Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Fat Free, Microwave, Potato Chips!

A foodie friend of mine named Sherri Logan, showed me a recipe she found on the Internet for microwave potato chips! As soon as I saw it I knew I had to try it! Well, they were VERY good! I made the chips in various flavors such as seasoned salt, onion, and red hot sauce flavors! I liked the onion flavored the best! I just sprinkled the uncooked potato slices with kosher salt( just a scant pinch on each slice) and onion powder before microwaving. My teen daughter loved the red hot sauce flavored. I made those by just adding one drop on each uncooked potato slice, then I smeared it across the entire slice before microwaving! Here are my photos of the process...
You will need a mandoline for this...and a bowl of cold water.
This is how thin to slice the potatoes...1/8 of an inch.

These are the finished chip! Crunchy and fat free!!!

Here's is the link to the recipe I used...
This is not the kind of chips you'll want to make for a large crowd because it's time consuming! But it's perfect for a family of 4...I used 2 large russet potatoes and it was just enough for the 4 of us!

Pass the Passatelli Please!

 Passatelli is a cheese pasta dough! This is the easiest homemade pasta dough I ever made! It's just plain breadcrumbs, grated parmesan cheese and eggs. The pasta is then cooked in chicken broth. That's it...this meal takes less than 30 minutes to make! I served it with crusty homemade garlic toast! I found this recipe on the Internet, but the photos are my own.
The dough is pressed through the large holes of a potato ricer and then dropped right into simmering chicken broth.


1 cup grated parmesan cheese - fresh or the refidgerated type
1 cup plain breadcrumbs - I used the 4c brand
4 large eggs
pinch of nutmeg
8 cups low sodium chicken broth
fresh chopped parsley - garnish

Mix the cheese and breadcrumbs together in a large bowl.
Then add in the eggs and mix well to form a very wet dough.
Bring the chicken broth to a light simmer(not boiling or it will break up the pasta) in a large pot.
Line 2 cookie sheets with waxed paper.
Form the dough into 3 equal balls and pass each dough ball, seperately, through a potato ricer with the large hole attachment, onto the lined cookie sheets, as in my photo. Or you can just pass the dough through the ricer, placed over the lightly simmering broth. That way it goes directly into the broth.
Cook for about 5 minutes. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley. Serve warm.
Serves 4

Note...please don't use the kind of parmesan cheese that you find in the dry foods isle! In my opinion, it's just too salty and has a strange flavor! Cheese that doesn't need to be refridgerated scares me! I always use the kind that they sell in the deli case, either in a chunk that I grate myself or in a container that is already grated for me.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Breakfast or Dessert!

I'm not sure which category this fits under so I just eat it for both! This is a recipe from a cook named MichelleM. I tried this and loved it! If you like french toast and you like apple pie, you'll love this! I added my photo!
Apple Pie Sandwiches


2 cups apples, peeled and diced 
1 cup water
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided 
5 teaspoons cornstarch 
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 
12 slices white bread 
3 large eggs
2/3 cup milk 
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 
confectioners' sugar, for dusting

 In a saucepan, cook apples and water over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until apples are tender.
Combine 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Stir into the apple mixture.  Bring to a boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Remove from heat.  Stir in lemon juice.
 Spread six slices of bread with 1/3 cup filling each.  Top with remaining bread.
 In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs, milk, vanilla and remaining sugar.  Dip sandwiches in egg mixture.
 Cook on a lightly greased hot griddle until golden brown on both sides.
Dust with confectioners sugar if desired or smother with maple syrup! Even top it with some ice-cream!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Get Your Chocolate Fix!

I love cornbread and I love I combined the two and made this absolutely perfect chocolate dessert! I used my favorite cornbread recipe that I got from a foodie friend, and I tweaked it a bit! It worked great!
Chocolate Cornbread
2/3 cup of cocoa powder unsweetened 
2/3 cup of flour 
2/3 cup of fine cornmeal 
2/3 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt 
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 large egg
1/3 cup of corn oil
1 cup of milk 

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Mix all dry ingredients together.
2. Mix all wet ingredients together.
3. Combine both until mixed well.
4. Pour into a greased 8 x 8-inch baking dish.
5. Bake for about 25-35 minutes or until the center of the bread springs back when lightly pressed.

Friday, February 24, 2012

I'm a Winner!

 Photo by Lillian

I recently found out that I'm a winner in the Chef Boyardee recipe contest! I mentioned that contest in this blog post...**click here** I almost gave up on that contest, thinking I would never win! Well, I'm so glad I didn't give up because I finally won in week #7 with my SloppyRoni Sliders recipe! I re-entered that recipe in that week and won a $500 Amex gift card and $75 worth of free food items from ConAgra foods! There is still 3 more weeks left of the contest. At the end of the 10 weeks, all 10 winners will be entered for a chance to win the grand prize...1 years worth of free groceries($100 per week) at the store of your choice!  So, if you haven't entered yet, you still have time!

              March 26, 2012                     
Now the voting begins for the Chef Boyardee recipe contest!
I'm not going to be asking for votes because I feel like I won already just by making it into the finals! But I just wanted to show you what a great job the photographer did in re-creating my original photo! Here's is the photo that they shot...
Photo by Pro Photographer

They did a much better job than I did, don't you think?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Dilemma is Over...

Do you remember this post...'I Need Help Please' *click here to see post* ...Well, I finally came up with a recipe using the Fiber One cereal!  It turned out perfectly!!! My family loved it and came back for more! This would also be great ontop of ice-cream! It's slightly sweet, crunchy and nutty! And healthy too!

Homemade Granola

2 Tbls. butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
pinch of kosher salt
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups Fiber One Original Bran Cereal
1/2 cup instant oats
1 cup assorted dried fruit- dates(diced),cherries, cranraisins
1/2 cup crushed almonds

In a large microwave safe bowl, mix together the first 5 ingredients and microwave on high for about 1 minute. Stir well, then add the remainder of the ingredients and stir again to combine.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the granola mixture evenly onto the sheet.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool. Serve alone or over ice-cream.

 Wednesday, February 29, 2012                                        UPDATE:
                     I made this granola again, but added 2 heaping tbls. of cocoa powder and it was even better!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A New Product that I Love!

Today I received my order of Gnu 'Flavor & Fiber' bars...
and they are very good!  They're full of good things! And who can't use more fiber in their diet? I love how moist and chewy they are! I tried the Chocolate Brownie and the Peanut Butter bars! Check out their website for more info...
I was not paid or compensated in any way for my review of this product! This is just something that I thought my readers would love to try!

Also check out their Facebook page for a delicious giveaway they're offering today! It's a chance to win some of their new 'Flavor & Fiber' bars! I entered!!!
Gnu Facebook Page **click here**

Monday, February 20, 2012

The "Big 3 Challenge"

'Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen'
I just found out about this interesting event for bloggers! The "Big 3 Challenge" is a fun way to introduce my readers to some of my favorite blogs! It's known as 'blog tagging'! My food friend Melissa,  from 'Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen' blog, turned me on to this, by tagging me in her blog! I thought that was so sweet of her! She's a lovely, down to earth, warm and friendly lady! And her blog is so interesting and full of delicious recipes! She's is also a recent winner of the 'Just a Pinch' recipe contest **click here**
Check out her blog and you'll see why she's a winner!


'Chat n' Dish'
This next blog tag goes out to Kc Quaretti of 'Chat n' Dish'! She's a multi talented foodie because she cooks, blogs and video's her recipe preparations! She has lots of charisma in front of the camera! She recently won a video contest for Food Channel and will soon host her own food webisodes! It's in the production stages right now and will air soon! Check out her many food videos!


'House of Frolic and Mirth'
  And my third blog tag goes out to Jennifer from 'House of Frolic and Mirth'...a very informative and creative food blog filled with delicious recipes and mouth watering food photos! I got to know Jennifer through the Allrecipes Brand Ambassador Program. She's an active member of
Take a look at her blog and her recipes!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

One Pan Whiskey Pork Chops!

Creamy pork chops with lots of mushrooms! Goes great with mashed potatoes and Italian green beans!. This is a recipe I've made many times and its amazingly good! It's from a foodie named Skystone from Boeme, Texas. This recipe is a big hit with my fellow foodies! Many of my friends have made these pork chops and LOVED them! The picture is from the first time I made this!
One Pan Whiskey Pork Chops
2/3 cup of fat-free sour cream 
1/2 cup of water
2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour 
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt 
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper 
1/2 teaspoon of thyme, dried 
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil 
 4-6 bone-in center cut pork chops, trimmed and seasoned with salt and pepper
1/2 cup of onions, chopped
1 (8-ounce) package of sliced baby bella mushrooms 
1/2 cup of whiskey 

 Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  Combine the sour cream, water, flour, salt, pepper and thyme in a small bowl. Set aside.

 Heat oil in a large, oven-safe skillet over medium high heat.  Add the seasoned pork chops and cook 5 minutes on each side or until golden. You really need to get a good sear on them!

 Remove pork from pan. Add onions and mushrooms and saute for 3 minutes.  Add whiskey and cook for 1 minute or until most of the liquid evaporates.

 Stir sour cream mixture into the pan, return the pork to the pan, and spoon the sauce over the pork.
 Cover the pan with tin foil and bake for 1 hour.
Serve with mashed potatoes and green beans or any of your favorite vegetables.  Spoon the gravy over the pork and the potatoes!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Fruit Focaccia

Delicious fruit focaccia done on pizza dough. Lite and fruity and I loved it! This was posted by a cook named Pleclare who found this in Good Housekeeping. The photo is my own.
Fruit Focaccia

1 Lb. fresh pizza dough-room temp
1 Tbls. olive oil-extra virgin
1 tsp. butter-melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup blueberries-rough chopped
1 cup fresh cherries-pitted and rough chopped
confectioners sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 425. Line 15 1/2 by 10 1/2" jelly roll pan with parchment paper.

On lightly floured surface with floured rolling pin,roll dough to a 14x10" oval. Transfer to prepared pan and reshape. Cover with clean dishtowel and let stand 15 mins
In cup,mix olive oil and butter;brush over dough. Sprinkle dough with 2 Tbls sugar
Bake dough 10 mins. Remove from oven and top with blueberries and cherries;sprinkle with remaining sugar. Return focaccia to the oven;bake 10 to 15 mins longer or till fruit is juicy and dough is browned at edges.
Slide focaccia onto wire rack using parchment paper. Cool slightly to serve warm,or serve at room temperature. To serve,sprinkle focaccia lightly with confectioners' sugar.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Very Addictive Bread!

 Light and fluffy pan bread with a caramelized onion topping! It's so good, I couldn't stop eating it! This took less than 1 hour to make, including prep and bake time! This would be great as a side dish or an appetizer!
 I found this recipe on the Internet...posted by a cook known as 52to64.
And as usual, the photo is my own!
Caramelized Onion Upside-Down Pan Bread

2 large yellow onions
3 tablespoons butter
6 slices bacon 
2 tablespoons brown sugar 
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder 
1 teaspoon kosher salt 
1 teaspoon sugar 
5 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
1 large egg 
1 cup milk (I used 1%) 
1/4 cup corn oil
 Cut the onions in half, then into slices about 1/4-inch wide. Separate into pieces.  
Place 2 tablespoons of butter in a 9 to 10 inch oven proof skillet over medium heat.  Sauté the onions, stirring occasionally, until softened and they begin to caramelize and turn very brown.  This will take about 10 minutes.

 While the onions are cooking, microwave the bacon until crisp.  When cooled, crumble and set aside.

 Remove onions from skillet. Melt remaining butter in the skillet.  Remove from heat.  Sprinkle with brown sugar and return the onions to the pan, covering the bottom evenly.  Sprinkle the crumbled bacon on top of the onions.

In a medium size bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and shredded cheddar. In a seperate bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and oil until thoroughly combined.  Add to the dry ingredients and stir together quickly, but completely. The batter is very thick, almost like a biscuit batter.

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spread the batter, by the spoon full, over the onions evenly. Spread out the batter with the tines of a fork.  Bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out dry. The top of the bread should be browned slightly.
Let stand for five minutes. Then place a serving dish, slightly larger than the bread, over the top of the bread and turn over like an upside down cake.
Slice and serve warm as a side dish or an appetizer 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Recycle Your Pickle Brine!

I remember hearing that you can make a new jar of pickles from your leftover jar of pickle juice (brine), so that's what I did!
I bought my favorite jar of pickles, BA-TAMPTE Garlic Dill pickles, 32 oz size. And when all the pickles were gone, I saved the jar with the leftover brine inside. It was slightly more than 1/2 full. Then I bought some tiny cucumbers, on sale, 12oz package for $1.50, that I washed and sliced in half. I placed them in the jar, added a splash of white vinegar and water, to completely cover the cukes...closed the jar and put it into the fridge for 2 weeks. Then I had a new jar of pickles for 1/2 the price!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Free Gourmet Food Offer!!!

I just love these kinds of offers...who doesn't like free gourmet food?!?!? Well, now Foodzie is offering a free sample food tasting box! Check out all the info at this link **Free Foodzie Offer click here** 

And I can tell you that they have great food because I received one of their tasting boxes when I won it as a prize! Here's the link to that page where I mentioned that...**Foodzie blog post, click here**

I Love Getting Surprises in the Mail!

2 turkey roasting pans, 4 cake pans w/lids, 4 roaster pans w/lids and a T-Shirt

I forgot all about this prize until I received it today! I won these items from this Facebook contest page **Eco-Foil page click here** All I did for this contest was upload this photo of my antipasto recipe, shown inside of a Eco-Foil pan! Then friends voted on my photo! I was in last place for this contest because I entered very late. But I'm very happy with this prize pack! Except for not receiving an apron, which was what they promised! But I'll survive!

Soups On!!!

Here are a few more soups I've tried in the past 4 years from various cooking websites! These are the ones that I've made many times since finding them!

Chicken Tortilla Soup
This is a delicious and easy soup! What is so great about this soup is not only the authentic Mexican flavors but that it can be made and ready to serve in less than an hour! Here is the link to the recipe **click here** The only thing I did differently with this recipe was to cut the chicken cutlets into bite sized pieces and saute them in the spices before adding them into the soup!


This next soup was posted by a member named FizzleNat3 from It's an all time favorite of mine because of the smokey creamy flavors and textures! And it's low fat too! This is another soup that can be made in less than an hour! I'm posting the this recipe the way I made it and using my own photo, as always!

Creamy Kielbasa Soup

1 large carrot, peeled and diced
2 ribs celery, diced
1 small onion, chopped
3 c. water
  2 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 tsp. chicken bouillon 
8 oz. low fat smoked kielbasa - chopped
1/2 pkg. refrigerated sauerkraut, drained and rinced
1 1/2 cups fat free sour cream 
 Pinch of salt and pepper

In a small amount of butter, saute carrot, celery, onion, and a dash of salt until vegetables are softened.
Add water, potatoes and chicken bouillon. Boil until potatoes are just about tender; 5 - 7 min.
Add smoked kielbasa and sauerkraut. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium low, and simmer about 5 min. or until potatoes are tender.
Remove about 1 c. of cooking liquid from soup along with about 1/2 cup of the potato chunks. Mash the potato chunks and stir together with sour cream in a small bowl; add back the liquid with the potato mash to the soup, along with the sour cream. Heat through. Taste for seasoning. Add salt and pepper if needed.
Serve warm!
Serves 4


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Perfect 'Comfort Soup' Weather!

When its cold outside there's nothing better than a warm bowl of hearty, stick to your ribs, soup! This is my 'go to' soup recipe! It's not only 'souper' (lol) easy, but it's also 'souper' quick...and it tastes like you cooked it all day!

Cowboy Soup


1 pound ground beef 
1 onion, chopped 
1 (16-ounce) can pork and beans in tomato sauce 
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained 
1 tablespoon jarred pickled jalapeno rings, minced 
1 1/2 cups beef broth or vegetable broth
1 tablespoon chili powder 
1 teaspoon salt 
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup wagon wheel pasta 
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, to serve ontop


1. Brown ground beef and onion until beef is well cooked. Drain fat.
2. Add beans, tomatoes and liquid, minced jalapenos, beef broth, chili powder, salt and pepper.  Simmer for about 30 minutes.
3. Add pasta and continue to simmer until pasta is cooked, about 10 more minutes.
Serve with shredded cheddar on top.

I found the Cowboy Soup recipe on, posted by a member named Wynnebaer. I posted this recipe the way I made it! But I always double all the ingredients because I love to have leftovers! As written above, it will make 4-6 large sized bowls as a main course!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Do You Love to Win Prizes Everyday?

Cuisinart Ice-Cream Maker

Well, if you do, you just have to check out this Facebook page! **Relish Facebook Page** I won 2 prizes this week! And it was so easy! I just joined the Relish recipe site, **Click Here** Then I added some of my recipes to the site! Check their Facebook page daily for giveaways! Then just post the link to a recipe from their recipe site, to the giveaway post and your done! They post the giveaway every morning at 9:30 CST...and you find out the winner everyday at about 5:30 CST. They usually pick about 3-5 winners for each prize! I won these two prizes...not too shabby! The giveaways will be starting again on Monday Feb. 13th...they're taking a break over the weekend! And there will only be three more days of giveaways, so don't miss out! Please comeback and let us know what you win!

Crock-Pot Slow Cooker

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Do You Remember This Free Offer?

I mentioned this offer in my blog recently **Click Here** and it arrived in the mail today!  It's a nice little sample of some unique gourmet food items! I taste tested them, of course, and they were VERY good! If you didn't get yours yet, I'm sure you will soon! It was delivered Priority Mail from USPS.

Click on photo to enlarge

Just don't forget to cancel your membership, if you no longer wish to receive future packages or else you will be billed for those packages! They are suppose to send out reminders before they ship anymore boxes! But just in can contact them at this email address

 *~*~*~* UPDATE*~*~*~*
I just found out that others can still get a free tasting box like the one I received! That company is running the free promotion again! This time the coupon code is FBFAN. So, if anyone wants one, just go to this link and order one...
**Click here**
Hurry because this new offer ends on 2/28/12

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Great Item for Wine Drinkers!

I love my wine! And I just love wine gadgets! Well, I opened a gift box that contained 2 bottles of wine...and included in the gift box was this handy little item! This is called a 'Drip Ring'. I had never seen one of these before, but I loved it! This goes around the neck of a wine bottle to catch the drips! I don't know why I've never seen this before! And I don't know why it's not sold in every liquor store because I would have bought these a long time ago! This is how I usually keep the wine drips contained. I cut the paper towel into a heart shape in honor of the upcoming holiday! I usually just tie the paper towel around the neck of the bottle like a bow tie...which is cute! I call it a 'Bottle Bib'...But the 'Drip Ring' is so much neater looking! The only problem I can see with the ring is that it may accidentally get thrown out with the wine bottle! Which is another reason why I wish every liquor store would sell them!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Heart Shaped Hard Boiled Eggs!

When I saw this idea I just had to give it a try!
 I just thought it was so cute!
 So I tried this today!
My teen daughter LOVED it! I guess I'm a cool Mom now! But that won't last long!
I found the egg idea on this blog link...**Heart Eggs**

Here's the photos of my egg!

This is how it looks when the warm peeled egg is being molded into the heart shape! Only takes about 10 minutes! I covered the cardboard with plastic wrap to make sure the egg didn't stick to it!

Before slicing in half

And Viola...a adorable heart shaped hard boiled egg!

See how easy! Try it, you'll love it!

Snow Grapes!!!

I'd never heard of this recipe until I saw it on It sounded like such a refreshing fruit salad and it was so very easy to I knew I just had to try it! Well, it was the talk of the party! It's healthy too! And low fat, which is always a plus! I'm posting the recipe with the changes I made (as suggested by an AR member named SunnyByrd)...
Snow Grapes


4 pounds seedless grapes - red & green
1 cup sour cream - low fat
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese - low fat
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
zest of one orange


Remove grapes from stems, rinse, and set aside to dry. Mix together the sour cream, cream cheese, white sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Fold in grapes until evenly coated. Chill overnight before serving. Sprinkle the top of the salad with the orange zest before serving! This is a must!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

I Need Help!!!! Please Help!!!

I need to come up with an original recipe using Fiber One cereal! This is for an activity in the Allstar program....details in this link, Allstar Program Info
It can be any type of recipe! Entree, appetizer, dessert, breakfast, anything!
I would love any ideas you can please feel free to leave a comment with your ideas! I'm really stumped with this activity! But I love Fiber One, so it should be fun! I will gladly mention the name of whoever sends me a recipe idea that I use! Here is a recipe that I'm required to try by the manufacturer...Chocolate Peanut Butter Haystacks *click here for recipe*
I will be receiving a box of this cereal in the mail and I'm looking forward to trying that recipe!


One of my fellow Allstar's came up with this smart recipe! A healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie...*click here for recipe*
I think I'll be trying this one! It sounds amazingly good!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Valentine's Day is Coming!

Are you ready? Here's a delicious gift to give someone who loves gourmet candy apples! 'Tastee Apples'... these are chocolate covered with a layer of caramel under the chocolate! The one on the right is covered in crushed pecans and its HUGE! Its the size of a very large grapefruit! I received this as a gift for being an active member of the website! The more active you are on their site the more points you collect! Then you can cash in the points for free gifts! Or you can order these apples through them! Here are the links to their website and Facebook page! Tastee Apple website - click here or Tastee Apple Facebook - click here And if you want to place an order for Valentine's Day, take a look at this deal from Tastee Apple...


This next dessert was a recipe I tried a few years ago! It is perfect for Valentine's Day! It was very easy to make and decorate! And also very easy to eat! Delicious!
Matrimonial Bliss
 I made half the recipe and put it in 4 cupcakes cups. I made it as written except I used strawberry jam and walnuts instead of rhubarb and coconut. I highly recommend this wonderful dessert. I garnished it with melted white chocolate ganache and then carved 2 hearts out of frozen whole strawberries!


  • 5/8 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup rhubarb jam
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 10 inch round cake pan.
Place butter or margarine, brown sugar, flour, oatmeal, coconut, egg and baking soda in a bowl and mix well. Put 2/3 of the batter in the prepared pan then spread the rhubarb jam over it. Pat the remaining dough over the top.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 to 45 minutes.
This recipe is from

I'm always willing to try these kinds of unique and interesting recipes! If anyone has some 'tried and true' recipes like these, I would love to see them! Please send the recipes to me at the email address listed in the 'About Me' section of this page! I would love to try them, and add them to this blog! 
Thank you!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Fun Desserts!

I'm always looking for desserts that are out of the ordinary! That's why I knew I had to try these next two recipes! The first recipe is called 'Surprise Inside Cupcakes' and what I love about the recipe is that's it's a 'made from scratch' batter, plus you can customize the cupcake to your liking! The surprise inside has so many options! I've tried it with chocolate covered caramels, chocolate peanut butter cups and chocolate covered peppermints! All were perfect for this cupcake. You can also use whatever flavor cake you like. I've made these cupcakes in chocolate just by adding about 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the batter.


The second dessert recipe is so unique and interesting because it's made with a can of tomato soup. I've never heard of such a thing but this recipe got great reviews! It's fun to see every one's expression when they find out about the tomato soup...but I never tell them until after they take the first bite! This cake tastes very much like a carrot cake or a spice cake! It's delicious! I like to glaze it with a sweet cream cheese frosting!



1 1/8 cups all purpose flour 
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk, any kind (I used 1%)
Hershey's chocolate kisses
vanilla frosting, or any flavor you like

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line muffin tin with cupcake papers.  You will need about 8 to 10.  Fill the empty ones half way with water so that the pan doesn't burn.

2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, cream both sugars with the butter.  Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.  Beat in the flour mixture, alternating with the milk.  Mix until just incorporated.

4. Fill muffin cups 1/3 full.  Place a chocolate kiss in the center. Top with more batter until 2/3 full.

5. Bake on center rack for 18 - 20 minutes or until the center of cupcake springs back when lightly touched.  Remove from oven and let cool completely before frosting.

Note: This recipe only makes about 8-10 cupcakes, but you can double all the ingredients to make more.  I've done that with no problems at all!



2 tablespoon butter
1 cup sugar 
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 can tomato soup
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Cream the butter and sugar, add in the egg and beat.

2. Dissolve the baking soda in the tomato soup.

3. Sift together the flour, cinnamon and cloves.  Mix with the butter/sugar mixture.  Add the soup.  Pour into a buttered 8x8x2-inch pan.

4. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes.  Test for doneness.  Let cool and top either with powdered sugar or cream cheese frosting.
This cake tastes best when served cold, not warm!