Monday, March 1, 2010

Disaster Zone & Loco Chicken & Rice

Wow! What a weekend. Do you remember me telling you that I was making my Father in Law's birthday cake. Well, I did make it. I spent two days on it and it WAS great. Was being the key word here. Before I get into that part of the story though, I will tell you what I did to this great cake. I made it in three tiers, and two flavors (because it had to feed about 75 people) and I decorated it like a mountain side complete with the waterfall, rocks, cattails, 3D trees,a rustic wood plank sign annnnnddd 2 bucks and a fawn. Whew! A lot of stuff on the cake. Why am I describing this to you? Because I was not able to get a picture of it before this happened......

GASP!!!! Okay...are you back in your seat yet? What had happened dear, sweet, loving, precious husband was driving the SUV and a light turns yellow. The hesitation of him wanting to go or stop resulted in a heavy pressing of the brake pedal to actually stop the vehicle and PLOP! The cake went flying. Our little princess began to cry and tell me the cake was broken. We pull over and get out of the car to assess the true damage and well.....let's just say the rest is history. The only thing that managed to survive was the sign and trees. This being because I was holding them on our long hour trip to the party.

Through my tears and frustration we made it to the party (I did not want to be there at this point) and my dear, sweet, precious, loving husband wisked the cake immediately to the kitchen where I performed the miraculous cake surgery.( I cut it into serving size pieces and gave the people what they wanted) DELICIOUS CAKE!!!!
Mocha Chocolate cake, and traditional birthday cake flavor with a bavarian filling and buttercream frosting.
The party was really nice. My father-in-law was celebrating his 70th birthday and it was his first ever birthday party. My mother-in-law did a great job with the food. She served spaghetti with salad and garlic bread, chicken salad sandwiches (because my father-in-law wanted them ) and the disaster that I brought in the door.
Oh least nothing went to waste and he enjoyed all the attention too.

I did manage to make a pretty yummy and healthy dish for dinner last night too. My mexican creation of Loco Chicken and Rice.
The recipe follows for those who would like to try it.

Loco Chicken and Rice

6  boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 pkt. McCormicks Chicken Taco Seasoning
1/2 C. MCT Oil
1 large red bell pepper
1 large yellow bell pepper
1 large yellow onion
1 1/2 C. Whole Graing Rice
4 C. Chicken Broth
1 jar Pace Picante Sauce
Veggie Cheese
Light Sour Cream

Cut up chicken breasts into strips and place in a large bowl. Drizzle 1/4 cup of MCT Oil over it and add the chicken taco seasoning. Toss to coat and marinate for 30 minutes or overnight.
Cut up the onion and bellpeppers into thin strips. Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add 1/4 cup of MCT oil. Sautee the onions and peppers until semi tender. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Increase heat to medium/high heat and add chicken strips. Cook until browned on both sides and no longer pink inside.
Add the peppers and onions back to the chicken and lower heat to  simmer.
Cover and simmer for 5-10 minutes to deglaze the pan.

In a large saucepan pour in the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add rice, stir and cover. Reduce heat to low and cook aobut 30 minutes or until rice is tender and broth has evaported.
Add the jar of picante sauce and stir.
Plate up the dinner by scooping out the rice onto the plate and topping with the loco chicken and peppers.
Add a dollop of sour cream, cheese and scallions if desired.


  1. What a creative the loco rice unreal treat these idea's wow!

  2. O.M.G...I so know how you feel. I used to decorate cakes years ago. My worst fear was making a cake for a client (especially the wedding cakes) and have something unspeakable happen before I could get it delivered.

    Even in it's slightly damaged state, I can see what a beautiful and creative cake it was!

    BTW, I want to dive head first into your Loco Chicken and Rice dish. LOL.

  3. Oh goodness, sorry about your cake...I'm sure the taste blew everyone away!!

    great dish!!


  4. Awww, that's too bad that it had a little crash landing...but I bet it tasted DELICIOUS!! That Loco Chicken and Rice looks divine as well! Mmm....mmm....YUM! :)

  5. Oh no!!! So sorry about the cake. I would have been so upset, too. it looked like it was beautiful! But I'm sure he enjoyed the thought...and the taste! (Most important part.) Your dinner looks excellent!

  6. Your poor cake and poor YOU!!! That really must have hurt :( Anyway your Loco Chicken looks fantastic!

  7. Oh no, I'm so sorry about the cake crash! but it was still edible and everyone loved it :)

  8. I truly wanted to cry for you when I read this. I could picture how sad I would be if this had happened to me. Kudos to you for making the best out of a bad situation.
    Came by from SITS to say hi.

  9. Oh my, I can feel for you with that cake. I know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when that kind of thing happens. Thanks for dropping by, happy SITS day to you.

  10. So I'd no have handled the cake wreck well AT ALL. Sorry you had such a catastrophy. Glad that it tasted great since that mitigates a little bit.

    Now that chicken is something that I'd LOVE! Another great recipe from your kitchen. Thanks.

  11. another blog that makes me want to lick my monitor. And I will invent SmellaBlog. Everything looks great and cakes are sometimes made to tumble. ;)

  12. Oh my God, poor thing! the good part is that they got to eat the cake any way. The flavour sound yummy.

  13. Oh, I'm so sorry to read about your cake disaster! Looks like it was an awesome cake...I'm sure your father-in-law appreciated the effort!


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