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Chocolate Bread Pudding

Still testing the recipes that came with my new crock pot. Did I mention I got a new crock pot? I got Fagor 3-1 cooker. It is a rice cooker, slow cooker, and pressure cooker. I have not braved the pressure cooker yet. I tried the Chocolate Bread Pudding recipe that came with the booklet. It turned out great and would work in any slow cooker and it was delicious and made for a good breakfast the next day.

1 cup butter

1/4 sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 eggs

1 1/2 cup chocolate milk

1/4 cup strong coffee

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate chunks)

4 cups stale bread – ripped into bite sized pieces (the recipes says cut into cubes, but I could not see the logic in that)

In a bowl, beat the butter, sugar & cinnamon with a mixer. Add the eggs and beat until fluffy. Mix in the chocolate milk, coffee, raisins and chocolate chips. Fold in the bread. Pour into slow cooker and set the heat to low. Cook for 5 hours. (The recipe also calls for 1 cup of pecans, but I didn’t have them and don’t really like nuts in my food so I left them out.)

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Fresh Figs


Fresh Figs

Originally uploaded by lyricalmezzo

I am lucky to have a fig tree in my yard. Having just moved to this house, I am new to having this tree. It has been delightful. The figs are so beautiful – not to mention delicious. I have made a few things with them. The first thing I made was a fig and goat cheese pie. I sliced about 20 figs in half, drizzled balsamic vinegar over the top and then topped with crumbled goat cheese. I baked it in a ready made pie crust until it was heated through. It was so good and made a fig lover out of my sister who claims to have never had a fig before??? I will make this again if for no other reason – to get a better picture of the finished product!

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What do you do with fresh cherries that are quickly going south?? Of course! You make a pie! I don’t have a fabulous history with pie baking, so I was really squeamish when I started this project. But I think it turned out just fine! Click over and take a look at the post to see how easy it was!

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For dessert Saturday night I asked Dev to grill some fresh peach halves, so I could serve them with a slice of blueberry poundcake- then I drizzled the whole mess with warmed honey.

Geezumpetes was it good! Had I known it was going to be this good, I’d have made this cake months ago!

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pecan pie bar




pecan pie bar

Originally uploaded by All Things Mimi

I sent a batch of these to school with Dev today…insuring his instant popularity with his fellow teachers!

They were simple to make (but not simpler than a real pecan pie). I guess the only reason to do these instead of the pie is you get more pieces. If you cut them in teeny weeny pieces, you get 36. I got 12. Nuff said. 🙂

Here’s the recipe- as usual I will follow with my substitutions (cuz there are always substitutions):

Pecan Pie Surprise Bars

Base:
1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1/3 c. butter, softened
1 egg

Filling:
½ c. firmly packed brown sugar
1 ½ c. dark corn syrup
1 t. vanilla
3 eggs
1 c. chopped pecans

Heat oven to 350. Grease 13×9 pan. Reserve 2/3 c. dry cake mix for filling. In large bowl, combine remaining dry cake mix, butter and 1 egg at low speed until well blended. Spread in prepared pan. Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown.

In large bowl, combine reserved cake mix, brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and 3 eggs at low speed until moistened. Beat at medium speed about 1 minute or until well blended. Pour filling over base; sprinkle with pecans. Return to oven and bake 30 to 35 minutes or until filling is set. Cool completely. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

36 bars.

Alrighty- the only substitution I made this time around was the corn syrup. I didn’t have dark, so I used light. I’m not sure if it affected the flavor- but these were pretty dirn good, so I don’t care!

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Cookies for Santa


Cookies for Santa

Originally uploaded by lyricalmezzo

I am not usually much of a baker, but this time of year, something brings it out in me and I must admit, the warmth of the oven and the smell of cookies baking is quite a comforting and familiar holiday aroma. This year I made oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, potato chip, and cheese. I have one more cookie recipe yet to make, but that is one floating around in my head, and I haven’t started that one – if I get to it…I’l post it here. The oatmeal raisin recipe I use is the one under the lid of Quaker Oats; the chocolate chip I use the Tolhouse recipe, sans nuts – both tried and true recipies I didn’t want to fool around with. For the potato chip cookies:
2 stick butter (room temp)
1 cup sugar (set 1/2 cup aside)
1tsp of vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup of crushed potato chips (I used Lays)
Preheat oven to 350
mix together ingredients; form mixture into small balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet; dip the bottom of glass in remaining sugar and flatten each cookie – bake until golden brown (12-14 minutes)

For the cheese cookies
2 cups room temp butter
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp of red pepper (you can add more to taste)

The dough will be loose, but you can form into balls – place on ungreased cookie sheet and flatten (they don’t run or rise much so don’t worry too much about spacing) bake in 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

Whatever kind of cookies you leave for Santa, make them fresh, its a good way to get into the holiday spirit.

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Dad’s Birthday Cake


Dad’s Birthday Cake

Originally uploaded by lyricalmezzo

We had a celebratory dinner tonight for my Dad’s 70th birthday – it was a week late due to our busy lives, but non the less fun and I had time to attempt my first layer cake. I don’t have a fancy recipe to give, I used a Duncan Hines French Vanilla cake mix and some Pilsbury icing because it was the only one I could find without high-fructose corn syrup. It was a tasty cake – we have lots of left-overs even after sending some home with Mom and Dad and we never eat sweets, so this will probably sadly go to waste, but it was a fun endeavor that Dad seemed to enjoy.

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Birthday Brownies!!


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Originally uploaded by All Things Mimi

I decided instead of making a cake for my sister’s birthday, I’d make brownies. Unfortunately, I was also making the rest of the dinner, so from scratch brownies weren’t really possible (well they could have been- but it’s freakin’ hot in that kitchen!).

Just as I was wondering how to make a brownie mix more appealing, my Mom hands me a recipe for “Brownie Supreme.” Basically, this is a glorified brownie mix. Perfect! And it was pretty easy, although by the time I got finished doing the extra steps I probably could have made brownies from scratch….Oh well!

Brownie Supreme

Dump contents of brownie mix in a medium bowl and add Âľ c. of sifted all purpose flour. Put all liquid ingredients called for by the recipe in another bowl. Add 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla to the wet ingredients.

In a double boiler, but one stick of butter and 2 squares (2 oz) of unsweetened chocolate. Melt it, then add 1 cup of sugar. Mix together.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, then add the chocolate mixture. Stir everything together- but don’t over stir.

Pour into a large pyrex dish and bake at 350 for about 40 minutes, or until set in the middle.

After they cooled in the pan, I stacked mine on a cake plate and stuck candles in them. In my opinion, this is way better than a cake! (Unless you make me a homemade red velvet cake with homemade cream cheese frosting.)

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Originally uploaded by All Things Mimi

This was my second attempt at a rhubarb pie, and the result was every bit as scrumptiuous as the first!

This time I used strawberry instead of raspberry, and I cheated and used a store bought crust. But the results were amazing.

Read the whole post here.

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Fathers Day dinner

Originally uploaded by lyricalmezzo

Well after bruised thumbs and broken eggs, fathers day dinner turned out to be lovely. I marinated the chicken in a very basic way – just salt, pepper and paprika and then I rubbed them down with oilve oil – the sweet potato salad was really good, but missing something I couldn’t quite put my finger on – Mom suggested it was maybe cinnamon (I’ll try it next time) – anyway – it was pretty easy – I sliced a large sweet onion and carmelized it in pan with a bit of olive oil – when the onions are tender and brown add about a 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar and a heaping tablespoon of dijon mustard and let it heat through – remove from the heat and add a heaping tablespoon of honey – and set the whole thing aside to cool. Slice 3 sweet potatoes in 1/2 inch medallions – sprinkle each side with salt and pepper and brush with olive oil; grill for about 3-4 minutes per side (just throw it on with the chicken) and then add to the onion mixture. (Yum). You’ve already read about the key lime pie and I will admit – even though I am in particular hurry to squeeze that many key limes again – it was the best key lime pie I have had in recent memory.

Cheers

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