Thursday, November 29, 2007
3 pounds red potatoes, unpeeled
One 5 ounce package Boursin cheese
salt and pepper to taste
1 pint heavy cream
fresh chives or parsley, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash and slice potatoes into 1/4 inch thick rounds. Toss potatoes with salt and pepper. Heat cream and cheese together, on top of stove until cheese has melted. Stir mixutre until thoroughly blended. Layer half of the potatoes into a 2 quart baking dish (this is best done in a deep dish instead of a long, flat dish). Cover potatoes with half of the cream mixture. Repeat with remaining potatoes and cream mixture. Cover and bake for 1 hour. Sprinkle top with chives or parsley.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
1 (16 ounce) can black beans
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt to taste
In a medium saucepan, combine beans, onion, and garlic, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Season with cilantro, cayenne, and salt. Simmer for 5 minutes, and serve.
Ashlee side note: Though very carb heavy, these beans have less than 1/2 a gram of fat per serving and only 112 calories! Not too shabby! You can use these for really great bean and cheese burritos too. I would suggest adding the cayenne to the beans in the beginning so the flavor really gets into the beans.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Dip other end of each cookie into melted chocolate for beard, leaving center of cookie uncovered. Place on wire racks. With a dab of melted chocolate, attach semisweet chips for eyes and a red-hot for nose. Place on waxed paper until chocolate sets.
Yield: 32 cookies
Monday, November 19, 2007
48 Mint Truffle Hershey Kisses
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. water
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup Hershey's cocoa
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 48 small muffin cups (1 3/4 in diameter) with paper or foil baking cups. Remove wrappers from chocolates.
2. Beat butter, sugar, water and vanilla in large bowl on medium speed of mixer until well blended. Add eggs; beat well.
3. Stir together flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Gradually add to sugar mixture, beating on low speed just until blended. If necessary, refrigerate dough until firm enough to handle. Shape dough into 1 inch balls; place in prepared muffin cups.
4. Bake 11 t o13 minutes or until cookie surface is set. Cookies will appear soft and moist. Do not overbake. Cool about 5 minutes on wire rack. Press chocolate kiss into surface of each cookie cup. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Sprinkle each cookie with powdered sugar. Makes 4 dozen cookies.
Ashlee side note: Did you know they make Hersheys Special Dark cocoa for baking? If you are like me....the darker the chocolate the better! So, give that a try!
Friday, November 16, 2007
1 gallon apple cider
1 quart orange juice
1 cup lemon juice
1 large can pineapple juice
24 whole cloves
1 cup sugar
4 sticks cinnamon
Put all of this in a large crockpot if you've got one big enough. If not, put in a large pot on the stove and let simmer. Your whole house will smell yummy and you get to drink it too!
Ashlee side note: Obviously you don't drink/eat the cloves or cinnamon, but the flavor of these will soak into the liquid making the drink super yummy. This is a nice change from the usual apple cider.
1 cups milk
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup sugar
3 Tbsp flour
1 Tbsp butter
Scald 1 cup milk. Mix sugar, salt, flour, and remaining milk together. Stir into hot milk and cook slowly until thickened, stirring constantly. Cook for 5 minutes. Put egg yolk in bowl and slowly add about 1 cup of mixture to it to temper. Add this back into milk mixture and cook one minute longer. Add butter and vanilla. Cool. Pour into baked pastry shell. Cool until chilled through. Cover with whipped cream.
For a coconut cream pie: Stir 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut into filling.
For banana cream pie: Layer sliced bananas with cream filling ending with bananas on top.
For Raspberry: add one cup raspberries to cooled filling before putting into pie shell.
Ashlee side note: I grew up with this for Thanksgiving. Nothing better than Grandma's banana cream pie!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
2 boxes spice cake mix
1 large can pumpkin
chocolate chips (I prefer semi-sweet)
Just mix it all up together. The moistness of the cookie comes from the pumpkin and all the spices are already included in the cake mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until done!
Ashlee side note: I'm a cookie bar person. I don't have the patience to wait for 4 or 5 trays of cookies to bake. So, I usually just make cookie bars. Just put all of the batter into a 13x9 dish instead and bake! Quick and easy!
Also...if you are making them "cookie style" keep the batter refrigerated between batches. If you let the dough get warm, you will have flatter cookies. (This is a tip for all types of cookies!)
1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury® Create ' n Bake™ refrigerated sugar cookies
1 container (16 oz) chocolate creamy frosting
Orange decorating icing
Black decorating gel
Miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits
1 . Heat oven to 350°F. Bake cookies as directed on roll. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.
2 . Spoon chocolate frosting into resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag. Cut small hole in bottom corner of bag. On each cookie, pipe frosting on outer edge of half of cookie. Arrange candy corn over frosting for feathers.
3 . Pipe orange icing onto each cookie to resemble turkey face and feet. Use orange icing to attach baking bits to turkey face for eyes. Pipe black gel on baking bits for centers of eyes.
1 lb. ground beef
1 can Campbell's® Condensed Fiesta Chili Beef Soup
3/4 cup Pace® Thick & Chunky Salsa
3/4 cup water
8 corn tortillas (6-inch) OR 6 flour tortillas (8-inch), cut into 1-inch pieces
2/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
COOK beef in skillet until browned. Pour off fat.
ADD soup, salsa, water, tortillas and half the cheese. Spoon into 2-qt. shallow baking dish. Cover.
BAKE at 400°F. for 30 min. or until hot. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Ashlee side note: You could also make this without the tortillas and serve it over Fritos chips instead. Add a dollup of sour cream on the top and you can't go wrong!
Monday, November 12, 2007
Just buy the prepackaged bake and serve breadsticks that you find in the bakery section. Fazoli's doesn't bake their own...you don't need to either! ;0)
They use a liquid butter substitute called whirl. But I assume they do that because they would be constantly melting real butter if they used that instead. So, once breadsticks are baked, slather them GOOD with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic and salt OR garlic salt. And that's it. I know it sounds dumb. We could have thought of that! And I was hoping there was something really SPECIAL about the way they made theirs. But there's not.
These are just so yummy! So, give them a go!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
1 jar of italian dressing
chicken or pork chops
Put everything in the slow cooker and cook on low 6 hours. I don't know amounts, it just depends on your family size. Just make sure you cut your potatoes into wedges so they don't turn into mush! The bigger the better. We made this Sunday with the roasted red pepper italian dressing and it was a nice change from regular italian!!
Wash, dry and prick potatoes with fork. Bake in 400°F oven for 1 hour or until done. Peel and cube potatoes. Melt butter in heavy saucepan over low heat; add flour, stirring until smooth. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Add salt, pepper, green onions and 1 cup of cheese. Cook until thoroughly heated. Stir in sour cream. Add extra milk if necessary. Serve with remaining green onions, bacon and cheese.
Holly side note:) I also add fresh parsely and I don't use white pepper, and if you don't have bacon on hand bacon bits work just fine. You can even use bacon bits and bacon, we did and it was really good!! I also used about 8 large red potatoes. Goes really really good with homemade rolls!!!