Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Best things I ate this week: Fries and Dirt

Who am I kidding, I've eaten way too many good things this week. We've had family visiting and it was Easter, so good things have been consumed in mass quantities. Wine, chocolate, and restaurant meals galore.

The best thing I ate that someone else made for me: the pommes frites at Ladyface Alehouse in Agoura. They were beyond crispy, perfectly salty, and seemed almost bottomless in their paper cone. They come with your choice of dipping sauce - we chose a creamy aoili, but there's a curry ketchup, a sweet and sour sauce, and an herbed creme fraiche as well. Oh, and the beer selection is divine. While their food is upscale and as local as they can make it, the vibe at Ladyface is anything but pretentious.

The best thing I ate this week that I made: dirt. Yes, thats what its called.

You start with chocolate cake, then layer a pudding mixture on top.

You top that with crumbled Oreos, and keep on layering.

When you're finished, gummy worms are the icing on top.

Here's the recipe - perfect for your next kids birthday party or potluck supper. And while it might seem like something just for kids, the adults at our Easter brunch devoured it as well. It is sweet, but the tang of the cream cheese keeps it from being overly sweet, and the mixture of textures is wonderful. This recipe makes a lot, so feel free to cut it in half for smaller gatherings. Or just make the whole thing, enjoy the yummy leftovers, and share with all your neighbors (thats what we did).


1/2 cup butter, room temp
8 oz. cream cheese, room temp
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 pkg instant vanilla pudding
3 1/2 cups milk
12 oz. cool whip
1 1/2 bags Oreos, crumbled
chocolate cake mix- baked, cooled, and cut into cubes
gummy worms

Mix butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar with hand mixer and blend well. In another bowl, mix milk and pudding mix until thickened, mix in cool whip with a whisk until smooth. Mix contents of these two bowls together.

Layer in large dish, large bucket, or smaller individual pails in this order:

Cake, pudding mixture, Oreos. Repeat this twice, finishing with the Oreos, and top with gummy worms.

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