Sunday, July 17, 2011

Apple Cobbler

This cobbler is so easy to make. It can be made with any flavor pie filling. I make this with my home canned Apple Pie Filling. I would dare say that this is My husband's favorite dessert. Top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and it is hard to beat .

Pie Filling Cobbler
(Printable Version)

Ingredients :
1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine, melted
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1 (15 ounce) cans pie filling ( flavor of your choice)

Melt butter or margarine in baking dish.
Mix sugar, flour, salt, and baking powder.
Add milk and mix well.
Pour batter into melted butter-- do not stir.
Pour pie filling into batter (I drop it by spoonful and put several spoons in the middle and then divide the rest into the corners and sides-- do not stir).
Bake@ 350° for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until golden brown.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Oreo Cupcakes

I saw this recipe and knew I had to try it. Just as I thought it was a huge hit!!
Who doesn't cupcakes right? Go Ahead make them and then head straight to the gym:)

24 teaspoons Oreo crumbs
¼ cup water
½ cup buttermilk
½ cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
3 eggs
Devil’s Food Cake Mix

Oreo Buttercream:
8 ounces cream cheese
¼ cup butter
Oreo cream from cookies
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ½- 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
1 cup Oreo crumbs, sifted

1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 24 muffins tins with cupcake liners
2.    Separate about 24 Oreos. Scrape off the cream centers and set aside for later, and put the cookies in the food processor.  Or if you are a poor college student, put them in a plastic bag to crunch by hand.
3.    Sift the crushed Oreos.  You will need 1 cup sifted cookies for the buttercream, so set that aside, and then add the extra sifted cookies to the larger pieces that did not sift. 
4.    Place 1 teaspoon of larger/extra sifted cookie into the bottom of each cupcake liner.
5.    In a large bowl, use a whisk to combine water, buttermilk, oil, sour cream and vanilla extract. 

6.   One at a time, add the eggs.  Be sure to stir well in between each addition, you do not need to beat the eggs though. 
7.    Slowly add Devil’s food cake mix while stirring.
8.   Fill cupcake liners (with the cookie crumbs on the bottom) ¾ full and bake for 13-18 minutes depending on how hot your oven gets.  The tops should spring back when you touch them.
9.   Place into air tight containers as they cool to seal in moisture. 
10. Oreo Buttercream:  For 5 minutes, beat cream cheese, butter and the Oreo cream centers you scraped off from the Oreos. 
11.   Add vanilla, powdered sugar and heavy cream and let beat again.
12.  Stir in Oreo crumbs and pipe onto cooled cupcakes. 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Berry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

This fabulous dressing goes well with mixed greens. It is a great addition to a summer meal.

Berry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
Recipe by Our Best Bites
1/2 c. white wine vinegar
1/2 c. honey (or sugar)
1-2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon grated onion
1 tsp. kosher or other coarse salt
About 10 cracks of freshly ground black pepper
1 c. raspberries, blackberries, or strawberries
2/3 c. canola oil
1 1/2 tsp. poppy seeds
Combine the vinegar, honey, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, and berries in the jar of a blender. Blend until smooth and then, with the blender running, add the oil in a steady stream. Turn off the blender and whisk in the poppy seeds. If possible, refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

Grilled Zucchini

We are starting to get some great veggies from our garden. This is a great way to use cook garden veggies. 

Grilled Zucchini (Printable Version)

If you take small zucchini and cut them lengthwise, you'll find that it's really easy to grill. You may also sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese over them before you serve.
·         3 medium zucchini cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
·         3 tablespoons olive oil
·         2 teaspoons oregano
·         2 garlic cloves, minced
·         1/4 teaspoon rosemary
·         salt and pepper
Preheat grill. Brush zucchini with olive oil. Sprinkle both sides of zucchini with oregano, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper. Grill until zucchini is tender, about 4 minutes per side.