April 22, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles

Posted in Desserts tagged , , at 3:10 pm by RootsAndRings

I’ve attempted truffles before and failed miserably. I swore I’d never do it again. But I got this recipe in the mail from Tollhouse. It looked super easy so I gave it a shot. Besides the fact that the needs to stay refrigerated, these are perfect. My Meme once said that broken cookies don’t have any calories because they fall out. So I guess we’re in the clear!

 

1 pkg cookie dough; I used Toolhouse. (They gave me the recipe, the least I could do was use their brand!)
3 oz. cream cheese, softened (I used 3.5-4 oz)
1 c. chocolate chips (Calls for semi-sweet. It’s great that way but next time I’ll try dark chocolate)
1 T. vegetable oil

Bake your cookies according to the package. Make sure they are thoroughly cooked, but not burned. Crispy cookies work best. Once cooled, crumble your cookies into a food processor. Grind them up- not into a powder though! Add cream cheese and blend/chop/process?/whatever until thoroughly mixed through. It will look like chocolate dough. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Roll into 1″ balls and cool on cookie sheet in fridge. About 45 min-an hour. Before they are ready, heat chocolate chips and oil in a microwave save bowl. Let it cool on the counter. Then, dip each ball into your chocolate and put it back on the cookie sheet. Make sure you don’t have too much dripping chocolate. Refrigerate until hardened. Enjoy!

April 12, 2009

The Best Carrot Cake I’ve Ever Had

Posted in Desserts tagged at 6:27 pm by RootsAndRings

Okay… it’s also the only carrot cake I’ve ever had! But don’t let that take away from it’s greatness! I was in charge of dessert for Easter this year. I was asked to bring two desserts: one chocolate, one not chocolate. I’ve always held the opinion that it’s not worth the calories if it’s not chocolate. But momma wanted choices, so choices I gave her. I thought a carrot cake would be cute, seeing as it’s Easter and happens to be the Big Bunny’s favorite. Coincidentally, it was also my mother-in-law’s b-day and she loves carrot cake. So I searched for a great recipe. This one got fantastic reviews. And although I still prefer chocolate, I’ll definitely be making this again!

 

Cake
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
2 t. ground cinnamon
1 3/4 c. white sugar
1 c. vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 t. vanilla
2 c. shredded carrots
1 c. flaked coconut
1 c. chopped walnuts
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained

Frosting
1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. butter, softened
2 c. confectioners’ sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9×13. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients and then add sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Mix with a wooden spoon until thoroughly mixed. Batter will be thick. Stir in carrots, coconut, walnuts, and pineapple. Pour into pan and bake for about 45 minutes. When cool, ice the cake. Cream butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add confectioners’ sugar and beat until creamy. I added some vanilla as well.

(I used two 9″ round pans and baked for 40 minutes, worked wonderfully. But I doubled the icing recipe to make sure I had enough. Had tons left over but not sure that I would have had enough if I didn’t.)

That Amazing Oreo Thing

Posted in Desserts tagged , , , , at 6:00 pm by RootsAndRings

This recipe is actually called Oreo Refrigerator Cake. But I think it’s misleading, as it’s not actually cake. Regardless, it’s fabulous. I’ve made this a few times. I made it for Easter and the dish was literally licked clean. I’ve found that it works best if you don’t make it all in one day. You certainly can if you don’t have time. But I think it sets better if you do it a layer at a time.

 

1 bag/pkg of Oreos (I, of course, use Kroger brand)
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 (8oz) pkg of cream cheese, softened
1 c. confectioners’ sugar
1 large tub of thawed Cool Whip
1 large pkg of instant chocolate pudding mix
2 1/4 c. half-and-half cream (I use milk)

Put the Oreos in a big ziplock and crush them up. Put 1/4 cup in aside to use as topping. Mix the rest of the crushed Oreos with the melted butter. Once mixed, press into a 9×13 dish and stick in the fridge. I usually leave this in the fridge overnight so it sets well. For the next layer, beat the cream cheese with the confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Fold in half of the Cool Whip. Spread over the cookie crust. Return to fridge. Make sure your cream cheese has a chance to set (about 30min – 1 hour) before you do the next step. Combine milk and pudding until smooth. Pour over cream cheese layer. Once set (approx. 1 hour) top with remaining Cool Whip and leftover crushed Oreo. Cover with Saran Wrap and store in fridge. Enjoy!

April 10, 2009

I’m An Adult, Therefore I Roast

Posted in Beef, Crockpot tagged at 2:28 pm by RootsAndRings

Only adults cook roast. Since I’m trying to convince myself that I’m an adult now, this seemed like a great step. I’m not very educated on the different types of roast. I just bought something on sale at Kroger that had the word “roast” in it. And then I found this recipe.

 

approx 3 lb. roast – bigger or smaller is fine, my Crock Pot could hardly handle this one
1 pkg ranch dressing seasoning mix
1/2 – 1 pkg Italian dressing seasoning mix
1 pkg brown gravy seasoning mix
1 c. water
veggies of choice

 I layered the bottom of my Crock Pot with halved red potatoes. Then put my roast on top. My roast was too long so I cut it in half, put the first half down, covered it in larges slices of onions, then put the other half on top. Then poured onions and carrots in. Sprinkled the mixed seasonings on top. Pour in water, add more if you want more drippings. I also added red wine… because, well, I like wine. You could also use the mixes as a dry rub if you’d like. Cook on low all day – I did mine about 9-10 hours. Save your drippings for gravy. The carrots are to die for!!

April 8, 2009

Lemon Feta Chicken

Posted in Chicken tagged , , at 1:52 pm by RootsAndRings

This is our go-to recipe. This is the oh-crap-what-am-I-going-to-do-with-this-chicken-breast dinner. I’d say we have this 3-5 times each month. It’s easy, quick, and I always have feta and lemons on hand.

 

chicken breasts

salt & pepper

1 lemon

crumbled feta

Salt and pepper your chicken breasts and put them in a baking dish. Squeeze some lemon over them. Sprinkle with feta. (Stephen and I prefer to ‘cover with feta’ instead… it’s your call. We love cheese.) Squeeze more lemon over the top. And bake. It’s that easy. The original recipe said to throw in a bunch of sliced red pepper, but we found that we didn’t care to take anything away from the baked, lemony cheese! I do throw in some whole cherry tomatoes though.

April 6, 2009

Soup-Hater’s Favorite Stew

Posted in Beef, Crockpot, Soups/Stews tagged at 11:36 am by RootsAndRings

Stephen hates soup so I try to stay away from anything broth-related. However, I figured I could trick him by using a lot of meat and potatoes in a stew. It was successful. This is the best stew we’ve ever tasted! We’ve had it twice in two months. The best part? Just throw it all in the crock pot!

 

2 lbs. stew meat
1 can condensed tomato soup
1 can cream of mushroom
1 pkg onion soup mix
1 c. red wine (we use Cowtown Red from D’Vine Wine; I’m certain that the wine makes all the difference so choose one you love)
veggies of choice (I used quartered red potatoes, baby carrots, onions, celery, and then at the end I throw in a can of drained green beans)

Put meat and veggies in your crock pot. I put the potatoes on the bottom. Mix soups and wine together (it’ll look nasty, don’t worry!) Sprinkle onion soup mix over meat and veggies. Pour soup mixture on top. Cook on low 8 hours. I leave it while I’m at work which ends up being about 9-10 hours and it’s perfect. Add some beef broth if you want to thin it out. Your mouth will water when you walk in the door and smell it! I promise!

Soup’s On!

Posted in Other at 2:12 am by RootsAndRings

Welcome to my newest blog endeavour! Check out the “About” page to see what this is all… about. Bet you couldn’t figure that out!!

I hope this helps a few of you out! If anything, this will be a great way for me to store and sort my recipes! Nothing is ever lost on the internet, right?!

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