Thursday, June 30, 2011

Moon Cake

MOON CAKE - (Best Eclaire Dessert, and easy, too!)
1 1/4 C. Water
1/2 C. + 2 T. Butter
1 1/4 C. Flour
5 eggs
Bring water and butter to a boil; take from stove, add flour and stir with a whisk til smooth. Add eggs one at a time. Spread on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool.
2, 8 oz. Cream Cheese
2 Lg Instant Vanilla pudding
5 1/2 C. Milk
Mix 1/2 at a time in the blender. (I usually put the cream cheese in the microwave for 30 sec. to soften--my friend has broken 2 blenders making this dessert!) Cream cheese is lumpy if not combined in blender. Combine all in a large mixing bowl. Spread over crust. Cover with Cool Whip and drizzle with Hershey's chocolate syrup. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Corn Salsa


One of my most favorite things to eat is a Barbacoa Fajita Burrito from Chipotle. I'm a total wimp when it comes to bringing on the heat, but I honestly cannot get enough of the corn salsa (the medium salsa) that they will put on my burrito.

After some investigating, I found a couple knock-offs and just did my best to combine what I liked. The grown-ups in our house devoured the stuff.

"Chipotle" Corn Salsa
12-14 oz. cooked corn (I used frozen but cannot wait until the end of July when real corn is in season and I'll roast it first)
1 small red onion
2 jalapenos (no seeds or veins for mild, add veins and seeds for heat)
2 small vine ripe tomatoes (you could probably do without these if you wanted)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
Juice from 2 limes
Salt and pepper to taste

Chop, mix, chill for a couple of hours.

Eat it all in about 10 minutes.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Spaghetti to make an army feel full

It's my mom's recipe, but it's a keeper.  It's so good that my father-in-law requested it for his Father's Day dinner.  If I were able to make dinner requests, spaghetti is probably the last thing I'd ask for (give me some braised meat and perfect potatoes), but it was yummy.

Judy's Spaghetti (serves 4-6 adults and 2 kids)
1 pound hamburger
1 pound pork sausage
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh crushed garlic
2 jars pasta sauce of your choice (or sauce from scratch if you've got it)

pasta of choice

1.  Start boiling water for your pasta.
2.  Put a large skillet on high heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
3.  Add garlic to heated oil and then quickly add hamburger and pork sausage before the garlic starts to burn.
4.  Brown the meat.  Add sugar and balsamic vinegar.  cook the meat until all the moisture is cooked out.
5.  Add your pasta sauce.  Mix together and let simmer on low for 10-15 minutes, as long as it takes for your pasta to boil.
6.  Cook your pasta.

Eat and enjoy.
Serve with garlic bread and Caesar salad.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A little bit of baking

May was a big month for baking in our house. Here are a few of the tasty treats.


First up, pink lemonade cupcakes for a friends, daughters birthday. After a lot of tasty experiments, I ended up using a white cake mix, doctored up with my secret doctoring concoction, with an additional ingredient of almost an entire can of pink lemonade concentrate into the batter.

And the frosting, a basic butter cream with about 1/3 cup of thawed pink lemonade for extra pucker.


For my mother-in-law's birthday I went with a chocolate caramel cake. The trick to making this one absolutely delish....almost 24 hours in the refrigerator. There is just something about a chilled cake that makes it so much more dense and wonderful. Try it next time, you'll be absolutely amazed.


Next up, the husband's birthday. For this we went with a rich vanilla cake and milk chocolate frosting. Holy cow it was yummy.


The most fabulous creation was next, for my birthday. I wish that I would have taken a picture of the inside of this cake, it was gorgeous. I wanted a cake that tasted like a chocolate malt so that's just what I fixed. I started with a yellow cake mix and added about 4 tablespoons of malt powder. Then I divided the mix evenly and added about 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder to one half, making it chocolate. I cold have added some melted chocolate chips, too but I didn't think about that until later.

So, the cake was a decadent chocolate malt marble cake. And such a cake wouldn't be complete with out chocolate malted frosting as well. This was an absolute bomb of a cake and may have been the tastiest thing I've ever made or eaten. And, I made it really small, a 6" round which was perfect because once my guests and I were served, there wasn't anything left. This was not something that my waistline needed a second helping of, even though after several glasses of milk, my taste buds were craving more.


And finally, the baking ended this past weekend. My brother earned his Eagle Scout award and my mother commissioned me for 100 Eagle Scout cupcakes to serve as refreshments. I found an eagle scout candy mold and made the little cakes as patriotic as I could muster. They were vanilla with chocolate frosting, milk chocolate with chocolate frosting and chocolate chocolate chip with vanilla bean frosting.


I gained 5 pounds just writing this post. If you want more details on cakes and recipes, just send me an e-mail.