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Mini Vanilla Cakes With Raspberry Filling, Sprinkles, Chocolate Hearts, and Pink Cream Cheese Frosting! February 25, 2013

For our road trip I decided to make Kelsee, our amazing dog/house sitter a cake and us mini road cakes. My husband hates chocolate, and I LOVE raspberry…so naturally I went with vanilla cake and raspberry filling. Now our trip was our Valentines weekend, so I made pink cream cheese frosting and put sprinkles on it. Then I decided to melt some chocolate and squeeze it into chocolate hearts on the cakes in light of Valentines day. They came out awesome! Did I mention the big cake for Kelsee was heart shaped?! I went all out! The big heart shaped one came out awesome, and Kelsee said they loved it! It looked so cute, although I didn’t get a picture of it when I wrote Thanks You Kelsee and put some hearts on that as well. Too bad…maybe next time!

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SO CUTE!!

The mini ones looked great as well. I really wanted to make the mini ones heart shaped as well, but I couldn’t find my mini heart cake pans. I made some, I Love You cakes for Andrew, and some plain ones for our road trip!

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I used a regular boxed vanilla cake. Cook as directed on the box.

Then, I took a frozen bag of raspberries and put them in a pot on medium heat with a little bit of sugar…maybe a half cup. I heated them until they were broken up and mostly liquid. They weren’t as thick as I wanted them to be, so I added maybe a teaspoon of flour, boiled them, and then turned them down and simmered them until they were thickened and saucy. Then, I cut the mini cakes in half, or for the 9″ I cut the top off of one of the cakes. In the middle of the minis, or on top of the cut 9″, pour raspberry filling and spread almost to edges. Place second 9″ or top of minis on top and frost with cream cheese frosting.

For the Frosting:

2  8 OZ packages of cream cheese

3/4 Cup Softened Butter

3 1/2-4 Cups Confectioners Sugar

Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Gradually beat in confectioners sugar until desired consistency. At this time, you may add in milk or heavy cream a Tablespoon at a time until desired consistency. I personally, do not like it as thick, because I have a hard time spreading it on the cake. The thinner it is the easier, although too thin and it won’t stick, so be careful!

For the hearts I just melted chocolate, put it in a plastic bag and waited until it was a little thick and cut the corner. I put tin foil down and squeezed out some hearts. I let the chocolate harden up and then peeled the hearts off the tin foil and placed them on the cakes.  Simple!

 

Cranberry Vanilla Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting February 22, 2013

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I spent so long drooling over this cake in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine until I finally had a reason to make it. I decided that since we were having Thanksgiving at our new home this year, this would be the perfect dessert for our dinner. I had so much to do, as it was my very first Thanksgiving dinner, so I stayed up all night the night before and prepared it. It really wasn’t difficult, it was just a lot of steps. I prepared everything the night before and then frosted and put together the cake in the morning. I waited until just before we ate to sugar the cranberries so the sugar wouldn’t melt off. It was probably one of the best cakes I have ever had, or made, and I was shocked because the cranberries really didn’t excite me at all. I was thinking of switching to raspberry instead, but I decided against it. I would, however, recommend using raspberries another time because it would be fantastic both ways. I linked the original recipe from Better Homes and Gardens, however I did change a few things and I think next time I may just use box cake, as it is just as moist and much quicker. I think box cake is just as good, if not better than homemade. Maybe the ease of only adding egg and water makes it seem better, but I see no significant difference aside from preparation. I hope you all find the time to make this delightful treat and enjoy it as much as all of us did, it definitely got rave reviews.

Cranberry Vanilla Cake

Ingredients:

6 egg whites

1/2 Cup White Vinegar, 1/2 Cup Milk Mixed, OR 1 Cup Buttermilk

2 1/4 Cups Cake Flour OR Reduce All Purpose Flour by 2 TBSP and add 2 TBSP of cornstarch. Mix well.

1 3/4 Cups Sugar

4 TSP Baking Powder

1 TBSP Vanilla Extract

3/4 Cup Softened Butter

1  12 OZ  Package Frozen Cranberries, Thawed

1/2 Cup Sugar

2 TBSP Orange Juice

1/4 TSP Ground Cinnamon

1/8 TSP Ground Ginger

1/8 TSP Ground Cloves

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine egg whites and buttermilk mixture and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Grease and flour cake pans. Mix together flour, 1 3/4 cups sugar, and baking powder.

Stir vanilla into buttermilk and egg mixture.

Beat butter, stir in flour mixture.

Stir in buttermilk mixture and mix well until smooth.

Pour batter into cake pans and bake 25-30 minutes, or until done.

Cranberry Filling: Combine cranberries, 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and orange juice in saucepan. Boil, reduce heat, and simmer about 10 minutes or until cranberries pop and filling starts to thicken. Mash cranberries and transfer to a bowl to cool.

To assemble cake: Cut top from first cake layer so it’s flat. Spread cranberry filling into middle leaving approximately 1/4-1/2 inch around edges of cake. Top with second cake layer. Spread Cream cheese frosting over entire cake.

Garnish with sugared cranberries and lemon peel spirals.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:

Ingredients:

2  8 OZ Packages of Cream Cheese

3/4 Cup Softened Butter

3 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar

1 TBSP Lemon Juice

Directions:

Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar and lemon juice. At this time, you may also beat in milk to desired consistency. I peronally, did not have to add any milk, although I tend to not measure, so if you measure you may come out with a different consistency, or, some people desire a thicker or thinner version. It really just depends on how you like it, it does not change the flavor. If you add milk, beat in 1 TBSP at a time until you are happy with it.

 

I know it seems like an extensive cake, but like I said, if you decide to use a boxed cake just add in the few ingredients that are not in a box cake normally, and it will cut it down. The cranberry filling was quick and easy and delicious and if you use raspberry follow the same instructions and same ingredients.

PLEASE find time to make this delicious cake and ENJOY!

 

Juicy Meatloaf With Roasted Garlic And Potatoes

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I had never had meatloaf before I made this, and honestly, I really hadn’t planned on it. A coworker kept telling me to make meatloaf while looking for dinner recipes, and I held off as long as I could. Finally, I ran out of things to make and decided to see if I could find a recipe that interested me. I did not, but I did find something that I could work with. Now, I make this all the time and my husband loves it. My friends always eat with us when I make this, and it reheats perfectly. It’s very easy to make and it’s so juicy and flavorful, and I even get to eat it with my favorite thing ever, KETCHUP! I changed a few things on this recipe and the result was fantastic. I hope everyone else enjoys this delicious recipe as much as we have! My coworker, a fan of regular, plain old meatloaf tried it without the potatoes, (because she is on a low carb diet) and loved it. She said she makes it all the time now instead of her old recipe and even her picky husband loves it!

 

 

Juicy Meatloaf With Roasted Garlic And Potatoes

Ingredients:

2/3 Cup Salsa, Any kind Will Work

2 LBS Ground Beef

1 Cup Small Bread Chunks

1 Egg, Beaten

1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce

1 TSP Soy Sauce

1 Large Onion, Minced

4 TBSP Minced Garlic

2 TBSP Vegetable Oil

4 Small Potatoes, Chopped

Paprika

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Mix salsa, beef, bread, egg, worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, onions and half the garlic in large bowl.

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Shape firmly into baking pan.

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Stir together oil, garlic, and potatoes in bowl, and sprinkle paprika on top.

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Layer potatoes over top of meatloaf in baking pan.

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Bake for 1 hour, or until cooked through.

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YUMMMM

ENJOY!

 

Hot Cheesy Reuben Dip February 21, 2013

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I have a serious soft spot for Reubens. I’m not sure why, because I think sauerkraut is disgusting and I’m not a huge fan of thousand island either, but this dip and Reuben sandwiches are my favorite! I don’t even like Swiss cheese…now that I think about it, it’s quite odd that I like these! When my parents owned the restaurant they would get bored of the same old same old and go through phases of different types of foods. At one point, they were making every kind of egg roll they could think of. They made chocolate chip cookie dough egg rolls, ice cream egg rolls, cheese cake egg rolls, s’more egg rolls, and every other thing they could find to put in them. I loved it when they went through these phases. After the egg rolls, they went through the ‘dip’ phase…YUM. Clearly, one of them stuck. Every thing you could throw into a dip went and it was never disappointing. The Reuben dip was by far the favorite between the employees and we started requesting it on a regular basis, then they added it as a special and it sold like crazy! It’s so cheesy and amazingly delicious, I just love it! Now, I kind of decided this on a whim when looking for my Juicy and Delicious Lemon Chicken Piccata recipe, so I didn’t have time to boil the corned beef, so instead, I just bought two large slices of corned beef from the deli and chopped them up very small. This worked out well, however, the recipe calls for shredded corned beef and I would recommend sticking to that because it mixes in together much easier, whereas this was just chunks throughout. The best part about this? The leftovers made a delicious Reuben sandwich today for lunch!

Hot Cheesy Reuben Dip

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Mayo

1/2 Cup Thousand Island Dressing

16 OZ Sauerkraut, Rinsed and Squeezed Dry

8 OZ Corned Beef, Shredded

12 OZ Swiss Cheese

4 OZ Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Sour Dough Bread, Toasted and Quartered

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Combine mayo and dressing in small bowl.

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Spread sauerkraut in bottom of baking dish, layer corned beef on top, sprinkle with shredded cheddar, layer with swiss cheese, sprinkle with shredded cheddar, then layer mayo and dressing mixture on top and sprinkle with remaining cheddar.

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Bake 20-25 minutes, serve with sourdough pieces.

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ENJOY!

 

Juicy And Delicious Lemon Chicken Piccata

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This recipe is more or less a family recipe mixed with a recipe from the restaurant I used to work at with a little of my own little touches. My husband usually doesn’t show much emotion…about anything, much less, food. When I told him I was making that lemon chicken stuff with those green caper things on it, to my surprise he practically jumped for joy. Shocking. Andrew usually just says okay or asks for something else when I tell him the nightly dinners and if he likes something it’s hard telling. Katie and I just about keeled over when we saw his reaction to this chicken. Naturally, this got me really excited to make it. I would usually double or even triple the sauce recipe for this and serve it over pasta, but while looking through my recipe box I found a recipe for Hot Cheesy Reuben Dip, and I couldn’t resist. I know it’s not a very traditional combination, but I couldn’t resist, and I couldn’t decide. So I decided to just go without the pasta this time and enjoy some delicious reuben dip instead, after all, you only live once, right! The chicken came out so juicy and delicious and I LOVE capers, they just add SO MUCH flavor and give a nice look to the dish. Keep in mind, this recipe is for two chicken breasts, if you are feeding four you should double it. I personally like a lot of sauce because it’s so delicious, so I double it just for the two.

Juicy And Delicious Lemon Chicken Piccata

Ingredients:

2 Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Breast Halves

Salt and Pepper

Flour for Dredging

Butter

1/2 Cup White Wine, I used Pinot Grigio, but anything will work fine

1/2 Cup Chicken Broth

1/3 Cup Lemon Juice

2 TBSP Orange Juice

Approximately 2-3 TBSP Capers

1/2 TSP Sugar

Directions:

Dredge cutlets in flour and salt and pepper.

Melt butter in skillet, add 2 cutlets and saute, approximately 2 minutes, until cooked and browned on both sides. Set aside and repeat for all cutlets.

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Remove all cutlets, cover, and set aside. I like to cover them and put them in the microwave to stay warm, then when I’m finished with the sauce I zap them for about 20-30 seconds so they are nice and hot to be served.

Add wine to skillet with remaining butter and chicken flavorings, cook until liquid decreases by about half. Stir in chicken broth and boil. Cook sauce until reduced about half again and stir in juices. Cook about one minute on low heat and add in capers and sugar.

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Serve over Chicken and ENJOY!

 

Amazing Cheese Dip February 4, 2013

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It may not look good now, but once you have a taste you will be drooling every time you see it!

Now, I have to say, I probably wouldn’t make this dip if I looked at the ingredients because I HATE cottage cheese, not a huge fan of cream cheese, and I DO NOT like thousand island…not to mention it seems like an incredibly ODD group of ingredients and at first glance doesn’t look at all good to me. I know I’m making this sound horrible, but there’s a point, I swear. Had I not grown up with this amazing family recipe, (which was a secret until now…) I wouldn’t find it appetizing at all. I made this dip for our Super Bowl Party and we ate the entire bowl!! I can honestly say I don’t know how anybody has gotten through their life without this wonderful treat to make them happy. We used to serve this at my family’s restaurant and everybody raved about it. It was the first offering we brought to the table when we greeted our happy customers, and it ended up being one of the things that made us famous. We served it with various types of crackers, and the regulars knew when they came in, no matter who the waitress, they were getting extra. When I started working, I had a pretty good following. I knew when I saw one of my regulars that I was bringing four or five cheese dips to the table. When we would open, all of the waitresses would do all of our stuff as quickly as possible and so that we would have time to sit and eat cheese dip before we opened. It is seriously like crack dip. In fact, it really should be called crack dip, but I think my grandfather would roll over in his grave if anybody ever changed the name! Please, enjoy this recipe and share it with everyone. It SHOULD NOT be a secret anymore, the world should have this delight-fulness in their lives.

Cheese Dip

1 8 oz Package Cream Cheese

16 oz Cottage Cheese

6 oz Shredded Chedder Cheese

3 oz Bleu Cheese Crumbles

1/2 Cup Catalina French Dressing

Blend ingredients and ENJOY!

The original recipe calls for 2 tsp Chopped Red Pimentos and 2 tsp Finely Chopped Sweet Onion, but I never use these ingredients and neither does my mom. Partially because I usually have everything but these on hand, and also because I’m lazy and don’t want to chop anything. If you add these in you will get the full effect, although I personally prefer this dip without. Regardless, you WILL NOT regret making this. My grandmother makes this dip every single day and eats Cheese Dip and crackers for lunch. EVERY DAY!!! Amazing, she is 80 years old this year and she is still eating this stuff on a daily basis!

ENJOY!

 

The Best Nachos On The Planet February 3, 2013

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These are the most delicious nachos I have ever had. There is a long lived family secret, and I have never met anybody who disagreed. My friends always say these are my “secret awesome nachos” and I am constantly being begged for the secret. It’s really not much of a secret, it’s just an unconventional, yet amazing, use of two ingredients. I made these for the Super Bowl Party, and EVERYBODY raved!  At the restaurant when I was younger all the customers would order the ‘famous’ nachos. It’s called Jalapeno Cream Cheese. The greatest invention ever known to man. First I will give the recipe for that, very easy and quick, and then I will tell you how to put together these amazing nachos!

Jalapeno Cream Cheese

1 8oz package of Cream Cheese

I bottle Diced Jalapenos

In a food processor, add entire package of cream cheese, and jalapenos and juice. The amount depends on how spicy you want it. Add just a little at first, and then taste it. Keep adding until you reach a good level of spicy. I like it really spicy, so I usually put about a half bottle of diced jalapenos and then tablespoon at a time of liquid until it is blended. If you do not have a food processor, (which I didn’t until this Christmas…THANK YOU ANDREW MY DARLING!!!!) you can chop the jalapenos as finely as possible and mix by hand or with a hand mixer or stand mixer. It takes a little more time and elbow grease, but still comes out great. Spoon into piping bag or plastic baggie with a hole in the corner for squirting.

Delicious Chicken Nachos

1 Package Boneless Skinless Chicken

1 Bag Shredded Cheese

1 Can Black Beans

1 Bottle Corn and Black Bean Salsa

1 Bag Jalapeno Cream Cheese

1 Bag Tortilla Chips

Lay chips out flat on baking pan, preheat oven to 375º. Squirt jalapeno cream cheese all over chips, spread salsa evenly on chips, and sprinkle rinsed black beans over salsa. Then, cover with cheese, cook chicken in pan with salt and pepper and chopped into small chunks. Sprinkle chicken all over nachos, sprinkle small amount of cheese on top, bake until cheese is melted.

The jalapeno cream cheese seriously makes these the most amazing things you will ever taste…feel free to substitute chicken for any type of meat or no meat, add more or less beans or corn, increase or decrease salsa and cream cheese amounts. I like a lot of everything, but my husband likes less of everything so I usually do half and half. Good luck!

Enjoy!!

 

Lemon Pepper Crusted Chicken With Roasted Potatoes and Lemon Grilled Asparagus January 30, 2013

This delicious meal was light and healthy and at the same time very quick and easy. It was kind of a last minute decision and it came out great! It was SO flavorful and so perfectly cooked. I can’t wait to make it again!! I bought fresh Asparagus and fresh Potatoes and I had some Organic Chicken in the freezer that I took out this morning. I cooked the Chicken and Asparagus right in the same pan and I roasted the Potatoes in the oven, and then gave them a quick broil to give them a little crunch.

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Ingredients:

Lemon Juice

Butter

Chicken

Potatoes, Chopped

Fresh Asparagus

Oil

Adobo Seasoning

Lemon Pepper Seasoning

Minced Garlic

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425°F. Chop Potatoes into Medium-Large cubes, oil the pan, and spread potatoes evenly on pan. Drizzle oil over all potatoes and sprinkle Adobo Seasoning generously over potatoes. Place in oven.

Place approximately 3-6 tbsp butter into a pan and melt. Put chicken in pan, drizzle lemon juice over chicken, and sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning. Let cook on medium heat for approximately 10 minutes. Turn over chicken and drizzle with lemon juice, then sprinkle again with lemon pepper seasoning. Continue adding butter if pan starts to get dry. You should have a good amount of liquid at all times. Sprinkle minced garlic around chicken in pan.

Clean ends off asparagus and place in pan with chicken. Add lemon juice and butter if needed. Let cook until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle. Leave on burner, turn off heat and let sit.

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Just as your chicken is about done cooking, turn oven off and turn broiler on high. Let everything stand approximately 5 minutes. Serve with lemon slices.

Enjoy!

 

Unbelievably Juicy Steak with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce January 29, 2013

This is no hard recipe and if you don’t already have Adobo Seasoning as a household item, you need it. I first heard of this amazing stuff at a friends house last summer. They were grilling and we stopped in to visit. We were all sitting around on the couch and in they walked with plates full of steak and potatoes. Now I have smelled some pretty delightful smells, but this didn’t even compare. I had never smelled anything so good and they all get going on and on about how it was the most delicious steak they had ever had. Well the girlfriend was away on work so I was a little curious. I asked how they had cooked it and he said, “Well the wife uses this weird shit called Adobo so I put that on it and grilled it.” I was surprised that I had never heard of it coming from a restaurant, and then all of a sudden it was in every recipe I saw. So I hiked my way on down to the store and searched high and low. I finally found it. I literally just used it a month or two ago for the first time! My husband and all of my friends agreed it was the most amazing steak they had ever had!! I now put it on everything and every time I make steaks I never stray anymore, this is the only recipe I will use. It’s simple and only uses two ingredients!

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All you need is Butter and Adobo Seasoning for the steaks.

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Put A LOT of butter in the pan and let it melt. Place your steaks in the pan and sprinkle Adobo all over. I use my fingers or a spoon to press it in so it sticks to the steaks, and then flip them immediately and do the same to the other side. DO NOT ADD SALT!!!! Adobo already has salt AND garlic salt and is VERY salty on it’s own. then just cook to your desired temperature. Be sure the pan doesn’t go dry, I have to continue adding butter throughout cooking. Also, sometimes I get busy with other things and when I flip them, it’s a little dry so I just slather a little butter right on the steaks. Don’t be afraid to keep adding butter, the more you have to add, the juicier the steaks will be!

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That’s it!

For the Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce I just take bottled Blue Cheese, any brand, and mix a little mayo, a little white vinegar, and A LOT of crumbled blue cheese. The chunkier the better! You can heat it on the stove, but Andrew and I like cold or room temp.

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Enjoy!

 

 
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