Category Archives: Recipes

Tired of making the same thing? Try something new. I’ve searched, created, and tested all these recipes to make sure they were delicious. My family were the guinea pigs so that your family didn’t have to be.

Tasty Tuesday: Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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Over the weekend my brother gave me a recipe for these amazingly delicious cauliflower bites that he made when he was in school. Apparently during his life skills class they made all these different and easy recipes and this was one of the ones that he kept. And after trying this recipe myself I could see why he loved….and so I decided to share.The recipe is right off the Frank’s RedHot website recipe but I will be honest….I only had Texas Pete’s hot sauce and it was still really good. So if I were you I would just use your favorite bottle of hot sauce. Enjoy!!

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Tasty Tuesday : Cream Cheese Pecan Pie

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Cream Cheese Pecan Pie… this pie has become my favorite pie. It is pretty much a combination of cheesecake and a pecan pie and I love it. The best part is that you can make it in a toaster oven which is great! This is so easy to make and it will easily became a family favorite for you.

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Tasty Tuesday: Health Potato Skins

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There used to be this show on Lifetime called Cook Yourself Thin and they had some really delicious recipes that were kind of healthy. This recipe comes from a cookbook that they put out and I promise you will not be disappointed. I personally use the microwave to bake my sweet potato but you can of course do it in the oven, I just like to save time where possible. Below you will find the Cook Yourself Thin recipe…enjoy 🙂

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Tasty Tuesday: Apple Walnut Bundt

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This cake is one of my favorites! It is so easy to make and really looks so pretty when you cut into it. I originally found this recipe on food network and just couldn’t resists. Their chef Giada created this Apple Walnut cake and it just looked delicious. Of course I have the habit of adding my own twist to recipes and let me just say this was a hit.

I have the tendency to always add a slight bit more vanilla than recommended but that is because I think it helps to round out the delicious flavors. Make sure that you taste your batter and adjust the vanilla to the level that you like. This is her basic recipe and again feel free to adjust the amount of vanilla extract. For the batter i used an additional 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and it was tasty. For the frosting make sure that you add water to get it to the consistency that you like. Start off with less water and slowly add more, by adding a little at a time you will make sure that you don’t make it thinner than you like.

For more cake ideas for a nice holiday party scroll down to the bottom.

Apple walnut Happy Baking!

Cake:
3 medium green apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored and diced into 1/4 to 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2 cups maple syrup
3 eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup chopped walnuts
 
Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tablespoon water, plus extra, as needed 
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 
 
Directions

1.     For the cake: Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally butter and flour a 10-inch fluted tube or Bundt pan. Set aside.

2.     In a large bowl, mix together the apples, maple syrup, eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt. In batches, mix the dry ingredients into the apple mixture. Stir in the walnuts. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes and invert onto a wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.

For the icing: In a food processor or with a hand mixer, combine the powdered sugar, heavy cream, cream cheese, 3 tablespoons water, and vanilla. Process until smooth, adding more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the icing is pourable. Spoon the icing over the cake and allow to set for 20 minutes before slicing.

 

For More dessert recipes try:
Pumpkin and Maple Frosting
Cream cheese Pecan Pie
Carrot Cake
 

Tasty Tuesday: Taco Pie

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I am a sucker for easy dinner recipes and this one is so simple you can do it in your sleep…but of course I do NOT recommend that 🙂 . This is what I call taco pie but it may have another name. The easiest thing about this recipe is that you are using crescent rolls to make it instead of taco shells.  After the “pie” bakes I like to fill the center with my favorite taco fillings like lettuce, cheese, salsa etc so that when you cut into it you get a little of everything. Hope you enjoy it!

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Tasty Tuesday: Coconut Curry Shrimp

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So I love trying new recipes and have a secret obsession with cookbooks. Thank goodness for my kindle or I would have cook books everywhere! This delicious recipe comes from Ree Drummond and it is really delicious! I had no choice but to adapt the recipe when I found out I had no limes in the house. Below you will find a copy of her recipe minus the lime. I will admit that I added more Sriracha to the recipe because I like it spicy.  I also added cornstarch to the recipe just to thicken the sauce a little. I do not like my curry to be runny. I like it thick. So here is the recipe, but like I always say tweak it to your taste. Ultimately it is just a guideline. Oh and I served this over Jasmine rice and some veggies but you can do whatever you like. ~Enjoy and happy cooking~ 

 

Coconut curry shrimp

Tasty Tuesday: Salted Caramel Frosting

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There is a story behind why I tried to create a salted caramel frosting. I was at this session learning about the healthcare ICD10 codes and was trying to convince one of the main guys to let us leave early because I had to drive 2 hours all the way back home and I did not want to hit rush hour. So we struck a deal. He would see if he could cut the training short and in return he wanted salted caramel cupcakes. And so a delicious recipe was born. The recipe is down below and I seriously recommend using it on chocolate cake and drizzling the top of the frosting with even more of the salted caramel and chopped pecans. It really kicks it up a notch.

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Tasty Tuesday: Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells

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I love stuffed shells, I could seriously eat a pan by myself. Most people make them with cheese and a red sauce, but after trying Sandra Lee’s recipe it is hard to go back to that. This recipe is so delicious and honestly simple to make. A little cheat is to use a rotisserie chicken for the meat instead of having to cook the chicken yourself. It makes the whole process a lot smoother. Seriously, this is a delicious dinner and once you have these shells it will be hard to go back to the original.

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Tasty Tuesday: Chocolate Icebox cake

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I am apparently one of those people who have lived under a rock all my life. The first time I ever had icebox cake was 5 years ago when Chris gave me a piece and I fell in love. Of course I never attempted to make my own before because his mom always made it on the holidays so why make it? Well, Chris and I will celebrating holidays in our own place soon so it was time to learn how to make this. The first time I tried to make this I used instant pudding and while it was a tasty parfait it certainly could not be called a cake. So that is the most important part to this cake….use the pudding that you have to boil on the stove! Do not make the same mistake I did. Oh and tip #2 let it set overnight! So lets get to it! below you will find a picture of the recipe and if you click it then you will be able to print it out. Let me know how your icebox cake comes out 🙂

~Happy Caking 😉 ~

Chocolate Icebox cake recipe

 

Tasty Tuesday: Irish Potato Candies (no potatoes involved)

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It is almost St. Patrick’s day and that means it is time to start making some potato candies! And no there are no potatoes involved at all, they are just called like that  because they look like potatoes because of the cinnamon. The picture makes them look big but they are about the size of the tip of your thumb.The recipe is really easy too. They are mainly cream cheese, coconut, and cinnamon with a couple of other things. They really are different from a regular candy but they are tasty. As usual, you can add or reduce the ingredient to tweak it just the way you like it. Have fun with it and share it on St. Patrick’s day.

This recipe will give you a few dozen of these candies depending on how big you make them. Scroll to the bottom of the page to get the printable version of the recipe.

Ingredients:
1/4 Cup softened butter
4 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
1 Teaspoon of vanilla extract
8 oz. Confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
1- 1 1/2 cup of sweetened flaked coconut *add more for a stronger coconut flavor
2 Tablespoons of cinnamon
 
Directions:

1. In a large bowl cream together the cream cheese and the butter. Make sure that they are well combined.

2. Add the vanilla extract and slowly pour in the confectioners sugar in small batches. I find that it is easier to get everything well combined if you just add the confectioner sugar a little at a time. You want it to create a dough. Once you notice that it creates a nice smooth ball you can stop mixing.

3. Stir in the coconut flakes with a spoon.

4. Take the dough and roll them into small balls, they don’t have to be perfect, remember they need to look like small potatoes.

5. Roll each little ball in the cinnamon and place them on a cookie sheet. (I line mine with wax paper or parchment paper for easier clean up).  Chill them for 1 hour.

6. Eat!

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