Wednesday, September 21, 2011

i remade the jello cups

These are so fun and so easy. They are a little time consuming though.
So you pick out some colors of jello you want and get some clear cups. I used plastic ones so we could just toss them later.
Use the small packages of jello
For these I made 7
you make one at a time. Make it with 1 C. boiling water then add enough ice to cool which is about 7 pieces then stir until cool then remove the leftover ice. Pour about 1/2 or a little more in the cups then reserve the rest. Put the cups in the fridge to set up about 30 min. While they are setting up add some cool whip (or homemade which i did which taste SO much better) or plain yogurt. I used about 1/4- 1/3 C. mix well. I used a wisk. THen when the first layer is set up add this layer. THis layer will be a little thick so just mix it a little and SPOON it in. THe key is to make sure the layer is pretty set and SPOON it on. Then let completely set in the fridge at least an hour before serving.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Lasagna Cups

These were yummy and so easy.

I made 15 cups

30 wonton wrappers
1 lb hamburger/turkey
1 onion
16 oz tomatoes or sauce or a mixutre of both
mozzarella cheese
ricotta cheese (or and use cottage cheese thats what i use)

Mix salt and pepper and some fresh/dried basil and parsley with the ricotta cheese.
Cook the hamburger with onions until done. Then add the tomatoes/sauce and cook about 10 min. Turn off and let sit.

Spray your muffin tins. Then put a wonton wrapper in each. Push it down. Then add a spoonful of the ricotta mixture to each tin. Then add the hamburger mixture 1 Tbsp shredded mozzarella cheese. Put another wonton wrapper on top. and add another spoonful of ricotta mixture, meat mixture and top with 1 Tbsp mozzarella cheese. Bake at 375 for 10-15 min or until cheese is melted.
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Crispy Potato Roast

Have you guys checked out Pinterest? If not you definitely should. I've found tons of new recipes including this one from there.

here's the recipe:

3 Tbsp melted butter
3 Tbsp olive oil
4 lbs potatoes
4 shallots
1/2 onion
1/2-1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
8 sprigs thyme

Preheat oven to 375. In a bowl combine the butter and olive oil. Brush all over your dish your using. SLice potatoes very thinly and evenly. (I used my Kitchen-aid food processor it has a slicing attachment that makes it so much easier). Arrange the sliced potatoes vertically in the dish. Wedge shallots and onions between the poatoes. (I also added some fresh bacon chopped up YUMMY). Salt and pepper to taste. Bake 1 1/4 hr. Add thyme and bake 30-40 more min or until potatoes are cooked through with a crispy top.
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zebra cake

We had another birthday so I made this for my husbands birthday. IT was yummy!!

Take 2 cake mixes. One chocolate (i used milk chocolate) and one white.
Follow directions per box as to what to mix. Then get 2  9" round pans. I used a cheesecake spring form pan. ( Its so much easier to get it out with the removable sides...i'm going to nee more of those!)
Start with the white and pour 1/3 C. into the pan. It was start to spread which is what you want. Then add 1/3 C. of the chocolate. Continue to layer until the pan(s) are about 1/2-3/4 full. YOu dont want to over fill them though so less is always better. If you use two pans you shouldnt have any leftover.
However since I used one springform pan I had some left over to make about 6 cupcakes with.
When cool frost with your favorite icing. I used a Cream cheese butter cream;

1/2 C. butter
8 oz cream cheese
Mix together until fluffy. THen add powedered sugar until desired thickness. Add some whipping cream  if it gets too thick.
I like using the whipping cream as then the frosting isnt too sugary and it help whip it and hold better.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

pink zebra print cake

I made this for my moms birthday. It was way easy and it looked so fun!
One batch of white cake batter
2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Black food coloring gel
Pink food coloring gel

1.  Divide your batter into 3 separate bowls.  Leave one uncolored.  In the second bowl mix in cocoa powder and black food coloring gel (enough gel to get it the color you want… I added 1/4 teaspoon of the Wilton Fondant coloring paste/gel).  In the third bowl mix in pink food coloring gel until it is the color you want (you will not need as much as you used for the black).
2.  Grease and line the bottom of your pan (I used an 8 inch pan) with parchment paper.  I wouldn't skip this step because if the cake tears apart coming out of the pan, the effect is pretty much ruined.  Start off by adding roughly two tablespoons of your white batter to the very center of your pan.  Wait a few seconds for the batter to spread out.  In the center of your white batter, add two tablespoons of your black batter and wait for it to spread out.  Then add two tablespoons of your pink batter.  Your pan should look something like this:
3.  You will repeat this process until the pan is as full as you want it to be.  Don't make it too full because you do not want a overlarge dome to cook up.  And yes, this will take awhile… but it's not boring.  This is how the pan should gradually transform:
4.  Bake your cake as evenly as possible.  It helps to rotate the pan after 10 minutes of cooking.  Bake your batter according to your recipe's instructions.  Wait a few minutes after pulling it out of the oven, then turn it out but do not let it cool upside down.  Once it's cool, you can remove the parchment paper and decorate or top however you like.  
Get in touch with your wild side and try it out!

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fried goat cheese

We love goat cheese so when I found this recipe I was so excited.

16 oz goat cheese (I used a garlic herb one)
1 c. Panko bread crumbs (found in oriental section of grocery store )
2 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt & pepper
2 beaten eggs
1/2 c flour
olive oil

Freeze cheese about 15 min then slide.  It fall apart just smash together with hands into a Patty. Mix bread crumbs with parsley, thyme, garlic,salt & pepper. Dip cheese in flour them eggs then the breead crumbs.  Pour olive oil in pan. Just enough to coat pan. Fry on both sides til lightly brown and crisp.

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avocado stuffed chicken salad

This is so easy and yummy!

1 C. shredded chicken (I used 3 tenderloins)
3 Tbsp mayo
green onions
1/4 C. black beans
1 Tbsp white vinegar
garlic salt to taste
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 C. walnuts/pecans chopped up

Mix everything together then spoon into the avocados.
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Homemade Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

2 T. Yeast
1/4 c. warm water
1 1/2 c. lukewarm milk
1/2 c. sugar
1 t. salt
2 eggs
1/3 c. shortening
5 c. flour

Pour yeast into warm water and let stand for 5 minutes or until bubbly. In a large bowl mix together yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, eggs , shortening and 2 cups of the flour. Mix for 2 minutes on low speed or with a wooden spoon. Beat in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough is no longer sticky. Knead for 5 minutes or so until dough is smooth. Put dough into a greased bowl and cover. Let rise until double. Turn dough onto a floured surface and roll out into about 1/2" thickness. Cut out with a donut cutter or a large glass and small round cookie cutter for the center. Cover donuts lightly with a thin towel and let rise again until double.

Glaze: (I triple this esp if you cook the doughnut holes)
1/3 c. butter
2 c. powdered sugar
2 t. vanilla
4 T hot water

In the mean time melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Remove from heat and stir water in a little bit at a time until icing has thinned out some. Set aside.

Heat oil to 350*. Slide donuts into the hot oil using tongs. Turn donuts over as they brown. Cook on each side until golden brown. Remove to wire rack or paper towels to drain. While still hot, dip donuts into glaze and set onto wire racks to drain. (I put the wire racks onto a cookie sheet so that I can reuse the glaze that drips off.

Melt some chocolate chips into the glaze for chocolate glazed donuts.
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Homemade Tostadas

We loved these! The kids too. And they are super easy to make.
Get some corn tortillas (you could use flour if you want too). Put a baking pan in the oven and preheat to 450. After the oven in preheated oil the pan. NOT TOO MUCH just to coat it. Then i sprayed some pam on top of the tortillas so they wouldnt dry out and baked. You need to turn them over a few times to make sure it gets crispy. I got impatient and turned the broiler on and turned them over a few times. It did it fast, but you have to watch them closely.

For the toppings I got some refried beans and warmed them up and put a layer on the torillas
Then the sour cream I added a few Tablespoons of taco seasoning (to taste) to it and mixed then put that on the next layer
then i made some guacamole (you could buy some) and put that on next
then comes the shredded cheese. any kind you prefer
then olives, tomatoes, green onions and jalapenos!
Super easy and fast. I think I had dinner ready in 15 minutes! The longest part is cooking the tortillas

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