Thursday, September 3, 2015

Strawberry Cake!

This is another( just add) to a cake mix recipe I came across in my searching for a nice cake to bring to a friends home...  Easy to put together, sweet and moist.. Enjoy


Beautiful presentation!

Happy Baking from my kitchen to yours,



M.J.


1 - approx. 18 oz. white cake mix
1- 3 oz. strawberry flavored gelatin
1-15 oz. pkg. frozen strawberries in syrup..thawed and pureed
4 large eggs
1/2cup vegetable oil ( I use canola)
1/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees..Grease 2 (9inch) round cake pans
In mixer combine cake mix and gelatin. Add pureed strawberries, eggs, oil and water. Beat at medium speed  until smooth.  Pour into well greased pans..Bake approx. 20 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes..Remove and cool completely on wire racks.

Frosting:

1 -8 oz. cream cheese softened
1/4 cup butter softened
strawberries pureed (optional)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup flaked coconut (optional)
Garnish with fresh strawberries if desired

A tip from the baker:  Cool Whip, coconut and pineapple might be a nice spin to the recipe!!

Beat cream cheese and butter until creamy.. Add confectioner sugar and vanilla...Add milk a little at at time until smooth.. Spread on cake.  Just a note:  I would make this cake again...although I would change it a bit...I would use Cool Whip in the center with some drained crushed pineapple and top the whole cake with Cool Whip and or flaked coconut... Yummy!

Dense and sweet!


I added flaked coconut and garnished it with pineapple and a strawberry






Layers with cream cheese in center





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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Just Peachy Pound Cake


I totally forgot to post this recipe.  So sorry!!!:( I hope you weren't waiting too long for it.  Time and things caught me off guard.  Like being out side and going shopping and hitting the movies.  Just trying to get the most out of summer before I have to pull all the flowers and clean up the yard for pumpkins and pumpkin pies and cookies.  Actually that sounds like fun!

Ok My review on this pound cake is that it was amazing! It was dense.  I love dense cake.  A cake with substance, firm and sweetened to the tee. Fresh peaches, creamy butter and yes yogurt too.  I had my first slice (chunk) for breakfast with coffee and intend on having some until it is gone.   YUM!



First I LOVE pound cakes.  They can be used for breakfast as well as an lunch or evening dessert.  Add a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream and quite actually it really makes it delightful.


1 cup butter softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
6 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
3 cups peeled & diced peaches (about 6-8 peaches)



Preheat oven to 350
Spray a 10" bundt pan with nonstick spray, set aside
Cream together butter and sugars.
Add eggs to butter, one at a time, mixing in completely after each egg
Add in vanilla, mixing until just incorporated

In a bowl whisk together flour, baking soda and salt
Alternate adding in flour mixture and yogurt until all is combined
Gently stir in peaches, making sure to not over mix
Pour/scoop (mixture will be thick) batter into prepared pan
Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until top is browned and a toothpick comes to clean when inserted into center

Let cool on a cooling rack for 20-30 minutes before flipping out of pan

Serve warm with ice cream,whipped cream or slice and serve on a party platter or you can do as I did and slice a nice chunk of this pound cake and enjoy!!!!



Thursday, August 27, 2015

Chicken Lazone

What's better than chicken and pasta?  Nothing IMO but add a white sauce to compliment  the spinach pasta and you have one great meal.

I adapted this recipe from food.com to our liking and did cut back a bit on the chili powder and onion by 1/2 tsp.  I also served it along side Taglierini Spinach Pasta. 

 

I'm not one for promoting products but I have been buying Priano pasta products and really like them.  I bought them at Aldi's (one very nice store).

This recipe was easy and delicious and my hubby gave it a thumbs up.  It's a quiet Friday night and today was rainy so I decided to give this recipe a try.  I also made a Ricotta Pie which is fabulous.  I'll be posting that soon.  I know you will enjoy this dish but beware it is loaded with calories and fat but hey once in a while I like to splurge and so should you.  Enjoy!  Diabetics be careful of your portions. 


Chicken Lazone

1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 lb chicken tenders( I used boneless chicken breasts)
1/4 cup butter, divided
2 cups heavy cream








Combine salt, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.  Sprinkle over both sides of chicken.


In large saute pan, melt half of the butter over medium-high heat.  Cook the chicken tenders until done, about 8 minutes.

 

Pour the cream and remaining butter into the skillet.  Lower heat and simmer until the sauce thickens, about 5-7 minutes.  Serve chicken and sauce over pasta or mashed potatoes, if desired.


From my kitchen to yours,



 


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Monday, August 24, 2015

Grilled cheese with zucchini

Lots of zucchini this time of year and being of a creative nature I decided to add some grated zucchini to our grilled cheese sandwiches today.

Oh my goodness!  Amazing!  You can also add fresh tomato slices too!  Enjoy!

Easy cooking from my kitchen to yours. Enjoy!


Note:  Add a nice amount of grated pepper too on top of the zucchini for an added peppery taste. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Pecan Apple Bites


One, Two, Three bites of yummy pecan apple grab and go treats.

Easy to make with simple ingredients these treats will be enjoyed by the whole family and it won't take Mom long to put these yummy quick bites together for your after school snack. 









¼ cup packed light brown sugar
·         1 teaspoon cinnamon 
Save a little to sprinkle on top
·         3 tablespoons melted butter
·         ⅓ cup chopped pecans or (I used 1/2 whole piece )
·         1 small Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced into 8 (1/2-inch) slices**(I took skin off but it isn't necessary)
·         1 (8-ounce) can crescent rolls





    Preheat your oven to 375 degrees 

    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
     In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon.  Set aside.
     Melt butter and toss apple slices in butter, set aside.
    Arrange crescent roll triangles on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Evenly    distribute brown sugar mixture onto each triangle. Place apple slice on wide end after rolling in butter.  Roll from wide end to narrow end.  Brush each crescent roll with remaining butter and top with chopped pecans or as I did one whole pecan.  Sprinkle with a little cinnamon.
   Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.