June 26, 2010

What are you doing for July 4?

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Last year for July 4th we went to Cranberry Lake and spent the day with my parents, my mom's sisters and their families.  It was cold, damp and so not like the 4th of July.  However, we had lots of good food and family to spend the time with.  That is what makes the holiday seem the best!

This year, I am not really sure what we are doing.  I do know that whatever we do, I hope to spend some time with family.  Even if it is here at home having our own BBQ.  I've been thinking about what to make but am coming up kind of blank.  I would like to make something different from what I have made before and am hoping you can help!?  I would love for you to leave me a comment letting me know what your favorite 4th of July meal/treat would be and if you have a link to the recipe, feel free to leave that too!

I will leave you with links to some recipes I have made in the past that I feel appropriate for the July 4th holiday. 

June 22, 2010

Chili Cheese Dogs

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I was inspired.  By my blogging friend Rachelle ;o)  Speaking of whom - if you haven't been to her blog and entered her cool giveaway from Sunglass Warehouse Store, then make sure you head over there - after your done reading this of course.  ;o)  (don't worry Rachelle, I am going to enter too, I just haven't yet)

Ok, I got a little off track there.  Rachelle inspired me.  To make chili dogs.  On Facebook I ask what's for dinner pretty much every day - and not too long ago Rachelle said she made chili dogs.  I hadn't stopped thinking about them since.  I'm not a hot dog person really, but put some chili, cheese & onion on it, I'll eat it happily.  I made my own chili with ingredients I had on hand.  At first I thought it was spicy enough but after it sat for a day - I don't think so.  I would add more chili powder or a jalapeno or something to the mix next time. 

Chili Cheese Dogs
ala HoneyB

1.25 lbs ground beef
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 red pepper, diced
1 can Bush's Beans in Chili Sauce
1 can Rotel Diced Tomatoes with Peppers
2 cups Prego Spaghetti Sauce **
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder (more if you like it spicy)

Hofman hot dogs, preferably grilled (Grumpy says these are the best and I have to agree - since I will eat these and really, I won't eat any other hotdog unless its vegetarian)
Hot dog rolls
shredded cheddar cheese
diced onion

The chili is easy.  brown the hamburger with some onion and red pepper.  Drain any excess fat.  Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer uncovered 15-20 minutes .  Use as topping for hot dogs or enjoy on its own!  I took some to work today, topped with cheddar cheese, warmed up it was nice and gooey on top and delicious!

Assemble the dog as such:
Bun, dog, chili, cheese, onions.  Or mix it up your own way :o)  Grumpy put so much topping on, he had to eat his with a fork.  I ate mine with my hands - I like things dainty and neat - exactly what my chili dog was!

**The spaghetti sauce was because I had no tomato sauce and it is an idea from my DIL Kristina who actually makes the best chili I have had.  I'm not sure if it is Prego she uses when she makes her chili, but that is usually what I buy when I buy sauce.  Maybe someday I can get her to do her recipe for you!

June 21, 2010

Blueberries in scones

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I am always in happy land when blueberries are around.  :-) 

A few days ago I got even happier.  AJ left a comment on my blog that directed me to his blog - AJ's Cooking Secrets.  

Which is where I saw the recipe for these blueberry scones.  I immediately knew what I would be using the blueberries I had just bought for!  AJ made Tyler Florence's recipe for blueberry scones.  I went to the Food Network site and read the reviews on Tyler's scones.  Several people were having trouble with them being dry (AJ had this problem too) - but me?  I have to be different you know?  I had a problem with them being too wet!  ha ha.  Could be because I didn't use heavy cream.  

I think I was better off with a wetter dough - because I used fresh blueberries and they didn't crush because of the wetter dough.   In any case, they were yummy (Justin ate quite a few!).  Much better the morning you make them however - so plan to have company!

Blueberry Scones
Adapted from Tyler Florence Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut in chunks
1/2 cup International Delight Sugar-Free French Vanilla Creamer
1/2 cup 2% milk
1 heaping cup fresh blueberries

Juice of one large lemon
grated rind of lemon
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar (more if needed)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter to coat the pieces with the flour until crumbly.  Make a well in the center and pour in the creamer and milk. Fold everything together just to incorporate; do not overmix the dough. Fold the blueberries into the batter. Take care not to mash or bruise the blueberries
Press the dough out on a lightly floured baking stone , forming circle.  If your dough was wet like mine you may need to use more flour to prevent sticking.  Cut into 8 pieces (like you would a pie) and carefully separate scones so they do not touch.   Brush the tops with a little of the creamer . Bake for 15 to 20 minutes Let the scones cool slightly before you apply the glaze.

To make the glaze, mix the juice, rind and powdered sugar together.  I added 1/4 cup of sugar at a time until the glaze was a good consistency to drizzle over the scones.

**The leftover glaze is delicious drizzled over a fresh fruit salad!

June 19, 2010

Grumpy & me

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I love my husband.  I'm sure you already have that figured out if you have been reading my blog for any length of time.  He's not perfect (neither am I) but he is perfect for me.  He might be Grumpy but he can also be loving in a surprising amount of ways.  Like when I roll over and face the other direction in bed - and he reaches over to lay his hand on my arm.  And keeps it there.  Like when we are watching a movie together and he will come sit on the couch beside me, reach over and take my hand and say "You know, your not too bad for an old buzzard." .  There is also the time I came home from work to find he had found the toothbrush holder and shower head to match our bathroom.  Or even the night he kissed me in my sleep.  :)  How could I not love him?  When he obviously loves me.  He has a tough exterior and many wouldn't know he has a soft heart.   Let me tell you all.  He's not all that bad.  :-)

It has been almost 10 years since our first date....where I thought he stood me up.  We were meeting at the theater to go see "The Others".  I got there and I waited.   I waited some more.  Then, I waited a little longer.  I got up and went to my car figuring he had stood me up.  I sat behind my wheel and thought why am I out here?  You see, I didn't just go to be with Grumpy.  I also went because I wanted to see the movie!  I got back out of my car and headed into the mall.  As I was walking in from the back entrance, there was Grumpy-walking into the front entrance.  He had a flat tire on the way to meet me.  He wasn't standing me up at all.  I guess we were just meant to be.

We have been married for 6 years now.  Not really all that long when I think about it.  But we have been through a lot together in that short amount of time.  Still going through a lot.  Through it all though, my love for him is still strong.  His happiness or pain, it is all mine too.  I will stand beside him for the rest of my life.  No matter what happens.

Happy Anniversary Grumpy.  I love you.......too.  ;o)

 These were supposed to be my first ever Red Velvet Cupcake.  Well, they turned out not so red because after I started to make them I found I didn't have any red food coloring!  So, I added some pink.  Close enough.  Like these cupcakes, things aren't always perfect with Grumpy and me.  But also like these cupcakes - I love him anyway.  Sometimes the best things in life come with some of the hardest times to deal with.  However, we can sweeten that pot some.  With love.....and cupcakes.  :)

Not So Red Velvet Cupcakes
adapted from Allrecipes.com Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe

1-1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup dutch process cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk
1 ounce bottle Red Food Color (or be like me and use pink!)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:
2 oz  cream cheese, softened
1/8 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Confectioner's sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.
Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in sour cream, milk, food color and vanilla. Gradually mix in flour mixture on low speed until just blended.  Scoop batter into 12  paper-lined muffin cups.  I used a large cookie scoop - and filed the cups about 2/3 full.  Bake 20-25 minutes (mine went about 23 minutes).  Cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting, mix cream cheese, butter, sour cream and vanilla until smooth.  Mix in approximately 1-1/2 cups confectioner's sugar.  Adding more if needed to make frosting the consistency you like.  Enjoy!

June 17, 2010

Blueberry addiction

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Blueberry Muffin?

  I was lucky enough to buy a pint of blueberries for only $1.50 the other day.  I knew if I didn't so something with them quickly I would just sit and eat the whole pint.  Yeah.  I do things like that.  Once I start on them, I don't want to stop.  My son Justin seems to take after me when it comes to blueberries. (inside joke ;o)  he he).  Lately they have been curing my sweet tooth.  Well, a little bit anyway.. 

One of my "things" I like to do when recipe hunting is go to allrecipes.com and peruse the photos to vote on for that day.  I click on each photo and if I like what I see I go to the recipe.  If it is a great photo I always vote.  You can do that....vote on several photos.  That is how I found the To Die for Blueberry Muffin Recipe.  I tweaked it just a wee bit by adding almond extract and omitted the crumb topping.  Don't shoot me yet!.  I love crumb topping but I just wasn't in the mood for it that day.  Instead I made an almond flavored drizzle for the top.  Not a bad decision in my opinion! They turned out beautifully - in looks and taste!  I'm definitely keeping this one around.

To Die for Blueberry Muffins - made HoneyB's way
adapted from allrecipes.com

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/3 cup milk
1 heaping cup fresh blueberries
Icing Drizzle:
1/2 Tablespoon butter
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract 
1/2 Tablespoon milk (add more if needed)

Melt butter, stir in sugar, almond extract and milk.  Drizzle over top of cooled muffins.

June 15, 2010

White Castle-Like Sliders, found in NNY....as long as your at HoneyB's!

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Sliders are my favorite way to eat a burger of any type.  The size is just perfect for me - and it is perfect for when your watching what you eat also!  It is easy to eat one s.l.o.w.l.y.  and be satisfied.  At least for me it is.  :o)  Now, I have to tell you that I have never had a White Castle burger of any kind.  The place doesn't exist in New York State - that I know of.  I wasn't sure what to expect but I must say, it was pretty darn good!

I saw this recipe on Robin Sue's blog Big Red Kitchen last year when she made them (Thanks Robin Sue!!).  Don't ask me why or how it took me so long to finally make them myself.  I know it won't be the last time!  I think these would be fun to serve at a small party and I also think they would travel well - and that they would warm in the oven wrapped in foil well too!

This is really quick to throw together.  I took Robin Sue's recipe and cut it in half - since it is just Grumpy & me we didn't need 12 sliders!  I also used red onion flakes (made by Litehouse and oh so good!) and Morton's Nature's Seasoning Blend instead of seasoned salt (less sodium)

White Castle-Like Burgers
adapted from Big Red Kitchen

If you make this as a half recipe it is likely it will serve 2 - 3 people.  Grumpy had two and I had one so there are leftovers.  I will see how they are warmed up when I take one to lunch tomorrow.  :)  I served these with Savory Grilled Potatoes from allrecipes.com.  Another definite keeper!

1/4 cup dehydrated red onion flakes
1 lb 80/20 ground beef
Morton's Nature's Seasons, seasoning blend OR seasoned salt
6 dinner rolls

Sprinkle dehydrated onion flakes in bottom of 9x9 (or 8x8) baking dish.  Crumble raw beef over top of the onions evenly.  Pat in dish making one giant burger.  Sprinkle lightly with seasoning.

Bake in 400 degree oven 15-20 minutes (it took mine only 15).  Remove from oven, carefully drain the burger juice from pan and then pat the top of burger with a paper towel to absorb fat that has accumulated on top.  Place 4 cheese slices on top of meat.  Place back in oven and cook 2-3 minutes more or until cheese begins to melt.

Cut burger into 6 even pieces.  Serve on dinner roll (was the perfect size for this!) with dill pickles, mustard, mayo and/or ketchup, if desired.  I see that Robin Sue served them with dill pickle slices and a side of ketchup.  Maybe that is the White Castle way of serving them - and I'm sure good - but I gotta have all my condiments!  :) Enjoy!

June 11, 2010

Kissed in my sleep

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For some reason this week I have been so tired.  I shouldn't have been since I had just finished vacation, but I was.  Several nights this last week I was in bed by 8 at the latest.  I went up with the excuse I was going to watch TV because I didn't want to watch what Grumpy was watching.  Last night I headed upstairs and was promptly followed by little Rudy Rut-ton.  He saw me head upstairs and he raced right ahead of me and was on the bed already like he had been there all along!  I had turned the TV on and sat on the bed with my Cooking Light magazine and little Rudy Rut-ton when a few short minutes later Grumpy walks in with his laptop.   Aww, Grumpy wanted to be near me.  lol.

I fell asleep shortly after 9 PM leaving Grumpy with the TV and laptop to himself.  Some short time later I felt something touch me and I heard this sound like a smooch..  I had been kissed!  Well, there was only one person in the house who could kiss me and that was Grumpy!  Now if I weren't getting old and tired, I might not have rolled over and continued to sleep.  lol.  But I am old and tired!  In any case I thought about his gesture when I woke up this morning.  That was a side of Grumpy that a person doesn't normally see.  His soft side.  One he wants us to think doesn't exist.  Well, I got ya now Grumpy.  I knew you were capable of some gush!

So, in a nice gesture to him this morning (and feeling somewhat guilty because I just continued to sleep after he kissed me and didn't kiss him back) I made these mini baked donut muffins.  This recipe has been all the rage on allrecipes.com recently and I decided I had to find out if they were all "that".  Well, I must say, they are all "that".  These were the most perfect little bites I had eaten in a long while.  The coolest thing about them?  No eggs.  Just butter sugar, milk, nutmeg, flour, baking powder, more butter and some cinnamon sugar.  It helps to have a mini muffin pan too.  :)  An amazing recipe - and you should try it out!  Find the Mini Baked Donut Muffin Recipe on allrecipes.com.

Cajun Chicken Pasta

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Before I got home from work my intention was to make a Chicken Tortellini Bake.  Then I got home only to find that I didn't have the tortellini that I thought I had.  I was in the mood for a creamy chicken pasta dish so I went to allrecipes.com and went on the hunt.  I came across a recipe for Cajun Chicken Pasta and the reviews people were leaving were really good.  I saw restaurant quality menu several times.  I had all the ingredients and it sounded like it would be a quick toss together for me so I got on the ball and started cooking!

I did make a few adjustments of my own to match what I had for ingredients.  I tend to use fresh herbs when I have them and since my son and DIL had given me some pots of fresh herbs (one being basil) I substituted some fresh basil leaves chopped instead of the dried.  While the recipe calls for heavy cream, which I know would make this even better, I don't keep it on hand because I don't need the calories involved :)  Here is how I made the meal!

Cajun Chicken Pasta
adapted from allrecipes.com

6 ounces dried bow tie pasta
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, sliced into small pieces
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 cups sour cream
4-5 small leaves fresh basil, cut into small pieces
1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.

In a sandwich bag, place the 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning.  Add chicken and shake bag to distribute seasoning to coat.

Heat butter and oil in non stick skillet until hot.  Place chicken in pan and cook until no longer pink.  Add red bell pepper, mushrooms and green onions and cook 2-3 minutes more.  Stir in sour cream through black pepper and heat through.  Stir in cooked, well drained pasta and serve.  You can top this with some grated parmesean cheese if you wish.

Note:  The recipe states it is enough for two servings - which it may be if I had used the amount of pasta listed in AR's recipe.  We had enough for Grumpy and I to have a serving last night and enough for lunch for both of us today.  A great meal, with perfect portions for us!

June 09, 2010

Pucker up and kiss me

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Well, I can tell you that Grumpy won't be puckering up no matter what because he would not eat these!  He is not a big lemon fan.  Thankfully my brother liked them.  My SIL didn't mind the lemon filling but she's not a big coconut fan.  My mother?  Well she will eat anything sweet.  I have actually been known to call my father to let him know my mother was bringing home a treat for him because I didn't trust her to not eat it!  ha ha. Seriously!!  This is a Cooking Light Recipe I found in my Five Star Recipes cookbook.  It is actually on the cover - one of the things that attracted my attention to the book!

These weren't too hard but somewhat time consuming.  I'm not entirely happy with the tart shell - was too thick and floury for me.  I probably would change the recipe up some if I were to make it again.  However, none of them were thrown away and the filling was awesome.  Probably just a matter of too much crust for me.  My next attempt will be lime - I think lime goes much better with coconut.  Don't you?  :)

Lemon Macaroon Tartlets and Macaroon Tart Shells are on myrecipes.com.

June 05, 2010

Grumpy and I don't always agree

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Yes, you heard me right.  Oh, wait.  You knew that already didn't you?  ;o)

Before I tell you about these pancakes I have to share with you something I found so amusing but yet cute and really put a smile on my face.  Even though it meant I was not the popular one. 

The other day I had a comment from one of my readers on the post for Shoyu Chicken.  Nan who writes the blog Nan Cooks told me that Grumpy's remark about the dish being "very edible" sent her down memory lane and she had to blog about my blog and her memory.  As soon as I saw the title I got a good chuckle.  Her title "I'd like to meet Grumpy" told me that although I write this blog and I am the cook/baker/photographer, I certainly am not the star of the show here!  LOL.  Oh Grumpy, I can't hold that against you.  However, its just another thing to make his head grow bigger.  I don't know Nan...my grandmother always told me to be careful what you wish for.  ;o) 

Now on to these pancakes....Grumpy and I do not agree here.  While we both think the basic pancake recipe is delicious we do not agree on the BLUEBERRIES.  Of course, BLUEBERRIES are one of my favorite fruits.  Along with strawberries and mangos.  Grumpy's favorite is what?  I'm betting there are some of you out there who could tell me that answer by now!  Well, it definitely is not blueberries for Grumpy.  I guess that just means more for me :o)

Fluffy Pancakes with Blueberries
adapted from allrecipes.com

1 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk**
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Fresh blueberries

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in medium sized mixing bowl.  In measuring cup measure milk, add egg and vanilla and whisk together with fork.  Melt butter in microwave for 30 seconds.

Pour milk mixture into flour mixture and whisk until flour is incorporated.  Whisk in butter.  Using 1/4 measure, pour batter onto hot griddle sprayed with cooking spray (or do like I did and use the bacon grease.  I soak a little on a paper towel and rub it on my griddle).  Turn heat to medium low.  Place blueberries on top of pancake and press slightly to sink them into cake.  When top of pancake starts to bubble and dry, flip pancake.  Continue cooking for about 30-60 seconds until pancake is no longer wet inside.  Serve with warmed maple syrup and extra blueberries.

**If I have milk that is starting to go bad - I will not toss it out.  I will save it to make these pancakes or any other baked good that may call for buttermilk or sour milk.  I hate to waste if I don't have to!

June 04, 2010


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The first time I ever had a mojito was last August, when Grumpy and I went on our cruise. 

You know how when you have been on vacation, you usually need a vacation from your vacation to recuperate?  This year that probably won't be the case for me because I actually stayed home during my vacation.  However, I wish I could go on another cruise this year.  It was the best time of my life.  Grumpy and I were very relaxed - despite the fact he had just been laid off from work and despite the fact that I had been recuperating from my neck surgery.  I actually think that vacation was a very healing time for the both of us in many ways.  While our problems didn't go away - they seemed to be non existent while we were on our cruise.  Maybe that is why I long for another 10 days of pure Caribbean pampering.  I definitely think we deserve one!  It will probably be a few more years before we can go again though.  I guess I just need to be thankful we had the opportunity to go and all the events of last year didn't stop us from going!

If only.......

In any case, we can still bring memories of that vacation back by enjoying some of the drinks we enjoyed on that cruise that helped relax us so much into our present.  Like the mojito.  Sitting on our front porch on a warm evening with one of these in hand.  Relaxing and talking.  While it isn't a cruise ship, it can be peaceful and is the best way to relax for now.

adapted from allrecipes.com

10 mint leaves
2 teaspoons confectioner sugar
Juice of one lime (amount will vary - if the lime is not juicy - I would use 2)
2 shot glasses rum (I go with Bacardi)
2-3 shot glasses of club soda
1 packet splenda*, optional and to taste (I like mine on the sweeter side)

Muddle the mint, confectioner sugar and a small amount of lime juice to release the flavor of the mint.  (Muddling is bruising the mint leaves).  I use my mortar & pestle to do this.

Place muddled mint mixture in tall glass, place remaining lime juice, rum, club soda and splenda in glass and stir to combine. Add enough ice to bring liquid to top of the glass.

*We went with splenda and confectioner sugar because they dissolve quickly.  You can use a simple syrup if you have that available.  I don't recommend using granulated sugar as it does not dissolve as quickly and you could end up with way too sweet of a drink.

June 03, 2010

Look at you.....funny face!

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This week has been a week for vacations, family, food, fun and lots and lots of love.....but most of all....(and I am taking a chance here because some people might not love me anymore after this!) 

It has been a week of...........


 Funny Faces
(and yes, even the doggies were making them!  he he)
 and if my Nanny were here

 I'm pretty darn sure she would be joining in on the fun!
What is it about sticking your tounge out for photos?  he he.  Yeah, I have done it too.  I just couldn't find one with me sticking my tounge out.  So if any of you who are mad at me for putting this up here has one, send it to me.  I'll share!

  Nanny's Mayonnaise Cake recipe - turned into cupcakes - frosted with buttercream - and 48 of them devoured over 3 days Yummy!  Yes, Matthew (my first photo) seemed to think so too.  He devoured several of them (unfrosted at that!).  Nanny would be so proud.

 and while you can't see the crumbs on his face here I wanted to include Austin - who stole the last cupcake with peanut butter frosting.  It must be a family thing to be loving Nanny's recipe!

Nanny's Mayonnaise Cake
Cupcake Style
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1-1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 6 heaping tablespoons cocoa
  • 1-1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line cupcake pan with liners (24 cupcakes). Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder. All at once, add the mayonnaise, water, and vanilla. Mix with hand mixer until smooth. Using 1/4 cup measure, scoop batter into cupcake liners. Bake for approximately 20 -25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool and frost as desired.

June 02, 2010

Virtually delicious!

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This month the Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club enjoyed a meal made with fresh herbs.  I decided to bring a dessert and went with Pound Cake with Lemon Basil Glaze.  The pound cake turned out wonderfully - it was light and had an awesome texture.  The glaze was definitely different but not unenjoyable!  If your looking for a tasty but different dessert - this is a definite way to go.  I took this to our memorial day family gathering.  About half of it was eaten that day (there were several desserts that day) - however, when I arrived at mom and dad's the next day - it was all gone and I was very disappointed!  I am almost ashamed to say how much baked cupcakes, cakes, quick bread, pie and ice cream was consumed in the last 3 days!  Egads!  Good thing at least one of the recipes was from Cooking Light eh? 

 The rest of our virtual meal consisted of:

Basil Parmesan Dip and Garlic Herb Dip - Jamie of Mom's Cooking Club
Chicken Stuffed with Herbs - Sandi of Whistlestop Cafe
Olive and Asiago Rolls - Val of More than Burnt Toast
Risotto with Fresh Mozzarella, Grape Tomatoes and Basil - Pasty of Family, Friends and Food
Pound Cake with Lemon-Basil Glaze - Shelby of The Life & Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch

(links will take you to other member sites while the link to my recipe will take you to myrecipes.com)

Thanks to all of my virtual friends for joining in!  Come join us next month for our virtual Barbecue!

June 01, 2010

Grumpy Style

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This looks a little naked, don't you think?

Even under dressed, it looks pretty yummy.  Colorful and saucy with a bit of a tang.

This one is ready for a party though.  All decked out with coleslaw.  Grumpy style.  Makes me want to say "I'll have what he's having." 

The original recipe for these delicious joes are over at Mindika Moments.  I have found myself going to Mindi's blog and drooling often.  She definitely has meals that are Grumpy's style!

Decked out Sloppy Joes 
adapted from Mindika Moment's
1-1/2 lb. ground venison (you can use any ground meat such as turkey, chicken or beef)
1 t. salt
½ t. pepper
1/2 C. carrots, diced
1/2 C. celery, diced
1 large red pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (8oz.) can tomato sauce
1/3 C. ketchup
1-1/2 T. Dijon mustard
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/3 C. brown sugar
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
In a large skillet heat sprayed with cooking spray, saute carrots, celery, red pepper, garlic, onion and venison.  Cook until venison is done and the veggies are tender.  Season with salt & pepper as they cook.
Add the tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and vinegar. Stir to combine.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes or until all the flavors come together.
Serve with hamburger buns and top with coleslaw. 

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