Monday, December 27, 2010

Sweetened Cream filled Crepes

My 8 yr old daughter got me a crepe maker for Christmas. This recipe it the first of many to come. Thanks Alex !!!

Recipe: Basic Crepes
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons melted, unsalted butter
  • to turn these into Basic Sweet Crepes, add 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar to the flour & salt mixture when preparing (instructions below)
Yield: Approximately 2 dozen crepes when using a 7 & 1/2 inch crepe pan or skillet.
Combine flour and salt in a food processor and briefly process (if you’re making Basic Sweet Crepes, add the sugar at this time as well).
In a medium-sized bowl or large container with spout (makes for mess-free pouring), stir together milk, water and melted butter; add eggs and mix with a fork or whisk until well blended. With the food processor running, carefully add this mixture to the dry ingredients by pouring down the feed tube and processing until the batter becomes smooth.
Let the batter rest (covered and in the refrigerator) for at least 30 minutes, or pour into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
When you are ready to cook, heat a 7 to 8 inch crepe pan or non-stick skillet over medium to medium-high heat. While some cooks prefer to grease their crepe pan or skillet with melted butter or non-stick cooking spray, I suggest skipping the extra butter by using a pan or skillet that’s already well-seasoned and/or made of high quality, non-stick material.
When your pan/skillet reaches optimum temperature (use approximately the same heat you would to make pancakes), lift the pan from the heat and pour in just enough (pre-stirred) batter (2-3 tablespoons) to cover the bottom of the pan in a thin, even layer when you rotate it in small, controlled circles. Experiment with this movement. While it may seem odd at first, you will quickly learn to spread the batter evenly and perfect this process. When the bottom of the pan is covered, stop circling and return the pan to heat.
As the batter begins to set, i.e. the underside cooks to a pale, golden brown and the topside begins to bubble and sweat about (30-45 seconds,) gently turn the crepe over using a spatula, the edge of a spatula and your fingers (taking care not to burn yourself), or gently flip the crepe using the pan handle and some fancy wrist action (although I don’t suggest this method unless you are an experienced flipper).
After turning the crepe, cook briefly on the opposite side, approximately 15 seconds or until just speckled with a pale, gold pattern. Finished crepes (the second side will always be lighter than the first) should exhibit a lightly colored, gold, lacy pattern.
Continue with this process, stirring the batter before pouring each crepe, until you have used all the batter.
As you finish cooking each crepe, stack them on a plate between sheets of parchment paper to prevent sticking. If necessary (and only if using an oven-safe plate), you can place the finished crepes in a low-temperature warming drawer for a short period of time. Finished crepes may be served immediately or allowed to cool, wrapped airtight and frozen for up to 1 month.

Sweet Cream Filling
1 8oz package of cream cheese
1 pint heavy cream
1 cup sugar
fresh fruit or jam
Beat cream cheese with 1/2 pint of heavy cream and 1/2 C. sugar until smooth. 
In another bowl beat the rest of the heavy cream and sugar until stiff like heavy whip cream. Fold into the cream cheese mixture.
Take a prepared crepe and put  few spoonfuls of cream filling add fresh fruit or a drizzle of jam and roll up.
Top with more cream filling and fruit.  Enjoy !!!


Let's just say that we made lots of treats over Christmas and I realized I did not have a post for fudge ... so here it is. The Classic Fantasy Fudge recipe right off the jar of marshmallow creme . The recipe for the carmels pictured above can be found here.

  Fantasy Fudge

3 cups sugar
3/4 cup  (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine
1 small can (5 oz.) evaporated milk (about 2/3 cup) (Do not use sweetened condensed milk.)
1  12 oz bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
1 jar (7 oz.) JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Creme
1 cup  chopped PLANTERS Walnuts
1 tsp. vanilla
LINE 9-inch square pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan; set aside. Place sugar, butter and evaporated milk in large heavy saucepan. Bring to full rolling boil on medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 4 min. or until candy thermometer reaches 234°F, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Remove from heat.
ADD chocolate and marshmallow creme; stir until completely melted. Add walnuts and vanilla; mix well.
POUR immediately into prepared pan; spread to form even layer in pan. Let stand at room temperature 4 hours or until completely cooled; cut into 1-inch squares. Store in tightly covered container at room temperature.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Cinnamon Bear Popcorn

I made this great treat to take to some of  our neighbors . They loved it!!! It is great and easy to prepare.
I switched out the cinnamon bears for gum drops on a second batch and the results was EQUALLY yummy. Thanks Jaimie for sharing this recipe

Cinnamon Bear Popcorn as seen at 

Printable Version

24 C popped popcorn (1 C unpopped)
1  16 oz bag cinnamon bears
1 C butter
1/2 C corn syrup
1 1/2 C sugar
1 t vanilla
4 C mini marshmallows
red food coloring

1. Pop up your popcorn. Sprinkle it with just a bit of salt and set it aside.

2. Snip your cinnamon bears up with a pair of kitchen scissors. 

3. In a medium sized sauce pan combine the butter, corn syrup and sugar. Heat it over medium to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes. 
4. Remove it from the heat and add your vanilla, marshmallows and red food coloring.
5. Isn't that a fun pretty color! You could of course add more food coloring for a darker pink.  Mix it all around to get everything  melted in and combined.
6. Stir in the bears.
7. Add the mixture to your popped popcorn. Stir it all around until well combined.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Chicken Chow Mein

Like many of you  we have been cooking lots of treats this Holiday Season. I was searching for a good recipe that would be healthy and liked by all members of my family. I was browsing some of my favorite recipe sites and found this recipe. It tastes fresh and is not at all greasy like some Chinese food can be. It could be very weight watcher friendly if you left our the rice and Chow Mein noodles. Try this recipe when you are feeling overloaded with sugar. You'll be glad you did.

Chicken Chow Mien
As seen at Jaimie Cooks it up
(Printable Version)
2 T olive oil
2 onions
2-3 C celery
2-3 C bean sprouts
1 8 oz package mushrooms
4 chicken breasts
salt and pepper

3 C water
3  Chicken bullion cubes
2 T soy sauce
1/2 t sugar
3 T cornstarch dissolved in 1/3 C water

Hot rice
Chinese Noodles
1. In a large skillet heat 1 T olive oil. Cut up the chicken breasts with a pair of cooking scissors. Add them to the pan and sprinkle with salt and cracked pepper. Cook over medium heat until the pieces are golden brown.  This  golden brown color is going to add some delicious flavor to your chow mien.

2. While the chicken is getting itself beautifully browned you are going to be chopping up your veggies. The long noodle like things pictured at the far left are bean sprouts. You can find them at any grocery store, though (Jaimie didn't  recommend buying them at Walmart. They sale them in a prepackaged bag, and are very rarely fresh) Albertsons has the best quality I have found. I always make this the same day I purchase the bean sprouts....they do not keep very well.
3. When your chicken is browned, set it aside. Add 1 T olive oil to the same skillet you cooked the chicken in. Add your veggies and cook on medium heat for about 15 minutes, or until the veggies are crisp tender.
4. While your veggies are cooking put the water, bullion, soy sauce, and sugar in a small sauce pan. Heat until boiling, and add the cornstarch/water mixture. Stir it in thoroughly. The sauce should thicken quickly. Set aside.
5. When your veggies are done, add the chicken and the sauce back into the skillet with the veggies. Heat through and serve with rice and Chinese noodles

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

We made this great recipe. I will decrease the amount of chili powder and use a colby jack cheddar instead of the pepperjack the next I make them. my kids thought they were a little too spicy.
Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos
Recipe by
(Printable Version)

1/3 C (3 oz) cream cheese
1/4 C green salsa
1T fresh lime juice
1/2 t cumin
1 t chili powder (Cut this in half for a milder flavor)
1/2 t onion powder
1/4 t granulated garlic
3 T chopped cilantro
2 T sliced green onions

2 C shredded cooked chicken
1 C grated pepperjack cheese (use colby jack or cheddar if you want a milder dish)

small corn tortillas
kosher salt
cooking spray

Heat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.

Heat cream cheese in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds so it's soft and easy to stir. Add green salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and granulated garlic. Stir to combine and then add cilantro and green onions. Add chicken and cheese and combine well.
You can prepare up to this step ahead of time. Just keep the mixture in the fridge.

Work with a few tortillas at a time and heat in the microwave until they are soft enough to roll without cracking. It helps to place them between damp paper towels. Usually 20-30 seconds will do it. If you find yours are cracking when you roll them or come unrolled right away, just try heating them longer and try the paper towel thing.

Place 2-3 T of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges.

Then roll it up as tight as you can.

Place seam side down on the baking sheet. Lay all of the taquitos on the baking sheet and make sure they are not touching each other. Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray or an oil mister and sprinkle some kosher salt on top.

Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown.

Dip 'em in salsa, sour cream, guacamole, or this dressing.