Friday, February 17, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Cake

I don't make cinnamon rolls from scratch, so this was a perfect alternative for me.
Cake Portion:
3 c. of flour
1/4 tsp. of salt
1 c. of granulated sugar
4 tsp. of baking powder
1 1/2 c. of milk
2 eggs
2 tsp. of vanilla(I always do like 3 cause I loves me some vanilla)
1/2 c. of melted butter

Cinnamon Mixture:
1 c. of butter, softened(yes, this calls for a lot of butter :)
1 c. of brown sugar
2 Tbsp. of flour
1 Tbsp. of cinnamon

2 c. of powdered sugar
5 Tbsp. of milk
1(or 2) tsp. of vanilla

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 13x9 pan.  Mix all of the cake ingredients together, EXCEPT for the melted butter, in a mixer until it becomes smooth.  Slowly stir in the melted butter at this time.  Pour all of the cake batter into the pan.  Set aside.  Next combine ALL of the cinnamon mixture ingredients.  Mix until smooth.  Plop(yes, I said plop) spoonfuls of the mixture onto the cake batter.  Swirl with a knife until it looks all pretty and a little bit more evenly dispersed. Bake in the oven for about 28-32 minutes.
While the cake is baking make the glaze.  Put all of the glaze ingredients into a measuring pitcher and mix with a fork until smooth.  Once the cake is done baking, let it sit for about 10 minutes, then pour the glaze evenly over the cake.  Let it cool for about another 5 minutes and serve.  Reheat when you eat the leftovers, it's like reliving the whole experience of the first bite.  Enjoy!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

2-Ingredient Fudge

Another quick and easy treat to make!
1 tub of frosting(I used vanilla, but I have also done this with caramel)
1 pkg of white chocolate chips(when I did the caramel frosting I used milk chocolate chips)
2 tsp. of raspberry extract

In a medium to large mixing bowl dump the entire little tub of frosting.  Add the raspberry extract and mix well.  In a small saucepan over the lowest heat, melt the whole bag of chips.  I don't do a double-boiler or the microwave.  I simply put my burner on its lowest heat and stir constantly until becomes smooth.  This works great, actually.  Then add the melted chips to the mixing bowl and immediately start mixing with a mixer until it is completely mixed and smooth, almost fluffy.  Grab a cookie sheet and some wax paper.  Lay the wax paper on the cookie sheet and tape it to the ends of the cookie sheet.  Dump the fudge mixture onto the cookie sheet and spread it until it is about 1/2-1/3 in. think all over.  You can do some sort of design if you want or add sprinkles.  There is no need to spread this too the edges of the pan, it will not reach.  Stick the fudge into the fridge for about 20-30 minutes.  Cut and serve.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Strawberry Cherry Chip Cookies

These are so quick and simple to make!!
1 box of strawberry cake mix
1 bag of cherry chips(I found them at Walmart, I have also seen them at Target)
2 eggs
1/3 c. of oil(vegetable or canola)

Heat your oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large bowl or mixer combine the oil and eggs.  Then gradually add the cake mix.  Once these are completely mixed add the chips.  Spoon out Tbsp.-sized spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet.  Bake for 8-10.  Cool.  Enjoy!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Chicken Parmesan Casserole/Bake

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
2 Cloves of Garlic, crushed or2 tsp. of garlic powder
Hot red pepper flakes, to taste
4-6 boneless chicken breasts, halved
2 cups of marinara sauce
1/4 c. chopped fresh basil or 1 Tbsp. dry basil
1 c. of shredded mozzarella
1/2 c. of shredded Parmesan
1 6 oz. pkg. of garlic croutons

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a 13x9 baking dish, drizzle the olive oil in the bottom of the pan, add the garlic and pepper flakes.  Mix it up a bit and spread it around.  Then lay the halved chicken breasts so that they are spread out evenly in the pan.  Cover the chicken with the marinara sauce.  Sprinkle the basil all over the chicken.  Then cover the chicken with about 2/3 of the cheeses.  Sprinkle the entire bag of croutons evenly over the chicken.  Then sprinkle the rest of the cheeses on top of the croutons.  Bake uncovered in the oven for about 35 minutes.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Burritos-Danielle Style

1-1 1/2 lbs. of ground turkey
1 can of re-fried beans
1 can of diced tomatoes
1/4 c. of fresh cilantro
1 Tbsp. chili powder
3 tsp. of cumin
3 tsp. of onion powder
3 tsp. of garlic powder
2 Tbsp. of Cholula hot sauce
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups of shredded Mexican-style cheese
10 burrito(lg.) tortillas

Heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large skillet or non-stick frying pan brown your ground turkey.  As this gets closer to being done add your tomatoes and seasonings(except the cilantro).  Let them simmer for a minute or two then add you re-fried beans.  Continue to cook and stir until the beans are completely incorporated into the meat mixture.  Let it simmer for about 2-3 minutes.  Heat up your tortillas in the microwave on high for about 1 1/2 minutes.  Turn off your burner and add the cilantro and mix that in.  When you fill your tortillas put a small handful of cheese in and then a spoonful(pretty good-sized) of your meat and beans.   Fold/roll your tortillas and lay the burritos in a lightly greased(like cooking spray) 13x9 dish.  You should have a total of about 8-10 burritos.  They can even be slightly layered when trying to fit them in.  Cover your dish with aluminum foil and bake in your oven for 20 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Cajun Cilantro Chicken Tacos(by Dylan and Holly)

1 1/2 lbs. of chicken, chopped
1-2 Tbsp. (depending on how flavorful you want it) of any Cajun seasoning
1 Tbsp. of canola or vegetable oil
Shredded Mexican cheeses of your choice
Fresh Cilantro
Black Beans(1 can drained and rinsed)
Sour Cream
White Corn Tortillas

In a frying pan(med. to med. high) heat up your oil then add your chicken.  Add your Cajun seasoning and cook the up the chicken until it is fully cooked.
While this is going on, pull out the old griddle pan(this is the fastest way to do this) and turn your burners to medium.  Throw on(not literally) as many tortillas as will fit.  Heat for about 30sec. on one side then flip for another 30sec. until they are heated through.  Put them on a plate and cover them with foil.
Feeding time!!: Grab a tortilla, put some sour cream(adding this first makes everything stay in better), then chicken and your other toppings.  Enjoy!  Repeat 2-3 more times as you will not be able to stop eating these!!