Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sweet & Salty Chocolate Snack Mix

Chocolate covered pretzels, raisins, M&M's and Golden's crunchy, sweet and salty and all in one bite.  We have a gas station chain in the region that serves (and delivers) pretty good pizza.  One night, I decided to throw in an extra dessert on my order.  It was this snack mix...well, not quite this mix.  I added in raisins since I'm a chocolate covered raisin fan.  There's said they have graham crackers in the mix but I opted for Golden Grahams as an easy solution.  

Sweet & Salty Chocolate Snack Mix

Cover a jelly roll pan (10 x 15) with non-stick aluminum foil.

Sprinkle the following over the pan evenly (I probably used a little more than a half cup of each)
Broken pretzels
Golden Grahams cereal
Raisins (or Craisins would be good)

In a medium saucepan (or microwave save bowl), melt together 1 package chocolate almond bark and 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Spread evenly over the snack mix in the pan.  Allow to cool and then refrigerate for 1 hour.  Lift up aluminum foil so the mixture is out of the pan.  Place down on a flat surface and cut into small pieces.  Store in an airtight container.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Parmesan Hasselback Potatoes

I was looking for an easy side for meatloaf and decided to finally trying to make Hasselback potatoes.  It was much easier than I expected and it certainly made the meatloaf look much better.  I think I'll try making these on the grill next time.

Parmesan Hasselback Potatoes
4 russet potatoes – washed and dried
¼ cup butter melted
Salt& freshly ground pepper
Place 2 wood spoons on the long side of each potato so you cannot slice down to the bottom.  Slice each potato in ¼” slices.  Fan out and add butter, salt and pepper into the crevasses.  Place into a nonstick foil lined pan and bake for 1 hour at 350°.  Brush additional butter onto potatoes 2-3 times while baking.  Five minutes before the potatoes are done, sprinkle ¼ cup Parmesan cheese over and allow to bake to a golden color.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with a little more cheese and a bit of parsley.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Red, White & Blue Icebox Cake

Here’s a dessert to make for the 4th of July holiday.  I used my own cookie recipe but you can use graham crackers or Nilla wafers just as easily and it would save you time.  Allow 8 hours for the cookies to soften so you can cut into the cake easily.

Red, White & Blue Berry Icebox Cake
Cookies ~
White Crack Cookies ~

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Cream together butter, shortening and sugars.  Add in the egg and vanilla.  Mix together dry ingredients in a small bowl and gradually add into batter.  Roll in balls and place on parchment lined baking sheets.  Bake for 10 minutes at 350°.  Let sit on the baking sheets for a couple minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Filling ~
8 oz mascarpone cheese, room temperature
2 cups whipping cream
2/3 cup powdered sugar

Lemon zest & juice from 1 lemon
1 ½ cups of blueberries, raspberries and slice strawberries.

In a medium bowl, combine the mascarpone and whipping cream.  Whip until it thickens.  Stir in lemon zest, lemon juice and powdered sugar. Line cookies in a layer at the bottom of a  9" springform pan.  Place 1/3 of the cream mixture evenly on top.  Place a layer of berries on top in any order.  Repeat for 2 more layers.  Cover with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.  Decorate the top with additional berries before serving.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Spicy Chicken Tenders

Looking for a more adult chicken tender recipe?  These chicken tenders are easy to make with just a half hour of bake time and a quick prep time.  Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.

Spicy Chicken Tenders
1# chicken tenders
¾ cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
2 tbsp parsley
½ tbsp. oregano
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 pinch cayenne
1/3 cup butter, melted
Mix the Parmesan and spices in a bowl.  Melt the butter and dip the tenders into the butter before the Parmesan mixture.  Place on a nonstick aluminum foil lined baking pan.  Bake for 30 minutes at 350°

Monday, June 19, 2017

Orange Rolls

This is a sweet way to start off a weekend or vacation day morning.  The best part is most of the work is done the night before.  What better way to have orange juice in the morning?

Orange Rolls
Dough –
1 pkg yeast
½ cup warm water
¼ cup sugar
Mix together and let sit for 10 minutes
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan heat until the butter has melted –
½ cup milk
1/3 cup butter
¼ cup sugar
Put In your mixer  -
4 cups flour
1 1 /2 tsp salt
1 egg
Add in the yeast and milk mixtures and turn on machine with a dough hook and allow to completely come together.  Add 1 tbsp of canola oil and make sure all sides are covered.  Cover with a damp towel overnight in the refrigerator.  Take out in the morning an hour to an hour and a half to warm up and finish rising.
When done, spread out into a 12 x 18 shape and top with –
3 tbsp butter, softened to spread over dough
½ cup sugar
1 tbsp orange zest
Roll up the 11” way.  Cut dough into 12 equal slices.  Place in a greased 9 x 13 pan and allow to rise until it reaches the top of the pan.  Bake for 25 minutes at 350°.  Allow to cool before icing.
3 tbsp butter, softened
3 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 tbsp orange juice

Friday, June 9, 2017

Strawberry Coffee Cake

It's strawberry season and the berries are looking gorgeous this year.  I picked up a couple of boxes on sale so I've been busy using them and eating some just as they are.

Strawberry Coffee Cake

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp. + 1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 large eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 cups strawberries, sliced in half

Mix together the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.  In a small bowl, mix together the eggs and butter and add into the dry mixture.  Stir until the dry ingredients are incorporated.  Pour into a greased 9" springform pan.  Top with sliced strawberries in a circular pattern.  


1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces

Blend together with a pastry blender or your fingers.  Sprinkle over the strawberries.  Bake for 45 minutes at 350 or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool slightly in pan before releasing it and serving.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Chocolate Marshmallow Ice Cream

This was my favorite ice cream when I was growing up.  I thought about actually buying it by why when I have an ice cream maker sitting in the pantry collecting dust and this is actually much better.  I did cheat and not make my own marshmallow crème but bought a jar instead.

Chocolate Marshmallow Ice Cream

Combine the following in a large bowl ~

2 cups whipping cream
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa (I used King Arthur Double Dutch Dark Cocoa)
2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt

Place in your ice cream maker and run per the manufacturer's instructions.  Right at the end, add in 7 oz marshmallow crème and allow to blend in.  Place the ice cream in an airtight container and freeze until completely hard.