Everyone wants a box-mix style brownie, with their thick chewy texture and rich chocolate taste. Let’s face it. The texture is hard to duplicate from scratch at home. However, I have found a magic secret ingredient that will give these brownies the characteristic chewiness everyone desires. A simple tablespoon and a half of corn syrup will do the trick. I know, I know, corn syrup is the bane of a healthy diet, but who says brownies are healthy anyway. My theory is, if you’re going to splurge, you might as well have the best brownie you can possibly have. You can have a kale salad the next day to make up for it….
Its a lovely Saturday morning here. One where no one wants to be inside working on their computer or cooking in the kitchen. So I’m going to take five minutes to share a recipe you can throw into your slow cooker, forget about and enjoy tonight for supper. Inspired by one of our favorite Arby’s sandwiches, my husband has been asking me when I am going to post this recipe. I think it’s his favorite one that I have made to date. When I asked him what I should write about it, he told me to simply say they were the most amazing, fantastic sandwiches ever. So I present to you one awesome “smoked” barbecue beef brisket sandwich. These aren’t the best pictures you will ever see. (More practice is needed in food styling). This isn’t the best writing you will read. (sometimes I wonder if I remember anything for English class). But these are the best sandwiches you will have this summer….
A few days ago, I posted my favorite chocolate cake recipe. These cupcakes are an adaptation of that recipe to bring you the perfect chocolate cupcake. They are topped with a fluffy milk chocolate frosting and sprinkles to make them birthday perfect.
I made a dangerous discovery this week. I can make rich, creamy ice cream without an ice cream maker. If I had to choose a favorite dessert, treat or comfort food, it would be ice cream every time. So for me to find a way to make it quickly and easily means serious trouble. I wouldn’t want to keep all this delicious trouble to myself, so I’m sharing the easiest ice cream recipe you’ll ever make!
The secret to soft, creamy ice without an ice cream maker is simple; whip the heavy cream. I don’t need to know the science behind it. It just works. When the cream is light and fluffy, mix in a can of sweetened condensed milk, some raspberry jam and white chocolate. The last step is the hardest part, waiting for it to freeze for at least 6 hours. The easiest part, finding friends to share it with. Enjoy.
Tonight I have just a few minutes to post a recipe. It’s been a long week at work so far and its only Tuesday. So to make it fair to you, I am going to give you a recipe you can make in the time it will take me to write this post. And I bet you will eat these Lemon Oreo Truffles even faster. Be sure to have a few friend around to help you eat them.
Tyler requested a chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting for his birthday this week. With just two people in our house, making large layer cakes is plain dangerous. Especially when the cake tastes this amazing, its impossible to avoid eating a large piece with every meal. Or even just substituting cake for our meal. We may or may not have done this 🙂 But hey, birthdays demand cake – good cake.
This cake will become your favorite go-to chocolate cake. Its soft and moist, and has a rich chocolate texture and flavor. That’s not even mentioning the frosting. Its light, fluffy and will melt in your mouth. Just don’t question the amount of butter and be sure to save some for the cake. You will want to have a spoon handy for tasting as you’re making it.
Mint lemonade has been a treat in my family since my brother and I discovered it a few years ago. Mint is easy to grow and was always in abundance and after a hot, sweaty afternoon working in the garden, nothing sounded better. We would grab some mint and mix it up with some powdered lemonade and sip our treat. Since then, the recipe has improved and now features fresh lemon juice and better techniques.
One Saturday, after baking several batches of cookies and bars for the blog and taste testing them all, I decided Tyler and I needed a something healthy for supper. With a few avocados and some chicken on hand, I threw together a mixture for some lettuce wraps that turned out to be nothing short of amazing. And another blog recipe was born.
I will be many miles away from my mom on Mother’s day. But if I was close, I would make here these adorable, little cheesecakes. They are super light and fluffy, just like eating a cloud, and the lovely lemon flavor shines through like a ray of sunlight. Makes me think of spring, which by the way, I finally declared was here this week. The grass and trees are green, the flowers are blooming and the sun finally feels warm again….
Breakfast has always been an important meal for me. Without it, I start feeling weak and lethargic halfway though the morning. So I always make sure to eat it. It never has been fancy though, cold cereal, oatmeal or a bagel are pretty average breakfasts for me. But honestly I don’t enjoy breakfast foods all that much. I would rather have a meal of spaghetti, hamburgers or grilled cheese. But who has time for that in the morning? Not to mention, its not a healthy start to the day. Last Saturday, I had some time to do some meal planning for the coming work week and included some breakfasts. I decided to make some granola. Granola is a traditional breakfast food I like, and it is so much cheaper to make….
Do you have a Friday night tradition? Is it pizza night? Popcorn and movies? Tyler and I don’t normally have Friday night traditions, but tonight it is rainy and my siblings brought us a DVD of their play to watch. So tonight we are going to curl up and watch the play and eat this pizza popcorn
together. Actually, I will eat the popcorn. Tyler doesn’t like popcorn for some odd reason. He says its the texture. I say he is weird. Although in his defense, while it was baking he came into the kitchen and asked what was smelling so wonderful, but I had to disappoint him by telling him it was popcorn. (I did cook him a nice supper then.) But this is amazing popcorn! And I think even he should like it….
First week of work is finished. I felt so important to be driving to work everyday with all the other cars, going someplace important just like each of them. That’s probably a weird thing to be feeling. Regardless, it was great to be working again, letting my eyes go all bleary over spreadsheets, and twisting my mind around invoice processes. Ok, I’m an accountant let me be. Also, don’t ask my husband what he ate this week. I woke up, went to work, came home and went to sleep. I’m going to give myself a couple weeks to ease into this big girl job.
Throughout my life I have made a lot of batches of cookies. In my family cookies never lasted long and were in high demand in planting and harvest seasons. Thankfully, my family wasn’t picky about their cookies, because not many of my batches of cookies were very good. It has only been in the past few months that I have learned to make good cookies. Through practice batches and reading about cookie making techniques online, my cookies have improved. Here is a list of some of the tips I have learned….
Job searching is stressful! So between interviews and job application stuff, I managed a break to de-stress and to try a new recipe for pretzel rolls. Both Tyler and I love the pretzel rolls sandwiches served at our work cafeterias, so I set out to copycat those rolls. They were amazing! With a perfectly chewy, salty pretzel crust and a moist, fluffy inside, the make fun sandwiches. Plus, its hard not to just keep eating them plain. Which is what I did….
This has been a great week. I found out I passed my last section of the CPA exam and got a good job offer, and its only Wednesday. Another victory of the week was this salted caramel sauce. So much creamy, caramely, sugary, salty goodness. Salted Caramel is the “in” thing right now, and in my opinion, for good reason. The extra saltiness cuts through the extra sweetness of the caramel, making it a great contrast to what other sweet item it may be paired with. Unfortunately, it doesn’t cut the calories. But who cares anyway, especially when you pair the caramel with a sweet vanilla ice cream or a rich, velvety chocolate cupcake.
|Super Easy Salted Caramel Sauce. No candy thermometer needed!|
Happy Valentines Day! I hope you are enjoying the day and the chocolate that comes along with it! 🙂 It was great to be snowed in this year and have my husband around all day. Very romantic for our first Valentines married. Anyway, as one special way to celebrate I made him these awesome Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes. Its starts with a super moist, fine-crumb chocolate cupcake, then a creamy, smooth strawberry cream cheese frosting, and is topped with a strawberry, chocolate covered of course….