Monday, December 13, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
- 2 c. Fresh Chopped Spinach (or half bag of frozen, or one can, etc)
- 1 c. Diced Red Bell Peppers (these arent always expensive, i found some at the 99c store)
- 2 c. Cheese (you can use almoist any kind, but we used a mix of Jack and Parmesan, i recommend Cheddar)
- 2 tsp Minced Garlic (or a T. powdered)
- 1 T Minced Onion (or same amount dry or powdered)
- 4 Eggs
- Pinch of Salt and Pepper
- 1 Deep Dish Pie Crust (i found mine in a two pack in the frozen section at Target, but you can always make your own, its cheaper)
Monday, October 18, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Prep: 5 minutes Bake: 20 minutes
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Last minute bake sale? No worries!!
- Microwave (this recipe is based on 1100 watts, adjust time accordingly to your appliance)
- 8"x8" Glass Baking Dish
- Medium Mixing Bowl
- 1 stick of softened butter (1/2 c.) - may instead be melted in microwave (high: 30 seconds) in a pinch!
- 2 eggs
- 2 T. cocoa
- 1 c. sugar (may substitute 1-1/2 t. pure stevia powder for healthier, but still sweet, sugar-free version)
- 3/4 c. flour (may substitute whole wheat for healthier version without losing flavor or texture)
- Spices: Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Ground Cloves (just a sprinkling of each)
- Mix ingredients in order listed
- Microwave for 4 min. at 80% power
- Microwave an additional 2 min. at 100% power
- Check bottom of glass dish for even coloring; if the center dark area is gone, it is ready!
- Enjoy! Tastes great topped with your favorite ice cream or drizzled with chocolate sauce!
Monday, October 11, 2010
First things first, did you buy a Pie Pumpkin?
Saturday, October 9, 2010
o 1 cup (8 oz) club soda or cream soda
o ½ cup (4 oz) butterscotch syrup (ice cream topping)
o ½ tablespoon butter
Step 1: Measure butterscotch and butter into a 2 cup (16 oz) glass. Microwave on high for 1 to 1½ minutes, or until syrup is bubbly and butter is completely incorporated.
Step 2: Stir and cool for 30 seconds, then slowly mix in club soda. Mixture will fizz quite a bit.
Step 3: Serve in two coffee mugs or small glasses; a perfectly warm Hogwarts treat for two!
Hot apple cider
· 6 cups apple cider
· 1/4 cup real maple syrup
· 2 cinnamon sticks
· 6 whole cloves
· 6 whole allspice berries (i used 2 tablespoons of pumpkin spice instead)
1 part Cranberry Juice
1 part Ginger Ale
Ghoulish Skull shaped Ice! (i found my skull ice trays at the 99 c only stores)
mix all ingredients and pour into martini glasses for a refreshing virgin spritzer!
Appetizers for Apparitions!
Makes about 3 dozen miniature pasties.
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 cup sugar
1 1 lb. can pumpkin
(or 2 cups fresh, roasted in the oven then pressed
through a strainer to save your Pumpkin Juice to drink!)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. cloves
1 2/3 cups evap. milk (1 can)
1/2 tsp. allspice
9 oz pie crust pastry (enough for two single standard pie crusts)
Bake the pie filling only (no crust) in a large casserole dish in hot oven (425 degrees) for 15 minutes. Keep oven door closed and reduce temp to moderate (350 degrees F/180 degress Celsuis) and continue baking for 45 minutes or until table knife inserted in center of dish comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.
Make or purchase pie crust pastry. Roll thin and cut into circles approx 4" in diameter. Put a spoonful of the cool pumpkin mixture towards one side of the center of the circle. Fold over the crust into a half-circle and firmly crimp the edges closed. Slice three small slits in the top for venting, place on a greased cookie sheet, and bake only until crust is a light golden-brown. Great served at room-temperature, then you don't have to worry about your guests possibly burning their mouths from the steaming hot pumpkin inside! :)
Makes: 20 appetizers
Prep: 20 minutes
Marinate: 2 to 24 hours
Bake: 25 minutes
- 20 chicken wings (3-1/2 pounds)
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 teaspoon five spice powder (curry)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp black food coloring
- 1 recipe Swamp Dip
1. Place wings in a plastic bag set in a shallow dish. In a small bowl stir together soy sauce, ginger, crushed red pepper, five spice powder, food coloring and garlic. Pour over wings. Close bag and toss to coat. Chill in refrigerator several hours or overnight, turning bag occasionally. Remove wings from bag, reserving marinade.
2. Place wings on a foil-lined 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake, uncovered, in a 450 degree F oven for 10 minutes. Brush with reserved marinade (discard remaining marinade). Bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until chicken is tender and no longer pink. Serve with Swamp Dip. Makes 20 appetizers.
In a small bowl stir together a 8-ounce container of dairy sour cream and 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish mustard. Garnish with fresh whole chives. Serve with bat wings.
1 Pie Pumpkin, pureed
2 c. Heavy Cream
2 c. Chicken broth
2 c. Cheddar Cheese, Grated
½ of an Onion, minced
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp Ginger
Bake pumpkin, slice and puree.
Heat chicken broth on medium high. add onion, garlic, cinnamon and ginger. Cook 5 minutes. Add pumpkin puree, cook 5 minutes. Add cheese, cook until melted. Take off heat. Add cream.
Toast some French bread and cut into creepy shapes with Halloween cookie cutters for a perfect topper to the pumpkin soup!
I took fruits and veggies that looked strange or creepy and my friend arranged them on a Halloween platter to look eerily delicious!
ideas for creepy veggies:
julienned tomatoes (cut lengthwise to create a long pointed red thing)
green apples cut into small cubes
*Butterbeer, and Pumpkin Pasties recipes came to me from AWESOME Harry Potter fan websites such as
Monday, May 10, 2010
Prep: 10 minutes Bake: 20 minutes
5 Ripe Bananas
1/4 c. Butter
1/2 c. Sugar
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 c. Whole Wheat Flour
1 c. Chocolate chips (for garnish)
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Mash bananas in a large bowl. Melt butter. Combine butter, sugar and egg with bananas. Combine baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour in a medium bowl. Add all at once to banana mixture. Mix together. Spoon into greased muffin pan. Garnish with chocolate chips if desired! Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Enjoy! Serves 4 to 6.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Prep: 15 minutes Bake: 60 minutes Assemble: 60 minutes
1 c butter
2 c sugar
3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1.5 c pureed pumpkin
3.5 c flour
Cream butter sugar and eggs
add pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt and mix
add flour and pumpkin
grease two pyrex bowls and add cake mix evenly
bake at 375 F for one hour
1 1/3 c pumpkin puree
1 1/3 c sweetened condensed milk
3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 c hot water
Mix all ingredients together in order
pour into greased round cake pan and bake for 1 hour at 375 F at the same time as you bake the cake sections so as to save time.
6 T butter
4 c powdered sugar
2 T milk
1 T vanilla
Orange and Green food coloring
mix all ingredients and color 1/2 c green and all the rest orange
chill the cakes and pie in freezer until ready to assemble.
To Assemble and Frost:
1 c. of chocolate chips
two half circle cakes
one pumpkin pie without crust
Frosting(cream cheese frosting would be a wonderful substitute for the buttercream)
place one half of pumpkin cake round side down onto serving platter. Sprinkle chocolate chips onto cake, then place pumpkin pie portion on top of cake, cut to fit. sprinkle more chocoalte chips then place other half of pumpkin on top of pie. this may smoosh out some pie filling, dont worry about it, as long as it isnt gooping off the cake you are fine!
take about 1/2 cup of frosting and color green, color the rest orange and begin to frost cake in orange starting at the top and moving downward slowly and evenly with rounded knife or frosting tool. after you covered most of the cake, take knife and frost in downward line pattern from top to bottom of cake.
Put green in zip bag or pastry bag or frosting bag, whatever you have on hand. starting at top of cake, frost in a circlular pattern to form a small stub resembling a stem, continue to "draw" leaves and vines on the cake in a pattern to your liking. if you like, also add grass or more vines at the bottom of the cake ( i like to do that if i messed up or didnt have enough orange frosting!)
Serve and Enjoy!
Prep: 2 minutes Cook: 10 minutes
2 c. Leftover Rice (brown or white)
2 c. Milk
1 c. Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
Cook leftover rice and 1 1/2 cups of milk and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Combine remaining milk and egg in separate bowl. Pour into saucepan with rice, milk and sugar while stirring. Cook 5 more minutes, or until mixture start to thicken. Turn off heat and add vanilla and 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon. Garnish with remaining cinnamon. serve hot or cold! Add whipped cream or ice cream if this dish is going to be a dessert. Enjoy!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Prep: 5 minutes Cook: 2 minutes
2 c. Pancake mix
1 1/2 c. Milk
1/2 c. Brown Sugar
2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 c. Chocolate Chips
1/2 c. Mini Marshmallows
Combine all ingredients in bowl, stir until just moistened. Preheat pan on Medium heat. Scoop pancake batter into heated pan. Wait 1 minute or less (depending on your stove) flip, cook one more minute. Serve with whipped cream and crumbled graham cracker if desired and enjoy by a warm campfire!
1/2 c. Coconut Oil
1/2 c. Butter, softened
9 c. Powdered Sugar
2 T. Milk
1 tsp. Coconut extract (optional)
Cream Coconut oil and Butter. Add sugar one cup at a time blending well between cups. Add milk, 1 tsp. at a time until frosting reaches spreading consistency. If the coconut flavor isnt strong enough for you then add the tsp of extract with the milk.
Liberally frosts a two layered cake or 24 cupcakes.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Prep: 10 minutes Chill: 1 hour
3 oz unsweetened Baking Chocolate
1/4 c. Butter
3 c. Powdered Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
Melt unsweetened baking chocolate and butter in small sauce pan over medium heat.
Mix in half of the powdered sugar. Beat in the egg (remember it was the 50s, you can substitute egg for 1/4 c. vegetable oil) Add remaining sugar and vanilla. Press into 8x8 baking pan lined with wax paper (make sure to line it or it will be impossible to remove!) Chill for 1 hour, or until firm!
Monday, March 8, 2010
Approx 15 leaves of fresh Basil
2 to 3 cloves of garlic
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend/ process for 1 minute or until garlic and basil leaves are finely chopped. Serve with pasta of your choice! Serves four.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Prep: 30 seconds Cook: 2 minutes
1/2 C. Chocolate Chips
1/2 C. Marshmallows
2 T. Butter
2 T. Milk
Combine all ingredients in a microwavable bowl. Microwave on high 30 seconds, stir. Repeat until
melted, up to 2 minutes. Serve with fresh fruit, sliced apples, grapes, bananas, pineapples. Or graham crackers for a delicious chocolatey s'more treat!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
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