butter into the pie plate and put in the oven. Watch it carefully, allow it to melt but don’t let it get brown.
*Carefully remove the pie plate and swirl the butter around the bottom. Immediately add the pancake mixture. Spoon the apple mixture into the center. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.
*Put into the oven. Do not open the oven again until the pancake is completely finished.
*Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake another 10 minutes.
*Remove from oven and serve.


  1. I'm making that puff this weekend. I'm so hungry and now....nothing I Have seems good enough in the house. I may be forced to go into the Twin Cities to an actual restaurant and eat breakfast....

    And I like the eye candy idea. Alot.

    1. Those Apple Puff Pancakes are SO good. Hope you do make it and hope you LOVE it.

  2. OMGOSH! I am now STARVING!! Thanks... ;)
    You keep good company! LOL
    I think I would probably have dessert all day long!!! Nothing but dessert.

  3. squeeee, just love how you did this. I would so love to be a fly on the wall for those meals...would make for interesting conversations. You rock woman!!!!

    1. This was really fun. It took me a while to do because I really wanted to come at it from an angle other than what was expected.

  4. I'm all over the lobster love. Oh, and George. I'm definitely ALL over his hotness!

    Your pancake puff looks great! The apples are a great choice, but if it's a calorie free day, I'd go with Nutella and bananas. Never turn down the opportunity to have chocolate for breakfast :)

    1. Lesson learned. Next Puff pancake will be bananas and Nutella.

  5. Dessert wholeheartedly, but after doing all of those dinner dishes, George and Sting may be ready for a little something sweet. I could bring the dessert...Please!!!!
    TGIF, Mai Tais it is <3

    1. You're always welcome. No matter where I am, no matter who I'm with.

  6. I wouldn't change a thing about your day! Except...instead of George Clooney I'd invite Tom Selleck, and instead of Sting I'd want Gene Wilder (all of my favorite musicians are geriatric) and instead of fresh fish I'd have MORE LOBSTER, but other than that...perfect!

    1. There's no such thing as too much lobster, I guess we can agree to that!

  7. Well......I was full from my donut, but now, I'm sitting here with my mouth watering. Sounds like some yummy food!

    1. Oh, what I wouldn't give to really spend a day eating all of that. OK, maybe it would take 2 days, but I'd still love to do it.

  8. A snack with you, Degas, Jules Verne and Coco Chanel would be smashing fun!
    I would have never made that match up but it would be so awesome!
    I love the way you went with this! :)
    I could be all about the lobster and cheesecake too.
    I totally agree with you... it just tastes better when its made for you.

    1. I think you'd be a perfect addition to my little snack party. What fun we'd have.

  9. I loved you before, but Jules Verne has guaranteed it for life. ;)

    ... I'm making the husband try those apple puffy pancaky thingies. I am dang it!

    1. Woo Hoo, so happy to be guaranteed for life.

      And I hope you guys do try the Apple Puff Pancakes. You'll double love me for 2 lives.

  10. So glad to see you changed up the menu from just lobster. I would hate to have to diagnose you with gout! LOL

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  11. That is an awesome menu. I've never heard of apple puff pancakes (I've obviously lived such a sheltered life) but I want one now. And your dinner guests are awesome. Any way you can send them my way when you're done with them?

  12. You did so great with this prompt! I am so full from dinner, and then I read this and I want to eat all these foods now!!! Can you send me some of the pancakes...pretty please?

    1. Love those pancakes. Don't make them very often, but every time I do I fall in love with them again.

  13. I'll take lobster and then some warm gooey chocolate thingie. Only I want RDJ there, k? This was a fun post-I'm not so sure I'd have been able to do much with it!

    1. Oh, not true. You could do anything with any prompt. Loved yours today, it was hysterical.

  14. I loved how you varied the locations, guests and themes for each sitting. How awesome would my life be if I could be a fraction of the cook/baker (and even writer) that you are. I thought it was fabulous!

    1. I bet you can cook as well as I do since my kids say that's not well at all. My baking results in as many failures as successes, but fortunately teenagers usually eat the failures anyway. But there's one thing I do know for sure, you can write as well as anyone.

  15. Loved your menus, places and people but I think I should be included as a guest on your list especially when it comes to eating dessert. You just can't do that by yourself. Who would mop up all that goo? Mind you, we shall stay out the bedroom! We shall place ourselves on comfy sofa's, with legs up and a napkin around our neck.

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    1. I do love them. I don't make them often enough, but we're coming into apple season.

  17. Hubs parents gave him money for his birthday last month. What did he buy? Lobstah. And steamers.

    1. Wish I had known, I would have flown in for that. Could have visited my Alma Mater while I was there. Damn, missed it.

  18. I love the way you went with this prompt. :) I laughed so hard at the "not my problem" and Magnum PI. REALLY? lol

    1. Hey, I've got enough problems. It felt GREAT to say that!

  19. Now I am drooling! This is an amazing mixture of fantasy and food porn! Lobstah is always a fine choice!

  20. Ahhhhhhhhhh... very nice. I was right there with you all day, kind of like a 'Fly on the Wall.' Enjoyed... Slu


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