Sunday, April 22, 2018

Creamy Raisin Rice Pudding

I was craving rice pudding last weekend and decided to try making a smaller (and easier) way to make it.  I buy Uncle Ben's boil in the bag rice.  It's the easiest way I've found to make rice and it turns out perfectly every time.  And I ended up only using one win.

Creamy Raisin Rice Pudding

1 bag Uncle Ben's boil in the bag rice
1 cup Half and Half
1 cup 2% milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp. brown sugar
2 large egg yolks, room temperature
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 cup raisins, I used golden

Cook your boil in the bag rice in a large saucepan.  Empty into the sink and put the saucepan back on the stove with the Half and Half and 1/2 cup milk.  Stir in the sugars, rice (remove from the bag).  Cook over low heat until it thickens.  In another bowl whisk together egg yolks and the remaining 1/2 cup milk.  Add a little of the hot mixture into the yolk mixture gradually, stirring constantly to temper the egg yolks.  Pour all of the yolk mixture into the saucepan.  Add in the raisins and cinnamon and cook until thickened.  Serve warm or cold.  Refrigerate any leftovers. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Garlic Cheese Spread

This is a delicious and easy to make recipe for a garlic bread spread that will go great with your favorite Italian meals or as a side for your grilling favorites this summer.

Garlic Cheese Spread

1/4 cup butter, softened
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp parsley

Mix all the ingredients together and spread over French bread.  Refrigerate.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Chipotle Barbeque Sauce

This is a super easy to make barbeque sauce but it packs so much flavor. 
I put it on top of chicken in the crockpot but it can be used indoors or out.



Chipotle Barbeque Sauce

½ cup applesauce

½ cup barbeque sauce

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp  chipotle powder

Stir all the ingredients together and baste
over chicken, beef, pork...whatever
you choose.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes & Blueberry Lemon Sauce

It's a lazy Sunday.  The sun was shining early this morning but now it's clouded over and the weather forecast has waivered between freezing rain and rain and then topped off with snow.  It was time to bring a little sunshine into a brunch.  

Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp poppy seeds
1 tbsp. lemon zest
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. butter, melted
1 large egg
3/4 cup milk

Mix together dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl.  Stir in wet ingredients.  Heat your griddle.  Melt a little butter on it before starting your pancakes.  When the pancakes are bubbling and turning golden on the first side, flip carefully and cook the second side.

Blueberry Lemon Sauce
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
2 tsp cornstarch
10 oz blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 dash cinnamon (optional)

Whisk together the sugar, water and cornstarch in a small saucepan.  Add in the blueberries, lemon juice and zest and bring to a boil.  Stir until the sauce thickens, remove from heat and stir in the cinnamon.  Serve warm or cold.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breasts

These chicken breasts stay so moist, thanks to the bacon, and are perfect for a weeknight dinner since prep is easy and you just put them in the oven and let them bake with no fuss.  I'm showing that I made 2 but there's enough of the brown sugar mixture for 4 breasts, just add in 2 additional slices of bacon for each.

Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breasts

2 boneless chicken breasts
4 slices of bacon (I used thick slice, Applewood smoked)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt

Mix together brown sugar, chili powder and salt in a bowl for dipping the chicken in.  Wrap the chicken breasts in bacon and roll in the brown sugar mixture.  Place in a non-stick aluminum foil lined baking pan.  Bake for 40 minutes at 350° or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Chocolate Ricotta Cake & Nutella Icing

I grew up eating chocolate cake.  It was a little on the dry side but the icing was awesome and a glass of milk made everything good.  This cake is the opposite - very moist.  In fact so much so that you won't even need a glass of milk.  

Chocolate Ricotta Cake

Sift together ~

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup  Double- Dutch dark cocoa (I use King Arthur)
2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

In another bowl, mix together ~

1 1/4 cups ricotta cheese
2 large eggs and 1 yolk
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup hot water

Stir the dry ingredients gradually into the wet.  Place in a greased 9 x 13 pan.  Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean at 350°.  Allow to cool completely before icing.

Nutella Icing

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup Nutella
2 tbsp. milk
2 cups powdered sugar

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Chocolate & Potato Chip Cookies

I’ll admit that I’m fascinated with all foods that contain potato chips.  I’m working on a brownie recipe but for the moment I decided to make chocolate chip cookies with ripple chips.


Chocolate & Potato Chip Cookies


1 cup butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 1/2 cups flour

1 cup ripple potato chips, crushed

12 oz chocolate chips


Cream together butter and sugar.  Add in the egg and vanilla.  Gradually stir in the dry ingredients.  Fold in the potato chips and then the chips.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.  Scoop out onto parchment lined baking sheets.  Bake for 10 minutes at 350°.