Whoopies and thoughts…

April 12, 2011

I love to try new things with baking. To see if I can do it and if I can do it well of course.

I saw a special the other night on Whoopie Pies and I thought they were very retro and cool looking, so I took them on. Baking/cooking relaxes me and helps me settle a bit. So we had a big family reunion last weekend and of course I had to bring something, so I thought why not try these whoopie pies on my family!

When I arrived with these treats, my uncle nearly died! He loves Whoopie Pies and was so thrilled that I had made them and brought them he forced me to park in the garage because he was so thrilled with me. It was very cute and I was thrilled to make him so happy.

Because my father died when I was so young, I did not get to cook for him a much as I would like to. As a young girl my father had a big impact on me especially with food. He enjoyed food so much and allowed me to try anything he was eating and to experience it how he did. Today I miss this so much and wish I could cook for him and not to mention enjoy wine with him.

So alas when my Uncle made this face when he ate the whoopie pie…

It allowed me to take joy knowing my dad would have loved them as well, because my uncle did! I know I had done something good.

Whoopie Pies:

  • 1/4 Cup Crisco
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 TSP Vanilla

Blend these all together in a stand up mixer.

Then add:

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder, plus 1 TBS more
  • 2 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1 TSP salt

Mix together

Till combined throughly.

Now on a cookie sheet, scoop 1 TBS of the mix on the sheet. Make sure to spread apart the cakes, because they will spread out quite a bit.

Now bake them for 8 minutes exactly at 375 Degrees. Let them cool for a minute and remove with a metal spatula and set on cooling rack to cool.

Use all the mix, this will make around 13-15 Whoopie Pies depending on the size.

For the Cream:

  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Crisco
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 TBS Flour
  • 1 TSP Vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup Warm, whole milk

Now take these ingredients and mix well, for a while.

It will look curdled there for a bit, but keep mixing on high until it looks like this:

Now simply fill the pies!

No need to refrigerate. Someone told me they are better the next day….I wish I knew, there were none left over! Must try these yummy treat!

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Chicken Salad

April 7, 2011

I met with my girlfriends last month to go out for “Girls Night.”  I ordered a great salad. It was sort of like a Waldorf salad salad but with chicken salad in it. So I decided to create it at home…

For the Chicken Salad:

  • Canned Chicken
  • Pecans or walnuts, candied if you wish
  • Raisins
  • Mayo
  • Some Apple

Just mix that all to taste and add some salt and pepper and whatever else you would like, set aside.

Chicken Salad

Apples

Raisins and Walnuts

I use Romain lettuce or whatever you have in your fridge will do as well. Wash and put in bowl cut how you like.

For the salad dressing: I did a Honey Walnut dressing:

  • 2 TBS Mayo
  • 2.5 TBS Honey
  • 3 TBS Greek Yogurt, nonfat
  • 2 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 TSp Dried Mustard
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Walnuts, chopped well.(optional)

Just whisk all the dressing ingredients together well. I also made some homemade croutons. Whatever bread you have on hand, cut up and mix with some olive oil, salt and pepper, if you want some garlic as well. And roast in oven till nice and crispy!

Now just assemble the ingredients. Lettuce first, then the chicken salad, a bit of Parmesan, some croutons and then the dressing on the side or on top. Enjoy!

Holy Kiss Fest

April 5, 2011

The Mexican Party we had so much food and a ton of fun!

Here are some other pictures of the other foods we had.

Sopapillas, Sarah made.

Churros, Sam made.

Some tacos we threw together last minute.

Chips and Salsa, of course…

I made my Chicken enchiladas as well…

We had a Jalapeño eating contest.

At one point we had many people try to fit in our bus…

And then they went for a ride…

Overall it was a very good sunday with food, friends and lots of laughing.

Flan

April 4, 2011

 

We had a Mexican theme party at our house. There was over 20 people there and it was very very fun. Lots of yummy food, baking and drink were had.  I think we made it Mexican theme, just to try some dishes we’ve been wanting 🙂

I made my Chicken Enchiladas I have posted on here before, and I wanted to do a dessert. I chose Flan.I love Flan. It was not that hard.

FLAN

  • 4 Eggs
  • 3/4 Cup of Sugar
  • 14 Ounce Can of Sweetened condensed milk
  • 14 Ounce Can of evaporated milk
  • 2.5 TBS of Kahula

In a saucepan take the sugar and heat it up over medium heat, allow it to melt until it has melted. To not stir it, only swirl it about every once in a while so it can melt evenly.

It happens slowly, be patient, and do not put it on high because it will burn and you will have to start over!

There it is done! Now take this and put into a 9 inch round dish, swirl around so evenly distributed. Set aside and allow to cool.

Now the custard part of the flan.

Take the eggs and whisk by hand or in stand up mixer. Add the two milks and the Kahula and whisk till combined.

Now place the caramel pan into a dish with hot water in it.

Then pour the milk mixture into the hardened and cooled caramel, it will sit right on to.

The pan will float a bit, don’t get scared its ok!

Now put into a preheated oven, 350 degrees, and bake for 50 minutes. Just until it is firm, but still slightly jiggles.

Cool for about 30 minutes and then place in fridge for at least 3 hours, but I just made it the night before and we ate it the next day and it was great!

To get the Flan out of the pan, that is the hardest part.

Just run a knife along the sides of the custard…

Put a dish on top of the Flan dish, that you want to serve the flan in. Make sure it has a lip so all the caramel does not go all over.

Flip the Dish.

Say a little prayer over it and …

Lift it up! See the beauty!!

Allow the caramel to drip out and all over the Custard!

It was amazing….