Monday, July 13, 2009

Cake Balls

I haven't tried these yet, but I plan to make them when I need a fun dessert to take somewhere. They got good reviews on If you look up the recipe online there are also more suggestions for good frosting/topping combos. Let me know if they work out!
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate (or favorite flavor) cake mix
  • 1 (16 ounce) container prepared chocolate frosting
  • 1 (3 ounce) bar chocolate flavored confectioners coating.
  1. Prepare the cake mix according to package directions using any of the recommended pan sizes. When cake is done, crumble while warm into a large bowl, and stir in the frosting until well blended.
  2. Melt chocolate coating in a glass bowl in the microwave, or in a metal bowl over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth.
  3. Use a melon baller or small scoop to form balls of the chocolate cake mixture. Freeze for at least an hour. Dip the balls in chocolate using a toothpick or fork to hold them. You can also roll in coconut, nuts, sprinkles, etc. Place on waxed paper to set.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Pudding Ice Cream

I just ran across this recipe and I have not tried it yet. I thought I would post it incase anyone had the desire to experiment...The site I got it from said that the oreo cookie pudding was really good in this recipe...
  1. Combine pudding, light cream and sugar. Beat mixture as directed on pudding package, however, discontinue beating as soon as the mixture begins to thicken.
  2. Stir in vanilla and heavy cream.
  3. Transfer pudding mixture to ice cream machine maker and process according to specifications.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Ever?

This was on a friend's blog. I haven't tried it. This is what my friends said: "It came from American's Test Kitchen where they test recipes over and over and and have professional tasters decide what is the best. The cookie recipe they came up with was "perfected" after 48 batches and adjusted every which way. We took them up on their title and sought to compare to our favorites. In the end, we have to agree with the magazine. These cookies are the best CCC I have ever had. Judge for yourself."

1 3/4 Cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
14 tablespoons unsalted butter (important that it isn't salted)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon table salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
1 1/4 cups sesisweet chocolate chips or chunks
3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Whisk flour and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside.
3. Heat 10 tablespoons butter in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking, swirling pan constantly until butter is dark golden brown and has a nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and, using heatproof spatula, transfer browned butter to large heatproof bowl. Stir remaining 4 table spoons butter into hot butter until completely melted.
4. Add both sugars, salt, and vanilla to bowl with butter and whisk until fully incorporated. Add egg and yolk and whisk until mixture is smooth with no sugar lumps remaining, about 30 seconds. Let mixture stand 3 minutes, then whisk for 30 seconds. Repeat process of resting and whisking 2 more times until mixture is thick, smooth, and shiny. Using rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture until just combined, about 1 minute. Stir in chocolate chips, giving dough final stir to ensure no flour pockets remain.
5. Divide dough into 16 portions, each about 3 tablespoons. Arrange 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
6. Bake cookies 1 tray at a time until cookies are golden brown and still puffy, and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft, 10 to 14 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack; cook cookies completely before serving.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Soft Granola Bars

These were really good! They were healthy for the kids and Chad even liked them too. I will experiment again to see if I can take the sugar down even lower. We tried cranberries, coconut and white chocolate chips. I think next time we'll try coconut, coconut extract and chocolate chips. Hope you enjoy them!

Basic dough:
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup all-purpose flour or white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup applesauce or vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
experiment with any combination of the ingredients below:
3/4 cup raisins or cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, almonds or pecans
1/2 cup chocolate chips or white chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9x13 inch baking pan.
2. In a large bowl, stir together dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl blend wet ingredients then pour into the flour mixture, and mix by hand until the liquid is evenly distributed. Press evenly into the prepared baking pan.
3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are golden. These are good warm or cool but are much easier to cut when cooled.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

No Knead Bread

Eliza Brown gave me this is SO EASY, and so yummy! Darrell requests it mulitple times a week! We both believe everyone needs this recipe!

3c flour
2t salt
1/4t yeast
1 1/2c warm water

Cover tightly with cling wrap and allow to sit at least 8hrs, up to about 20hrs

Sprinkle some flour on the counterPour dough onto counter and turn over a couple timesAllow to rest 15min to 2hrs (cover loosely with the same piece of cling wrap)

Line bowl with a towel and sprinkle with cornmealPut dough into bowl and sprinkle with a bit more cornmeal, cover with towelRest 1hr-5hrs

About 50min before you want hot bread, place casserole with lid inoven and preheat to 425 for 15minCarefully remove lid from pot and pour in dough, then put lid back onBake at 425 for 30minRemove lid and bake for another 5-10min, until a nice golden brownTip bread out onto a cooling rack(I just put my pot and lid back into the oven to cool so that it doesn't burn anything

substitute 3/4c whole wheat for 3/4 c white flour
decrease salt to 1 1/2t if using whole wheat
add a handful of raisins and walnuts

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Italian Pot Pies

My friend passed this recipe onto me.  We ate it last night, and it was good!  It was quick and easy, too!

1Tbsp olive oil
1 med onion, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped (I also added a yellow pepper.  Mushrooms would be good in this, too)
salt & pepper
1 lb ground beef (or turkey)
2 cups tomato sauce (I used 2 cups crushed tomatoes from the can and added some spices and it turned out great)

1 cup flour
1/4 cup grated Parm
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp dried rosemary
4 Tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 450.  In a large skillet, heat oil over med. heat.  Add onion, carrots (and any other veggies you choose); season w/ salt & pepper.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender (about 6-8 mins).  Add meat and cook, breaking up into small pieces, 3-5 mins.  Add tomato sauce; bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally until mixture has thickened (8-10 mins).  Set aside.  

In a med. bowl, whisk flour, parm, powder, rosemary and 1/2 tsp salt; make a well in the center, and add melted butter and milk.  Stir just until dough comes together.  

Spoon into four 8-oz ramekins (or you could use a larger baking dish, I suppose); mound dough on top.  Place on a large rimmed baking sheet; bake until topping is golden brown and toothpick inserted into topping comes out clean (10-12 mins).

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Spaghetti Bake

I had this at a friends house, and it was quite yummy, so I thought I'd share:

2 c. diced tomatoes
2 c. tomato sauce
1 c. water
1/2 c. diced onion
1/2 c. green bell pepper, chopped
2 or 3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 c. parsley
1 1/2 t. Italian seasoning
1 1/2 t. seasoning salt
1 1/2 t. sugar
1 1/2 t. salt, pepper, garlic powder (mix equal amnts together)
2 bay leaves
1 pound ground beef
8 oz. spaghetti noodles
1 c. sharp cheddar cheese
1 c. monterey jack cheese

Combine: tomato sauce, diced tomatos, onion, bell pepper, water, add seasonings, bring to boil. Brown burger and combine with sauce. Let simmer for 30-60 minutes.

Cook pasta.

In 9x13 pan put some sauce first, a layer of pasta, layer of cheese and repeat ending with sauce.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Top with cheese and return until melted.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Smoothies anyone?

We're looking for some good smoothie recipes/combinations. Anyone out there have some good ones?

Terragon Chicken-in-a-pot pies

Someone just asked me to post this recipe. We make this and serve it over couscous, but you can also serve it in rolls that are hollowed out (which is what the original recipe called for). We also go heavy on the vegetables adding whatever we have that sounds good (celery, peas, etc.), and lighter on the chicken--it depends on your preference. It makes a great hearty meal that isn't quite as heavy feeling.

2 Tbs. Flour
1 Cup 1% Milk
1/2 cup Less Sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup apple or white grape juice
1 Tbs Olive oil
2/3 cut chopped onion
1 pound boneless/skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup sliced zucchini
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried tarragon
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Place flour in a small bowl, slowly add milk, stirring with a wisk until well blended to form a slurry. Add the broth and juice.

Heat oil in large saucepan over medium high heat; add onion and chicken, saute 2 minutes, stir in carrot and next 4 ingredients (carrot thru pepper). Cover, reduce heat, and cook 4 minutes. Stir slurry into chicken mixture. Bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat and simmer until thick (abt. 10 minutes), stirring occasionally.