Great Food Deserves Great Dishes {Chocolate Brownies Recipe} #sponsored @MyCascade #MyPlatinum



I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Great Food Deserves Great Dishes

 

@MyCascade #MyPlatinum #sponsored

I’m back with more Cascade Platinum news as I continue my position as a Cascade ambassador. I’m loving every minute of it by the way! Have you entered the Instagram contest that I posted about last week? I was just visiting Cascade’s page looking through some of the Instagram contest entries. There are some really great pictures in the gallery. I mean “wow” great. If you have a chance, take a peek and also see how you can enter {if you haven’t been entering already}. I’m totally excited about the prizes—->items from both KitchenAid and Cascade! Woot!

Earlier this year, my mom gave me a set of dishes that have been passed down from generation to generation. The dishes are clear, pink dessert plates and I just love them. I remember eating off of them when I was a kid. Instead of having the dishes just sit in the cabinet, I’ve been using them as often as possible. I’m not a fan of saving pretty dishes just for holidays.

My mom came over to my house today to celebrate Father’s Day with my dad. When it came time for dessert, I served her a chocolate brownie on one of the pink dessert plates. Mom actually asked me what I did to get the plates so shiny. Side note:  when she gave me the dishes, they definitely showed their age. They were dull and had some type of film on them. I told her that I ran the entire set through the dishwasher {even though she told me to hand wash them}.

Thank goodness I have a bit of a rebellious streak because those old dishes look better than ever thanks to Cascade with Dawn and Cascade Platinum.

Kimberly– Chief blogger

Here’s a picture of the chocolate brownies I made for Father’s Day:

 

Chocolate Brownies #recipes

 

 

and here’s the recipe!

Ingredients

3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Optional:  1 cup chopped walnuts or 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a 9×13″ pan or line with parchment paper.

Melt butter in a bowl in the microwave or in a pan over low heat. Stir in cocoa.

Remove from heat if using stovetop method.

Mix in sugar and vanilla then mix in one egg at a time.

Stir in remaining ingredients.

Optional: stir in nuts.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Cool completely

Recipe modified from food.com

Chocolate Frosting

1 cup sugar
6 tablespoons cornstarch
4 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons oil
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vanilla

Directions

Mix sugar, cornstarch, salt, and cocoa in a medium sauce pan.

Whisk in the water.

Heat in pan over medium heat— continually stirring so it doesn’t burn.

When the frosting gets thick and starts to boil, allow to boil for 1-2 mins while continually stirring. Remove from heat before it gets too thick.

Stir in oil and vanilla.

Cool and spread on cooled cake.

Recipe modified from food.com

 

Thankfully, by following Gail Simmons tips, I’m improving my food presentation. I normally don’t take pictures of my food but as I’ve been participating in more food related posts, I’m getting my practice in. Gail,  a Top Chef  judge and editor of Food + Wine magazine recommends drizzling bright sauces on sparkling white plates or layering desserts in crystal clean glassware. In addtion to sharing food presentation tips, Gail has been kind enough to share a few of her recipes:

Sugared Doughnut Holes With Raspberry Compote & Caramel by Kimberly Saving More Than Me

Ginger Panna Cotta With Rhubarb by Kimberly Saving More Than Me

Bumbleberry Summer Sundae by Kimberly Saving More Than Me

 

Which one of Gail’s recipes would you like to try? I think I’m going to give the Bumbleberry Summer Sundae a try next weekend.  I love fresh berries—especially when it’s so hot and humid outside.

Next week will be my final post in the Cascade Platinum series. I’ve learned so much and I’ve had tons of fun so far!

Don’t forget to enter the Instagram contest! You still have an opportunity to win!

Until next week…

Comments

  1. says

    Clever post! I love the recipe, but the new Cascade seems to be the bomb. I look forward to washing my dishes in the dishwasher knowing they come out clean!

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