Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dark Chocolate Cake & Icing

Dark Chocolate Cake & Icing

3 c. cake flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. good quality cocoa
2 1/2 c. strong coffee
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
5 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three 9-inch cake pans.
Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda & Salt.
Whisk coffee and cocoa together until smooth
Cream butter and oil for 1 minute.
Add both sugars; beat 10 minutes.
Add eggs; beat 5 m inutes
Add vanilla; blend well.
Alternately add coffee/cocoa mix and dry ingredients. Scrape the bowl often.
Divide into pans.
Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. 
Cool completely.

2 3/4 c. confectioners sugar
6 Tbsp. cocoa
6 Tbsp. butter, softened
5 Tbsp. evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix together confectioners sugar and cocoa.
Cream the butter; add the sugar/cocoa mix and the milk.
Blend in vanilla.

You may need to add a bit more milk to get the right consistency.

**I always double the icing recipe.

Pork Fried Rice and Baked Egg Rolls

Pork Fried Rice and Baked Egg Rolls

4 c. cooked rice - cold
1 Tbsp. oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 c. chopped carrots
3 eggs, beaten
1 c. leftover meat (I used pork)
1/2 c. peas
2 Tbsp. oyster sauce
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
salt & white pepper, to taste

Lightly saute garlic, onion and carrots in oil. Add meat; saute lightly. Push to one side.
Pour in eggs and scramble.
Add in cold rice with oyster sauce and soy sauce.
Keep stirring to saute.
Add peas; mix in.
Season with salt and pepper.
Serve with a bit of Hoisin sauce.

Baked Egg Rolls

2 packages of egg roll wrappers
1 package coleslaw mix
1/3 c. each celery and onion

From here you can add whatever you want and season it to your liking.
I usually add chopped chicken or shrimp and season with McCormick's Asian seasoning and a bit of soy sauce.
Once you get everything mixed together, you roll them up (the same way you would a burrito)

Now, you can either deep fry or bake.
Baking: Oven is set at 375 degrees. Place the egg rolls on a greased baking sheet.
Brush with a beaten egg mixed with a bit of water.
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until browned.

Frying: Heat your oil to 375 degrees. Drop in egg rolls a couple at a time and fry until golden. Drain on paper towels.

Here's a picture of the egg rolls when fried.

Applesauce Pancakes with Sauteed Apples

Applesauce Pancakes with Sauteed Apples

2 c. dry pancake mix (or use my recipe below)
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 eggs
1 c. unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 c. milk

Stir together pancake mix and cinnamon.
Add eggs, applesauce, lemon juice and milk.
Stir just until smooth.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle over medium-high heat. Pour or scoop 1/4 c. for each pancake.
Brown on both sides. Serve hot with sauteed apples.

Sauteed Apples

1/4 c. butter
4 large apples - peeled, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 c. cold water
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

In saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; add apples. Cook, stirring constantly, until apples are tender - about 6 or 7 minutes.

Dissolve cornstarch in cold water; add to pan.  Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and serve warm.

Homemade Pancake Mix

4 c. flour
3 Tbsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. sugar
4 Tbsp. cold butter

Mix all the dry ingredients together. Cut in butter with pastry cutter.
Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Double Peanut Butter Bars

Double Peanut Butter Bars

1/2 c. butter, softened
1/4 c. creamy peanut butter
1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 package peanut butter chips
1/2 c. chocolate syrup (like Hershey's)

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9 x 13 pan.
Beat butter and peanut butter. Now add both sugars; beat well. Add eggs and vanilla.
Stir in flour, baking powder and salt and then mix in the chips.
Spread half the batter in the pan. Spoon the syrup over top.  Carefully top with the remaining batter. Now, using a butter knife, swirl for a marble effect.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.  Cool completely before cutting.

Cathead Biscuits

Cathead Biscuits 

cooking spray
2 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
4 1/2 Tbsp. butter
1 c. buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray an 8 or 9 inch square pan.

Mix dry ingredients together.  Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until it resembles coarse cornmeal. Add the milk; stir. Use your hands if you must. Sometimes you need to add just a bit more buttermilk.
Divide into 4 pieces.
Put into pan with sides touching.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Candied Carrots

Candied Carrots

1 lb. baby carrots
2 Tbsp. butter
1/4 c. brown sugar
dash of cinnamon

Cook the carrots until just barely done. Drain.
Melt the butter with the brown sugar and add cinnamon. 
Add the carrots and mix well.
Cook on low for 3 to 5 minutes.

Oatmeal Scotchie Cheesecake Bars

Oatmeal Scotchie Cheesecake Bars 

1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. granulated sugar, divided (1/4 and 1/4)
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla, divided (1/2 and 1/2)
3/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. oatmeal
1/2 c. butterscotch chips
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. sour cream, room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line an 8x8 inch pan with foil and spray.  Set aside.

Mix flour, soda, cinnamon and salt; set aside.  In mixer bowl, beat butter and sugars.  Add 1 egg and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Add the dry ingredients; stir in oats and chips. Press into the pan.

Mix cream cheese, sour cream, 1 egg, sugar and vanilla. Pour over cookie layer and spread evenly.
Bake for 35 minutes or until cheesecake layer looks solid.  Cool 1 hour and then refrigerate.
Cut into squares.  I cut into 12.

Red Lobster Crab Cakes

Red Lobster Crab Cakes

1/2 tsp. minces garlic
1 Tbsp. minced onion
1 Tbsp. minced celery
2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
1 egg
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. white pepper
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
1/4 c. bread crumbs - plus 
1 lb. lump crabmeat
oil for sauteeing

1.  Combine all ingredients except breadcrumbs and crab.
2.  Gently mix in crab meat and crumbs.
3.  Form into 2 inch ball.  Roll in crumbs and flatten slightly until it's about 3 inches round and 1/2 inch thick. Refrigerate.
4.  Heat oil in skillet.  Cook 2 at a time. Brown on one side for 2 to 3 minutes. Turn and brown on the other side.
5. Turn down heat and simmer for 5 - 8 minutes.
Serve hot.
Makes about 6.

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Cheddar Bay Biscuits (Red Lobster)

Cheddar Bay Biscuits  (Red Lobster)

2 c. flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne (optional)
1 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 1/2 c. sharp cheddar  cheese, shredded

3 Tbsp. melted butter
1 Tbsp. chopped parsley
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment.

Combine four, sugar, baking powder, garlic powder, salt and cayenne. Set aside.

Combine buttermilk and melted butter. Add to your dry ingredients. Fold in the cheese.

Using a 1/4 c. measure, scoop onto your baking sheet. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes.

Mix together your topping ingredients. When you take the biscuits out of the oven, you will brush the tops with this.

Makes 10 biscuits.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pad Thai

 Pad Thai

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Serving Size  : 6     Preparation Time :0:00
Categories    : Main Dish

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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  8             ounces  rice noodles
  1                     chicken breast -- skinned and boned
  8                     medium shrimp -- shelled
     1/2           cup  water
     1/4           cup  fish sauce
  3        tablespoons  sugar
  1         tablespoon  lime juice
  1           teaspoon  paprika
     1/8      teaspoon  cayenne pepper
     1/2         pound  bean sprouts
  3                     garlic cloves -- finely chopped
  1                     egg
  4        tablespoons  roasted peanuts -- finely chopped

Place rice noodles in a large bowl. Cover with water; soak 30-45 minutes. Cut chicken into 1 1/2 x 3 inch strips.

Cut shrimp in half lengthwise; set aside. Combine water, fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, paprika, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl; set aside. Reserve 1/4 of bean sprouts for topping; combine remaining sprouts and onions.

Drain noodles. Heat a wok over medium heat for 2 minutes. Push chicken to one side. Break egg into wok. Stir quickly to break up yolk and scramble egg. When egg is set, mix with chicken. Add drained noodles, shrimp, fish sauce mixture and 3 tablespoons peanuts. Cook and stir over high heat for 2-3 minutes.

Spoon onto a heated platter. Sprinkle with reserved bean sprouts, then with remaining peanuts.

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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 334 Calories; 10g Fat (26.9% calories from fat); 16g Protein; 46g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 80mg Cholesterol; 62mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 2 Grain(Starch); 2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 1 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.

Beef and Broccoli Rice

 Beef and Broccoli Rice

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Serving Size  : 4     Preparation Time :0:00
Categories    : Main Dish

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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  1              pound  beef top round steak -- cut 3/4 inch thick
  3        tablespoons  butter -- divided
  2             cloves  garlic -- crushed
     1/4      teaspoon  salt
     1/8      teaspoon  pepper
  1       6.8-ounce package  beef flavor rice and vermicelli mix
     1/2           cup  onion -- chopped
  2 1/2           cups  water
  2               cups  frozen broccoli mixture -- defrosted

Trim fat from beef steak; cut steak lengthwise in 1/2 and then crosswise into 1/8"-thick strips. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add beef and garlic (1/2 at a time) and stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes or until outside surface of beef is no longer pink. (Do not overcook.) Remove from skillet; season with salt and pepper.

In same skillet, cook and stir rice mix, onion and remaining 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat until vermicelli is golden brown. Stir in water and contents of seasoning packet; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover tightly and simmer 15 minutes.

Stir in vegetables; continue to cook 3 to 5 minutes or until rice is tender. Return beef; heat through.

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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 467 Calories; 20g Fat (38.2% calories from fat); 31g Protein; 42g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 77mg Cholesterol; 1033mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 2 1/2 Grain(Starch); 3 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 2 Fat.

Nutr. Assoc. : 5311 0 0 0 0 1522 0 0 2363

Asian Chicken Pasta Salad

Asian Chicken Pasta Salad

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Serving Size  : 4     Preparation Time :0:00
Categories    : Salad

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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  8             ounces  Orzo, Small Shells or other small pasta shape -- uncooked
  2               cups  poached chicken -- cut into chunks
  4             ounces  spinach leaves -- stems removed and sliced into strips
     1/2           cup  bean sprouts
     1/2                red bell pepper -- ribs removed and cut into strips
  2                     scallions -- sliced
  3        tablespoons  red wine vinegar
  1         tablespoon  reduced-sodium soy sauce
  1         tablespoon  sesame oil
  1         tablespoon  vegetable oil
  2          teaspoons  Teriyaki sauce
  1 1/2    tablespoons  prepared chili sauce
  1         tablespoon  fresh grated ginger
  3        tablespoons  slivered almonds -- toasted

Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain.

In large mixing bowl, combine pasta, chicken, spinach, sprouts, pepper, and scallions. In a small mixing bowl, mix together remaining ingredients except almonds; whisk well. Toss dressing with pasta mixture and refrigerate until ready to serve. Sprinkle almonds over top just before serving.

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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 425 Calories; 11g Fat (23.8% calories from fat); 32g Protein; 49g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 60mg Cholesterol; 344mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 3 Grain(Starch); 3 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Applesauce Doughnuts

Applesauce Doughnuts

oil for frying
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 Tbsp. oil
1/4 c. milk
1 c. unsweetened applesauce
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients with your mixer at medium speed.
Heat your oil to 375.
Drop dough by Tbsp. into hot oil.  Cook for 3 minutes.
Drain.  Sprinkle with confectioners sugar or a mixture of sugar & cinnamon.

Adapted from:

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's Pie

2 1/2 lb. shredded pork
1 12-oz bottle of beer
few splashes of barbecue sauce
handful of brown sugar

4 or 5 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, minced
vegetable oil
2 c. corn
2 c. peas
3 large potatoes
salt & pepper, to taste
grated cheddar cheese

Cook the pork or use leftover from a roast.  Cool, set aside and shred.

Boil potatoes; mash.
Saute onions and garlic; add peas and corn.

Place pork in a large greased pan.
Add veggies. Spread potatoes over top.  Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes.

Tuna Casserole

Tuna Casserole

1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/4 c. milk
1/2 c. diced onion
1/2 c. diced celery
6 oz. tuna, drained and broken up
6 oz. pasta. cooked
1/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese
salt & pepper, to taste

Mix together soup, mayonnaise and milk.
Add onion and celery.
Fold in tuna, pasta, cheese, salt & pepper.
Pour into a greased casserole dish.
Bake at 375 for 40 to 45 min.

Hoagie Rolls

Hoagie Rolls

2 pkg. yeast
3 c. warm water
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1 Tbsp. salt
8 - 8 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

Dissolve yeast in 1/2 c. warm water. Add 1 Tbsp. sugar and let stand about 5 min. - until foamy.

Add remaining water and sugar. Beat in oil, salt and 4 c. flour until smooth. Add enough flour (1/2 c. at a time) to make a soft dough. Knead 6 to 8 minutes.

Place in a greased bowl. Let rise 45 minutes or until doubled.

Punch down. Divide into 18 pieces. Shape each into an oval (or however you'd like). Place 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Cut 1/4 inch slash across the top. Rise at least 20 min.

Bake at 400 for 13 to 18 minutes.  Cool on wire racks.

Alton Brown's Stovetop Mac & Cheese

Alton Brown's Stovetop Mac & Cheese

1/2 lb. elbow macaroni, cooked al dente
4 Tbsp. butter
2 eggs
6 oz. evaporated milk
1/2 tsp. hot sauce (opt.)
1 tsp. salt
black pepper, to taste
3/4 tsp. dry mustard
10 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Cook macaroni; drain. Melt butter; toss with macaroni.  Whisk together eggs, milk, hot sauce, salt, pepper and mustard.  Stir into macaroni. Then, stir in cheese. Cook over low heat until creamy - about 3 minutes.

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Spice Cake

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Spice Cake

2 2/3 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 Tbsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 c. canned pumpkin
3/4 c. buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
2 c. brown sugar, packed
3 large eggs

2 Tbsp. milk
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1/2 tsp. maple extract
2 c. confectioners sugar

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Butter and flour a 10 c. bundt pan.
2.  In a large mixer bowl, beat together butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time.
3.  In another bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients. Mix into butter mixture just until mixed. Pour into bundt pan. Smooth the top.
4.  Bake in 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
5.  Cool on rack for 15 min. Turn out of pan and cool completely.
6.  Whisk together glaze ingredients. Add a bit more milk if it's not thin enough. Drizzle over cake.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fudge Cheesecake Brownies


Brownie Layer
1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
3/4 cup unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cheesecake Layer
2 cup cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
Fudge topping
1 cups granulated sugar
1/8 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
6 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Have ready a 9 inch square baking pan lined with aluminum foil.
In a heatproof bowl, placed over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the butter and chocolate.
Remove from heat and stir in the sugar and vanilla extract.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Beat in flour and salt until the batter is smooth.
Spread brownie batter evenly onto the bottom of the prepared pan.
Using an electric beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sugar, vanilla, and egg and process just until smooth.
Spread the cream cheese filling evenly over the brownie layer.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the brownies are set and the cheesecake is just beginning to brown.
Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely. Then cover and until firm.
To make the fudge topping, Cook sugar, corn syrup, milk, butter, cocoa, and salt over low heat until melted, stirring constantly.
Bring to a boil for 1 minute.
Remove from heat and beat gently until slightly cool. Add vanilla.
Continue beating until smooth.
Spread topping over Cheesecake squares
Original Fudge Cheesecake Brownies Recipe Recipe found at Grandmothers Kitchen Recipes.