Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Jalepeno Popper Quiche

Late one night in the Fridge Bar, just as the Bartender was about to close up...a quiet Quiche met a fiesty Jalepeno Popper. She loved his firey personality and smooth talking, and He loved the fact that she was a bit of a flake and so traditional. And that my Children, is how the Jalepeno Popper Quiche began... OR I just thought it sounded like a good combo and made it happen! Cooking out of 'what you've got'. That's what I do alot of the time. You guys already know that. What you might NOT know..is that this quiche was awesome. I loved it! I know the pairing sounds a bit odd, but it really is a match made in heaven..ooh..and pretty easy to make! Jalepeno Popper Quiche 2 jalepeno peppers, deseeded and run through the mini chopper 4oz of cream cheese (put that in the mini chopper too) 4 eggs 1 cup heavy cream 4 pieces of bacon, cooked, chopped, and cooled dash of white pepper store bought-premade deep dish pie crust. Oven at 350 Mix everything together, dump in the pie crust, and let it go until it knife tests clean..about an hour! It's better once it's room temp....creamy, cheesy, spicy. Nom nom nom! I'm not doing very well on my birthday goal (of losing 20lbs)-I um..took down almost an entire box of Cheddar Jack Cheez-its yesterday. *hangs head* 72 days...down to 72 days to make it happen.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Pie oh, my!

A quickie post from me...honestly..one of these days I hope to get the hang of taking care of kids, keeping the house clean, and making wonderful food..but for now/for today..I feel TOTALLY overwhelmed. Sweets help...help my nerves, but not my self esteem! ha! Anyway...I've been stalking again...How Sweet It Is...indeed! Above is her Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie. It's super super rich, super super chocolatey, mmmmm. You must have a gallon of cold milk to go with it though! :) I'll hopefully be back soon..I do have a Suzy original recipe as soon as I get my pictures downloaded that I think you all will love. Supremely Stressed out, Suzy

Friday, July 16, 2010

Angel of Death cupcakes w/Shock Strawberry Glaze

So my best friend's boyfriend...he's like 6'5, long dark hair, big listener of Death Metal...when his birthday came up, I offered my baking services and fully expected something heavy. A rich chocolate cake, or a thick cheesecake....I never expected him to want Angel Food cake...ever. Nor had I ever MADE Angel Food cake...ever. Now I like Angel Food cake..I really do..but it's also one of those baking things that intimidates me greatly. I mean there is a mixing technique, a cooling trick...a little over my head...just like Bestie's boyfriend since he's so tall...but...I told her I'd try...after all we learn by trying right? Birthday Boy ate 10 of them. Bestie had 2. They were a hit! And they were ALOT easier than I thought they'd be. They'll be making more appearances around our house for sure! Oh, and the name...I had to rawk-n-roll it up, didn't I?? Angel Food cupcakes (adapted from bakingbites.com) 3/4 cup powdered sugar-sifted and divided 1/2 cup sifted AP flour 5 extra large egg whites-room temp 1/2 tsp cream of tartar 1/8 tsp salt 1 tsp mexican vanilla Oven at 350 degrees. Spray cup-tin with cooking spray. In a small bowl sift together your flour and 1/2 cup of the sugar In large bowl beat egg whites until they are foamy, then add in cream of tartar and salt, THEN add in remaining 1/2 cup of sifted sugar and beat until it goes to soft peaks. Incorporate vanilla...Then very carefully fold in the flour/sugar mix in a couple additions. Fill your cuptin full of the 'batter' (it's hard for me to call this a batter b/c it's soooo light) (no liners needed) Bake 16-18 or until golden brown and tops feel springy. These need to be inverted to cool..so I took my cooling rack and flipped them (in the/with the pan) onto that and put it on top of a bowl and it worked fine. They sink a little...and that's ok. Once completely cooled...dip in glaze. Strawberry cream cheese glaze 2T salted butter 4oz cream cheese 2 cups powdered sugar-sifted 1/4-1/2 cup strawberries (that I ran through my mini chopper) My favorite thing to do with Angel Food cake is to toast it...yes, I said toast it, as in-in the toaster..then I usually smear jelly on it and eat it like toast...I call it angel toast...b/c I'm cool like that. These little cupcakes are great b/c they have more toasty ratio since they are cooked in the cuptin. And they are SUPER light, so I can really see how Bestie's boy downed 10 easily!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tequila Lime Pork Tenderloin and a goal

Occassionally, or should I say RARELY I come up with my own recipes..I know..CRAZY, right???
Well...*straightens collar*..this one is all mine! :)
1 2lb pork tenderloin
1 cup tequila
1/2 cup olive oil
the zest and juice of one lime
1 jalepeno (with the seeds and ribs) chopped
1 onion chopped
7 garlic cloves crushed
2T season-all
2T brown sugar
Everybody into the pan, toss the meat a few times to coat, and let it marinate for about 5-6 hours. Then grill over medium heat until internal temp hits 150, pull off grill, cover and let rest (carry over cook) for about 15 minutes.
Husband LOVED this..he said he could really taste the tequila and lime, which was kinda the point! :) It stayed super juicy too! I'd heard (and was afraid) that it was prone to drying out, but it didn't!
Do you have any favorite marinades?
I'll admit that my 'eat healthier' post-pregnancy resolution isn't going well. We've had family ish, stress of going back to work, and just misc stuff ='s excuses, excuses, excuses. Number ONE reason I'm still overweight..I'm lazy..I know that. I just don't see WHY I can't just wake up and be the weight I WANT to be..instead of the weight I want to be plus 80lbs. So I think I'm gonna try this...I have 85 days until my 28th birthday (HOW did that happen?) ...I'm gonna challenge myself to lose 20lbs by then. That's about 12 weeks, and about 2lbs a week...doable right? Let's hope so! I really hope you guys will keep with me and help cheer me on!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Choir of Angels...

Do you hear them singing? The Angels? Their sweet cherubic voices.... Let's hear it for me...yes..I'm being braggy..but really..this is one of the BEST food pictures I've ever taken! Occassionally I get lucky! But this recipe? SUPER simple..and really..if you think the picture looks good..wait'll you taste it! What is it? I mean really? It looks like it's major...it's not. The cake...well..it's a boxed plain ole' white cake that I made in a mini bundt pan..I intentionally cooked it about an extra 5 minutes so it would be less moist, and more crumbly. The fruit...well..I call it fruit salad. *shrugs* Seriously...there are two things you HAVE to have to make it work...the rest is up to you... the two things you HAVE to have 1) packet of sugar free instant lemon pudding 2)big can of pineapple chunks in juice (and even that is semi-negotiable, you could totally use crushed if you prefer, or rings, and pile up the rest of the fruit IN the ring..that would be cute..*note to self*) then...use your imagination, or erm...what you have on hand (that's what I did) the measurements on the fruit are up to you too...I'm guessing I did about 3/4 cup of the other fruits I put in...but wait..ok..what you do...drain the juice from the pineapple and mix the juice and the pudding mix together..that is your sauce...then toss your fruits together..the pineapple chunks, I did blueberries, white peaches, bing cherries (pitted), and strawberries. You don't HAVE to put it over cake. You can eat it in a bowl. You can eat it on a roll. You can eat it here or there. You can eat it anywhere. ps. the first time I had this, it had bananas in it, and it was gooooood..I just didn't have any on hand.....I think that mandarin oranges would be good in this too. :)

Friday, July 9, 2010

I hate making pancakes

I do..I fully admit it. Rarely can I get the right size, the right texture, the right taste. I'm a premature flipper. I'm a habitual burner. And it's sad, b/c Husband LOVES pancakes. It's about his favorite breakfast food. So...again on Big Red Kitchen (I'm a wee big obsessed, can you tell?) Pancake Squares...'pancakes' that you BAKE IN THE OVEN! What?! I made absolutely NO changes to her recipe..so go HERE for it. This is gonna be a house staple..I can't wait to try it again with blueberries! Do you have food peeves? I'm full of them..along with the pancake problem. I have an apple issue. I love them, but when I eat them, I prefer them to be cut up...I always end up getting apple juice all over my face when I try to eat one w/out cutting it up. Annoying. Strange..I say I have alot of them...but unless I'm confronted with that food I can't think of them. Ie...I just had an apple for breakfast (that I didn't cut up) and a triple chocolate muffin...whole grain. :)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

This is NOT fried chicken...

I really need to work on my picture taking skills...b/c these french toast sticks really do kinda look like fried chicken. But look close..see...kinda sticky looking, kinda cinnamony?? They were *sings* AwEsOmE! They are also another recipe from Big Red Kitchen seriously..if I had HALF the cooking brain this lady has...wow...all the OTHER food blogs amaze me, inspire me, make me drool..etc. French Toast Sticks 4 pack of Kings Hawaiian Rolls (yup, you read that right) 4 eggs 1T Milk 1 1/2 cup sugar 4t cinnamon Oven at 375-parchment lined baking sheet Split the rolls in half then cut each piece into 3. Whisk the eggs and the milk together, and in a separate bowl/bag mix together the sugar and the cinnamon. Dip the 'strips' of roll into the egg mix, then toss liberally in the sugar mix, place on baking sheet. Bake these beauties about eh...20 minutes..turning your sheet at about 10 minutes. The result....crispy cinnamon crunch on the outside, soft sweet chew on the inside. BRK made a drizzle for hers...but these babies can stand on their own I think! We just inhaled them straight off the plate! I hope everyone had a great 4th of July! We did! Husband got me a grill so I've been a BBQ'in Mama! But thus far haven't made anything too interesting! ha! We rebuilt our deck this weekend, so now it's great, so new deck, a patio set and a new grill-aw! I'm a lucky girl! Oh..on a semi-fitness note...a super nice lady I go to church with GAVE me her treadmill...sweet! AND My Dad got me a pair of Shape-Ups! WHAT?! Yes! Again..LUCKY girl! My Dad is really cool when it comes to the losing weight thing, he's very supportive and gives me tips to help me along, and he's also the first one that notices when I've lost, or eek..when I've gained. Yes..there are times when he says "Sis, you've gained weight in your face"-ouch..but he's my reality check. I've got Husband who "loves me no matter what" cute..but insert eyeroll..he's blinded by lurve..ha! I've got my Mom who is well meaning but loves to spoil me with my favorite stuff like potato chips and poptarts. But then I have reality check Dad, who really gets behind me on very HONEST feedback. So that is it from me right now! I hope everyone has a GREAT day!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Double trouble...

I've always been a fan of phone talking. I think you can 'hear' alot in a voice. And a few years ago when I started my job, it was part of it to contact other office and whatnot and I 'met' someone over the phone. This gal had a GREAT phone voice. Friendly, appropriately funny for someone you hadn't met face to face and even geez 4 years ago I remember getting off the phone and thinking "I like this girl". I'd never seen her, but I liked her. I didn't know her, but I liked her. So our relationship progressed, it's been a long time since we actually called each other at work and had to say who we were b/c we know each others voices. A couple years ago we decided that we should go see Twilight together and at that first 'official' meeting, it became 'official' that we really were a left hand and right hand meant for one another. She's my best friend! And I know friends...I'm fairly selective on who I deem as a "best" friend. In fact besides the Husband there is only one other person that gets that title and she and I have known each other since we were 10. So to get a friend like this now? I'm so blessed! The other night I invited her down for dinner. I know she stalks my blog, and we talk about food, and she's already proclaimed me a 'food expert'. I have been known to freeze half of whatever I made for dinner and take it to her on occassion! So when I knew she was coming for dinner I wanted to impress her even more...so I made ice cream...I made TWO ice creams! They were both awesome!! They went perfectly together...just like the two of us do! So on the left- Cheesecake Ice Cream (from here) 8oz softened cream cheese zest and juice of one lemon 1/2 cup sour cream 1 cup half and half 2/3 cup sugar Combine it all in a mixer until you've got a nice smooth consistency, then pop into the fridge to cool for a couple hours until you are ready to put it in your ice cream maker. We topped it with some homemade cherry syrup. Heaven. Then on the right... Nutella Ice Cream (from here) 1 can of evaporated milk 1 jar of Nutella infinite possibilities... combine in a microwave safe bowl. Nuke for 30 seconds, stir stir stir. And again, nuke for 30 seconds, stir stir stir. Like the spoon..yes, you will. Go after this now with your hand mixer until it gets silky, and it will. Resist the urge to pour the entire bowl down your throat. No! You MUST resist! It's ok to take a sip though...go ahead..I won't look. You done? Ok..put it in the fridge. Seriously...it might be funny, but I'm NOT exaggerating how hard it was for me to not just drink it. Then freeze in your ice cream freezer. We topped our Nutella ice cream w/ melted honey roasted peanut butter. And there are the chills....it was awesome. And then there was the residue on the plate that was cheesecakey-cherry-nutella-and peanut buttery. Frick. Yes..I licked the plate, ok? Both of these ice creams were too easy to make...no cooking, just mix, stir, chill, freeze. My Mother in law fell into the bowl of the leftover cheesecake ice cream and didn't come out until it was gone (she paid for it in a stomach ache the next morning). Literally she said it got her out of bed twice and she was eating it in the middle of the night in front of the freezer. The Nutella Ice Cream..yeah, it's gone too...I rationed it out for a couple nights, then Husband and Little Miss finished it off just last night. So go ahead and make these..you'll thank me later!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I have a problem...

...with coming up with 'short' recipe names. No really..like this one...what is it (besides utterly delicious?) *takes deep breath* Cajun turkey sliders (?) with sauteed onions and peppers on rolls with homeade (do you see that, wth is that?!) um..HOMEMADE Thousand Island dressing and cheddar. See...WAY too long! A few years ago..and by a few I mean like 15, which is weird to be since I'm only 27 that I'm sounding like my parents talking about 'so many years ago' (notice how off track I am today)..Arby's had a Southwest Chicken Sandwich. It was AWESOME. Onion bun, thousand island, crunchy onions and green bell peppers and subtely spiced sliced chicken...and cheddar...HEAVEN. The best sandwich they've ever had! Do you hear me ARBY"S?! Bring it back! On and off through the years since they discontinued it, I've remade it the best I could. Most of the time with the stuff it originally had on it. But we all know that I'm a fan of working with what I've got...so I did. Mini Southwest Wannabies Turkey-whatever kind you like, I used just Oscar Meyer that I bought at Sam's Club Dinner rolls Cajun seasoning-I used Tony Charere's, I use that on everything (esp veggies, it's amazing on green beans) shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 an onion sliced and sauteed along with some bell pepper-I used red and yellow baby bella (another Sam's Club thing) Thousand Island dressing-that I made myself Sprinkle the turkey with some Tony's and warm it in a pan (or in the microwave, makes no difference to me). Get a sheet pan and put your dinner rolls on it, and on one side put your turkey, onions/bell, and cheese-butter the other side of the roll-you'll thank me for that one. Pop it under the broiler until the cheese is nice and melty-get it out and top with the dressing. Yum, yum, gimme some! Thousand Island dressing (adapted from cooks.com) 1 can tomato soup 1 cup Miracle Whip 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish 1T lemon juice 1T mustard 2T onion, chopped sugar, to taste, you might not even need it, but Hubs added a little bit to ours. Now WHY did I make my own dressing. Well..not to get t-totally green/hippie/ etc .BUT I made the mistake of looking at the ingredient list on some boughten (Yes, we use that 'word' in our family) dressing and it was scary...too many things on there that I didn't know what they were. So...I made it myself, and you know..it's really good. Same with ranch using HV powder..I made some last night using 2% milk so it's really thin...love love it!