Friday, February 28, 2014

Homemade "Hostess-Like" Cupcakes

Okay ... these have been on my "to-do" list for quite some time.  Today was the day and soooo good!!  My husband has always loved Hostess cupcakes, but I have a problem buying food that NEVER goes bad.  These take a little time but worth every minute.  I was so excited to show him and he LOVED them!!  They made him smile ... which I love.  :) 

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

1 chocolate fudge cake mix with pudding
1 cup sour cream, fat-free ok
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup oil
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 recipe of "Perfect Cupcake Frosting and Filling", Our Best Bites recipe, here, which I might add is FANTASTIC!!

Chocolate Ganache: also from Our Best Bites (love this site), here
3/4 cup cream
2 tablespoons real butter, melted
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
White icing for Squiggles

Mix all cake ingredients. Mix on low 30 seconds, scrap sides, then beat on med-high for 2 min. Fill cupcake papers 2/3 full and bake for 15-18 min. at 350°. Cool completely. Using a piping bag with a medium star tip, insert through top of cupcake and squeeze some filling (frosting) inside. For Ganache - Place chocolate in a bowl. Pour melted butter over it. Place cream in microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 2 minutes- it needs to be at a simmer. Immediately pour over chocolate and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit for about 3 minutes and then stir until smooth. Let it cool a little then while ganache is still running, dip tops of cupcakes in it and let it harden before piping on squiggles.

Now ... that is heaven!


Recipe Source: Filling & Ganache from Our Best Bites

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Baked Spaghetti Squash

This is possibly the easiest and most delicious way to prepare Spaghetti Squash.  Really!  I've tried boiling, microwaving, crock-potting (is that a word?) and baking and hands down, baking is it.

First, wash your squash. 
Take a big serving fork and poke holes all over the skin.

Place in big pan and put in 375 degree oven and bake for 1 hour.

Remove from the oven and this is what it looks like.

Using a serrated knife, cut off stem end and cut it in half, lengthwise.

With a large spoon, scoop out seeds and "stuff" and discard.

Now, with a fork loosen squash from edges, and ...

scoop it right into your serving dish.

Season with salt and pepper, and butter.  If you want to save some calories, use Butter Buds instead of the butter.

And by all means ... savor every bite of it.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa have to try this.  So easy (really!!) and so yummy.  This is Tyler Florence's recipe. 

 You will need:  1 lb. tomatillos
1 white onion, peeled & quartered
4 garlic gloves
2 jalapenos
2 t. ground cumin
1 t. salt
1/2 c. chopped cilantro leaves
1/2 lime, juiced
Pull the husks off and quarter.
Top the jalapenos and cut lengthwise, using knife remove the ribs and seeds (do not touch eyes, can wear gloves and wash hands afterwards.
Using the back of a knife, lay knife on garlic glove, wack the knife with your palm.  The skin of the garlic will fall right off.  Cut cloves in half.
Throw tomatillos, onions, jalapenos, and garlic on cookie sheet
and roast at 400 for 15 min.
Transfer the roasted vegetables and any juices on the bottom of the tray to a food processor.  Ruff chop the cilantro and place in food processor.
Add lime juice (I didn't have a fresh lime so I used 2 T. of ReaLime Concentrate)
the cumin and the salt.
Using the pulse, run a few times, scrapping down the sides until chopped but still chunky.
This is great served hot or cold.
I also mix with Ranch Dressing and it makes a wonderful dressing for taco salad.
You can also put sliced grilled chicken, this salsa, and cheese in a tortilla, roll up and smother with more sauce on top with a little more cheese and broil until cheese melts.

Recipe Source:  The Food Network
(originally posted on a previous blog of mine)

Enjoy Something New ... Everyday!!  I love the words. 
 Enjoy & Create!!
I thought I'd create this blog to share and record things that I Enjoy, things I Create, and things that I learn along the way.  A history of my experiments, good and bad, and a place that will help me remember what I've done :)

I love learning about, shopping for, and creating things with food!!  Cooking classes and reading cookbooks are a great way to learn more about what we all do three times a day.  Some people read and collect novels ... well, that's not me.  Give me a cookbook and I'm content for hours.

My ideal shopping day includes stores like Trader Joes (TJ's), Whole Foods, and Harmon's (a chain in our state).  Including a Hobby Lobby in that mix is just a little bit of heaven.  Weird, huh?

Hopefully ... through this blog, as I learn and share, others will also learn and Enjoy!!