Friday, August 28, 2009

Lemon Angel Food Cake


1 ½ C. sifted cake flour

1 ¾ C. sugar

14 egg whites

Pinch of salt

1 tea. Cream of tartar

Zest of one lemon

2 tea. Vanilla extract

¾ tea. Lemon oil

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Sift flour into mixing bowl. Sift sugar into separate bowl and set both aside. In a copper or stainless steel bowl, beat egg whites to soft peaks; add salt when whites are just foamy (add cream of tartar at this point if using a stainless steel bowl). Gently fold in sugar with a rubber spatula; fold in flour in two batched. Add lemon zest, vanilla, and lemon oil. When all is completely incorporated, transfer batter to angel food cake pan and smooth top. Bake until cake is pale brown in color and springs back when gently touched with finger, and when a skewer inserted in center comes out clean (approx. 1 hour). Cool upside down in pan. To serve, gently remove from pan, releasing sides with knife. Serves 10-12.


2 Cups. Whipping cream

½ pkg. lemon pudding

Serve with fresh fruit, especially nice with raspberries or strawberries. (FYI this is my official birthday cake, the one I asked for every year growing up...mmm)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sticky Coconut Chicken

from My Kitchen Cafe

6-8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 cup canned coconut milk
1 TBSP mincd fresh ginger
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 tsp red pepper flakes

Marinade the chicken in coconut milk, ginger, pepper and red pepper flakes at least one hour. Grill on barbeque.
3/4 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
3 TBSP soy sauce
1 tsp red pepper flakes
While the chicken is grilling, bring the above ingredients to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until mixture is reduced and thickened, about 8-10 mnutes. Be patient because it takes a little while. But once it starts getting really thick, immediately take it off the heat! Glaze both sides of chicken the last few minutes of grilling and serve chicken over rice.
Sidenote: I used the extra coconut milk left in the can as part of the liquid in my rice. It was pretty good.

Simple and Meaty Skillet Lasagna

3 (14.5 oz) cans whole peeled tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 TBSP olive oil
1 medium onion, minced
3 medium garlic cloves, finely minced
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes, these do not add spice, just flavor!
1 TBSP dried basil
1/2 TBSP dried oregano
1/2 pound ground pork
1/2 pound ground beef (I used 1 lb. beef, no pork)
12 curly edged lasagna noodles, broken unto 1 inch pieces
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
3/4 cup ricotta cheese (don't use fat-free!)

Pulse the tomatoes with their juice in a blender or food processor until they are coursely ground and no large pieces remain.

Heat the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring often, until the onion is softened and translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the ground meat and cook, breaking apart the meat, until it is lightly browned and no longer pink, 5-6 minutes.

Scatter the broken lasagna noodles over the meat and then pour in the ground tomatoes and tomato sauce over the pasta. Stir in the basil and oregano. Cover, increase the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring often and adjusting the heat to maintain a vigorous simmer, until the pasta is tender, about 20 minutes.

Off the heat, stir in half the mozzarella and half the parmesan. Dot heaping tablespoons of the ricotta over the noodles, then sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and parmesan. Cover and let stand off the heat until the cheese melts, 2-4 minutes. Serve.

Sausage and Spinach Penne Skillet Supper

This is my new favorite dinner. It was easy and tasted fantastic. Serves 6. You can always feed more by adding more pasta and water. From My Kitchen Cafe.
1 TBSP olive oil
1 pound Italian-style turkey sausage, casings removed (I used mild pork sausage)
3 medium garlic cloves, minced finely
3 1/2 cups water
2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, rinsed and chopped fine (I forgot to rinse, they tasted fine)
1/2 tsp salt
12 ounces (about 3 1/2 cups) penne pasta
1 (6 oz) bag baby spinach
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (I used toasted slivered almonds, the pine nuts are way too expensive!)
Heat the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot and add in the sausage. Cook until lightly browned and no longer pink about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Stir in the water, broth, sun-dried tomatoes, and 1/2 tsp salt, then add in the pasta. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook at a strong simmer, stirring often, until the pasta is tender and the liquid has thickened, about 15-18 minutes (if you find the liquid is absorbing too quickly and the pasta is still undercooked, add a bit more water in small amounts until the pasta is cooked thoroughly).
Stir in the spinach a handful at a time, and cook until wilted. Off the heat, stir in the cheese and pine nuts. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.
Great leftovers!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Taco Mac n Cheese Casserole

This recipe was passed from person to person, but it came from my step-mom. I am not sure it has a name so I made up another one.

2 boxes Kraft Deluxe Mac and Cheese prepared as directed on package
1 pound ground beef (I am sure Turkey can be substituted)
1 package taco meat seasoning or 1/4 cup if you buy from Costco.
1 cup sour cream
crumbled tortilla chips

Brown meat, drain and prepare taco meat according to package directions.

Preheat oven to 350

Combine prepared mac and cheese with sour cream. Layer half the mac and cheese mixture, followed by all of the taco meat mixture. Top with remaining mac and cheese. Bake for 20 minutes. Top with a layer of salsa, then crushed up tortilla chips, topped with shredded cheese. The last three ingredients I didn't have measurements so I put enough salsa to cover, and then did the same with the chips and cheese.

Monday, August 17, 2009


OK so maybe south of the border potato casserole is better but whatever...

  • 3-4 chicken breasts cooked and cut into bite sized strips
  • 3/4 cup diced bell peppers and onions
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup shredded Colby Jack Cheese
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 2 tomatoes seeded and finely diced
  • 1 bag tater rounds (disk like tater tots)

Bake tater rounds as directed.

In a pan saute peppers and onion in 1 T butter until onions are slightly transparent. Add chicken cook for about 5 minutes. Add soup, sour cream, and spices stir.

Preheat oven to 350. Layer Tater rounds on bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish. Sprinkle 1/4 cup shredded cheese on top. Pour all of the chicken mixture on top, followed by the remaining tater rounds. then remaining cheese. Bake for 15 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted. Top with green onions and tomatoes if desired.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Dessert Party

I had a dessert party and collected some recipes from various locations. I thought i would post them all here! All pictures were take from the website that the recipe came from, I lack presentation!

Chewy, Fudgy Triple Chocolate Brownies form Annie's Eats

Cupcake Bites from Bakerella

Shortbread Cookies from The Pioneer Woman

Frosty Orange Creme Dessert from Make it and Love it

Oreo Truffles from Recipe Queens

Cookies and Cream Rice Krispie Treats from Annie's Eats

The following didn't have pictures so you have to deal with my amateur photography skills.
Toffee Dip served with Fuji Apples from Recipe Queens
Fluffy Fruit Dip from I served this with Strawberries. Sorry I forgot to rotate and am now being lazy!

Veggie Bars from Recipe Queens I couldn't find Salad confetti so I just used iceberg lettuce, bell peppers and green onions. I forgot about the tomatoes and cucumbers, oops!

I also served punch that was made from:

1 liter of sprite
1 container of frozen raspberry lemonade
some raspberries thrown in.

This recipe I got from Hayley C. it was from memory and sounded good so hopefully I got it right!