Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Devil's food cupcakes with cheesecake filling

Ingredients for 12 cupcakes
1/2 package of devil's food cake mix
12 cupcake liners
2 cups of hot water for a water bath

Cheesecake filling:
8 ounces of cream cheese at room temperature
2 tbsps of sour cream
1/2 cup of powdered sugar
1 tbsp of all purpose flour
1 egg

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. Bake the devil's food cake mix according to its package instructions for 12 minutes. The center of the cupcakes will be runny at this point but not to worry since they'll be hollowed out to be filled with the cheesecake filling. Remove pan from the oven and let cupcakes cool slightly in the pan.

2. Reduce oven heat to 325 degrees fahrenheit. With a hand or stand mixer, mix all the ingredients for the cheesecake filling at medium speed for 2 minutes.

3. Using a small teaspoon, scoop out the center of the cupcakes, about 1 inch in diameter. Fill the hole with cheesecake filling until it overflows almost to the edge of the cupcake. Place a broiler pan on the medium rack of the oven. Place the muffin pan with the cupcakes onto the broiler pan. Pour the hot water into the broiler pan, about 1 inch up the side of the muffin pan.

4. Let the cupcakes bake undisturbed for 30 minutes. When the cupcakes are done, do not open the oven door. Turn off the oven and leave the cupcakes in the oven undisturbed for 1 hour.  After that, remove them from the muffin pan and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. Light and not too sweet. Enough to satisfy that carbo craving!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Wings over Camarillo

Went to a local airshow over the weekend at Camarillo Airport, about an hour north of Los Angeles. Great chance to see and touch many beautiful aircrafts on display including current military, WWII, antique, restored, private and wacky airplanes. Many veterans and military personnel were on hand to share information about the planes, military vehicles and equipments. One can feel the sense of pride shared by these pilots talking about their planes to visitors and doing various maneuvers with their planes in the air. First time for me to see an upside down helicopter flying in the air. What a treat! I wish I could remember the names of the planes and vehicles that I saw at the show but unfortunately, progressing age has blocked out most of the information. Nonetheless, it was a fun day!

                                                           WWII's China Doll
                                                           China Doll's cockpit
                                                        Something for the road
                                                            F 18 fighter jet

Fully loaded

WWII Japanese aircraft
See the sign
                                                       WWII Russian aircraft
                                                           Something fun
                                                          Something cute

Machine gun
                                                          Future ground traffic controller
Shark warbird

                                             Fast and furious F 18. Gone in a whiff!
Beautiful maneuver, paying tribute to all the veterans in attendance.
Upside down helicopter
Nice, too!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hot! Hot! Hot!

Located at the southernmost tip of Baja California, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo were definitely one of the hottest places we've ever been. 120 degrees fahrenheit daily on those days that we were there, but that didn't prevent us from going fishing and doing the cooking tour. There were no traditional market in Cabo, so a trip to their local supermarket it is. Loved the bakery department, so many breads and pastries to choose from. Couldn't help grabbing a few yummy goodies. These are desert towns sitting next to the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez. Loved the more quaint and cleaner San Jose Del Cabo vs Cabo San Lucas which is way too commercialized for me.
Lonesome cactus
The famous El Arco- lots of fishing and strong waves 
Very tender octopus ceviche and addictive pickled until red sweet onions
Flavorful carnitas cooked in a paper bag
                                             Tasty seafood ceviche with just the right amt of lime
Grilled sea bass
Yummy mahi-mahi (freshly caught by hubby)
Wanted to try them all!

                                                           Wonderful bread w/custard
                                           Too bad tummy couldn't pack all of these goodies
                                                                Yeah, chiles!!!
                                                               More chiles
                                                                Local sugar
Gotta make the tamarindo juice and jamaica flowers water

The best freshly made corn tortillas

Care for glass bottom boats tour at the marina?
                                                        Medano Beach at Cabo San Lucas               

                                                        Beautiful Sea Of Cortez

Another lovely view of the Sea Of Cortez from resort