May 31, 2013

Better Than Sex


1 pkg. devil's food, chocolate, or German chocolate cake mix
1 can sweetened condensed milk
caramel ice cream topping
1 (8 oz.) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
4-5 Heath or Skor bars, chopped up

Bake cake according to package directions for a 9x13 inch pan; cool for about 5 minutes.

Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke holes into the cake. Let the cake cool for a little while.

Slowly pour sweetened condensed milk over the cake, letting it sink into the holes; then drizzle some of the caramel over the top of the cake.

(Some people I know heat the milk and caramel together and then pour it over the cake.... I've tried it both ways ... no real preference here)

Let cake cool completely. Top cake with whipped topping. Decorate the top of the cake with candy bar chunks and swirls of caramel topping. Refrigerate before serving. (Great to make one evening and serve the next.)

May 27, 2013

Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese



1 (8 ounce) package macaroni
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1 cup cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded good quality
1/2 cup breadcrumbs, buttered

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Cook and drain macaroni according to package directions; set aside.
In a large saucepan melt butter.
Add flour mixed with salt and pepper, using a whisk to stir until well blended.
Pour milk and cream in gradually; stirring constantly.
Bring to boiling point and boil 2 minutes (stirring constantly).
Reduce heat and cook (stirring constantly) 10 minutes.
Add shredded cheddar little by little and simmer an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese melts.
Turn off flame.
Add macaroni to the saucepan and toss to coat with the cheese sauce.
Transfer macaroni to a buttered baking dish.
Sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
Bake 20 minutes until the top is golden brown.
(You can also freeze this recipe in zip-lock bags for later use - once you have mixed the macaroni along with the cheese sauce allow to cool to room temperature before adding to your freezer - I generally pull it out the night before and allow macaroni and cheese to reach room temperature; I then add the macaroni and cheese to a buttered baking dish, sprinkle with bread crumbs and then bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until golden brown on top and bubbling.

May 24, 2013

Crock Pot Lasagna


1 pound Ground Beef
Lasagna noodles
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese



Directions
Brown ground beef and drain. Spoon 1 C. spaghetti sauce in bottom of 4 quart crock pot. Mix remaining sauce with beef. Place 2 uncooked lasagna noodles on sauce in crock pot. Spread 1/3 meat mixture on top of noodles. Spread 3/4 C. cottage cheese over meat. 


Sprinkle 1/2 C. mozzarella cheese over cottage cheese. Add another layer of uncooked noodles, 1/3 meat mixture, the remaining cottage cheese and 1/2 C. mozzarella cheese. Place another layer of uncooked noodles, meat mixture, and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top. Cook on low for 4 hours.
If cooked much longer, it gets a bit well done.

May 23, 2013

CHEESE CAKE SWIRL BROWNIES


makes 16 brownies

1/4 cup lowfat milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
2 large eggs divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate morsels
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
4 ounces neufchatel cheese softened ( basically cream cheese......its mostly right next to the cream cheese, but its sometimes cheaper, spreads easier, and makes a fluffier cheese cake and is low fat)

preheat oven to 350*f. spray an 8 inch square baking pan with vegetable cooking spray.set aside

in a small bowl, combine milk, oil, applesauce, 1 egg, and vanilla. mix well

in a medium bowl, combine flour, 3/4 cup sugar, cocoa, and baking powder.mix well. reserve 1 cup of batter. pour the remaining batter into prepared pan


in a small bowl,combine neufchatel cheese, remaining egg, and remaining sugar. stir until smooth. pour filling over batter in pan. drop reserved batter by tablespoons over filling.draw a small knife through batter for a marbled effect.

bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean , about 25 minutes. cool in pan on a wire rack. cut into squares.

May 20, 2013

Popeye's Spicy Chicken Copycat Recipe



3 eggs
1/3 cup water
1 cup hot red pepper sauce (I like Louisiana Hot Sauce)
4 cups flour
2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoon paprika
3 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 quart buttermilk (optional)
Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Powder (to taste)
1 (1 to 2 1/2-pound) chicken, cut into pieces
Peanut Oil, for frying

1. Place cut-up chicken in a large bowl, and cover with buttermilk. Cover and chill for two hours, or overnight. This is an optional (but recommended) step.
2. In a large bowl, add eggs, water, and red pepper sauce. Whisk until combined.
3. In a large gallon freezer bag, mix flour, pepper, paprika, and cayenne.
4. Remove chicken from buttermilk (if marinated) and sprinkle lightly with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
5. Place all chicken pieces in freezer bag with flour mixture. Shake until all pieces are evenly coated.
6. Remove chicken pieces one at a time, shaking excess flour. Dip each piece in the egg mixture, and return to bag of flour. After all pieces of been dipped in the egg mixture and put back in the bag, give it a second shake to coat chicken pieces again.
7. Heat oil in deep fryer or deep pan to 350 degrees. Working in batches, drop each piece of chicken into the hot oil. Fry for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown, turning occasionally if oil does not completely cover chicken. Keep in mind that dark meat chicken takes longer to cook than white meat. Watch your wing segments, as well; these will finish cooking first

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

It's a delicious way to add flavor to ground beef and the children love it! The gravy is delightful served over mashed potatoes."

2 pounds lean ground beef
1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
1 (1 ounce) packet dry au jus mix
3/4 cup water

Directions

In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, onion soup mix, bread crumbs, and milk using your hands. Shape into 8 patties.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Dredge the patties in flour just to coat, and quickly brown on both sides in the hot skillet. Place browned patties into the slow cooker stacking alternately like a pyramid. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream of chicken soup, au jus mix, and water. Pour over the meat. Cook on the Low setting for 4 or 5 hours, until ground beef is well done.

GENERAL TAO CHICKEN


Panda Express Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

Sauce:
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons ground or fresh ginger
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons apple cider
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
2 large boneless chicken breasts, sliced thin
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1 cup vegetable oil (if frying in a wok)
1/8 t. crushed red pepper flakes (use more if you want more heat)

Mix sauce ingredients together.  Cover and store in the fridge. Slice semi-frozen chicken in thin slices. 
Put oil in wok on med-high (375 degree) heat. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and pepper. Using a few chicken pieces at a time, dip into flour mixture.  Shake off excess (or use a sieve). Put coated chicken pieces into hot oil.  Fry up to a minute; until golden brown. Drain chicken pieces on paper towel. Repeat until all chicken pieces are cooked.

If using a wok, drain all but 1-2 tablespoons of oil. Put chili peppers in oil.  Warm up peppers on medium heat for a minute or two. Slowly pour sauce into hot oil.   Stir constantly, until sauce thickens up. Turn off stove. Put cooked chicken pieces into sauce.  Stir to coat chicken thoroughly.  Serve over hot rice.

May 18, 2013

BBQ SAUCE


Texas Roadhouse Copycat Recipe

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup onion, minced
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon bourbon whiskey
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

Mix all ingredients together in a food processor or blender. Store in a refrigerator for at least two hours, preferably overnight.

HONEY BARBECUE RIBLETS


Applebee's Copycat Recipe

Barbecue Sauce:
1 cup ketchup
¼ cup water
½ cup honey
½ cup corn syrup
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
3 teaspoons onion powder
2 tablespoons molasses
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon liquid smoke flavor

Combine all ingredients in saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes.Rib let (Rib). For rib tips ("riblets") and full racks, first season ribs with salt, pepper and garlic to taste. Then, sear the ribs on the grill/broiler until both sides are mahogany in color and the meat has begun to pull away from the bone (155 degrees internal temperature).

Place ribs on rack in deep pan/roaster. Cover  bottom of pan with mixture of water and liquid smoke flavoring(4:1 ratio of water to liquid smoke) without mixture touching the ribs (it will make them bitter). Seal tightly with two layers of foil wrap to cover. Slow cook in 275 degree oven until meat is tender.Time varies with how many ribs are being cooked, pan used and your oven temperature. Plan on anywhere from two to five hours, but check to be sure. The slower, the better for this process. Just make sure an internal food temperature of 155 degrees is maintained. (To moderate cooking for small amounts of ribs, try covering ribs with chopped onions, peppers and tomatoes. This also keeps them moist and adds a nice flavor).

 When ribs are fully cooked and tender, remove from oven and finish off on grill/broiler  until marrow in the bone tips "sizzles." Brush with honey barbecue sauce just before removing for service.

Sweet Mango Habanero Hot Sauce



This hot sauce can be quite mild if you choose to use a mild pepper like the green bell pepper, but we're hoping you'll opt for the spicier jalapeno pepper this time around.

1 mango, peeled and diced
10 habanero peppers
1 cup brown mustard
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon curry powder salt and pepper to taste


Cooking Directions:
Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.
Spoon the resulting paste to a saucepan and simmer on medium heat, about 5-6 minutes.
Allow to cool and serve!
You can store this in jars in the refrigerator for later use. It'll get a bit hotter the longer it sits.

Pastry Stuffed Meatloaf Roll



2 pounds lean ground beef
1 cup dry bread crumbs
2 eggs beaten
1 chopped onion
1 chopped bell pepper
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 cup chopped black olives
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon leaf oregano
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cans crescent rolls

    In large bowl, combine beef, crumbs, egg, onion, salt and oregano. Stir in 1/2 tomato sauce; set aside. Cut 2 pieces of waxed paper 15 inches long. Unroll crescent roll dough and don't separate. Lay end to end on top of wax paper and place second piece of wax paper on top. Now take rolling pin and roll the dough out till it's half the thickness that it was originally .Place meat mixture in center and spread out over dough      

Sprinkle meat with cheese,bell pepper mushrooms and olives top with remaining tomato sauce. Roll up meat, jelly-roll fashion, starting at narrow end; use wax paper to help. Place seam side down . Place in non-stick 9-1/4-in. x 5-1/2 in. x 2-3/4-in. bread pan. Bake at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes. Drain off any fat that accumulates; return to oven for 30 minutes.

May 17, 2013

Rotel Chicken Mexican Casserole



3 split fryer breasts cooked and cubed
1 bag of tortilla chips crushed
1 can of Rotel
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1 small can of chopped green chiles
1 lb of Velveeta or American Cheese

Directions:
Cook and dice your chicken. Mix together your Rotel, Soup, Green Chiles, and cubed Cheese. Heat this mixture in a microwave till melted and then add your chicken. In a casserole pan layer 1/2 your chips and 1/2 your cheese mixture. Repeat these layers and top with a few crushed chips. Bake at 350 degrees until hot and bubbly. Its DELICIOUS!!!! 

May 13, 2013

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole



1 (6 oz) pkg. chicken flavored stuffing mix
1 (10 3/4 oz) can condensed cream of chicken soup
2 heaping tbsp mayonnaise
1 tablespoon prepared, Dijon mustard
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut into bite-size pieces
3 cups fresh broccoli florets
2 cups cooked, chopped ham
6 slices of extra thin Swiss cheese

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Prepare stuffing as directed on package. Mix soup and mustard in medium bowl; stir in chicken, broccoli and ham. Spoon into 2-qt. casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray; top with cheese slices and stuffing. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until heated through.

Potato Bacon Casserole


4 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
8 ounces bacon or turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
1 can (12 fl. oz.) evaporated milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten or 1/4 cup egg substitute
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
Directions
PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 8-inch-square baking dish.

LAYER 1/2 potatoes, 1/2 onion, 1/2 bacon and 1/2 cheese in prepared baking dish; repeat layers. Combine evaporated milk, egg and seasoned salt in small bowl. Pour evenly over potato mixture; cover.

BAKE for 55 to 60 minutes. Uncover; bake for an additional 5 minutes. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. 

May 10, 2013

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken



Chicken:
3-4 boneless chicken breasts
salt & pepper, to taste
1 cup cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup canola oil

Sweet and Sour Sauce:
3/4 cup sugar
4 tbsp ketchup
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Rinse your chicken breasts in water and then cut into cubes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Dip chicken into the cornstarch to coat then dip into the eggs. Heat your 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet and cook your chicken until browned but not cooked through. 


Place the chicken in a 9x13 greased baking dish. Mix all of your sweet and sour sauce ingredients in a bowl with a whisk and then pour evenly over the chicken. Bake for one hour and during the baking process you will need to turn the chicken every 15 minutes...

May 6, 2013

Chicken Crescent Roll Ups



1 1/2 cup cooked and cubed chicken
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup of milk
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 can of crescent rolls (8 count)


Mix 1 1/2 cup of chicken and 1/2 cup of cheese in a bowl. (I used my hands to mix it and mush it all together.) Roll out and separate the crescent rolls. In each triangle, place 2 tablespoons of the chicken/cheese mix, and roll it up in the crescent roll. 


 Once you have all 8 rolled up, place them along the bottom of a lightly greased casserole dish. Pour the 1 cup of milk over the roll-ups. Spoon out the cream of chicken soup (undiluted) on top. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese on top. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

May 4, 2013

Delicious Oreo Cake (No-Bake)



15 oz Oreo cookies (crushed, divided)
1/2 cup butter (melted)
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
12 oz cool whip (frozen topping thawed)
6 oz instant pudding mix (chocolate fudge, lemon flavor is also good)
2 1/4 cups cream (half-and-half, or use whole milk)

Directions:
Crush Oreo cookies; set 1/4 cup aside for topping.
Mix the remaining crushed cookies with the melted butter.
Press into the bottom of a greased 13 x 9-in baking pan.
In a bowl, beat the cream cheese with the confectioners sugar on medium speed.
Fold in half of the Cool Whip topping.
Spread over cookie crumb layer.

Refrigerate 1/2 hour.
In the meantime, combine milk with instant pudding mix; beat well, until smooth.
Pour over chilled mixture in the pan.
Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Spread remainder of Cool Whip topping on top of pudding layer.
Sprinkle with remaining reserved cookie crumbs.
Store cake in the refrigerator, covered tightly.

May 3, 2013

Polish Sausage and Cabbage Soup/Crock Pot



2 cups potatoes, cubed and peeled
4 cups cabbage and carrot coleslaw mix (packaged)
1 large onion, chopped
2 teaspoons caraway seeds, crushed
1 lb Polish sausage, cooked, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2 inch slices
4 cups fat free chicken broth

Directions:
1 Place potatoes, coleslaw mix, onion, caraway seeds and sausage in crock pot. Pour broth over all.
2 Cover; cook on low for 10 - 12 hours or high for 5 - 6 hours.
3 Ladle in bowls.