A little over a year ago, I began doing short food segments on a local television station. When I received that first email, asking if I’d be interested, my first thought, was ‘no way’! It was so far out of my comfort zone, I couldn’t imagine being in front of the camera. Much to my surprise, I’ve actually come to enjoy these segments. Talking about good food is fun! Usually, the segments revolve around cooking for kids and families with recipes that use simple, seasonal, whole food ingredients. Only recently, did it occur to me that it would be fun to share the segments here.
For this latest television installment, I was asked to share a recipe for families to enjoy, while celebrating the men in their lives this Father’s Day. After a brainstorming session of dessert possibilities, I landed on German Chocolate Cake Sundaes. A delicacy inspired by my own dad with his love for both German Chocolate Cake and ice cream.
- 2 pints chocolate or vanilla fudge swirl ice cream
- 1 bottle caramel sauce, or homemade
- 3/4 cup pecans, chopped
- 1 cup wide flake coconut, toasted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spread the coconut and pecans in 2 separate baking sheets.
- Toast the shredded coconut for 5 minutes and the pecans for 10 minutes, until the edges of the coconut start to brown and the pecans are fragrant.
- Remove from the oven.
- Let the coconut and pecans cool.
- Coarsely chop the pecans.
- Scoop the vanilla fudge swirl ice cream into individual sundae bowls. Top with warm caramel sauce, toasted coconut flakes and chopped pecans. Serve immediately.
Today we woke to another dusting of snow. While I know many of you have had more snow than you ever thought possible, we have had very little this winter. For whatever atmospheric reason, snow has passed us over. Usually, we have 3+ good snows storms a year, sprinkled with a few smaller ones, but this year our grand total is about 5 inches. Not good.
Sooo…..have you ever had one of those weeks? Where you have it all planned out…workouts, meals, blog posts? Then one child gets sick, then another and another. All plans go out the window, and you spend that well planned week making soup, monitoring fevers and watching endless movies snuggled up on the sofa. Well, that would pretty much sum up the first part of January for us. At the end of that week full of sickness, my youngest boy had a birthday. He requested a chocolate layer cake with ‘fluffy, chocolate frosting’. His request included making the cake, as he saw his brother do last spring. Of course, I planned to photograph and share it here with all of you. After a week of fevers, none of that happened.