Saturday, July 10, 2010

LongHorn Steak House in Mansfield MA

Today we went out to lunch with my mom and grandmother.

I asked the waitress if she could check on the glaze in the Citrus Grilled Chicken.
She brought the manager over and he asked if he could help, he personally went back and checked for me. ( great service)
He came back and said that it did have cornstarch, and modified food starch. So I told him, well cornstarch is fine, the modified food starch, by FDA standards, "food starch" HAS to be corn, UNLESS that pesky word "modified"  is tagged on the beginning, then it can be anything.

So anyway, I ordered and asked that the chicken and mashed potatoes be on separate plates.
They came out, the chicken was on one plate with the orange slices in their own little bowl, and the citrus butter in its own bowl, and my mashed potatoes on their own seperate plate. They were great, lets hope all Longhorns are equal in service.

The Manager even thanked me for the info on modified food starch and said that he will write a note so that he can pass on the info!

Not so Midnight cake

I have been longing for the midnight cake we would get at school with our pizza on Fridays. I have searched the interwebs and have yet to find a decent copy.

This cake is pretty similar with the frosting, but I think I am going to keep tweaking until I get it just right.

Preheat oven to 350F

Cream together
2/3 shortening (Crisco)
1 2/3 C sugar
3 eggs

then add in a mixing cup
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 C coffee ( black and cold)
2 oz melted semi-sweet chocolate

sift together
2 1/4 C flour ( I used my gluten free mix + 3/4 tsp xanthan gum)
1/3 C cocoa
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

I then blended a scoop of the flour mix, alternating with the vanilla/coffee/chocolate mix.

For the frosting I referred to my mother, granted with all of her cafeteria lady knowledge she doesn't know or ever heard of midnight cake.

She said that the cafeteria uses something like butter flavored crisco for frostings. Not having any I used half crisco half , I can't believe it's not butter. ( I must admit for this I didn't measure in the slightest) I blended the two together, added about a tsp of vanilla and 1 tsp almond extract, then poured in powdered sugar until it looked and tasted "right".

Unfortunately the cake isn't the prettiest seeing that my youngest demon seemingly can reach the counter now.