Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Grab Your Glass of Milk

Picture from Here
I have to admit. I am a huge sucker for things a smidge undercooked when it comes to desserts. I loved mushy gooey brownies and soft doughy cookies. Paula Deen has done it again yall! Michael and I took a break from our diet to indulge in our bad sides. This was exactly what it is called.... Ooey Gooey Butter cake. It is so rich, gooey, and satisfying. You will definately need to grab a glass of milk for this one. To me it has the consistency of a lemon bar but with vanilla flavor.


Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

Ingredients:
Cake:
1 box of Yellow cake mix
1 egg
8 tablespoons of butter, melted


Filling:
1-8 oz Cream cheese bar, softened
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
8 tablespoons of butter, melted
1-16 oz bag of powdered sugar


Directions:
Preheat oven to 350

Combine your cake mix, egg , and butter in a mixer. Pat the mixture into a 9x13 Cake pan

In a large bowl, beat your cream cheese until smooth. Add eggs, vanilla, and butter and beat together.

Next add powdered sugar and beat well. Spread over cake evenly and bake for 40 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE. The edges will the brown but the center should still jiggle when you take it out.

Eat and enjoy.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Kalua Pork

Wow I was so impressed by this. With such few ingredients, I couldn't believe the distinct flavors. Hubby literally moaned over this one when he took bites. I took them as compliments. I will definately be making this over and over.


Kalua Pork

Ingredients:
2 - 3 Lb Pork Roast
4 tbsp Salt
4 tbsp Liquid smoke


Directions:

1. Rinse and pat your roast down.
2. Rub your salt on all sides generously
3. Pour the liquid smoke onto your pork. Be carfeul with your hands...this will keep your hands stinky.
4 . Cook in your slow cooker on low for 10-12 hours.



Friday, June 17, 2011

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes



I am a huge fan of the cookie and nothing is better than the cookie than possibly this muffin. I made these and was really impressed with the technique to make them like the cookie and they were great. I highly recommend these for something different. The taste will remind you of your childhood. Check out the recipe over at Very Culinary.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Slow Cooker Tamale Casserole

This a comfort food meal that is not full of fatty "cream of " soups. It is not a glamorous meal or pretty meal but I confess I ate it everyday last week until I finished off the leftovers. That is saying something. It was quick to throw together and exactly what I wanted. Michael does't like tamales so this was not his favorite meal. I thoroughly enjoyed it though and it fit in with my no flour no sugar diet perfectly. I recommend :)




Ingredients


1 lb of ground beef

1 egg

1 1/2 C milk

3/4 C Corn Meal

1 Can of Corn, drained

1 Can of Diced tomatos

1 Can of diced olives, Drained

1 Package of Chili seasoning

1 C of shredded Cheese



Directions



Cook your beef until no longer pink in a skillet and set aside. Combine the egg, milk, and corn meal unti l smooth. Add corn, olives, tomatos, seasoning, and beef. Transfer the mixture to a greased slow cooker Cover and cook for 4 hours on low. Spinkle with cheese and cook for an additional 15 minutes until the cheese is melted.


Monday, May 23, 2011

Sunday Pot Roast with Mushroom Gravy


I haven't ever made a roast in my life. It intimidates me for some reason. I guess everyone raves about how easy and delicious they are but it just seems like I would manage to screw it up somehow. I only post about my successes so trust me, there are some failure dinners going on in this household. But I am happy to report I did it. I made my first roast from scratch. I gotta say, all the domestic goddesses were right. It it so delicious and simple. I was really impressed with myself and said it so much the hubby told me he heard me the first 50 times and agreed too that it was amazing. Thank you Food Network for giving me the simplest recipe to make the classic domestic dinner.


Monday, May 16, 2011

Knock You Naked Brownies



Wowsers. Ok I have to admit I didn't actually make these. On Sundays we go to my In-laws for dinner. It is a fabulous treat and a day off of cooking for me. Last night we had these for dessert. I had spied these brownies over here this week and as she was describing the dessert I immediately knew she was talking about these very brownies I had vowed to make. I strongly encourage all those that are in need of a good ooey gooey somethin somethin to give these a try. If I had carmels in my pantry at all time, these would be my go to brownie for now on.


Ingredients:

1 box of German Chocolate Cake Mix

1 C of finely chopped Pecans

1/3 C evaporated Milk

1/2 C butter, Melted

60 whole caramels, unwrapped

1/3 C Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

1/4 C Powdered Sugar



Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together in a bowl the cake mix, pecans, evaporated milk, and butter. Mixture will be thick. Divide the mixture in half. Press one half in the bottom of a well greased 9X9 pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and set aside.


In a double boiler, melt carmels with 1/2 C of milk. When melted and combined, pour over brownie base. Sprinkle your chocolate chips over caramel as evenly as possible.


Turn out your remaining brownie dough and press out into a square. You are wanting to make it a little smaller than your 9X9 pan. Set it on top of the caramel and chocolate chip layer. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Once cool, regrigerate for 2 hours until caramel is set up and then serve. Watch your clothes though so you don't end up naked.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Paula's Chicken and Asparagus Creamy Crepes

This past week was a Paula Deen week at my house. Paula and I go way back. She is the one that got me interested in cooking because she cooks my kind of food. I love the buttery flavors and just the simple comfort food that you know will leave your tummy full. I can't do her recipes everyday of the year or I would pack on the pounds but this recipe was too good to pass up. Michael enjoyed it but its really more of chick food he said. I liked them. I got the picture and recipe from here.


Ingredients:

1/2 C Butter
1 Small onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic minced
1/4 C AP flour
1 1/2 C Chicken Broth
1 C Milk
1 pkg cream cheese
3/4 C Cheddar cheese
2 C Cooked Chicken
Savory Crepes (recipe follows)
12 asparagus spears
1/2 C Swiss Cheese

Directions:
Melt your butter over medium heat in a pan. Stir in your onions and garlic and cooke for 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in your broth and milk ; bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Add your cheeses and stir until melted. Add chicken.

Preheat oven to 400.

Spoon 1/4 of chicken mixture down the middle of each crepe. Place 2 spears over chicken mixture and fold up each side to seal. Sprinkle swiss cheese over crepes. Bake for 10 minutes until cheese is melted.


Crepes Recipe