Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Summer Dream

We just made up a drink, and thought we'd share, because it's yummy! Brad says  "it's a very festive brew!" We both agree it'd be an excellent drink for a punch bowl at a party.

Powdered strawberry lemonade mixed to double concentration
One can of Sprite or 7-Up
About 8 scoops of vanilla ice cream

Blend and enjoy! :)

Yield: About 4 cups.

Chicken and Dumplings

This is a great version of a traditional dinner!

1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, minced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
6 cups chicken broth
1 pound cooked chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon basil
1 cup sliced carrots
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 handful of chopped fresh parsley (or 1 tablespoon dried parsley)
1 (12-oz) can evaporated milk (fat-free is fine)
1 recipe Bisquick biscuit dough

1. Combine all ingredients except for evaporated milk and dumplings in crock pot, and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours or until carrots are tender. Turn heat to high and add dumplings and continue cooking until the dumplings are cooked through.

{Kudos to Our Best Bites cookbook!}

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sour Cream Pound Cake

We recently tried this recipe, and I made homemade whipped cream and coconut to go with it. Don't even bother- this is such a light dessert- I don't think it needs any help (plus, I couldn't really enjoy the cake with the whipped cream- it was too much.) Maybe some fruit on the side, but I will just eat it plain next time!

1 1/2 cups flour (HIGHLY recommend cake flour- my husband isn't big on a heavy pound cake, and this definitely wasn't heavy, because of the cake flour!)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3 eggs, room temperature (set out for a half hour or in warm water for 15 mins)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 sour cream

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour 8-inch or 9-inch loaf pan.
2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, and set aside. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about one minute. Continue beating and add eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla and sour cream. Slowly add the flour mixture while beating, and beat just until combined.
3. Pour the batter into loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes and then remove from pan.

{Kudos to Our Best Bites cookbook!}

Blueberry Sour Cream Pound Cake

Really yummy, light dessert! (And I have to say I was quite proud that I got little enough yolk in the egg whites that they still whipped up to stiff peaks! :)) Also, try a trick I found to get the cake out of the pan cleanly (see #3 below).

6 eggs, separated
1 cup butter, softened
3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon butter flavoring
3 cups flour (I'm going to try cake flour next time, although it was great with all-purpose flour)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (if using frozen, don't thaw)

1. Let eggs stand at room temperature for 30 mins (or place in a bowl of warm water for 15 mins). In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the extracts and butter flavoring. Combine the flour and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition. In another mixing bowl and with clean beaters, beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter. Fold in blueberries.
2 Spoon into a greased and floured 10-in tube pan. Bake at 350 for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
3. Place a towel in the sink and soak with hot water. Remove cake pan from the oven, and place directly on to the hot and wet towel. Leave at least 10 seconds (I usually loosen the sides of the cake a bit with a small rubber spatula while I wait), and then immediately invert onto a cooling rack. So far, this trick has worked perfectly every time!

{Kudos to The Taste of Home Baking Book!}

Lasagna Roll-Ups

Lasagna Roll-Ups Recipe

Another great recipe from allrecipes.com! I doubled it, but realized I only bought one can of crushed tomatoes (which I blend, because I don't like chunks of tomatoes), so I added spaghetti sauce to the mix, and it turned out great! 

1/4 pound ground beef
2 Tablespoons chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 (16 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
dash cayenne pepper
1 1/4 cups small-curd cottage cheese, drained
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 Tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
6 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

1. In a skillet, cook beef, onion, and garlic until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add tomatoes, salt, oregano, and cayenne; simmer for 10 minutes. Spoon half of the meat sauce into a greased 9-in square baking dish. Combine cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg, parsley, and onion powder; spread 1/4 cupful on each noodle. Carefully roll up and place seam side down over meat sauce. Top with remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese. Cover and bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes, or until heated through. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

{Kudos to allrecipes.com!}

Caribbean Snow Whites

***Check out my new blog to see new pics of this delicious drink! http://www.kayescupboard.com/caribbean-snow-whites/

Sounds exotic, huh? SO easy and SO good! It's very similar to a root beer float.

Vanilla ice cream
Pineapple juice (I just emptied the juice from a can of pineapple)
Cream of Coconut (found in the isle with ingredients for Pina Coladas etc)

1. Fill cup about half way with vanilla ice cream. Mix pineapple juice and Cream of Coconut; drizzle mixture over ice cream. Fill cup with Sprite. Mix a bit, and enjoy!