Monday, March 30, 2009

Oreo Cookie Cake

If you read my other blogs you will know that I purchased two packages of Meijer brand cookies so that I could get free Detroit Piston tickets (they lost to the Miami Heat at the buzzer). I needed a method to get rid of the cookies, without eating them all myself......and I could I tell you.....just give me a gallon of ice cold milk and I could easily polish off that package. But I'd rather not...well that's a lie...I would but I don't need the calories. Instead I baked a Oreo cookie cake.Oreo Cookie Cake Recipe

1 box devil food cake mix
1 C coarsely broken Oreo or Oreo type cookie (I broke them into pieces about dime size)
1/2C of finely crushed Oreo or Oreo type cookie (actually crumb size)

Bake cake according to package instructions except fold in 1 C of coarsely broken Oreo cookies before pouring batter into cake pans. Bake as instructions indicate but whatever you do, do not over bake.

Let cool.

I used buttercream frosting to frost the cake. Garnish top of cake with 1/2 C of finely crushed Oreo cookies.

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

4 C powder sugar sifted to eliminate hard clumps
2 sticks of softened butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 Tablespoons milk...additional milk as needed 1 Tablespoon at a time

Beat butter and vanilla together. Add 1 cup of powder sugar at a time to the creamed butter. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time. Once all sugar is incorporated into butter mixture, only add additional milk if needed to obtain a fluffy consistency. Enjoy and of course by now you know I didn't save any calories by baking a cake. My intentions were good but as you know...the road to hell is paved with good intentions........pass the cake. Don't judge me.....just bake the cake.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Pillsbury Grand Biscuits Recipe

This is most likely a breakfast recipe but at our house breakfast food is consumed at any hour of the day. I liked the fact that the leftovers microwaved without a hitch. Enjoy.

Pillsbury Grand Biscuits
3 C frozen hash browns (thaw in microwave on paper plate)
1 lb. bacon (cooked and broken into small pieces)
shredded cheddar cheese
4-6 eggs (beaten)

Place Grand Biscuits in (touching one another) bottom of casserole dish prepared with cooking oil spray. You might have to push them around and stretch them a bit. Next spread the thawed hash browns on top of the biscuits. Salt and pepper according to taste. Spread bacon and then cheddar cheese. Pour beaten eggs on top of the cheese. Salt and pepper again.

Bake at 350 degrees 35 minutes or until eggs are done. Let stand for 5 minutes before eating.Very tasty and quick to make. I think next time I will try a zesty version. Maybe add chopped green peppers and tomatoes and some crumbled cooked sausage. Before serving top with salsa or picante sauce.

I found this recipe on a blog about coupon clipping and for the life of me cannot find the blog now. As soon as I do I will include the link.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Theme Post: Cheap Gadgets I had to Buy

Today is a theme post called 'Cheap Gadgets I had to Buy'.

Please check out my other two blogs to see what cheap gadgets I bought for the house and garden.Can you guess what it is???? Here's a hint. It looks rather dangerous but you actually use it on something rather delicate.....strawberries and tomatoes.

It is called a strawberry/tomato huller and I paid $2.99. Ironically I purchased this kitchen gadget at a hardware store.

I know when I hull strawberries it really isn't hulling but more like lopping off the top 1/3 of the strawberry. Strawberries can be pricey when they are out of season so theoretically if I was cutting off a 1/3 of the strawberry when hulling it, then I should be able to save a 1/3 of the price of a quart of strawberries every time I hull strawberries using this cheap little gadget. That is if I can find it in my gadget/utensil drawer.

*I apologize for the pathetic looking tomato but it was the only one in the refrigerator. Also, notice that dark's something on the lens of my camera. The larger dark spot that covers half the plate is my shadow.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Free Bread Book from Fleischmann's

Use this link to have Fleischmann's Yeast send you a free bread book titled kneadlessly simple by Nancy Baggett.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Time for Deep Dish Pizza

Time is the theme of my three blogs today.

Last night I tried my hand at making a deep dish pizza. I asked R if it was any good and he replied, "I'm eating it, ain't I?" Sorry ladies....he's all mine!!!I used the Pillsbury pizza crust that is in a tube (like crescent rolls). The recipe called for a deep dish pizza pan of which I do not own so I used a spring form cake pan. I used cooking spray on the pan and pushed the dough around to fill the pan bottom and up the sides of the pan.The recipe called for a 500 degree oven and to turn it down to 425 when you put the pizza in the oven.

Here are the ingredients I used.

2 C mozzarella cheese
1/2 a green pepper chopped
1 tomato chopped (discard seeds and soft parts of the tomato)
1 can sliced mushrooms
1/2 C sliced green olives
1 medium size onion sliced thinly
1 C diced ham
1/4 C pizza sauce ( I think you could use spag sauce)

This is how I layered it.

Pizza sauce
1 C mozzarella cheese
mixture of the green pepper, onion, sliced olives, diced ham, and tomato
1/2 C mozzarella cheese
sliced mushrooms
remaining cheese

Baked for 25 minutes at 425 degrees according to the recipe.

It was great......He ate it.....didn't he??

What would I do differently? I would bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes. The crust was done but the cheese could have melted a little more. I just needed more time and less temperature.

I also would chop everything an hour before assembling the pizza and let it all sit on a piece of paper towel so that there was time for some of the moisture to be removed.

The spring form pan worked great. After the pizza rested for 5 minutes, I unlatched the outer ring and lifted it off.

Viola.....deep dish pizza.

He ate two large pieces.